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Scotts Valley Middle School

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Posted October 9, 2010

I LOVE our school because of our fabulous teachers. The buildings are ancient and dilapidated, but it doesn't interfere with the quality education that all of my children have experienced there. The teachers are passionate,inspiring and motivating and are the best educators you can find anywhere. I truly believe that students get a better education at SVMS than many get in high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2010

My child was harassed by some of these "Kool" kids. She exercised her freedom of speech on her facebook page and wrote about not liking the school and many people responded that they too felt the same. A reporter for the Santa Cruz paper found this during a search and reported it to the principal. It was not written on school time nor was it something beyond her right to do. For this she got suspended. i have found this school to be uncooperative and more than a little rude to my wife. This problem (if it is a problem) should have been handled by her family, NOT the school. My child has a right to her opinion and may voice her opinion any time she wishes. She especially has a right to voice a grievance when it comes to other students harassing her. VERY Cliquish school ........
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2010

If your child is very into sports, and very extroverted and independent, then Scotts valley middle is a good school. If your child would do better at a school with lots of activities in the arts, science, math, music, etc., then I would not go to SVMS. Many public schools offer a wider variety of these activiities, esp in the silicon valley area. I do agree with the comments that this school tends to be very cliquish and there are way too many mean kids. More varied extracurricular activities would help solve this problem, allowing kids to find friends based on common interests and allowing other kids besides athletes to shine.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2010

Really good principal who works hard to communicate with parents. Some very good teachers, although quality varies. Involved parents. The campus is falling apart, but good teaching can still make it a good place to learn. Biggest problem: among many students and parents, it is all about social status, and teachers do tend to defer to more popular, 'cool' students, the jocks etc. On this camups, it felt like having the most up to date cell phone was way more important than learning, or, say, being nice to other people. There is some of that in any middle school, but we moved to a much more diverse school in San Jose and it is so much better -- less of the snobbiness and cliquishness, more focus on learning and on providing a range of activities for all the kids. Cannot recommend SVMS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2009

Our school has a committed staff and hard working students. We somehow manage in a school built in 1941, we're 'old school literally.'
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 5, 2008

Academics are excellent. On the whole the teachers are well-qualified and very interested in and supportive of the students. I think the whole ugly-campus thing is way overstated. Yes, the campus is slightly tired, but in a charming, old-school way. Terrific principal who is dedicated to doing the best possible job for the students in an era of reduced spending.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2008

It is a great school! I give it 9!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 15, 2006

Ok school but very ugly campus, horrible food.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 16, 2006

Excellent school academically, with substandard facilities - the main structure was built in 1941 for a much smaller student body, and is literally falling to pieces.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2005

Couldn't be happier with the quality of the curriculum, extracurricular activities, safety at the school and the ever ready presence of the Principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2005

Curriculum is great. Teacher quality good. But this is a school is all about social status. Level of parent involvement is to the point that it is imparing student social development. Too many kids are down right mean for size of school. Teacher support is slighted towards 'popular students' or those students who's parents are extremely involved. Parents are socially 'clicked' as are students (to be expected). Average students are suffering. My child suffered here for 2 years I pulled him out and he is thriving in another environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2004

Scotts Valley Middle School can be a great school if your child has the motivated teachers; otherwise it is a challenge for a highly motivated student. The good news is that the administrators will work with you on their terms. There are some excellent teachers for math, english, history, and chemistry. If your child is motivated to learn, there are some great opportunities to do so. My experience has been that the school is not open to innovative options such as partial home schooling.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2004

SVMS has been a great experience for my sixth grader. The faculty and staff are great. The facility, however, is a shame to the city. With the abundance money in this town, one might think this would be a higher priority for its residents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

SVMS has an excellent staff including some recent additions who are outstanding. My child is stimulated by his core teacher who shows great creativity and inspires all her students. The facility sadly needs a big overhaul.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2003

SVMS has several excellent teachers. My son's History and Math teachers have challenged him to excel. Sadly, the facilities are in bad need of major renovation or, ideally, a complete new campus. The funds for this were shot down by a 34% minority in the bond election last year.
—Submitted by a parent


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API score

892

Change from
2012 to 2013

-36

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

8 / 10


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The API Similar Schools Rank ranges from 1 to 10. It shows how the school compares to other schools with similar student demographic profiles. The California Department of Education uses parent education level, poverty level, student ethnicity and other data to identify similar schools.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

208 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

209 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
74%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 86% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
97%
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

180 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

142 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
55%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 50% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
67%
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 57% in 2013.

178 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
83%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

The state average for General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards) was 31% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
60%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
91%
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

The state average for History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative was 52% in 2013.

177 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

176 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
86%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students76%
Females80%
Males72%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino68%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)76%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Non-economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disability18%
Students with no reported disability79%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)61%
Parent education - college graduate80%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate84%
Parent education - declined to state45%

Math

All Students73%
Females75%
Males72%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino50%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)76%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Non-economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disability31%
Students with no reported disability76%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only73%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)61%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate79%
Parent education - declined to state45%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students97%
Females100%
Males93%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability97%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only97%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate93%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students76%
Females77%
Males74%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino67%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)76%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Non-economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability77%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)80%
Parent education - college graduate68%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate86%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students49%
Females46%
Males53%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino38%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)51%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Non-economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disability27%
Students with no reported disability51%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only50%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)58%
Parent education - college graduate53%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate42%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students56%
Females52%
Males60%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)53%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability55%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only55%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate61%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate54%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students76%
Females79%
Males74%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino59%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Non-economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability77%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate67%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)72%
Parent education - college graduate80%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate81%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students52%
Females55%
Males51%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino29%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)65%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Non-economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability56%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only54%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)44%
Parent education - college graduate59%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate61%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Geometry

All Students98%
Females96%
Males100%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability98%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only98%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate96%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students73%
Females70%
Males77%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino52%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Non-economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability75%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only74%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate62%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)64%
Parent education - college graduate73%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate81%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students91%
Females91%
Males91%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino82%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Non-economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability91%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only91%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate67%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)92%
Parent education - college graduate92%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate96%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 70%
Hispanic 14%
Two or more races 11%
Asian 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Black 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 13%N/AN/A
English language learners 1%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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