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Earl Warren Middle School

Public | 7-8

 
 

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2011:
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Posted July 30, 2013

I have three children who went and are going to Earl Warren. We found the overall picture to be a perfect transition from Elementary to High School because it encourages and coaches the kids on how to take the lead on their own education. An Aries Portal allows students and parents to review their grade book regularly and lays out all assignments and homework due. The staff is very approachable and I found is very accommodating and flexible to family needs. Every public school has a few "Ten Year," teachers; however I feel this prepares students for real life and sets a challenge before them to make their own experience better. Ms Nuskin the Principal, is an innovative visionary who knows all the students and is always looking for ways to make her school the best it can be. I found that the volunteer opportunities to abundant as long as the parent gets themselves involved. The families are what shape a school and it becomes what they make it to be. Our overall experience has been excellent and we are sad to see the summer go but looking forward to the learning experiences ahead.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2013

a public middle school with less than 750 kids...wow does it get any better!! all level of classes and teachers and a principal that know their students. Surf, skate or independent PE or better yet participating in PE class to help "disabled" students enjoy PE. a variety of electives, after school programs and A PTSA that has lots of parental involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2013

My son has had a very good experience at Earl Warren. The teachers are mostly excellent, and he's been challenged appropriately. The school has a nice open feel. The buildings are old and run down, but they have real windows that open to let in the air and there are trees and grass. Some of the other middle schools I've seen look like penitentiaries, but this one doesn't. The Principal and Vice Principal are seen out and about constantly and are friendly and approachable. The joint school/public library is amazing and the kids can use it during the day and after school. I haven't heard of any particular problems of bullying or unfriendliness there. Generally, the kids all seem pretty nice and accepting.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2013

My daughter attended Carmel Valley Middle, but we chose the smaller Earl Warren for my son and have no regrets. Relaxed small-town feel, well-prepared faculty, above-average API, rigorous honors program. Many extracurricular opportunities including team sports, Concert Band, Science Olympiad and service organizations. Fairly diverse student population; Surf PE is a unique offering. The County branch library used by the school is excellent with more librarians and materials than other schools can afford. A Boys and Girls club with gym and aquatic center are right next door. No separate theater class is offered at Earl Warren, but North Coast Repertory Theater has great after-school programs for a price. The early 7:35 AM start and 2:15 PM dismissal time make afternoons less hectic. The Principal and/or Assistant Principal can often be seen out front at dismissal time. Parents can monitor academic progress through Aries online, and many parents volunteer. Optional school bus costs around $350 per semester. If you want a school where your student can try many different things, where the tryouts aren't too crowded and participation is encouraged, see if this school is right for you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2012

My son enjoys EW. He flourishs socially but the schools doesn't foster a lot of parental involvement, without its established parent cliques. I do feel that parents conferences are still needed at this age and it is not encouraged. There is also a social class divide that my child has observed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2012

Imagine all the things that could possibly make a middle school undesirable. Go anywhere else.


Posted June 7, 2012

Overall a good school but some issues: Admin: The new principal has been here one year. The previous principal (and so others on her staff) was always walking the campus, knowing the students, on top of everything. Supervision down, exclusive clicks and bullying up. Science Dept: Teachers have a great approach. Its all about learning and stimulating interest. Tests can be retaken to improve scores. Less homework on weekends. And the kids actually learn. Math: Teachers are technically competent but inflexible. Tests are for grades. Period. No retakes. Understood the question, picked the right formula, followed the right steps, but made + or - error at the end, and its marked 100% wrong. No mercy here. History: 7th grade teacher is an emotional roller coaster. One day students are great, next day complete failures. 8th grade teacher thinks she's a university professor. Doesn't realize she loses most of the kids. Won't lower herself to look at individual needs nor offer specific help to individual students. English: Teachers ok but they do like their teachers' pets. Special Ed: Controlling, clueless, separate from core classes. Independent PE: Great option.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2012

Most of the teachers were great-especially the Honors English teachers.The school has a nice, laid back surf town feel with high academic goals. EWMS has one of the highest API ratings in the district, and encourages independent learners and thinkers. My child LOVED this school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2011

I used to go to a private school, and was quite frightened to come to Earl Warren. This, I learned, was quite unnecessary as the school proved to be the best experience of my school years (so far). The teachers, contrary to the common assumption, are not only kind but also supportive and entertaining. Though there is a handful of teachers that can be lazy, or just uninterested in teaching, you sometimes have to overlook the flaws to admire the picture as a whole.


Posted January 17, 2011

I go to school at earl warren and I hate it. People bully me, I can't focus in class, and I got scared to walk down the hallway.


Posted September 27, 2006

Hi, I go to this school. I went to skyline, across the street and Im on the flag football teem. This is a great school and I love to come everyday. It is a great school----
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 11, 2006

My daughter had a great experience there and came into high well prepared.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

The API reflects year-over-year schools performance based on STAR test score results from spring 2013.

This school's
API score

895

Change from
2012 to 2013

-18

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

9 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

5 / 10


API Growth scores over time

Did this school meet the API goal this year?
The state goal for API is 800. All schools that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school met the state goal of 800.

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The state goal for the API is 800. All the student subgroups at a school that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school did not meet all student subgroup API targets for 2013

This school's
API score

895

What is the API?
The Academic Performance Index (API) is a single number assigned to each school by the California Department of Education to measure overall school performance and improvement over time on statewide testing. The API ranges from 200 and 1000, with 800 as the state goal for all schools.
Change from
2012 to 2013

-18

Change from 2012 to 2013
Comparing the API Growth to the Base shows whether or not this school's test score performance improved between Spring 2012 and Spring 2013. The API ranges between 200 and 1000, with 800 as the statewide goal for all schools. Schools scoring below an 800 are given at least a 5 point target for the next year.
API Statewide Rank
(2012)

9 / 10

API Statewide Rank (2012)
The API Statewide Rank ranges from 1 to 10. A rank of 10, for example, means that the school’s API fell into the top 10% of all schools in the state with a comparable grade range. The 2012 rank is based on results from tests students took in Spring 2012.
API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

5 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)
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.
Algebra I

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

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
English Language Arts

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

331 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

314 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
76%
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.

251 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
86%
English Language Arts

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

342 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
84%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
34%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

353 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

343 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
87%
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

All Students100%
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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)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability100%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only100%
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 graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students83%
Females88%
Males77%
African Americann/a
Asian95%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino70%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Non-economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disability35%
Students with no reported disability87%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate80%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)62%
Parent education - college graduate75%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to state85%

Math

All Students76%
Females76%
Males76%
African Americann/a
Asian87%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino54%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Non-economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disability21%
Students with no reported disability81%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only78%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate67%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)35%
Parent education - college graduate71%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate90%
Parent education - declined to state85%
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 Students81%
Females83%
Males79%
African Americann/a
Asian73%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino73%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability82%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only81%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)75%
Parent education - college graduate78%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate83%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students72%
Females75%
Males70%
African Americann/a
Asian90%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino51%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Non-economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disability29%
Students with no reported disability79%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only74%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate45%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)62%
Parent education - college graduate65%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate83%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students20%
Females21%
Males19%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino13%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)26%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Non-economically disadvantaged21%
Students with disability22%
Students with no reported disability23%
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only23%
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)27%
Parent education - college graduate37%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate7%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Geometry

All Studentsn/a
Femalesn/a
Malesn/a
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)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disabilityn/a
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English onlyn/a
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 graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students74%
Females71%
Males76%
African Americann/a
Asian82%
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)78%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Non-economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disability37%
Students with no reported disability82%
English learner21%
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate46%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)59%
Parent education - college graduate70%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate83%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students89%
Females87%
Males92%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino72%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disability61%
Students with no reported disability94%
English learner45%
Fluent-English proficient and English only91%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate82%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)84%
Parent education - college graduate91%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate91%
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 75%
Hispanic 15%
Asian 6%
Two or more races 4%
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 7%N/AN/A
English language learners 4%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 7%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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