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Spring Valley Middle School

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Posted April 15, 2013

Teachers here can go from really bad to really good. Some teachers need to be fired but can't because of teacher tenure and the principal does nothing about it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2012

The teachers and classes at this school are OK, but the students definetly aren't. A lot of kids don't really care about learning. The popular kids are mean to, or just ignore, the "nerdy" or unusual kids. I have learned at this school for 3 years, and never found a real friend. If you are outgoing and popular, and are okay with an average education, then you should go to this school. If not, I don't recommend it.


Posted April 19, 2010

Staff is dedicated to helping children succeed in all aspects. Educationally and Socially.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2010

Three stars may seem low but the school is 'average.' It is not a bad school at all. I've had a child at the school for three years and I've been impressed with the teachers, staff, and principal. While I recognize that there are many terrific students at the school, I would be remiss if I did not mention that there are quite a few that are not. If the administrators weren't so on top of things, the school would be a disaster. If you have a good student with strong character, he/she will be fine and will get a decent education. If you worry about your child getting caught up with the wrong crowd, look elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2009

i whent there it is a great school i had the best 2 yeras of her life the thanks to the terachers
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 7, 2009

I'm at s.V.M.S(spring valley middle school) on my first year as a sixth grader. So far this school is fantastic!!!! all the teachers are really nice and very helpful. They're very polite, reasonable, and a joy to be at the school. Kids really have no problem with this school-except for the ones that disagree. Almost every one of us has a good grade in our report card. So, i'm sure you would want your kids to go here!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 11, 2009

i went to svms for sixth grade and seventh and i am in eigth atteneding there now and i think tht this school would be fine to put your kids in its a good school and fun and it helps me learn there are many teachers that are polite and care about there students learning and very few tht arent very nice and seem to not care but i think that if you want your kid to learn and have fun with schol activities send your kids here for suree! =]]
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 4, 2009

This school is horrible. The administrators are very rude and many teachers do a poor job teaching. The school itself is in horrible shape. Very little effort and funding is put into its upkeep. There are next to no extracurricular activities. In my opinion, SVMS doesn't even meet the bare standards of a decent school. I would definitely advise parents to transfer their kids to another school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2008

great great great love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2008

its my first year here and its awesome and they teachers and staff are really nice
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 2, 2008

I attended Spring Valley Middle School about six years ago and I had a wonderful experience. While most of friends from Murdock Elementary decided to transfer to private school or go the 'safer' Parkway Middle School route, I dutifully attended SVMS. My educational experience was just as strong as any of my peers who attended other middle schools, and in the long run the friends who I went to SVMS with are currently attending more prestigious universities. When I look back at my 15 years of schooling, most of my most influential teachers were those I encountered at Spring Valley.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 14, 2007

Staff is wonderful overall. Academic counseling dept exceptional. My son went into SVMS in the 8th grde, in the 'Gate Prog' and had good teachers that really care. Sadly, funding has not been there for the arts for this school. Band overcrowded. No extracurricular ie sports that I was made aware of. Not sure of parental involvement but staff seemed dazed and taken aback at my consistent participation in my son's schooling. But they responded w/ immediate, positive and very willing attitudes. Extremely refreshing after terrible experiences at Murdock Elem up the street.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2006

great school but saftey is bad
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 6, 2006

Good school, parent/teacher involvement. Quiz night was a fun evening for all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2006

Good school, no complaints. Parent/teacher involvement. Quiz night was good fun for all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2005

I am pleased with SVMS. The school offers many extracurricular activities and the teachers are excellent. I loved it.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 12, 2005

Both of my children attended this school and my opinion of the teachers and administration is excellent. They held the children accountable to learn at the level that met or exceeded their own expectations. They were challenged in an environment that was comfortable and fun.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2005

This school would rate a four out of five. It has outstanding programs such as:1) Choir for the children who enjoy singing, performing, and having a supportive teacher, 2)Band for all the kids who enjoy playing instruments or playing the drum(s) infront of a crowd. They even have band for beginners for those who would like to play but don't know how.They also have a cycle, which is having one class for only six weeks then you switch to a different class. The school goes on field trips and they have spirit days every now and then to motivate the school to be happy and energized to work. The parents are involved in their childs school as well. The teachers send home progress reports about every two-three weeks. Sring Valley Middle School would be a suitable school for your child if he/she likes to have fun while learning.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 31, 2004

I am currently going to SVMS and it is a very good school. It has many after school clubs and activities. The teachers are nice and can be good disciplinarians at the same time. I would suggest this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 3, 2004

I am a SVMS parent, as well as a former graduate. This school was a great experience for me, but I do know that there was a time when things got a little tough later. However, by the time my daughter started here, Mrs. Bender, the teachers and counselors had pulled this school back up and made it the best it's ever been (a true 'California Distinguished School'). I am truly impressed with the commitment they've shown for the students and I know Mrs. Bender is easily available to hear any questions and/or concerns that I may have. SVMS has also afforded my daughter many opportunities from the Band and Chorus, to numerous clubs and sports. I feel that my daughter has blossomed, both educationally and socially, and is ready for Steele Canyon H.S. in the Fall. I will recommend this school to anyone. Final Grade = A+
—Submitted by a parent


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API Statewide Rank
(2012)

5 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

8 / 10


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Algebra I

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

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
English Language Arts

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

260 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
52%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

230 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
53%
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.

181 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
25%

2010

 
 
31%
English Language Arts

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

283 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
53%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
12%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
23%

2010

 
 
17%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
76%
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

300 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
47%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

282 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
63%
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 Students94%
Females86%
Males100%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)100%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability94%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only94%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented85%
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

English Language Arts

All Students59%
Females63%
Males56%
African American54%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino57%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)69%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disability18%
Students with no reported disability63%
English learner7%
Fluent-English proficient and English only65%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented89%
Parent education - not a high school graduate48%
Parent education - high school graduate48%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)64%
Parent education - college graduate73%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate83%
Parent education - declined to state57%

Math

All Students38%
Females33%
Males42%
African American24%
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)53%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disability25%
Students with no reported disability40%
English learner4%
Fluent-English proficient and English only42%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented71%
Parent education - not a high school graduate43%
Parent education - high school graduate33%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)37%
Parent education - college graduate42%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state20%
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 Students30%
Females33%
Males25%
African American22%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino28%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)33%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability29%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only32%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented61%
Parent education - not a high school graduate11%
Parent education - high school graduate30%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)28%
Parent education - college graduate40%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate27%
Parent education - declined to state35%

English Language Arts

All Students58%
Females62%
Males52%
African American46%
Asiann/a
Filipino58%
Hispanic or Latino52%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)69%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disability33%
Students with no reported disability59%
English learner4%
Fluent-English proficient and English only64%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented91%
Parent education - not a high school graduate38%
Parent education - high school graduate49%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)58%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate80%
Parent education - declined to state56%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students12%
Females12%
Males12%
African American6%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino12%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)12%
Economically disadvantaged13%
Not economically disadvantaged11%
Students with disability3%
Students with no reported disability18%
English learner28%
Fluent-English proficient and English only8%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate12%
Parent education - high school graduate14%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)13%
Parent education - college graduate9%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Geometry

All Students75%
Females72%
Malesn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino79%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability75%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only75%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented81%
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 Students62%
Females61%
Males62%
African American44%
Asiann/a
Filipino75%
Hispanic or Latino58%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)70%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disability23%
Students with no reported disability67%
English learner11%
Fluent-English proficient and English only67%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented95%
Parent education - not a high school graduate39%
Parent education - high school graduate57%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)64%
Parent education - college graduate74%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
Parent education - declined to state58%

Science

All Students71%
Females71%
Males71%
African American57%
Asiann/a
Filipino75%
Hispanic or Latino70%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disability65%
Students with no reported disability71%
English learner14%
Fluent-English proficient and English only77%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented95%
Parent education - not a high school graduate66%
Parent education - high school graduate62%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)73%
Parent education - college graduate84%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
Parent education - declined to state62%
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
Hispanic 54%
White 20%
Black 16%
Two or more races 5%
Asian 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 73%N/AN/A
English language learners 9%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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Spring Valley, CA 91977
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