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Sierra Middle School

Public | 7-8 | 608 students

 

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Posted January 8, 2010

I myself went too this school for seventh and eighth grade. I love this school. Although I have moved too a different town right after middle school I still do miss thie school very much . The teachers are great, & they all care alot about the students and helping them with their needs. I recommend you all send your kids too this school !
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 7, 2009

The teachers, staff and curriculum are incredible. The students are challenged academically and are being prep for their next educational milestone of High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2008

Sierra is a very fun school.i really enjoy being here.for the two years that i was here i relly had fun. except some teachers were mean. other than that sierra was fun.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 24, 2005

This school has an active student body with a very involved teacher base. They use k-12 planet with keeps parents involved with up dated grades and homework assignents individualized for your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2005

I worked as a teacher at this school for one year and I can tell you that they have a number of excellent, dedicated teachers who take every opportunity to improve their teaching. I regularly saw the principal outside throwing the football with the students after school. The principal is a great leader and motivates the teachers, his staff, as well as parents. Of course, no school is perfect, but I would have no qualms about my child going to school here. Some 8th grade students take high school classes at the high school across the street. The only real negative that I can state is that there seemed to be a lot of fights breaking out among the students. Of course, it's 95% the same kids that are doing this over and over, so the vast majority of students are not involved.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 11, 2005

Recognizing the students accomplishments at this age are very important, sometimes with parents being so busy they feel that their accomplishments to unoticed. Sierra provides teachers that offer constructive criticism and praise where needed. They acknowledge honor and high honor rolls with a breakfast for the family or a free dress day which is very important to students of this age. I commend the staff and faculty, especially the teachers at Sierra Middle School. My daughter at this school has learned to adjust to many classes, teachers, and courses, thus preparing her for high school. It is the best thing I could have done for her. Thank you Sierra Middle School, Keep doing what you do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2004

My son came from Stockton Unified and entered into Sierra late in the 7th grade. It was like a whole new world for him. The teachers really do care and they need your support. The administration staff is great! The principal is not all locked up in meetings etc. he's out there with the kids getting involved, playing with them, getting a beyyer understanding of who they are.This school wants your child to succeed not caring about what color they are. This school makes it possible for one to go to work knowing that your child is in good hands. Keep up the good work Sierra(Mary,Leah,Mr.Nicholas and Mrs.Hambrick)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

Sierra Middle School is an outstanding school. Our dedicated teachers provide students with quality instruction, excellent co-curricular programs, and unique learning opportunities. During the 2002-03 school year, one student was elected to the California Association of Student Leaders State Board. Two students were selected to represent California at the National Association of Student Councils'annual conference in New York. In addition, Sierra Middle School was awarded the 'Outstanding Middle School Activities Program' by the California Association of Directors of Activities. Our teachers truly care about their students, and are dedicated to being an integral part of their educational team. We work with parents and students to generate and maintain an enthusiasm for learning. These are just a few reasons why your child will be fortunate to enroll at Sierra Middle School.
—Submitted by a teacher


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This school's
API score

835

Change from
2012 to 2013

-36

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

8 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

8 / 10


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API score

835

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Change from
2012 to 2013

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Change from 2012 to 2013
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8 / 10

API Statewide Rank (2012)
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Algebra I

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

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
100%
English Language Arts

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

320 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

284 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
66%
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.

202 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
63%
English Language Arts

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

310 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
66%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
35%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

326 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
53%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

308 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
67%
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 Students84%
Females88%
Males80%
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)84%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability85%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented82%
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 graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate88%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students58%
Females63%
Males54%
African American47%
Asian62%
Filipino73%
Hispanic or Latino49%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)69%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability59%
English learner17%
Fluent-English proficient and English only63%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate27%
Parent education - high school graduate42%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)62%
Parent education - college graduate64%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate82%
Parent education - declined to state33%

Math

All Students52%
Females50%
Males54%
African American24%
Asian64%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino48%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)59%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability52%
English learner32%
Fluent-English proficient and English only54%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduate20%
Parent education - high school graduate41%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)56%
Parent education - college graduate56%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate73%
Parent education - declined to state50%
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 Students47%
Females46%
Males49%
African Americann/a
Asian76%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino33%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)50%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability48%
English learner31%
Fluent-English proficient and English only48%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented79%
Parent education - not a high school graduate43%
Parent education - high school graduate35%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)35%
Parent education - college graduate50%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate73%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students63%
Females70%
Males55%
African American55%
Asian74%
Filipino43%
Hispanic or Latino56%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)72%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability64%
English learner38%
Fluent-English proficient and English only66%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate45%
Parent education - high school graduate58%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)56%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate84%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students26%
Females27%
Males25%
African American31%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino22%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)23%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Not economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disability0%
Students with no reported disability32%
English learner19%
Fluent-English proficient and English only28%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate35%
Parent education - high school graduate19%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)31%
Parent education - college graduate17%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
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
Not 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 Students66%
Females63%
Males68%
African American42%
Asian69%
Filipino57%
Hispanic or Latino57%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disability16%
Students with no reported disability69%
English learner38%
Fluent-English proficient and English only69%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate49%
Parent education - high school graduate48%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)65%
Parent education - college graduate80%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate91%
Parent education - declined to state20%

Science

All Students78%
Females74%
Males80%
African American65%
Asian83%
Filipino64%
Hispanic or Latino73%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability78%
English learner56%
Fluent-English proficient and English only80%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduate61%
Parent education - high school graduate75%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)74%
Parent education - college graduate87%
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
Hispanic 37%
White 37%
Black 11%
Asian 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Two or more races 1%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 60%N/AN/A
English language learners 10%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 8%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Terry Asplund
Fax number
  • (209) 953-8747

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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6768 Alexandria Place
Stockton, CA 95207
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