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Crystal Middle School

Public | 6-8

 
 

Living in Suisun City

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $165,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,460.

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2013:
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2011:
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Posted March 22, 2014

This school is terrible. It is the worst school my daughter has ever attended. There are tons of fights, she has had 4 of her 6 teachers quit during the school year and none of the teachers keep the parents updated with their child's progress online as they promised they would at the start of the year. I can not wait until this school year is over so that I can get my child away from Crystal and all of the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2014

Okay school but the school is filled with bullies so please protect your kids. The only good thing about the school is vice principal. Honestly don't waste your time sending your kids to this school. I have three boys who currently go here and we are waiting for the year end so we can run fast out of Fairfield.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2013

We are a new family to Crystal. I have a 7th grader. I love the math lab and the support he's getting from all his instructor. I do miss that there is no foreign language, computer or sports program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2012

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS SCHOOL! Has to be the best middle school in the solano county, along with a.b. gale wilson, would totally recomend this school to anybody!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2012

Although this school has all the ingredients to be a great school, more focus on supervision and accountability is needed! There is close to NO parent participation and the PTO is very lacking! If this school is going to succeed, bullies and peer pressure NEED to have more focus. Too many children are picked on and a lot is missed by staff. There are some really good teachers there but from my experience, if you really want to know what goes on, spend some time there, after seeing a few lunchtime activities, you'll get the big picture!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2011

The teachers are kind and helped raised my daughter's test scores. This school is great.


Posted October 17, 2010

I was very apprehensive about my child attending this school, but after thoroughly reviewing other schools and having the great interactions from teachers and office staff as well as truly having a concerned principal and vice principal, Crystal is a good school. The only problem is students feeling that they would be called snitches or will be bullied by other students for telling the truth. More attention needs to be focus on student behavior for those that come to school for a good education do not be out shadowed by insubordinate students. A overall true "Bullying" policy should be adhered to at all times. Crystal Middle School please keep striving to be better...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

iam a new parent of a sixth grader . iam also involved with the pto at the school.the teachers are wonderful and the principal mr marshall is great. he really cares about the school and the students.he has been supportive and very involved with the pto.iam truely impressed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2008

The school is nice and new. The teachers for the most part, good. Mr. Marshall the principal is severly lacking in leadership and fairness to the children which in turn causes the parents and kids to not respect him. Instead of dealing with the problems correctly, Mr Marshall uses heavy-handed tatics instead.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2008

Great teachers, just so many fights. I don't think this school is safe. I fear for my daugter at this school. I trasferred her. As for the teacher, they are great and they put their time into the kids education. Mrs. Summers is the best teacher there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2008

The school looks great but the staff isn t. Most teachers are very good, but the new principal exhibits poor leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2008

My child is currently attending, and I love everything about this school. The concern and involment from the Principle is excellent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2008

My children came from a private school, and this was a whole new world for them. I have to say that I am thrilled with my 6th graders teachers: Mr. Baptista, and Mrs. Mcormick. My Daughter Loves them as teachers, and they are so wonderful to her. My 8th grader has many teachers but his favorite is woodshop with Mr. Stevens and really enjoys him. He is a Great teacher. School is clean with a Great lunch program. Security is Awesome, with lots of staff out and about. I am very happy with the school! Marnie Marfil Parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2007

My child is a sixth grader who has just transitioned from private school to public school. The academic programs are lacking in a big way. The sports department have little to no funds to support the students. I have found no opportunity for parent involvement. I also feel the the teachers have low patience levels and are not as concerned about the students learning as they should. No wonder the KPI scores are low.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2006

I think in the last three or four year, this school has made great improvements. My son's sixth grade teachers all seem to know what they are doing an they have a strong sense of community and control in the classroom. The campus is always pretty clean and when I go to visit, the students seem nice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

Crystal Middle School has gone to a dramatic change. I moved to Suisun City in 1993 at that time everything I heard about the school was awfully negative. However, that is the past... My kids have and are attending Crystal Middle School and I can say that it's a middle s I truly recommend. Crystal's staff is friendly and know most, if not all, of the kids by name. The teachers are in constant communication with the parents. Parents are always welcome to get involved. The academic program is excellent and they do have very good extracurricular activities. I am very happy to see that we have a great school in our area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2005

Academic programs are okay. Sports has most availability with not much music and art. Very concerned about safety at school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2005

I really disliked that school. Their discipline was allful. There are a lot of fights. Never really learned anything the teacher didn't care.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 17, 2005

I was very impressed by the new campus, but I am a bit nervous about the size of the shool. I have a sixth grader starting in the fall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2003

The principal and vice principal are excellent. The teachers are wonderful as well. A new teacher this year 2003-4, Mr. Frasu, really enjoys teaching and is very concerned about his students, and I'm glad my son is in his class. Mr. Frasu is young and brings a fresh perspective to Band. Continue the great work, staff at Crystal Middle School!
—Submitted by a parent


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

This school's
API score

756

Change from
2012 to 2013

-22

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

4 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

4 / 10


API Growth scores over time

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The state goal for API is 800. All schools that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school did not meet its schoolwide API target for 2013.
  • This school has not yet met the state goal of 800.

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This school's
API score

756

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

-22

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 2011 and Spring 2012. 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)

4 / 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)

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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.
English Language Arts

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

231 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
44%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

231 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
36%
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.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
n/a
English Language Arts

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

316 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
43%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

271 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
25%

2010

 
 
28%
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.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
26%

2010

 
 
16%
English Language Arts

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

303 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
45%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

202 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
21%

2010

 
 
11%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
65%

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.

327 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
46%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

314 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
57%
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 Students57%
Females60%
Males53%
African American51%
Asian58%
Filipino75%
Hispanic or Latino50%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)62%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Non-economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disability53%
Students with no reported disability57%
English learner9%
Fluent-English proficient and English only61%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate46%
Parent education - high school graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)61%
Parent education - college graduate68%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students43%
Females43%
Males42%
African American35%
Asian38%
Filipino57%
Hispanic or Latino38%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)50%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Non-economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disability47%
Students with no reported disability42%
English learner18%
Fluent-English proficient and English only45%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate29%
Parent education - high school graduate39%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)51%
Parent education - college graduate46%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
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 Students89%
Females88%
Males90%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino100%
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 disadvantaged89%
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability91%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only89%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented94%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)92%
Parent education - college graduate95%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students54%
Females59%
Males47%
African American44%
Asian68%
Filipino71%
Hispanic or Latino43%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)58%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Non-economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disability24%
Students with no reported disability55%
English learner5%
Fluent-English proficient and English only57%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate36%
Parent education - high school graduate42%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)62%
Parent education - college graduate71%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students30%
Females28%
Males31%
African American15%
Asian38%
Filipino43%
Hispanic or Latino25%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)43%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Non-economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disability25%
Students with no reported disability30%
English learner5%
Fluent-English proficient and English only32%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate22%
Parent education - high school graduate27%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)37%
Parent education - college graduate30%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
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 Students37%
Females37%
Males38%
African American29%
Asiann/a
Filipino48%
Hispanic or Latino27%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)62%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Non-economically disadvantaged28%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability36%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only37%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate33%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)34%
Parent education - college graduate41%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students44%
Females49%
Males38%
African American37%
Asian36%
Filipino65%
Hispanic or Latino41%
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 disability36%
Students with no reported disability45%
English learner5%
Fluent-English proficient and English only47%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate37%
Parent education - high school graduate35%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)52%
Parent education - college graduate50%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students23%
Females26%
Males20%
African American18%
Asiann/a
Filipino25%
Hispanic or Latino26%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)23%
Economically disadvantaged22%
Non-economically disadvantaged27%
Students with disability3%
Students with no reported disability28%
English learner8%
Fluent-English proficient and English only26%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate21%
Parent education - high school graduate22%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)27%
Parent education - college graduate25%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Geometry

All Students75%
Females75%
Males75%
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 disadvantaged71%
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability76%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only75%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented83%
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 Students39%
Females34%
Males44%
African American27%
Asian53%
Filipino63%
Hispanic or Latino39%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)35%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Non-economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disability22%
Students with no reported disability41%
English learner8%
Fluent-English proficient and English only41%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate24%
Parent education - high school graduate36%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)38%
Parent education - college graduate56%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students62%
Females59%
Males64%
African American52%
Asian53%
Filipino80%
Hispanic or Latino58%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Non-economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disability44%
Students with no reported disability64%
English learner16%
Fluent-English proficient and English only66%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate49%
Parent education - high school graduate60%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)68%
Parent education - college graduate64%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
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 State average
Hispanic 29% 52%
Black 25% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 17% 11%
White 14% 26%
Two or more races 12% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 39%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 10%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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400 Whispering Bay Lane
Suisun City, CA 94585
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Phone: (707) 435-5800

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