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Margarita Middle School

Public | 6-8

 
 

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Posted April 28, 2014

This is the best school ever! Great staff and the best principal. The teachers really care about the students.


Posted August 13, 2012

Margarita is a great middle school. The administration really sets the tone for a great learning environment and is always looking for ways to help the students learn and grow. It's really a team effort at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2010

Outstanding leadership. Top test scores in Riverside County, three years in a row. Excellent advanced math classes taught by competent teachers. They send their students well prepared to compete in AP classes offered at the local High Schools. Highly recommended.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

I have been thoroughly impressed with Margarita Middle School. The principal, Mrs. Hayes, sets the tone for the school with an exceptionally supportive and enthusiastic learning environment. Where I was nervous about my child moving to middle school, I have been overwhelmed by my child's increase in responsiblity and independence. The teachers are extremely supportive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

The leadership is outstanding! Mrs.Hayes and her staff work hard to ensure their students reach their academic goals. Students receive a quality education in our school district but Margarita Middle is tops!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2009

This school is awesome! My teachers are so nice and they are so nice!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 8, 2009

This is a fantastic school. back to School this past week showed me exactly why my daughter comes home loving school! The energy from all the teachers were unbelievable...it shows in my daughters personality and attitude. Great, supportive, happy, caring teachers!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2009

My child transferred midyear to MMS. Mr. Beato, a counselor, did everything in his power to make the transition smooth and really worked at welcoming our student. MMS has a program called Epicenter to help new kids get accilmated. Mrs. Hayes is a principal who really cares about students. She is an amazing leader. The 'Prides' are an extra day of elective each week; very enriching. This school is organized and caring. The teachers are extremely fair. Each time my student has approached them, the outcome has been fair. The school we came from was much more challenging academically. I think the expectations ar too low for the students. More should be expected of them academically. Meeting State Standards is not enough in the 21st Century workforce. I see my student trying less but getting good grades. The projects given are not meaningful and graded too easy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2008

My daughter goes to this school, and I work at it, and it has a wonderful staff! They always go through everything and even though they can be strict, it teachs our kids disipline. Thank you MMS!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2008

Difficult to imagine a better school. The teachers are amazing, the students are motivated, and the environment is clean and safe.


Posted January 22, 2008

Mr. Vaez is amazing! English language arts will never be the same. Terrific education can be had at MMS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2008

This was a horrible school, I was a student for one year and it was awful never send your student here! Academic teaching was very poor and there were drugs involved with students at this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 28, 2007

They are very smart and work very hard kids are happy
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2005

Wonderufl school. I truly like that fact that during the 3 years that my child attended, he was able to take Spanish-some middle school does not have that avilable. After school homework help was a plus for my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2005

The quality of acadenic programs I think are poor. There are to many students in this school. The teachers cannot fully teach and give their time to the students because there is no many students. They do have extra activities in this school. I have no comet on thoses. The parent involement is poor.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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

886

Change from
2012 to 2013

-2

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

9 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

9 / 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 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.
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This school's
API score

886

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

-2

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)

9 / 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.
English Language Arts

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

242 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

240 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
59%
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.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
98%
English Language Arts

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

312 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

200 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
58%

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.

199 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
88%
English Language Arts

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

310 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
81%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
64%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
98%
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

319 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

312 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
82%

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 Students83%
Females82%
Males84%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino85%
Hispanic or Latino77%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Non-economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disability50%
Students with no reported disability85%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only85%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate87%
Parent education - high school graduate74%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)79%
Parent education - college graduate86%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate97%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students61%
Females60%
Males61%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino69%
Hispanic or Latino45%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)68%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Non-economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disability27%
Students with no reported disability62%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only62%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate33%
Parent education - high school graduate45%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)51%
Parent education - college graduate72%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate78%
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 Students84%
Females91%
Males76%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino88%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Non-economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability84%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)76%
Parent education - college graduate87%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students78%
Females84%
Males70%
African American55%
Asiann/a
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)83%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disability35%
Students with no reported disability81%
English learner8%
Fluent-English proficient and English only80%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate40%
Parent education - high school graduate62%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)76%
Parent education - college graduate86%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate91%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students44%
Females42%
Males46%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino39%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)52%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Non-economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disability17%
Students with no reported disability47%
English learner27%
Fluent-English proficient and English only45%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented82%
Parent education - not a high school graduate29%
Parent education - high school graduate40%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)35%
Parent education - college graduate54%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate67%
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 Students50%
Females59%
Males40%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino44%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)54%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Non-economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability49%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only49%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented73%
Parent education - not a high school graduate36%
Parent education - high school graduate38%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)44%
Parent education - college graduate56%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate63%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students81%
Females86%
Males76%
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)89%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Non-economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disability41%
Students with no reported disability83%
English learner17%
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate59%
Parent education - high school graduate74%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)79%
Parent education - college graduate86%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students23%
Females21%
Males26%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino19%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)46%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Non-economically disadvantaged17%
Students with disability5%
Students with no reported disability33%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only25%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate8%
Parent education - high school graduate25%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)20%
Parent education - college graduate42%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Geometry

All Students100%
Females100%
Males100%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino100%
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 disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability100%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only100%
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)100%
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students77%
Females74%
Males79%
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)82%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Non-economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disability41%
Students with no reported disability80%
English learner23%
Fluent-English proficient and English only79%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate57%
Parent education - high school graduate55%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)80%
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
Parent education - declined to state58%

Science

All Students89%
Females86%
Males92%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino78%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)95%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Non-economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disability53%
Students with no reported disability91%
English learner42%
Fluent-English proficient and English only91%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate76%
Parent education - high school graduate85%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)89%
Parent education - college graduate91%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to state91%
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 47%
Hispanic 35%
Two or more races 7%
Asian 3%
Black 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 29%N/AN/A
English language learners 6%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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30600 Margarita Road
Temecula, CA 92591
Phone: (951) 695-7370

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