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Monte Vista Middle School

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Posted September 26, 2013

Monte Vista Middle School academically prepares students for all possible courses of action for a healthy and happy lifestyle. Good teachers and curriculumns.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2011

I wish this school would have encouraged more parental involvement. My child attended this school for three years. I always volunteered to help but was never called. The leadership in the administration digressed terribly while my student attended there...the only positive aspects were some of the teachers he had: the wonderful Mrs. Arbogast (6th grade) and then the inspiring Mr. Baker (Science) and the fabulously energetic Miss Hsaio (Algebra). Too bad that the counselors and adminstrators did not seem to put in half the effort that these teachers put in. It seemed that a lot of time was wasted on things like Monte Vista Idol instead of encouraging extracurricular activities for the student body that would last more than a couple of weeks. How about encouraging the students to compete and represent Monte Vista in academic arenas such as Math Olympiad (kudos to Mrs. Arbogast) or Science Olympiad, or even the spelling bee. If we had to do it over again, I think I would have sent my child to Williams, except I had heard their math track was not as advanced as Monte Vista's.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2011

This school have a lot of issues to solve The viceprincipal mr. Doyle can not management the behavior with the kids my son was bullied for one student and he can not do nothing . So sad do not enroll your kids here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2008

I have just graduated froom MVMS, and through the past 3 years there, I have encountered many great teachers such as Mr.McMillan, Ms.Hsiao, Mrs.Arbogast, and Ms.Baum, they all top my list. But I do have to say that the campus is quite run-down and not the cleanest. But all around, the school is average...
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 2, 2007

My child has been a student at Monte Vista for the past two years. Overall the teachers that my child has had are non-enthusiastic and uncreative. The school premises is outdated. The staff in the office treat the parents just like they treat the middle school students; rudely, and are impatient. But to be fair, my child did have a fabulously spunky and smart teacher Ms. Hsiao and the best chior/music teacher I have seen in a long time Mr. McMillan.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2006

I think this is one great school. Especially the GATE teachers, Ms. Baum and Ms. Arbogast. They make the learning experience fun and challenging. They have a control on the class and also are very organized. So, if your student is in GATE, I suggest that they go to Monte Vista.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2006

MVMS was a good school, although the classes were a little too easy.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 19, 2005

The Conventional classes are to easy, and may need to do more physicall learning, instead of just text books. The G.A.T.E. program is superb. and Mrs.Baum and Ms.Stephens should get a raise (Mr.Asami as well). they are excellent (although I dont know how much they make now...so who knows). The teachers are awesome, and the school is great.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 10, 2005

Great School, Helpful staff. Good relationship with parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2004

Wonderful school. Great teachers. My child enjoyed his 3 years at MVMS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2004

I grew up in East Palo Alto and I thought that they school I atteneded couldn't get any worse then I walked onto Monte Vista campus, it a terrible place to send students, if I could afford it my children would definately not be attending school their, the atmosphere alone and attitutes of staff is the worst I have ever seen
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2004

I'm having a problem with my son's teachers. They seem to pay more attention to students that have behavior problems than actually teaching the class. This is my son's first year in a public school and it has been a really bad experience so far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

2002-2003 I had two daughters (6th & 8th grade)attending this school. I feel the violence at this school is an ongoing fire chase. Obviously, the administrative officers have addressed some issues, but these issues are still lingering about. I had two daughters who were faced with having to defend themselves from other girls and boys who felt fighting was the ultimate way to resolve issues. I was not comfortable with either daughter attending this school, nor am I comfortable this year. I still have one daughter attending this year as a 7th grader. Hopefully, this will change soon.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2003

I have a 6th grader at Monte Vista, and I think this school has exellent teachers.


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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

715

Change from
2012 to 2013

-24

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

3 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

2 / 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 did not meet its schoolwide API target for 2013.
  • This school has not yet met the state goal of 800.

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API score

715

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

-24

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
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3 / 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.

247 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
52%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

247 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
43%
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.

19 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
85%
English Language Arts

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

261 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
59%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

243 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
38%
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.

140 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
24%

2010

 
 
35%
English Language Arts

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

246 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
47%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
9%

2012

 
 
9%

2011

 
 
5%

2010

 
 
7%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

11 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
62%
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

265 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
28%

2010

 
 
32%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

247 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
58%
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 Students42%
Females42%
Males43%
African American37%
Asian75%
Filipino60%
Hispanic or Latino38%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)40%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Non-economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability43%
English learner14%
Fluent-English proficient and English only54%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduate35%
Parent education - high school graduate35%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)45%
Parent education - college graduate59%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate64%
Parent education - declined to state31%

Math

All Students45%
Females36%
Males52%
African American32%
Asian85%
Filipino67%
Hispanic or Latino42%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)37%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Non-economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability45%
English learner27%
Fluent-English proficient and English only52%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduate38%
Parent education - high school graduate41%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)52%
Parent education - college graduate56%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate36%
Parent education - declined to state33%
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 Students95%
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 disability95%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only95%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented95%
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 Students43%
Females46%
Males39%
African American35%
Asian62%
Filipino73%
Hispanic or Latino32%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Non-economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disability50%
Students with no reported disability43%
English learner15%
Fluent-English proficient and English only57%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduate24%
Parent education - high school graduate45%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)52%
Parent education - college graduate64%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state23%

Math

All Students31%
Females36%
Males26%
African American31%
Asian50%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino27%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)46%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Non-economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disability31%
Students with no reported disability32%
English learner15%
Fluent-English proficient and English only41%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate16%
Parent education - high school graduate36%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)35%
Parent education - college graduate49%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state27%
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%
Females37%
Males25%
African American31%
Asian56%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino24%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)26%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Non-economically disadvantaged32%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability31%
English learner9%
Fluent-English proficient and English only33%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented71%
Parent education - not a high school graduate17%
Parent education - high school graduate22%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)44%
Parent education - college graduate41%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate22%
Parent education - declined to state25%

English Language Arts

All Students41%
Females49%
Males33%
African American25%
Asian58%
Filipino73%
Hispanic or Latino33%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)59%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Non-economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability40%
English learner10%
Fluent-English proficient and English only47%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate29%
Parent education - high school graduate30%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)59%
Parent education - college graduate44%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate44%
Parent education - declined to state34%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students9%
Females9%
Males10%
African American0%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino9%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)19%
Economically disadvantaged10%
Non-economically disadvantaged8%
Students with disability0%
Students with no reported disability12%
English learner3%
Fluent-English proficient and English only13%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate12%
Parent education - high school graduate5%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)13%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state11%

Geometry

All Students64%
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 disability64%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only64%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented64%
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 Students32%
Females32%
Males31%
African American26%
Asian54%
Filipino45%
Hispanic or Latino25%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)45%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Non-economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disability5%
Students with no reported disability34%
English learner6%
Fluent-English proficient and English only37%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented89%
Parent education - not a high school graduate17%
Parent education - high school graduate17%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)51%
Parent education - college graduate42%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate37%
Parent education - declined to state25%

Science

All Students40%
Females39%
Males41%
African American29%
Asian63%
Filipino73%
Hispanic or Latino31%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)53%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Non-economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability40%
English learner12%
Fluent-English proficient and English only45%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduate22%
Parent education - high school graduate27%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)52%
Parent education - college graduate56%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate48%
Parent education - declined to state37%
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 59% 52%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 13% 11%
White 13% 26%
Black 10% 6%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 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 66%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Music
  • Band
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Rock band
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Susan O'Hara-Jones
Fax number
  • (209) 830-3341

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Rock band
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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751 West Lowell Avenue
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