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Twentynine Palms Junior High School

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Posted September 21, 2010

Even through the budget cuts, our school has struggled to find ways to keep programs alive that encourage our children to be better students. Resources and teachers here have been cut just like everywhere else, but in this small town there are no other educational options for our children. That's why it is so important for us to find funding for our school wherever we can. Please help us to to keep our children's hopes for a good education alive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2010

Their web site is thee best! The principal and many teachers update their personal websites weekly. Grades, attendance, transcripts, class schedule, and contact information are updated daily. In spite of the drastic cuts to education, this school still offers programs that peek student interest. Transportation if provided to support tutorial, leadership, arts, gifted, sports, and enrichment programs. They sponsor dances and free social events. Many classrooms have the latest technology for teaching hi-tech lessons. They have 3 brand new computer labs. A couple of classes are all on line learning to meet various student learning styles. Teachers are only an email away if you want to talk to them. Many teachers spend much of their own money providing materials to help students learn. Community organizations help pay for band and choir uniforms. The principals are right on top of behavior issues but all must do their part to report wrong doing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2009

My son attended this school last year and I was so disappointed. We had issues with a particular teacher and was basically given the brush off and the old it will get better. When it comes to my child's education I really like to stay involved and with this school I would encourage every parent to stay involved and don't allow the teachers to not be held accountable. My son would bring home graded papers from a particular teacher and she was so used to giving grades that she would often misgrade his assignments and get offended when he would questioned her, so as parents, we questioned her. Every week this was happening. She would brag about failing her students and of course that would make an uncomfortable environment for any child. Please stay involve with your child's teachers hold them accountable. These are the worst schools I have ever seen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2009

All schools have issues, but TPJHS is always looking for ways to improve the school. Students are encouraged to attend after school tutoring, clubs and activities. There are many opportunities for student leadership. Discipline is tough, but needed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2008

I found that it was almost imposible to get in contact with a teacher. Students answer the phones in the office and many of my messages were either misplaced or lost. They do try to have as many after school activities as they can, but I found that teachers tend to cater to the students that do well academicaly. If you do need any extra instuction no matter how little, you must do it in an after school tutorial. I was not pleased with this school at all!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2006

Twentynine Palms Junior High is a great Academic institution. The Teachers and other Faculty educate as well as promote good citizenship. Monthly assemblies for Citizenship and Academic achievement and announcements gives parents and family members opportunity to see how things are going and to hear the band play. Band is offered for 7th and 8th Grade and the band teacher also supports Twentynine Elementary 4th-6th Graders with music. The 7th and 8th Grade students also help the elemtary students to learn their instruments and both bands combine for specials at both schools. This school also has GATE as well as other academic other opportunities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2006

As a student I like school. I have just one word about this school. It is cheap. Our only fund for this organization is the California Cadet Corps Fund, we get that money from mostly car washes. It takes a long time to ever get any money to do any activtivties. And also that the mental stats of students must be very concedered very carefully. You might not think boredness is a problem but it is. Even if it is the student's fault or the teachers.
—Submitted by a student


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This school's
API score

831

Change from
2012 to 2013

+36

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

5 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

7 / 10


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831

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2012 to 2013

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5 / 10

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Algebra I

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
75%
English Language Arts

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

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
58%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

214 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
37%
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.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
41%
English Language Arts

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

195 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
50%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
23%

2011

 
 
29%

2010

 
 
28%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
87%
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
37%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

194 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
69%

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

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Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
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English Language Arts

All Students63%
Females67%
Males61%
African American60%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino61%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)68%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Non-economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disability33%
Students with no reported disability65%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only65%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate21%
Parent education - high school graduate57%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)64%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate71%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students50%
Females49%
Males51%
African American36%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino49%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)56%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Non-economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disability13%
Students with no reported disability54%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only50%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate14%
Parent education - high school graduate51%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)46%
Parent education - college graduate59%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate71%
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 Students55%
Females59%
Males51%
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)61%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Non-economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability54%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only54%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate46%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)52%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students65%
Females69%
Males61%
African American46%
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)67%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Non-economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability66%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only66%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate47%
Parent education - high school graduate61%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)63%
Parent education - college graduate69%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students57%
Females60%
Males54%
African American67%
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)50%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Non-economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disability18%
Students with no reported disability66%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only57%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate44%
Parent education - high school graduate35%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)65%
Parent education - college graduate80%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Geometry

All Students69%
Females77%
Males62%
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)72%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability69%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only69%
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 Students51%
Females42%
Males57%
African American33%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino40%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)56%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Non-economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disability17%
Students with no reported disability55%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only50%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate30%
Parent education - high school graduate35%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)53%
Parent education - college graduate69%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate79%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students83%
Females79%
Males86%
African American77%
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)86%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Non-economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability83%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only83%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate72%
Parent education - high school graduate83%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)86%
Parent education - college graduate72%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
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
White 49%
Hispanic 24%
Black 12%
Two or more races 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Asian 1%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 62%N/AN/A
English language learners 2%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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School basics

School Leader's name
  • James Powell
Fax number
  • (760) 367-0742

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
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