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Alvarado Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1504 students

 

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Posted August 23, 2013

My school is the best school.They are very welcoming students and teachers.The teachers are very nice,smart,and all ways there to help when you need it even after school.The students are great,they are very welcoming and great.The counslers are always there to help you when you are hurt or need help.


Posted December 15, 2012

Good school from our brief attendance. We came mid year as an 8th grader. the principal was so personable and we really liked her. She genuinally cared for her students. They offer anti bullying and it carries out in the community. The school really seems to stick together and the special ed teacher was wonderful. They have more activities and they do not cut athletes regardless of their experience. They encourage them and keep them motivated. Very impressed for the time we were there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2012

My boy has graduated from this middle school and I am very happy with his achievements and learning. One thing that is emphasized less here is focus on science and technology projects that some other Silicon Valley schools tend to do. I hear from my kid there are once in a while disruptions in the class due to some distracted kids, but over-all emphasis on studies is reasonable. AMong good things, the band program is good and gave my kid very good confidence to perform in public. I was also happy with his learning in subjects like Algebra and Geometry.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2011

i give this school below anerage because this school change too much. i use to go to this school back in the day it was fun but now . my daughter is going to this school n she tell me about the school now.1.is they have the student eat at a area n can't walk around on school groungs. They only go to the basketball coult, black top and the field only.The time i was there all the student was walking around on school groungs.This teacher made some of the students call their paretsbecause they just forgot to do 1 of the pages of homework.my daughter for got to do a page of her homework and her teacher told my daughter to call me n tell me she forgot to do it.Just for that wow. the only time schools should call if is a emergency.Her teacher say if u absence get your homework assignment from a other student, the teacher wont give you the homework that u need when you were absence.They make the student take a tast about the school rules. two times about the rules ane one for p.e just make sure you get it.I was happy about my daughter going to this school and i'm not happy about. That is a shame about this school.I told my daughter she going to have fun at this school but i was wrong
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2011

this is a great school if you want to put your child in a public middle school, Alvarado middle is the right place. Go Cougars!


Posted February 12, 2010

As parents of a 7th grader, we love this school! We were nervous at first, with my daughter entering the school in 7th grade, her first time in a public school and expecting students to be set with friends, but was pleasantly surprised from her first day. All the teachers, students, staff, welcomed my daughter and were so supportive, the environment so inclusive, that she felt right at home. She's now getting straight A's, named captain for her team next year, and will be running for student council. This school is the best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

My son just started 6th grade, and they just had Back to school night last nite. All of the teachers all seem very enthusiatic and on track wanting the best for our kids, preparing them for high school and the future- Kuddos for AMS- They do stress that parent and student daily interaction is a necessity for a successful school year, and also encouragement and praise is a valuable tool.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2009

I am a current student in alvarado and I love it! For starters the students are really helpful, on my first day there I asked any random person for help, and they even showed me around. Making friends is a breeze. The teachers are really supportive, so if you're having any struggles, they'll make sure that you'll understand clearly. Let's see, the only negative thing I can say is that the dress code is a little strict. But it doesn't get in the way of how much I love the school. :) so if you're a parent/student that's wondering what school to take your child to. Why Alvarado of course! LOL. woo! <3
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 24, 2009

AMS is a great school. The staff is nice and they are willing to help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2008

This school is good, with many teachers willing to go over the top to help students. Some, however, slack back because they have tenure. Overall, I believe AMS is a great place for kids to recieve an educaqtion
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 28, 2008

This is a great school but students are just not ready to focus. The teachers will give everyone many chances thinking they will improve but they just don't. Many racial problems. It is good school and needs to improve a little bit. Very nice programs and friendly staff. Many rude people but, you will get over them.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 14, 2008

This school is supporting and has a wonderful staff. My daughter always comes home safe, responsible, and smiling.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2007

i Have a son that goes to this school and he is totally unhappy. He hates all the teachers except for on named Mr.Higgerson. We have had the chance to talk with this man and he is a good teacher. and all the students i have spoken to have told me they hate this school the only part about this school that is good is the sports.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2007

I have an eighth grader at Alvarado Middle School and I cannot be happier. Ms. Hull leads the supportive staff to meet the needs of all students, including Gate and students of color. I have been impressed with the online grading, rigorous academic program, the quick response to emails and the amazing office staff at the school. I was hesitant to send my son to such a large school after moving here at the start of his 6th grade year but have found the environment to be warm and inclusive. There are so many learning and fun opportunities for students, and as a parent I have always felt welcome at the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2007

Check now, the school should be better, the school staff is much more strict, and the information is being passed out. Besides the conselors have many students to deal with.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2005

My personal experience as far as a student goes was not the best. The counselors were not there when I needed them. I do not recommend this school for students who need diversity and who are not capable of handling prejudice.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

811

Change from
2012 to 2013

-8

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

6 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

3 / 10


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811

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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

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6 / 10

API Statewide Rank (2012)
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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.

406 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

407 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
52%
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.

193 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
86%
English Language Arts

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

472 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

279 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
22%

2011

 
 
18%

2010

 
 
32%
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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
29%

2010

 
 
71%
English Language Arts

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

432 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
71%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

157 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
12%

2012

 
 
11%

2011

 
 
17%

2010

 
 
41%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

196 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
91%
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

459 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

436 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
75%
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 Students67%
Females73%
Males61%
African American65%
Asian78%
Filipino61%
Hispanic or Latino62%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islander64%
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islander69%
White (not Hispanic)73%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Non-economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability67%
English learner14%
Fluent-English proficient and English only72%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate72%
Parent education - high school graduate47%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)65%
Parent education - college graduate69%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate81%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students52%
Females55%
Males48%
African American46%
Asian67%
Filipino46%
Hispanic or Latino42%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islander29%
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islander31%
White (not Hispanic)57%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Non-economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability51%
English learner8%
Fluent-English proficient and English only56%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduate67%
Parent education - high school graduate38%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)40%
Parent education - college graduate55%
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 Students50%
Females55%
Males45%
African Americann/a
Asian61%
Filipino46%
Hispanic or Latino13%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)47%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Non-economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability51%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only50%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented70%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate42%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)48%
Parent education - college graduate49%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate64%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students71%
Females76%
Males65%
African American29%
Asian83%
Filipino68%
Hispanic or Latino64%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islander76%
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islander86%
White (not Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability70%
English learner26%
Fluent-English proficient and English only75%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate56%
Parent education - high school graduate59%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)63%
Parent education - college graduate78%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate89%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students22%
Females21%
Males23%
African American4%
Asian28%
Filipino27%
Hispanic or Latino15%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islander43%
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islander55%
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged17%
Non-economically disadvantaged27%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability22%
English learner6%
Fluent-English proficient and English only24%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate20%
Parent education - high school graduate19%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)15%
Parent education - college graduate28%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate33%
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 Students16%
Females19%
Males14%
African American0%
Asian24%
Filipino22%
Hispanic or Latino6%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged9%
Non-economically disadvantaged21%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability15%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only16%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate6%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)12%
Parent education - college graduate20%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate23%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students63%
Females72%
Males55%
African American50%
Asian75%
Filipino65%
Hispanic or Latino57%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islander38%
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islander36%
White (not Hispanic)52%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Non-economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability63%
English learner10%
Fluent-English proficient and English only68%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduate39%
Parent education - high school graduate42%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)59%
Parent education - college graduate71%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate83%
Parent education - declined to state77%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students12%
Females15%
Males10%
African American4%
Asian4%
Filipino26%
Hispanic or Latino12%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islander14%
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islander8%
White (not Hispanic)8%
Economically disadvantaged6%
Non-economically disadvantaged21%
Students with disability0%
Students with no reported disability15%
English learner6%
Fluent-English proficient and English only14%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate4%
Parent education - high school graduate8%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)14%
Parent education - college graduate21%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Geometry

All Students41%
Females35%
Males48%
African Americann/a
Asian55%
Filipino29%
Hispanic or Latino29%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged37%
Non-economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability41%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only40%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented68%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate38%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)25%
Parent education - college graduate38%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate62%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students55%
Females58%
Males53%
African American37%
Asian68%
Filipino61%
Hispanic or Latino49%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islander40%
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islander43%
White (not Hispanic)41%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Non-economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disability14%
Students with no reported disability58%
English learner13%
Fluent-English proficient and English only60%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented91%
Parent education - not a high school graduate41%
Parent education - high school graduate41%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)47%
Parent education - college graduate62%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate81%
Parent education - declined to state62%

Science

All Students69%
Females72%
Males66%
African American54%
Asian80%
Filipino71%
Hispanic or Latino65%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islander38%
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islander41%
White (not Hispanic)62%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Non-economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disability54%
Students with no reported disability70%
English learner29%
Fluent-English proficient and English only73%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduate47%
Parent education - high school graduate58%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate80%
Parent education - declined to state62%
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
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 57% 11%
Hispanic 16% 52%
Black 10% 6%
White 7% 26%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 4% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 0%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 4%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:15
School end time
  • 2:35
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Jesus Varela
Fax number
  • (510) 475-3936
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
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31604 Alvarado Boulevard
Union City, CA 94587
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Phone: (510) 489-0700

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