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Anacapa Middle School

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Posted November 4, 2013

I don't agree with any of these reviews at all. Yes, maybe not all the staff is great but you can't expect perfection from a middle school. To be honest, the school is not so bad. One thing I like is the freedom of expression which Balboa does not have. I also had a teacher who did a fantastic job of preparing me for high school and she was not even there for half the year due to health issues. Everyone is hating on this school but I have never thought it was ever that bad.


Posted August 15, 2012

I agree with the last person's entry (06/01/12). My oldest just finished her last year there (8th grade) and during her time we often had "meetings" and it seemed that it was the teachers issues (some personal as well) being taken out on my child. Ridiculous. I am so glad she is done with that school! The teachers critisize and humilate children rather than teach them. Not very organized with their student charts either. I had to fax over my child's emergency card and update it more than once - when it was already done at the beginning of the school year. I started keeping copies to keep track and have proof things were being submitted on my end. They just couldnt get it right. No offense to others that havent had these experiences, but there either needs to be a good sweep of staff there. What happened to back to teachers that want to teach children? not belittle them....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2012

Geez... I cant even type ... below I meant to type "close" to my work..... And I was going to say that I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT SCHOOL HAS A 4 STAR RATING? REALLY? That is far too generous in my opinion.... and yes, I know that I am entitled to it. I do not mean to offend those who are satisfied with school, or even like it... I just am not of that group.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2011

EXTREMELY unhappy with this school!!, they think its teaching when they criticize a child, and publicly humiliate them. they don't accept late work, or give test back to correct what was wrong. I give this school an F
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

Anacapa has a new, young principal whose lack of experience and judgement really show Many of the teachers and administration are just biding their time until retirement--they assign little to no homework, do not pass back corrected home work or tests so that the student can learn from their mistakes and provide little to no communication with the parents. This is the perfect example of why tenure is ruining the public education system. We received no feedback when addressing a problem with the principal and then none when taking it to the superintendant. Time for new blood top to bottom(including school board). Let's get back to teachers that want to teach(i.e. history) and not those just biding their time to retirement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

The school is small and the staff is really involved with the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

They really care about their students!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

I love thi school it rock i would recommend sending your chil to AMS they have great programs live Avid and ASB i love this school
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 6, 2009

I am a student at AMS and went to this school ever since 6th grade. Thankfully, I will be attending Foothill Technology High School. But sadly for Anacapa, I would not recommend this school for your child because most of the teachers do not challenge their students(except the 6th grade GATE Language Arts teacher who is an excellent teacher). The schools campus is also very dirty. There are trash and gum on the sidewalk, the boy's bathroom smells terrible, and campus beautification doesn't help at all. Although the teachers are not the best, they are very kind and are willing to help you if you are in a tough situation. Overall, if you would like your child to attend a great UC(such as UC Berkley or UCLA), an Ivy League, or college, it is best that you do not send your child to this school
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 26, 2008

This school can be excellent or terrible depending on what programs you are in and what teachers you have. The GATE program is the best guarantee that you will have a good academic experience at this school and that you will not end up in the wrong crowd (but beware the 6th grade GATE Language Arts teacher he has high expectations and provides a class that is hard to pass. I suggest you take your child out of GATE in 6th grade or just out of his class) . If you want to ensure further that your child will walk the right path, ASB is one way to do it. The Leadership program at this school has only the best role models in the class, but you can only apply to be in leadership in 7th and 8th grade.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 27, 2008

this school is very cool and fun. you also can learn a lot from these talented teachers and students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 19, 2008

Had four kids go through. Great teachers..no trouble for us
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2007

Thsi school rocks! There are great staff and high expitation. If you are starting sixth grade this is the place to go! The teacher, students, staff, and everyone else are really nice and helpfull. Oh yeah, and the food rocks too!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 26, 2007

My child transferred to Anacapa from Balboa at the start of 7th grade after being physically attacked without provocation at Balboa premises by a fellow student with martial arts training. We wanted a less threatening environment. She had a wonderful experience at Anacapa, which has a progressive atmosphere, with a new IMAXC program stressing academic excellence. The teachers are young and attentive to student needs. She was placed in an accelerated math program immediately and challenged academically. The music program is fabulous and underappreciated!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2005

Anacapa is now under new and improved leadership. Our last Principal, and two assistant principals have relocated. This school has the potential of being a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2005

I was not impressed at all with the campus, the office staff or the teachers. It was a terrible experience for my child's first year of middle school. I do not recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2005

Anacapa isn't the best school around. There are no lockers, like most of the other middle schools, and the office staff are rude, as are many teachers.
—Submitted by a former student


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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

777

Change from
2012 to 2013

-23

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

5 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

1 / 10


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This school's
API score

777

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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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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.
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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.

253 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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50%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
56%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

254 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
44%
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.

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English Language Arts

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

277 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

279 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
47%
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.

169 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
42%
English Language Arts

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

295 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
54%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
12%

2010

 
 
10%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

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History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

298 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
48%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

293 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
61%
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 Students50%
Females57%
Males44%
African Americann/a
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)65%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Non-economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disability8%
Students with no reported disability53%
English learner18%
Fluent-English proficient and English only57%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented93%
Parent education - not a high school graduate30%
Parent education - high school graduate38%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)49%
Parent education - college graduate68%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate73%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students48%
Females48%
Males48%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino41%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)61%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Non-economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disability0%
Students with no reported disability51%
English learner28%
Fluent-English proficient and English only52%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduate33%
Parent education - high school graduate38%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)46%
Parent education - college graduate66%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate57%
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 Studentsn/a
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 disabilityn/a
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English onlyn/a
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

English Language Arts

All Students53%
Females53%
Males52%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino46%
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 disadvantaged64%
Students with disability13%
Students with no reported disability56%
English learner4%
Fluent-English proficient and English only58%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented92%
Parent education - not a high school graduate25%
Parent education - high school graduate43%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)52%
Parent education - college graduate60%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate72%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students41%
Females44%
Males39%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino32%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)55%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Non-economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disability21%
Students with no reported disability44%
English learner11%
Fluent-English proficient and English only45%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented79%
Parent education - not a high school graduate18%
Parent education - high school graduate38%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)36%
Parent education - college graduate52%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate59%
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 Students60%
Females61%
Males58%
African Americann/a
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)55%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Non-economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability60%
English learner9%
Fluent-English proficient and English only63%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented81%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate33%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)65%
Parent education - college graduate69%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate64%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students53%
Females52%
Males54%
African Americann/a
Asian64%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino46%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)62%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Non-economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disability4%
Students with no reported disability58%
English learner6%
Fluent-English proficient and English only60%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented93%
Parent education - not a high school graduate24%
Parent education - high school graduate34%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)57%
Parent education - college graduate63%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate72%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students19%
Females22%
Males15%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino20%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)19%
Economically disadvantaged17%
Non-economically disadvantaged24%
Students with disability4%
Students with no reported disability22%
English learner13%
Fluent-English proficient and English only20%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate0%
Parent education - high school graduate18%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)20%
Parent education - college graduate14%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Geometry

All Studentsn/a
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 disabilityn/a
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English onlyn/a
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 Students55%
Females51%
Males58%
African Americann/a
Asian73%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino47%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)63%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Non-economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disability11%
Students with no reported disability59%
English learner17%
Fluent-English proficient and English only60%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduate17%
Parent education - high school graduate41%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)57%
Parent education - college graduate59%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate81%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students61%
Females55%
Males66%
African Americann/a
Asian73%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino51%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)71%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Non-economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disability4%
Students with no reported disability65%
English learner17%
Fluent-English proficient and English only67%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented99%
Parent education - not a high school graduate24%
Parent education - high school graduate43%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)66%
Parent education - college graduate67%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate81%
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 52% 52%
White 37% 26%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 11%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Black 2% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 44%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 6%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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