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Balboa Middle School

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Posted November 9, 2012

Our son loves this school! All his teachers are excellent and challenge him to do his best. Mr. Chapin's (7th grade world history) enthusiasm is contagious and my son makes extra effort to study for his class. Mrs. Z, has been very encouraging in her LA class. Mrs. Kennedy runs an interesting & interactive Science experience. Mrs Shirley is a solid & steady type Math teacher, using experience, patience and encouraging that practice makes perfect. Mr Anter's class (computer) has been a great learning tool and my son using what he has learned in class for projects at home. And we are very pleased with this school's PE activities, sports and clubs. Wonderful school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2011

I attended this school for 6th through 8th grade a couple of years ago and it was a great school. I was never bullied, the teachers I had were very supportive and challenged their students, and I really enjoyed my time there. I am not sure why some parents were saying that some of the library books were inappropriate. I was a library assistant and an avid reader while I was there and I do not remember seeing a book that was not appropriate for children of that age. The classes were excellent and challenging, and they did help me in preparing for high school. The GATE (GATE is the schools equivalent for AP/ Honors classes in high school) classes that I took were rigorous but fulfilling. I will say though that it does matter which teachers a student receives. I liked all of my teachers while I was there. Like I said before, they seemed to care about their students and wanted them to succeed. Also, PE was not simply just walking around the field. That was just our warm up while I was there. The teachers would talk while we did our warm up but then became involved after the warm up finished.


Posted February 27, 2011

Am glad that my second child will NOT be attending Balboa! Most teachers are checked out and far from enthusiastic. I TOTALLY agree with the previous post! PE there is a joke and have heard about many twisted ankles on the field and the bullying! Pricipal is nice to your face but will not follow though, and the same with our counselor. It is an old and run down school! Parent involvement is questioned. I have 2 very inappropriate books come home from library with nothong done when I call....just glad it is almost over!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2011

So far I have had problems w/the following: * An English teacher who does not following the AR program for her students, so the Principal had to pull her aside and explain it to her...because she was failing students unnecessarily. * A history teacher who doesn't know how to grade on percentages. * A P.E. Teacher who thinks she can try to punk me through my daughter because I had to call them on what they are not doing....and the teacher didn't like it. * A P.E. Staff who stands around during the P.E. period chatting while they make the classes walk the field in circles for the entire period and the non-supervision allows the bullies in class to get away w/things. * Last year a couple kids were trampled on the last day of school in P.E. when all the classes rushed to get their backpacks from the pen they were chained-up in at once. The teachers were across the school yard chatting w/each other while they left the teacher's aide (another student) try to control the issue. * Phone calls that are not responded to. * The field that is riddled w/gopher holes. * Calls to the District Office that have no impact. Get the point!?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

My son says he can go to any teacher if he has a problem and truely helps him.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2009

This school rocks!! they have the best teachers. I go to balboa middle school and my favorite teacher is ms. Antunez.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 12, 2009

Its a nice well cared school and the education is great
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 31, 2007

Mr. Walwick is the good thing about this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2007

Mr. Cragin runs a great tevhnology program. kids make movies , DVDs and more. Yearbook is created online in his computer lab. Lab is open after school three days a week for dids to do work or play. My son loves it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2006

While the language on all things sent home stresses the importance of standards, I have yet to experience a teacher who is actually preparing students to meet these standards. My child is in 8th grade this year and to say that Balboa Middle School is leaving him unprepared for high school is an understatement. Contacting teachers with questions only makes it more difficult for my son and 9 times out of 10, the ocntacted teacher becomes defensive and takes out frustrations on my child. His confidence level with regard to his academics has suffered. I hate to think what the kids whose parents cannot be involved are going through!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2005

I am not happy with the teachers my son has had in the last 2 years for all core classes. The music teacher however is awesome. He has made learning music interesting and exciting. As for the other teachers, they appear to me to not care at all if my son succeeds, and have put in no extra effort. The grading system is unfair. I am considering home school for my son.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2004

My 6th grader came to Balboa this year from Mound Elem., a magnet public school ranked first in the district with respect to test scores, etc. Balboa is the largest middle school in the district. She has found the classes not very challenging and the teachers very overloaded. We are attempting to get her a more stimulating schedule but the district policy appears to be not to move children if at all possible. As a result this very bright child is getting bored and frustrated. In addition, this school accents discipline with a very detailed rulebook all the incoming 6th graders must read. The place is over the top in this regard. It makes for a hard adjustment for children. The older kids bully the younger ones. It's intimidating.
—Submitted by a parent


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API score

817

Change from
2012 to 2013

-29

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

7 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

1 / 10


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817

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Change from
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-29

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7 / 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.
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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.

414 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

414 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
64%

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

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.

394 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
63%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

395 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
59%

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

The state average for Algebra I was 50% in 2013.

181 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
70%
English Language Arts

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

382 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
65%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

206 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
40%
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.

387 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

382 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
74%
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 Students66%
Females69%
Males65%
African Americann/a
Asian84%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino54%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)76%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Non-economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disability18%
Students with no reported disability69%
English learner17%
Fluent-English proficient and English only72%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented95%
Parent education - not a high school graduate29%
Parent education - high school graduate53%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)62%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate84%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students68%
Females66%
Males70%
African Americann/a
Asian84%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino52%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disability18%
Students with no reported disability70%
English learner17%
Fluent-English proficient and English only73%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented99%
Parent education - not a high school graduate26%
Parent education - high school graduate55%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)66%
Parent education - college graduate75%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate87%
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 Students62%
Females72%
Males53%
African Americann/a
Asian77%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino48%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Non-economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disability5%
Students with no reported disability65%
English learner13%
Fluent-English proficient and English only65%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate42%
Parent education - high school graduate38%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)61%
Parent education - college graduate72%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate76%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students56%
Females57%
Males54%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino42%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)69%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Non-economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disability0%
Students with no reported disability59%
English learner12%
Fluent-English proficient and English only59%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented99%
Parent education - not a high school graduate29%
Parent education - high school graduate34%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)50%
Parent education - college graduate67%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate82%
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 Students96%
Females99%
Males93%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)97%
Economically disadvantaged96%
Non-economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability96%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only96%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate100%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)96%
Parent education - college graduate93%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate98%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students57%
Females64%
Males52%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino42%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)68%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Non-economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disability4%
Students with no reported disability62%
English learner8%
Fluent-English proficient and English only61%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented92%
Parent education - not a high school graduate39%
Parent education - high school graduate40%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)51%
Parent education - college graduate68%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate79%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students36%
Females35%
Males38%
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)42%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Non-economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disability3%
Students with no reported disability43%
English learner7%
Fluent-English proficient and English only41%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented69%
Parent education - not a high school graduate23%
Parent education - high school graduate21%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)43%
Parent education - college graduate47%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate44%
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%
Females54%
Males55%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino42%
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 disadvantaged67%
Students with disability3%
Students with no reported disability60%
English learner10%
Fluent-English proficient and English only58%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented91%
Parent education - not a high school graduate29%
Parent education - high school graduate39%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)52%
Parent education - college graduate65%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate73%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students68%
Females64%
Males72%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino57%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Non-economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disability4%
Students with no reported disability73%
English learner8%
Fluent-English proficient and English only73%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented95%
Parent education - not a high school graduate45%
Parent education - high school graduate45%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)66%
Parent education - college graduate80%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate89%
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
Hispanic 47%
White 45%
Asian 4%
Two or more races 3%
Black 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 45%N/AN/A
English language learners 6%N/AN/A

Teacher experience

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

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