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Cerro Villa Middle School

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Posted August 18, 2013

It is very bad my son learned the same things every year! they treated him badly and the gym teacher made fun of him for not being athletic. also he has dyslexia and the teachers were rude to him for not being smart such as saying he doesn't belong there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2013

Cerro Villa Principal is excellent in his communication on student and community activities. However the teachers have the worst communication between teacher and parent. They do not respond to parent emails and do not offer help to a struggling student. The Portal used to display the student grades are updated after assignments and tests are complete. As a parent and a student, this site should be used as a tool to help make sure assignments and studying are completed before they are due. The teachers are also supplied another tool to communicate homework and classwork instruction, the blackboard, an online site. This was rarely used at the beginning of the year and by the end of the first trimester occasionally used. This paralyzes parents further.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2011

Our son is now in 8th grade, & is doing fantastic! He is a second year Honor Society student, in Honors English & History, 3rd chair Trumpet in Advanced Band, playing after school football & basketball, doing a minimum of 12 hours volunteer time for Honor Society. ALL of this is due to the WONDERFUL teachers and a FANTASTIC new principal! (Thanks Dr. M) This is the best middle school in Orange!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2009

CVMS is the best school there is in ousd. I amcurrently a 8th grader and next year I will be going to high school yaya!!!The teachers are so nice and try to make it as fun as possible though the strict uniform policy... ughhh. Other than that i recommended that all kids come here (12-13)its safe and cool and fun!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 25, 2009

Great teachers at CV, but it is absolutely ridiculous that there are 40 students in each class! There's no way that my child is getting the best education possible when they're cramming that many kids into a classroom. Like I said, the teachers are great, but that's way too many kids in every class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2008

This is my daughters 2nd year at Ceroo Villa. The strict uniform policy is spelled out, and does not take a rocket scientist to follow. This is known prior to attending the school, so I do not understand why people have a problem with it. It has made mornings easier for us. The physical education program has made physical activity fun, and nutritition should be taught at home, not left up to the teacher, and or staff. My daughter is here to get an education, which I feel has been given to her in an excellent way. Not only are her Honors teachers enriching and caring, but her non-honors teachers as well. The only concern of mine is that many of the honors classes are so crowded, it would be nice to add additional honors program teachers to the staff to accomadate the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2008

This is my first year at CV. I luv it! Eventhough it has a strict uniform policy...i dont mind. it makes sense. You dont get disciplined right away if your shirt is untucked. The teacher just says, 'Psst. Your shirt is untucked.' to warn you. You only get disciplined if you ignore the teacher or knowingly untuck it. Last Thursday, i went to my first dance. It was wonderful! So much fun! There was not only dancing but also games, and food! I also do orchestra. It is fun too! The conductor, Mrs. Hannah is so accepting and nice. Other afterschool sports and clubs are fun too. Try them if you go to CVMS~ So..if you have a child....bring her to CV! He/she will loooove it. I cant wait 'til 8th grade too. Go Vikings!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 19, 2008

This school helps but its also not the best becasue us kids hate uniforms but we could deal with them for 2 years. I am an 8th grader in this school and appriciate what cvms is doing.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 2, 2007

My son is on his second year at cerro villa we are very happy with this school the teachers are great and I am very confident my son will be well prepared for High School next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2007

To think the school is well established, great, and perfect for my 12-13 yr old to attend...think again. To many that doesn't know, it has a strict uniform policy...so strict that if one were to untuck their shirt they'd get disciplined, even though they have a reasonable answer for why; such as 'I forgot to because of PE.' The Nutrition and Lunch lines feature: French fries, pizza, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate muffins, donuts, chips, etc. And the kids are able to buy this as much as they want! You all may say 'The Physical Education Staff should be able to burn the fat they gained form lunch,' But the PE instructors just sit at the sidelines and tell them to run a mile or do some sport for the period and whether they are an ace athelete or one that tries their grade. Don't send your child here period.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 25, 2005

Although the teaching staff is excellent, this school's administration halts the progress of advanced students by denying them classes that are easily granted. Bureacracy governs mucb of this schools inner workings.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 26, 2005

The RSP program at this school has helped my child go from a D student to a C+ and B student. Great communication from teachers and Principal. Recently awarded the California Destinguished School award. I am confident this school has prepared my child for High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2005

This school has overall good teachers in the sciences and social science departments. My child also benefited much participating for two yrs. in the band and orchestra led by a wonderful conductor
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2004

Should add the school sports program onto this site.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2004

This is my daughters first year at CVMS. I have had a good experience. I think the transition from elementary to middle school are hard. You have 7 years with elementary teachers and office staff then you go to middle school for only two years. I have nothing but positives to say. My child has honors english and history and they are great teachers, she is in regular math and science and those are great teachers. Every time I have called for a teacher or counseling office I have received a call back. Great Experience for our family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2003

I am an 8th grader at Cerro Villa middle school! I wanted to tell the parents about this school so they can hear from a REAL student there about the school so they won't be so nervous. The school's population is 1160, I know you all are thinking WOW thats a lot of kids but not really for a public middle school. The after school programs are excellent! The teachers there are ok if you get average teachers. (P.S. parents if you want your kids to get the best education possible put them in honors that the where the best teachers are. To answer you kids coming this year no you won't get beat up, I havent yet :). There is hardly any drug use but like all schools there is some. But I don't do that stuff.


Posted August 26, 2003

CV has been a wonderful school. After school sports are a little unorganized and not much instruction going on there. The classroom instruction is excellent. The principal is very organized and Mrs. Russell the Vice Principal was the best. She has now retired. Great school. Get your kid involved in as much as possible.
—Submitted by a parent


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877

Change from
2012 to 2013

+4

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

8 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

8 / 10


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Algebra I

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

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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English Language Arts

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

511 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
63%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

486 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
49%
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.

252 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
89%
English Language Arts

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

488 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
71%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

235 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
28%

2010

 
 
45%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

512 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

488 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
72%

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

Algebra I

All Students100%
Females100%
Males100%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
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American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability100%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only100%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
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 graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students74%
Females75%
Males74%
African Americann/a
Asian94%
Filipino77%
Hispanic or Latino57%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Non-economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disability67%
Students with no reported disability75%
English learner11%
Fluent-English proficient and English only80%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate46%
Parent education - high school graduate57%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)77%
Parent education - college graduate85%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
Parent education - declined to state69%

Math

All Students64%
Females59%
Males69%
African Americann/a
Asian95%
Filipino64%
Hispanic or Latino47%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)74%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Non-economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disability68%
Students with no reported disability64%
English learner11%
Fluent-English proficient and English only70%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduate47%
Parent education - high school graduate48%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)63%
Parent education - college graduate77%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate81%
Parent education - declined to state38%
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 Students81%
Females81%
Males82%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino71%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability81%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only82%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduate57%
Parent education - high school graduate69%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)81%
Parent education - college graduate84%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students71%
Females75%
Males67%
African Americann/a
Asian96%
Filipino73%
Hispanic or Latino53%
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 disability50%
Students with no reported disability71%
English learner13%
Fluent-English proficient and English only75%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate37%
Parent education - high school graduate60%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)73%
Parent education - college graduate77%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to state58%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students35%
Females43%
Males29%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino29%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)44%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Non-economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disability8%
Students with no reported disability40%
English learner11%
Fluent-English proficient and English only40%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate23%
Parent education - high school graduate31%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)40%
Parent education - college graduate49%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate40%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Geometry

All Students100%
Femalesn/a
Males100%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
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)100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability100%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only100%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
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 graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students72%
Females73%
Males73%
African Americann/a
Asian96%
Filipino73%
Hispanic or Latino59%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disability33%
Students with no reported disability76%
English learner12%
Fluent-English proficient and English only78%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented99%
Parent education - not a high school graduate46%
Parent education - high school graduate63%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)73%
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate90%
Parent education - declined to state67%

Science

All Students80%
Females78%
Males83%
African Americann/a
Asian94%
Filipino91%
Hispanic or Latino70%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Non-economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disability63%
Students with no reported disability81%
English learner30%
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate52%
Parent education - high school graduate68%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)84%
Parent education - college graduate91%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to state50%
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 42% 52%
White 42% 26%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 12% 11%
Black 2% 6%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 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 41%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

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

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
School psychologist
Speech and language therapist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Music
  • Choir / Chorus

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Ken Miller
Fax number
  • (714) 921-9331

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Soccer
  • Softball

Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
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17852 East Serrano Avenue
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