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Sarah McGarvin Intermediate School

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Posted November 19, 2013

I have been attending McGarvin for over three months now. The teachers are so helpful, funny, yet expects a lot from us. The principal and vice principal are friendly and kind. All the students are very welcoming and has a lot of school spirit.I love that this school has a bully box. The only thing I don't like about this school are the office members. They are so bitter and unfriendly.


Posted August 28, 2013

I love being in the McGarvin choir. We get to perform at different places other than our school. It helped me gain more confidence and also improve my voice. I also really love my other classes as well, but I dislike the fact that McGarvin makes you run a lot in P.E. In addition, I love all the teachers (especially Mrs. Olsen) and all McGarvin's learning programs. Go McGarvin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Posted June 1, 2012

This school is awesome! We get to go marching in parades. We've already been 2 in this whole year. It's very fun! This school has a high A.P.I.! You will NOT be disappointed if you go to this school!


Posted November 16, 2011

I noticed one of the school highlights is 'band', and thought I had to share. Let's just say it wasn't the best experience I had ever experience. For a while, and probably still going on, female students aren't allowed to play a tuba or any percussion instrument. (This had happen to me, my director claimed I wouldn't be able to support a heavy instrument.) Also, last year, parents of band members donated over thousands of dollars. Where did most of that money go? Orchestra.


Posted November 29, 2010

It was my first year in the school and district, when I transferred to Mc Garvin my 8th grade year. I found the students to be very hospitable and teachers very helpful. The principal and assistant principal are both great as well. The office staff, however, isn't the most organized, helpful, or pleasant staff to deal with. The academics are great and well-thought out for any average level student who plans on staying in the district and abiding by GGUSD's own academic standards. Coming from the Saddleback Valley District, I was brought back several chapters in each subject and am now trying to catch up with my former classmates to stay up to speed. Although the academics aren't as challenging, the band program at Mc Garvin is terrific and an overall great experience.


Posted November 11, 2010

This is a great school and offers many good programs as well. But I was very disappointed when I heard that they cut there choir program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2010

I love McGarvin school because the teachers are smart, the school is new, the students are respectful.


Posted June 24, 2010

This was my child's first year in the Garden Grove School District. I heard great things about the District, and looked forward to the new experience. I was pleased to know that McGarvin had a full-time Counselor on staff to assist Parents/Students. My child had challenges adjusting academically and the Counselor stepped in to help address the challenges head on. The Counselor took a proactive approach to identifying my child's challenges, and implemented several ideas to help us find a solution. The Counselor made herself available anytime we needed her assistance. My experiences with the Counselor made a great review excellent! Thank you McGarvin for having a quality staff, but most importantly, a quality Counselor who truly cares for her students!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2010

McGarvin is an outstanding school with a highest API ranking among top middle school in Orange County. Students are marvelous!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2010

I needed help with my son getting his homework turned in to the teachers. I saw him do it at home, but the report card would come back and say missing homework!!! I was completely frustrated with my son! I called Mrs. Bartlett who worked with my son and me. I could e-mail her and ask for updates and she would collect information from the teachers to help me stay on top of the situation. She would check my son's agenda daily to ensure that we would not fight we he got home and said there was no homework because the teachers were signing it!!!! Mrs. Bartlett helped me connect with the teachers and the teachers would stay after school with my son.....he was to pick a different teacher each day for that extra help. Thank you teachers for caring about my son!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2010

In response to the parent or maybe the parents of McGarvin students who seem to be having difficulty in getting assistance....maybe a call, letter or email to the principal or vice-principal would be helpful in making the concern known and addressed. All school personnel (teachers, office personnel and administration) are accessble via email on the McGarvin website. I hope this information will assist any parent and or student in need.


Posted February 17, 2010

I'm unhappy with this School. My son has ADHA and the they have not helped my son. They can't even keep their appointments with me or even get back to me because the school counselor says she's to busy. I think their is only one Teacher that has updated me with my son's school work and I thank her for it other then that I dont see this school being a 5 star.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2010

THis School is the best! It has everything my child needs to succeed in life and in school. THis school has a great disipline system. The counciler, well she's not the greatest..but other than that.. PERFECT!! Ever since my child has gotten into that school I've seen A's and B's on her progress reports. The vice principle trys her best to get a long with her students. McGarvin is the best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2009

I like this school because of fun education and good sports, and safe. McGarvin is rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 7, 2009

Friendly learning environment , academically competitive , involved parents...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2009

the teachers are the best! the staff is so effective! 'they have the best food there,' my child says! i love Sarah McGarvin Intermediate School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2009

good education and strong rules
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2009

The best string orchestra ever! Why to go Ms. Bissell
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2009

best school ever! really fun! great way to connect with people
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 3, 2009

My experience as a McGarvin student was one of the best yet. The atmosphere as a whole was invigorating and fun. The learning environment was very ideal for me as a student. McGarcvin has greatly helped me become the scholar I am today.


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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

930

Change from
2012 to 2013

+1

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

10 / 10


API Growth scores over time

Did this school meet the API goal this year?
The state goal for API is 800. All schools that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school met the state goal of 800.

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  • This school met all student subgroup API targets for 2013

This school's
API score

930

What is the API?
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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Change from 2012 to 2013
Comparing the API Growth to the Base shows whether or not this school’s test score performance improved between Spring 2011 and Spring 2012. The API ranges between 200 and 1000, with 800 as the statewide goal for all schools. Schools scoring below an 800 are given at least a 5 point target for the next year.
API Statewide Rank
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10 / 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.
API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

10 / 10

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.
Algebra I

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

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
99%
English Language Arts

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

408 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

296 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
74%

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

Algebra I

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

252 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
71%
English Language Arts

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

406 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
79%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
18%

2011

 
 
15%

2010

 
 
19%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
99%
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

420 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

404 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
85%
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 Students99%
Females100%
Males98%
African Americann/a
Asian99%
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 disadvantaged98%
Non-economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability99%
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)100%
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state99%

English Language Arts

All Students75%
Females77%
Males74%
African Americann/a
Asian81%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino33%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)70%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Non-economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disability64%
Students with no reported disability76%
English learner26%
Fluent-English proficient and English only93%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate77%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)76%
Parent education - college graduate93%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to state73%

Math

All Students75%
Females75%
Males76%
African Americann/a
Asian82%
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)63%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Non-economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disability57%
Students with no reported disability76%
English learner55%
Fluent-English proficient and English only86%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate75%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)58%
Parent education - college graduate90%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state73%
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 Students82%
Females85%
Males78%
African Americann/a
Asian83%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino74%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability81%
English learner76%
Fluent-English proficient and English only82%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate92%
Parent education - high school graduate84%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)77%
Parent education - college graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state79%

English Language Arts

All Students83%
Females87%
Males78%
African Americann/a
Asian87%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino56%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Non-economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disability46%
Students with no reported disability83%
English learner34%
Fluent-English proficient and English only91%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate79%
Parent education - high school graduate86%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)92%
Parent education - college graduate91%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to state71%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students37%
Females45%
Males29%
African Americann/a
Asian46%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino23%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged33%
Non-economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disability24%
Students with no reported disability44%
English learner27%
Fluent-English proficient and English only54%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate46%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state28%

Geometry

All Students96%
Females96%
Males96%
African Americann/a
Asian96%
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 disadvantaged91%
Non-economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability96%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only96%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate100%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state92%

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students82%
Females83%
Males80%
African Americann/a
Asian85%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino62%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Non-economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disability38%
Students with no reported disability85%
English learner40%
Fluent-English proficient and English only91%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate75%
Parent education - high school graduate84%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)90%
Parent education - college graduate89%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to state73%

Science

All Students93%
Females93%
Males92%
African Americann/a
Asian94%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino84%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)95%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Non-economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disability82%
Students with no reported disability93%
English learner65%
Fluent-English proficient and English only98%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate95%
Parent education - high school graduate95%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)100%
Parent education - college graduate98%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to state86%
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 73% 11%
Hispanic 18% 51%
White 8% 27%
Black 1% 7%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 67%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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  • Margaret Feliciani
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