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East Whittier Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1186 students

 
 

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Posted April 24, 2010

East Whittier has an extremely strong mathematics department with teachers that really do care a lot about students and their success. They are dedicated teachers that make themselves available for students so they can be successful. As far as the comment that they are way to strict is ridiculous. East Whittier Middle School keeps their campus extremely safe and the only way to do that is to make students accountable for their actions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2009

This Schools.. Ehh.. They Make A Big Deal Out Of Everything.! Serio.! Way to strict.!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 3, 2008

I am very pleased with this school. I had my son in private school through 5th grade, and was skeptical about transferring him to private school. He continues to excel and I attribute it to the teachers and the guidance we provide @ home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2008

Over all great school. I give it 4 stars for all categories.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2008

these students have improved on not only making friends but wisdom that that most teachers dont give enough of. The students test scores are amazing
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2008

Really great school the teachers are really good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2008

East Whittier is a great school. The teaching staff does a great job with the children. The principal is a great asset to the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2008

I am a former student from East Whittier and it REALLY helped me a lot. I went to Ocean View for elementary and my grades there were average or below average. Once I got to East Whittier my grades went up a lot, all three trimesters of all three years I got a 4.0 GPA.


Posted January 16, 2008

I really like this school. I have more freinds and better grades.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 5, 2007

They have some preatty good teachers that get very involved with their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2007

I have disablities and I went there and there disablity program is good as long as the parent gets to know the teachers that the kids have.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 16, 2007

Your child can certainly be challenged here. The honors math program is challenging. My 6th grader scored in the 95% on the Star testing in algebra. I would like to see a honors english program and teachers requiring more reading. In 6th grade they were only required to read one book a month or every month and 1/2. My student came from Ocean View Elementary and was required to read more books there than at East Whittier Middle School. I had no problems with the school during my childs 6th grade year. I was happy with the school. The music program is outstanding! The math program is outstanding! We just need to work on the english program which is adequate but could be outstanding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2007

i am an eighth grader at EWMS and i think that it is great. it has great honors programs and an outstanding music teacher. i have learned so much from the music program. it helps you in so many things. i enjoyed all the trips we took especially our tour to san francisco.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 7, 2007

With one child in GATE and another with LD The GATE program consists of nothing but honors courses. Technically, there are no honors classes for English and social studies, only math and science. The educational program is not outstanding. A lot of energy goes into meeting the needs of ESL kids. The music program is a highlight and important to the social life of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2006

Parent envolvement at this school is very high from what Ive seen. This community takes pride in its schools and it shows. The only 'negative' thing I have to say about this school is that the sixth graders are not pprovided with enough opportunities as far as art, music, and sports are concerned, which I think is true of most schools in la county. Our children need to be more well rounded, with more exposure to the arts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2005

Since moving to this area and having a child who attended a School of Excellence; my child went from a B,C average student to failing with lower C's and F's. Our suggestion is : 'Parents do your homework, when it comes to chosing a school for your child'. Two Concerned Parents
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2005

I have two boys in the school. One is in 8th grade,one is in 6th. Both are in the honors math program which is conducted by very good teachers at each grade level. There is a lot of homework, but the extra effort is worth it. My 8th grader was accepted into the high school honors math and language arts programs. One of the most impressive offerings of the school is their music program. It is exceptional. Again, both boys are participating. My oldest has learned to play 3 instruments with proficiency and has developed a long term desire to continue studying music.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2005

Poor Principal leadership, lack of willingness to work with students with disabilities. In other words, if your child's disablity becomes too much for them too handle then your child will become the problem, not the staff's lack of education on the disability itself...shame on you EWMS or any other public school that would do such a thing to a student with ANY type of disability! Your hands are never tied. The Music Dept. is a wonderful instrument for the children. That is the only positive thing at this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2005

East Whittier Middle School has an excellent music program in either band or orchestra. In addition the math and science honors courses are challenging. The Social Studies classes are good, however, since the social studies teacher is frequently also responsible for English, the school is not as strong in English. Mr. Brock in 8th grade is an exception as he is an excellent English teacher and challenges the students. Parent involvement is high in the band/orchestra activities and the PTA activity is increasing. The principal, Dr. Duran, is strong and she is working both with the community and students to improve East Whittier. There is virtually no GATE program, only honors science and math. There are athletics for 7 and 8 graders.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2003

I am a former student of east whittier and had a great experience with awesome teachers! One thing that stood out and that i benefited from was the orchestra and band. I played in the orchestra and admired this program greatly!


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This school's
API score

849

Change from
2012 to 2013

+2

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

7 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

6 / 10


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API score

849

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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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Change from 2012 to 2013
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API Statewide Rank
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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.
API Similar Schools Rank (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.

397 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
58%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

403 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
48%
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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2011

 
 
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English Language Arts

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

407 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

411 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
55%
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.

343 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
97%
English Language Arts

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

364 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
56%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
8%

2012

 
 
15%

2011

 
 
29%

2010

 
 
45%
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.

386 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
49%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

365 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
71%
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 Students64%
Females70%
Males57%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino63%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)73%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disability33%
Students with no reported disability65%
English learner17%
Fluent-English proficient and English only70%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented99%
Parent education - not a high school graduate55%
Parent education - high school graduate59%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)62%
Parent education - college graduate73%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate79%
Parent education - declined to state64%

Math

All Students54%
Females57%
Males51%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)70%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disability33%
Students with no reported disability55%
English learner21%
Fluent-English proficient and English only58%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented97%
Parent education - not a high school graduate40%
Parent education - high school graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)45%
Parent education - college graduate69%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to state52%
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
Not 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 Students70%
Females74%
Males66%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino68%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disability54%
Students with no reported disability71%
English learner17%
Fluent-English proficient and English only73%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduate62%
Parent education - high school graduate63%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)68%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate76%
Parent education - declined to state52%

Math

All Students69%
Females71%
Males67%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino68%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disability39%
Students with no reported disability71%
English learner32%
Fluent-English proficient and English only72%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented99%
Parent education - not a high school graduate51%
Parent education - high school graduate68%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)65%
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate88%
Parent education - declined to state57%
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 Students66%
Females68%
Males64%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino65%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)72%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability66%
English learner21%
Fluent-English proficient and English only68%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduate61%
Parent education - high school graduate51%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)66%
Parent education - college graduate78%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate77%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students69%
Females73%
Males65%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino67%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disability27%
Students with no reported disability71%
English learner14%
Fluent-English proficient and English only72%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduate44%
Parent education - high school graduate65%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)71%
Parent education - college graduate79%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate77%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students8%
Females7%
Males8%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino3%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged3%
Not economically disadvantaged18%
Students with disability8%
Students with no reported disability8%
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only11%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate9%
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)7%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
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
Not 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 Students65%
Females63%
Males69%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino64%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)71%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disability14%
Students with no reported disability71%
English learner18%
Fluent-English proficient and English only70%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduate43%
Parent education - high school graduate51%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)68%
Parent education - college graduate84%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate89%
Parent education - declined to state46%

Science

All Students77%
Females72%
Males82%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino76%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)87%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disability40%
Students with no reported disability79%
English learner24%
Fluent-English proficient and English only80%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate61%
Parent education - high school graduate68%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)77%
Parent education - college graduate91%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate89%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 85%
White 13%
Asian 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Black 0%
Two or more races 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 55%N/AN/A
English language learners 9%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 2%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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Whittier, CA 90605
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