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La Contenta Middle School

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Posted December 17, 2013

My children go to this school. Honestly it is the worst school my children have ever been to. In 1-6 they went to a very bad school ( in MUSD ) . In Kindergarten they went to private school and honestly that school was nolt very pleasent. But this school is torture for my children and i beleieve that this school has the worst teachers and the school is very careless. Almost all the teachers don't care about the students. If i were not for the few decent teachers at tis school my kids would be going to Hope Academy. I suggest that no one enrolls their kid in this school. It is a never ending nightmare!.........
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2013

I went to this school for my 7th grade year. And now I'm going into my 8th grade year. Its a pretty good school for me personally. I've made lots of friends last school year. Honestly I've never seen anyone fight at the school just verbally but in class like "shut up" and it would go back and forth. In my opinion its a good school but it doesn't go from 7-11 it goes 7-8.


Posted September 8, 2012

I had zero problems with my son going to La Contenta. Middle schools can be scary to say the least. La Contenta has a bad reputation just by people listening to other people. Middle school is a tough two years for any child. My son did great, had high grades and had no problems whatsoever. I liked La Contenta and so did my son. Teachers do care, all of them. Kids can learn anywhere, if they want to, no matter what school they attend. if they don't want to learn, it has nothing to do with the teachers or the school. Teachers mean? They are not mean enough in my opinion. They are not "allowed" to be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2012

I am pretty disappointed to find out that this school is very careless, I had moved from South Carolina 2 years ago, and this made me want to go back to the school back there. A lot of teachers are nice, like Mrs. Ferris, Mr. Myers, and Ms. Busch :) But others are very mean, uncaring, and uncomfortable to be around. Like one of the PE teachers there. I wouldn't recommend this school to any parent, (coming from a graduating student) to send their child to. I honestly believe some teachers here deserve better than what this school offers for them, and same goes for the students. Honestly, this school is horrible.


Posted February 12, 2012

I have been pleasantly suprised with La Contenta. I had heard many negative things about it in the past. As a parent who has had a student at La Contenta previously, and didn't have a great experience I would like like to say it has improved. My two students who attend there have thrived and have great teachers. They are challenged academically daily. When having to correspond with the teachers and staff, they have been prompt and helpful in every way. The musical program is great, and the AVID program has been very helpful to my student. The after school programs at La Contenta have been excellent. We are really enjoying the school year and would recomend this school to all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2008

La Contenta is a middle school. We supply students with binder reminders so they can put their assignments in them. It is up to the student and parent to then make sure it is done and brought back to class. I have several students who bring me their binder reminder to sign so the parent knows that it is correct. If the parent does not wish to follow throught than that can be a problem for your child. We also have parent visitation day every 1st Wed. of the month. Very few parents are coming. We have a parent group that very few parents are involved in. We have parenting classes which again have few parents that come. There are a lot of things at this school for kids to get involved, but then I guess there would be nothing to complain about. Get involved for better school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 13, 2008

I really hope someone from the school reviews these and can see that the parents are not happy with how things are being run. Maybe someone should mail a copy of the parent comments. I strongly feel the school is failing our children in the way of their education and with their lack of involment with the parents. Sometimes staff needs to put a little extra time and effort forward, or is it all about getting paid?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2008

the School treats us like we are idiots...I have Mr. Hazard and Ms. Orgel and they are the two coolest teachers i have...other kool teachers are.... Mr. Krushin..Ms.Ferris...and Mr.Henery
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 19, 2008

There are the goods and bads of this school. I am an student here and SOME of the teachers here are good. Ms. Gragg, is one of those really good teachers. I have her for English and history. I don't like the P.E. teachers AT ALL though. Overall, this school is pretty average.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 30, 2006

Good relations..Music education available..No art...Some parent envolvement
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 23, 2006

Very poor parent/teacher communications as well as administration. The school provides a 'binder reminder' or a blank notebook that is intended for the kids to write down their homework for the parents to check. Problem: the kids don't write down all that is due or expected as homework. Very truamatic for kids and parents. If you are fortunate enough to have options, do not choose this school, it is a nightmare.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2005

Good teachers and after school programs available.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 10, 2004

Don't send a gifted student to this school. You would be better sending a gifted child to an inferior private school than to subject them to the horrible problems at La Contenta. This school is determined to force every child to the lowest common denominator and keep them there. Only the high quality of the teachers keeps me from pulling my child out. Many people refuse to enroll a child in this school, and they may be right.
—Submitted by a parent


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API score

816

Change from
2012 to 2013

+27

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

5 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

7 / 10


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Algebra I

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

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
88%
English Language Arts

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

366 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
51%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

326 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
28%
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.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
17%

2010

 
 
35%
English Language Arts

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

285 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
51%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

216 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
28%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
68%
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

329 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
37%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

284 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
52%
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 Students94%
Females95%
Males92%
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)93%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability93%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only93%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)92%
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students60%
Females64%
Males57%
African American50%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino50%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)65%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability62%
English learner24%
Fluent-English proficient and English only62%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented93%
Parent education - not a high school graduate63%
Parent education - high school graduate42%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)65%
Parent education - college graduate72%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate80%
Parent education - declined to state61%

Math

All Students52%
Females52%
Males52%
African American27%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino39%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)59%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disability15%
Students with no reported disability53%
English learner6%
Fluent-English proficient and English only54%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented82%
Parent education - not a high school graduate51%
Parent education - high school graduate41%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)59%
Parent education - college graduate59%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate70%
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%
Females82%
Males81%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino86%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability81%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only81%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate83%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)86%
Parent education - college graduate75%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students65%
Females68%
Males61%
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)67%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability65%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only66%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduate38%
Parent education - high school graduate63%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)64%
Parent education - college graduate78%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate76%
Parent education - declined to state60%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students58%
Females55%
Males59%
African American50%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino55%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)58%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disability24%
Students with no reported disability67%
English learner36%
Fluent-English proficient and English only59%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate52%
Parent education - high school graduate63%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)54%
Parent education - college graduate70%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate55%
Parent education - declined to state44%

Geometry

All Students94%
Females100%
Males89%
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)91%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability94%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only94%
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 graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students46%
Females42%
Males49%
African American25%
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)47%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disability8%
Students with no reported disability53%
English learner9%
Fluent-English proficient and English only47%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented93%
Parent education - not a high school graduate27%
Parent education - high school graduate41%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)45%
Parent education - college graduate72%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate45%
Parent education - declined to state36%

Science

All Students70%
Females67%
Males72%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino60%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability71%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only71%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate42%
Parent education - high school graduate67%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)71%
Parent education - college graduate84%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate76%
Parent education - declined to state65%
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
White 59%
Hispanic 32%
Black 3%
Two or more races 3%
Asian 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 71%N/AN/A
English language learners 3%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

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

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School Leader's name
  • Garrett Gruwell
Fax number
  • (760) 369-6324

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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7050 La Contenta Road
Yucca Valley, CA 92284
Phone: (760) 228-1802

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