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Ortega Middle School

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Posted February 26, 2014

Ortega Middle School is a great place for my student. The environment is safe and friendly. The teachers are very welcoming and are highly qualified for their positions. I receive monthly calendars and information in the mail and also able to get daily an ebullition. I believe that my student is getting the best education possible here. I think they are improving their teaching skills each day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2011

This school is awful. My son has had nothing but problems with teachers and administrators since day 1. He was excited to start middle school and it has turned into a nightmare with children spreading rumors that administration refuses to address. Their policy, at least with my kid, is guily until proven innocent and then will be treated suspiciously. My child is a straight A student and comes home daily sad about something else they did. There is no consistency in rules or grading policies and I have had a terrible time getting information from teachers about their policies and assignment info. My husband and I are currently seeking other schools in the area so my child can go back to happy and successful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2011

This school is very unsatisying... I was once a student here and by my own experience the teachers are so unprepared, the supplies is very limited, theres to much bullying, there is not very many electives, you can get in trouble even with the proof of your innocence... The food program is also terrible because most of the food is small and does not satisfy your hunger needs... The worst part was that in the classes you never learned anything! These teachers were to into having fun, so they didnt get trhough the full curriculum in turn causing the student's C-sap scores to be terrible!


Posted November 10, 2009

While OMS is a good school, it is very difficult for the students to transition to eight classes a day. Eight classes a day also generally means at least a couple of hours of homework per night. It makes it difficult for our daughter to enjoy family time or the extra curricular activities she would like to be involved in. She strives to remain a straight 'A' student, but the stress of trying to keep up with eight classes is often overwhelming.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2007

We have been very pleased with the administration and staff at Ortega middle school. Our daughter has enjoyed 6th grade. I think the amount of discipline is good and that the children at OMS are being served well. While there have been adverse publicity in the past at OMS I believe the staff has turned things around dramatically.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

167 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

167 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
68%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 58% in 2013.

167 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
56%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

153 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
30%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

153 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
63%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 61% in 2013.

153 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
61%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
40%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 67% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 52% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
43%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
56%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students52%
Female47%
Male57%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)68%
Free lunch eligible38%
Reduced lunch eligible70%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities56%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)29%
Proficient in English55%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant53%

Reading

All Students72%
Female74%
Male70%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic66%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Free lunch eligible59%
Reduced lunch eligible89%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)53%
Proficient in English75%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant73%

Writing

All Students51%
Female52%
Male50%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)66%
Free lunch eligible36%
Reduced lunch eligible70%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities54%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)29%
Proficient in English53%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant52%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students39%
Female37%
Male42%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)51%
Free lunch eligible25%
Reduced lunch eligible38%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch71%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities43%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English43%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant39%

Reading

All Students65%
Female76%
Male54%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)76%
Free lunch eligible54%
Reduced lunch eligible81%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English72%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant66%

Writing

All Students56%
Female68%
Male43%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic49%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)71%
Free lunch eligible42%
Reduced lunch eligible69%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities62%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English60%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant56%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students39%
Female40%
Male38%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)53%
Free lunch eligible25%
Reduced lunch eligible53%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities41%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English44%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant39%

Reading

All Students64%
Female71%
Male54%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Free lunch eligible50%
Reduced lunch eligible63%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch96%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English69%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant64%

Science

All Students42%
Female40%
Male44%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)59%
Free lunch eligible27%
Reduced lunch eligible58%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities45%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English46%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant42%

Writing

All Students48%
Female60%
Male33%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Free lunch eligible31%
Reduced lunch eligible53%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities52%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English55%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant50%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
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4-7 Average

8-10 Above Average

 

How schools in the state rate:

23%
of schools in the state are Below average
52%
of schools in the state are Average
24%
of schools in the state are Above average

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The graphs below compare this school's results in each area to other schools in the district and state.

Test score rating 20131What's this?

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Student growth rating measures whether students at this school are making academic progress over time. Specifically, the rating looks at how much progress individual students have made on reading and math assessments during the past year or more.

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Math growth at this school

Average

Reading growth at this school

Above average


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 TCAP results from the state of Colorado.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math, English Language Arts, and Writing from the state of Colorado.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 61% 32%
White 35% 56%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Black 0% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 72%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Gymnastics
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
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needs to be verified by school leaders.

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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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Alamosa, CO 81101
Phone: (719) 587-1650

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