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California Trail Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 933 students

 

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Posted February 24, 2011

California Trail is a GREAT school! I love my teachers, principal, and the school in general. There are many extra-curriculars, including sports, clubs, and more. I know lots of people think we're the rich/stuck up people, but we're not. In fact, I am a new sixth grade student, and came from a school outside the district. I didn't know ANYONE. But everybody was welcoming. CT is wonderful!


Posted September 23, 2010

CT is a great school! The teachers are funny and they're awesome. I don't like how the district changed from junior highs to middle schools though because the 6th graders don't fit in too well here. Last year was the last year they had 7-9th grade. I was a 7th grader and the sevvies and the freshmen are best friends. The 8th graders just kinda floated there :) Well anyways, last year we didn't do well on football but we had a great basketball team (8th grade girls city champs!) cross country beasts, and our school is amazing at track! Last year 7th grade girls were undefeated city champs :) Yes there are stereotypes at this school but every junior high in Olathe has a "label" CT is the 'Asian' school and I don't why it's also the "rich" school just because we're by Overland Park. well anyways CT's great!


Posted October 21, 2006

This school is great! The academic programs are outstanding! they start preparing you for college in 8th and 9th grade! You learn so much and the average GPA for this school is very high. They offer alot of extracurricular activities so everyone can find something to participate in. Thier Sports teams,music programs, and Cheerleading and drill teams are among the best in the state! The parents are always very involved, the only thing I didn't like about this school was that people are very 'Clique-y' so because I was a new student making new friends was difficult-but it wasn't impossible! People there are also looked upon by other schools students as 'stuck up' or 'rich', but they don't realize that that is only half the school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 20, 2006

This is by far the best olathe District school I have ever been to. the Athletics Excel in almost all sports, the coaches: fabulous. Students call this school 'the rich school' but it's all wrong. Just because we have a very nice school doesn't mean its the rich school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 1, 2006

California Trail is no doubt one of the best junior high schools in the state in almost every category. The sports teams excel in competitions and have received numerous city titles. The band and orchestra programs are among the best in the entire state due to the dedication of students and the support of the staff. California Trail is located in a very wealthy sector in Olathe which is one of the reasons why their students excel in almost every area. For the most part, the teachers make it a policy to teach students to the best of their ability and make sure students understand the material. California Trail has a wonderful, well-maintained facility with a wide range of technology which is incredibly rare in a public school. Very, very few public junior high schools in the US are able to achieve the success that CT has been able to exceed.
—Submitted by a former student


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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 83% in 2012.

279 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
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2009

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2012.

280 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
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2009

 
 
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U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 79% in 2012.

281 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Kansas State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2012.

299 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
94%

2009

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

299 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
96%

2009

 
 
97%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

300 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
94%

2009

 
 
95%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Kansas State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2012.

357 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2012.

357 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
94%

2009

 
 
95%
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 78% in 2012.

357 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2009.

279 students were tested at this school in 2009.

2009

 
 
91%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Kansas State Department of Education

Math

All Students96%
African Americann/a
Hispanic80%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander100%
White97%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities92%
Proficient in Englishn/a

Reading

All Students98%
African Americann/a
Hispanic90%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander100%
White98%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities84%
Proficient in Englishn/a

U.S. History and Government

All Students97%
African Americann/a
Hispanic80%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander100%
White98%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities92%
Proficient in Englishn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Kansas State 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: Kansas State Department of Education

Math

All Students96%
African American90%
Hispanic92%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander94%
White97%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities96%
Proficient in Englishn/a

Reading

All Students96%
African American80%
Hispanic92%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander100%
White97%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities80%
Proficient in Englishn/a

Science

All Students97%
African American70%
Hispanic100%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander94%
White98%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities84%
Proficient in Englishn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Kansas State 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: Kansas State Department of Education

Math

All Students94%
African American75%
Hispanic79%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander100%
White95%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities89%
Proficient in Englishn/a

Reading

All Students95%
African American88%
Hispanic89%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander97%
White96%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities94%
Proficient in Englishn/a

U.S. History and Government

All Students88%
African American69%
Hispanic74%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander90%
White90%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities69%
Proficient in Englishn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Kansas State 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: Kansas State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 82% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 3%
Hispanic 5% 17%
Black 3% 7%
Two or more races 2% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 8%N/A48%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
Performing arts
  • Drama
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13775 West 133 St
Olathe, KS 66062
Phone: (913) 780-7220

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