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Falcon Ridge Middle School

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4 stars

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Posted March 9, 2014

I am in 8th Grade at Falcon Ridge Middle School and overall my experience has been great. Some teachers can be hard on you and make things long and complicated, but they are only trying to make you better at their subject. Before I came here, I was an average student and leaving for high school I have some of the best grades in the entire school. It takes hard work and determination, but it payed off in the end and I learned so much from being here. The teachers that I had were very nice and supportive if you were willing to ask questions, and they made the transition from elementary to middle school very easy. I highly recommend this school!


Posted May 28, 2013

Most importantly, our daughter seems to like Falcon Ridge, after nearing completion of her 6th grade year. She seems to have adjusted well to the middle school experience and overall is happy at Falcon Ridge. However, with that said, she still doesn't seem as interested in certain subjects, as she was in elementary school. Her level of enthusiasm has dropped considerably since coming to Falcon Ridge. We typically don't like to complain or publicly say something negative about our schools because our teachers work so hard to meet our child's needs and they deserve a huge thank you. However, we believe Falcon Ridge has a long way to go in certain departments such as the english and reading department. We have had valid concerns about some of the teaching methods, curriculum and expectations, and have brought our concerns to the principal on numerous occasions. We have been treated very disrespectfully by the principal and the assistant principal to the point of being bullied and intimidated which led us to take our concerns to higher administration. Falcon Ridge needs new leadership! That would be a great place to start.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2012

I have a child who attends this school. It concerns me greatly that the decisions they make are not based on research. It concerns me that the teachers do not work together in teams.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2012

falcon ridge MS is awesome i'm a student. the band and choir programs are the best.


Posted March 1, 2012

This is an excellent school . My daughter loves it !!, as do I . Top quality educators who care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2012

My daughter is in the 6th grade at Falcon Ridge and absolutely loves it there. How wonderful to have your child enjoy middle school. Great teachers & principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

The staff and programs are top notch! The overall drive for the success of the students is a step above!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2009

I have enjoyed my years at this school soooooo much. The extra curricular activities are great and the teachers make learning fun!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 7, 2009

Falcon Ridge has great music program!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 31, 2008

great teachers and great everything!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 17, 2007

The sports are excellent, and the extra curricular activities are awesome!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 21, 2007

We love the school and the district's on-line support. The on-line support allows a parent to keep track of assignments and grades. We have 2 8th graders and different levels for different subjects and they are both given support and/or challenge as the situation dictates. The extra-c activities are wide ranging and the sports are not just open for the star athlete, but anyone who wants to participate and then divided according to skill. We would highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2005

We love the school, the teachers, the principal, and our son is not at the 'top'! Everyone is so willing to work with our son, we can't say enough!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 27, 2004

This is a horrible, demoralizing school environment for the self-esteem of the child. Highly competitive, outrageously selective- Students here are either at the high top or 'nothing.' My daughter transferred.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 69% in 2010.

362 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

369 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
82%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2010.

348 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2012.

358 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
77%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2010.

369 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

355 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 44% in 2011.

369 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
49%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students86%
Female86%
Male86%
Black85%
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Economically non-disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities57%
Students without disabilities88%
English language learners26%
Proficient in English90%
Non-migrant86%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students85%
Female88%
Male82%
Black69%
Hispanic66%
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Economically non-disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities52%
Students without disabilities88%
English language learners21%
Proficient in English88%
Non-migrant85%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students83%
Female85%
Male81%
Black53%
Hispanic54%
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Economically non-disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities67%
Students without disabilities85%
English language learners7%
Proficient in English86%
Non-migrant83%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 57% in 2013.

346 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

349 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2013.

371 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

371 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

346 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

354 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 44% in 2013.

363 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
49%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students69%
Female65%
Male72%
Black29%
Asian81%
Hispanic47%
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Economically non-disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities72%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English71%
Non-migrant69%

Reading

All Students70%
Female72%
Male68%
Black52%
Asian81%
Hispanic40%
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Economically non-disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities75%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English73%
Eligible for migrant servicesn/a
Non-migrant70%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students74%
Female77%
Male71%
Black48%
Asian83%
Hispanic24%
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Economically non-disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities45%
Students without disabilities76%
English language learners25%
Proficient in English76%
Non-migrant74%

Reading

All Students72%
Female77%
Male67%
Black47%
Asian78%
Hispanic32%
Native Americann/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Economically non-disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities45%
Students without disabilities75%
English language learners7%
Proficient in English75%
Non-migrant72%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students66%
Female64%
Male68%
Black33%
Asian74%
Hispanic31%
Native Americann/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Economically non-disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities61%
Students without disabilities67%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English67%
Non-migrant66%

Reading

All Students68%
Female73%
Male62%
Black60%
Asian64%
Hispanic37%
Native Americann/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Economically non-disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities70%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English69%
Non-migrant68%

Science

All Students47%
Female44%
Male50%
Black7%
Asian56%
Hispanic18%
Native Americann/a
White54%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Economically non-disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities24%
Students without disabilities50%
English language learners9%
Proficient in English48%
Non-migrant47%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 74% 73%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 6%
Black 8% 9%
Hispanic 8% 7%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
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 18%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Apple Valley, MN 55124
Phone: (952) 431-8760

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