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Sycamore Junior High School

Public | 7-8 | 961 students

 
 

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3 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hello i am a student a sycamore junior high i get bullied on a regular bases and not by other kids by teachers i am not a trouble maker or a bad kid and the principle Is very unkind to my parents i hate this school and i can't wait to move out please parents do your self a favor and don't send your kids here


Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I am a student at sycamore junior high and i get bullied on a regular bases and not by other kids by teachers i dont know why I am not a trouble maker or a bad kid it is just that school work is hard for me and teachers always make fun of me because of that please parents if u want your kids to be happy dont send them here


Posted April 20, 2013

Sycamore is probably the best fit for your child. All the comments that say the teachers are unhelpful, are extremely false. I am a current student of Sycamore Junior High. They give out extensive activities. Not just for sports, but for music they have SSC (Sycamore Singing Company) which is a show choir that is amazing. They have clubs such as BSU (Black Student Union) where you can learn about African American History more extensively. The activities help kids with social interaction and its amazing! No matter what you are interested in there is a spot for you at Sycamore! I suggest if you're moving somewhere in Cincinnati, then I suggest you move to Sycamore District.


Posted May 3, 2010

Great if special needs, minority, of super high achiever. Above average white kids looking for a great education should look elsewhere.


Posted March 10, 2010

We are so incredibly fortunate that our daughter is in the Sycamore School District. She currently attends the Junior High and LOVES it. Sycamore has incredible teachers and administration. Before our family moved to Cincinnati 6 years ago, I made a few calls to try to determine which district would be best for our child - Sycamore was at the top of the list. We visited the elementary school she went on to attend, Montgomery, and were thrilled about this opportunity for her. She is thriving academically, socially and emotionally, thanks to all! We aren't equally impressed with Cincinnati, but would not even consider relocating until after our daughter has completed her Sycamore experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

Why do you love Sycamore Junior High School? The teachers are the best & do whatever it takes for the kids to excell :):)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 4, 2008

SJH has a wide range of activities for all students...sports and clubs of a vide variety. The Sycamore school distrist is in direct competition with many of the local schools for both atheltics and academics. They are doing a very excellent job keeping up with the competition and will most likely continue to do so in the coming years!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 8, 2006

This school is an excellent transition school, helping students make the big move from middle school to high school.There are great courses available, including semester and quarter courses to help students find their interests, so that they can continue with those in high school. There are also a wide range of clubs and actitivites to join, and the school prides itself on having 'something for everyone.'From Science Club to Latin Club to Beta Club,and from Cross Country to Quiz Team to Wrestlerettes, SJH has it all.The art program is also very good; seventh graders are required to take a semester of art, and if they display a talent or enthusiasm for art, are recommended to continue to Art 8.In the music department, Band, Chorus, Orchestra, Piano, Guitar, and Music History are just a few of the music options.They do not have to play an instrument, but can take an academic music course.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 21, 2006

The Sycamore Junior High is an outstanding school in all aspects. Academically it offers three tracks: accelerated, academic and regular. It has an outstanding music program, including choir, orchestra and band. It also has many clubs, and special activities. Parents are very involved, and welcomed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2006

Sycamore Junior High is good in academics but it has been declining very fast the last couple years. It does not offer a great athletics board. The main problem for this school is the principal is not caring. He is not supportive to the students. Sycamore Junior High will be an average school after about a year. For moving parents, I suggest Turpin High School ( Forest Hills School district ) where it is improving a lot the last couple of years. Turpin will surpass the former greatness of Sycamore Junior High.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2005

This school has teachers who does not care about the students. This school always keeps my son miserable and not wanting to go to school. This school's discipline is not good enough. The principal here seems to care more about his career than his students. This school does not have a lot of fun activities for my son. We moved to Sycamore School District from Forest Hills School District because of everyone else's good comments about this school. I completely disagree with those comments. This school seems to get worse every year. I wish to end my son's horrible year and move back to Forest Hills.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2005

This SChool is like no other! The staff is willing to go out of their way to make sure the students have the best they possibly can have. Their Academics are very high-one student made it to the National math competition-thanks to the help of the staff. The groups and teams, both in academics and sports are usually in the top three places. the music program is OUTSTANDING. for example-the school did a BROADWAY MUSICAL-at the same level as the broadway performers themselves! The 7th and 8th grade Chorale got invited to perform a highly difficult piece at the Carnegie Hall in New York City. You can see for yourselves that Sycamore Junior High School is a school like no other.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 14, 2004

This school is a wonderful environment for children to learn. The teachers are VERY caring and concerned about their kids. The administration maintains a balance of discipline and caring that comes only through experience. The teachers that are there are there because they love what they do. Kids in the middle MAY get lost if they are not involved in anything just by nature of the number of students. However, there is plenty to do if they are interested. Additionally, the school makes it a point to get to know the new students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2004

This is a top-notch school with a dedicated staff and administration.Our children are receiving a quality education in an environment that makes it exciting for them to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2004

The administration is uncaring and in many cases a hinderance to students learning. The principal seems to be more interested in his career than in the welfare of students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2004

Leadership is clueless. Teachers unhelpful.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.
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The state average for Math was 73% in 2013.

409 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

409 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2013.

391 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2013.

391 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

391 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

Math

All Students92%
Female92%
Male91%
Black, non-Hispanic80%
Asian or Pacific Islander93%
Hispanic71%
Multiracial95%
White94%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Disabled63%
Non-disabled>=95%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)77%

Reading

All Students96%
Female>=95%
Male95%
Black, non-Hispanic93%
Asian or Pacific Islander93%
Hispanic93%
Multiracial95%
White>=95%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged>=95%
Disabled75%
Non-disabled>=95%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)82%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Ohio Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

Math

All Students93%
Female92%
Male94%
Black, non-Hispanic77%
Asian or Pacific Islander>=95%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial79%
White95%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Disabled56%
Non-disabled>=95%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)75%

Reading

All Students95%
Female>=95%
Male95%
Black, non-Hispanic90%
Asian or Pacific Islander>=95%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial90%
White>=95%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged>=95%
Disabled71%
Non-disabled>=95%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)67%

Science

All Students86%
Female84%
Male88%
Black, non-Hispanic58%
Asian or Pacific Islander85%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial84%
White90%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Disabled44%
Non-disabled91%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)25%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Ohio Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

In 2010-2011, this school received an Overall Rating of "Met Expected Growth".

Math

Reading

Grade 7BelowMet
Grade 8AboveMet

About the tests


In 2010-2011, the Ohio Department of Education used the Value-Added Measure to show how much growth students made on the Ohio Achievement Test since the last school year. The state expects that student test scores will show an average year's worth of growth compared to test scores from the previous year. Ohio's Value-Added Measure is not the same as Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), a federal measure which uses different criteria.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

 
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107 (2010)
 
104 (2009)
 
106 (2008)

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About the tests


Ohio uses the Performance Index to provide an overall indication of how well students perform on its standardized tests each year. The Performance Index scores are based upon how well each student does on all tested subjects in grades 3 through 8 and 10. Schools and districts earn anywhere from 1.2 points for each student scoring at the advanced level to zero points for each untested student. The Performance Index ranges between 0 and 120, with 100 as the statewide goal for all students.

Source: Ohio 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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How schools in the state rate:

22%
of schools in the state are Below average
54%
of schools in the state are Average
24%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Test score rating 20131What's this?

Test score rating examines how students at this school performed on standardized tests compared with other schools in Ohio. Test scores are based on 2012-13 OAA/OGT results from the state of Ohio.

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Math growth at this school

Above average

Reading growth at this school

Below Average


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 OAA/OGT results from the state of Ohio.

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 value-added estimates from the state of Ohio.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 71% 74%
Asian 14% 2%
Black 8% 16%
Two or more races 5% 4%
Hispanic 3% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: OH Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 15%N/A47%
Female 49%N/A49%
Male 51%N/A51%
Students with disabilities 11%N/A15%
Source: OH Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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5757 Cooper Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45242
Phone: (513) 686-1760

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