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Cal Young Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 560 students

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted March 10, 2014

This school is truly terrible. I am currently enrolled in seventh grade at Cal Young, and every day is a nightmare. Many of the teachers don't care at all for the students. My personal favorite teachers though, are Barb MacWilliam, Scott Baker, Tom Cantwell, and Tim Bjornstad. The kids here are cruel, unintelligent, and have no ambition. The new principal I TERRIBLE. She will often walk into classes unannounced, and interrupt for 20+ minutes. Please, please, please don't send your child to Cal Young.


Posted June 2, 2011

We've had a pretty good experience at Cal Young with the exception of one social studies teacher. (She kept insisting our son was not doing work, yet she would lose the work he would turn in. We also had to correct grades that she had put into her grading system - our son had the returned graded tests and papers as proof of his real grade when the grade entered into the system was points lower. We felt like she had it out for him or something, it was odd. We were VERY happy when that year was over!!) Anyway - aside from that experience with that one particular teacher, we have nothing negative to say about Cal Young with regards to the staff, teachers, principal, or vice principal. There are some really outstanding teachers there and Mr. Beard the VP is really caring and seemed to always be available for us when we had concerns or questions. Mr. Schiff is awesome and the principal Mrs. Vandercar is also really great. My word of advice to future Cal Young parents: just make sure your kids have a good group of friends. This made ALL the difference in our experience. Middle school is a strange time. Keep your family close and get to know your kids friends and you should be fine.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2011

I have never been so disappointed in a public school as Cal Young. We choose Cal Young because of the high test scores and positive reviews but have experienced the very opposite (more issues than can be posted). On day one my daughters where put in the wrong class with my oldest 8th grade daughter being put in 7th grade classes. They also signed up both girls for the wrong extracurricular activities. Every other week my daughters have come home with stories of prejudice comments coming from kids at the school. I presented this information to the Vice Principal, but nothing has changed. I realize parents are ultimately responsible for their children's prejudices, however, I was shocked that this was so prevalent in Eugene and that the school doesn t do more to reduce it. Obviously the Zero Tolerance policy is more of a marketing ploy than something they take seriously. There are many more stories coming home weekly of the inadequacy of the staff at this school. At this point if my daughters hadn t made friends I would move just to get them a better education. I m told Sheldon High School is a good place for them and will stick it out because of that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2010

Cal Young has a great learning environment. I really enjoy going here, and it is very clean. Most teachers are great, with some exeptions. I would say it is one of the best middle schools in Eugene.


Posted September 3, 2009

Cal Young is a good school and a good learning environment. Although some teachers are better than others, most of the time when a student says a teacher is bad, it is purely because they think the teacher is too strict or they dislike the subject that they teach. But there are exceptions. Most of the time, things are orderly, but I myself have been in a class with over 40 kids and where 2 grades got mixed. We are learning basic skills that we should be learning in our grades but some of the lessons are drawn out too long, and are unrevelant to skills we will actually use in the future.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 19, 2009

Cal young is a great LOOKING school. Although, some teachers are horrible. Good teachers include: Mr.Baker Ms.Ketche, Mr.Loy. They really need to fire some teachers though.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 2, 2009

Cal Young is a great school! Teachers go out of their way to help students succeed. They offer many options for students and parents and try to work with everyone to make it a positive experience. Thanks for going the extra mile!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2008

I am so impressed with Cal Young. The staff does a great job of encouraging students to excel and succeed. They are educated in a caring climate and I appreciate all that they do. By the way, there has never been a class of 54 students at Cal Young. I checked.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2007

I am really impressed with Scott Baker and his willingness to step outside the teacher norm and give a helping hand to my grandson! Thank you Scott!!!


Posted November 12, 2007

This school has all the supplies and everything .It is a good school . The only problem is alot of students come because it has a new building. But they could be a little more strict
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 18, 2006

We watched the quality of this school completely deteriorate as teachers retired. My son had classes with up to 54 students. Although he tested as TAG, he underperformed in all classes, & the assistant principal told me that most boys in the school were failing. We finally pulled him & enrolled him in a private school, where he is excelling. The teacher burnout and mediocrity at Cal Young were appalling. The teacher attitude was that, as long as a boy was quiet, he could sit and draw all day, and do nothing in class, and that was fine with the teacher. They really couldn't care less if the kids learned or not. The school was a depressing, demoralizing place, especially when we had seen it so much better, with such better teachers, only a few short years before. Of course, we had two girls go through earlier, so who knows.......
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2004

Cal Young is a very bad school except for some teachers like Mr. Schiff, Mr. Baker, and Mrs. Yun.
—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 59% in 2013.

178 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 63% in 2013.

178 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
86%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

181 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

181 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
85%
Writing

2010

 
 
63%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

188 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 67% in 2013.

187 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

187 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
82%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Math

All Students71%
Female72%
Male71%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander92%
Hispanic46%
Multiracial71%
Native Americann/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities13%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodation<=5%

Reading

All Students77%
Female81%
Male73%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander85%
Hispanic36%
Multiracial79%
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities19%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodation<=5%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Math

All Students82%
Female80%
Male83%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander88%
Hispanic78%
Multiracial70%
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities20%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodation14%

Reading

All Students85%
Female87%
Male82%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander75%
Hispanic72%
Multiracial90%
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities25%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Math

All Students77%
Female81%
Male73%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander77%
Hispanic46%
Multiracial79%
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities39%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students81%
Female83%
Male78%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander85%
Hispanic62%
Multiracial93%
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities17%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodation<=5%

Science

All Students82%
Female80%
Male85%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander83%
Hispanic54%
Multiracial86%
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities28%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 74% 65%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 4%
Hispanic 7% 21%
Two or more races 7% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 2%
Black 2% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 29%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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