School Details

Don Juan Avila Middle School

26278 Wood Canyon Drive, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
(949) 362-0348
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 1198 students 24 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

85%
79%
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67%
55%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Capistrano Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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98%
86%
85%
81%
60%
68%
71%
52%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Capistrano Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

97%
88%
50%
81%
80%
57%
75%
62%
31%
100%
98%
85%
75%
78%
52%
89%
88%
67%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Capistrano Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Don Juan Avila Middle School is a public middle school in Aliso Viejo. The principal of Don Juan Avila Middle School is Joshua Wellikson and can be contacted at jrwellikson@capousd.org. 1,198 students attend Don Juan Avila Middle School and identify mostly as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Filipino. 4% of the Don Juan Avila Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 13% of the 1,198 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Don Juan Avila Middle School is 24:1. Aliso Viejo Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Italian
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 8% %
White, non-Hispanic 57% 65%
Filipino 3% 2%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 1%
Hispanic 18% 19%
Asian 12% 5%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.2% %
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 52468%
Unspecified 0.08% 8%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 13% 19%
Limited English proficiency 4% 12%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter has attended DJAMS since her 6th grade year & as an educator I am very impressed with the quality of instruction she is receiving. The majority of the teachers are very committed to their students progress & know how to teach the adolescent student. I am especially grateful to Mr. Dwyer Mr. Ortiz Mr. Neeve Mrs. Byers Mrs. Johnson Mrs. Arsala Sra. Standish & Ms. Price because they knew how to foster & promote independence in my daughter while maintaining a watchful eye on her needs & development. As a parent it's great to hear my daughter say she's looking forward to her 8th grade year at DJAMS!

  • (4 years ago)

    its an awesome school and it is changing my daughter's life she loves it soooooooooo much take my word for it

  • (5 years ago)

    the teacher and staff and principal and everything were great but some of the teachers just assigned lots of homework and never actually taught a lesson. there are different levels of academics you could be a part of to meet your standards (such as advanced or average) and i came to this school in seventh grade and i was pleased with the other school much much much more beacause the teachers cared more and when we were in elementary and even sixth grade the students were so much more respectful. there arent really many cliques but i oftentimes notice a lot of rumors and gossip going around so the students arent so mature. im not satisfied with this school that much and i liked my other school a lot better. i would just have to sa be careful who you make friends with and try to keep up with your teachers!

  • (5 years ago)

    DJams is a great school for my kids. They attended this school since the 6th grade. they also attended the Don juan avilla Elementary since kindagarden. they love it. They have gotten an quality education and lots of friends. the enviroment is really safe aswell

  • (5 years ago)

    DJams i s an awesome school. My child attends DJams for since 6th grade. She is now an 8th grader. She has been on the honor roll for about 2years now including this year. The teacher are awesome and the staff is wonderful and attentive. Djams is an very challenging school and the work is advance but the teachers do take the time to help the child if they are falling behind. I love the clean and safe enviroment that Djams provide. Djams is an API score is 900 and as won the best scoring school in English and Math in the district. The admistrative staff and the teacher are doing a great job. My daughter really loves this school and will be sad to go at the end of the schoo year because she is going to high school. Please do not believe the bad review below.

  • (5 years ago)

    Teachers are more concern with their own personal issues than the students. The teachers don't instruct or even teach they just assign homework and the parents have to do the actual teaching 2-3 hours nightly. My child has been here for two years and I have found the teachers reject students that have parents who try and discuss issues with the teachers. They punish the student by giving poor grades and lack of direction. During meetings teachers pass all blame on to the student and their teaching ability. This is a poor choice for educating your child and I believe that the ratings this school has received in the past are from the teachers and staff.

  • (5 years ago)

    My child has been attending DJAMS since the 6th grade. I have been amazed at how much he has learned over the past 2 1/2 years. The expectations are high and the teachers offer the support the students need to help each student achieve.

  • (5 years ago)

    DJMAS is an wonderful school. From everyone in the office to the teachers. Everyone who works at this school really seems to care about the students. The office staff is always so pleasant and very helpful. You would not regreat sending your child to this school.

  • (6 years ago)

    AMAZING! This is a great school for me. It provides me with academic excellence with the best teachers who do not just make you learn they make you know and understand. And DJAMS I have reached new heights and happiness. I could not think of a better middle school to go to.

  • (6 years ago)

    haha. well i like this school im an eight grader now and i went to the elementary school since kindergarden so i really dont know any better. The teachers & staff are good. The kids are very wiiilld but its a fun school to go to. Not if your shy though. Cause then people will make fun of you. hahh

  • (7 years ago)

    I went to this school last year and thought it was horrible.

  • (7 years ago)

    I'm an eighth grader at Don Juan and this is my third year. The teachers are incredibly supportive there is a high emphasis on personal achievement and GATE is really interactive

  • (9 years ago)

    Academics are excellent. Administration seems to be on top of it when a situation arises. They need more art options. The kids seem pretty well behaved at this school.

  • (9 years ago)

    I am very pleased with this school for many reasons. Even though there are more than a thousand students my son has had the specific attention he needed to become more motivated through special meetings hosted by the principal where the focus was positive and not accusatory in any way. His teachers are aware of his progress and keep a constant open line of communication between school and home. The principal's focus of generating an exciting school spirit through fun activities and a reward system for good citizenship gets my son excited to attend school and participate.

  • (11 years ago)

    teachers principal and staff at this school are the best available. Everyone is available and willing to help with ANY issues or concerns you may have with your student(s). The facilities are both beautiful and efficient too! With new buildings close enough together for quick access plus a beautiful view surrounding the school it makes for the perfect atmosphere in which to obtain an excellent education!

  • (11 years ago)

    The best thing is that teachers post assignments and grades on the web; however not all teachers do this in a timely fashion or at all. The worst thing is that this posting provides an excuse for teachers not to update parents if problems start to surface i.e. missing assignments. Often I found the web postings were very valuable but too late. So my comment is that the teachers while good expect the parents to take a greater role but in the process are abandoning some of their own responsibilities to the student/parents. Perhaps this is a symptom of morale and budget cuts.

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