School Details

Aptos Junior High School

1001 Huntington Dr., Aptos, CA 95003
(831) 688-3234
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 717 students 27 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

97%
91%
86%
70%
49%
60%
56%
40%
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
  • Pajaro Valley Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

72%
46%
50%
65%
47%
57%
24%
21%
31%
100%
89%
85%
49%
38%
52%
75%
63%
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
  • Pajaro Valley Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Aptos Junior High School is a public middle school in Aptos. The principal of Aptos Junior High School is Brian Saxton and can be contacted at brian_saxton@pvusd.net. 717 children attend Aptos Junior High School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Hispanic. 7% of the Aptos Junior High School students have "limited English proficiency." 30% of the 717 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Aptos Junior High School is 27:1. Valencia Elementary School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 62% 19%
Asian 4% 1.0%
Hispanic 32% 79%
Filipino 1.0% 1.0%
Multiracial 1% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0.7% 0.6%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% 19919%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.03%
Unspecified 0% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 30% 67%
Limited English proficiency 7% 45%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is not a bad one. It is academically possible to succeed. However the staff and teachers seem absolutely merciless; when I voiced my complaints about teachers making me feel bad about myself (and that I wanted to switch classes) they would not listen and still continued to file me associated with that class. Punishments such as detentions and Friday schools seem to be given out like party favors. In English I read [the] entire book instead of the allotted chapters we were given and got reprimanded with punishment. I was punished for doing more than I should have? What? I wouldn't recommend this school. I found myself incredibly reluctant to go each day.

  • (4 years ago)

    I think it's interesting that teachers are married and siblings and daughters are hired this should not be allowed in a professional workplace. Overall the school is good but some of the teachers do not like you questioning them and asking questions and if you do complain they take it out on your child in class. The elective teachers such as Cooking leaves a lot to be desired she was simply hired as her husband works there. It's a small school and the kids are confined to a small area without much mentoring so you can see the kids emotionally struggling to survive without much support and the teachers probably jaded standing by assuming they'll get over it. Middle Schools can have a lasting damaging effect on kids it would be nice to put some policies in place to help them succeed emotionally as well as academically.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a student in Aptos Jr. The teachers there are great but they need to work on less homework!

  • (6 years ago)

    This a great school full of dedicated teachers who love their jobs and the kids. The new principal is especially good and his presence seems to have energized the school to even higher levels.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school seems to have some terrific science and math teachers! As for the core classes that is another story in my opinion. Teachers are either overbearing (and overwhelming) or bland (downright boring). I feel that students need to be challenged without being overwhelmed. Also students need to have teachers who are really passionate about their subjects which would naturally make our kids want to be in school and learn. But hey I guess nothing is perfect although it should be darn close when it involves educating our future adults. So I say 'Clean up the Core' and this school will have it 'goin on' as far as teachers are concerned. Just my honest opinion.

  • (7 years ago)

    Teachers need to be careful about the homework load. Parents would like to see their children get to college level without burning out. School has a responsibility to choose homework wisely. Teachers please lighten up on after school busy work as students have sports other activities as well as an outside life (with family) too.

  • (8 years ago)

    Wonderful School with extremely high test scores.

  • (8 years ago)

    Aptos Junior High is a fantastic school. The Admin is very supportive of parents and students. Music Art and Sports are all available. Library is open before and after school for students. Good teacher communication system.Grades posted online.

  • (9 years ago)

    Strong math and science program.

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