School Details

Richard Henry Dana Middle School

1401 South First Avenue, Arcadia, CA 91006
(626) 821-8361
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 775 students 24 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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86%
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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
  • Arcadia Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

100%
100%
86%
84%
88%
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91%
90%
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
  • Arcadia Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

94%
96%
50%
86%
88%
57%
70%
64%
31%
100%
100%
85%
81%
82%
52%
95%
92%
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
  • Arcadia Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Richard Henry Dana Middle School is a public middle school in Arcadia. The principal of Richard Henry Dana Middle School is James Tarouilly, who can be contacted at jtarouilly@ausd.net. 775 students go to Richard Henry Dana Middle School and identify as Asian; Black, non-Hispanic; and Filipino. 6% of the Richard Henry Dana Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 20% of the 775 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Richard Henry Dana Middle School is 24:1. Arcadia Christian School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Korean
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 71% 66%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 2%
Filipino 2% 2%
Hispanic 13% 11%
White, non-Hispanic 13% 18%
Multiracial 1% %
Unspecified 0.6% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% 9719%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 20% 13%
Limited English proficiency 6% 13%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    The music club is excellent! The students enjoy the music class. The parents put lots of effort in there.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is the best school EVER!!! I am a student at this school and I LOVE it! An I just started! I already made some friends and the teachers are nice and humorous! I LOVE this school

  • (1 year ago)

    I love this school!! I'm an 8th grader and I'm really sad that I'm leaving next year. This school has excellent teachers and a great principal. There are tons of activities and clubs you can join and it's so much fun. Everyone fits in here and there is absolutely no bullying. I made friends in no time at all. If you're looking for a place where u can express your talent hang out with your friends not have so much homework and get fabulous grades easily in all of your classes this is definitely the perfect school for you )

  • (2 years ago)

    Dana Middle school is THE BEST!!! D I am a sixth grader here at Dana and I love it there! There are many clubs that will help your students make a lot of friends. The teachers have the best teaching! You'll never feel ignored and they'll always be there to help you when you need it. There are lots of proctors and teachers supervising students during break and lunch everywhere in the school grounds and you'll have less chance to be bullied there. I have made a lot of good friends there! If you want your child or children to have more friends and better teaching and education...DANA IS THE BEST SCHOOL TO CHOOSE!!! D GO DANA MARINERS!!! pd

  • (4 years ago)

    This is an exellent school as the rating shows. The students there are very good manners there are awesome extra curriculms they are commited to learning and all of them are happy. They have very effective ways of learning that don't bore the kids. THey have plenty of clubs so they are never lonely or bored. The teachers there actually have feelings for the children not just view them as money. THe principal participates in a lot of activites and supports the kids. There is a lot of parent involvment and i just have to say THIS SCHOOL IS THE GREATEST!

  • (4 years ago)

    This is the best school out there. The extracurricular activities are awesome and you learn very fast and easy on academic classes too. They have so much work done for the students here I feel like an individual not part of a big swarm of kids.

  • (5 years ago)

    this school is excellent. i have no idea what the other parents are thinking. they let the students in the school be more independent and you cant expect anymore from them

  • (5 years ago)

    I am so dissappointed with this school. There are too many students and not enough staff to watch them. Administration reacts to problems rather than thinking them out for proper solutions. I am taking my child out of this school. I would not recommend this school.

  • (5 years ago)

    The students and parents value education and manners. Teachers and support staff are just average. School staff should get very little credits for it.

  • (6 years ago)

    Disappointing lack of commitment to a well-rounded education.

  • (6 years ago)

    this school is the greatest!!! if your children need a friend or a nice middle school dana is the best!!!

  • (7 years ago)

    My mom went here I went here and now my daughter is a Mariner too! Great teachers and music program!

  • (9 years ago)

    This school is fantastic! They care about the students their welfair and emotional stability. Highly recommended

  • (9 years ago)

    The quality of academics is impacted by the overcrowding at the school site. Among the extracurricular activities are music art cooking sewing and workshop. The school has alarming safety issues such as traffic problems.

  • (9 years ago)

    Superb English teachers that really teaches the art of good writing. I saw both of my kids improved tremendously in their writing skills as a result of Mr. Child's and Mrs Huntzinger's guidance in their seventh and eighth grade year. They are well prepared for the High School standards and requirements.

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