School Details

D. Russell Parks Junior High School

1710 Rosecrans Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92833
(714) 447-7785
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades 7-8 1028 students 23 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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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
  • Fullerton Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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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
  • Fullerton Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

D. Russell Parks Junior High School is a public middle school in Fullerton. The principal of D. Russell Parks Junior High School is Sherry Dustin and can be contacted at sherry_dustin@fsd.k12.ca.us. 1,028 children attend D. Russell Parks Junior High School and are mostly Asian, Multiracial, and Unspecified. 9% of the D. Russell Parks Junior High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 21% of the 1,028 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at D. Russell Parks Junior High School is 23:1. Sunset Lane Elementary School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • Korean
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 43% 20%
Multiracial 4% %
Unspecified 3% 6%
White, non-Hispanic 27% 24%
Hispanic 24% 45%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 1%
Filipino 2% 2%
Pacific Islander 0.3% 0.4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% 13646%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 21% 42%
Limited English proficiency 9% 32%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Parks Junior High School is a wonderful school with strong inspiring and caring teachers. It offers many elective choices including but not limited to art music band orchestra computers physical conditioning forensics and Spanish. Students can explore different interests and also learn to grow by balancing their classes and adapting to different teachers. It is a wonderful segue to the high school.

  • (1 year ago)

    With the exception of a couple of teachers the most teachers and staff members are rude and can't teacher. They also don't care about their students. A student got bullied and the vice principal tried to pass the problem on the victim. The victim was protecting theirself and it was called fighting back. When the victim was only holding down the bully. The bully got away scot-free. The victim has to get treatments for the rest of their life.

  • (2 years ago)

    Excellent teachers. love all the staff especially vice-principal. very good programs for good student. challeging academic programs. some kids are racist cause maybe parents are but overall excellent school . i think best middle school in oranage county.

  • (2 years ago)

    There are many rumors that this is a great school based on the test scores. However I've come to learn that you can't judge a school by just the high test scores. I'm currently a student from Parks and I have to call out the office staff of Parks Jr. High. I've honestly never seen ruder people in my life. I came from another district and because of that had to take the math placement test inside the office. However the office staff had no consideration whatsoever and were loud and obnoxious. As a result I failed that placement test and was placed at a lower level than I originally am. Thankfully there was a retake opportunity and I was able to get into the honors algebra but that event just showed me how inconsiderate people can be.

  • (3 years ago)

    I'm graduating from Parks Jr. High this year and I must say that it is a very tightly knit family. I consider the academics to be easy but I have had friends who transferred from Nicholas to Parks (and back) who thought that it was WAY too hard. The teachers try to communicate with their students and are considerate but still enforce their rules. Parks offers a lot of fun electives (Home Economics Art Choir Orchestra etc). Parks is a great school to help a student prepare for the toughness of high school and definitely meets whatever standards that are given out. Some of the homework given out by teachers aren't that hard; it's just that some of the students don't pay attention to the teacher(s) and then complain to their parents that their teacher doesn't teach them when everyone else in their class understands the material. All in all Parks is a recognized school and has a great teaching staff and wonderful community that is helpful as well as friendly.

  • (4 years ago)

    It has been three years since I graduated from Parks and things might have changed since then. However from what I remember the experience a student has from Parks depends mostly on the student and the friends he hangs out with. In my case I had good supportive and academically strong friends who motivated me to excel during my time at Parks. I also had my own self-motivation to get into an IB program in high school (which I did) and competitiveness that I had to get better grades than my friends. To comment on too much homework I think this will help with adjusting to high school. At Troy students get an average of five hours of sleep and the rest of the time is filled with extracurricular activities and homework. Anyways school is what you make of it. In my case I had a great time at Parks.

  • (4 years ago)

    I think this school is O.K. Not great Nicolas is better.

  • (4 years ago)

    I always thought Parks to be a great school. Maybe for students who already excel. My child went from one of the brightest to having one of the lowest GPA's in the school his first year around. Teacher focus more on HW and make it a LARGE amount of the childs grade. I am more than willing to help with HW but to make it the main concern is ridiculous. As a teacher it is YOUR job to teach. 3 hours a night just is not acceptable. There are some wonderful teacher that have been a great help to my child and done what they can to ensure the work gets done. then there are teacher that do not care to put the effort. I have been to the principal the VP the counselor and teacher none of which will look further into it.

  • (4 years ago)

    I'm currnetley a student at Parks's Jr. High. I like it but sometimes it can be extremley boring it is also not artsy enough. In the laptop program you olny use you laptop for around half the class. Also the teachers will not ask you if you need help you need to ask them for help if you need that I think is not very good. This shcool is also way into the acemdimces also very cliqey like there is a lot of cliques depending on your race. Parks is a good shcool and I recomend it to thoose who want to be well perpared for high shcool.

  • (5 years ago)

    I think Park's Jr. High is the best middle school in fullerton CA

  • (5 years ago)

    I just recently graduated from Parks Jr. High and it was an interesting two years of my life. Parks Jr. High gives students an opportunity to learn and express themselves. The 1 1 program was an exceptional program. I learned a lot about a variety of things. There are a few teachers who fail in teaching their students to the maximum. But there are really amazing teachers at Parks who have taught me more than just education. There is big problem at Parks with bullying as people think. It is not a bullying school. Parks is a great school and I highly recommend it to parents wanting a good junior high career with for their children.

  • (6 years ago)

    even though i dont like school this is a school i like. great teachers electives after school clubs sports etc...some teachers you may not like but overall the staff is great.

  • (6 years ago)

    very unhappy with the school stuff. Teachers are in their own world. Teacher egos come before kids learning. A very hard 2 years for my daughter and the teachers are of no help.

  • (7 years ago)

    Wow this school is one of the best! I really like Parks Jr High School because the teachers are awesome and you get to make so many new friends! All parents should enroll there child at Parks Jr High

  • (7 years ago)

    any smart parent would put their student in parks jr high this school is filled with awesome kids and I personally love it!

  • (7 years ago)

    This school has a lot of extracurricular activities whether it is drawing or if it is homework clubs. The principal is strict but seems to be missing things that children do. However overall everyone in this school tries their best to get good grades.

  • (8 years ago)

    This school is above average. However there is a lack of discipline which I believe is present in almost all schools. There are many extracurricular activites for students to choose from. I would definitely recommend this school for anyone who is thinking about sending their child here. The oppurtunities are endless.

  • (8 years ago)

    The teachers at parks work hard to give personal attention to every student. Administrators and counselor really seem to care about the personal issues of children and their families. Our experience at parks (3 kids 6 years) has been the best!

  • (9 years ago)

    Excellent academics good range of in-depth electives in the arts and technology and a self-funded sports program make this an exemplary school. Staff puts children first and welcomes parent involvement. No wonder this is a National Blue Ribbon School and a California Distinguished School!

  • (9 years ago)

    Excellent academic programs Diligent music and art department Athletic and cooperative sports teams Satisfying number of parent involvement to help out with school acitivities.

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