School Details

Nicolas Junior High School

1100 West Olive Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92833
(714) 447-7775
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades 7-8 767 students 21 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

45%
74%
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67%
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
  • Fullerton Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

68%
90%
50%
40%
66%
57%
44%
59%
31%
34%
60%
52%
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80%
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
  • Fullerton Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Nicolas Junior High School is a public middle school in Fullerton. The principal of Nicolas Junior High School is Mathew Barnett, who can be contacted at mathew_barnett@fsd.k12.ca.us. 767 students go to Nicolas Junior High School and are mostly Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Unspecified. 34% of the Nicolas Junior High School students have "limited English proficiency." 79% of the 767 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Nicolas Junior High School is 21:1. Annunciation Catholic 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

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 85% 45%
White, non-Hispanic 8% 24%
Unspecified 3% 6%
Asian 3% 20%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 1%
Filipino 1% 2%
Multiracial 1% %
Pacific Islander 0.8% 0.4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.5% 13646%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 79% 42%
Limited English proficiency 34% 32%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I go to Nicolas Junior High and i think it is a wonderful school it has really helped me grow and I really do recommend this school. The teachers are wonderful and the staff is very nice and helpful. I really do love Nicolas Junior High.

  • (2 years ago)

    I don't know why there are so many negative reviews about Nicolas. Nicolas Jr High School is a great school. The current Principal is Great! He is very friendly to students and staff. The Assistant Principal is also very friendly student are very comfortable with him and are able to tell him things they wouldn't feel comfortable telling other administrators. All the teachers in my opinion are Excellent. Teachers are very kind and caring. Not one teacher is mean or disrespectful to students or staff. Nicolas also has great academic programs like AVID and Nicolas is the only school in Fullerton you can go to have a program that provides a scholarship if a student stays in AVID from Nicolas and takes AVID through High School. There are other Academic Programs like Honor Society ACE and their Leadership Class. Nicolas also has a Honors Program called ACE which is a program for "Honors Students" and has higher classes like Math ELA Science and History. They also have great selection of electives like Band Choir Dance Foods Art Design Printmaking Publications and ect. . I highly recomend Nicolas Jr. High School. ~A Current Student

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter has attended 7th and 8th grade at Nicolas Junior High. I am really pleased with the school. It has wonderful programs like avid. Nicolas is the only Jr . High School in the Fullerton District that offers this program Also my daughter went to the 7th grade Science Camp for girls and had a great experience . Nicolas was the only Jr High that offered the Science Camp at that time . My daughter has had a wonderful experience at Nicolas. I highly recommended this school . Don't listen to other negative comments that other parents say. Come see for yourself. In addition . Nicolas has a great Principal Vice Principal. Teachers and Staff. They encourage the students to behave well and encourage high academics.

  • (3 years ago)

    My son has attended Nicolas Junior High School for both 7th and 8th grades. I must be honest my husband and I sent our son to this school with great caution. However to our surprise Nicolas turned out to be a wonderful school. Dr. Barnett is very involved with the students and eager to see the students succeed. Our son enjoys going to school at Nicolas. We are very proud to call ourselves Nicolas Knights!

  • (5 years ago)

    I went to nicolas and i really did not like it. I had alot of problems.

  • (5 years ago)

    My Child has gone here for 7/8th grades. His test scores have gone up and he is much more confident.We a minor problems with different things from teacher to other student. The problems were quickly addressed and without alot of involvement on part. My son was able to approach the correct stafff members and handle situations mostly on his own. I am very pleased with Dr. Barnetts business approach to the shool and students. I feel he is very accessable to both parents and students and genuinely cares about each and every student in his care. I recomend Nicolas to anyone thats asks my opinion.

  • (5 years ago)

    Not happy about the administration and the moral of the staff and students. You would think that a jump in test scores would make Nicolas a better place to be at but with my third child attending here I see a big difference in the school. Test scores raise but at what cost!

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is is making amazing strides against the odds. Very impressive. Excellent administration.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a parent of Nicolas Jr. High Student for the 2nd time. I had a few issues from my first child with teachers by them not listening to me I know my child and they would not even simply ask for homework at the start of every class. My 2nd child is flourishing here. I am really involved with my children so that helps the teachers. You will only be sucessful with your children if you are truly involved with their studies and keeping track of their grades week by week. Why have children if you do not help them become upright outstanding citzens. It starts at home and the teachers are their to help guide them when in school. You teach them guidelines of respect and they in turn will respect their teachers.

  • (6 years ago)

    it is a great school with excellent teachers

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a second year parent at Nicolas Junior High School. I wanted to wait until my student's final year to post a review since it's often hard to judge a school on a one- year performance. My first impression of the school will be my final impression. From day one I have been met with a friendly consistent and professional staff. Dr. Barnett is a third year principal at the school and has made wonderful strides met with progress to improve the students academics athletics and attitude of the school. I have never seen a harder working or more dedicated principal anywhere. Dr. Barnett has implimented many successful programs for students of all academic levels. He works just as hard to improve the success of the higher academic students as well as the lower stuggling students. He truly deeply cares for each and every student at the school.

  • (6 years ago)

    Dr. Barnett is really different. I think that school is super low and can even reach expectations that the district require but I think Mrs. Quiroz and Mrs Calvo are doing great as teachers my kids love it

  • (6 years ago)

    Great School! Teachers show a real interest in teaching our kids. Extra curricular activities are great also!

  • (6 years ago)

    The school is pretty good! I really enjoyed being their! I have been out of the school for 3 years now. I know it has changed a lot. From the dress code to the way it looks around the campus! The new principle i dont know how he is my Mrs. H and Mr. Gordon are great people! Also one of the science teachers Mrs. Ritacco (science) i recommend her for your students!

  • (6 years ago)

    I agree with the last poster. It is time for parents to step in and get more involved. We can't expect the teachers to teach our children morals. It comes from home first and your child should take it to school and respect what the teachers ask of them. If your child does not respect you at home then a teacher is not someone then can demand for your child to pay attention in class and learn what they are suppose to. Parents stop blaming the teachers and lets help the teachers that give 100% to our kids while we are at work. I think Mr. Barnett is Excellent and all the teachers I have come in contact with have been wonderful. I just don't really care for the office staff. I think they are rude and not pleasant.

  • (7 years ago)

    I do agree the school needs Ext. improvements mainly around the lunch areas. My child takes pride in her school work and respects the teachers. We as parents need to stop complaining about the teachers and school attire and actually participate and get involved!Join the PTA where you can have a voice that will be heard. Make sure your kids understand that their test scores and academics are partly their responsibility and that they are privileged to have such a place to go and receive the education they need. Complaints about the classrooms and the principle?The behaviour and opinions of the parents are transformed onto our children. Our children spend more time with the educators then they do with their parents we should be thanking these teachers. Take time and listen be supportive soon you will see that a child that really wants to learn will no matter what!

  • (7 years ago)

    I'm not sure what that last post is all about but I am a parent of a happy student at Nicolas. The new principal is very caring and ambitious. I don't think Nicolas is an unsafe school. I can't vouch for the quality of all the books but my daughter's books that she has brought home look fine.

  • (7 years ago)

    I attend the school and I think the school needs a lot of improvement. This school is a joke the classes don't inform us of the proper information we need to be learning. The princepal needs to get involved much more in the school then he already doesn't. While he's changeing useless things like the dress code he's not understanding the more important issues like books funds and student safety.

  • (8 years ago)

    Nicolas is a school in transition. It is finding it's way up. The 2006-07 school year is bringing up state scores school pride student's attitudes. The admin. is working hard to make sure the students are learning in a safe and positive environment. My son is in the band program and loves it. We look forward to a positive 07-08.

  • (8 years ago)

    My daughter attends Nicolas. The school is overcrowded under prepared and the worst school in Fullerton! The laptop program is unsuccessful and takes valuable time and funds away from educating our children. The new principal is heavy handed and out of touch with parent-teacher-student issues. This is the age group for nurturing and listening. Mr. Gordon is a great Vice Principal.

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