School Details

South Valley Middle School

385 Ioof Avenue, Gilroy, CA 95020
(408) 847-3377
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 723 students 18 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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59%
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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
  • Gilroy Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

59%
65%
60%
60%
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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
  • Gilroy Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

56%
65%
50%
50%
58%
57%
2%
24%
31%
31%
46%
52%
55%
67%
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
  • Gilroy Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

South Valley Middle School is a public middle school in Gilroy. The principal of South Valley Middle School is Greg Kapaku, whose e-mail is greg.kapaku@gusd.k12.ca.us. 723 children attend South Valley Middle School and identify as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 26% of the South Valley Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 82% of the 723 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at South Valley Middle School is 18:1. St. Mary is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Drawing painting

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • P.E. classes
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 86% 67%
White, non-Hispanic 8% 19%
Asian 3% 3%
Filipino 2% 2%
Unspecified 2% 8%
Multiracial 1.0% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0.7% 1%
Pacific Islander 0.6% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4% 11280%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.4%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 82% 58%
Limited English proficiency 26% 29%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    South Valley is an amazing school! My daughter loves it here and she just transfered from another school and is in the 8th grade! She was very shy at first but the children there are so nice and now she has many friends.

  • (5 years ago)

    Bottom line- schools can only do so much- parents should be held accountable. I have seen both ends of the spectrum across gusd. Stay in touch stay informed and stay on top of your child and thier work. Team up with your teachers be a positive role model and your child will do well.

  • (5 years ago)

    i am still attending south valley middle school for my second year!! and i think its an amazing school all of the teachers are great and care about the students!! we have many activities and the school has so much fun!! so if your child is going to middle school send them to south valley!! we all do our very best and try very hard!! and all those rumors you here aren't even true so don't believe them! South valley is an awesome school!!

  • (6 years ago)

    I went to this school for sixth grade and half or seventh. I went half of seventh because I couldn't stand going here! It's a horrible school! I would advise a parent who is thinking about sending their child here to think twice. The kids who go here are horrible and don't care about the education they are recieving. The teachers are awesome but other then that it's a bad school. I hated being here. The school is the worst in Gilroy and the API scores aren't even good! I hated going here and I'm sure your child would to.

  • (7 years ago)

    South Valley has a great elective program. For a middle school it's far beyond what most other area middle schools offer. The teachers really care about the kids and it's obvious in the quality of my childs education that this was absolutely the best choice for our family. Don't be fooled by test scores this is an excellent school. Specifically the excellerated science program and the art program. They even have digital photography. Our two kids have been more than happy to attend this school. We are proud of our choice to move here.

  • (7 years ago)

    South Valley has plenty to offer all Junior high kids. The have several different clubs afterschool programs and sports to choose from. I like that they have become very strict with the grade requirement for participating in various activities. The athletics department has a mandatory 'athletes academy' that all athletes must attend. In addition to the academy they pass out a weekly grade sheet to be signed by the student's teachers. There is no participation allowed if you cannot keep your grades up. The band program is very good and they have a Disneyland trip for the advanced band. Again SV is very strict with grades and you must have the grades in order to participate in the trip. The parents seem very involved. The school has fun and educational nights (like Math night) to get parents involved.

  • (8 years ago)

    South valley has grat teacher that make learning really fun. Math was really hard for me in elementry school but now it is easy and fun. My favorite subject is math no! I love sv! Go sv you rule!

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