School Details

Sharon Christa McAuliffe Middle School

4112 Cerritos Avenue, Los Alamitos, CA 90720
(714) 816-3320
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 1284 students 25 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
  • Los Alamitos Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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94%
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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
  • Los Alamitos Unified 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
  • Los Alamitos Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Sharon Christa McAuliffe Middle School is a public middle school in Los Alamitos. The principal of Sharon Christa McAuliffe Middle School is Ann Allen and can be contacted at aallen@losal.org. 1,284 students attend Sharon Christa McAuliffe Middle School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Black, non-Hispanic. 0.8% of the Sharon Christa McAuliffe Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 15% of the 1,284 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Sharon Christa McAuliffe Middle School is 25:1. Lexington Junior High School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 55% 61%
Multiracial 5% %
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 3%
Filipino 3% 2%
Hispanic 19% 13%
Asian 14% 10%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.6% %
Pacific Islander 0.6% 0.6%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4% 9706%
Unspecified 0.08% 9%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 15% 0%
Limited English proficiency 0.8% 3%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    The school administration does not go "above and beyond" for any student. They do not help students with grade or behavioral problems. Anyone who says differently has never had a student with a problem that any other school district would assist with. There is no counseling there are no opportunities for academic assistance there is no sympathy or assistance for any child ---- unless that child already came into the school with high academics and no issues. But the purpose of a school is to help students grow and progress. Keeping the students that make that school look good and doing nothing -- if not ignoring expelling and failing to interact with students that require some assistance is wrong. It is wrong on so many levels. There are other parents on this site who have experienced this. You don't treat kids differently regardless of their needs. That is discriminatory. No parent should accept this.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am not sure what others refer to meaning "expulsion" of children with issues. I know of several instances where there have been issues but the school has went above and beyond to try to help the student. The school is and should be proud of their academic record. Does the school have high expectations? Yes but the school district has high recommendations and as a parent I accept this.

  • (1 year ago)

    McAuliffe is a great middle school for a child to learn. They provide on campus clubs and many opportunities for a middle school student to put himself or herself out there. As a former student the experience was very fun. They push you academically and provide fun electives. I am a proud former Eagle.

  • (2 years ago)

    The school gets high test score - good for property value. In reality the students are not encouraged to check their grades on-line they do math in science classes and language arts in history. This school is not really project based unless you call posters projects. I guess I expected it to blow the kids socks off with reasons why learning is important. The school is safe and you child will learn their math and language arts. They may not be inspired to save the world. I would like to see some STEM and community service projects to get the kids plugged into their world and not just the video games. I could be wishing for something that does not exist.

  • (2 years ago)

    I believe McAuliffe students receive a high-quality education. It's a great school UNTIL a student or parent does not agree COMPLETELY with the administration's values of how middle school students should be treated. If you have any important issues occur that need to be discussed with the principal/other office staff you may not have a positive experience getting those issues resolved. I've found the administration to be complacent insensitive irrational inconsistent & disorganized. This conclusion is a result of a handful of issues that have occurred over several years. A true test of one's character is revealed when things are not going well & how one reacts to those situations. Based on the collective experiences I've had attempting to communicate with the office staff principal vice-principal etc. I am not convinced that this administration truly has the students' best interests in mind. Rather their own interests seem to be the priority. Again a wonderful school mostly because many of the teachers are amazing. However I feel the administrative staff needs to be more proactive with truly listening to the concerns of the families who make up this community.

  • (4 years ago)

    Our daughter went through McAuliffe and especially loved working with Mr. Rose Miss Tajima Mrs. Davidson--among the best teachers she has ever had! Principal Sackett is a stellar principal. He is ever-present and visible on campus. The teachers have high standards and the students rise to the occasion. I am so impressed with the climate of the school whenever I am there. These are middle schoolers who know how to behave.

  • (5 years ago)

    I go to McAuliffe Middle School! Mrs. McGovney is the best computers teacher ever!

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter is a student at McAuliffe and we love it! The teachers are excellent and she loves them. As a result she enjoys doing her homework.

  • (7 years ago)

    Very pleased to see that McAuliffe Middle School is rated the highest possible. My children attended all Los Alamitos schools and was extremely pleased with their concern over students of all different levels. Thank You

  • (8 years ago)

    Both of my sons have gone through all three years at McAuliffe from different ends of the academic spectrum - the older son in the GATE program and his brother in Special Education. Both children have received excellent preparation for high school. The high quality at McAuliffe begins with Principal Sackett you'll find him 'walking the grounds' every day. Ancillary services - counseling school nurse psychologist and others have also proven to perform at a high level as well. People move to Los Alamitos for the schools and McAuliffe Middle School is one of the reasons.

  • (8 years ago)

    My daughters are in 8th grade GATE program & are sad to leave this school to continue their learning journey in the high school. Mr. Sackett is kind and caring but teaching quality & professional attitude of the teachers vary. My daughters have been fortunate to have had Mr. Phillips Mrs. Tajima & Mrs. Davidson whose presence have left indelible impressions on my daughters' lives & whose incredible teachings have propelled their learning experience & outstanding performance.

  • (9 years ago)

    McAuliffe is an excellent middle school in orange County. The Principal and teachers have high expectations for the students and has a result students work very hard to meet the expectations. Students are expected to be well behaves and the the school has rewards for good behavior and claer concequences for inappropriate behavior. This school has a well established music program which helps students potray their talents in music. Their Jazz band performs like professional musicians. parents are greatly involved in extracurricular activities.My daughter is happy to part of the student body of McAuliffe a school where every student is supported to reach their full potential.

  • (10 years ago)

    Mcauliffe Middle School is very good acedemically and if you want your child to be taught everything about writing get Mr. Phillips the best teacher on the campus.

  • (11 years ago)

    This school has a good academic program. Students are encouraged to do their best. I believe that it helps that the teachers are not burdened with teaching English to non-English speaking students. It's too bad that there is not enough money to do upgrades to the school and to have a nice gym for the students. There is a problem with bees black widows and birds on the campus.

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