School Details

Ardis G. Egan Junior High School

100 West Portola Avenue, Los Altos, CA 94022
(650) 917-2200
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades 7-8 556 students 19 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

93%
95%
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94%
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52%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 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 Altos Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

81%
83%
50%
90%
91%
57%
23%
13%
31%
91%
89%
52%
94%
94%
67%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 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 Altos Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Ardis G. Egan Junior High School is a public middle school in Los Altos. The principal of Ardis G. Egan Junior High School is Brenda Dyckman and can be contacted at bdyckman@eganschool.org. 556 children attend Ardis G. Egan Junior High School and are mostly Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 6% of the Ardis G. Egan Junior High School students have "limited English proficiency." 7% of the 556 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Ardis G. Egan Junior High School is 19:1. School for Independent Learners is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 9% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 46% 53%
Asian 31% 27%
Multiracial 11% %
Filipino 1% 0.6%
Unspecified 0.9% 15%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.7% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.2% %
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 7% 2%
Limited English proficiency 6% 6%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    All teachers are above-average on their teaching and caring. It is sad to know that they only get paid minimum wage. The school itself is disappointing because of an unfair principal. If you cannot give money or get a good score on tests you are discriminated by her. By god this is a PUBLIC SCHOOL! She is the worst role model giving unreasonable examples and suspension. She almost breaks the law to get students in trouble. The students didn't even break the rule! Let them live naturally you ***. Everyone is brainwashed by the money-hogger. It's time she gets retired.

  • (1 year ago)

    Among the best middle school in the area after doing much research and excellent community feel.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school has some stellar teachers who really care. However the principal has proven to be worthless. She does not care about students as demonstrated by the fact that she allows many low performers to be funneled into remedial math classes only to languish there with little to no instruction. This is a dire problem with 8th grade. Talking her to her is maddening because she simply does not care what you think and fails to honor the opinions of those receiving the "services". She thinks she knows more than anyone else about everything at Egan. She suffers from a terrible case of "certainty" and it's high time she and her damaging practices be retired.

  • (2 years ago)

    This school is definitely a school that your kid should go to. This is the best school I've ever been to.

  • (2 years ago)

    Egan provides a calm and comfortable place for most children. They focus on the API score. It fits in with the lifestyle of Los Altos. Pleasant and not so challenging. Few clubs and extra curricular activities. The teachers are competent and experienced but the school is not cutting edge. However for the average student its a safe place to be . For the curious child it is not very stimulating. Most LASD schools are faced with stiff competition from a local charter school which should serve as a wake up call. The charter has lots of problems otherwise they could take over Egan.

  • (3 years ago)

    Egan is a jewel of a school and a model of the public system for middle school. It is demanding the teachers are passionate and inspiring but it is an environment in which the expected student difficulties are supported by a senior staff that just "gets" what it is like to be a young teenager at a key life transition. This is a place where it is expected to make mistakes and you will find the support and true learning of that experience. It is not just about academics but about growing the individual. Our son is not a high-flier flirted with F for a variety of reasons but I have no doubt that this experience at Egan will set him up in the best way for high school and beyond.

  • (3 years ago)

    Egan is an absolutely wonderful school. The transition into the seventh grade can be difficult for some students but as long as you keep up with the work everything is excellent. Egan was by far the best experience I have ever had during my adolescence. The transition from Egan to LAHSflowed very well and I was well prepared in every one of my classes. Beware that Egan can set the bar too high because some of its teachers are so incredible!

  • (4 years ago)

    I am very proud that my kid was a studet of this school! I am looking forward to be have a look on thid school again.

  • (5 years ago)

    Mrs Dyckman is very discriminatory about kids requiring special ed. She does everything in her power not to accept enrollment of any kids who requires special ed In our case she did this by being extremely non-cooperative. When we insisted she threatened us about taking the issue to the court so that the judge can force the kid to attend some other school "which can provide better support for the kid". She did not strike me as a principle who cares the best interest of the kids. She is only interested in kids who can fit her standard of "normal". The worst part is my kid is not even challenged academically (gets all As and Bs). Even though she did not even know my kid she did not even bothered to learn/ask about my kid.

  • (5 years ago)

    By far my greatest experience I have had during my entire schooling process. The teachers are well educated connected to one another and interactive with the students. There is no group exclusions and the school activities really help unify the school. Egan has healthy food products and offer great preparation classes to the students preparing them for high school in tremendous ways. Everyone takes their work seriously and I had so much fun being able to meet new people. There are so many great classes offered at this school and I had such an amazing experience.

  • (6 years ago)

    Egan's culture is very respectful of the middle-schooler. The principal has hired a very strong staff that adhere to this culture. My daughter was well prepared for high school especially in writing math and science.

  • (6 years ago)

    We had 3 students go through this school and it is the most outstanding middle school in the state. Most of this is due to the leadership of the principal Mrs Dyckman. The level of instruction particularly in Spanish was at an extremely high level. The school particularly kept bullying under control and really cares.

  • (9 years ago)

    Quality of teachers is not homogeneous. Some are excellent. I found 7th grade English particularly weak. Mr Schneider's science Mr. Rosen history Ms. Beeman English are excellent. Team sport program are exteremely selective there aren't many opportunities for not so good players.

  • (9 years ago)

    Excellent dedicated teachers a wonderful principal and staff. The only downside is the amount of stress this school places on 7th and 8th graders.

  • (10 years ago)

    The academic curriculum is satisfactory. There are a lot of really good teachers and some not so good teachers. Math classes are at different levels. The elective classes are very fun and productive. Egan offers chorus band orchestra art foods newspaper yearbook French Spanish tech and computers.

  • (10 years ago)

    Egan is a fairly good school. The teachers are very good and responsive. Its weaknesses are in the area of electives. The choices are very very limited and the quality of teaching drastically deterioriates.

  • (10 years ago)

    Good job of teaching the kids how to get organized to keep track of all assignments. Teachers seem to be enthusiastic and good. I wonder how rigorous it is my child doesn't have much homework although others say they do.

  • (12 years ago)

    Egan is a high quality school. The principal teachers and the families are all high quality.

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