School Details

John A. Sutter Middle School

7330 Winnetka Avenue, Canoga Park, CA 91306
(818) 773-5800
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades 5-8 1393 students 20 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

42%
49%
60%
39%
46%
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
  • Los Angeles Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

75%
80%
86%
42%
47%
60%
46%
39%
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 Angeles Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

79%
41%
50%
44%
44%
57%
49%
19%
31%
45%
78%
85%
51%
43%
52%
55%
57%
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
  • Los Angeles Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

John A. Sutter Middle School is a public middle school in Los Angeles. The principal of John A. Sutter Middle School is Michael Smith. 1,393 students go to John A. Sutter Middle School and identify as Hispanic, Asian, and Filipino. 31% of the John A. Sutter Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 85% of the 1,393 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at John A. Sutter Middle School is 20:1. St. Joseph the Worker Elementary School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 84% 73%
Asian 8% 4%
Filipino 4% 2%
White, non-Hispanic 4% 9%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 11%
Unspecified 0.3% 0.7%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.3%
Pacific Islander 0.07% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.07% 646343%
Multiracial 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 85% 75%
Limited English proficiency 31% 32%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    I give the principal zero score. Kelly Welsh has no people skills and is a horrible principal.

  • (1 year ago)

    My school is great and i think everyone should go here because ive been new this to this school and have been going here for about 1 week and im a 6th grader. This school made me feel welcome like its a new family for me to enter. My friend has been bullied in another school and she said that she will be going to sutter when were in 7th grade. I was really glad that my friend will now go to a bully safe enviroment. All the teachers are great and i hope that these 3 years will go by smoothly. I love sutter and i look forward to my time in John A. Sutter Middle School

  • (1 year ago)

    This school has top notch special education teachers and assistants. General education staff and students need intense inservices on special education and on bullying. Needs for many special education students are not met in many of the general education classes (and the gen ed teachers are not getting the support they need to include students with various challenges). I hope that Sutter wins the $5000.00 . The school needs lots of educational materials and extra curricular classes for ALL their students.

  • (1 year ago)

    Sutter has been a great school for my child. The teachers really care about her and she enjoys going to school there. The campus is beautiful and I have had nothing but positive experiences.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is one of the worst schools ever if you actually want your child to be listened to and cared for turn the other way and send your child to a better school that is actually worth it... One specific counsler is the worst at her job and not to mention some other staff in the main office....if you dont believe this i'll just say that thanks to them i've been in three years of psychological therapy

  • (1 year ago)

    One thing that I love about this school is the SAS classes which might prove to be difficult to some but the amount of knowledge gained are worth it. My academic writings had become more eloquent when I learned of the hidden weapons of a good writer. My Algebra skills escalated when the teacher taught us the shortcuts and ways to solve a difficult formula as a result my CST scores jumped to the next level. This cannot be possible without the help that the teachers provided as well as the cooperation between student and teacher. However while the SAS classes represented the beautiful outer shell its inner are not as much good. The students behaved disrespectfully cussed everyday out of dress code and therefore gained detentions. This result as a wall that will prevent them from graduating but the staff of Sutter provided opportunities for them to walk across the stage. Another thing to note is that the environment is not one of the best kind. Trash everywhere spilled milk near the foul smelled trash cans splotches of gums contrast against the pavement. Sutter have excellent teachers staff as well as programs main problems concerned students' behavior and the milieu.

  • (2 years ago)

    i love this school me and my friends love this school i hope these 2 years go slow so we can enjoy them!!

  • (2 years ago)

    I was a student here a regular. I'm asian they disrespected me yelled at me threw stuff at me caused racism. Everybody fought did graffiti at least theres no drugs in this school. The teachers are very nice but student life is horrible. I do not recommend this school for any parent who does not want a bad environment for their child. This school scarred me for life.

  • (3 years ago)

    I graduated from this school recently and if I say so myself this school was excellent. The teachers cared programs were open to all and the experience there was one of my best. Sure we had problem at the school like any other though. One thing for sure the school cares for one another like a family and during problem we re all there for each other.

  • (3 years ago)

    For as long as i have been going to his school i can say it was awesome !!! the honor teachers were very supportive and i have learned many things and actually make it feel like an honor class . the school does not have many fights and when the students have problems the staff will help . they also have a very good leadership class which i recommend your son/daughter to attend the leadership teacher is very nice and funny . if your trying to find a good middle school for your child i highly recommend Sutter Middle School !!!

  • (4 years ago)

    Excellent teacher that care for each of the students. My daughter is a Math Champion because of great teaching.

  • (4 years ago)

    my son is in 6th grade here. I have my Goddaughter in this school and her older sister went here as well. I have not had any problems with the school and Mr. Smith and the counselors seem very interested in my needs and concerns. any issues that I or my son have had have been handled with courtesy and professionalism. I am happy my children are attending this school.

  • (4 years ago)

    Sutter Middle School have wonderful teachers and a good staff.

  • (5 years ago)

    I believe John A. Sutter middle school is doing there best to educate thier students in a very fun way. Its a cool school.

  • (5 years ago)

    My son has gone to this school for the majority of his 7th grade year. And I must say the teachers at this school might be descent but it's the counsolers and principles that are completely USELESS. Sutter Middle School should be the poster school for what's exactly wrong with the LAUSD.

  • (5 years ago)

    That is not true that they dont care for you. In the first semester I was failing a class and the consuler helped me get some ideas to raised it up. Now i'm up to a B in the class. Also the teachers are great like if you are having trouble with something they encourage you to do better. I do not like the bad reviews they have given Sutter. It has improved alot. I'm in the 8th grade and ready to graduate. They did a 8th grade breakfst yesterday and it was beautiful...

  • (5 years ago)

    It may not be the best school but for me it is just great. I completely disagree with everyone who said that the staff do not care about the students. There is nothing wrong with the staff. Teachers are really close to students and teachers do a very good job. Spcially gifted class teachers. If I have a problem with anything I talk to my teachers. They are always there for me. Sutter is great if you look at the art section or the sports section. Thachers help students in every way they can. As a school Sutter is excellent.

  • (5 years ago)

    my son goes to sutter and is in the seventh grade and just like the other parent stated if it was up to me he would attend a different school. no one seems to care that the students are failing...the counsler just take the easy way out instead of helping the child.....as i can see sutter has not changed since 2005

  • (5 years ago)

    I think this school is okay. I attended this school back in 07 and some teachers were not that good. Yes there are some that know how to teach but them there aren't.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school was so good I was looking at lunch time and when everybody left the school was spotless I was amazed

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