School Details

San Fernando Middle School

130 North Brand Boulevard, San Fernando, CA 91340
(818) 837-5400
2

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 1424 students 16 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

30%
49%
60%
29%
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 School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

67%
80%
86%
30%
47%
60%
21%
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 School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

54%
41%
50%
32%
44%
57%
25%
19%
31%
59%
78%
85%
24%
43%
52%
43%
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 School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

San Fernando Middle School is a public middle school in Los Angeles. The principal of San Fernando Middle School is Freddy Ortiz and can be contacted at fxo8969@lausd.net. 1,424 students go to San Fernando Middle School and are mostly Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 26% of the San Fernando Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 94% of the 1,424 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at San Fernando Middle School is 16:1. St. Ferdinand Elementary 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

  • Latin

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 97% 73%
White, non-Hispanic 2% 9%
Black, non-Hispanic 1.0% 11%
Asian 0.4% 4%
Unspecified 0.2% 0.7%
Filipino 0.1% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.3%
Multiracial 0.06% %
Pacific Islander 0% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 646343%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 94% 75%
Limited English proficiency 26% 32%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    Our daughter recently graduated from this school with honors. She has straight A's and E's. I am extremely impressed with this school. The school's appearance is neat and clean. Our daughter has had nothing but good reviews of SFMS. I met with some of the teachers and they are very friendly. Any time I called the school or went into the office the staff was always very professional and friendly. The staff principal and counselors were all more than willing to help. The school has so many programs to help any student who is failing a class or just needs tutoring. They also have a program called project grad which is really good and according to our daughter fun. They allow the kids to come inside during lunch and play chess and other games. They plan college tours and the counselors with proj. grad. make sure the students enrolled in the program are taking all of their prerequisites. It's a wonderful program. The school is well staffed and I liked that they had staff always around before and after school monitoring the students. The staff does a great job motivating the students. All of our daughter's teachers were truly AWESOME! )

  • (9 months ago)

    The students as a whole do not like being in school and therefore refuse to learn. They would rather goof off than learn anything. Most teachers are amazing but feel like a glorified baby sitter. There is a dedicated group of parent volunteers however their children aren't the ones causing the problems in the classroom. There needs to be more active parents in order to change this pandemic of apathy and behavioral issues in the classroom. There is huge potential at this school but the students have to buy into into it. Most don't care about college or a good job much less turning in homework and graduating. I would send my child anywhere but here until parents start taking an interest in what goes on with their children and making them behave. Teachers can only do so much. Just look at the test scores but don't blame the teachers.

  • (3 years ago)

    i attended this school and loved it. i never witnessed any bullying! the security is great! the school is across the street for a police station which makes students feel very secure. once a month we would have assembly's about bullying! they made me feel like i was important. once you become a san fernando middle school falcon you become a member of a very special family!

  • (3 years ago)

    This school has no such meaning towards "safe student body" and security towards the students that are being bullied... i would not put my child here!...THEY DO NOT CARE FOR YOUR KID!

  • (5 years ago)

    Many people have bad views of this school for dumb reasons! It's stupid really. The teachers are not bad. The school is not bad. It is clean. The thing that's bad with the school is the kids. They just dont care. They have no parent involvment that's what makes it fall below other schools.

  • (5 years ago)

    San Fernando MS has helped my daughter tremendously! Its so clean the kids are nice the staff is superb!The teachers are fun and are known for academic rigor. It's honestly just...incredible.Go Falcons!

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is low in discipline pour in academics teachers don't care about the students playing in the halls and all they do is try to ignore the problem right in front of them.

  • (7 years ago)

    there is no discipline the students are rude no consequences for their actiions

  • (7 years ago)

    This school has helped my daughter completely

  • (7 years ago)

    The school needs a lot of improvement. Mr. (cough Cough)...class from my observation was unacceptable. The children were out of line rude and their mouths were polluted with profanity. I can not believe a child is expected to pass in this kind of environment day in & day out nor a teacher teach. Some kids had Ipods to drain this environment of a class. The community has fail to teach their children common respect for all. There is a serious problem here from the lack of campus security to the simple cleanness of a class room floor. This school lacks a lot of possibilities!

  • (7 years ago)

    Ever since the new principal got here the school does seem a lot more secure. Every morning you can count on him being out in front of the school as well as more staff out at the back gate. And after school there is always extra staff out at the train tracks as well as the crosswalk in front of the school. And the plans for next year sound really good. I wish they could have separated the younger kids from the older ones back when my child had started middle school.

  • (7 years ago)

    As a parent I am proud of the fact the this new administration specifically the principal has instituted new standards of behavior for all students accountability for teachers and strongly communicated to all stakeholders on the schools progress.

  • (7 years ago)

    Ever since the new principal took over in the Fall of 2006 the schools overall suspension rate has gone down student attendance is up and there is more accountability for students and teachers.

  • (8 years ago)

    The administration doesn't seem to know who does what. The classes are overcrowded and the kids are treated like a number. Getting the administration to intervene and answer questions is like pulling teeth. Looking for a new school for my kid asap!

  • (8 years ago)

    I found that the teachers at SFMS for the most part have been very helpful. The Drama Conservatory especially is wonderful. That being said I have encountered numerous problems with the administrators especially since Mr. Del Rio left. There seems to be a lot of 'passing the buck' going on over there.

  • (8 years ago)

    I student taught at this school the magnent school was great the students we bright and enthusitastic and the teachers were caring.

  • (9 years ago)

    This school has alot of dicipline problems and I dont recommend anyone sending their children here. The administration is terrible and the arts department is suffering alot.

  • (9 years ago)

    My favorite part of this school is the unique drama program in which all the classes promote drama and the arts. The teachers are fine overall.

  • (9 years ago)

    Academic quailty great. Music art and sports available. Parent involvement great.

  • (9 years ago)

    Not the best school around.

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