School Details

Clifton Middle School

226 South Ivy Avenue, Monrovia, CA 91016
(626) 471-2600
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 716 students 20 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

66%
57%
60%
48%
40%
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
  • Monrovia Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

70%
63%
60%
61%
59%
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
  • Monrovia Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

68%
63%
50%
65%
64%
57%
37%
28%
31%
64%
61%
52%
78%
75%
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
  • Monrovia Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Clifton Middle School is a public middle school in Monrovia. The principal of Clifton Middle School is Traci Gholar and can be contacted at tgholar@monrovia.k12.ca.us. 716 students go to Clifton Middle School and identify as Hispanic, Asian, and Unspecified. 4% of the Clifton Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 50% of the 716 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Clifton Middle School is 20:1. Carden of the Foothills School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 52% 55%
Asian 5% 3%
Unspecified 4% 5%
White, non-Hispanic 32% 25%
Black, non-Hispanic 10% 9%
Filipino 1% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.8% 0.8%
Multiracial 0.7% %
Pacific Islander 0.3% 0.4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% 5952%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 50% 49%
Limited English proficiency 4% 15%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    My child is a special education student who needs a little more attention than most he was put in rsp classes and the teachers have no patients what so ever. You would think a special education teacher would be very patient. My son hates going to school at clifton and begs everyday to go to another school. The teachers are rude and have made my son who at one time loved school hate it with a passion!!!! Clifton is a horrible school for children with learning disabilities ........

  • (3 years ago)

    Clifton is a wonderful middle school. There is something for everyone. The teachers/staff are very supportive. The library is fully stocked and the librarian is the best around. You feel welcomed the moment you step on campus.

  • (3 years ago)

    My oldest child had a wonderful experience here when Deb Rinder was the principal. Now that Traci Gholar is here the experience for my youngest is less than stellar. Ms. Gholar has never answered an email. The teachers are focused solely on state test scores. During parent-teacher conference week it was impossible to see his teachers -- even though he was failing two classes. Why? His state test scores were Advanced so he wasn't on the list of kids who could be seen.

  • (4 years ago)

    My child came to 6th grade at Clifton after going to private elementary school. We tried to register in the spring for the following fall but were told that they only accept registrations two weeks before school starts. We registered in August but were told that 2 out of the 3 of the honors subjects our child qualified for were completely full. The Principal never seemed very sympathetic and just said that our child would have to wait until someone dropped out of honors. Be warned if you're thinking of transferring from private school.... you're in the back of the line. You'll only get into honors classes or anything else only if there is space left after the kids that are already there irrespective of your child's qualifications. Unless they change things to accept new admissions when they do their class planning in the spring you'll only get into honors if there is already an extra seat.

  • (4 years ago)

    The teachers and after school programs are awesome!

  • (4 years ago)

    Clifton Middle School is one of the greatest middle schools in our Monrovia District. The parent involvement and the great teachers help made this possible. I like the participation of the parents and the awesome involvement of our kids.

  • (4 years ago)

    I love this school because my kids feel safe and they get a great education .

  • (4 years ago)

    I love the way all of the teachers make each student feel valued and take the time to meet the individual needs of each student. The staff strives to help each student reach their full potential. Both of my sons love Clifton!

  • (4 years ago)

    The reason why I love Clifton it offers so much Love their extra curricular activities.. as well as all their teachers and staff .. Great school

  • (4 years ago)

    My nephew does very well at Clifton. It seems the staff keeps the kids engaged in learning at every level.

  • (4 years ago)

    The teachers at Clifton are very dedicated to the students and go above and beyond every day.

  • (4 years ago)

    Great school that has gone through an incredible rebirth since our oldest started there 7 years ago. The CA Distinguished School award was only the start on the path to giving our kids a great education.

  • (4 years ago)

    Our girls have been at Clifton for 6 years and it has been a great experience.Wonderful staff and families -- Go Cubs!

  • (4 years ago)

    We love the teachers and the challenges and support that they provide for our daughter. It's a great learning environment.

  • (4 years ago)

    What I love about Clifton is that it provides such a great opportunity for kids to excel academically but to enjoy their middle school experience. They have the right balance of activities and events that keep the love of learning alive. Thanks Clifton staff you're the best.

  • (4 years ago)

    Good programing. I love school loop keeps me informed

  • (4 years ago)

    Great teachers who take the time to help the students and the principal and other administrators really care about the kids education and well being.

  • (4 years ago)

    Provides Students with a good education. Prepares well for Highschool.

  • (4 years ago)

    Traci Golar the principal is absolutely outstanding. Leadership starts from the top down and you can see the results of this new leader already! The support the Clifton provides for students amidst a devastating budget crisis is commendable.

  • (4 years ago)

    Perhaps this school deserved the high ratings at some point but not anymore. I currently have two children there - and this is the worst school experience I have ever had. My oldest daughter went to a different middle school in another city and it was wonderful compared to Clifton! With few exceptions the teachers are unavailable to assist the students outside of the classroom. They don't give the extra attention needed to actually help students learn. I've even written letters to teachers for clarification on projects and assignments and gotten no response. On one occasion my daughter waited patiently after school outside the teachers office (as instructed) to get some tutoring on a subject she was struggling with. After waiting for almost an hour the teacher told her he didn't have time for it and blew her off. Some of these teachers need to reevaluate their profession.

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