School Details

Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School

480 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto, CA 94306
(650) 856-5188
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 973 students 14 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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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
  • Palo Alto Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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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
  • Palo Alto Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

72%
75%
50%
85%
88%
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100%
100%
85%
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85%
52%
90%
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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
  • Palo Alto Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School is a public middle school in Palo Alto. The principal of Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School is Sharon Ofek, whose e-mail is sofek@pausd.org. 973 students attend Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School and identify mostly as Hispanic, Multiracial, and Asian. 7% of the Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 8% of the 973 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School is 14:1. Keys School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 9% 8%
Multiracial 5% %
Asian 43% 28%
White, non-Hispanic 39% 47%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 3%
Unspecified 14% 13%
Filipino 1% 0.6%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.6% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.5% %
Pacific Islander 0.5% 0.6%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 8% 8%
Limited English proficiency 7% 10%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    JLS has it all. Sharon Ofek is a truly inspiring leader hiring and empowering a diverse dynamic and dedicated teaching staff. Many parents told me how impressed they were with the quality and consistency of the staff presentations at Back to School night. The school teaches social-emotional values as much as academics with its "Kindness is the Norm" program a ubiquitous presence all over campus. And the campus is beautiful thanks to a new building and many upgrades and a student body that makes an effort to keep their school clean. AND parents are welcome and there are many volunteer opportunities to insure parents are part of the JLS community. Thank you JLS!

  • (1 year ago)

    The success of JLS is reflected in the inspiring teachers engaged students and committed parents. The principal is an outstanding leader who both challenges everyone to do their best and nurtures those around her. Education is critical to our childrens future success and I am fully confident that JLS will exceed my expectations.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am a student at JLS and i love it. The teachers are great and they focus on making sure kids get the concepts in what they are teaching. It is a very happy environment and the they make school fun. JLS balances the fun with academics perfectly! I support JLS all the way. I encourage families to get their kids in!

  • (3 years ago)

    I attended JL Stanford Middle School as a student and now as a staff member. Through all of my experiences I can confidently say that JLS has some of the most empowering and gifted teachers that young minds could ask for. The school leadership shines not only through the strong and dedicated principal but through the students as well. JLS provides avenues to support every kind of student learner. They provide some of the most stimulating and challenging academic programs out there. They also provide different outlets for children with learning behavior emotional and social needs. JLS is a remarkable school that helps feed the minds of the worlds smartest individuals.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is a good school and you learn a lot. I've made lots of good friends but there can be a lot of homework on some days and none on others. The teachers are wonderful but it feels like a pretty typical school.

  • (9 years ago)

    Amazing array of electives including Girl Technology Drama Stage Design Cooking Japanese. Excellent Teachers.

  • (9 years ago)

    Heavy involvement on the part of the teachers. Heavy homework load perhaps too heavy. After school activities are keen...YCS in particular. You can skip the bi-yearly dance.

  • (10 years ago)

    an excellent school to attend. friendly staff.

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