School Details

Miwok Valley Language Academy Charter

1010 Street Francis Drive, Petaluma, CA 94954
(707) 765-4304
4

(out of 10)

Charter Grades K-6 515 students 18 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

46%
43%
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65%

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
  • Old Adobe Union average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

45%
43%
46%
65%
62%
66%

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
  • Old Adobe Union average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

64%
73%
65%
59%
70%
72%

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
  • Old Adobe Union average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

51%
65%
60%
35%
49%
65%
46%
53%
57%

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
  • Old Adobe Union average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

70%
70%
60%
50%
56%
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
  • Old Adobe Union average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Miwok Valley Language Academy Charter is a charter middle school in Petaluma. The principal of Miwok Valley Language Academy Charter is Jorge Arvizu and can be contacted at jarvizu@oldadobe.org. 515 children attend Miwok Valley Language Academy Charter and identify mostly as Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 56% of the Miwok Valley Language Academy Charter students have "limited English proficiency." 71% of the 515 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Miwok Valley Language Academy Charter is 18:1. Crossroads School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 67% 33%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 2%
White, non-Hispanic 26% 57%
Multiracial 2% %
Asian 2% 5%
Filipino 0.3% 2%
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.7%
Unspecified 0% 0.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 1718%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 71% 37%
Limited English proficiency 56% 30%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    I just had one child finish his 7th year at Miwok! As with every school there are excellent teachers and those less desired! I have another child entering 5th and would not change a thing!Test scores have to do with diversity and parent involvement! Yes Miwok does have a low income population but while that may effect test scores it does not reflect on the excellent teachers staff and PTA.I have to say that I have one child that needs constant help and follow through to achieve academics while the other does not! If you are not highly involved in your child's education do not blame the school or teacher they can not do it all. While yes Miwok may be short on funding I have to say that both my children have and are getting a great education.

  • (8 months ago)

    There are many outstanding teachers at Miwok we have never been disappointed. There are so many nice families and a strong PTA. I hope to see more diversity in the classrooms hopefully more people will be attracted to the opportunity to learn new languages.

  • (1 year ago)

    I wanted my daughter to go to a private school but my husband convinced me to ignore the test scores and give Miwok a chance. Today my daughter is in 4th grade and we are still at Miwok and I can't wait until my little daughter starts at Miwok too. I am so glad that I listened to my husband and proud to be a Miwok parents. I don't think any private school will have the amazing teachers and staff that we have at Miwok. With addition to the excellent level of education the diversity at Miwok opening my daughters eyes and mind to the other cultures around the world . At Miwok she learned by interacting everyday with kids from different countries that the world doesn't end at the boards of united states. She is getting an amazing and excellent level of education at Miwok.

  • (2 years ago)

    Our child has struggled due to what now appears to be a learning disability and the teachers are absolutely uninvolved and unconcerned. We were told that we needed to practice flash cards more with our daughter so she could learn her addition facts but little more. We were practicing she was just having trouble anyway. The school never suggested testing teachers were vague about her problems. This year she gets a satisfactory on everything on her report card despite a clear lack of comprehension while we get virtually no homework or tests back. We believe it is never corrected. We have finally taken our daughter to a doctor for testing although the school is legally obligated to do it. The teacher is indifferent and blames everything on the large class. We couldn't even get a textbook for her tutor. This school has poor leadership and more and is making excuses - the tight budget. The test scores are not the problem who cares about those. The problem is that there appears to be little guidance for the teachers low engagement by the teachers and the good teachers are there but few and overwhelmed by the lack of help from admin. Find a different school. Terrible.

  • (3 years ago)

    My son is in Kindergarten in the Miwok Dual Immersion program. I volunteer in the classroom regularly and have been very pleased with the quality education he is receiving. The classroom is large and more than adequately stocked with books toys teaching materials etc. His two Kindergarten teachers are wonderful and he loves them. He is progressing well in all subject areas and we feel he is receiving an above average education. He is learning everything that his peers are learning at other schools in addition to becoming bilingual and bi-literate. We have a great group of involved parents and we parents and our children are making cross cultural friendships. We are so pleased that the Old Adobe Union School District decided to provide such a wonderful program for our children and our community.

  • (3 years ago)

    My child is in the Dual Immersion at Miwok and it is amazing! She is reading and writing in Spanish and it's only December. I am amazed! I feel that the spirit of the school and the program is alive and exciting! Truly a gem of a program and at our local public school. We are very lucky to have our there! Her teacher is fantastic! Great job Miwok for making me a believer!

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter has just started Kinder in the Dual Immersion program. I believe in the program but there is low parental involvement not a lot of resources - not a lot of books toys manipulatives in the classroom. I hope that the school receives more funding gets aides and lowers class size.

  • (3 years ago)

    I've just read all the other views and have decided that I am going to give Miwok a real review. Look at the test scores. For the past two years Miwok has failed minimun standards for both State and Federal along with another school in the district. So every year we get a notice saying that we have the right to send our child to another school in the district. When you call the other schools they do not have space you end up stuck. Their technology is outdated and last year one 6th teacher couldn't use 2 of the 3 computers due to software incompatibility. The campus is rundown and children are allowed to roam free before and after school and teachers just stand there or there are no teachers present at all. As far as parent involvement the same parents are involved with school activities. I will say this though. As far as teachers are concerned the teachers that my children have had were great. But then again with no money we sure did find some to hire a brand new superintendent at the cost of our children.

  • (3 years ago)

    We love hearing our 1st grade daughter reading in two languages as easily as other 1st graders read in just one! It's so sweet to hear her going about her play at home and break out in song in another language! .....but I think the most exciting thing is that our daughter's amazing teacher is such a testimony to the program and a firm believer in it because she grew up going through the very same program that our daughter is... and it worked brilliantly!! We are enamored with the program and eager to see all the benefits that will play out in our daughter's life as a result!

  • (4 years ago)

    I have two children (K & 1st) in Miwok's Spanish/English Dual Immersion program. I'm so happy that my kids have the opportunity to participate in this bilingual and intercultural program. If you are looking for educational opportunities for your children that will provide a much needed cultural component that other public schools don't provide this is the program for you! We have a terrific and caring principal and LOVE our kinder teacher!

  • (4 years ago)

    I am very happy with Miwok Valley! We are transplants from Bernard Eldridge's Dual-Immersion program. The school community has been very welcoming and the transition has been smooth. Kim Harper is a top-notched administrator with a staff of dedicated and experienced teachers. There is strong parent involvement which helps keep traditional programs like 6th grade camp library and PE. The population is diverse and dynamic with an excellent traditional curriculum as well as one of only three Dual Immersion/Spanish programs in the entire county!

  • (4 years ago)

    We are transfers from BE following the dual immersion program and are very happy we did! Miwok is a wonderfully diverse community both culturally and socioeconomically and Kim Harper is a dedicated and thoughtful leader with top-notch dual immersion teachers. I appreciate her accessibility and visibility - always available for a chat or to schedule a longer meeting and always out in front after school keeping an eye on things! We are very happy to be at Miwok Valley in their dual immersion program!

  • (4 years ago)

    Our school has the best spirit we are about 70% hispanic and our chilldren are working together to make our future bright..

  • (4 years ago)

    My youngest child is now in 6th grade at Miwok. I am very proud to say my children went to Miwok. I feel that everyone at Miwok from the teachers to the janitors truely cares about the kids they go out of their way to make sure the children have what they need to succeed.

  • (4 years ago)

    My son started Kindergarten there this year and he loves it. The teachers are amazing as well as the rest of the staff.

  • (7 years ago)

    This is a really wonderful inclusive elementary school. It has a diverse population meaning students get not only wonderful lessons in the class but wonderful lessons in the playground from kids from different backgrounds. A wonderful well-repsected principal leads the way.

  • (9 years ago)

    The school has many great things going for it. With one exception that comes to mind it's 6th grade math program. It moves to fast and has been implemented because of the political issues the school is having.

  • (10 years ago)

    Active & Excellent PTA funds not only extras but essentials like classroom aides. Principal Harper is excellent - very involved with parents children PTA. Greets children in front of school every day. A real Open Door policy and always receptive to new and innovative ideas.

  • (11 years ago)

    I am a former student. I loved this school. My favorite teachers were there. My teachers were always there to support us and were trully concerned if you had a problem. They never let you squeak by with education. Wonderful memories.

  • (11 years ago)

    I've had a child in Miwok Valley for 6 years now I also have 2 younger children and 6 more years to go in Miwok Valley and am looking forward to those 6 more years. I have never met a Principal of a school who actually spends 'time' with the children outside of the office until Ms. Harper. She is a very dedicated principal to the school children and parents. Many times you'll find her out on the grounds 'with' the children or in the lunch room eating with them. Miwok's PTA is also very involved in the children as well with the many fundraisers to bring the children new text books playground equipment and so much more. They are as dedicated to the children and the school as the principal.

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