School Details

Cardozo Middle School

3525 Santa Fe Street, Riverbank, CA 95367
(209) 869-2591
3

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 516 students 18 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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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
  • Riverbank Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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60%
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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
  • Riverbank Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

26%
27%
50%
37%
35%
57%
5%
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52%
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55%
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
  • Riverbank Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Cardozo Middle School is a public middle school in Riverbank. The principal of Cardozo Middle School is Kevin Bizzini, whose e-mail is kbizzini@riverbank.k12.ca.us. 516 students go to Cardozo Middle School and identify primarily as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 41% of the Cardozo Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 85% of the 516 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Cardozo Middle School is 18:1. Elizabeth Ustach Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Theater drama

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 77% 74%
White, non-Hispanic 20% 21%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 2%
Filipino 0.4% 0.1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.5%
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.1%
Unspecified 0.2% 2%
Asian 0.2% 0.8%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 2766%
Multiracial 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 85% 72%
Limited English proficiency 41% 45%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I love this school and my awesome 6th grade teacher Ms.Wallen! Go Ms.Wallen!!!! -) -) I just wish the p.e teachers would pay attention to the kids talking.

  • (1 year ago)

    It's awesome I have an amazing teacher I could be tere all day if I could

  • (3 years ago)

    This is in response to the review dated January 24 2011.~ I'm pretty sure you probably didn't get your own way & that is why you are attacking the office staff. Those two ladies in the office go above and beyond their jobs. I am at the school often and I have never seen them talk down to a parent. I have only see them be helpful kind and very loving to the students. You need to remember that there are only two of them in that office. The students that I have talked to LOVE those ladies. Many of them talk about Laurie in the office and how she always talks to them about choices they are making and encouraging them to do better in school. I know that I want someone like that at my child's school. Ms. Solis wasn't the best Principal she never wanted to meet with parents...Mr. Bizzini is great my student had him as a teacher at Rio he will be great for Cardozo. Instead of attacking these ladies why don't you walk in the office with a smile volunteer at the school get to know them instead of trash talking them on a computer. Not to mention your grammer is very poor! I say kuddo's to the office staff at Cardozo they need recognition not complaints!!

  • (4 years ago)

    I have a pretty good interaction with the teachers. I think that the vice principal is doing a good job. I also thing that the principal is doing a good job. I however think that the office staff is by far the most rudest office staff I have ever dealt with. They will ignore you when you walk in they talk down to you and are just so impolite. It is truly sad because Ms. Solis and Mr. Bezinni need to realize these two very rude women represent them. I know they are not that rude but someone who has never met either one would think they are just like their office staff.

  • (4 years ago)

    i think cardozo middle school is a good school but we think that the vice principle thinks he is the boss of everything I don't like him for anything i dont lke him becuase he is changing all the rules but mrs.solis is the principal and shes not doing anything about it and thats nots fair so thats why i rate this school a 1

  • (5 years ago)

    My child has not had good experiences at Cardozo but I can't blame it on to the teachers. She is a difficult child who needs positive reinforcement and unfortunately doesn't get it very often. Girls keep trying to fight with her and she has been jumped at school several times. When this happens she fights back so all the fighters get suspended. I would like to know what a kid is supposed to do if someone jumps them at school unprovoked. Can they defend themselves at all? Cardozo seems to suspend a lot of kids and I'm wondering if there is a better way to handle it so that they learn a lesson but don't miss so much school.

  • (9 years ago)

    Is it true that Riverbank's board members receive a medical benefits package while serving their term? Who comes first here? District leaders or the children of our community? I have seen students at my child's school (CMS) hauling around school books that are barely held together by the backpacks they're carried in. My own child has a book with the most disgusting graffiti scribbled throughout and all I got out of the teacher was a shrug. Not to mention the principal who didn't even acknowledge my concerns. I believe that many of CMS teachers are devoted to their profession. But in my experience with this school all I have seen is mountains of homework including weekends and my child saying that the teacher spends most of the time on the computer or on the phone.

  • (9 years ago)

    I believe CMS treats their students unfairly based on their race. Children of community leaders and/or whose parents are more involved in this schools activities and who tend to contribute more of their time to be volunteers at certain events or activities seem to have different rules to follow as opposed to those who have limited english or whose parents are not involved with the schools activities or meetings due to the language barrier.

  • (11 years ago)

    I transferred my son to Cardozo from Somerset due to a move to Riverbank. My sons classes have been more challenging and he has become more involved in school athletics. His teachers Ms. Bartholomew Ms. Wallen and Mrs. Lagier are the most dedicated encouraging and effective thus far. Ms. B is not only a teacher she is also the Athletic Director and coaches several sports. The staff is always available for parents whenever they have a concern. The administgrative staff is awesome. This site is definitley for the better of the Students. I feel that Cardozo gets unflattering comments because parents refuse to follow through and support their children's teachers. Success in school begins at home where parental support and positive involvement in your child's education is practiced. Getting involved only when you find fault is not only unfair to the staff it's unfair to your child. Positive realationships with your child's teacher can only benifit his desire to learn his successes can only follow. Cardozo is an excellent place to enrich your child's educational needs.

  • (11 years ago)

    My child attends Cardozo Middle School currently and loves it. I had reservations on sending her to this school because I had heard many negative things about it. Which were all untrue. For the most part the teachers are great. Of course there are a few bad apples like the teachers that are always out on some kind a leave. That is what hurts the students learning ability. In my opinion other than the teachers that rarely come to school all the teachers at Cardozo Middle School get an A+ with me. They are great teachers and put a lot of effort into empowering their students with knowledge.

  • (11 years ago)

    The 6th grade has two outstanding teachers that work extremely hard and challenge the students to the fullest. Making learning not only educational but fun. The foundation created by these two teachers far exceeds anything I have ever experienced. Learning was fun my child always came home with great stories. Our school systems need more teachers like Ms. Wallen and Ms. Bartholomew. If you are fortunate to have them teach your child you will not regret it! Enough good things cannot be said of both of these educators!

  • (11 years ago)

    I have experienced unpleasant encounters with the Cardozo staff including the superintendent. Parents and childrens rights are not been maintained through unmet phone calls and requests by the parents. The children are not getting an equal opportunity to recieve a quality and equal education when they do not have the essential materials like core subject text books to take home. English learner studetns cannot overcome language barriers without the appropriate curriculum materials. All students possess the right to have a text book in which it can be used to enrich each childs educational life. The parent conferences where completely un organized with the line waits having to be about 30-45 minutes to speak just to one teacher. Parents concerns are being ignored. I have been to the office on October 22 2003 to wait for the principal for two hours. While I was their a Latin couple waiting to speak with the principal about their childs concerns had to leave because they had a doctors appointment and had to go to work and the principal was not there. The children are doing the translation when in fact it is the school legal responsibility to provide a translator. My child's schedule was changed without my consent or approval. It is my right to have a written notice in my native language about these changes my child is a minor and they should not do as they please with him.

  • (11 years ago)

    I feel that school staff should display a more positive attitude with the students and parents. My experience with Cardozo School staff was quite negitive & it seemed I was a bother to them. Our kids need a more positive influence.

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