School Details

Mark West Charter School

5350 Faught Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
(707) 524-2741
8

(out of 10)

Charter Grades K-8 182 students 19 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

69%
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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
  • Mark West Union Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

73%
73%
50%
68%
68%
57%
19%
19%
31%
72%
72%
52%
75%
75%
67%

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
  • Mark West Union Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Mark West Charter School is a charter middle school in Santa Rosa. The principal of Mark West Charter School is Pam Carpenter, who can be contacted at pcarpenter@mwcharter.org. 182 students attend Mark West Charter School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Black, non-Hispanic. 8% of the Mark West Charter School students have "limited English proficiency." 30% of the 182 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Mark West Charter School is 19:1. San Miguel Elementary School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • P.E. classes
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 67% 67%
Asian 6% 3%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 2%
Hispanic 28% 21%
Filipino 2% 0.6%
Native American or Native Alaskan 2% 1%
Multiracial 2% %
Unspecified 10% 4%
Pacific Islander 0.8% 0.6%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 30% 27%
Limited English proficiency 8% 18%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    My son just graduated from MWCS and we are so glad we chose this school for him. From day one it was an open and inviting atmosphere where we were able to meet his teachers as well as discuss some of his needs with the principal who is amazing and so supportive. My son felt challenged by math he was able to overcome his algebra difficulties with the support from the wonderful teachers. He also was able to play basketball this year and learned so much from his teammates and coaches. This is a school for those who want their children to learn both academic and life lessons guided by caring people in a small atmosphere. Thank you for everything MWCS.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am currently a parent of an 8th grader. My son also completed the 7th grade at MWCS. The 7th grade was challenging as it would be at any middle school with students transitioning from elementary school. It is a project-based school. The teachers sent CONSTANT reminders to parents and students helping the students reach appropriate goals in time increments to help students with time management for each and every project. The staff has been incredible. The principle is on campus and "present" constantly and supportive of each student's uniqueness. My son is a well-rounded boy with broad interestes. This school has allowed him to flourish anf grow and become more independent. The staff know each and every student personally. The homework has not been excessive. If there was a night where something "came up" and my son could not finish homework a simple note to the teacher "bought " him another day as it was deemed appropriate. I will be sending my daughter here as well.

  • (4 years ago)

    We are very happy with the Mark West Charter School. My son struggled for years in elementary school and he is doing great at MWC. The communication between the school staff and our family is excellent. I can review all of his assignments and grades on-line. If there are any problems or when he excels in his studies I am notified by email from his teachers. I know my son is safe and supported at this school

  • (4 years ago)

    An excellent Middle School education in a small safe environment is what attracted me to Mark West Charter School. My youngest daugher is currently attending the school and is excelling. I anticipate she will also excel in high school once she gets there because both of her older siblings have been well prepared for high school honors classes after attending Mark West Charter. I love the ability to see how she is doing on her assignments using TeacherEase and how the teachers send emails letting you know when your student did outstanding work on a project or test or when an assignment is missing. The work is challening the projects interesting and the expectations are high. The teachers care deeply about the students and seems to do everything they can to help every student succeed. I highly recommend this school.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am very pleased with Mark West Charter School. Both my daughter and son have attended this school. I love that I can check their grades on Teacher Ease and if they miss an assignment I will be notified by email. I also like the size of the class rooms it makes it easier on the teacher to give students more of their time. I will definitely miss both the teachers and the office staff when my son graduates this coming year (2011).

  • (4 years ago)

    I am very pleased with the education that my daughter is receiving at Mark West Charter school. The teachers are very helpful they email me my child's assignments and are quick to respond with feedback. The classrooms are small which allows my child to receive personal attention and help in any subjects that she needs assistance with. I am so glad to have found this school for my daughter.

  • (4 years ago)

    We appreciate how the school makes every effort to keep us informed of our son's progress and struggles as he adapts to his middle school years. The school and teachers are willing to take the time to ensure that each child is as successful as possible. The on-line reporting system is very helpful.

  • (4 years ago)

    Mark West Charter School is a exceptional school that has a great academic program. The quality of teachers are exceptional and are always on call to help your student succeed they concentrate on bringing each child's potential out. It is a great opportunity I highly recommend this school for any family looking for a smaller class size and strong academic program.

  • (4 years ago)

    Mark West Charter School Is Has been great for my children. It is small enough that everyone knows each-other which is just the tip of the iceberg of hot they implement the genuine commitment to preparing young teens for High School. I am glad Mark West Charter School was established In time for my two Children; one of whom is now 1/2 through his second year and the other who is excited about attending next year! -Peter Fanucchi

  • (4 years ago)

    My 8th grade student has excelled at this school! He is permitted to be himself and is not teased or ridiculed in any way. Both the 7th and 8th grade teachers care about the students and their success and work hard to be sure that every student feels respected and responsible. Homework at times is strenuous and time consuming but as a student my son has learned how to manage his time and the homework load hasn't been too much for him. The principal is on campus most of the time and makes it a point to know each student by name and to treat them as young adults. There is a zero tolerance for bullying harrassment etc and the students know it. This school strives to provide accelerated academics yet works with every student to bring out their potential. My youngest son will attend as a 7th grader next year! Highly recommended!

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a parent of a current 8th grade girl at MWCS. She has had the opportunity to excell and be herself in a safe and encouraging atmosphere. The elective choices are wonderful as well as the opportunity to take three of them every quarter. We are extreamely pleased that she is progressing towards being completely prepared for the demands of high school and are very thankful to have this school available to her. Our second child will attend when she is of age!

  • (4 years ago)

    I had a great experience with my eighth grader at this school. The curriculum was demanding but there was no lack of assistance to help her complete assignments. The principal knew me on a first name basis and was quick to help with anything I needed for my child to succeed. I will be sending my younger daughter to this school when she is in 7th grade.

  • (6 years ago)

    This is a small school with a lot to offer. The teachers care and want to challenge the students. The students don't always get what is being offered to them...they are in middle school. I would never teach middle school. It is tough enough being the parent of one. They use Teacherease. I can always see how my child is doing.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am the parent of a graduate and a current 7th grade student and only have positve comments about the school the teachers and the administration. To comment on posts below 1) The Hot Lunches are district wide and would be the same at other schools. 2) Students are required to do Community Service as an extended learning project and are not charged a nominal fee if not completed. 3) Parents are asked to be involved in the school and spend 40 hours a year volunteering. This is to encourage partnering with parents students and teachers. Parents are asked to donate money for hours they cannot work.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school has an awful punishment system as it tends to be brutal. Also the 'Hot Lunches ' also known as the school lunches taste very disgusting as they tend to be either over cooked or under cooked. The 7th grade teachers are acceptable while the 8th grade teachers may be brutal at times. They assign homework in excess amounts usually resulting in over 3.5 hours of work every night. The projects for 8th grade tend to be an overload too. At one point there were four projects due in the very same week in the same class. The principal tends to be very lacking and you don't see her on campus grounds very much. This school requires that you do 40 hours of 'Community Service' for the year or you will pay a fine of $400 to 'balance it out'.

  • (7 years ago)

    I think that this school is pretty good but some teachers don't help or respect their students a lot as they should. They also give an excess of homework especially in math and science

  • (8 years ago)

    This was a school where my student felt their uniqueness was supported and accepted. Although a small school there was never a feeling of 'missing the big school atmosphere'. Now in high school my student often comments that 'we are ahead of the game because we did that in middle school'.

  • (9 years ago)

    This school is not a good fit for me. They often are extreme in their punishments and give an excess of homework. They do not have a respect policy rather a control by force policy. The teachers often leave much to be desired.

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