School Details

Mare Island Technology Academy

2 Positive Pl., Vallejo, CA 94589
(707) 552-6482
4

(out of 10)

Charter Grades 6-8 380 students 36 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

58%
38%
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28%
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
  • Vallejo City Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

43%
62%
86%
59%
39%
60%
33%
22%
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
  • Vallejo City Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

11%
27%
50%
58%
31%
57%
47%
30%
52%
58%
37%
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
  • Vallejo City Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Mare Island Technology Academy is a charter middle school in Vallejo. The principal of Mare Island Technology Academy is Matt Smith, whose e-mail is msmith@mitacademy.org. 380 students attend Mare Island Technology Academy and identify as Hispanic, Unspecified, and Multiracial. 18% of the Mare Island Technology Academy students are "limited in English proficiency." 58% of the 380 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Mare Island Technology Academy is 36:1. Solano Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Dance

Languages Taught

  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 44% 29%
Unspecified 3% 5%
Multiracial 3% %
Black, non-Hispanic 22% 32%
Asian 19% 3%
Filipino 14% 19%
White, non-Hispanic 11% 11%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.7% 0.6%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.7% 15300%
Pacific Islander 0.6% 2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 58% 55%
Limited English proficiency 18% 17%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    While this school's campus is a bit run down the education is first class and the learning environment is caring and nurturing. I have found the teachers to be very energetic and committed as well as being exceptional educators. The school also does a good job of integrating technology into their learning processes.

  • (2 years ago)

    It is my daughters first year at MIT and I am so far very pleased. the school looks like its not so great on the outside mostly dirt and not well kept grounds. I think the real test of a school is what happens on the inside in the learning environments. As a student my daughter feels safe and like she is learning. As a parent I sometimes feel like there is a hint of chaos mixed in with the best of intentions. The director is a very nice man he does a good job of keeping things going I think. They offer a great deal of programs that you just will not find at Vallejo's public schools. Like FREE before and after school care programs! With out this program it would be almost impossible for us to have her attend MIT. They offer great things in these after school programs like guitar lessons computer training FREE tutoring Karaoke class Wii Fit and outdoor fun as well. It is a good place for kids to learn and to become friends. One of the things I love is that the school starts at 6th grade and continues thru 12th grade! They offer a guaranteed spot to younger siblings as well. This is a good school and they are trying to do something different and better for my child.

  • (2 years ago)

    As a parent of a middle schooler for the past two years I have mixed feelings about the school. One the one hand some of the teachers are amazing on the other not so much and definitely not responsive. The administration although new and has good ideas i have not seen any progress. There are absolutely no activities for students band athletics choir drama anything for students to be involved in middle school. At the high school level they have the option to participate at another school in the area. Unfortunately as my daughter tells me there are fights between Solano Middle School and MIT off school grounds. When there is a lockdown parents are notified HOURS afterwards not immediately. The ever changing dress code policy is ridiculous now a patch has to be purchased to iron on the polo shirt. I thought sending my daughter here was a better option than Franklin or Springstown but now we are looking at American Canyon as another option...as we are not as satisfied as we thought

  • (2 years ago)

    As a new parent at MIT I am extremely happy with this school. The administrators are new (about 2 yrs now) the school is safe and the staff seems excellent. Of course every school has a few not-so-excellent staff/teachers but overall I have been very impressed by the curriculum safety dress code and improvements to the school. Last year MIT tried to get the school moved to a better facility but were turned down by VCUSD and are stuck at a sub-standard facility. Hopefully Vallejo Unified will make this right soon so MIT doesn't have to spend another 10 years in a temporary facility.

  • (3 years ago)

    When I first came to this school in 2006 I thought I was coming to a school that valued the student and was technology based which is what I believed I needed. Since then I have been disappointed. The computer system that MIT is famous for is older than I have been here. The whole place is made of portables which is especially horrible when it starts raining (e.g. mold growth window and ceiling leakage). The bathrooms in the high school portion are absolutely horrible and the only real way to get water is to trek all the way up to either the middle school the cafeteria at lunch or to buy it from student stores here. The entire system of school dances are orchestrated by two of the high school teachers which will be leaving this year. The school doesn't have a high school feeling either. We don't have an official sport or club system other than the After School Program. However the whole place does have a small-town feeling and fighting is virtually nonexistent. But that is probably the only good things here.

  • (4 years ago)

    One thing I must argue that a previous reviewer talked about is dress code. Yes the students despise it but there were several occasions if not most of the time when students violate the rules about what is appropriate to wear on "free dress days." It's a great distraction more so when students are sent down to the office to call home and ask a parent for a change of clothes. I am an alumni and trust me students get used to the dress code. Self-expression is essential but that can be done at other places. After all isn't more important to focus on schoolwork than what so and so is wearing? Also it would be nice if reviewers take a minute to check for grammar or spelling errors. It's quite embarrassing especially if you're bashing the school.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am very pleased with MIT. The teachers are excellent I feel my child is in a safe environment she has made many friends and is getting a good education. Way above any Vallejo schools!!!!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is fine... well the teachers are but the food campus and other things aren't so good. I wish that we had a better lunch system and even a better homework system. We also need to have a more enclosed campus... and more supervision!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    At first I had high expectations of this school. I had thought that this was a school where children can both have a learning experience and a fun time but no. Students are not allowed to express theirselves by clothing and the staff are not doing their best for it to be a great learning experience. They also made their rules less fun for the students this year. I am very disappointed with this school and expected better. I hope they change their rules again to make it more better for the students and for their learning.

  • (5 years ago)

    I'm a teacher at this school. This school dedicates more time to each individual student than any school I know or have worked at. The curriculum is project-based relevant to students and challenging. All issues that existed before 2008 are now gone and a new staff at the top is in place and making huge strides forward. MIT Academy was recently voted 'Best of the Bay Area charter schools' and is currently featured on TV as such. Any attempt by students to discredit the school and it's value is truly disappointing and I would have to say that any students having problems here are going to have problems at any school they attend- Behavior counselors on site are proactive in working with kids and any issues they may have. I love it here and want to work no place else.

  • (5 years ago)

    I hate this school! we dont even have real buildings or good lunch. i've been going to this school for 3 years now and i have not seen any improvements or even any attempts to make any improvements ever. i have wantded to leave this chool for awhile now and i am an eighth grader and i cant wait until i leave this school.

  • (7 years ago)

    Inexperienced teachers substandard facilities photocopied textbooks computers that hardly work and an uncaring administration make MIT a poor choice for Vallejo parents who have to commit 60 volunteer hours to keep their children there. It was a great concept on paper....too bad that it does not live up to its potential.

  • (7 years ago)

    My child has attended MIT since 6th grade currently 9th grade. Although there has been some disorganization overall I am very pleased with our experiance. Our public schools are lacking in parent participation and by making this a requirment you weed out those parents that do not want to be a part of their childs education. I enjoy the 'out of the box' learning and some of the extras that are offered (Mandarin Chinese Ford Pass 3 year high school college classes on campus etc..) The school is in total only 790 students (both high school and middle) and that is very appealing considering the overcrowding of the other Vallejo schools.

  • (8 years ago)

    My son has been going to MIT for several years. This last year two of his teachers left for long leaves. This hurt my son's grades. It has always been difficult to get anyone to return our calls to the school.

  • (8 years ago)

    If you ask me I think that this school is the best school that my child has attendeed.If you ask me I would give this school an award for all their good stuff. I just personally think that is the best school that my kids have ever been to in their life.

  • (8 years ago)

    My daughter entered this school as a 6th grader last Fall. So far I am pleased with the level of teacher attention to each student the types and character of the classes offered. There is a major challenge to bring these students up to standards in English and math because of the poor quality education they have received in K-5 local schools. But the focus of the teaching is to make the students proficient in the skills they will need to get a job after 12th grade not just go on to college or junior college. The volunteer hours are 40 not 60; it makes parents involve themselves in their child's learning which is a good thing.

  • (8 years ago)

    My daughter no longer attends this school. The semester she tried there was chaotic and dangerous at best.

  • (10 years ago)

    The teachers at MITA are dedicated and work hard to see that all the children succeed. We do have a lot of parent involvement which you do not see in the other Middle and High schools. The Children are learning skills that they will need for College and the work force. They have a higher discipline standard because the hold the children to a higher standard in all things.

  • (10 years ago)

    MIT-is no better than any other public school in Vallejo as long as the parents are involved. Good things Class size are small 1 computer per child. College classes would be ok if the teacher showed up. Bad things Parents voluteer 60hrs per year with no voice. Non-existent extracurricular activities for the childern. Students are told to remove their shoes even in the winter. Childern are discipline to the point that some things are just a waste of time. The Administration is more concerned about how much money they can save by having parents voluteer in the office and around the school and how many donated items they can bring in. All teachers are not qualified to teach.

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