School Details

Katherine Edwards Middle School

6812 South Norwalk Boulevard, Whittier, CA 90606
(562) 789-3115
4

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 949 students 22 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
  • Whittier City Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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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
  • Whittier City Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

34%
47%
50%
57%
54%
57%
11%
13%
31%
75%
77%
85%
44%
45%
52%
54%
53%
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
  • Whittier City Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Katherine Edwards Middle School is a public middle school in Avocado Heights. The principal of Katherine Edwards Middle School is Maria Ruiz, whose e-mail is mruiz@whittiercity.k12.ca.us. 949 students attend Katherine Edwards Middle School and identify mostly as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Unspecified. 16% of the Katherine Edwards Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 64% of the 949 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Katherine Edwards Middle School is 22:1. Whittier Area Community Day School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Drawing painting

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 94% 89%
White, non-Hispanic 4% 5%
Unspecified 2% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 1.0% 0.8%
Multiracial 0.7% %
Asian 0.5% 0.6%
Filipino 0.2% 0.4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 6400%
Pacific Islander 0.1% 0.1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 64% 69%
Limited English proficiency 16% 22%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I didn't think Edwards was a great school and to see that they are just now paying attention to bullying sickens me the school had a horrible bullying problem while my daughter attended there and they did absolutely nothing about it. I know that disciplining the kids at home is the parents job but we also depend on our kids to be safe with the school staff while at school and to be heard when they are being bullied and not be ignored by the staff as far as the staff they were just ok and thats not good enough

  • (1 year ago)

    I have positive comments for the teachers my daughter has had. Many have stayed in at lunch or open their doors in the mornings to help her. The Honors class with Mrs. Herron could compete with schools in better areas. She was hard but wanted good things from my daughter. Her history teacher Mrs Eyeles made learning fun for a kid who hates history. I have negative comments about the office. I feel the principal is more concerned about what looks good. She is hardly ever available to parents. I finally had to threaten to go to the district before she would call me back. The office always seems confused. Like nobody knows what to do.

  • (3 years ago)

    if you are a parent having to decide sending your student to either Dexter or Edwards send them to Edwards. Dexter is a joke-too many politics I understand the budget crises but Edwards -the staff puts their students first and they do really care about the students. Dexter-the staff put their needs first and the students are suffering. I do not know why the District does not open their eyes. I know many parents and students from Edwards and they all have had positive things to say about Edwards even with the budget crises and all the politics involved

  • (5 years ago)

    My children have recently transferred here from Dexter Middle School and their grades skyrocketed from a 'D' to a 'B'.

  • (5 years ago)

    The devotion of the staff and teachers is outstanding. There is a lot of assistance for struggling students such our Math Lab and Reading Counts Lab. In addition all grade levels hold Homework Clubs Lunch Bunches and Reading Group to help with homework give extra help conference with students make students accountable for unfinished work or give students a place to hang out. I teach 7th grade and I have former students who come in for assistance all the time. Kids just need to ask )

  • (6 years ago)

    Edward is such a great school all the teachers are wonderful amd caring but like anyother person starting a new year I was scared but by the second day I got used to everything my theachers Mr.Dennis and Mrs.Cable were great I had so much fun in thier classes the same went with my P.E. teacher Ms.Stone of course allthe other teachers are great to the whole edwards staff works together and they are kind and respectfull to the students all of the edwards staff try thier best to help all students improve and they give up thier free time to any student in need and they really care about the kids GO EDWARDS ROYALS !

  • (6 years ago)

    My son experienced his 6th grade with above average satisfaction. He was enrolled in the theater class with Ms. Vincent and she was great. One can see the devotion and teaching skills she puts in to the kids - Ms. Vincent you are great!

  • (6 years ago)

    I have written about the poor support of staff before. I had two girls in this school and was very dissappointed with the majority of all staff and the communication amongst them and the principal. Violence was not at zero tolerance circumstances were minimal principal was weak in allowance of staff. This school could be reason for high drop-out rates. Someone should care enough to replace the support in this school.

  • (7 years ago)

    Our experience with this school was good. When my daughter started here in sixth grade she needed extra help in reading all I had to do is ask for the help and she got it. All the teachers she had her three years here were great. They made themselves available to give the students extra help if they needed it. On the other hand the administration can use some improvement the principal and vice-principal not very approachable.

  • (7 years ago)

    I think its a really great school. The academic level is just right.

  • (7 years ago)

    The school administration is very confused as to what it takes to keep the kids motivated and willing to learn. The focus seems to be more on what the kids are wearing and backpack issues rather than on what the kids are learning or not learning. There is no help from the teachers for kids who really need it and want it. Also safety is an issue.

  • (8 years ago)

    The staff cares about student progress and success and many give up their lunches and other personal time to help their students.

  • (8 years ago)

    Edwards is a wonderful school that puts children's academic needs first and is a caring nurturing environment. The teacher's are unted in one purpose.. to give students the best education possible. The principle is very accessible and parent-friendly.

  • (9 years ago)

    Seems that the Teachers do not want to teach. When a child falls behind that is where they stay. When a child asks for help they get refused. Not a very good school. The Principal is not very helpfull either.

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