« Back to compare
/ / School Profile

Contact this school

4730 Sterling Hill Drive
Antioch, CA 94531

School website
(925) 776-5500
(925) 779-2600
Nearby homes for sale
Map of Black Diamond Middle School address.

Profile Completeness

INTERMEDIATE

Want to improve this school’s profile? You can!

All schools on GreatSchools begin with BASIC completeness, which includes important information like contact details and test scores. It’s up to the school community to take the next steps. As a parent or community member, you can share what you know with other families by writing a review or answering a few questions about what the school offers. As a school leader, you can upload photos, describe school programs, and more with an Official school profile.

The completeness meter moves to INTERMEDIATE, then ADVANCED, and finally HONOR ROLL as you complete the following: 10 or more reviews, at least 1 photo, and 9 program questions parents find helpful.

Want to improve this school's profile?
for Parents
for Schools
 
August 20, 2010
My daughter has attended BDMS for the past two years and will be entering 8th grade this school. I have nothing but respect for the teachers and the Principle of this school. I am a very involved parent and I also work a 9 to 5 job, but I make time to make sure my daughter's homework assisgnments are complete and if she is having problems with a subject I notify the teachers by e-mail and they are more than willing to provide extra attention before or after school. I think BDMS is getting a bad rap based on uninvolved parents and students. Frankly, if your child isn't doing well maybe you should check your involvement level.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2010
Black Diamond isn't top notch but it isn't horrible either. But they could improve on the teachers, one of the new teachers there is Mr. Sandberg he teaches Mr.wilson's old class and at first i didn't like him but I learn now in his class. Also someone once told me that it's not the soup it's somthing in the soup that makes it bad. So if you think B.D.M.S. is a bad school well then everyone in the school is bad because we are all one school.(But I should take some of my own advice because I'm not a trouble maker but im no goodie-two-shoes either.) Also if you are considering going to this school, please do because I promise you will learn, but only if you don't talk, aren't a trouble maker, and very respectful, basicly you live by the character counts, Trust me I know this from experience...

- submitted by a student
no rating February 05, 2010
This school isn't so great.Students talk back to their teacers , fights everday.

- submitted by a student
December 10, 2009
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2009
There's gum everywhere. Spray Paint. The books are lousy. The P.E is terrible. The office is so unfriendly and rude it really just boils my blood. The only good thing about this school is it's music program.

- submitted by a student
August 24, 2009
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a student
no rating August 21, 2009
I went to BDMS and it went well, I had great teachers. Sure, no school is perfect, some things could be improved but every school is like that. Don't blame the school for your kid failing, or not getting attention. Teach your kid to go after class and ask the teacher to explain the lesson in a different way. Have them take notes and participate in class. You can have them get a couple of kids' numbers who are good at the subject and have them call when they need help. Cut back on the T.V. and video games. Look over their home work with them and tell them what they need to fix/or improve. Like handwriting is suppose to be neat and able to be read. Even have them gather their friends and form a study group. Most of all be involved! Do all this and they won't fail!

- submitted by a student
no rating July 28, 2009
I have an Eight grader at Black Diamond.At first i didn't like that the teachers made no effort to get a hold of me regarding my child's education.Then the progress reports seem to be off regarding my child and her conduct.My child is a straight A and B student with no attitude problems.So after doing a little research i found out many of them had made errors.And that alot of them didn't really even remember who my child was.As their student daily ratio thru eight periods is overwelming.After writing letters to them and advocating on her behalf.They seem to have a clearer picture about who she is and what she can do.It's a good school with alot of good kids.One bad seed shouldn't give it a bad rap.If you choose this school,be involved,be visible and advocate for your child.My child has a lot of really great friends.But then again,she's pretty great.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 22, 2009
Black Diamond is a great middle school. It does have alot of gum on the floor, but its because it a very old school. Come on people, the school was built in 1995! give it a break! The principle is Great! He is very involved in our school. The teachers are great, but you have to treat the respectfully, or you wont get any respect back. And we are also going to uniforms. and I think we will have a great school year next year!

- submitted by a student
no rating June 15, 2009
If your son doesnt know what community means that is your fault. By the time your child is in middle school they should Know they live in a communtiy. Starts at home mame. Also for the lady who said the teachers are horrible and old. There are not any teachers that are old. There are seasoned teachers who are wonderful but they are not old! There are many young and middle aged vibrant teachers. No teacher at BDMS is ready to kick the bucket.. So maybe you should go to the school and meet the teachers insead of moving your child when they dont make the grades and see what the problem is. Sounds like it stems from home.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2009
Dirty Campus! Gum all over the floor, and under the desk! The students are all out of control. Their trying to make the school better, but obviously not working. The classes teach you a lot, really good staff!

- submitted by a student
no rating April 22, 2009
My child attends BDMS she is a 8th grader and she transfer from a school in Pleasant Hill in 7th grade and seems to be getting A's and B's I dont have any problem or issues with the teachers i thik parents should take some responsibilities. Teaching kids doesnt just happen at school we gota be there for them at home as well. I have nieces who attend and one came from private school and she adapt well and getting good grades. Im a firm believer it starts at home. So i know from experience that black diamond is a good school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 29, 2009
People who do not go here who have heard things about it might think it is a bad school. It is not a bad school. Yeah, it has some isssues but doesn't every. I think it is absolutley ridiculious how people say it is a bad school when they do not even know. I go here and I love it. Staff are great! I really love this school!!!!!!

- submitted by a student
December 18, 2008
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2008
This is a really good school with a good staff

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2008
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
no rating October 07, 2008
Ilove this school! The teachers are great, and I'm learning sooooooo much! My favorite thing about BDMS is music class!!

- submitted by a student
September 27, 2008
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2008
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a student
August 23, 2008
This school is horrible. My child went here for sixth grade. she changed from another school in Antioch and in the first quarter i could already see her loss of intrest in school and her attitude. In 7th grade i ended up changing her schools when she was getting C's and D's. Black DIamond has old teachers and the school focuses on all of the negative things. and the principle is never around. He has no control over the school at all. i would never let my child go back to that filthy school!

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2008
Although Im in high school now. My brother goes there and he's in 7th grade. The teachers my brothers have are good, but they may not always have one on one time with the student. This has my brother not adjusting to the school very well. The teacher need to pay more attention to the individual student instead of assuming all the students know the material. They should ask the students individually if they know or not.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2008
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2008
welll i have to say its good because i go there and it may not be the best school but its my school and we have great teachers and test scores!

- submitted by a student
January 01, 2008
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a student
December 14, 2007
bdms is great school to send your child. I am in 8th grade ,I have been in bdms since 6th grade and I would not have picked a different school to go to. Shire Black Diamond has its bad sides but i belive that every school no matter how good it is will still have a bad side. the teachers are great and if any student has a problem with anything you could go to any of the VP's. I would highly recomend you send your child to Black Diamond

- submitted by a student
August 29, 2007
Our daughter recently graduated from Black Diamond with wonderful grades and we could not be more proud of such success. But, not half of this she would have accomplished if not for her being able to attend such a fine and well represented school as Black Diamond is. If it were not for the outstanding support of the school staff and academic teaching standards that BDMS upholds, our communities' children would be at a great loss. So we happily commend and applaud BDMS staff and teachers for their love, support and genuine care that each has implemented over the years to help our communities' children excel to a level of greatness that without BDMS would be sadly lackly for our children of tomorrow.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2007
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a student
May 25, 2007
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2007
This school is really bad. The sad fact that teachers don't contact you even when you are asking for their assistance in helping your child learn. My poor child doesn't know what the word 'community' means after I tested her on the words out of their planner. And I really hate to mention that a teacher swore at my son just because he got up to get tissue for his nose (I was at the class at the time to check out my son's progress).

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2007
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a staff
May 15, 2007
My son is just ending his 6th grade year. I was very apprehensive about sending him to this school at first, but it has turned out just fine. Academically, I was very impressed with his two main teachers (Mr. Bolmberg and Ms. Garcia). They stayed on him all year and kept me informed every week on his progress. I was very concerned about security. However, the principal and the campus security person were awesome! They kept the students in line all year long. With more money and support, they would definitely benefit from having more sports teams, clubs, and after school programs.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2007
Our daughter attends Black Diamond and is doing really great in her studies and also is enjoying all her teachers and class time. The atmosphere is friendly and team oriented. Students help one another and get along very well on a daily basis. We truly could not be happier with Black Diamond's staff as well as fabulous teachers that genuinely care about each of their students and it shows.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2006
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2006
I'm wondering if other parents are finding BDMS having very low expectations for the students? My children in elementary school have harder spelling, vocabulary, reading and science assigments than my BDMS student. I fear that when my student moves on to high school, they will not be prepared. Two months into the school year, and there has yet to be an assignment of an essay, report, project, research and/or presentation.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2006
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2006
School is really bad. They really won't help the the student but they will just said the stuff out of the textbook and the textbook doesn't mean anything. Teacher has to do the work to show how they do it not just follow the direction in the book.

- submitted by a student
April 01, 2006
I praise the terachers for working together with the students and the parents, I was happy that this style of team teaching continued from teh 6 to the 8th grade. In the 8th grade when ever the parents need to meet with a teacher, the whole tam of teachers meet, this was helpful to my son because he still struggled with so many teacher and classes compared to elemantary. If you want anything done at this school talk to the VP. The best and most dedicated teachers were in english and history.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2006
Its a cool school.I went here in middle school. Kinda miss it,kinda don't. I don't think the school is that bad right now. My sis attends currently and I dont hear alot of complaints.

- submitted by a student
February 21, 2006
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a former student
January 11, 2006
Black Diamond hired a new principal in 9/06, and he had turned the school completely around. He takes discipline and accountability seriously. There has been a marked improvement in students' attitudes and respect towards one another. I am extremely pleased with my child's experience this year.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2006
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a former student
no rating October 01, 2005
Good teachers here. Nice area too.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2005
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2005
The school has some highly educated teachers but very little money to work with. There is only some programs before and during school for music and only some sports after. The parents seem to only care if their child is failing or is an overachiever.

- submitted by a student
April 13, 2005
While the facility is impressive, the school is overcrowded, discipline is lax and it seems that much of the teaching staff is inexperienced.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2005
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a student
March 08, 2005
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2005
Some major problems exist in the 8th grade Special Education (Resource) Department and BDMS. The teachers and administrators should be the studen't advocates but the children are not being given the tools they need to be successful and they are not being supported. The students seem more like a problem to the teacher instead of the students in need of extra help that they are.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2005
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2004
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2004
I am very disappointed in this school, and its lack of attention to our students needs. This school tends to pass on failing students, with minimal or no effort in helping them achieve better test scores and more positive learning.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2004
This is my son's first year and its been rough. I agree that teachers take no reposibility for anything and that includes the principal. When will they realize that there are problems that need to be addressed? When Black Diamond Middle becomes another Columbine or when a child kills theirselves because they are not getting the additional attention that is needed when they are at school. As parents we can only do so much. the teachers and the prinicpal are w/ our children more than we are. I pray that the day doesn't come when I have to make them partially responsible for the welfare of my son.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2004
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a student
October 10, 2003
I have had problems in the past with the principal. I have been familiar with her for over 10 years now. She seems to lack the responsibility it takes to keep kids from not only bad behavior, but also physically threatening behavior. Like in all schools I've dealt with, if you or your child has an issue with a teacher, there seems to be a tendency to downplay situations or to back up the teacher on most issues without investigating, even when others have complained. The staff tends to deny there's a problem under most circumstances. Hmmmm.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2003
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
Need help choosing a school? We can help »

Media Gallery

Media missing

Uh oh! No photos. This frame will look much better when you upload photos »


Facebook


Nearby homes for sale

     

Last modified: October 28, 2014

Sign up for email updates

Connect with us

Translate this web page

About GreatSchools

Our mission is to help millions of parents get a great education for their kids. GreatSchools.org is an independent nonprofit and the leading national source of school information for families.


GreatSchools.org 1999 Harrison Street, Suite 1100, Oakland, CA 94612

©1998-2014 GreatSchools.org All Rights Reserved. GreatSchools is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization | Ad Choices

Black Diamond Middle School
4730 Sterling Hill Drive, Antioch, CA  94531
(925) 776-5500
Last modified Black Diamond Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Black Diamond Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 55 reviews. Top