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Brea Junior High School

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Posted August 29, 2013

Only one Jr. high in Brea. We wish we can move out or transfer my son to a private school. The principal said teachers are all great when you talk to her. The only good teacher my son with was his English teach. However, she is too busy to become star teacher in this school. Her assistant was terrible in all perspectives. I taught my son's Math by myself later on when I found out he didn't learn anything from his math class. The social teacher has good stories. My son loved his stories but got D in the class. Science Teacher has lot of interesting materials to teach, however, she graded kids incorrectly lot of time or her assistant did. Parent portal is a terrible stuff, always updated late, not communicative tool, got not much feedback from teachers. School office actually very helpful. They are all friendly and great helps. If your child is very proactive, loves learning... then she/he might be fine.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2013

Hello, fellow students and parents, my name is gareth, incoming 8th grader to brea junior high. BJH is a school where some teens are into drama, and i dont tolorate that. The teachers there are friendly ( depends on how u cooperate) , but some don't update that often. All in all, the foodis great, but i reccomend to go to this middle school- at your own risk.


Posted June 13, 2012

Teachers here are fairly non-communicative wihen parents have questions about their student's status. Using the Parent Portal, I have received few replies (and from some teachers, none) to my inquiries. Not impressed with some of the teachers-- one long-term substitue teacher has a poor record of grading assignments and tests, and often lists them on the portal as missing(?!). Overall, I must say I am unimpressed with this school. Glad my child is done here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2012

The ratings on this site are dated as the school no longer has any extra curricular activities. My son is a 7th grader at this school and we are very unhappy. The computer lab has 12-year-old Mac computers! Although they encourage parent involvement, you are treated like an intruder when you come on campus. Parents are encouraged to use the parent portaland direct contact with the teachers seems to be discouraged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2009

Brea junior high is a great school. I love the food here. PLus Mr. Adams is the best teacher here(not to mention Ms. Bott shes a very good teacher too)
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 18, 2008

Brea jr. High is so cool. They have a lot of interesting teachers. The academic part of the school is taken place in rooms where there is a great atmosphere.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 28, 2007

The teachers and staff at BJH are wonderful at first blush. History and Math are finely taught. Science has less to do with Science and more to do with belief. The Art teacher is really really good with this age group.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2007

Brea Junior High is a wonderful school to go to. There is sports teams,pantatholon teams,band and choir. The math teachers at this school put in all the extra time for the students. BJH is also the top ten school in California!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 6, 2007

I really think this school rocks. This school is just the best and I have to compliment on mrs. Hazard for being one of the best teachers.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 14, 2006

I think Brea Junior high is a great school! From what I've heard from my child, the teachers are kind and supportive. She currently takes guitar lessons at school for her elective. The school has many various electives including band, lifeskills, languages, and video production. They also host sports teams throughout the year. The school is beautiful and just recently modernized. Education is efficient and easy to keep up with. I just really like the way the school is organized.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 2, 2006

This school lack programs to support children that do not fit the upper-middle class mold. Because it is the only junior/middle school in the district, there are no alternative for students with special education, language or other needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2004

My 7th grader goes to this school. The quality of the educational process here seems quite good. Pros: Great Principal (Dr. Cunningham) and many terrific 7th grade teachers (Barger (math), Adams (History), Hazard & Madden (Science)). Teachers like Mrs. Hazard show true dedication to their students. For example, they fielded a team for Academic Pentathlon this year. Cons: School is under construction for upgrades (still!). Safety is good but discipline is somewhat lax (dress code, language, ect.). It is mostly minor issues, but it can be bothersome.
—Submitted by a parent


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887

Change from
2012 to 2013

-4

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

9 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

4 / 10


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Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 86% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
95%
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

421 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

328 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
59%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 50% in 2013.

184 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
74%
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 57% in 2013.

419 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
76%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

The state average for General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards) was 31% in 2013.

187 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
44%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
87%
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

The state average for History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative was 52% in 2013.

441 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

419 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
78%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students93%
Females98%
Males89%
African Americann/a
Asian98%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino79%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Non-economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability92%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only92%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented97%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)93%
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students77%
Females77%
Males79%
African Americann/a
Asian91%
Filipino88%
Hispanic or Latino67%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disability40%
Students with no reported disability79%
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only80%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate61%
Parent education - high school graduate53%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)72%
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate89%
Parent education - declined to state69%

Math

All Students61%
Females53%
Males67%
African Americann/a
Asian91%
Filipino77%
Hispanic or Latino49%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)64%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Non-economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disability45%
Students with no reported disability62%
English learner44%
Fluent-English proficient and English only62%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate53%
Parent education - high school graduate51%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)53%
Parent education - college graduate67%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate71%
Parent education - declined to state54%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students69%
Females72%
Males65%
African Americann/a
Asian88%
Filipino73%
Hispanic or Latino60%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)64%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Non-economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability69%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only69%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented84%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)58%
Parent education - college graduate72%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate82%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students73%
Females70%
Males77%
African Americann/a
Asian86%
Filipino93%
Hispanic or Latino55%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability75%
English learner11%
Fluent-English proficient and English only77%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented97%
Parent education - not a high school graduate41%
Parent education - high school graduate52%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)63%
Parent education - college graduate84%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate88%
Parent education - declined to state53%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students55%
Females48%
Males61%
African Americann/a
Asian91%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino43%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)61%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Non-economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disability22%
Students with no reported disability61%
English learner32%
Fluent-English proficient and English only57%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate29%
Parent education - high school graduate43%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)52%
Parent education - college graduate70%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate57%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Geometry

All Students93%
Females90%
Males95%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability93%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only93%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented93%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate91%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students75%
Females68%
Males82%
African Americann/a
Asian88%
Filipino88%
Hispanic or Latino59%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disability15%
Students with no reported disability80%
English learner35%
Fluent-English proficient and English only77%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduate38%
Parent education - high school graduate58%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)70%
Parent education - college graduate80%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate88%
Parent education - declined to state80%

Science

All Students87%
Females83%
Males90%
African Americann/a
Asian94%
Filipino93%
Hispanic or Latino74%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability87%
English learner56%
Fluent-English proficient and English only88%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate53%
Parent education - high school graduate69%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)82%
Parent education - college graduate91%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to state93%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 41% 26%
Hispanic 34% 52%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 21% 11%
Black 2% 6%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 37%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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  • Pam Gallarda
Fax number
  • (714) 990-7585

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400 North Brea Boulevard
Brea, CA 92821
Phone: (714) 990-7500

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