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6-8
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Burlingame, CA
Students enrolled: 889
 

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1715 Quesada Way
Burlingame, CA 94010

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(650) 259-3830
(650) 259-3843
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October 21, 2014
Burlingame Intermediate School is a place where students receive a high quality education and also have a chance to grow as individuals. With strong administrators who continually strive for improvement and who are eager to engage with parents and students, the school continues to be on the forefront of new ideas in education. Its recently introduced Humanities Curriculum prepares students for the challenges of the Common Core on the high school level and the school was also one of the first in the area to teach design thinking, which encourages creativity in problem solving and which was developed at Stanford University's School of Design. Parents, teachers, and staff make BIS a special place.

- submitted by a parent

September 27, 2014
Burlingame Intermediate has been a great experience for my children! Students have access to a number of phenomenal enrichment activities including an annual musical that is top-notch, electives that include an excellent Jazz Band/concert band, instruction that embraces design thinking, project-based learning, and excellent use of integrating technology! It is a diverse student population and the teachers are supportive and knowledgable.

- submitted by a parent

September 24, 2014
If your child is gifted or doing work above-grade-level then BIS may not be the school for you. In previous years, they segmented both language arts and Math by ability but this year they have eliminated that and so all the kids of very wide abilities are mixed together. Kids who took pre-algebra in 6th grade are now in the same Common Core 7th grade math. The explanation by the administration is a joke - for those in regular math it's too challenging and for those who were in advanced math it's too slow (so no one benefits).

- submitted by a parent

September 16, 2014
We were disappointed with our daughter's experience at BIS. Part of it is no one's fault, with 1000 kids, your child will be "just a number" to them. Even as a straight-A student, most teachers seemed to have no idea who my daughter was. (With a few exceptions, there are some wonderful teachers, but they are few and far between.) Academics are sub-par. In "advanced" language arts in 7th grade, they read 2 novels the entire year, one which my daughter had already read in 5th grade at her private school. Some teachers have trouble controlling their classes and not much is learned. With Common Core, this year they have now done away with the advanced programs (which weren't particularly advanced to begin with.) Kids who took pre-alegebra in 7th grade were put into Common Core "Math 8" instead of Algebra in 8th grade, and those who had already taken algebra were having to re-take a new Algebra instead of Geometry in 8th. Not wanting another wasted year, my daughter begged for a change. We were fortunate enough to be able to find (and afford) an alternative situation for her for 8th grade.

- submitted by a parent

December 15, 2013
This school talks a great game about communication, making use of technology to assist learning, and reaching out to parents to enable great teaching. But there really no follow-through. I get an email every afternoon, for example, with my son's grades, assignments, late assignments, zeroes, etc. But by school policy, teachers don't have to keep any of it up to date. The grades I see every day are at least three weeks out of date. The most recent email has grades almost six weeks out of date. When I use the system to email a teacher or the principal, I get no response most times. My son's teacher offered to contact a counselor at the school to help him. Nothing happened. When I asked her about it weeks later, she hadn't done it. She said she would, but It's now been weeks again, and nothing has happened. My older son, who graduated from this school, said he felt like the school changed things just to change. Like requiring passes for kids to go to the library during lunch. Why? That seems to me like a pretty bad message to send -- you could get. In trouble if you go to the library, better to just waste time on the playground. We are investigating other schools to move to.

- submitted by a parent

December 03, 2013
My child is a new sixth grader who comes from a local elementary school that we loved. In contrast, BIS is a big, impersonal school with a business-like administration and a front-office staff that really doesn't seem to like the kids or parents. I have been disappointed with the quality of the teachers and the disarray of school events (specifically parent-teacher conferences and back-to-school night). I would have expected teachers with backgrounds in STEM to teach science and math in middle school, but this is not the case, and it is reflected in the less-than-inspiring math classes. In Science, I don't think my child has done any science labs or experiments(Science appears to be all book-learning). On the other hand, English and language arts appear to be quite strong at BIS - I do like that class' supplementary group projects. The school does a good job with 6th grade transition and offers a variety of after-school sports and drama/musical theatre that are very inclusive.

- submitted by a parent

September 05, 2012
I am a new parent to this school so I can't yet give it a proper review. I do feel I should add a comment about a review given in the past. The parent who made a remark about the "PTA Mommies" might not want to bite the hand that feeds their child. Burlingame schools are great for many reasons, least of which is the dedication of the parents and community. I've worked alongside some amazingly smart, talented and generous parents in my 6 years in the Burlingame School District. They have inspired me to give my time to help make our school and community a better place. I know my children have benefited from this community spirit and can only believe the rest of the kids have as well. Instead of criticizing these parents who are giving tirelessly to help your child's school become a better learning environment, come join them. It takes a village! We are only in our 2nd week of school but my 6th grader is confident, happy and really liking all his teachers. I'm thankful for such an easy transition into middle school.

- submitted by a parent

August 11, 2012
The admin. uses at megaphone at lunch to make announcements to the large chattering crowd. There's no way a voice could be heard over the children talking. The bullhorn "remark" is just inaccurate. I worked closely with admin and they are kind, fair and interested people. Our kids are in good hands. Nothing is perfect but is a terrific school and we are very grateful.

- submitted by a parent

September 27, 2011
Okay, while the school has some issues, it is great. Okay, so the admin. is not so good. But i disagree about projects! Maybe the open house thing is elementary school-ish, but who cares? You do know it's more for people to see what their children actually do and to meet with other parents from OTHER elementary schools their children did not attend? And also for 5th grade parents to see what BIS is like? And for extended family? Open house at BIS is not Lincoln open house or McKinley or whatever. It's not for the kids and parents anymore, it's an extended orientation and meeting. And the academics are fine, my child got straight A's through sixth grade and is taking 3 adv. classes now in 7th, as well as band in the morning. And there is amazing band classes. Like jazz band int, jazz band adv, 7/8 grade concert band, and 6th grade concert band. The languages in my opinion are lacking, but hey, most schools don't have mandarin. And they did have French, but the teacher retired. Teachers don't emphasize arts and crafts at all, that is just absurd! And projects aren't just arts and crafts, your thinking about elementary school. They are important. So good job BIS teachers and PTA.

- submitted by a parent

July 22, 2011
This school was one of the best schools my son has ever been too, the teachers were great same with principal leader, this school is wonderful thanks BIS.

- submitted by a parent

June 08, 2011
I agree that the administration is extremely poor. The administration does not provide leadership. Student discipline is punitive and applies rules and policies in a manner which discriminates against minority students. Students do not respect the admin because of the perception of favoritism. The admin also fails to take any corrective action against the teachers when parent's complain about excessive homework loads or unfair grading. Teachers over emphasize "arts and crafts" or "project work" in language arts/social studies and math. The projects are piled on right before "open house" to "show off" class work. But, this is not elementary school. Projects should be "extra credit". Teachers also do not apply "differential learning" in what is called "advanced classes". Instead, some teachers simply just pile on more homework. Other teachers do not have the skills or education to teach the material. When you look at the teacher's educational background, a parent can see that the teacher has no training in the subject area. Many of the best teachers have left the school over the last several years. (Submitted by a parent of a former student and one who is graduating student.)

- submitted by a parent

June 06, 2011
Although this school has some good teachers, it definitely needs new administration. Unless your child has straight A'S.

- submitted by a community member

September 12, 2010
The Principal and Vice Principal are incompetent and fear the students. They have a significant lack of experience. They fail to communicate with parents and establish rules to bully the children. They have created an environment of fear because they cannot earn the respect of the students. They use a bullhorn to herd the students at lunch (take a look for yourself!) and are completely out of touch with the needs of the middle school student. The only reason they have a prayer of keeping their jobs is because the talk a good story to the PTA mommies who are more concerned about appearance than successful instruction. The test scores are good because of the K-5 instruction before middle school. The proper leadership would make this one of the top middle schools in the state. Otherwise a few key teachers carry the rest.

- submitted by a parent

July 29, 2010
I agree with the May 25th review about the incompetence of the principal (and changes she's implemented). However, this is an excellent school with a supportive community and a history of excellence. Reasonable amount of homework. Teachers for the most part are responsive to parent needs, and the kids have fun there (a lot of spirit activities!). Overall, a great school!

- submitted by a parent

March 20, 2009
The teachers are close with my daughter and her math teacher stays afterschool with my daughter a few days a week if she needs help for free. The teachers are great and the students are very smart.

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March 14, 2009
After 7 months at this school I have learned to admire and respect it greatly. The principal and teachers are demanding, the homework is interesting and the discipline required is significant. A huge step up from the academic standards of Roosevelt,.

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September 17, 2008
We have just moved to the area and before this we were in private schools. BIS is a fantastic school. The teachers are enthusiastic and you can tell they love what they do and defnately have the best interest of your child in their mind first and foremost. My son is happy going to school and that makes me happy. A great school.

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August 30, 2008
We have moved to Burlingame from another community. I have been appalled with the lack of preparation the teacher put into the start of the school year. It is my impression the teacher put in the least amount of time at school and care so little about their teacher responsibilities. New teachers are lost. My kids say the teachers have delivered no academic work in school. They are simply being shown how to complete the assigned homework. So after 6 hours in school, they are supposed to do their learning at home. God help us.

- submitted by a parent

May 27, 2008
I continue to be impressed by the teaching and the programs at BIS. I agree with and appreciate the emphasis on PE/fitness and academics. The school has an excellent partnership with the Burlingame Rec & Parks, which allows them to offer afterschool sports activities, in addition to school drama and music. Language, music, yearbook and drama are offered as seventh grade electives, though I do have to wonder about the inclusion of 'History of Baseball' in place of any sort of art class!

- submitted by a parent

July 15, 2007
This is a great school. The teachers are nice but when it comes to schoolwork, they mean business.

- submitted by a student

April 26, 2007
Based on what I have observed the projects that are assigned do not have a substantial amount of quality requirements; too much coloring, drawing, etc is involved and not enough core subject matter. Less emphasis needs to be placed on the music and sports programs and more on the academics. Better electives need to be provided. The principal is very response to issues that arise.

- submitted by a parent

February 08, 2007
The teachers are so wonderful, and you really get to bond with them. Many of them I consider more as friends than teachers. The academic programs are great! I was in an accelerated math class my 8th grade year and that totally prepared me for high school. The drama department is awesome, and the plays turn our great. I still go back to BIS to see the plays even though I'm a soph. in high school! Anyways, this is an awesome school to go to.

- submitted by a student

November 30, 2006
BIS, as with most schools, has both good and bad teachers. A student's experience there depends a great deal upon which 'team' you get. In my child's team she has one good teacher, one ok, and one who is quite terrible (doesn't know the subject matter, doesn't seem to care about it or the kids). I have heard good things about the school; I have also heard some terrible things about the school. In my direct experience I would have to say that it is just ok.

- submitted by a parent

September 19, 2006
Since my son has being at BIS I have never seeing him so happy about going to school every day I am so Pleased with his teachers and everyone that has helped him discover that school is a wonderful place to be to learn and make friendships. Thank You BIS

- submitted by a parent

August 19, 2005
My oldest child completed his first year of school at BIS last year. It was a terrifice year. The trio of teachers he had offered him a variety of teaching styles and personalities. He also had enough homework to keep him occupied consistently. The music program went through a teacher change mid year which turned out to be fantastic. The new teacher has returned this year. The principal is a great guy and truly appreciates parent feedback. Parents are involved but not to the extent as at the elementary schools in Burlingame.

- submitted by a parent

August 19, 2005
My child had a wonderful three years at BIS. She had great academic success as well as strong relationships with teachers. The music dept was great. They instituted a drama dept in her 3rd year, and the sports was really fun.

- submitted by a parent

February 17, 2004
BIS is the best middle school on the Peninsula. As a student of this school I know how great this school really is. There is many different electives to choose from, three different languages to choose from, and an accelerated math program for students who are advanced. Overall this is a top-notch middle school and is a great choice for any kid to attend.

- submitted by a student

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Burlingame Intermediate School
1715 Quesada Way, Burlingame, CA  94010
(650) 259-3830
Last modified Burlingame Intermediate School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Burlingame Intermediate School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 35 reviews. Top