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4357 Thornton Avenue
Fremont, CA 94536

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(510) 793-9090
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September 30, 2013
Thornton is a great school with excellent teachers and bright students. The school offers many extracurricular activities and excels academically with above 900 API. I don't have any hesitation about sending my kids here.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2013
I love this school. The faculty is fantastic. Mr. Hicks and Mr. Pabley are wonderful administrators!

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2013
The school colors are black and yellow like actual thunderbolts in the dark. The school year so far is the very best. All the teachers just know what to do.

- submitted by a community member
June 01, 2013
I went there many years ago and I was trying to remember the school colors.. Can someone tell me.

- submitted by a community member
February 27, 2013
I'm a 7th grader In Thornton and is almost done with the school year. Thornton is actually an amazing school.I am an all honors student.My history, math,and science teachers In my school are really nice and work hard to get one on one time,to make homework seem less difficult to us,and to make sure we all learned the lesson before we go to the next one.My math teacher is going a couple chapters ahead of the other classes,and my science teacher is the only teacher in the school that make us do the science fair, and the other teacher don't do it because they feel that their students don't feel prepared. PE is OK, but its English that troubles me the most. My teacher is alright, but she doesn't teach properly. She doesn't give one on one attention and she doesn't give any examples or a throughout explanation of what we are supposed to do. I suggest if you like arts and crafts, take calligraphy. she barely teaches calligraphy and mainly teaches art. The real arts and crafts teacher retired in the middle of the school year, so now we are having a sub come in each day and after a few months a new one comes in.By the time your child might come to Thornton,a new teacher may come.

- submitted by a community member
November 21, 2012
Excellent school, strict Principal, good music teacher. My child did his 7th & 8th grade and we will always be grateful.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2011
Hi, I'm also an eighth grade student who agrees with the previous strdent about EVERYTHING. One of the one and only flaws that the school has is the dress code. Sometimes, it seems as if you get in trouble for getting "close" to breaking the rule, but not breaking it yet. So, what is really the standard? However, the music program is great. Never seen a better music teacher by far besides the Thornton music teacher. The PE program is also really tough, but it's challengining, competitive, and absolutely FUN. The honors teachers won't be too difficult for you if you finish all your work in time and with effort. Agreeing with the previous student, the science teacher was extremely difficult. Bit if you try your best, it is not a problem to pass her class. Overall, this school is REALLY cool and great!

- submitted by a community member
April 01, 2011
O.K. I'm the eighth student poster, except the "I am a" bar won't let me say that. The school's decent. I have fourth period P.E. A lot of people say my teacher is harsh with the grading, but it seems generally fair to me. But, I'm a girl. We're graded a bit softer. I have to do Read on the floor in the gym, but that's fine too. My honors English and Math plus my History teacher don't get too involved with our work, but if you do all your homework, you'll do fine in their classes. My honors science teacher's very energetic and DOES really get involved with your assignments, but WATCH OUT! She has very high standards and you have to really think in her class. Get your agendas, notebooks and folders out! My electives this year ended up as chorus and art. The art teacher seems strict, but don't talk or fool around, use light, sketchy lines and you'll be fine. The band teacher has a lot of musical experience and is normally cheerful. Chorus singers are a meek though. Yes, a downside of the school is all the trash and food. The upside is you can watch the pigeons. There are a lot of seagulls which accidentally hit a student every now and then with fecal matter. Not too common.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 09, 2010
Great school with great music program!

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
Great school, tones of great learning opportunities for your child to succeed! There are plenty of good elective choices to choose from! Great teachers and staff!

- submitted by a community member
January 27, 2010
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- submitted by a student
no rating September 16, 2009
Great school....great learning opportunities for your child to succeed.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Because teachers care about students to be well educated and have games/fun activities during lunch

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Thorton Jr High provides very good academic, sports and extra curricular activities

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
What makes Thornton a great school, are the people directly involved. Teachers,office administration, PTA,who give their time making the enviroment, fun, safe while learning.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 15, 2009
One reason I think Thornton Junior High is a great school is because they have an incredible Band program; the instructor Mr Gershenson is so passionate about his work and the students. Music is such a very important part of brain development and learning! Mr Gershenson is so fun to watch in action at the performances. He uses his entire body to conduct and you can just see the professionalism and passion!! Also, some of the honors teachers are fun and awesome. The History teacher Mr Wells teaches history in an interesting manner. At times, he uses movies or T.V. episodes like Seinfeld and Lion King in order to get some of his points across about how our past affects the present and the future. Mrs Carter in science is fun and funny. What more can we ask for in a great school. Thank you, Sandy Juri

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 15, 2009
its a great school, because of its wonderful teachers. Always there to help your kids succeed.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 15, 2009
Good School, Great teachers, Welcoming Staff. Lots to say about.

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September 01, 2009
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- submitted by a student
June 14, 2009
Thorton is not small or ugly people dont know what they are saying i go to thornt and its the best school that is in the fremont district every school is diffrent you cant just say oh i hate this school student wine to much . They say that they leave them in the cold they need to stop wining thornton i a good school .Its just that some teachers are not that strict so then student take over the classs and for p.E you have to buy sweats for your chld because in the winter i get cold and thats why they have sweats .

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March 08, 2009
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February 21, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2009
Thornton Junior High School is relatively nice school. It has some very good teachers and some iffy ones (as to be expected from any school). The atmosphere is normally positive, the teachers normally care and will try very hard to get their students to do well. Homework is given everyday, it would take on average an hour or so to finish it. The school isn't remarkable, it has its ups and downs..one thing i find very unpleasant about the school was littering, no one wants to get up and throw their food away in the garbage can, they have a janitor go around lunch picking up the mess. Overall, a nice school but if your expecting something magnificent and a school with no problems this is not one of them.

- submitted by a student
February 09, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating February 04, 2009
The school expects kids to be 'responsible for themselves'. Translation: if your kid wants to come home every day and tell you he's getting A's and has no homework, he can. The problem here is by the time you find out he's really failing, it's too late. When your kid gets in trouble or notes sent home with 'parent signature needed' on them, forget it, my kid throws them out because he knows no one will ever ask for them back. The only 2 online ways they have to keep track of kids are iparent, which notifies you if they miss school or class that day, and schoolnotes, which maybe 2% of the teachers in the school even bother to use. I know of schools in the middle of Wisconsin and Michigan, and ones near Sacramento that have online systems that let parents check kids assignments and grades daily.

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January 12, 2009
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December 12, 2008
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- submitted by a student
November 16, 2008
Thornton is a great school if you know who to hang out with :) The teachers may not be the best, but its thre greatest palce to grow up. It's fun, and its a big school, so you'll always find friends. There are some really good teachers there. Like Ms.Oliva. She may be a really hard teacher, but she really knows how to teach a class. Thornton is a great place for Jr.High. I left the school last year, and I really miss it. If you put an effort into your grades, and put an effort into making friends, you really can't go wrong. Have a positive attitude, and you'll see how great of a school it is. (:

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October 08, 2008
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October 02, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 01, 2008
Thornton is a decent school. Teachers seem competent and do a good job. Campus should be more secure. There are always students who come from families with crude language and lifestyle, but that's everywhere in America.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2008
This school is absolutley terrible. Most teachers who work at this school are only there for the money, and show no appreciation, or care for the students. The principal is a terrible role model for the students. I LOVE running, but during P.E. teachers make you run during the cold and in grass thats frozen solid! They make you run even when its RAINING! Think TWICE before you EVER enroll for this school.

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July 19, 2008
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April 03, 2008
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- submitted by a student
March 29, 2008
Thornton Jr. High is quite a good school. The music program is outstanding the the music teacher is one of the best I've ever seen; very passionate about music and about teaching it to the children to

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February 27, 2008
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January 17, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2008
I go to Thornton too and I've learned plenty. If you go to any school, there are unsafe environments. Standing out in the cold is nothing compared to what my parent endured when they went to school. We kids can take care of ourselves we don't need to be babied. In elementary school we had recess a lot and I didn't have enough to challenge me. Here at Thornton I learn a lot. Aren't parents always saying homework is good? What's wrong with a little more homework?

- submitted by a student
no rating January 16, 2008
Thornton is a decent junior high school, although it has been getting some nasty remarks. I would know, because I go there, and the teachers generally have good intentions to the students. They have also built a new gym along with stiltlike structures on the old gym, used on cold days for PE. Thornton in a good school. Not that ugly. Not that small.

- submitted by a student
January 03, 2008
This school is not the best... But the teachers are trying their best. The school could try making the school more safer for the kids!!

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2007
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- submitted by a community member
August 17, 2007
I wouldn't say this school is awesome but it's not as bad as others are saying. I've talked to parents of the other Fremont Jr Highs and they all seem to have the same issues as Thornton. It's the age of the kids. We are used to them being 'mothered' in elementary school but in Jr High, the schools expect the kids to take their own responsibility for things. I agree there should be more of a transition from Elementary to Jr High to help the kids but the other Jr Highs are the same. Don't look at Thornton so badly. As far as it's looks, there is only one Jr High in Fremont that has had a facelift. They are all older schools so they WILL look like that. It's only for two years and not the end of the world. The teachers work hard and care about the kids.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2007
Thornton is an ugly school. Teachers here give a lot of homework.When students are dropped to school, they have to stay in the open.The whole school is an open building.It is not a covered one with corridors.In winter, it's like freezing cold.My children got cold because of this.They have the subject P.E. They do have a gym, but the children have to do P.E in the grounds. Even when it is extremely cold. In my opinion, think twice before going to this school.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2006
Good school with many great teachers. There are as many extracurricular activities as can be expected from a junior high school, and the parent involvement is very high.

- submitted by a former student
September 27, 2006
Poor and ugly, small school.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2006
Terrible administration. Principal is very out of touch with students and parents needs. There's a few good teachers, but many are just there as a job. They will not go the extra mile that it takes to be a good teacher. There is one very good 7th grade math teacher. She is one teacher that will go the exta mile and help her students. Her good moral values and love for her students show. If you are considering this school, think twice!

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March 09, 2006
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November 23, 2004
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February 19, 2004
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Thornton Junior High School
4357 Thornton Avenue, Fremont, CA  94536
(510) 793-9090
Last modified Thornton Junior High School is a Public school that serves grades 7-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Thornton Junior High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 49 reviews. Top