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7-8
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Los Altos, CA
Students enrolled: 476
 

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1120 Covington Road
Los Altos, CA 94024

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(650) 934-3800
(650) 968-3918
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June 23, 2014
does anyone else notice that half the reviews were submitted on august 15th, 2011? Ignore my star rating, but this is really odd....

- submitted by a teacher

August 16, 2011
Blach is such an awsome school!! Teachers here at blach are very organized, as i have been in blach they have been a huge help to me. The school activities help me a lot through out my school years at blach to become more active!! Teachers put so much effort for the students, especially for me though out my year at blach!!

- submitted by a community member

August 15, 2011
Georgina P. Blach Junior High School is an awesome experience. The teachers/staff allow students to express themselves and give a lot of attention too each and every student. They encourage students to mingle among each other. Lots of great projects and activities that really allow students to have fun and create great memories. Although there are some high expectations, the students are always willing to learn. The elective selection is a great quality to have. The students can decide to take two electives out of a large amount. This school is a wonderful experience.

- submitted by a community member

August 15, 2011
As a former Blach student, I can say that I really enjoyed my two years that I spent studying there. The best part in my opinion is the diversity of classes you can choose as electives. I took engineering for two years, and it is a very engaging and informative class. Among other electives are journalism, drama, video production (in which students shoot and edit video clips for the weekly school video that is broadcasted during homeroom), and eco-action (students grow a variety of crops in the school's garden). The teachers are all very considerate of the students and can easily be interacted with. I also enjoyed the 3-level system for the math curriculum. The intermediate course I was in was just right for me. I would recommend this school to anyone in the area looking for a good middle school.

- submitted by a community member

August 15, 2011
Blach Intermediate School has a welcoming atmosphere that makes every student feel involved and included in sports, classes, Fun Fridays (activities that are played for homeroom points), and Blach's overall community. The teachers at Blach care about each student and really spend their time trying to make each of their classes the best that it can be. They help students when they have problems with the course and the teachers are understanding and caring. Blach pushes its students to their maximum because it has such high academic standards. Blach is an amazing school that helps students grow as people and learners.

- submitted by a community member

August 15, 2011
Blach has provided me with an outstanding middle school experience, from the students, who are driven to excel, to the the teachers, who have experience and a passion for teaching. The whole environment is comfortable and welcoming. Exciting activities include every single student, and the only ones who are left out are the people who don't make an effort to participate. The teachers have fun while teaching you new concepts and you feel involved in every discussion or classroom activity. Not only is Blach excellent academically, but in athletic activities as well. With a diverse student population and being outstanding in everything we set out to do, I think Blach is a fantastic middle school, and truly prepares you for the future ahead.

- submitted by a community member

August 15, 2011
Blach Middle School was an amazing school. All the teachers were nice and hardworking. They were always setting you on the right track and they always had the best for you in mind. Other than the teachers the students were amazing. Everybody there is friendly and approachable. Overall i believe that going to Blach was an amazing experience that i will remember.

- submitted by a community member

August 15, 2011
The school gives a great learning expirience. The staff is friendly and will work with anyone to help through-out the year. There is a great amount of balance to the craziest times of being in middle school. Your son or daughter will love Blach's expirience to help everyone pass the couple of years of Jr. Hight

- submitted by a community member

August 15, 2011
Blach is a great school. Students are friendly and respectful to each other. There is no bullying whatsoever. Academics are hard enough so that students must work hard to succeed, but not so difficult that students will struggle greatly. Furthermore, teachers cover all aspects of the curriculum so the homework is not too difficult, nor too time-consuming. Teachers are approachable and always willing to help students. Blach is a wonderful middle school that helps students overcome their weaknesses.

- submitted by a community member

August 15, 2011
I had a very good experience going through Blach Intermediate School. All the teachers are friendly and understanding, the school is nice and clean, and the staff makes sure you never get bored. From competing different homerooms to school dances; Blach leaves a plethora amount of good memories, friendships and more. It also prepares you academically for high school and makes sure you work you hardest. All in all, Blach is a great place to expand friendships and your child will never forget this outstanding middle school.

- submitted by a community member

August 15, 2011
Blach is an outstanding junior high school in terms of academics, organization, and atmosphere. Activities events held both in and out of school allow students to try new things and enjoy themselves, while simultaneously their classes give them an opportunity to challenge themselves. Blach not only prepares students for high school, but pushes them well ahead of the average peer. In addition to this, the diverse crew of teachers and faculty carefully watches each student progress and consistently reaches out to those who require assistance. Many teachers are not only knowledgeable, but are thought highly of by almost every student on campus.

- submitted by a community member

August 15, 2011
I really like the elective system at Blach. Each year you have the freedom to choose two classes that you find interesting. All the electives are fun and engaging, but more importantly they push students towards new horizons, whether it be a career in acting or becoming bilingual. I feel the elective system really helps you grow as a person.

- submitted by a community member

August 15, 2011
Georgina P. Blach is such an amazing Junior High; I couldn't have asked for a better school. Every teacher and staff member is so kind, and welcoming that anybody who goes to the school feels like a part of a family. The school also does an outstanding job making all eighth graders be prepared for highschool!

- submitted by a community member

August 15, 2011
Blach School was an amazing school. All the teachers are motivated on helping the students achieve their goals. The teachers are always there when you need them no matter what. They just want you to do your best. All the teachers are beyond amazing and know what they are talking about. On the first day Principal was very welcoming and excited to have us. There were many activates including sports, fun Fridays, and dances! Middle school is the stepping stones to high school and I feel very well prepared for high school thanks to Blach. I will never forget my middle school experience and everyone should have that chance to get to know themselves. I learned so much at Blach and words don t describe how much I love it.

- submitted by a community member

August 15, 2011
Blach Intermediate was a great place for me to make my transition from elementary school to high school. The teachers were very helpful and were ready to answer almost any tough question put to them. The work was challenging at times, but was never completely overwhelming, a good balance for students. Every student was welcoming and friendly, and I particularly liked how everyone has a chance to participate in social events and extracurricular activities through Fun Fridays and the after school sports program. Blach is a great place to spend your middle school years.

- submitted by a community member

August 15, 2011
Blach Intermediate School gives every student an amazing time. The teachers put so much effort to have the kids understand the topic. If a kid doesnt' understand a topic they will create some time to help the kid with the work. The school also lets students have a great time. They have Fun Fridays which are fun homeroom competitions and other interesting school activities. They have so many fun electives for students to choos from. At Blach Intermediate School, students have a great couple years.

- submitted by a community member

August 15, 2011
Georgina P. Blach Junior High School is an amazing place for 7th and 8th graders to advance both academically and socially. Teachers at this school make each class unique and challenging using their own abilities to relate to and encourage every student at the school. Along with the wonderful core classes offered at Blach, the school also provides electives for a structured opportunity to learn things not taught in the typical classroom. There are plenty of opportunities during brunch and lunch to play games with friends, compete with peers and mingle with the different grades. Overall, Blach School has a great variety of teachers, students, and classes, and creates the perfect path to high school over it's 2 years.

- submitted by a community member

August 15, 2011
Blach is an outstanding school where the staff are dedicated and friendly. The school has a very strong academic program as well as well structured program arts and sport programs. The academics are made to push the students to push forward. Blach is a great place to develop new relationships between students.

- submitted by a community member

August 15, 2011
Georgina P. Blach Junior High is an exemplary school with outstanding courses. The staff at Blach push students to an extreme like no other. They allow the students to excede any goals possible. Although the budget has been an ongoing trouble within the past years, the community there still manages to purchase items and commodities that aren't needed. The atmosphere at the Junior High is positive and exploding with enthusiasm. There have been many changes in the staff disrupting some of the students "relationships" with their teachers. Seeing the new additions to the staff though, will intrigue you to allow your kids the privelige of attending this amazing school. There are groups though that may intimidate most children that won't fit in right away with certain groups, but there is always an opening for a new member of the family. Georgina P. Blach Junior HIgh is exceptional school with essential attributes that will allow any child to grow physically, mentally, and emotionally.

- submitted by a community member

October 29, 2010
Excellent academics, teachers are not only very good and care - some of them go the extra mile to get to know your middle schooler. Which is appreciated as a parent since middle school can be a socially awkward phase. The principal is amazing. The teachers and principal are a community, they've worked together a long time and it shows. Both my sons learned a lot and enjoyed Blach. It's a wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent

April 05, 2010
I have been a student at Blach for the past year and half. It is an amazing school, the teachers are excellent, the students are attentive, and the campus is fenominal. Granted it is a middle school and middle school is a time for change for the students. Personally I enjoyed the school, but I did loose and gain friends, but that is middle school. To all the people who say that it wasn't like an elementary school, that is because it isn't supposed to be. There is more cliquey-ness at the school then at my previous school, but its nothing for any student or parent to worry about. In short it is probably one the best middle school experiences you will get, so enjoy it.

- submitted by a student

April 05, 2010
Blach is known for it's outstanding academic standards. Sometimes the pressure becomes too much and 2.0 isn't an average, instead students think falling below 3.2 makes you stupid. This might seam harsh but that is just the area the school is located and we are the ' children of the future'. Some students even like how far they can push themselves to perfection and a perfect 4.0 isn't uncommon. Despite the pressure academically there is also athletic responsibility. Students are expected to run a mile at least once a month and participate in all activities fully- although this may be the same all throughout the country I did notice especially strict standards. Above all else (Acedimic and athletic) the school gives students a sense of pride. The students feel it, the staff feel it even those that have graduated feel it. It's amazing.

- submitted by a student

April 04, 2010
This is the best school ever. As a student they teach us so much and always push us to do better. The teachers are excellent and are very kind. There is no teacher that i do not like except for Se or Lopez and Mrs. Rolland, but other than those two the rest of the teachers are great such as Mr. Ritter, Mr. Kerns, and Mrs. Lipinski whom are my favorite teachers.

- submitted by a student
no rating
September 04, 2009
Likely the most overrated school of all time. Parents, if living in Los Altos (so that your kid can go to Blach) is an option for you, then you already know your child will perform well on standardized tests. Buying a house in the district costs well over a million; children of less-than-excellent economic backgrounds are not permitted. The staff and administration are average at best, and don't be fooled into giving credit to the institution rather than the unique geographic-economic circumstance.

- submitted by a community member
no rating
September 19, 2008
i disagree with the review above, I am an eighth grader at blach and i can say teasing and being made fun of are notas bad as my 7 previous schools i reccomend this school highly

- submitted by a student

April 25, 2006
This school is fantastic, with a wide spectrum of electives and a very effective academic program.

- submitted by a parent

March 30, 2006
For overall, They have many good teachers. The school divided into the three groups: very advanced, advanced, standard according to the Califronia middle school standard. We like this system because the teachers can focus on the approriate level of materials and they can also pay more attention to each student who is in the same level acedmically. They also have an excellent musical band. The parents are very involved in the student's academil performance.

- submitted by a parent

August 08, 2005
those reviews below made blach sound so great...but it isnt. oh sure, dont get me wrong, the teachers are excellent and I learned a lot too. but like ever jr. high there are kids being made fun of and being left out and the kids are just plain mean. (okay so maybe i'm exgarrating) but they're pretty cruel. a student who's attended blach 4 two years . i know what actually happens there.

- submitted by a student

May 21, 2004
I am a 7th grader at Blach. I really like all the teachers we have, the classes are small, the transition from 6th grade to 7th was easy, and the music program is fun. P.E. is okay, the activities are good, and everyone is always involved. Our principal is pretty good and student leadership is fabulous. The after school sports are very good, I was involved in most of them but my favorite was track and field. The electives are mostly good. Blach is good because there is something for everyone. I really enjoyed my first year here.

- submitted by a student

May 04, 2004
Blach School is excellent in academics, so to speak. But it is lack of extra-curricular activities. (All the so-called 'extra-curricular activities' are conducted by local recreation center, not by the school.) My son came from an elementary school where he excelled in activities in many areas. Now all he can do, other than doing his schoolwork, is do what other students do-gossip, which he does not like.

- submitted by a parent

November 20, 2003
Blach is an outstanding school with highly qualified and committed staff and is well-known locally for its excellence in academics as well as music, art and drama. The P.E. program is comprehensive exposing children to a wide range of activities. Special needs students are included in the general education classes as appropriate, and they are well-supported by both the general education and special education staff, helping all of the students to have a successful learning experience.

- submitted by a teacher

October 18, 2003
Modern campus, dynamic teachers, good communication between parents and staff, strong math program.

- submitted by a parent

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Georgina P. Blach Junior High School
1120 Covington Road, Los Altos, CA  94024
(650) 934-3800
Last modified Georgina P. Blach 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.
Georgina P. Blach Junior High School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top