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Georgina P. Blach Junior High School

Public | 7-8 | 476 students

 
 

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Posted 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!!


Posted 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.


Posted 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.


Posted 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.


Posted 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.


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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.


Posted 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.


Posted 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.


Posted 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!


Posted 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.


Posted 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.


Posted 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.


Posted 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.


Posted 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.


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted April 5, 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


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957

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2012 to 2013

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API Statewide Rank
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10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

9 / 10


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

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English Language Arts

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

234 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%

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96%

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97%

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Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

231 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

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89%

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86%

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86%
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.

210 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
82%

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76%

2010

 
 
72%
English Language Arts

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

214 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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93%

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98%

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96%

2010

 
 
90%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

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History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

226 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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87%

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92%

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94%

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88%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

214 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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95%

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98%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
95%
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

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English Language Arts

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Math

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Students with no reported disability92%
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Gifted and talented100%
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Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate89%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
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

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Males87%
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White (not Hispanic)82%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disability60%
Students with no reported disability87%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only85%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
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Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate75%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate90%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

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Males93%
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Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disability65%
Students with no reported disability95%
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Gifted and talented100%
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Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
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Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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Geometry

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History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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Males90%
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Asian96%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino47%
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Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
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Economically disadvantagedn/a
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Students with disability48%
Students with no reported disability93%
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Fluent-English proficient and English only87%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
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Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students95%
Females96%
Males94%
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)94%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disability71%
Students with no reported disability97%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only95%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
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 graduate91%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate97%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
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
White 56%
Asian 26%
Two or more races 11%
Hispanic 5%
Black 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 3%N/AN/A
English language learners 1%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 5%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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