I graduated from this school in 2008, and have read some of the comments on this site regarding it. Yes, I agree, there were some racial cliques forming when I was in school, too. However, my group of friends were multi-racial and close-knit. (We were Ethiopian, Russian, German, Italian, Thai, Korean, Filipino, and Romanian.) While other kids may have been in their own racial groups, I still feel that so many students had a friendly connection to their teachers. Going to school was something I looked forward to daily, and I'm appalled students in the present generation disagree.
Wow. This is an amzing school with amazingly dedicated staff, hardworking principal, and educationally motivated students. The outside is beautifully maintained. This school is at the level of, if not better than, an expensive private school.
I graduated this year to rate the school it was really bad. I mean if they were going to tell us to fill in a survey about what needs to change I mean shouldn't you try to change it. for example the bathroom was really dirty when I was 6 grade and when I was 7 grade the bathroom was even more disgusting and in 8 grade the bathroom was so disgusting I couldn't stand to go inside but I only went because of my friends. some teachers are nice but I saw a history teacher make her students run around the field and then go to there fourth period after. I didn't even feel safe in this school. I am kind of embarrassed to say I went to that school. just because of there api does not mean they are a good school inside.
My experience here was really cool. I could have rated it a 5 but some staff and teachers are lazy, inconsiderate, and haven't teached us anything. In fact Mr.Edelman was so lazy, ex. he moved project dates, lost hw and projects, forget things, and just doesn't do his job well. Although most of the staff is awesome and the principle does his job well. The campus made me feel safe and a majority of teachers gave me a good education. Love JB.
I recently visited JB for coffee with the principal. I stayed a little over to speak with parents and administrators.The one thing I noticed more than anything was that the safety officer and an older lady with security shirt sat at lunch tables for at least 2 hours straight, on their phones, with no regard to the loitering students, hiding under their noses.I asked about this behavior and was told this was common practice and the principal and safety officer are friends. The plant manager is overworked. The man is amazing. I saw him fast walking from 8:00a till the time I left which was around 10a. It was him who opened the gate for me to leave as the safety officer was too busy socializing on his phone. On the same visit, LAPD was interviewing a parent in said safety officers office, and to my amazement was a HUGE, brand new, flat panel TV propped on a bookcase in his office.My child says teachers have no supplies yet the safety officer has a T.V. in his office?The principal must have taken a public relations course because his answers are always open ended. Nothing is ever concrete. "we're looking into it." type of answers. Be weary. API is not the end all be all in choosing JB.