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Oakland, CA
Students enrolled: 790
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3748 13th Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610

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October 09, 2014
My daughter is a 7th grader at Brewer and has been having a great experience so far. 6th grade was amazing- the teachers were so skilled and motivated. They really like the kids and it shows. The 6th grade wing offers a nice transition to middle school. For the most part, 6th graders are removed from the rest of campus so it feels like a small school within a large school. The music program is phenomenal with dedicated strings and band conductors. It's a serious program with lots of opportunities for after-school music (Jazz Band & OUSD Muse), performances, an annual retreat at Cazadero and competitions. My daughter also participated in the theater program where the students worked with Cal Shakes to perform 12th Night. This semester the students are working with Word for Word to adapt a novel into a play. In spring there will be another Shakespeare opportunity. There are many student-directed lunch activities like book clubs, sports clubs, etc. My serious student has been challenged and happy at Brewer. She's made lots of friends from many schools and learning lots. Overall Brewer is an excellent school!

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2014
My son is in his 3rd year at Edna Brewer and is in the music program. There are bands and orchestras for each grade, a 6th grade Orff music class as well as jazz band. The music teachers are outstanding. He is taking the "compression math" course (8th grade math and 1st year algebra) so he can take high school geometry as a freshman. The math teacher for this course is excellent. Other offerings include visual arts, drama, Spanish, PE, a library, peer tutoring, an autism program, Special Ed, a computer lab, blended learning, an afterschool program, etc. There is a very active PTA and they are on Facebook as "Edna Brewer Parents". Edna Brewer is large, but the kids have "families", or smaller groups, with whom they have their core classes. Kids have the same core class teachers for 7th and 8th grade. There are kids from all different backgrounds and it is very gratifying to see the friendships they forge - as well as to see the kids work out their problems via the restorative justice program. Private school is an option for us. I attended private schools, but my son is getting a better education than I did. (I'm a former college professor and Software Developer.)

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2014
We looked at a variety of private and public schools in Oakland for our daughter and decided on Edna Brewer because of the innovative programs and drive of the administration and staff. We have been blown away by the community, the teachers, and the opportunities for our daughter. In addition to good classes (with lots of blended learning) she has worked with CalShakes and performed a Shakespeare play (and understood its complexities) and she has had the opportunity to audition and perform in the acclaimed jazz band. She has a sense of civic pride and a dedication to equality that I think Edna Brewer has fostered. And I believe she is getting a good, solid education. We couldn't be happier!

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2014
Edna Brewer is a GEM in Oakland. We have been thrilled with the quality and dedication of the teachers, the robust and acclaimed music program and the strong emphasis on social emotional learning. Brewer is on the cutting age of integrating technology into the classroom through blended learning, and the school has one google chrome book for every 2 students. The school has a no tolerance policy for bullying and fights are handled expeditiously. All of these reasons have allowed it to decrease its chronic absence rate to the lowest of all middle schools in OUSD. Brewer has the most diverse student body in the district and it is a warm and inviting place for all.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2013
We love Edna Brewer! Our daughter is in 6th grade and looks forward to school. Her favorite part are the teachers. They are dedicated, creative and caring (and fun!). The principal and staff are excellent and supportive. The music program is amazing. After-school sports are wonderful. Can't say enough good about this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2013
This year my son started 6th grade at EB, so far good, he has been going to after school program that he enjoys and i'm exited. His school teachers are great there haven't been any complains in regards to the staff or other student coming from my son. I like the fact that 6th graders or separated from the rest of the older students. They recently will start a minecraft club which my son is super exited about, it also shows me that teachers care about the students interest. They will also soon will start a program with Heads up that is provided through Head royce private school in oakland to help students who are falling behind. Overall i have no complains so far, as long as my son is happy i will be too, and as a parent we know when our children are happy. Great school.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2013
This school was amazing, the school have great teachers. I hope parents will send their children to Edna Brewer MIddle School.

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2013
My school is Edna Brewer Middle School. It is a great school because the all staff and teachers, Principals, counselors care about the students and shows it. The Best OUSD Middle School in Oakland. There are kids from all economic levels, and from all areas of Oakland. There are plenty of non-academic clubs, music and sports for all. The after school program is also great! I like everything about Edna Brewer and there isn't anything that i can see that needs to be changed. They just need to keep great teachers and more information given to parents about homework assignments, since there are no Math and Science, and English books given out, because od Common Core.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2013
Edna Brewer was already above average when I joined in 2006 and it has improved every year since. The student body, quality of work, and test scores attest to my experience. It is the epitome of America, diverse and hard-working. Students from the hills to the flats, east to west Oakland, and first generation to the next generation all attend Edna Brewer. Edna Brewer does deal with the staff turnover that plagues urban schools and will continue to plague urban schools until we change how we fund public education, structure the school day, and legitimize the teaching profession. But the fact that Edna Brewer has continued to improve in spite of turnover attests to its strong culture of success.

- submitted by a teacher
June 11, 2011
My 6 grader had an English teacher leave in the middle of the year. From what I heard, at least 2 more teachers left their classes hanging in the dust for long term subs to pick up the pieces. EB did not meet expectations. Oakland schools lose teachers all the time, but what kind of school loses so many in one year?

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2011
My son came from a distinguished school in the Elk Grove Unified School District where he earned a 0.0gpa after his first quarter. After having moved him to Edna Brewer I am pleased to say that he is delighted to be there and earning a 3.0 gpa after a few months. Something must be right... :)

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2011
EB is a truly wonderful middle school with an excellent music department, solid academics, good physical education program and exceptional parent community/student body. For the most part, parents and students will find this school to be a great choice, and the test scores attest the solid learning environment. That said, anyone who has raised a tween to teen knows that this age will present periodic challenges. Neither you nor your child will escape adolescence at ANY school, sigh. However, be assured that you and your child will have a strong community of peers, families and teachers to help buffer the ups and downs. I have one child happily moving through teenhood and the other moving down the pike. EB is a true neighborhood gem

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2010
My son is in his first year at Brewer. He has never been happier. He says it himself. The communication between teachers and parents is very strong. They are truly committed to excellence for every student. It is amazing to see my son having the support at school to become a responsible citizen.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2010
I know that no cell phones are allowed at school. If seen, they are confiscated and I believe a parent is allowed to retrieve once. After that, they cannot be retrieved until the end of the school year. Students are encourgaged to use the office phone to call their parents. So if there is rampant sexting, it probably is not part of the school day. I'm not sure how the school can control it as part of the after-school environment. It would be the same with what kids post on Facebook to each other. There is some type of cyber behavior policy that we all sign off on at registration, both kids and parents, so someone could be turned in as violating that policy, and then receive disciplinary consequences. But I think it's only about the cyber resources of the school.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2010
Bullying is rampant for this age group, and each school has to make a big effort to give kids support. Like for my child, they have to be willing to come forward to say they are bullied, and that is a big barrier (the snitch factor). There is a box in the main office to drop in a slip and ask for adult-guided peer mediation. There is restorative justice program where the person who caused harm does civic action to make amends to the community, that a restorative justice circle has agreed upon. There are intra-day mental health counseling services, groups, and after school programs such as Brothers on the Rise. There is a counselor-led Gay Straight Alliance weekly at lunch. These are a wealth of resources, so there is help if kids seek it out. They are told how to seek it out.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2010
Agree that 6th grade was adequate, but there has been a change in administration since then, resulting in a complete change in feeling of community. Many teachers and administrative staff have left recently-seen as a vote of no confidence. Few, if any, research papers required and even less reading (two or three books in a whole school year). Current administration seems to expect the worst of students and acts accordingly.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2010
I am the parent of a 7th grader at EBMS. While I feel the school was adequate in her 6th grade year, I am beyond displeased with the school this year. The teachers hardly give homework, and what they do give doesn't seem very challenging, and the administration seems to turn an eye away from the social issues that are happening at the school every single day. There is bullying, catty behavior amongst the girls, sexting (mass text messages of a sexual nature), and kids sneaking around performing sexual acts on one another. Unbelievable! The fact that the kids are so under-supervised and the security so blind that they are able to sneak off and do these things is absolutely appalling. I am making plans to transfer my daughter out of EBMS as soon as possible.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 07, 2010
We were nervous about our daughter entering a public middle school but were beyond relieved to find that she not only loves the school but that the culture there is positive, supportive and engaging. We're thrilled with the climate and teaching at Edna Brewer.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2010
I love this school. i have 4 kids and all of them have been to edna brewer, all of them have loved it too. I cant wait to send my youngest, Jamie, to edna brewer. For now he will stay at Crocker Highlands Elementary the SECOND best school, in the oakland school district. After edna Brewer i sent my kids to Oakland Technical Highschool. The teachers are friendly, srtaff is helpfull, the hw is minimum but also challenging for my children. the afterschool programs are fantastic as well. I LOVE THIS SCHOOL! A+

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2010
I am a young mother of 3 and my expirience with this school has been terrible. I sent my first born here, and i really regret it. The classrooms are cramped and clustered and my son could not get the help he needed for his studies, because the teachers were to flustered by all the children. I will NOT be sending my other two children here. i highly recommend you DO NOT send your children here if you would like them to suceed

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2010
I am a 7th grader at EBMS and i love i at this school, some students are bad, but others are nice and the teachers always have time to listen to you. I will encourage people to come to this school.

- submitted by a student
December 11, 2009
I fought hard to get my daughter into this school, which is nearby our house, but not our 'assigned' school. This required not one but two appeals to the school board for placement. Was it worth it? Yes. This school still has its problems, and a fair share of regular urban issues, but it is amazingly diverse, has friendly, motivated teachers, a real music program (with music classes led by good professionals every day, a rarity anywhere in public ed) gym class, and a free afterschool program we were also lucky enough to get into. My daughter has made good friends quickly, and although I know there are kids who are discipline problems here, they don't distract enough for me to hear about them every day from my daughter. She is excited by school and her classes, and I feel good she's attending public school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 10, 2009
Edna brewer is the best school in the state because of extra curriculum and online grading services that let you see your current grade in every class

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November 30, 2009
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- submitted by a student
November 30, 2009
The best middle school ever with the best teachers!!!!!

- submitted by a student
November 29, 2009
I love this school this is my first year and i love it i luv mr.Sullivan

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November 17, 2009
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October 25, 2009
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September 14, 2009
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June 09, 2009
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no rating June 06, 2009
This school is so AWSOME! Believe me, I'm a student who goes there and it is fun! You get to go somewhere out of state, out of town, ad doing fun activites, too! Having fun isn't the only thing, teachers will be there at your side and if you have a problem, they have time to sit next to you and talk about it. THE BEST! Too bad I'm going to high school and I am really going to miss everyone, that mean teachers and staffs too, and always buddies!

- submitted by a student
May 08, 2009
As a parent with a child attending for two years, I must say that this is a good school. If the child is active and interested in the learning process, he or she will definitely succeed here. The teachers are very present to both student and family, to help your child do their very best. The parent association is also very well organized and supprted, by parents and the administration. It almost seems un-real in comparison to some of my previous experiences with-in the OUSD. Good job to everyone!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 07, 2009
I was a student here and it was a fantastic experience for me, I loved going to school every day. There are great teachers, and they care about you and your grades and will help with any problem. I miss it everyday. GREAT EXPERIENCE!

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March 19, 2009
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February 25, 2009
I was a student here. I could not have been happier. The student body was diverse. The teachers actually took the time to make sure we understood the material as well as make it fun in the process.

- submitted by a student
February 11, 2009
I am the parent of a 6th grader at Edna Brewer and my son is thriving in this environment. I would highly recommend this school.

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January 22, 2009
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- submitted by a student
November 20, 2008
This school has consistent teacher collaboration, diverse student learning, and parental satisfaction. It is always finding ways to improve. What more could you want?

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November 06, 2008
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August 25, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2008
Our son is a 6th grader and he loves the school and so do we. We have been pleased with the social environment. I appreciated all the time the teachers took at the beginning of the year to explain the expectations and rules of the school. I think Jamie Marantz is a wonderful principal and very supportive of the staff. The music program is great and has sparked our son's interest in music again. Mr. Pitt-Smith is doing some great work with the band. Some of the teachers are new and learning the ropes; others are excellent. Overall, we are pleased with this year and look forward to our other child attending in the future.

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May 27, 2008
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- submitted by a student
February 04, 2008
This is 1 of the best schools in OUSD the principal & vice principal are excellent with the students & parents.The children are 12-14 & thats a tough age. My son feels more comfortable speaking to the vice principal then me & I'm his mother. Edna Brewer is great

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2007
This school has a 35-40% turnover of teachers every year. The principal hires brand new teachers and then does not support them in ways that help them to teach the diverse population effectively.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2007
My daughter is in 6th grade and we couldn t be happier at Edna Brewer. My daughter is thriving, is challenged academically, is making new friends, and loves (most of) her teachers. The new music teacher, Zach Pitt-Smith is fabulous, as are all of her teachers. The core teachers my daughter has are teachers we met last year. Yes, some of the kids use bad language and may not act appropriately, but I m not sure you would find any middle school/preteen population where such behavior didn't exist. I appreciate that my daughter is at a school where the population reflects the diverse community in which we live. The PTSA is growing. We think Principal Marantz is a great advocate for our kids!

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2007
This school is awesome. The kids here are respectable and nice.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2007
My daughter is in the 6th grade at Brewer. Because she came from a small private progressive school with only 13 kids graduating from the 5th grade and she had no tests or grades there, I was worried about how she would adjust to being in a large public school. But she has flourished. She is doing well both academically and socially. She is challenged in her work and she has made many new friends. Contrary to what another reviewer stated, the rules are not ridiculous. Students are required to be respectful and responsible and if the rules (which are thoroughly explained to both students and parents) are not followed, there are consequences, which are also not unreasonable (i.e., lunch detention for being late). The teachers are wonderful. The administration is very responsive and I have had absolutely no problem with the aftercare program, which my daughter attends every day.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2007
I am in the process of transferring my children out of this school, after only 1 month. I took a chance with mediocre stats and am very unhappy with the afterschool program (who escorted many children out to the curb and locked them on the first day of afterschool), the 6th grade teachers (who allow cursing, I'm told, and threaten OCS to keep chidren in line...all the way up to the principal, Ms. Marantz, who has not returned my call in 3 days. I think it could become a good school, but the entire administration seems to be in disorder.

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August 05, 2007
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- submitted by a student
July 27, 2007
The academic programs in Edna are very diverse. The rules there are ridiculous.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2007
My child was a student at this school and we had to transfer to another school because of issues of safety. The staff there is unresponsive and the principle unreasonable.

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July 20, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2006
My daughter went to a very protective and educationally progressive K-5 private school where parents are very concerned with their children's happiness, safety and teachers' attention to varied learning styles. Coming to 6th grade at Brewer this year has been a wonderful step; she is making friends with diverse ethnicities and is very happy. The principal leads very well - inspiring students and teachers alike. Classes are academically very challenging. There are a few students in the school with behavioral problems, but they are not just brushed aside; there are definite steps taken for discipline and those students are being given many chances to improve. The parent involvement is growing and could certainly benefit from more input of community energy. I have plenty of ways to contribute. We wish there were more art classes and drama opportunities but overall, the school is very good.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
We couldn't be happier. My son made the transition to jr. high with ease. Jaime is a great principal who knows had to push our kids academically and keep them safe. The is a positive vibe that surrounds the school and it shows in how the kids treat each other. C.G. Happy Edna Brewer Parent

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2006
I love my school. I was a 6th grade student and starting 7th grade tomorrow. I can't wait to go back and visit all my old teachers and see my friends. Edna Brewer is a great school and is very pleasant to go to.

- submitted by a student
June 15, 2006
This school has been pretty good. It diverse, great teachers, and more!

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2006
this is a great school, it is a diverse school and some building fixtures need to be made. there is alot of help for students who are struggling with a subject.

- submitted by a former student
December 19, 2005
They work hard to meet every student where they are, taking them where they need to go, to get them to wherever they want to be. The extracucciclar activites are varied; sports, chorus, msic, garden club, cooking club, Pe-Engineering Program, etc. There are a lot of students who participate. They have a wonderful positive and always growing parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2005
Brewer is a school on the way up. It has a dynamic principal and a young energetic teaching staff. It still has some challenges with disciplining a very diverse population, but the school takes it seriously. Math and science education are probably stronger than English and Social Studies, but I suspect that will change over time.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2005
We have two children at Edna Brewer (Grades 6 and 8). We are happy with the education our children are receiving at school. I won't say that there have not been challenges (It is middle school!), however there are many new young teachers that are excited about the kids and the subject that they teach. The principal is real dynamo, who is moving the school into the right direction.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2005
The school is awful, in my opinion. The new principal (jamie marantz) doesn't care about the students much. And, she's cancelled many of the after-school programs.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2005
My child enrolled in Edna Brewer in the 6th grade and remained on the honor roll the whole year. That was very pleasing to me at first but then I began to see the reason why was due to a repeat of what she had already been taught at her prior elementary school. The next year she entered the 7th grade and it only got worse. I have always been an active parent in her school and would walk in on numerous occations and there was hardly ever control of the classes. The teachers allowed the students to disrupt the class so much that they couldn't learn. There was a group of parents that began to meet to solve some of their issues they experienced. Unfortunatly that group no longer exist because many problems did not get addressed. Please review test,academic records and teachers experience before you send your child there.

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April 02, 2005
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Edna Brewer Middle School is home to the Panthers. Brewer is a diverse middle school with 800 students and high test scores. The school vision has three categories: Academic Achievement, Community Building, and Total Health. Edna Brewer is organized into small learning communities called Families. Families help students and teachers build relationships, and they make our school feel like a smaller, more tight-knit community. At Edna Brewer, Panthers Work Hard. There is a lot of homework and we are transitioning to the new national standards, The Common Core, a few years early so that we are ready and our students are prepared. Edna Brewer teachers are the best in Oakland, committed to student learning and development. We have a strong elective offering and our intervention programming ensures students gain essential English and math skills. Our afterschool program serves one-fourth of our student body and we have sports teams including soccer, flag football and basketball. We have an involved PTSA and we are doing important work with OUSD's African-American Achievement Task Force. Edna Brewer is a great school!

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Edna Brewer Middle School
3748 13th Avenue, Oakland, CA  94610
(510) 531-6600
Last modified Edna Brewer Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Edna Brewer Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 63 reviews. Top