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Parkside Intermediate School

Public | 7-8 | 516 students

 

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Posted August 14, 2012

Parkside is an OK school -- not great, not horrible. Rumors about the violence and gangstas is overrated. My kids felt safe there, and as a parent volunteer I felt comfortable there. Academics are not a strong suit at this school. Some of the teachers are great and prepare the students well, but most don't hold the kids to high standards and just let them slide. If your child is motivated to do well, however, s/he will do fine there. Principal means well but she makes too many decisions based on emotion and reaction to a situation -- she is not proactive and strategic. I think the school could be a lot better under more dynamic and smart leadership. Just being caring isn't enough. But socially it's a decent school -- and fitting in with friends is so important to middle schoolers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2012

The teachers and staff really care about helping the students. The new facility is bright and modern. The leadership is intelligent and dedicated to excellence. The diversity is wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2011

I am surprised for all the bad reviews. My son has a learning disability and I have only kind words for the counselors, special ed. teachers and teachers in general. This school is good and it's sad that our own community is the one putting the school down. Instead of complaining get involved and make the difference.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2011

I don't understand the bad reviews of Parkside. My daughter is in the 7th grade there, and she is having a wonderful experience. The teachers are involved and caring, and they are getting great performance from my daughter. It is an excellent school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2011

I would not recommend this school to anyone. This school failed to teach my daughter and when I approach the school with my concerns, nothing was done. It seems that this school district is failing to teach alot of students. Charter school is the way to go. After this school I had to do my own research on public schooling. I recommend viewing a documentary called "waiting for superman". You will find alot of answers there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2011

The current principle and vice principle is doing a wonderful job. I am, however, disappointed with a majority of the teachers. There are only a select few that are worth having your children go to Parkside. It is unfortunate to these amazing teachers that the rest are not up to the challenge of preparing and nurturing our students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2010

Parkside prepared my son well for high school. He's taking pre IB classes. The physics teacher is impressed with the knowledge they learn from Parkside and proven true by my son's perfect score in his science STAR test result in 8th grade. The principal and staff are very supportive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2010

I am an 8th grader at another school but i went to Parkside for my 7th grade year. I was not focused at all in my studies and the teachers don't care either. I was completely unprepared for what the school i go to now had up its sleeve. I thought I was learning but i was just there for my friends. I think Ms. Addiego is a bad principal. She doesn't really care about her students. She cares about it's reputation and it's bad enough already. And putting stupid uniform dress codes is not going to help the student's education. I really feel bad for the students there now, because I feel they are not learning as much as they are capable of. I loved living in San Bruno, but since I moved, I noticed there's a lot better out there. I suggest you don't send your child to Parkside...
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 6, 2009

This is a Response to the February 15, 2008 ! Parkside has the best teachers! I'm a current Cap Resident Freshman and taking all Pre-Ib classes . Parkside's 8th Grade As Teachers help you prepare for 9th grade. Ms. Isareal As class is soo difficult and the deadlines are soo soon. But I'm glad I took her class because it really help me prepared for high school. My english class is exactly the same but 9th grade material. But thank you Ms. Isareal for preparing me for high school. Ms. harames is the algebra teacher at Parkside and she is a great teacher ! She really gets you the idea of high school. Its work after work after work. But her tests was soo hard and her challenges were also difficult too. But if you payed attension and did you homework and asked for help. You'll do just fine !
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 21, 2009

I feel parksdide is a really great school and doesnt keep my kid isolated so he can be free but still get a great education> I also like the variety of culture and rase because i dont my kids to be all around one king and not know anything about the others. i rate this school a 10 out of 10
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2008

This is in response to the Feb1508 response and to anyone who thinks negatively about Parkside. I have a daughter who is a gate student and now a 9th grader at Cap and while attending Parkside she took AP classes. She was placed in these classes by her teacher possibly they didn't place this former student into these classes therefore causing them to be in over their head. 2nd as far as electives go the only one cut was Spanish. There are not 2 math classes unless you have math tech as an elective. I have had no problems with Parkside this is our 3rd year there, my son is in 8th gr. Every school has problems, fights etc. But I think it is up to the parents to lead their child in the right direction, know who their friends are. Don't depend on the school to do this for you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2008

If all parents of sixth grade students in San Bruno would send their children to Parkside then it could help make it an excellent school. Parkside has been improving academically and socially. Come together as a community and support our middle school. More parent involvement is always welcome. We can do it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2008

you know this school isnt excellent but its not terrible... i made some pretty good friends there and i came from a different district so i knew nobody and the teachers there are so welcoming i love ms. bilal this isnt a bad school people just make it seem that way because they had a bad expirence but more than most of the kids there love it
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 2, 2008

parkside is the best school ever!!! people are ignorant because they hear that its a bad school then they think their child is going to be bad and its not true it all depends on the student all schools are the same!!! and for the review before me is absolutely wrong!!! that is a lie about all the elective programs!!! we still have all of the electives and next year some students might have to take 2 math classes just like chore is taught in two periods!!! This Is an awesome!!!! all my teachers truly care!!! visit the school if you dont believe me!!! then how did mr.bowman become a teacher?? if sopposely parkside is a bad school?? he graduated from parkside and cap!!!!! Ms. Swartz rocks!!! I love her!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 15, 2008

I went to parkside for two years and in all honesty, it was a terrible school. They had absolutely nothing there, and nothing was taken seriously there. After parkside, i came to capuchino high school, which if you don't already know has the international baccelaureate program which serves college level classes. I took all of the pre-ib classes and guess what happened: i was not prepared for anything. I knew abolsutely nothing and thus i'm still struggling whereas those who went to burlingame intermediate or taylor middle school in millbrae are doing just fine. Do not send your soon-to-be teenager to parkside as this school does absolutely nothing to help them get ready for high school. And i have also learned that parkside has canelled all arts program, including spanish. That means that music, art, computers, and spanish are no longer offered at this school. All in all, bad school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 16, 2007

I like the school!!!! It's a great school and hope more people realize that its a wonderful for their kids to go at.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 30, 2007

I wouldn't advise any child with a diability to attend Parkside. The administration and the teachers are extrememly uneducated and prejudice against students with disbilities. The school board from this district as well as the district superintendant refused to act on my complaint. The teachers refuse to acknowledge disabilities. I have had two children with disabilities at this school and it was a nightmare for both of them. Parent concerns are swept under the rug. I would have moved out of San Bruno to avoid this school if I could have.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2007

I have had my child attending Parkside for two years now. My experience with the Principal and most of the teachers has been, at best lacking. There seems little follow through nor concern for the students. I would never again send my child to this school, in fact, I am considering moving out of this area. San Bruno might have been a lovely suburb, but the schools seem to have the bottom of the barrel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2006

My child attended very briefly, we sold our home and moved. Some of the kids at this school are the most disrespectful I have ever seen. Absolutely no respect for authority. I wasn't expecting such a rough atmosphere at school. I always thought San Bruno was a family community so it was really sad to see that so many parents have dropped the ball when it comes to raising their children. I also was not impressed by the new principal or the turnover of teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2006

I find that the communications between the principal and the parent, lacking. I have tried repeatedly to schedule appointments with no return calls or email. School Loop is a wonderful tool, however, only two of my son's 7 teachers post assignments on it, there are no grades posted and little feedback from the other 5 teachers. I think Parkside could be a wonderful school if there was more interaction between those teaching our students and parents who are concerned with their children.
—Submitted by a parent


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785

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API Statewide Rank
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5 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

7 / 10


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785

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The Academic Performance Index (API) is a single number assigned to each school by the California Department of Education to measure overall school performance and improvement over time on statewide testing. The API ranges from 200 and 1000, with 800 as the state goal for all schools.
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Algebra I

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.

268 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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68%

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61%

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60%

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53%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

267 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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57%

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49%

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48%

2010

 
 
46%
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.

204 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
91%
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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50%

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61%

2011

 
 
55%

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General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

231 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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42%

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49%

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44%

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54%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

212 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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60%

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59%

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64%
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

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English Language Arts

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Males66%
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Filipino71%
Hispanic or Latino65%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
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Pacific Islander53%
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islander53%
White (not Hispanic)67%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Non-economically disadvantaged75%
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Students with no reported disability71%
English learner52%
Fluent-English proficient and English only74%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate55%
Parent education - high school graduate60%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)71%
Parent education - college graduate75%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate81%
Parent education - declined to state53%

Math

All Students57%
Females49%
Males64%
African Americann/a
Asian86%
Filipino59%
Hispanic or Latino49%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islander53%
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islander53%
White (not Hispanic)61%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Non-economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disability27%
Students with no reported disability60%
English learner42%
Fluent-English proficient and English only64%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduate33%
Parent education - high school graduate48%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)62%
Parent education - college graduate71%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate81%
Parent education - declined to state40%
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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Females35%
Males28%
African Americann/a
Asian60%
Filipino63%
Hispanic or Latino13%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islander38%
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islander33%
White (not Hispanic)43%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Non-economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability32%
English learner7%
Fluent-English proficient and English only42%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented88%
Parent education - not a high school graduate5%
Parent education - high school graduate28%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)40%
Parent education - college graduate51%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state0%

English Language Arts

All Students50%
Females54%
Males47%
African Americann/a
Asian73%
Filipino63%
Hispanic or Latino35%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islander59%
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islander62%
White (not Hispanic)64%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Non-economically disadvantaged65%
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Students with no reported disability50%
English learner14%
Fluent-English proficient and English only64%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduate15%
Parent education - high school graduate48%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)57%
Parent education - college graduate63%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate82%
Parent education - declined to state18%

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History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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Females40%
Males43%
African Americann/a
Asian80%
Filipino57%
Hispanic or Latino26%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islander37%
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islander38%
White (not Hispanic)57%
Economically disadvantaged22%
Non-economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disability18%
Students with no reported disability45%
English learner13%
Fluent-English proficient and English only53%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented84%
Parent education - not a high school graduate12%
Parent education - high school graduate41%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)45%
Parent education - college graduate51%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate80%
Parent education - declined to state17%

Science

All Students60%
Females58%
Males61%
African Americann/a
Asian80%
Filipino84%
Hispanic or Latino41%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islander71%
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islander77%
White (not Hispanic)73%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Non-economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability60%
English learner31%
Fluent-English proficient and English only70%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate30%
Parent education - high school graduate65%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)61%
Parent education - college graduate67%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate73%
Parent education - declined to state18%
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
Hispanic 46%
White 21%
Asian 10%
Two or more races 2%
Black 1%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 39%N/AN/A
English language learners 37%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 8%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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Fax number
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