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6-8
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San Diego, CA
Students enrolled: 673
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4676 Ingraham Street
San Diego, CA 92109

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(858) 273-9070
(858) 270-8063
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November 22, 2014
This is my daughter's second year at PB middle and she loves it! We are a military family who has been in many districts and schools. We drive her 20 min eah way to go to PB over our neighborhood school. We have also signed my son up to go to PB next year. I stress to other parents that you can't go strictly on scores and what's on paper. There are other factors which had an effect on the numbers. We love the IB program. The staff takes personal attention with each student. My daughter is also involved I volleyball and basketball at PB. PB is one of the few/only schools to offer such a wide range of sports. They also have use of the recreation center attached. I've witnessed firsthand the PB has a zero bullying tolerance. They offer lots of tutoring and military support to the kids. Another thing that really stands out is the environment of PB school.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2014
As a military family we have tried out many different schools around the country. I have learned that most families want to see test scores, rankings and expensive facilities as evidence of a great school. Time has shown me that what really makes a difference is the faculty and staff. PBMS is a small school facing all the same budget problems that our entire nation faces. We love the IB program and chose PBMS over our neighborhood school (even though on paper some would say that our neighborhood school is "better"). We have never regretted our decision. It is a small school but my daughter feels cared for and nurtured. She's not 1 of 1000 students. Her teachers care about her and mentor her, which makes all the difference in the world. If more families would take a look at the great things going on in the MB cluster, they would choose IB all the way!

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2014
This is my son's first year at MBHS. So far, he has been very pleased with his experience. The teachers are very supportive and approachable and are very responsive to email. We had one issue that was dealt with quickly. I like that the IB curriculum is challenging and promotes global thinking. I like that it is a smaller high school with many opportunities to succeed in whatever interests a student. Socially, my son is very comfortable there. It is a diverse population and the students are very supportive and encourage each other to succeed. I would recommend this high school if you are looking for a smaller, more personable environment, that is a diverse, real world experience where the student can be responsible for his/her own success.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2014
My child loves it so far. This is our first year. The workload is fair.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2014
Daughter has been there for 2 years has had a few run inns with a few students since last year they have been pulling the race card on her for being a white girl threatening to beat her rear end for some time now so last week the two girls corner my daughter mind you my daughter is on honor roll and in sports pretty well rounded kid not saying she is perfect but as a parent you know what I mean so the girl starts getting violent shucking my daughter while the other girl taunts her I have always taught my daughter that fighting is not the answer but when being picked on or bullied and especially the big one for me is they put there hands on you you have fill right to defend yourselfe with any means so after the girl kept shuving my daughter my daughter snapped and beat her rear end and for defending herselfe gets expelled out of school seriously it made me sick to my stomach I guess what we have learns threw all this is if you're kid gets bullied and they finally fight back at pbms not only if they don't run away like a coward and finally fight back they will be suspended

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2013
Both of my children attend Pacific Beach Middle. We love it there and we could not ask for a better education! Both of my children attended a private school before attending PBM and the education and academic opportunities they have at PBM far outstrip what they could receive in private school. Parent involvement has vastly increased over the past 2 years I have been at the school. You can see a visible change all throughout the campus and new activities that are taking place. So happy to be part of this neighborhood school!

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2013
Our family loves Pacific Beach Middle School! Our son is in his 3rd year there as an 8th grader and our daughter is in 6th grade. The IB program is amazing and provides more in depth learning plus helping my kids to be motivated learners. The teachers really seem to care and show pride in the school. What my kids love most are the organized lunch sports leagues that keep them active during the lunch break and the afterschool sports offered. We are so thankful for the opportunities at PBMS.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2013
I have been with this school for a year now and it has been a great expieeence. Our scores have gone up very much and I'm proud to say I went there. There are many great activities and projects to work on. It keeps you busy and exited. I think the school can approve of helping bulling, like the teacher said because students are under enough stress as it is to get things done and when they are trying to get things done but, they are thinking of the insident. so, thier not 100% focused which makes thier grades go down. Plus they don't want to remember that school as the place where they got Bullied, they want to think of it as a fun and exiting place to be.

- submitted by a community member
July 12, 2013
I, like many people in PB, was concerned to send my kids to the local middle and high school because of the long standing poor reputation. Along with most of his class, I decided to send him there. He's been here for 2 years and is doing great! He's an honor student and is thriving. We have attended the open houses and met all his teachers and they seem to geniuinely care about students and are enthusiastic about being there. Everyone was approachable and friendly.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2012
While this school may show satisfactory performance on standardized testing, administration (the principal, specifically) does little to nothing to protect its students from bullying. The bullied are blamed and the horrific acts are brushed under the rug. When the bullied child's grades drop because he/she is depressed and giving up in school, this is taken into account to the child's detriment when bullying concerns are brought up by parents. I am glad my children do not attend PB Middle School, and I would not recommend it to anyone whose child may be bullied. If your child is a bully, don't worry. They won't get a consequence- Sincerely, A special education teacher

- submitted by a teacher
May 30, 2012
I work with children professionally & am a mother. PBMS is hands down, by far, the WORST school I have ever seen. Some of the teachers have already received their pink slips & have a apathetic, cavalier attitude. The administration is uncaring, unconcerned, and shockingly pompous for individuals who have chosen this as their career, yet are doing such a poor job. The principal doesn't even have a working voicemail. Bullying is rampant, racism is real and omnipresent, yet apathy and helplessness is embedded in the PBMS culture. If you're the type of parent that barely slows their car when dropping off their child in the morning, this school will be great. It looks ok on the surface, and maybe your child will get lucky. God knows if you send out an email to your child's teacher, you wont be bothered by one in return. But if you are an involved, concerned parent, RUN AS FAST AND AS FAR AWAY AS YOU CAN. As far as Dr. Martel, the principal? She is a prime example of what happens as bullies age...mean, patronizing, duplicitous, and unable to accept or acknowledge fault...thus, a large part of why PBMS is the way it is. Children everywhere will be better off for her retirement.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2011
As a student, I know what PBMS is really like. This is my second year at PBMS, and I am loving it. The teachers are not so strict as to punish every little flaw and scare students. They do not let kids run wild either. Some people do not like the fact that the school is about mostly Spanish-speaking, but I think it is good to play and learn with other cultures. I have even learned a few words from them, mostly about soccer. The International Baccalaureate program is fantastic because we learn about the whole world and what is happening in it. If we know the current problems, wars, and politics of the world, we can turn those situations around in the near future. We are, after all, the voting citizens of the United States in a few years. This school is equally devoted to the teaching of both boys and girls, and there is no racist problem either. Once again, I love PBMS and I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a community member
January 02, 2011
If you are considering this school for your children watch out. One in seven students is on an IEP plan. This means that the PBMS administration identifies one in seven students as having a learning disability. The administration aggressively pushes these special education programs to students who are not performing well without explaining the drawbacks of the program or other alternatives to parents. Minorities are overrepresented in these programs. Also, once your child is on an IEP plan, only the team can decide when the IEP plan is no longer needed. What are the benefits to this school to have so many IEP students? Does the school receive special funding for these students? Are IEP students test scores considered a special category so they don't affect overall test scores for the school? Statistically, what is the number of hispanic students that attend vs. the number that are identified as having a learning disability? What is the number of students nationally that are identified as having a learning disability vs. the one in seven rate at PBMS? These are questions every parent should ask if they are asked to participate in an IEP meeting.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2010
As a parent of three boys who have either attended or are currently attending PBMS, I couldn't be more happy with the educational rigor, opportunities for personal growth & phenominal staff at the school. All three of my boys work hard and have consistently achieved outstanding grades. The physical education program is superb as well, which for my active boys was the perfect balance to the educational challenge. The Spanish language and band options provide additional enrichment. I would recommend this school for any SD student!

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2010
The secret issue with PB Middle is that their system is set up for girls, so the majority of boys don't get good grades. Even boys with good state test scores don't get good grades. A couple years ago, some parents figured out that only about 15 of the 95 7th grade boys could get a B or better, yet over 50 of these boys scored high on the state test. Reportedly, these numbers got worse last year. PBMS could be a great school if they would address it.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2010
PB middle has consistently exceeded my expectations. My student has spent the last two years at the school and we wouldn't think of going anywhere else. The staff is amazing, teachers and administration alike. Almost every teacher my student has had has been incredible and gone above and beyond. They all are very good at parent communication, I usually get an email back the same day I send one. The IB program and the extra clubs and activities offered are great. Its wonderful to see that even with all the state cuts, that the staff and active parent community has found a way to keep these going. I am so happy my student has had the oppurtunity to attend here. We had no idea when he started 6th grade that it would be such a positive experience.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2010
My daughter started her 1st year this year and had an absolute wonderful transition for 5th to 6th grade. Her teachers are so amazing...they are full of inspiration and support. The positive reward systems that are in each class and throughout the whole school continue to keep my daughter motivated. All the parent involvement and cooperation from the staff to start new programs, go on field trips, create clubs etc. are a huge reason my daughter loves her school. I want to Thank all the staff and the parent volunteers who make this such a well rounded school!!!!!! GO PBMS!!!

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2010
My daughter started at a different middle school in 6th grade and hated it. PBMS is a wonderful school with excellent academics. We really like the uniforms. The students have a feeling of a small school environment because the way things are setup. It is a very challenging school.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2010
My son has had a great 3 years of middle school, through the support of the IB standards. He can think in a more advanced manner than I didn't learn until college years. What a terrific experience it has been!

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2010
We have a son attending now and another that has graduated. We are particularly impressed with the IB programme, along with some of the truly outstanding teachers at this school. Big kudos to the principal, Julie Martels, and to Mr. G!

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2010
My daughter has excelled at this school since the day she began 6th grade. She has now been honored for the third year in a row with the National Junior Honor Roll Society award. Her teachers go above and beyond with their caring, concern and teaching methods to make sure that all students can do their best. I am thankful we sent our daughter here and happy that my son will be attending in another year. The staff here can't be beat.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2010
This school has been pretty good. I like the IB program. The teachers seem to be doing a wonderful job as well.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2010
Did you know that for the 2009-2010 school year PB MIddle students contributed over 12,000 hours of service to the local and global community? Our students care.

- submitted by a teacher
April 27, 2010
The teachers I have a great; except for two who are extrodinary, and they are always challenging me to do my best. The teachers make school very fun and I got put in good clases with great teachers so I am lucky. The clases aren't to hard but hard enough to keep me from bieng bored because I need to be challenged.

- submitted by a student
April 26, 2010
The school is overwhelmed with an influx of students bussed in from other parts of the city. The community students and parents are completely outnumbered by people who cannot be involved in school affairs or community issues as they don't live in the community. The language of the playground is Spanish.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 25, 2010
The teachers in this school are phenomenal...my daughter loves going to school at PBMS, and her grades reflect the passion of the teachers. If you're looking for a wholesome environment for your child complete with caring educators, PBMS should be your first stop!

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2010
This school is the best! I found a lot of friends there!

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- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2008
This is my 5th consecutive year year with children at PBMS and it just keeps getting better and better. The International Baccalaureate Program is the best in public education. My children are well educated, unpretentious and happy. The PTO is comprised of an amazing group of parents who are not afraid to roll up their sleeves and get involved. PBMS is a true success story and just wait -- the new principal, Dr. Martel, is going to take PBMS to even greater heights.

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2008
My daughter attended PB Middle last year and I am excited that my son will be starting 6th grade at PB Middle this year. There is a wonderfully diverse group of students at PB Middle and they represent kids from every walk of life. A true reflection of our great city. My child thrived at PB Middle, participating in band, choir, athletics, math competition etc. She has wonderful friends, she is definitely academically challenged, and she enjoys going to school. The principal is amazing and very accessible. We look forward to another great year!

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May 07, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
April 09, 2008
This school needs to enforce rules because everyday while i'm in school kids are always acting up and swearing all the time and i think this school needs to be more strict. The faculty is nice but they don't enforce the rules enough. Every i or someone else i see gets insulted. I don't recommend this school to anyone. 3 kids in my class have already been expelled. Don't send your kids to this school!

- submitted by a student
February 07, 2008
I am a PB parent and as stated before the school has too much bullying and not enough supervision. My son went here last school year and transferred him to a different school this school year. He has come a long way since leaving PB Middle. The other San Diego School has brought out the best in him. Plus there is not enough electives at PB Middle to choose from. Other schools have a lot more to offer. Do your research and reviews before sending them to PB Middle.

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January 26, 2008
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- submitted by a student
November 16, 2007
We are in our second year at PBMS and we have REALLY been impressed with the teachers at this school. The curriculum is very interactive combining art with social studies and english. My child is learning so much by applying what he is learning to other subjects and to the real world. The IB training for the teachers brings out such a creative, socially responsible style. The math dept. is absolutely outstanding, making math fun and really engaging. Lastly, the PE dept. is OUTSTANDING! They are the most energetic, cutting edge group that puts in many hours of overtime with lunchtime and afterschool athletics for all. The librarian has pets for the students to visit during lunch, along with games and special events. If parents are not happy with this school, it may be because they have not visited the school enough to see what goes on!

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November 14, 2007
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- submitted by a student
October 11, 2007
As a teacher at PBMS, I want to say that I love teaching at PBMS. Here's why? International Baccalaureate is our guiding framework so we teach traditional academics focusing on communication and intercultural understanding. All classes are extended to 70 minutes. Students participate in mandatory service. Class-sizes are reduced in English & Math. Counselors offer pro-active support groups. P.E. Department is incredible! PE Teachers from around the county come to our site to train. Our school has a Charger Fitness room with mountain bike simulators, testing equipment, Dance Revolution and more. We have girls & boys intramural sports teams for Futsal, Soccer, Flag football and Basketball. Afterschool we offer tutoring, choir, band, more intramurals, Latinas, Gear-Up College Prep and Leave a Legacy Clubs. Our teachers attend both IB and district trainings. PB parents, please come for a tour. Give us a chance. Be a part. See tour dates on our website.

- submitted by a teacher
March 06, 2007
This is my son's first year at this school and it is a major disappointment. This school is lacking in supervision during lunchtime. There is a lot of bullying that goes on at the school and they seem to do nothing about it but give excuses. My son is not going here next school year. The staff seem like they just don't care. The academic side is nothing to talk about either and lack of after school extracurricular activities....

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2007
With this school being an International Baccaularete school, they are suppose to be teaching inter-cultural understanding but I don't think this is happening due to a high level of ignorance from a majority of the students at the school. I am not happy with this school and am looking at moving my child out of the school next school year.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2007
Love the school it helped me child a lot and I understand how nice the people there are

- submitted by a student
November 16, 2006
Pacific Beach Middle School is a place to be proud of! My two children received a quality education from excellent teachers, as well as opportunities for extracurricular activities. I have been so impressed by the energy and dedication of the administration and faculty. PBMS offers a well rounded curriculum. As an International Baccalaureate candidate school, the emphasis is on developing all aspects of the student, from academics, including foreign language, to physical education to community service. The staff and parent organizations ensure that the kids have fun too! I wouldn't send my girls anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2006
PBMS had made a huge turnaround in the past few years. My daughter is now in 6th grade, both her brothers have gone there over the past 5-7 years. The administrative change over the past 4 years has made all the difference. There is now a sense of real unity and motivation among the staff and students alike. PBMS is now a Middle Schools IB candidate school which will lead students to track into Mission Bay High School IB program. The staff is really focused on raising the academic bar for all students. Too few in the local community do not understand what their children are missing by not checking out their local public school. There's wonderful diversity, the counseling staff is terrific, PE program exceptional. My daughter is so happy to be there.

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January 11, 2006
I'm not pleased with this school. The school doesn't deal well with misconduct. All the sports they have is Basketball.

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September 23, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
August 19, 2004
This school does not provide a complete curriculum that is so important in order to keep the children in this specific age group interested. It is substandard to other middle/junior high schools in the nearby La Jolla and Point Loma areas for elective options and extra-curricular activities. Further, the staff is not sensitive to the local kids needs and the uniform policy is a bust!

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2004
P.B. Middle has been a great experience for me. I have great friends and terrific teachers. The staff are always willing to help you in any way possible and the teachers listen to your ideas and consider what you have said. I have really enjoyed the people and I love that the teachers are willing to extend a helpful hand towards you any time. Overall these years at P.B Middle have been fantastic!

- submitted by a student
May 19, 2004
I have loved Pacific Beach Middle School. Mrs. barry and Mrs. Nolan have really made it wonderful to be at. I live locally in Pacific Beach and enjoy going to my community school. We have great friday activities sponsored by the ASB and have wonderful staff and teachers who really do a wonderful job of making our school clean and a healthy learning environment. During testing they provided everyone with snacks and drinks. We have insprinational quotes and fun facts. Everyone has gelled together and our school has become a really great place to be around!

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Pacific Beach Middle School
4676 Ingraham Street, San Diego, CA  92109
(858) 273-9070
Last modified Pacific Beach 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.
Pacific Beach Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 54 reviews. Top