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1220 Noe Street
San Francisco, CA 94114

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April 27, 2013
james lick brings back a lot of good memorys.. im an ex student (69) ! ! yes a very long time but it was one of the best experience that I had..and it still brings a smile to my face whenever I think about my time at James Lick,,,

- submitted by a community member

January 05, 2013
I really enjoy attending Lick. I do feel challenged academically and I am glad I picked it. I have found problems with our principal, who changed the dress code this year to make it much stricter and less admitting. Lots of my friends are there with me, so it loosened the tension last year. Overall, it's a pretty good school, even with its history of gangs and bullying and violence.

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September 06, 2011
My daughter just started this year. I have heard good things, but some negative comments about the principal. I am hoping my daughter adapts. Today I already heard something I didn't like with disruptive kids.

- submitted by a parent

April 21, 2010
The only year that worked for us was 6th grade, although I loved almost all my son's teachers. When the past principal left a lot of them left with him as well as the academic performance and spirit. New administration tends to be patronizing and condescending when you make a suggestion or a comment as parent. It most be hard for those great teachers that remained. Parents need to stand their ground and ACT, put pressure and protect their kids from becoming the tail of Lion.

- submitted by a parent

April 19, 2010
Most students are disruptive, and there are quite a few bad teachers. I don't feel challenged at all at James Lick. The whole school community is suffering because of the budget cuts.

- submitted by a student

November 01, 2009
My Daughter is in 6th Grade at James Lick this year. She absolutely LOVES her new school. She says this school is the best thing that has ever happened to her! The other kids are great and she has made a lot of new friends. The teachers are great and the after school program offers lots of different activities. The Musical Theater program and the Art classes are also great. I would recommend this school to anyone.

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July 23, 2009
My daughter attended James Lick for the past three years. Most of her teachers were amazingly dedicated and strong. I am concerned about the future of the school based on my interactions with the new principal and vice principal. I must say that I felt heard about issues but no real action took place to remedy problems and I felt that I was looked upon as atrouble maker. Hopefully, this year will run smoother and parent voices will be heard.

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April 09, 2009
My daughter was well prepared for high school honors classes - she enjoyed going to James Lick My son is in 7th grade and is challenged and enjoys school - both my kids are high achieving GATE students and they were well served at James Lick - I feel that the differentiation really worked better than segregated tracks. Strong art program, lots of community building with the student and family community

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April 05, 2009
I was a student at this school. I graduated in 2008. This school is a very good school. All of the teacher are hard on us, but was good that they was. I am very happy that i wen't to that school and if you are reading this you should make your child so to this school. This is a true jlms graduated

- submitted by a student

January 27, 2009
We've been thrilled with James Lick. My daughter is thriving academically and socially. The teachers are talented and dedicated. They give 150 percent to the kids. My daughter is doing great in all her academic subjects--even math, which hasn't been her favorite subject in the past. She also loves all the arts that are available, including chorus, dance, and studio art electives and a musical theater production of 'Bye Bye Birdie' as an after-school activity.

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March 12, 2008
This is the hidden 'gem' of middle schools in SF. The arts focus keeps kids involved and motivated while the academic program is rigorous. The diverse population reflects the San Francisco community and it's values. Go Bulldogs!

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November 01, 2007
There is considerable writing across the academic core classes and in my view this is an indicator of high expectations, teacher quality and leadership. Though my child is in General Education, she benefits from the presence of the Immersion program because this leads to more discussion of academic subjects across the board. The music program has expanded to include 2, the art instruction is not only high quality but motivates those students who do not think they are 'art' oriented. Recently the 6th graders began a 'wheel system' where each 6th grader gets to experience the selection of Arts offerings and Peer Leadership. Parent involvement is high and consistent.

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March 28, 2007
The principal is a solid administrator and he's great with my kids. The Blue Bear rock music class is just amazing and makes school 'cool' for my 6th grader. The parents are hardworking folks. Great teachers, lively, small-school atmosphere.

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March 28, 2007
My daughter is in 6th grade in the general ed program at James Lick. The programs are well integrated, other than the two classes in Spanish. This year has been great. The 6th grade math team is wonderful -- they group kids by ability which is flexible depending on where your kid is for any particular math concept. The rock music program rocks! My daughter has learned how to play the electric guitar. The opportunities of a small school are exciting -- she ran for student council, joined the track team and knows a lot of the teachers and students. The administrative team is so supportive of parent involvement and really know great instruction. I highly recommend James Lick. It's getting better every day and it's fun to be included in the turnaround!

- submitted by a parent

March 17, 2007
Not very impressed with the quality of teachers. They don t have control of the students like they should. They are not very helpful to inquiring parents. The teachers are either too inexperienced or just don t seem to care. I would not recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent

January 22, 2007
You really can't go by the API score when deciding whether to send your child to James Lick. If you have a bright, self-motivated child and you're interested in the Spanish immersion program, he/she can get an excellent education here. The immersion students are for the most part high-achieving kids from nice families. Furthermore, the teachers are warm and caring and it's a small school atmosphere. The only drawback to this school is the rough atmosphere that some kids in the general ed program bring to the school. In spite of the bullying my child has sometimes suffered here, I am still very happy to have chosen James Lick.

- submitted by a parent

January 04, 2007
I think James Lick is a great school for my son. He has been pushed to excel in math and social studies, been given some very creative assignments and had teachers follow his progress and provide encouragement. It's a smaller middle school which i think helps minimize lots of the usual middle school issues and helps parents to get involved and make contributions. The school location is convenient and relaively attractive for a city school. The trips to Latin countries are quite special - this year it is the Yucatan for a group of students, parents and teachers. The Spanish immersion program is tops.

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May 07, 2006
The new leadership and renewed energy from the teachers has really made a big difference this year. My son has been challenged in courses, projects and had the differenciated curriculum for GATE students. The PTSA and parents continue to move ahead with parent education and fundraising to support the school goals and extended field trips to Costa Rica and Ashland, OR. The new focus on our ELAC group has outreached to many more parents. The free afterschool program offers homework support as well as variety of classes from fencing, hip hop, photograpy, portfolio development, yearbook, technology club, talent/fashion show, newspaper, Carnival and more. It is a safe and clean school. Kids from all grades and programs are friends-- it is one big community in a small school setting.

- submitted by a parent

October 30, 2005
My daughter transfered in to James Lick from a larger middle school for seventh and eighth grade. One of the reasons she wanted to transfer was the warmth of the teachers at James Lick. When we toured she was very impressed with the dedication and interest that the teachers seemed to give to all of the students. She also felt less intimidated trying out for the sports teams here then at the larger school. As a parent, I have enjoyed a smaller middle school environment where the teachers, counselors and administrators know my child, know who she hangs out with and are always available to discuss any issue you might have. I also feel that she is being challenged in all areas of the curriculum. You should really visit James Lick and you will see the inviting, yet challenging, environment that I refer to.

- submitted by a parent

October 29, 2005
We have a new Principal and Assistant Principal who are making positive changes at the school - our daughter is being challenged, is having fun and feels safe at this small mmiddle school. I encourage ytou to tour the school and see for yourself

- submitted by a parent

September 03, 2005
All the best and brightest teachers have made a mass exodus from this school in the last three years. Now they are all gone because the prinipal was aweful, never stood behind her teachers. This school is once again scrambling to regroup...

- submitted by a teacher

August 19, 2004
Great leadership by Mrs. Daniels. Quality teachers, very good Spanish program. PTA is stand up.

- submitted by a parent
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Lick (James) Middle School
1220 Noe Street, San Francisco, CA  94114
(415) 695-5675
Last modified Lick (James) Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Lick (James) Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 36 reviews. Top