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Piedmont Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 998 students

 

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Posted September 21, 2013

I think Piedmont Middle School is a great school. The principal is hilarious, the music program is awesome and the teachers teach well.


Posted September 19, 2013

This is my 3rd year at Piedmont. It has been a great 2 years here . I ment many new great friends and amazing teachers. The school is amazing . The staff members are so friendly and great. I've learned so much during my years here. Principal Hamm is amazing and friendly and did I mention a great sense of humer ? He is wonderful and did so much for our school. I'm so grateful to have a principal like him. He is the best principal I've ever ment and I will always remember my experience at Piemont


Posted September 19, 2013

I've gone to Piedmont for two years already. It's an amazing school. My experience at this middle school was like no other. Everyone makes school life so fun and easy. I've learned so much. All the staff members are amazing! Even though Piedmont may not be the best school in ranking, everyone at Piedmont tries their hardest to make it the best school!


Posted September 19, 2013

My school is super spirited. We have the most experienced teachers that I find every class easy. I love how most of the teachers are super nice and care for us instead of like other school where they yell at you and just don't look after you. I think Piedmont can approve by having bigger bathrooms and more classroom supplies for teachers to use. Finally, I love how the school works together to keep the campus clean and throw away their trash by organizing it between garbage and recyclables.


Posted August 22, 2013

I attended the 6th grade orientation this morning, and would like to thank the students, teachers and staff.... everyone was very helpful. Nice to meet the principal too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2013

Well, My child didn't have the opportunity to attend Piedmont Middle School. I was trying to help her by putting her in a better school, but I now believe it may of been the best thing for Piedmont to refuse to accept her because I strongly feel now that they don't want to help kids that are having bullying problems & that don't have the best grades, because I guess they only want "the good kids" . But that's okay she will survive at another school. Piedmont School District should not discriminate against kids that are not the best, but should have more faith in this schools staff that they could help a child that needs help. In my opinion they only showed me discrimination !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2013

My school is nice overall great for 6 th graders they have their own class section. I like my school but the 6 th grade needs more elective choices. They need a separate lunch and gym room in my opinion. With lockers for the kids and not just P.E. locker because even thou they don't have to carry their books. The teachers require binders and notebooks. With all the other stuff that is needed to carry it makes the backpack too heavy and kills our backs. I'd prefer to stay healthy and not need the chiropractor more than once a month.


Posted May 5, 2010

It's all about the people who work there. They are great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2010

Piedmont is a great schools with teachers who care about their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2010

Diverse school with caring staff granting many opportunities to every child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2009

API has not improved over the years. School staff themselves need lots of improvement. I think the school district and school board should take responsibility for problems in the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2009

We have some exceptional teachers, such as in the music program, who really care about teaching the kids educational skills and life skills
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2009

this school is nice, but it would be better if we students get more materials to fix up the school and learn
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 9, 2008

The school is awsome teachers are cool i like you shold come too safe and acceptible place to lern
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 23, 2008

It was horrible, to be honest. I'm finally graduating from this school. Most of the teachers were either nice but couldn't teach, or taught but were ridiculously mean. The only teacher I ever had that was both nice and effective as a teacher was Mr. Braden.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 2, 2008

This school is awesome... It was my first year at PMS.. I find it easy to make friends with... The teachers were so awesome... I already got friends on the first day of school... ILOVEPMS!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 7, 2008

This school is great. It does not lack of spirit or leadership at all. The teachers are great, and we have great educations. There's not much homewotk, but tons of learning.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 5, 2007

This school is the best, everyones nice and the teachers are so caring and excellent at what they do.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 8, 2007

Piedmont Middle is suffering from a lack of leadership: I think we've seen five principles in the two years my son has attended. Teacher quality is mixed. Some are engaged, some waiting to retire.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2006

I commend the teaching staff at Piedmont Middle School. My son entered into Piedmont Middle with Star test scores in the 'Below Basic' skill level for most of the test categories. He just entered Piedmont High School this year and just received his Star test scores for 8th grade and scored in the 'Advanced' level for most of the categories. We, as his parents are extremely proud of this improvement, but must credit the Teachers of Piedmont Middle for his achievement. Thanks PMS Teachers......Mrs. S. McNeil, Mrs. A. Avery, Mr. G. Gairaud, Mrs. G, Ausman and a special thanks to his counselor Mrs. J. Grumm
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

The API reflects year-over-year schools performance based on STAR test score results from spring 2013.

This school's
API score

790

Change from
2012 to 2013

-14

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

6 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

1 / 10


API Growth scores over time

Did this school meet the API goal this year?
The state goal for API is 800. All schools that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school did not meet its schoolwide API target for 2013.
  • This school has not yet met the state goal of 800.

API Growth scores by subgroup

In addition to schoolwide API scores, each student subgroup receives an API score.
Did this school meet all the API goals for student subgroups this year?
The state goal for the API is 800. All the student subgroups at a school that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school did not meet all student subgroup API targets for 2013

This school's
API score

790

What is the API?
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.
Change from
2012 to 2013

-14

Change from 2012 to 2013
Comparing the API Growth to the Base shows whether or not this school’s test score performance improved between Spring 2011 and Spring 2012. The API ranges between 200 and 1000, with 800 as the statewide goal for all schools. Schools scoring below an 800 are given at least a 5 point target for the next year.
API Statewide Rank
(2012)

6 / 10

API Statewide Rank (2012)
The API Statewide Rank ranges from 1 to 10. A rank of 10, for example, means that the school’s API fell into the top 10% of all schools in the state with a comparable grade range. The 2012 rank is based on results from tests students took in Spring 2012.
API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

1 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)
The API Similar Schools Rank ranges from 1 to 10. It shows how the school compares to other schools with similar student demographic profiles. The California Department of Education uses parent education level, poverty level, student ethnicity and other data to identify similar schools.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

264 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
44%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

269 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
36%
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 86% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
96%
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

257 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
55%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

217 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
44%
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.

163 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
86%
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 57% in 2013.

236 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
60%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

The state average for General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards) was 31% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
8%

2012

 
 
9%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
51%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

17 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
100%
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

The state average for History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative was 52% in 2013.

250 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

235 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
67%
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

English Language Arts

All Students53%
Females53%
Males51%
African Americann/a
Asian71%
Filipino53%
Hispanic or Latino29%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)40%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Non-economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disability25%
Students with no reported disability53%
English learner20%
Fluent-English proficient and English only61%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented81%
Parent education - not a high school graduate36%
Parent education - high school graduate39%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)52%
Parent education - college graduate69%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate76%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students40%
Females35%
Males43%
African Americann/a
Asian62%
Filipino35%
Hispanic or Latino14%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)27%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Non-economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disability18%
Students with no reported disability40%
English learner14%
Fluent-English proficient and English only46%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented77%
Parent education - not a high school graduate24%
Parent education - high school graduate30%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)37%
Parent education - college graduate55%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate59%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
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

All Students98%
Females96%
Males100%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged93%
Non-economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability98%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only98%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)94%
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students67%
Females73%
Males62%
African Americann/a
Asian78%
Filipino75%
Hispanic or Latino51%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Non-economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability69%
English learner30%
Fluent-English proficient and English only75%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented93%
Parent education - not a high school graduate48%
Parent education - high school graduate48%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)73%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate81%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students45%
Females47%
Males44%
African Americann/a
Asian67%
Filipino43%
Hispanic or Latino28%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged43%
Non-economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability47%
English learner33%
Fluent-English proficient and English only48%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented82%
Parent education - not a high school graduate33%
Parent education - high school graduate41%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)44%
Parent education - college graduate48%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate61%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
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

All Students70%
Females70%
Males69%
African Americann/a
Asian84%
Filipino90%
Hispanic or Latino26%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged71%
Non-economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability70%
English learner45%
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented87%
Parent education - not a high school graduate55%
Parent education - high school graduate53%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)71%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students61%
Females63%
Males59%
African Americann/a
Asian75%
Filipino75%
Hispanic or Latino39%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)63%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Non-economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disability19%
Students with no reported disability64%
English learner25%
Fluent-English proficient and English only71%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented87%
Parent education - not a high school graduate48%
Parent education - high school graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)58%
Parent education - college graduate77%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate67%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students8%
Females7%
Males10%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino5%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged10%
Non-economically disadvantaged7%
Students with disability0%
Students with no reported disability14%
English learner9%
Fluent-English proficient and English only9%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate21%
Parent education - high school graduate7%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)0%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Geometry

All Students100%
Femalesn/a
Malesn/a
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability100%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only100%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students50%
Females47%
Males53%
African Americann/a
Asian69%
Filipino59%
Hispanic or Latino28%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)53%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Non-economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disability10%
Students with no reported disability56%
English learner16%
Fluent-English proficient and English only60%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented81%
Parent education - not a high school graduate28%
Parent education - high school graduate34%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)55%
Parent education - college graduate62%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate61%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students69%
Females66%
Males71%
African Americann/a
Asian85%
Filipino81%
Hispanic or Latino43%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)59%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Non-economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disability27%
Students with no reported disability72%
English learner35%
Fluent-English proficient and English only78%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented93%
Parent education - not a high school graduate55%
Parent education - high school graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)72%
Parent education - college graduate79%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate82%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
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 State average
Asian 45% 11%
Hispanic 28% 51%
Two or more races 13% 3%
White 7% 27%
Black 5% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 46%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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  • Steve Hamm
Fax number
  • (408) 251-2392

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955 Piedmont Road
San Jose, CA 95132
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