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6151 Rainbow Drive
San Jose, CA 95129

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October 23, 2014
I will say the school is so-so, the great API is because of the private tutoring and family value of academic performances. Stuff do not need to contribute nothing more , or even less than other not-that-good school, they are just lucky to have students from better family backgrounds , most them are Indians or Chinese families, and those two groups value the academic performance so much. My kid told me that P.E. tore a student paper into pieces publically just because he did not follow the instruction and put it into the tray, and instead, the student handed to the P.E. teacher. I cannot believe that can happen in US. I told my kid, never allow your teacher do the same thing to you! If it happens, you have to let parents know and I will fight for you.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2014
As a student I loved going to Miller, but then that was 40 years ago. I wonder if any of my teachers are still around LOL.

- submitted by a community member
April 07, 2014
I would give this school an average rating, nothing so outstanding about this school. Parents and kids need to put lots of effort, almost all students get private tutoring. I never heard anyone saying the teachers motivated the student to take to next level. Lots of educated parents around the neighborhood so they take initiative to take the kids to science Olympiad like activities. So these kids would definitely stand out. I have compared lots of school in not so good school district with this, I could not find any single difference in the program or any outstanding activity at this school. I tried to register my son for Robotics club after hearing lots of good reviews, nothing happened that year. It was said that some teachers would volunteer and take them for competition. Kids don t have a super friendly atmosphere, my kid was nervous to go and speak anything to any teachers. So this is best suited for students and parents who are over achievers and extraverts, not a good atmosphere for an average performing kid or an average parent/family.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2013
I am satisfied with whole thihgs. My daugher is happy to go to school. She loves her school and her friends.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2013
Many of the students that attend this school are from families that value better academic standards. The students and parents put in the effort. You cannot put a student that is below average into this school and expecting the teachers to turn them around. It doesn't work that way.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2013
There are many Indians/Pakistians/Cashmere = used to be one India before the British broke them into 3 countries. I had not met an India parent that is not a FOB and majority speak with very accent and a few moderate accent. I hear majority speak their native language to their kids, but Indian Dialect is listed as only 10% for this school. The percentage of Indians/Pakistians/Cashmere people combine should make between 30 to 35% of the total school population. There is no hindi speaking indian at this school is not believeable either. Please update the data.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2013
Not all the teachers are great, so if your kid is not able to learn by him or herself, then you better not enroll them into this school. There are some good teachers, but there are bad ones too. The bad ones cannot teach. They read off from the books. Currently my child misses the advance 6th grade math teacher cuz she is on maternity leave. My child does not like the sub for advance math. My child told me this sub does show the students in class how to do the math equations. Gee, why do we need a teacher like that for!! I hope the principal reads this and is looking into this problem

- submitted by a parent
December 30, 2012
I go to this school and love it and in 8th grade. I'm going to miss this school for 4yrs.

- submitted by a community member
December 28, 2012
I can't say anything. All I can say is it's beyond amazing. If you come you will know what I mean. Infinity out of 5 stars.

- submitted by a community member
November 26, 2012
Miller is a good school but it is not that special from the other schools in this district. They don't have much opportunity for ELD students and the learning is based on tests. They don't have many great electives like other schools do. Although it has a high API level, it has nothing to do with the school or the teachers. The API was based on students. Kids at Miller are more advantaged in many aspects such as wealthy families, better Elementary schools, and the overall atmosphere. Parents shouldn't expect their kids to be perfect just because they go to Miller. My friend goes to Hyde and tells me about the school. Their API is affected by ELDs, families with low income and education, and (not trying to be racist) different cultures. Their is a high rate of low income families who don't have the same happiness in their children's education. My friend thinks that with student with opportunities and privileges like those in Miller, Hyde would be the schools everyone brags about. Apparently, Hyde has better teachers, more electives, and just needs more attention and funding. After that Miller vs. Hyde debate, I must say, she won.

- submitted by a community member
August 17, 2012
Isn't great. I'm a student here and going into 8th grade soon. The teachers are really just your average teacher reading things from the workbook, not coming up with their own fun and exciting ideas. There's a lot of gossip going around in the students, and even though I'm pretty popular, I know everybody gets their own piece once in a while. Depressing atmosphere, clases are pretty boring. Theres a lot of emphasis on tests, but really the only reason you would stay up at night studying is if you are very unprepared and cramming. I recommend it for parents who don't have great expectations of their kids.

- submitted by a community member
January 28, 2012
i wanted aks a bout foreign students( not english spoken). whats school boards plans about these students ?

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2011
Miller Middle School is really an amazing school. Though it seems the kids study all the time, and have no social life, that's absolutely not true. At school the students have numerous fun activities. And Miller really provides fun for the students. Washington D.C, Canada, Yosemite, Great America, it shows they care for their students. This middle school also has exceptional teachers. You can really see how much they care for their students. Also not to mention excellent office staff as well! Miller is also pretty strong in sports as well. I would definitely recommend this school. GO MUSTANGS!

- submitted by a community member
May 27, 2011
Miller is a great school. Honestly, in 6th grade, the homework amount received isn't too much, relatively speaking. There are very fun activities at the school, such as the end-of-year Great America trip, the Washington DC trip, and the Yosemite trip. Miller focuses mostly on math, though. As a student, it is a wonderful school to go to.

- submitted by a community member
May 03, 2011
Miller does focus a little bit too much on the math. There aren't many school programs that don't focus on math. Most students do Math Olympiads or something like it. However, the only class with a consistent amount of homework is math, and that's it. Also, the tests aren't even that hard. Just make sure you actually do your homework.

- submitted by a community member
May 03, 2011
Miller is a great school, sure, a little pressure sometimes, but the fun activities and the great teaching makes up for it. Oh yeah, the band department is AWESOME!

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 06, 2010
Miller has an incredibly dedicated staff and wonderful community. They offer opportunities for the children to be successful in life.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2010
I think Miller is a great school. The homework really isn't that much if you use your time wisely, and most student get very very good grades. Math is the most focused subject, but there are many otheres. The arts program is also very good.

- submitted by a student
February 16, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2010
Miller is all about stress and doing homework of no use. The school mainly focuses on Math and totally ignores other subjects, especially Language Arts. The students are under so much stress and stay up for along time at night, studying for tests. Still, they get a bad grade because the teachers put things in tests that they never teach. I highly recommend that you do not go to this school.

- submitted by a parent
December 23, 2009
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- submitted by a student
August 22, 2009
Miller is the best school! It has been ranked 1st in the county and 2nd in the whole state of California! It has an excellent learning program and the staff and environment makes it an ideal school! Go Mustangs!

- submitted by a student
August 09, 2009
Miller is a school where the faculty demands student proficiency in the state wide Star testing above else. Student stress is too high as a result. The English program has very little focus on actually writing, and reading. In the 3 years my child attended Miller she wrote few papers of any substance, read fewer then 10 books. In science material is disorganized, focuses on rote memory and no actual teaching of science as a method or science, how to evaluate data,and contains much outdated material. In math courses, the focus is on the Star testing results, speed of computation, little time spent on learning real math. History is sparse and too diluted. Home work is excessive, poorly designed and mostly useless. Scores and grades are paramount in this school. Very little support for student life balance - all night studies encouraged as badge of honor.

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June 01, 2009
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May 31, 2009
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- submitted by a student
May 30, 2009
I LOVE MILLER MIDDLE SCHOOL. All the wonderful teachers here at Miller taught me a lot and improved my boosted my grades two whole levels. That's incredible. I love all the teachers and the sports program is fantastic. GO MUSTANGS!

- submitted by a student
April 26, 2009
Miller is an amazing school. As a seventh grader attending, I am very satisfied with how the way things go here. Although there are disruptive behaviors springing up here and there, the board does a good job getting rid of them. The academic achievements at Miller are above outstanding; it is now the second best middle school in the state. We also received a California Distinguished School award this year. Overall, I think this is one of the best schools out there.

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April 13, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2009
Its great! My child loves the community! Miller is the 2nd best school in California

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2009
As a former student who graduated just last year, I believe that Miller exceeds the expectations a parent would want in a middle school for their children. There are quite a few flaws but the pros tower over them. The school board knows about the problems with the lunch lines and food prices, and they are slowly trying to fix things to make sure that each and every student is satisfied with what they are trying to do to help the school. One of the things I am not happy about is how many of the good teachers I wanted to have at Miller were dispatched to different schools, such as Lawson. Therefore, we recieved a handful of new teachers who are still getting used to the way things are at Miller. Despite these problems, Miller was the best thing that has ever happend to me. Go mustangs!

- submitted by a student
December 19, 2008
What are you guys talking about? All our music programs are really good, our sports clubs are doing very good now. It is very safe, I don't see anyone smoking or something like that. There are so many extracurricular activities. The teachers are also very nice and very good at teaching. I learned a lot. You don't know because you didn't go to Miller.

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September 29, 2008
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August 22, 2008
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June 13, 2008
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May 22, 2008
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May 20, 2008
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April 02, 2008
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- submitted by a student
December 02, 2007
Miller management is doing a great job in getting some new and enthusiastic staff on board, after some old annd good teachers left in the last two years. I had my initial apprehensions about new teachers, their experience etc., but as the year has gone by I feel extremely happy, comfortable and confident about the school and my daughter's performance. great values and awesome teachers!

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 01, 2007
My daughter is in 6th grade at Miller and is having a terrific experience. Great academics, great families, a really good place to transition from elementary to middle school. I am surprised by the other reveiws- when I talk to other families, everyone seems very happy at Miller.

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November 03, 2007
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October 04, 2007
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August 01, 2007
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- submitted by a student
April 08, 2007
There has been a noticeable decline in the quality of education at Miller. There were some great teachers who left a few years back and this has had impact on the education. The parents are the ones who keep kids afloat, they are the reason for the high scores. Facilities definitely need improvement as they children are packed into portables. There are not enough books in the library, not enough tables and benches for lunch (or enough food being sold). This school needs new management, probably better pay to entice better teachers and a new curriculum that can compete with international standards. I encourage parents to please provide feedback to the school. As with most Cupertino schools, we the parents are the ones who actually provide the necessary tutoring to keep our kids in step with kids from private schools. Let's help by honestly assessing the current situation of the school.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2007
Let the truth be known, this school needs work. They have a good band class, academically though, Miller is falling behind other schools.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2007
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- submitted by a student
March 28, 2007
Miller offers a wide range of activities particularly for academic, drama, and music excellence. The high-end math curriculum is especially strong. The faculty is top notch, as is the administration. The students are conscientious (although some students may have a bit too much parental pressure). Miller is a superb US school and I'm surprised by some of the parents' comments.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2007
Miller's teachers are indifference to students' needs, They are constantly complaining the pay/treatment. The high score in SAT/API are due to parent's involvement and after school tutoring. Parents are highly educated and cared, they are the one push/motivate the students.

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March 04, 2007
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- submitted by a student
December 09, 2006
The faculty is horrible at getting information through to students. The school spirit is not very high here. Actually learning at this school depends on the teachers, if you get a godd teacher, then your child learns, but a bad teacher will just let your child goof off.

- submitted by a student
December 08, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2006
Learning at Miller is a hit or miss - it really depends on who you get as a teacher. In comparison to other schools, Miller is doing great for now, but in a world that needs global education to help children achieve in the future, the standard of education (curriculum) as well as instruction is sorely inadequate. Parents are involved in extracurricular activities, but fail to see the need for better textbooks, additional teacher training,etc. Above all, an updated curriculum is well overdue.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2006
I believe Miller is a good school in academics.

- submitted by a former student
March 11, 2006
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March 11, 2006
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March 11, 2006
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January 13, 2006
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- submitted by a student
November 21, 2005
The quality of academic programs is usually very good. The band/music program is excellent, and choir has been improving a lot in recent years. I find that school spirit is not very high, and extracurricular involvement like clubs (sport involvement is o.k) is also not very high. Parents are very supportive and involved in student life.

- submitted by a former student
November 15, 2005
Great school. Excellent academic programs and extra curricular activities. Sometimes students only get 6 instead of 7 courses.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 27, 2005
The school has excellent academic curriculum and good extra activities after school and elective.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 08, 2005
Academic programs are good. music and sports too. parents are involved!

- submitted by a former student
June 05, 2005
High standards here, but any child can learn. Most teachers are highly competent or better, and very caring. Administration does a decent job of school management. School is somewhat crowded, but staff makes a sincere effort to make students feel at home. Excellent electives such as band, choir, art, French, Spanish, Japanese; great after school activities as well, such as a string band and an after school quiet study area.

- submitted by a staff
May 02, 2005
Very good academic school. I think Miller is better school in terms of academic achievement than Kennedy. Also, almost all the student in the Miller would go to Lynbrook so if you are going send your kids to Lynbrook, you should begin with Miller.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2005
Very high standards; many high achieving students. School tries to cater to the needs of all students though. Many caring and very good teachers. Excellent electives, PE and after school sports programs.

- submitted by a teacher
February 28, 2004
A good school if your child does not need any help in school. Like mine, they are A & B students with trouble in one subject. If your kids need help, you are on your own. The students that go there are basically good kids, but there is far too much pressure to succeed. The school is too large. They just cram more students on the campus by installing portables, without adding and additional common area facilities like restrooms, multi-purpose rooms, etc.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2004
This is a very good school, teachers and parents push their kids hard to achieve more in the given time. The only thing which bothered me was, they look down on kids who come to Miller from other middle schools.

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November 07, 2003
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Joaquin Miller Middle School
6151 Rainbow Drive, San Jose, CA  95129
(408) 252-3755
Last modified Joaquin Miller Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Joaquin Miller Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 66 reviews. Top