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6610 San Ignacio Avenue
San Jose, CA 95119

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4 stars
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April 09, 2014
This was overall a great school. I'm a student and adored the school when I was a seventh grader, but this year, as an 8th grader, the science situation is disappointing. Halfway through the semester, they switched out a bunch of students to a new teacher who, to be fairly honest, wasn't very good at her job. The entire class is now very behind and just got another new teacher very near science state testing.

- submitted by a community member
March 27, 2013
Bernal Intermediate is a very good school with excellent teachers that really care about student success. The school offers a solid academic program as well as many extracurricular opportunities such as band, theater, and sports.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2012
Bernal intermediate is a wonderful school...i am a student there and its awesome!! :) athough bernal has a lot of fights.. :( it's a shame to see other students fight... :'( but overall the teachers are great the staff is wonderful and everybody is freindly!! well sometimes lol

- submitted by a community member
June 05, 2011
While there are many positive things to say about this school, I have to say I am upset everytime I see the back field. All school year long I have seen an overwhelming amount of trash blowing about the field. Today i wanted to walk the track, and changed my mind as I surveyed the south end of the track covered in trash. Why doesn't the school maintain the cleanliness of the field? This is not a one time event, but a year long obsevation of a filthy condition. Boo! Zero rating on picking up litter.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2011
I think Bernal has been a great school for my son. Like any school, a parent has be fully involved and visible, even though our budding teenage children don't think it's cool. Too Bad!! Bernal really prepares the kids for high school with its' challenging and rigorous focus on education, though this year the science class curriculum lost some rigor. There are some great and dedicated teachers at Bernal. There are plenty of opportunities for parents to be involved like the PFC(Parent Faculty Club); a great venue to know what's going on and to build a connection with the administration, sports support, District representation, and volunteering for dances/school events.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2011
My Lil sister goes here, and she is constantly being harased by kids in her classes. they make fun of her weight , her appearance, her hair, pretty much anything and everything. My sister is a good kid, she's got a big heart. We have complained to the school numurous times, but nothings happening. she hates going to school because she doesn't want to hear what they got to say to her. she mostly ignores it, but its not like it doesn't hurt her inside. she's been through ALOT over these past few years and she still is able to fake a smile and make it through. it just makes me furious that they do that type of stuff. bullying isn't cool..it's verry immature to put some innocent person (or any at that)down to make ur self feel better.

- submitted by a community member
January 26, 2011
students need to focus on school, not relationships as much. be strict staff, about keeping them focused

- submitted by a community member
January 26, 2011
this school's teachers helped me go through 7th grade very nicely its safe and fun to go to

- submitted by a community member
January 26, 2011
This school is ok. I am a student there & it has had quite a few expulsions & suspensions; many fights.

- submitted by a community member
January 26, 2011
This school is great:) I like the principle all my Teachers and friends. I like My Councilor to. She gives me lots of stuff and helps me when i need it or when anybody else needs it.:) Theres nothing i would say bad about this school.

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January 20, 2010
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- submitted by a community member
October 28, 2009
My son graduated from Bernal two years ago and my daughter is there now. It's been a very good middle school in terms of math and music. Language Arts teaching there could use some work.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2009
Bernal has always had a great, united staff, with one vision an attitude: students come first. When I taught there it was probably so me of the most wonderful years on my life because not only was the staff working as one, but the students responded in kind. Bernal definitely deserves a great reward.

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September 03, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2009
I went their last year and now im in high school I loved it All the teachers are nice, and kind Friends are guaranteed there.

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May 20, 2009
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February 12, 2009
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January 18, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2008
I went to bernal last year, and I loved it. The music program is great, and I loved all my teachers. I really learned a lot, and had a great time too. If the rating system could do halves, I would add another half to it. :]

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August 04, 2008
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July 16, 2008
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July 10, 2008
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- submitted by a student
June 18, 2008
I had an amazing time there! My teachers were great, although some strict. I love Bernal Intermediate!

- submitted by a student
June 17, 2008
My son had 2 excellent years at Bernal. The teachers are great, the quality of education is outstanding. Too bad it's only 2 years! We moved within South San Jose so that he could attend Bernal to be with his friends and we do not regret it! I hope the quality will remain the same. My daughter will attend Bernal in 7 years!

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2008
My child has done so well there!

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2008
This is a great school with the best music department in the region.

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April 01, 2008
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March 29, 2008
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March 21, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2008
Bernal is an amaizing school! It is so much fun there! Sure there is some strict rules, but don't all schools have rules?!?!? Well Bernal is preparing us for highschool and even college! It is going to be a lot more stricter there! I would totally send any kid there!

- submitted by a student
August 22, 2007
Bernal is the best school ever. The teachers are very enthusiastic, the cirriculum is great, and I can personally say tha Bernal is indeed a Distinguished School.

- submitted by a student
June 19, 2007
My child just graduated from Bernal as a valedictorian and she says this school has many great programs. She was a chairperson on the schools CJSF program. My personal opinion of this school is great teachers, staff members, and an overall great enviornment. However, the school's students focus to much on popularity, whos wearing what, and how so and so is with so and so. I honestly think that the students need to only focus on school and maybe will have more valedictorians.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2007
I think that this is a really wonderful school. I especially love the music program and the music teacher Randy Tyler. I love all the sports they teach in P.E. and the amount of effort the teachers put in to help the children pass.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2007
I think that the school is being to strict. As an experienced teacher and mother I think that bending the rules can give the kids a chance to express themselves and therefore do better at school and socially. Let them have free dress days more than just on dance days. Relax the rules a bit. Sure there still has to be a strong hold on the students, but reigning with love not fear can show the students the better side to education. Thank you for letting me express my opinion.

- submitted by a parent
November 26, 2006
Bernal Intermediate is a great society of students and teachers. The writing academical structure is one of there top sources. There commission endures precise, establishment as well as the students never get to slide by any of the rules . Though they recognize how to influence their pupils, I give faith that there disciplines are remote in and too strict . Finally the teachers at Bernal, do not teach. They drill to the California State Test.

- submitted by a former student
September 26, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2005
Excellent school. Organized and competent administration. High standards onto its student. I went there, as did my children. Highly recommended.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2005
I have had 2 sons complete the 7th and 8th grade at Bernal in 3 years. We had just moved here from Texas. The principal Ginny Maiwald is the Best. The staff helped my sons settle in to what was an uncomfortable situation after moving for them and made them fill at home. There were some issues with teachers just as there would be regardless if you attended a public or private school. Overall, the teachers genuinely care about the childrens knowledge, but they also care about their emotional and social growth which is just as important. I would recommend Bernal to any parent who asks. I feel both of my sons are prepared to enter high school.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2005
I had two students attend this school. One was a very good student and the other was not such a good student. I found that academically the school is acceptable, especially compared to other area CA public schools, but when it comes to providing a welcoming environment where students feel 'liked' and 'want' to go to school each day when they wake up in the morning, this school is grossly lacking. The majority of the staff,there are a few exceptions, are short and curt with students, and are generally unfriendly. My students, as they put it, really felt like the teachers hate their jobs and take it out on the students Fortunately, one of my students has graduated from the school, but her zeal for school that she used to have certainly decreased with one year at Bernal.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2005
High academic standards, especially in the honor classes. Offers high school level Algebra and Geometry. Very useful elective classes in CPR and homemaking (e.g. cooking; also computer classes offered. Most teachers post progress reports daily or weekly in the class room. A lot of teachers try to prepare the students not just for high school but for college.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2005
Superb teachers, staff, and principal. They really do care about excellence in our children!

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January 06, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2004
Great staff of teachers and great administration. Great band teacher and advanced placement classes. The kids are challenged and respected and are expected to do their best and respect others as well.

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2004
My son in 8th grade is in all AP classes and he's doing fairly well. He observes that his teachers seem 'happier' than those who don't teach AP level classes. His teachers have very high expectations and seem very intent on preparing the kids for academic success in the college of their choice. Administration, starting with the principal, really seems to care.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2004
7th grade was a learning experience but 8th grade things seem to have clicked. Bernal has some great teachers and some teachers that you hope your kiddos don't get... Overall I would recommend Bernal!

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November 13, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2004
Bernal is a wonderful school. The teachers teach a challenging curriculum. At the same time, much support is given to students who want or need it. For instance, many teachers stay after school or are available at lunch or before school to help students who have questions. As a parent, one has the sense that the staff here really know how to work with and enjoy young adolescents. Also, there are many extracurricular activities available. My only wish is that students would have the option of taking a year of a foreign language before leaving middle school as they do in some schools in wealthier districts, by having a 7th or 0 period. But overall, this is an excellent school, and I will always be grateful for the enthusiastic, supportive, and very professional teachers and principal.

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August 02, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2004
Bernal was one of the best schools my daughter has attended. We came from 6 years of private, and they could not even compare. Last year Bernal received the distinguished school award. Many at lunch and after school sports, drama, art and music classes offered. They now have lap tops for many classes, and a computer lab. This school has a strong emphasis on math and science.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2003
Bernal was an excellent school. I know because I attended it in '01 and '02. Although I admit there were not many extracurricular activities, the school more than makes up for it with academics. Teachers are very zealous and will push their students to their limits.(I remember complaining about this)Students were very disciplined and fights were unheard of unlike at many other middle schools.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2003
Excellent school! Great neighborhood schools contribute to this student body. Lots of parental involvement. Exemplary teachers and administration. Challenging curriculum and excellent school spirit. There were a few teachers who needed to rethink their commitment to education but, as in any school, parents and students need to take responsibility for monitoring these situations and making changes if necessary. I have friends that sent their children off to private schools as soon as they left elementary school. Many of these parents now realize that my children got a better education and overall experience at Bernal than money could buy. Keep up the great work Bernal teachers and staff! Your neighborhood appreciates and supports you.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2003
This school does not have that many afterschool activities compared to the other middle school. Bernal is also not as hightech as the other middle schools like Davis.

- submitted by a community member
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Bernal Intermediate School
6610 San Ignacio Avenue, San Jose, CA  95119
(408) 578-5731
Last modified Bernal Intermediate School is a Public school that serves grades 7-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Bernal Intermediate School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 52 reviews.