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6-8
Public district
San Jose, CA
Students enrolled: 1,148
 

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1260 Branham Lane
San Jose, CA 95118

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(408) 535-6281
(408) 535-2319
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November 20, 2014
My son graduated from John Muir and he loved the school, made a lot of friends, no issues with kids, teachers are nice and knowledgeable. If you are just evaluating the school, do yourself a favor, go to the school, talk to the wonderful principal Gloria Marchant, she is amazing! Very approachable, knows kids by name, passionate about kids and giving them the education they deserve. School has a lot of hispanic students, but they are hard working, good students.

- submitted by a parent

June 13, 2014
Best school ever . you get along with EVERYONE at school the staff is just great and welcoming 5 out of 5 !

- submitted by a community member

May 30, 2014
I was so worried about sending our youngest to this school after moving to CA from AZ. But I have to say, I'm so impressed with the teachers and academics. The teachers really get to know the students individually and care about their success. It's been a great 3 years. So glad we decided on John Muir.

- submitted by a parent

February 13, 2014
Don't believe this school is bad bullies bully other people right in front of teachers and the kids in some classes are extremely disruptive

- submitted by a community member

February 06, 2014
This is my last year at Muir and I have loved it here! The teachers are wonderful and try their hardest to teach us. Some people say that the school is terrible because some of the kids are "bad", but I never really had that problem. I recommend to incoming 6th graders that they should choose their friends wisely; they will change who you will become. I would recommend parents to help your son/daughter in their new school to help them adjust by making sure that they are doing their homework or by checking their grades every so often. There are a few things that I wish they would bring back or start at Muir such as the Drafting/Junior Engineering Class or make a band class to go with our Digital Music class. Overall, it is a wonderful school and you will really enjoy it here.

- submitted by a community member

January 11, 2014
I'm a 6th grader at this school and I love it some people say bad language but I bet everyone does. All my teachers help me and support me.

- submitted by a community member

September 22, 2013
Can some other parents please provide feedback on the 6th grade math class? What is going on? The teacher doesn't reply to our emails. Instead of following the excellent book, the teacher prints out poorly hand-written homework assignments with few examples. Is this due to the new "Core" program? Further, the method being taught is too basic and conceptual, with limited practical application. Our son, who excelled in math at Hacienda Science is quickly learning to hate the subject as 'taught' at John Muir. The online portal shows he's received mostly 95+ on most tests, but has zeroes 'mystery' assignments that were not handed in. He just started there a few weeks ago, and I'm already considering a private school where he'll use a book, online resources, structured assignments, and qualified instruction necessary for success. We would have a hard time affording it, but math is too important a subject to allow some teacher or school district to "wing it" by ignoring the book and creating their own lesson plans hand-written in magic marker.

- submitted by a parent

July 19, 2013
Thank god that there are other public charter schools in our area. Too many rude kids come to this school just to fool around. The school always said they had good kids and not being helpful at all.

- submitted by a parent

June 08, 2013
It's an okay school but there's a lot of violence, drugs, drama, ect. People are mostly based on their race.

- submitted by a community member

May 30, 2013
The teachers are nice, but the students sure aren't. I'm a sixth grader at this school and so far I've hated it. I get bullied and made fun of almost every day. And it's not just me, either. I see a lot of other students get teased and bullied at my school. The staff might try to deny it, but I know they know what's going on. I see teachers witness kids getting bullied, and they don't even try to stop it! John Muir is a good school for the most part, but they should really do something about all this bullying that's been going on lately.

- submitted by a community member

May 30, 2012
I've been here all 3 years. I hate it. I don't know if its just me, or if the school really has degraded, but it's terrible. People are so RUDE. The teachers are not bad, but the students have no respect or remorse. I had fun in the 6th grade, but only because it was a whole new experience. The school has absolutely NO money. Castillero has a band, Willow Glen has a cheer squad, Bret Harte has amazing test scores, Hoover has a nice campus, and what does John Muir have? A bunch of low class kids with no guidance to teach them how to behave and respect each other. And weed. And fights. And drama. Drama is terrible here. They always say if there's a problem, you should report it, however, if you do report it, you will get jumped. Badly. I went insane going to this school, and not in the good way. I hung out with the wrong crowd and behaved badly, but now that I've grown up and seen it for what it is, I am utterly DISGUSTED. The admin needs to control and discipline the students better. 1/5 stars.

- submitted by a community member

May 22, 2012
Both my sons are attending John Muir. The principal and vice principals are amazing. We have been impressed with all of their teachers who have always been very prompt in responding to any e-mails. There is a really good balance here between the academics and the social. We actually chose to send out eldest child here over his home school, Bret Harte, because, although very bright, he has a learning disability and needs extra time for exams. We thought this environment would be more supportive of him, and we were right. My younger child would have been better able to deal with the rigors of Bret Harte but was so impressed with his older brother's experience that he decided he wanted to go here too. They are both doing really well and we are so pleased we made the choices we did.

- submitted by a parent

October 12, 2011
Bully problems, not very good staff, lots of drama, Inappropriate Language etc. I've been there for 2 years and they were probably the worse time I've had in a middle school. But I'm sure others have had a better time here and there. But there are some kids who fight a lot, do drugs, deal drugs, and in gangs.

- submitted by a community member

October 04, 2011
Excellent teachers (check). Good electives (check). Safe environment (check). Student receives full support to achieve an "A" grade at school and be a good citizen (check).

- submitted by a parent

August 17, 2010
5/5 stars! i went to this school for 6-7th grade its wonderful! the staff and students are very niceand caring. although there is a lot of drama but it fits in perfect! i still remain contact with my old teachers! its crazy. the school is really big and hasa lot of oppertunites for the kids. once i moved to SF i cried every day for about 3 months i missed that school so much. when i did visit the whole school came and ran up to me. i knew about everyone. just not the 6th graders lol send your kid here! plus the uniforms are omg cute!

- submitted by a community member

April 01, 2010
i love this school . my child has been at this school before . my child was here for 2 years & 2days of 8th grade . when we left my child cried evryday for 2 months . All the teachers loved my child , even the principles !

- submitted by a community member

February 10, 2010
I'm not impressed with this school. My son is in 6th grade right now. We have issues with bullying and the staff is not responsive at all. I'm very disappointed in this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
November 05, 2009
Wonderful and caring staff. Students work hard and respect each other.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 20, 2009
John Muir has wonderfully dedicated teachers who are always available to provide a little extra help when needed. The staff provides fun and engaging activities for the students throughout the year, which keep the school spirit high and the kids involved.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 20, 2009
the students love the school and the staff

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 20, 2009
Inspiring teachers that are really there for the kids. Great leadership by the principal and an involved and caring atmosphere with all the support of parents and staff!!

- submitted by a parent
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October 19, 2009
John Muir provides an amazing opportunity for my daughter to excel as a student and individual in a safe, respectful, fun environment. She thinks she's going to Disneyland every day!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 19, 2009
I love the dedicated staff and all their hard work to help students excel. We have wonderful electives to offer the students and a great after school program.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 19, 2009
John Muir 8th graders have an opportunity to have involvement in the DC program and the Jr Honors Society. These are great programs that compliment their classroom learnings.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 19, 2009
Middle school was the 2 worst years of life for me, but thanks to John Muir - my son is having a GREAT time and says he loves school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 19, 2009
The school is very geared towards parent involvement and is always looking for ways for students to be involved in healthy activities and is supportive of students success.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 19, 2009
John Muir has great teachers. I also like the fun activities offered. I like the rotating schedules.

- submitted by a parent

September 10, 2009
John Muir Middle School is one nof the best places to send your kid. Its not perfect but, its an enviroment that is not so uncomfortable. I went there for 6th grade year and i think it was the best place. Its an easy place to make friends and it changes your perspective of a middle entirely! The teachers are approchable, and actually want you to succseed, and will handle bully problems appropriately. But they are very strict when you don't follow the dress code. They a lot of after school programs that are free and its also has a math club that is great for kids who aren't doing great in that subject. They have teachers that will literally stay after school for that student if they need help. If you is taking a kid to middle school in San Jose Unified School District, this is one!

- submitted by a student
no rating
July 19, 2009
The School Staff is terrible including some Teachers.Share Concerns to a Teacher or Staff or Principle and they do not respond. Poor Communication! Leaving messages is a waste of time. To many fights and Police Officers.Scary.. Security Personal picks on innocent Students.Over little issues like the Uniform Shirt not tucked in.Security Personal needs proper training in Communication at a Proffessional Level.Overall rate is Failure. 'F'

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 29, 2008
My son, 7th grade, attends JMMS. Overall it's been a very positive experience. The teachers have been great so far. There are some administrators that I do not care for, but overall they're okay. I have to agree that there should be more flexibility with homework distribution, specifically in the math department. Is the point to make them do problems or to make sure they understand the process, and if it's the later, do you really need 30+ math problems a night to prove that?

- submitted by a parent

July 25, 2008
when i attended John Muir middle in 6th grade. I had made friends so easily, and the classes were enjoyable. Although i had, what i thought was 'a lot of homework', there were teachers to help me after school to get me through it. I was devastated to leave JMMS after 6th grade, but it gave my 7th grade year a great start, because of the education I recieved there.

- submitted by a student
no rating
June 22, 2008
I enjoy this school beacuse it is very diverse, and I learn many new things.

- submitted by a student

January 23, 2008
I've always liked JMMS, so does my 8th grade son. Seems a lot of parents already share my views but after yesterday I now know that some of the teachers and at least one administrator are quick to anger and respond with a 'smart remark'. If I hadn't heard it myself I might not have belived my son. Next time my son comes to me with a problems I won't be so quick to side with the teacher. Overall, when my son started 6th grade we were so very excited about John Muir, now, I just can't wait for him to finish up this school year and get out of there.

- submitted by a parent

September 04, 2006
I have both a 7th and an 8th grader attending Muir. There are definitely some great teachers and some not so great, but the problem is with the amount of homework that is being given. On one hand the 8th grader has homework in every subject except 2( about 4 to 5 hours every night, the 7th grader has little or no homework( possibly 30 minutes.) This definitely causes problems at home. One is bogged down trying to do their best and the other having little or none. It would be great if the teachers could somehow give an equal and reasonable amount of homework. Every teacher can't give an hour of homework every night. Yes, I understand that homework is necessary but please realize that they have other teachers. Hopefully, this review will be read by staff and changes can hopefully be made.

- submitted by a parent

June 23, 2006
I'm not happy with the teachers and staff. Though, the principal was always very helpful. Staff/Office, not friendly at all. My daughter favorite teacher was Ms. Rivers (Science) and Miss Cauphlin (reading). Otherwise the rest were not as creative and strong enough to handle there class. Sometime I have to wonder who's more childish the children or the teachers. Anyways, she will no longer be attending John Muir.

- submitted by a parent

March 26, 2006
john muir iz an ok school it just has a LOT of drama lik u cant even b leave but the teachers ar mean & strict pretty much thats it i think the schools kinda retarted though & if u dont tuck in your shirt u have to pick up trash its pretty stupid.

- submitted by a teacher

March 20, 2006
I have two sons attending John Muir and I find it to be an exceptional middle school. I love the layout and feel that my children are secure and safe. The academic experience has been very successful, my children are challenged and the teachers keep me informed. They have also had a well rounded experience with afterschool activities. I'm very pleasesd with this school.

- submitted by a parent

July 20, 2005
The principal is really great but it doesn't seem to flow down to the teachers. There are a few awesome teachers that actually seem to care and have the ability to make learning fun. The rest care more about the uniform rules or sending kids to OCS for the smallest infractions. They have no control over their classroom. They need to encourage the students with a positive attitude versus the negative approach follow. If they are not happy and have lost their love of teaching they need to go elsewhere instead of blaming it on the students.

- submitted by a parent

April 11, 2005
We've been very pleased with our 6th grader's teachers, though feel that the teaching of math could be both more creative (more hands-on concrete experiences, less rote) and more challenging. Our child feels very much a part of the school community, and likes his teachers. There are after school sports, but one has to make the team - it's not just recreational. I'd also like to see more music - not just band. The parents who are involved are very involved, but I'd say that this is a small percent of the overall parent population.

- submitted by a parent

August 14, 2004
I was a studen at John Muir, currently going to Licoln High. While the principal does a great job, I wish I could say the same for the teachers. The teachers there are either really good, or just awful. And also for art class we had a new teacher every couple days no lesson plans, we just drew pictures or sat around all period. Though its a science magnet we barely did anything that involved science at all! That aside they had a couple great teachers you could talk to, joke around with, and have fun. Also gets got away with a lot of stuff, hitting kids, cursing, only thing they cared about is an untucked shirt.

- submitted by a student

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John Muir Middle School
1260 Branham Lane, San Jose, CA  95118
(408) 535-6281
Last modified John Muir Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
John Muir Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top