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6-8
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San Jose, CA
Students enrolled: 1,263
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2105 Cottle Avenue
San Jose, CA 95125

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(408) 535-6277
(408) 264-5512
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May 13, 2014
I drive the neighborhood kids to school. All the kids hang out with different groups of kids. Yet, all of them love Wg. They are all going to be in 8th grade soon and have all had a great experience. They offer all kinds of sports, dances every month, a bunch of clubs, a lot of electives. There administrators are strong. I have been a teacher for 20 years and the teachers are great. They have classes for the gifted and children with special needs. There are parents involved. Yet, most kids at this age, in my experience as a junior high teacher, don't want their parents involved. They want their space. I am happy we sent my son here and we didn't put him in private school. We made the right choice to send him to WG.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2014
Going from Booksin to WGMS was like going from Beverly Hills to East LA. Sorry, I know none of the local parents want to hear that, but its the truth. I agree with the last reviewer that the assignments are "dumbed down"...some of the assignments were literally 4th grade level when my child was in 7th grade! If we had an issue with a teacher, all we got was a shrug from the administration, and the bad behavior noted by the last reviewer is literally ingrained in the school culture. Parent participation is very minimal and not encouraged by the school. If I had it to do over again, I would have moved before putting my children here. Just a bad experience all around.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
After a bad 6th grade experiences, we are pulling our daughter out of WGMS. Coming from Booksin, our expectations were high and WGMS was a disappointment. Here are the reasons we are leaving: 1) The curriculum is sub-par. Our daughter read more books, wrote many more papers, and did more special projects in 5th then 6th. In all subjects except for math, the curriculum was easier then 5th (dumbed down and shallow). Homework was a waste of time. (She outgrew crossword puzzles and coloring in 3rd grade.) 2) She had only two strong teachers in 6th (Math and PE) and the rest were poor or mediocre. Boring, unorganized, unresponsive, uncaring, strict and the opposite of inspirational. 3) The new (non-Booksin) kids she met were mostly mean and poorly behaved. She saw kids bullied, shunned and ignored routinely, mean comments and swear words spewed daily and teachers disrespected. Also, about half the kids could care less about learning. They didn t turn in their homework or participate in class and regularly became nuisances and distractions to the kids who actually wanted to learn something. 4) Parent participation is minimal and parents are not welcome in class. I hope they improve.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2013
Outstanding school community and academic experience. WGMS has improved each year. The administration is balanced and caring. The academics are great at the advanced levels. Parental involvement the last 5 years has resulted in an explosion in arts, sports, and leadership.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2013
I have very mixed feelings about this school. Bullying is a HUGE issue. Get that fixed ASAP! In my 7th grade year, I was bullied excessively. It was to a point where I felt everyone hated me, and the staff barely did anything about it. They let the other kids off with a warning and a lecture, but that did nothing. Other than my bullying issue, the academics are OKAY. Teachers need to be a bit more willing to help the students. I would someday like to send my kids to this school because it IS a neighborhood school. However, if the school hasn't solved the issues on bullying and/or tolerance, I'm not sending them here.

- submitted by a community member
July 17, 2013
Willow Glen Middle schools staff and administration in caring. There offer a lot of electives, sports, clubs and activities. Two of the best schools in San Jose Unified feed into WG. Most of them go to the middle school. They have challenging classes for the gifted. Many of the teachers and police officers who live in WG send their children to the school. I am a middle school teacher in Santa Clara for 20 years and all middle school have bullying unfortunately. Yet, WG staff nabs it in the butt right away. They just have to be informed like any staff. They have an excellent Principal and VP which makes the school run well. My children and myself have been in the private and public school system as students and we love Willow Glen Middle School. I went to WG and we made the right decision putting our sons into Schallenberger and WG.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2013
The administrators here do not communicate will with each other. I have requested meetings for my son's teachers and the principals they notified the other parent but did not notify me at all. The meeting was held without me. I met with the one teacher and reached out to her but she was not helpful to me at all. However another teacher was very kind and did provide the help I asked for and helped my student out a lot. I have struggled for two years with this school and feel they communicate with the other parent and exclude me. I cannot even get mail from the school or district even though they have my address and I have requested the DO to add my address. They have yet to do this. I suppose if your child does well in school and does not struggle the school is appropriate. However, I have had very little support.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2012
My daughter just completed her 6th grade year at WGMS and I have been impressed on so many levels. I work in education and feel I have a good understanding of what's important in a school (it's not just the API score - what is often referred to as the Affluent Parent Index) and this school has it! The communication is excellent, curriculum is targeted to state standards with lots of project based learning, teachers are kind and caring, discipline is good and bullying is NOT tolerated. This is a public, city school so it's not like Challenger or Valley Christian where you can kick anyone out. This is an environment of learning but also social learning, being with a diverse group - that's life. Additionally, extra-curricular activities are amazing - more choices than most middle schools in the county.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2011
They didn't include my son in his graduating year yearbook. All we got was a "sorry" and a refund. Besides that, it has been an ok school. Changing principals a lot.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2011
ilove willow glen middle school im currently a student there all the teachers are nice the administration this year is strict and this year is going very good if you do not do your homework assignments they give you f's . so look at this middle school best middle school ever so i dont agree with the 2nd to last comment that is so not true SO LOOK AT THIS SCHOOL EVEN IF YOU COME FROM BOOKSIN OR ANY OTHER SCHOOL.!

- submitted by a community member
May 03, 2011
I completely disagree with the previous posts regarding WGMS. This is a supportive, neighborhood school where bullying is not tolerated. PBIS, Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports is a system created to create a positive environment for all students on campus. This school challenged my child to obtain all A's in 6 semesters allowing her to sign the Golden Book. With 3 full years of science, she left middle school scoring advanced on the CST state test in math, science and language arts. Choose WGMS for the programs, stay because of the positive community involvement.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2011
I agree with the last two reviews wholeheartedly. My child was not just bullied when she was in 6th grade there, she was grabbed by a girl in a crowd of girls surrounding her. The discipline was not there. I had to go back and forth and still nothing came of it. It IS the parent's responsibilty to instill tolerance and confidence, but why should the kids who possess these qualities have to fear school because other parents do not? Is school not supposed to be a safe place for children to learn and grow? It is appalling to hear that some parents excuse the school for being unsafe. My child did receive attention and nurturing from her teachers. There was no true preparation for high school and when she went on to high school, she said she felt like she was tossed into the ocean with no life raft. Academic preparation is important, but it is also important to give the 8th graders a more accurate portrayal of what demands high school has on homework, personal accountability, lack of teacher support and expectations from administration.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2011
This school has rampant bullying issues. The problem has existed there so long that the student culture is broken and needs a major "reset". I would definitely NOT recommend sending your 5th grader to this middle school, especially if you are coming from a really nice, neighborhood elementary school, such as Booksin Elementary. You will be horrified and your student will be abused. The contrast is that sharp. Aside from the barbarous culture, our child tells us that most students in his classes don't bother turning in homework and still get 'C' grades in their classes. The teachers seem to "look the other way" at classroom discipline problems. In two words: Look elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2011
I have to say that I had absolutely no issues with sending my 6th grader to WGMS, and I have not regretted it one bit. My son has had a great experience thus far, and has adapted to the culture well. His teachers appear responsive and he has been involved in leadership and school sports. I have heard of none of my child's friends complaining of bullying, as they all are used to diverse environments. It is the parents' responsibility to teach tolerance and instill confidence so the student optimizes his/her educational opptys. I have another child going to WGMS next fall, and have no problem recommending the school to others, My son plays sports with kids from Booksin, Schallenberger, and Willow Glen Elem, and I have heard none of them say a negative word about the school.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2010
great for training us to study for tests. My favorite teacher here at WGMS has been Ms. Garcia. She goes above and beyond in everything she does. She set up her classroom with amazing lights in her classroom with vases of flowers on desks and snacks for all to enjoy while we did the poetry slam, inpiring students to enjoy and appretiate poetry. The poetry slam was after we finished our poerty anthologies. We wrote about 15 poems about one subject (examples: lyric poems, elegies, sonnets, concretes, etc.). I also had an amazing social studies teacher who showed great videos and DVDs in relation to the subject. I was amazed to see all the citizens who perished during the civil war. That class inspired me to collect many of the state quarters - I now have the full collection. Thanks Willow Glen for all the great life lessons I have learned!

- submitted by a community member
March 16, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2010
The cheerleaders at willow glen middle are absolutely not racist and have become positive role models. Willow Glen Middle has so much to offer it's students. Teachers really do make an effort to offer extra help to their students.

- submitted by a student
December 17, 2009
I think this school is amazing it teaches you al lot principal malina is the best and so is mrs.Saldana I think kids looking for a school to go to should go to WGMS

- submitted by a student
no rating October 06, 2009
Willow Glen Middle School has provided excelent and creative opportunities for my child to grow and learn; and the teachers seem to really care about the kids.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
February 27, 2009
Willow Glen has a handful of teachers that are really excellent, but too many teachers teach at an excruciatingly slow pace. If your an overachiever or or excell in academics, I warn you that the only advanced classes this school are those in math. However, willow glen is an overall good school. There are a multitude of different, engaging electives and a good sports program. There is a small problem with swearing and bad behavior among the student body, but there are almost no violence issues. I can't understand why any student would not feel 'safe' at this school.

- submitted by a student
no rating December 06, 2008
This is a great school. Recent changes in district policy have made this a 'neighborhood school' that now draws on highly-ranked elementary schools Booksin and Schallenberger. Watch for rapid growth in test scores. Lots of parent involvement and committed teachers. I am very happy with this school, have sent my daughter and will send my son.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2008
This school is much better than its local reputation. Because of the advanced math program, my son was able to take 3rd year high school math in 9th grade and he is currently getting an A. The foreign language program is excellent and he is in 2nd year high school Spanish. My wife who teaches advanced High School Spanish at a different school was very impressed by Ms Undeen's performance. My son previously attended a local private school and the students from that school that joined him in HS are far behind him. The instrumental music program under Mr Williams is outstanding and the robotics/technology program is also outstanding. The campus is well managed and the principal is very approachable. It's no wonder the API is growing.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2008
WGMS is making great gains. They raised their API 22 points this last year. This year they are focused and doing fantastic things for kids this year. The staff is awesome, and the new members this and last year had added to the school climate. We are excited our two boys have another year at WGMS. We are looking forward to even better things to come!

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2008
As a parent and teacher at WGMS, I was surprised in reading the school deserves and F posted 5/21/2008. The school had approximately 400 sixth graders in the 07/08 year. All the 6th grade teachers I interact with are teaching to their respective 6th grade standards. You may find the CA Standards online and confirm this fact. Teachers do not have choices about the grade level standards, only how they are presented and taught.

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August 26, 2008
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August 10, 2008
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July 09, 2008
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June 25, 2008
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- submitted by a student
June 11, 2008
I think that the school is getting way better. The track coach is awsome. The PE teachers- outstanding! School has uniforms, free dress days every two months (about). The Language program is great. You can take French, or spanish. I took the intermediate class in half year spanish half year french, and was really fun, and I learded a lot. Yes, I have to admit, there have been about a fight every month, but my friend who goes to Vally Cristian says thesame thing happenens @ her school. I take 7th grade math, when i'm in 6th grade, and that works out wel.. There are 4 other sixth graders in my class, the rest 7th graders. Overall: Teachers are great, I learn a lot. Homework - usually a good hour a night. Sports - Excell!

- submitted by a student
no rating May 27, 2008
I am in shock that someone who has stayed at WGMS for any period of time is giving the school an F. The staff and administration have been very open and engaging. I know any parent had expressed this to the administration, they would take this very seriously and work with the family to make the child's experience a positive one. I have met several times with the administation regarding my son and have always felt satisfied with their prompt actions and intervention. If we work together with the school as team, rather than against them, our children will be the ones who benefit. And really, it is about the kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 27, 2008
I am an excited past and soon to be parent of a Willow Glen Middle School student. Part of my excitement comes from what I have seen of and heard about the energy and commitment to kids that the new principal and assistant principal have brought this year. I am equally excited about the two additional new administrators that will be added next year. In my opinion, Willow Glen Middle School is headed for bigger and better things and the community and the new administration will move Willow Glen Middle to become an even better place for all kids.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2008
I have very mixed feelings as I write this review. My child is excelling academically at WGMS, but comes home and tells me that he doesn't feel safe there. Bullying is rampant, and the principal and vp of discipline appear powerless to curb it, and seem to spend a significant amount of time 'putting out fires'. Too bad - the school has potential, but the vast majority of students do not appear interested in their own educations.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2008
WGMS gets a F with our family. Academics teach to the bottom. Fighting & bad language is out of control. Not recommended. 600+ students in 6th grade doing 4th grade level work.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2008
Although I was thrilled with my oldest child's WGMS experience, I am online today searching for an alternate school for my youngest. I think our new principal and AP of discipline are both in way over their heads. Neither had much experience with this age group, and they don't seem get that they need to treat MS students differently than elementary kids. In my opinion, they don't have the respect of the student body, and thus are ineffective. Bottom line...when my child comes home complaining that they don't feel safe during passing periods and at lunch, then it's time for a change.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating December 20, 2007
I think Willow Glen Middle School is great. If you look at the rating of 5 you might think it is just average but it isn't. My son is in 7th grade and really likes all the teachers there and there are plenty of opportunities for kids who want to learn. So far he has participated in robotics, botball,STRUT,math club, volleyball, drum corp and that is only a portion of the activities available to everyone.He took art in 6th grade and really liked even though he is very artistic. Everyone is very friendly and there is alot of diversity so it doesnt feel like you are living in a vacuum yet still is a neighborhood school. We are very happy we picked Willow Glen and kept our son in the neighborhood.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2007
WGMS is a great school that has wonderful neighborhood support. All 3 of my kids went there- they went on to be very succesful in High School as well as in college and beyond- A wonderful school and a wonderful community.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2007
Willow Glen Middle School is an excellent choice for anyone--high achievers, low achievers, average kids, kids from all backgrounds. Course offerings are interesting and teachers are (mostly) committed and energetic. We have a brand new dynamo of a Principal, Erin Green, and she is great with the kids and immediately responsive to parents' requests. Parent involvement is very high, with a surplus of volunteers for most events. Thanks to the staff, students, and parents, the campus is greener and more beautiful than ever (despite the mostly-unpopular mid-century modern architecture). The PTA is vibrant, and the Willow Glen Foundation most recently donated roughly $8,000 in Accelerated Reader books to the Library/Media Center. Construction on campus continues, and includes the just-completed 'Mickey Long Center,' which includes a community room, TV studio, multimedia lab, and art gallery. Innumerable sports give kids at every level a chance to shine.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2007
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- submitted by a student
May 05, 2007
I used to go to WGMS but my parents and myself were not pleased. I didn't like how they taught different subjects. It was all too easy for me. The school itself isn't that great either. The school mainly focuses on their athletics not on what's more important. I don't reccomend the school and I was a student there. So if the student doesn't like it, don't you think that's a problem? You tell me.

- submitted by a former student
February 10, 2007
I had heard so many negative things about WGMS school so, I checked it out carefully before sending my child there. I was impressed with the tour given to prospective students and parents. I liked the mix of students (it was a fair representation of California's population) and was very pleased with the teachers that I observed. My child started school there last fall and loves it. He has had wonderful teachers and made many new neighborhood friends. I was pleased to see many neighborhood families we knew from preschool and youth sports.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
I was very impressed with the caliber of teachers & administrators at WGMS. I always felt they had my son's best interests at heart. I was always kept well informed of his progress; whether positive or negative. The staff acted quickly when there were issues. I was especially please with the teachers ability to be fair & caring towards my son. I would highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2005
Willow Glen is mostly focused on athletics.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2004
My child previously attended Christian School so we were both nervous when she made the switch to public. We are both happy and there is a wide range of opportunities for the students personally and educationally. There seems to be parent involvement but it needs to continue to grow.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2004
great school. All my kids have had a great education and wonderful parent involvement and community. They have wonderful staff and having a child with dyxelia they have been wonderful.They have great staff.

- submitted by a parent
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Willow Glen Middle School
2105 Cottle Avenue, San Jose, CA  95125
(408) 535-6277
Last modified Willow Glen 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.
Willow Glen Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 48 reviews. Top