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6-8
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San Jose, CA
Students enrolled: 932
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2130 Los Gatos-Almaden Road
San Jose, CA 95124

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(408) 371-0366
(408) 371-1217
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May 19, 2015
Union Middle School is an outstanding school. It possesses outstanding teachers, has an administration beyond compare, a Principal actively engaged in making the school that maximizes its students potential, has an active home and school club, and possesses great students, engaged in their own learning, interested in their school, and ready to learn. Struggling students receive outstanding support from the teachers, assistants, staff and administration. My own child, the second to attend UMS and who has struggled with a learning disability since Pre-K, has moved from well below grade level in reading and math to at grade level in just his first year at UMS. He has gone from being afraid that he cannot keep up to knowing that he can. Finally, I have had several opportunities to discuss problems with the current principal. In each instance, I was amazed at the thoughtfulness, helpfulness and genuine concern displayed. I believe that anyone who has something to discuss concerning their child's education, school experience, interpersonal issue or any other problem, will be listened to and taken with the utmost seriousness and sincerity.

- submitted by a parent

May 17, 2015
Our family has been involved with Union Middle school for six years, and we re looking forward to three more years of education there. We re so thankful for all the hard work the entire staff and Principal put into the school. The Principal makes great connections with the students and they respect and appreciate him. Our family is thankful for the positive impact UMS has had on our children s lives, we re very encouraged they like their Principal and Vice Principal. The staff is a gem and we appreciate all their hard work with the students. We see the Principal, Vice Principal, teaching and administrative staff as stellar community leaders; representing solid character while providing a very strong educational foundation for high school.

- submitted by a parent

May 09, 2015
Teachers here are very uninspiring. They aren't there to teach, they're there to supervise. Students are handed an assignment and they figure out how to complete it on their own. As for learned curriculum, students read a printed-out powerpoint or a textbook all by themselves. If they have a question that the teacher can't answer, the teacher shrugs it off and leaves the student to their own resources. Also, I'm going to specifically target the ELA Department. In 6th grade, the way students are taught to write is very rigid, structured, and it doesn't offer any room for creativity and flow. 7th grade - well, they don't teach anything remotely RELATED to English! They observe rotting french fries, party like Victorians, and create videos. But never, ever are they taught to write. And yet they are TESTED on writing skills at the end of each quarter! Overall, I'm shocked at what Union Middle School considers education. It doesn't prepare students for their future, and really, everything students do at school they could do at home, by themselves. I would be very careful if you plan on attending this school.

- submitted by a community member

January 25, 2015
Staff and administration really put students first. Our principal even directs traffic if necessary for their safety. Academics are taught with self-reliance, school and peer community focus. Co-curricular activities are many from drama to sports to weekly clubs covering many interests. You cannot find a better educational value!

- submitted by a parent

November 14, 2014
My children have attended Union Middle for all three years. I am so grateful that they were lucky enough to have Union as their middle school experience. First, Todd Feinberg, the principal, is the epitome of a great administrator. He is incredibly passionate, responsive, energetic, and truly enjoys his job and the students he is responsible for. He is completely approachable on the students' end and also for parents. His door is always open for any concerns or issues, for students and parents alike. He is constantly striving to make Union Middle the best environment possible for his students. The teachers are also incredibly passionate about teaching and are always working hard to be up to date in terms of technology available to use in the classroom, or honing their teaching skills through conferences, etc. My kids feel completely safe on campus and have often marveled at how bullying really is a non-issue at their school. Any behavior issues with students are dealt with immediately and effectively. Recently being named a California Distinguished School illustrates how well the administration and teachers are doing in terms of making this school a top school for students.

- submitted by a parent

August 30, 2014
I am surprised that not many parents have written reviews for this wonderful school. Our child is currently in the 7th grade and we moved into Union School District from another closeby school district so he did not know too many other students when entering 6th grade last year. The principal is very approachable, quick to respond to e-mails, wonderful staff that e-mails me back even on weekends - let's just say I was blown away when we started last year. All his teachers that he had were on the most part excellent. Looking forward to another great school year!

- submitted by a parent

August 13, 2014
my school is awesome, everyone i know loves it, our principle is great and all staff are helpful and really nice and amazing

- submitted by a community member
no rating
April 18, 2014
As the principal of Union Middle School, I would like to thank the community members who have shared their thoughts within this forum. Union Middle School recently received a 2008 Caring School Climate Award, was recognized as a California Distinguished School in 2009 and also in 2013, was named a National Forum s School To Watch, and selected as a CalSTAT Leadership Site in 2010, 2011 & 2012. Union Middle School is also visited by hundreds of California Educators each year wanting to learn about the great things happening in our classrooms and on our campus. Additionally, our most recent API was recorded at 938, thanks to the great work of our staff, dedication of our community, and the great student scholars attending our school. If you have any questions about Union Middle School, please do not hesitate to contact me. We will be glad to answer your questions and assist you with any and all of your concerns. Go Tigers!

- submitted by a school leader

September 16, 2013
Having never been to public school myself, I was really concerned about the learning environment and quality of education that my children would receive. Needless to say, I was very surprised and pleased! The administration, students, and teachers work very closely together. In terms of appropriate behavior, this is a no-nonsense school. Roles, responsibilities, and results are clearly explained. If a student behaves inappropriately, there are consequences . When new 6th graders go through orientation, they are paired with a WOW leader. Being the "new kid on campus" can be frightening at best. The WOW leader gives them a helping hand so the kids are not left to flounder on their own. WOW leaders are also there to help in school activities like dances. In terms of education, my kids receive both challenging advanced classes and a wide variety of electives. An area of concern for me is the disproportionate amount of "special funding" that the special ed kids get relative to the general student body. They are offered resources that are not available to the rest of the students, even though its a public school.

- submitted by a parent

September 11, 2013
If you are looking for a school with a strong focus on educating the whole child, then look no further than Union Middle School. Not only are the teachers and academics excellent, but the extracurricular activities offered are exceptional, as well. UMS continues to improve annually its STAR test scores and has embraced the upcoming changes in core curriculum standards and teaching. Parent involvement is high and fosters a strong partnership with the administration. The common goal is to provide the best education and resources for the students and to nurture them both academically and socially.

- submitted by a parent

September 09, 2013
My children currently attend UMS. My biggest concern when they started middle school was 'will they feel safe?" Will they feel physically, socially and academically 'safe'? The answer at UMS is a resounding YES! From day one of 6th grade they have been made to feel that they are in a place that values them. The whole them. UMS has outstanding tests scores thanks to the amazing teachers and resources that the school provides. But there is so much more to their happiness and feelings of success than good grades. Mr. Feinberg treats every student (and parent) with respect and the kids think he is the best principal ever! They are happy to see him every day. They, and I, know that the school has a 'zero tolerance' for bullies and that they will be physically safe when they are at UMS. I could not ask for a better Middle School experience for my children. With society changing fast and children growing up younger and younger it is a relief to know my kids are in a school that is dedicated to their success: academically, socially, and physically.

- submitted by a parent

May 26, 2010
Energetic principal, hardworking and committed teachers, friendly office staff, excellent music program what more can one ask for?

- submitted by a parent

May 25, 2010
Awesome school! Awesome staff! Mr. Burmeister has done an outstanding job of improving the academics at this school and has really taken a hands on approach to helping the children who struggle. I have had two children go through this school and am on my third. I never worry when I drop my son off. I know he'll get the guidance and education he needs.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
February 24, 2010
I love this middle school - I have a granddaughter at Union Middle - it is her first year and she is a honor student. In myn opinion this is a great school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
July 08, 2009
My son will be in 8th grade this coming fall. So far I am very happy with the school. They have a strong 'bully free' policy. The assistant principal has been very helpful in dealing with my son getting bullied due to his size. They have a strong sports and extra curricular program. My only concern is regarding some of the teachers allowing a lot of extra credit and to turn in homework late. What happened to the days when you were accountable for your work and had to turn it in on time? If my son fails to turn in his homework, he's not concerned because he can always do extra credit to bring up his grade. This type of policy will not help him later in life. However, his test scores are high, so they must be doing something right!

- submitted by a parent

August 15, 2008
UMS is moving forward by leaps and bounds. The new principal, Erik Burmeister is proactive, energetic and an expert on quality education practices. The teaching staff is in favor of the rigorous continual training and collaboration now being required, and the students are moving on well prepared for high school in math and science. UMS turns out excellent musicians and athletes as well.

- submitted by a parent

June 25, 2008
My child has flourished at Union Middle School. Her teachers were nurturing, yet offered plenty of challenge. The drama program (parent run) has been phenomenal! Principal 'Mr. B' is great!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
May 14, 2008
This school is so COOL! I love Mr. Hamm, Mr. Barbara, Mr.Willaims and all my teachers plus all the teachers I had last year and the year before. Ms. Watkins is my favorite teacher her and....argg!!! I can't choose!

- submitted by a student

May 12, 2008
Omg! This school is awesome!I'm in my last year, and I'm very sad. All my teachers are amazing! They have great teaching methods, and take time to help you if needed.

- submitted by a student

May 19, 2007
Ms. Lewis is the greatest thing that has happened to Union. There has been great change and teachers are much happier. Ms. Lewis has an infectious personality that is child centered. I have 5 other kids that will be going through Union. I hope she is there for the duration. Great job Principal Lewis.

- submitted by a parent

April 06, 2007
Am currently going here. Some teachers are cool but most are way to strict and have no sense of humor unless your one of their favorites.

- submitted by a student

July 15, 2006
We have loved our 3 years (so far) at Union! The staff is really wonderful, very responsive to parents, dedicated to teaching, and quick to deal with any issues that arise. The facilities are beautiful, newly remodeled. My daughter has been encouraged to take challenging courses rather than coast through easier classes. Academics seem great too, 7th grade science included frog dissection, something I did not do until college! Drop off/Pick ups are the only draw back, very overcrowded traffic and difficult to navigate.

- submitted by a parent

June 23, 2006
I had a daughter go through all 3 years, and a son transfer out after one semester, due to family move. I thought the teachers were excellent for the most part, worked with my daughter when she got off track. I would do everything I could as a parent to get my child into Mrs. Martin's science class. She is outstanding. The band program is good, Mr. Kay does well despite a lack of resources. Athletics are strong, although some of the coaches are more concerned with being cool than coaching. Socially, the student body tended to be clicky, somewhat snobby and unaccepting of kids who didn't look, dress or act a certain way. Overall, my children had a good experience.

- submitted by a parent

June 08, 2006
Acadamics is OK, not the best.

- submitted by a parent

April 11, 2006
Some very good teachers with nurturing, positive relationahips with kids. Unfortunately, there is also an element of negativity among some staff members that kills the joy of learning for their students. The administration, from the top down, is unresponsive to parent input. This is not a place for sensitive kids.

- submitted by a parent

January 08, 2006
I just recently graduated here. I was very disguisted because I did not get the services I needed.

- submitted by a student

December 15, 2005
Two kids thru Union MS to Leigh HS and two currently enrolled.Most Teachers are excellent, love their jobs and are involved in many school programs. Previous Principal Stan Bovee was weak on communication and discipline as mentioned. Band is offered and they are good enough to play local parades/sporting events. Sports are coached mostly by Teachers and teams typically finish near the top of their Divisions with many Championships. Most students walk or are dropped off by parents, a true neighborhood school.

- submitted by a parent

August 19, 2005
I echo many of the reviews preceeding mine, unfortunately, they tend to echo the negative. Most of the teachers seem more concerned with being 'right' then being helpful. When you meet your student's teachers for the first time, they will boast a quick response to parents questions. Be prepared to wait...and wait...and wait. And don't expect to be satisfied with the reply. Calls can also take days to be returned. My child suffers tremendous personal challanges and as a result often gets off track. Some teachers appear annoyed by this as a classroom disruption rather then an opportunity to help a struggling student. If your child is entering the 6th grade, I strongly suggest looking at other options before settling on UMS.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
July 29, 2005
the quality of the academic must be very good because my daughter had a 3.5 gpa but complained every night about how much home work she had. extra curricular activities are available, but they all cost to participate. That to me should be an unnecessary deterrant.There seems to be a high level of parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent

December 09, 2004
A great school with excellent teachers, a new campus and new technology. Provide a lot of opportunities for students to excel. Academnics however, is not a priority at the school.

- submitted by a parent

June 05, 2004
No problem with the teachers, but the Stan Bovee-led administration is a joke. Poor communication when there is any, no follow up when you ask for it - unless you ask a second or third time. Glad my daughter's leaving, sad my son's just starting.

- submitted by a parent

May 26, 2004
Ive been very impressed with Mr. Hamm`s work. His creative ideas on education are outstanding. The kids there are lucky to have a teacher like you.

- submitted by a teacher

September 29, 2003
I think the staff at UMS is outstanding, and I have been very impressed by Mr. Bovee, the school principal and the school counselor. The following and dedication of the staff is very commendable. Having teachers call me, email me and set up meetings at my convenience to actively help my children succeed has made such a difference this year. We moved to this area specifically for this school, and it was the best decision for my children's schooling I've ever made.

- submitted by a parent

September 14, 2003
They have no technology program. They do not offer languages as an elective nor computers. They are behind in currciulum and getting students ready for the future. In comparing to other schools they are living off the social-economics of the students and not providing an up-to-date and relevant curriculum.

- submitted by a parent

August 26, 2003
The staff and teachers are great at Union. They are very dedicated and hard-working. They remained so as the entire school was under construction. Though there are many young, new teachers, they have so much energy, enthusiasm and professionalism. Better than burned out older teachers like some schools have!

- submitted by a parent

August 26, 2003
The teachers he had had last year lacked communication skills. I think the school needs to improve on better communicating with the parents.

- submitted by a parent

June 19, 2003
The students at Union Middle School are fortunate to have many dedicated teachers. The AVID program is exemplary. The staff is very open to suggestions.

- submitted by a community member

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Union Middle School
2130 Los Gatos-Almaden Road, San Jose, CA  95124
(408) 371-0366
Last modified Union 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.
Union Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 47 reviews. Top