School Details

Bay Farm

200 Aughinbaugh Way, Alameda, CA 94502
(510) 748-4010
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-7 464 students 18 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

90%
72%
56%
99%
78%
65%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Alameda City Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

92%
67%
46%
97%
85%
66%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Alameda City Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

86%
81%
65%
89%
85%
72%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Alameda City Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

91%
77%
60%
91%
78%
65%
92%
70%
57%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Alameda City Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

80%
72%
60%
76%
62%
55%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Alameda City Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Bay Farm is a public middle school in Alameda. The principal of Bay Farm is Babs Freitas, whose e-mail is bfreitas@alameda.k12.ca.us. 464 students go to Bay Farm and are mostly Asian; Black, non-Hispanic; and Unspecified. 16% of the Bay Farm students are "limited in English proficiency." 7% of the 464 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Bay Farm is 18:1. Will C. Wood Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 41% 33%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 12%
Unspecified 3% 1%
White, non-Hispanic 29% 31%
Multiracial 13% %
Hispanic 12% 12%
Filipino 1% 9%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.7% %
Pacific Islander 0.7% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.6% 10372%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.7%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 7% 32%
Limited English proficiency 16% 23%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    These reviews are a little misleading. Some positives - the teachers are not bad and gardening class nice - but the high test scores are directly related to the socioeconomics of the area. There is not good funding for this school. There is no art teacher and the music program is constantly in danger of being cut. Classes are overcrowded - most upper classes with 32-35 kids each. Teachers rely heavily on parent volunteers - some even ask parents to grade papers! For the privacy of other families and because parents may not be qualified they should not be doing this. PTA meetings usually have less than 10 in attendance - and the teachers don't seem to care about the T in PTA. Because of funding issues families are asked to donate over 300 dollars per student each year. The other fundraiser is an auction where families that bid the most get prizes and special outings - those with less money have no chance. Child supervision on the school grounds is lacking - often only 1 adult. Teachers have expressed a lack of parent volunteers but teachers should be there to fill in at least! The academics were fine and our experience here was not terrible. It was just not a 10.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have a 7th grader and a kindergartner at Bay Farm... I'm halfway through what will end up being 18 years at this school! I don't mispeak when I say that... the community the parents are as much a part of this school as the kids teachers and staff are. Together this community works toward a common set of goals Giving each student a great education creating a safe and scintillating environment for them to learn in and putting them on a path to success. Many of us feel as if we've stumbled upon a piece of near perfection. The principal Mrs. Freitas is dedicated to the betterment of the school at every turn and the teachers and staff are absolutely fabulous. With a hugely active PTA and parent community you just can't go wrong. I'm so thrilled my kids have this place!

  • (1 year ago)

    We have been at Bay Farm Elementary for 3 years and are very proud to be part of this school. There is a great partnership between parents and teacher/staff. Our child is challenged and excited about class.

  • (1 year ago)

    Last year we celebrated our 20th Anniversary at Bay Farm School and I couldn't be prouder of all that we have accomplished over the years! We've come a long way since we opened our doors to just over 250 students! We are now over 500 strong with a staff who is committed to making Bay Farm a safe fun and challenging place to learn and grow. We have replaced overhead projectors with document cameras and smart boards are in our second year of our K-8 implementation continue to move forward into our 21st Century Innovative Plan and have an Outdoor Learning Center and Go Green program that is the envy of districts near and far. Our greatest legacy however is our continuing relationship with our students who have grown and left us to make their way in the world. They have gone on to high school and college are making the world a better place in their chosen fields and most importantly are raising their own children to be strong kind and independent. They come back often to check in and to take part in school activities and celebrations. They share their memories of their experiences at Bay Farm and their goals. They remind me day after day why I do what I do!

  • (1 year ago)

    Bay Farm school is wonderful. This is the first year it holds seventh grade and it has two classes. The teachers are phenomenal and balance each other's strength. One is a Math and Science genius while the other is an English and History buff. I have twins and one kid in each class. Both of them respect and admire their teachers. They actually enjoy learning and look forward to going to school. Of course they love their weekends too. Just incredible how Bay Farm and their teachers created an environment in which my twins are engaged and are blossoming. When I drive up to the school each morning I see a clean well-kept grounds. There a true sense of safety and caring. Little safety monitors help direct all the crazy bicycle car and people traffic. Today was "Walk to School" day and the community had the local police also guiding traffic. They were even smiling. The children gather in the courtyard for morning announcements and each child who has a birthday that morning is brought up while the entire school sings them a song and wish them well. Can you image how special that makes a kid feel? If only each day can be that extraordinary. Oh wait it is at Bay Farm.

  • (1 year ago)

    BayFarm school is such a strong school due to the tight knit sense of community among children teachers & parents. Most of us walk or ride to school and find we have a lot in common a high value place on education a strong sense of drive and desire for our kids to excel and be contributing members of our community. I am grateful to live in such a supportive neighborhood and participate in such a wonderful school community.

  • (1 year ago)

    We are impressed by the quality of the staff and dedication of the principal. It's a very calm well-run school with huge parent involvement.

  • (1 year ago)

    We are new to Bay Farm school and have been to others due to moving so have a little experience in elementary schools. In terms of learning attention to children parent involvement community technology - this school is doing wonderfully! The teachers and staff are innovative and most of them seem to love what they do. We have recently changed form k-5 to k-8 and the transition is going well. The program they are developing for the middle school is fantastic so far; and AEF compliments it with extra-curriculars like band and sports. We are thrilled with Bay Farm!

  • (1 year ago)

    Bay Farm School is truly a community of learners! Together our students teachers support professionals and parents work tirelessly to support our academic and social goals and provide learning opportunities that challenge our students to become independent creative and collaborative problem-solvers. We are implementing an Innovative Plan that infuses technology directly into our instruction so that our students can develop 21st century learning skills to be able to participate successfully in our global society. Come learn with us!

  • (1 year ago)

    We are Extremely happy and impressed with the school. The Principals involvement is remarkable. All the Kindergartner teachers are Excellent but we Love ours Mrs. Geis.

  • (1 year ago)

    Love this school. We have had our 2 kids here at Bay Farm over 9 + years and is still loving it! The teachers (including PE and Music) are just incredible! The parents are VERY helpful and our principal is just incredible ) This school is growing better and better! We HIGHLY recommend sending your kids here!

  • (2 years ago)

    My kids have gone through Kindergarten to 5th grade here. I couldn't be happier with the quality of the teachers. High parental involvement and the kids are great. They have added 6th grade and will be adding 7th & 8th to round out the middle school option as well. Hopefully it will continues to be high performing through the middle school years.

  • (3 years ago)

    Our daughter is about to finish her 4th year at Bay Farm (3rd grade) & we have been extremely pleased with the school & its teachers. We often thought about moving to the East Bay for more space but kept comparing Lamorinda scores & feel the quality of education here combined with the diversity and easy lifestyle & commute can't be beat. We have opted to stay to give our son who is entering K next year the same experience. This past year Measure A was passed ensuring class sizes stay small at Bay Farm & extra-curricular activities remain extremely enriching. This is a hidden gem of a school.

  • (6 years ago)

    Our daughter just finished kindergarten at Bay Farm and it was a wonderful year. The teachers are dynamic and caring and the parents are involved. The mornings are like a Norman Rockwell painting as most kids live close enough to walk to school. We'll often see our daughter's friends around town as well - we really feel like we are now part of a community. Go Bay Farm!

  • (8 years ago)

    My sons came in behind when they started at Bay Farm School due to going from a traditional school schedule to year round schedule. Within 2 months the staff at Bay Farm had them both up to grade level in both reading and math. The 6th grade class was the best experience for my oldest. It prepared him for middle school very well. In fact many of the subjects he learned in history have actually provided the foundation for more indepth learning in honors classes now that he is a freshman. The parents and PTA are all very involved and financially support the school in a big way. This was one of the best communities we have lived in and as a military family we have lived in several places since our children have been school age.

  • (9 years ago)

    There's a high level of achievement and parent involvement at this school. Teachers are excellent. In particular Joni Reynolds the 6th grade teacher has such heart intelligence energy and infectious enthusiasm that she is a valuable role model not only for her students but also for their parents.

  • (10 years ago)

    Three of my children went through Bay Farm Elementary. My youngest started in the Kindergarten and is now attending fourth grade. We moved into this area so our children can attend Bay Farm Elementary. The biggest asset of the school success is its parents. The parents of the students are heavily involved in school operations and activities. The students are aware their parents are in close contacts with the teachers. My daughter wants to go to school everyday to meet her friends and to learn. If you are interested to attend bay Farm you must move into the proper zoned neighborhoods. You will also be willing to be involved with your children's education and activities. As long as you participate in the children's activities you will find out that Bay Farm Elementary offers academic achievements as good as any private school. It is an example of public school that works.

  • (10 years ago)

    This is our first year at Bay Farm and I am very pleased with my kindergarteners progress. Bay Farm teachers are not afraid to push the kids to the limits. My daughter is being challenged and she is loving it.

  • (10 years ago)

    One of the best elementary schools in the bay area!

  • (10 years ago)

    Bay Farm has a strong academic program with a lot of great teachers and a very experienced principal. There are lots of extracurricular activities and incredible amount of parent involvement.

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