School Details

Albany Middle School

1259 Brighton Avenue, Albany, CA 94706
(510) 558-3600
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 900 students 17 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

87%
87%
60%
81%
81%
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
  • Albany City Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

100%
100%
86%
86%
86%
60%
85%
85%
52%

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
  • Albany City Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

67%
67%
50%
81%
81%
57%
14%
13%
31%
100%
100%
85%
74%
74%
52%
84%
84%
67%

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
  • Albany City Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Albany Middle School is a public middle school in Albany. The principal of Albany Middle School is Deborah Brill. 900 students go to Albany Middle School and identify primarily as Unspecified; Black, non-Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 13% of the Albany Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 24% of the 900 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Albany Middle School is 17:1. St. Jerome Catholic Elementary School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Unspecified 6% 7%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 7%
White, non-Hispanic 36% 38%
Asian 30% 33%
Hispanic 18% 12%
Multiracial 10% %
Filipino 1% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4% 3803%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.3% %
Pacific Islander 0.3% 0.4%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 24% 21%
Limited English proficiency 13% 20%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    My school is a very friendly environment and there is never a shortage of fun people to be around. However the schools cafeteria food is disturbing and I would suggest bringing a home lunch as often as possible. Not to scare anybody but the school does have an annual fire lit in one of the boy's bathrooms by morons. This school offers great classes and even better teachers. P.S. - If you are just coming to 6th grade cross your fingers and hope you get Ms. Peairs.

  • (1 year ago)

    My child is returning to AMS after being away for one year the re-entry was without a hitch and despite the fact that she had 80 new friends names to memorize she is happy as a clam. This school has lots of choices for extra curricular activities. The music program is great the athletics are rich with choices. Indeed so many choices it is really hard for our child.... but this is all good. The neighborhood is very save most of the children seem to walk home an indication of how great the Albany neighborhood is. We are do pleased to come back and be a part of this community again.

  • (1 year ago)

    AMS is an amazing educational community. The teachers have a profound understanding of the complexity of the middle school mind and spirit and teach in a way that celebrates that. My daughter is an eighth grader. She is given assignments that she finds challenging and engaging. Mr. Lew (math) is excellent. My daughter had some difficult on a test early in the year. She was discouraged but set up an appointment to ask him for advice. He made time to speak with her and gave her a VERY simple suggestion for something she could do everyday to help her do better. She followed his advice and aced the next test and felt very proud of that. Almost every day she is bursting to tell me about the latest science experiment . Her English & History teacher (Ms. Uyeda) has them thinking about how history is related to their lives and has them looking at assumptions about ethnicity in a way that is humorous but powerful. Ms. Stocker (choir) is inspirational and the sports program is top notch. Other teachers we adore are Mr. Peters Mr. Ritchie Ms. Anderson. We moved literally 10 000 miles to be in the Albany schools (seriously) and I cannot imagine a better school for my daughter.

  • (2 years ago)

    I would have put zero stars if i was allowed to. I am a student currently attending this middle school and I must say I was very disappointed. I found that the teachers provided an overall uneducational program and the students seemed equally lazy to contribute. The basic rules every school has were not enforced at this particular school such as dress code and language. I was often bored during class and spent my time doodling during class despite my eager wish to expand my knowledge. I wouldn't recommend this school to any friends or family unless they wish to practise doodling.

  • (3 years ago)

    THIS SCHOOL ROCKS!! 1. KIDS ARE POLITE. 2. NUTRIOUS LUNCHS 3. BATHROOMS ARE SUPER CLEAN 4. THE TEACHERS ARE NICE. 5. THE PRICIPAL CARES. 6. VERY SMART KIDS

  • (3 years ago)

    Albany Middle School failed my expectations and was a disappointment as a result my child will not be continuing in the Albany School District. Unfortunately some of the negative things I'd heard about Albany Middle School from parents whose children attended Albany schools since elementary school and from an interim administer were true. There is a lot of drama not related to academics going on within the school which is a determent to learning. The administrators seem to be at a loss as to how to handle various situations. The grading scale is tough. A child can miss a day of school and their grade for the class will be reflected as a "F" because of the missing classwork for that day. If anyone I knew said they were considering enrolling their child in Albany Middle School I'd advise them against it and to look elsewhere. Albany Middle School does not live up to its reputation. Very disappointed with this school.

  • (4 years ago)

    Albany Middle School feels safe organized and well run. Thanks to a dedicated community many of the extras (sports music clubs etc...) are available despite the economic crisis.

  • (4 years ago)

    AMS is a great school. The teachers are very kind and try to make you feel welcome. If there were more sports for girls that would be good but other than that its great! I'm very pleased with lunchtime because the food is great and the lunch shelter is great. AMS is awesome.

  • (5 years ago)

    As an 8th grade student attending Albany Middle I think that this school is very good compared to others that I have gone to in the last 2 years. The extracurricular activities are especially good here and they really do a great job at making middle school a fun experience.

  • (5 years ago)

    I think that Albany is a great school because of the diversity

  • (5 years ago)

    It has dedicated professional teachers and staff and the students are the best in the county!

  • (5 years ago)

    We love the school. The teachers are the greatest and it definitely shows that they care about my child (6th grader).

  • (7 years ago)

    Great school wonderful environment. P.E. is hard if you're not used to it Watch out for the cliques though. There are a lot of nice kids though. Safe neighborhoood. Beautiful city.

  • (8 years ago)

    At Albany Middle School the teachers and administrators are available to talk with parents/guardians about the progress their student is making. The students are encouraged to be more responsible for their homework belongings etc. but there is still a support system in place. Each student has a planner to help them keep track of what they need to do each night. There are a variety of activities offered both at lunch and after school. The campus is safe and parents are working to make it more attractive. Parental involvement is high providing 'extras' that the District doesn't cover. There is a volunteer-staffed program that matches every 8th grader with a writing coach for one-on-one coaching sessions during their English classes.

  • (9 years ago)

    Due to the high enrollment of special needs kids there is a long waiting list for kids who test high but are struggling academically.

  • (9 years ago)

    It's a new school big and clean classrooms. The teachers are very high quality and students should take advantage because the teachers are very willing to help.

  • (10 years ago)

    Middle school can be a tough time for many young teens and I think AMS succeeds in providing a safe learning environment where a diverse student body can explore and expand their skills and interests. Academic programs seek to inspire interest in learning rather than sticking to rigid programs. My son a lively 'athletic type' was never interested in Science before but now sees it as one of the 'coolest' subjects thanks to his teacher. Art drama dance etc. are available to all students and the quality of the arts teachers is first-class. Parents are well-involved without being hyper-pressurized and there is a regular program of free seminars that approach subjects of interest to parents like pop culture drugs academic excellence learning styles.

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