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About This School

Black Diamond Middle School is a public middle school in Antioch. The principal of Black Diamond Middle School is Tim Cooper, whose e-mail is timcooper@antioch.k12.ca.us. 992 students attend Black Diamond Middle School and identify mostly as Unspecified, Filipino, and Multiracial. 9% of the Black Diamond Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 56% of the 992 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Black Diamond Middle School is 29:1. Hilltop Christian 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
    • Italian
    • Latin
    • Russian
    • Spanish
  • Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Unspecified 9% 6%
Filipino 8% 5%
Multiracial 5% %
Black, non-Hispanic 33% 22%
Hispanic 28% 34%
Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 2% 18836%
White, non-Hispanic 19% 25%
Asian 14% 5%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.9%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 56% 51%
Limited English proficiency 9% 18%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter has attended BDMS for the past two years and will be entering 8th grade this school. I have nothing but respect for the teachers and the Principle of this school. I am a very involved parent and I also work a 9 to 5 job but I make time to make sure my daughter's homework assisgnments are complete and if she is having problems with a subject I notify the teachers by e-mail and they are more than willing to provide extra attention before or after school. I think BDMS is getting a bad rap based on uninvolved parents and students. Frankly if your child isn't doing well maybe you should check your involvement level.

  • (4 years ago)

    Black Diamond isn't top notch but it isn't horrible either. But they could improve on the teachers one of the new teachers there is Mr. Sandberg he teaches Mr.wilson's old class and at first i didn't like him but I learn now in his class. Also someone once told me that it's not the soup it's somthing in the soup that makes it bad. So if you think B.D.M.S. is a bad school well then everyone in the school is bad because we are all one school.(But I should take some of my own advice because I'm not a trouble maker but im no goodie-two-shoes either.) Also if you are considering going to this school please do because I promise you will learn but only if you don't talk aren't a trouble maker and very respectful basicly you live by the character counts Trust me I know this from experience...

  • (4 years ago)

    This school isn't so great.Students talk back to their teacers fights everday.

  • (4 years ago)

    There's gum everywhere. Spray Paint. The books are lousy. The P.E is terrible. The office is so unfriendly and rude it really just boils my blood. The only good thing about this school is it's music program.

  • (5 years ago)

    I went to BDMS and it went well I had great teachers. Sure no school is perfect some things could be improved but every school is like that. Don't blame the school for your kid failing or not getting attention. Teach your kid to go after class and ask the teacher to explain the lesson in a different way. Have them take notes and participate in class. You can have them get a couple of kids' numbers who are good at the subject and have them call when they need help. Cut back on the T.V. and video games. Look over their home work with them and tell them what they need to fix/or improve. Like handwriting is suppose to be neat and able to be read. Even have them gather their friends and form a study group. Most of all be involved! Do all this and they won't fail!

  • (5 years ago)

    I have an Eight grader at Black Diamond.At first i didn't like that the teachers made no effort to get a hold of me regarding my child's education.Then the progress reports seem to be off regarding my child and her conduct.My child is a straight A and B student with no attitude problems.So after doing a little research i found out many of them had made errors.And that alot of them didn't really even remember who my child was.As their student daily ratio thru eight periods is overwelming.After writing letters to them and advocating on her behalf.They seem to have a clearer picture about who she is and what she can do.It's a good school with alot of good kids.One bad seed shouldn't give it a bad rap.If you choose this school be involved be visible and advocate for your child.My child has a lot of really great friends.But then again she's pretty great.

  • (5 years ago)

    Black Diamond is a great middle school. It does have alot of gum on the floor but its because it a very old school. Come on people the school was built in 1995! give it a break! The principle is Great! He is very involved in our school. The teachers are great but you have to treat the respectfully or you wont get any respect back. And we are also going to uniforms. and I think we will have a great school year next year!

  • (5 years ago)

    If your son doesnt know what community means that is your fault. By the time your child is in middle school they should Know they live in a communtiy. Starts at home mame. Also for the lady who said the teachers are horrible and old. There are not any teachers that are old. There are seasoned teachers who are wonderful but they are not old! There are many young and middle aged vibrant teachers. No teacher at BDMS is ready to kick the bucket.. So maybe you should go to the school and meet the teachers insead of moving your child when they dont make the grades and see what the problem is. Sounds like it stems from home.

  • (5 years ago)

    Dirty Campus! Gum all over the floor and under the desk! The students are all out of control. Their trying to make the school better but obviously not working. The classes teach you a lot really good staff!

  • (5 years ago)

    My child attends BDMS she is a 8th grader and she transfer from a school in Pleasant Hill in 7th grade and seems to be getting A's and B's I dont have any problem or issues with the teachers i thik parents should take some responsibilities. Teaching kids doesnt just happen at school we gota be there for them at home as well. I have nieces who attend and one came from private school and she adapt well and getting good grades. Im a firm believer it starts at home. So i know from experience that black diamond is a good school.

  • (5 years ago)

    People who do not go here who have heard things about it might think it is a bad school. It is not a bad school. Yeah it has some isssues but doesn't every. I think it is absolutley ridiculious how people say it is a bad school when they do not even know. I go here and I love it. Staff are great! I really love this school!!!!!!

  • (5 years ago)

    This is a really good school with a good staff

  • (5 years ago)

    Ilove this school! The teachers are great and I'm learning sooooooo much! My favorite thing about BDMS is music class!!

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is horrible. My child went here for sixth grade. she changed from another school in Antioch and in the first quarter i could already see her loss of intrest in school and her attitude. In 7th grade i ended up changing her schools when she was getting C's and D's. Black DIamond has old teachers and the school focuses on all of the negative things. and the principle is never around. He has no control over the school at all. i would never let my child go back to that filthy school!

  • (6 years ago)

    Although Im in high school now. My brother goes there and he's in 7th grade. The teachers my brothers have are good but they may not always have one on one time with the student. This has my brother not adjusting to the school very well. The teacher need to pay more attention to the individual student instead of assuming all the students know the material. They should ask the students individually if they know or not.

  • (6 years ago)

    welll i have to say its good because i go there and it may not be the best school but its my school and we have great teachers and test scores!

  • (6 years ago)

    bdms is great school to send your child. I am in 8th grade I have been in bdms since 6th grade and I would not have picked a different school to go to. Shire Black Diamond has its bad sides but i belive that every school no matter how good it is will still have a bad side. the teachers are great and if any student has a problem with anything you could go to any of the VP's. I would highly recomend you send your child to Black Diamond

  • (6 years ago)

    Our daughter recently graduated from Black Diamond with wonderful grades and we could not be more proud of such success. But not half of this she would have accomplished if not for her being able to attend such a fine and well represented school as Black Diamond is. If it were not for the outstanding support of the school staff and academic teaching standards that BDMS upholds our communities' children would be at a great loss. So we happily commend and applaud BDMS staff and teachers for their love support and genuine care that each has implemented over the years to help our communities' children excel to a level of greatness that without BDMS would be sadly lackly for our children of tomorrow.

  • (7 years ago)

    My son is just ending his 6th grade year. I was very apprehensive about sending him to this school at first but it has turned out just fine. Academically I was very impressed with his two main teachers (Mr. Bolmberg and Ms. Garcia). They stayed on him all year and kept me informed every week on his progress. I was very concerned about security. However the principal and the campus security person were awesome! They kept the students in line all year long. With more money and support they would definitely benefit from having more sports teams clubs and after school programs.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school is really bad. The sad fact that teachers don't contact you even when you are asking for their assistance in helping your child learn. My poor child doesn't know what the word 'community' means after I tested her on the words out of their planner. And I really hate to mention that a teacher swore at my son just because he got up to get tissue for his nose (I was at the class at the time to check out my son's progress).

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