School Details

Bessie E. Owens Intermediate School

815 Eureka Street, Bakersfield, CA 93305
(661) 631-5950
4

(out of 10)

Public Grades 2-8 487 students 16 student/teacher

Test Scores by grade

45%
47%
65%
62%
62%
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
  • Bakersfield City average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

63%
44%
60%
79%
59%
65%
42%
28%
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
  • Bakersfield City average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

44%
40%
60%
43%
41%
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
  • Bakersfield City average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Bessie E. Owens Intermediate School is a public middle school in Bakersfield. The principal of Bessie E. Owens Intermediate School is Carol Sherrill and can be contacted at sherrillc@bcsd.com. 487 children attend Bessie E. Owens Intermediate School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian. 29% of the Bessie E. Owens Intermediate School students are "limited in English proficiency." 89% of the 487 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Bessie E. Owens Intermediate School is 16:1. Our Lady of Guadalupe School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Dance
  • Theater drama

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 9% 12%
Hispanic 76% 74%
Asian 2% 0.8%
Black, non-Hispanic 11% 11%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 1.0%
Filipino 0.7% 0.7%
Multiracial 0.6% %
Unspecified 0.2% 0.6%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 28321%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 89% 85%
Limited English proficiency 29% 31%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 years ago)

    I have a child that attends Bessie Owens Intermediate GATES compared to LAUSD Public schools I would say they are far better! I usually send my children to Charter Schools which are better than public. Bessie Owens Intermediate offers music which I like. My son is well challenged in this school theres always homework and activities to keep him and our family involved. My son and I have had some things to happen as far as staff goes but once addressed the office teacher and principal responded wonderfully. There isn't a such thing as a perfect anything so I don't look for it in a school. My child is learning active and protected at Owens Intermediate and that is what I call a great school. Parents as well as teachers help to contribute to AYP scores. Parents lets help our children with reading math and more learning to better their scores.

  • (6 years ago)

    I cannot imagine a worse school at any level. From incompetent administrators to unqualified teachers (Mr. Perez excepted) this is the worst school in the district. We just received notice that this gulag has fallen way short of it's AYP for the second year in a row. Fortunately this grants us the possibility of moving to another school.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school has many after school programs Drama sports club dance and too many more to name. It is the only school in Bakersfield with full time GATE. It has a science lab that you can't beat (including a fantastic science teacher) computer lab and the teachers at this school care about kids and teaching. I have been completly satisfied with my student's experiences at Bessie Owens primary and intermediate campuses.

  • (9 years ago)

    There's only two words to describe it Awesomely Awesome

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Overall score

(based on 6 ratings & reviews)

  • Teacher quality
  • Principal leadership
  • Parent involvement

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