School Details

Big Bear Middle School

41275 Big Bear Boulevard, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
(909) 866-4634
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades 7-8 381 students 22 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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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
  • Bear Valley Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

49%
49%
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62%
62%
57%
40%
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31%
100%
100%
85%
48%
48%
52%
71%
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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
  • Bear Valley Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Big Bear Middle School is a public middle school in Big Bear Lake. The principal of Big Bear Middle School is Dena Arbaugh, who can be contacted at dena_arbaugh@bearvalleyusd.org. 381 students attend Big Bear Middle School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Multiracial. 13% of the Big Bear Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 69% of the 381 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Big Bear Middle School is 22:1. Big Bear Elementary School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 59% 67%
Hispanic 35% 27%
Multiracial 2% %
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 2%
Unspecified 1% 0.8%
Asian 0.8% 1%
Filipino 0.6% 0.5%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.5% 2689%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 2%
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 69% 53%
Limited English proficiency 13% 12%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    As a previous BBMS student I do feel the need to inform parents intending to send their children to this school of a few things. Yes I did feel the staff was genuinely looking after the best interest of the students but the staff can only do so much. Especially for students who are new to the district or for those of us who were more interested in the arts than sports or student government the students at this school can be unbelievably cruel. I and all of my friends and our siblings after us experienced first hand the dark side of the clique-run social system as well as the strong community biases held against those youth who are more eccentric. Since my graduation in '09 the administration has only worsened making drastic cuts to the arts music and foreign language programs. I loved my teachers in this district and the few friends I managed to make are lifelong but these things do not make an education. My experience at Big Bear Middle School was nothing short of damaging and the district policies are only getting worse.

  • (4 years ago)

    The school has a serious bullying problem that needs to be investigated by the school board. Unfortunately their opinion is boys will be boys while children are being taken to the hospital. This is not a good school and these other reviews are probably put there by the teachers themselves.

  • (5 years ago)

    My children were in the Walnut school district and it was one of the highest. I see the homework that they get here and it does not compare at all to what they were learning. I'am not very happy with that. The teachers are very nice as is the staff at the school.

  • (6 years ago)

    Great school great principal great non teaching staff. These people REALLY care about their students. They hit 800 API on the most recent STAR test no surprise. If your child needs help they offer Intervention AND support during the day. Way to go Principal Chamberlin - you are running a tight sharp ship!!!! We will miss BBMS!

  • (6 years ago)

    The best most funest most awsome school. Gratest teachers ever to wlalk the earth and the best schol to ever be planted on earth. I love this school!

  • (7 years ago)

    This is my first experience with middle school. I was very apprehensive about sending my child here. But it has been a fantastic experience. The teachers have been very helpful and the extra curricular activites well organized. The curriculum could be more developed and comprehensive. It would be nice if they added more outside projects which would encourage community/parent involvement. Other than that I have been very pleased with the administration teachers support staff and the other students. I feel fortunate that my child attends BBMS>

  • (8 years ago)

    I have been a parent in the 'best' of LAUSD over the last 16 years and am new to the area. I am more than impressed with BB MS. I have extensive compliments to many areas of the academics and the overall programs teachers admin environment etc. and am continuously impressed on a regular basis as weeks go by. This is a wonderful environment overall for the stress filled 'MS years'. I now have my 6th child in MS and can not rave enough about this school; only wish I known about it a very very long time ago. The small community has exceptional teachers admin support to extend the children a certainly very well kept secret of a remarkable MS experience for the children and parents alike. I have no hesitation in extending my absolute support of BB MS to anyone. Kudos A+!(and thank you BB from our family!)

  • (9 years ago)

    I was very concerned about BBMS after talking to some parents who had opted for home schooling. There was talk of mean teachers mean kids I was really worried. My daughter started in September and is very happy with her classes and teachers. This was such a relief for me! I know there are problems at every school but so far we have had none. My only suggestion for the school would be more after school activities otherwise so far so good!

  • (11 years ago)

    My daughter attended the middle school many years ago. She is now in her second year of college and doing great. I thank this school for the oppurtunity that was given to us to beable to communicate with each other. Today I feel that because of the parent/student conferences it opened up our relationship with each other so that now she feels she can come to me and tell me anything she needs to weather it be good or bad. Our relationship today is wonderful and I give the credit to this school and the facilty for making that possible. Its not easy today for the kids or the parents and with good help from the schools it makes it that much more possible for you to help your child to suceed in todays world.

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