School Details

Adams (J. Douglas) Middle School

401 American Avenue, Brentwood, CA 94513
(925) 513-6480
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 1030 students 23 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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74%
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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
  • Brentwood Union Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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98%
86%
80%
74%
60%
77%
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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
  • Brentwood Union Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

81%
73%
50%
70%
72%
57%
49%
38%
31%
94%
91%
85%
77%
75%
52%
88%
89%
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
  • Brentwood Union Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Adams (J. Douglas) Middle School is a public middle school in Brentwood. The principal of Adams (J. Douglas) Middle School is Kelly Manke, whose e-mail is kmanke@brentwood.k12.ca.us. 1,030 children attend Adams (J. Douglas) Middle School and identify mostly as Filipino; Asian; and White, non-Hispanic. 6% of the Adams (J. Douglas) Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 19% of the 1,030 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Adams (J. Douglas) Middle School is 23:1. Heritage Baptist Academy is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Filipino 9% 5%
Asian 7% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 52% 49%
Multiracial 2% %
Hispanic 18% 27%
Black, non-Hispanic 10% 8%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1% 8331%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.8% %
Pacific Islander 0.8% 0.7%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.6%
Unspecified 0.1% 6%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 19% 26%
Limited English proficiency 6% 15%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    My son had a great three years here. He was supported and allowed to express himself creatively. Teachers were helpful and motivating. My son felt safe and had a lot of wonderful memories.

  • (5 years ago)

    We moved last year from out of state and my youngest son went to Adams. I was impressed of how clean the campus was. The administration staff and teachers were AMAZING! They have excellent academic programs. We feel we were blessed to be part of Adams Heritage schools. The system has everything a parent and a student is looking for socially and academically!

  • (5 years ago)

    my son goes here its really a great school the kids and teachers are nice and kind

  • (5 years ago)

    Although the traffic is ridiculous I mostly disagree with the post from 7/15. Test scores are far superior to those of Delta Vista or any other public middle school in Antioch Brentwood Oakley or Discovery Bay. The new principal is outstanding and the school is what you make of it. Academically kids are able to skip a grade in math if they test-out of the class. And they are grouped by ability in L.A. in 7th & 8th therefore making the work load more appropriate for the students who need a challenge. Dozens of quality after school sports programs are offered as well as drama band cheerleading shop yearbook and many other electives. I specifically moved to get my kids in at Adams/Heritage and boy am I glad I did.

  • (5 years ago)

    Im very disapointed with adams middle. First the principle is careless. Theyre's to much traffic. They don't use they're money wisley and they're education isn't that great. My kids went theyre for 7th and 8th. They were so good in Delta Vista...then when we moved to brentwood. They're grades went down. Well I don't recemond this school.

  • (6 years ago)

    I'm very disappointed with AMS overall. Just getting your child to and from school is a white-knuckle experience every day. Two schools (AMS and neighboring Heritage High School) are forced to use just one dead-end-road to get children to and from school. The traffic is truly horrible and extremely dangerous with bumper-to-bumper cars buses skate-boarders and bike-riders all sharing the unsafe limited access; plus heavy cross foot traffic. It's deadly for everyone; especially the kids. The Principal is intimidating and mostly uninvolved; and the vice principals are inept. There are lots of teachers who fill their seats and provide very little to no instruction (especially in Math and Language Arts). It's only saving graces are several excellent Science and Social Studies teachers. But even with the few excellent teachers I would not recommend this school to anyone. It has a very long way to go.

  • (6 years ago)

    Mr. Clark is a great Principal. I noticed on the parental raiting that someone said Mr. Clark intimidates. I disagree. Mr. Clark doesn't put up with kids that cause trouble. He doesn't mess around and I like that. I feel like he keeps the campus safer that way. My son told me the other day that he will not tolerate gang colors. Mr. Clark was also the principal prior to Adams at Krey Elementary. Any kids that were causing trouble he put a stop to it right away. I think he is terrific and I wish we had more people like him. There would be less trouble in the schools.

  • (6 years ago)

    So far I have been happy with Adams. My daughter is a sixth grader and had an encounter with two bullying females within the first two weeks of school. My daughter's teacher handled the problem expeditiously and she has not had any problems since. I applaud her teacher for taking the incident seriously and handling it with such grace and respect for my child. The traffic is another issue. It is an extremely unsafe environment for the children. There are stop signs and a couple of crossing guards but that is not nearly enough safety measures to handle the popluation of this school as they make their exit. If there was a natural disaster such as an earthquake there is only one way in to Adams and one way out. It would be total chaos and panic. Something needs to be done for the childrens' sake.

  • (7 years ago)

    My son has attended AMS since opening and for the most part the school has met expectations with a few reservations. The school is new nice and clean. For the most part the teachers are responsive; however you need to be persistent. My biggest concern has to do with the lack of response from the principal and vice principals as they are not responsive. Fights within the school is another concern for the safety of my son and the traffic doesn't help either. Parents and teachers tend to exceed the 25 MPH speed limit making it unsafe for all of our children if they are walking riding bikes or skateboards to and from school. Recent police presence has helped curb the above but as a parent I am still concerned.

  • (7 years ago)

    I'm concerned about the teachers at this school - one of my child's language arts teacher thought it was OK to show Austin Powers Goldmember (pG-13) the day before a final & without parental consent. I'm also concerned about a math teacher who habitually demeans the children to a point they don't ask questions any longer.

  • (7 years ago)

    I absolutely love this school. The inclusion program is great. The ISP are experienced thoughtful and helpful along with all the support staff. My son's experience was exceptional. I wish the government had never transferred us. I would have been happy staying compared to what I have now Adams is the best!

  • (7 years ago)

    I love Mr.Clark he's really cool! Nice and is very strict of the rules. Trust me I know. I love my teachers they are so funny. I'm going to try out for the 6th grade basketball team. Hopefully I make it. There is so many programs like dances. I have learned so much. I moved here thinking if it was going to be a good school and it is cool!

  • (7 years ago)

    Adams is a great school. The school has alot of different sports and activites so thats a plus. But the locker rooms are very small and I never get to class on time because of it. Plus the lunch lines are always very long so I hardly have any time to eat my lunch. But other than that Adams is a good school.

  • (7 years ago)

    Very disappointed with this school so far communication is poor - internally with staff to getting the info to the parents; events poorly organized; I don't feel the principal works well with the kids leads by intimidation. Office staff unfriendly. School year starts 7/30 - I understand there is new staff if we don't see improvement honestly will consider transferring my child out.

  • (7 years ago)

    My daughter has been going to AMS since it opened. (2006) I love this school. Teachers are very good Staff is very helpful Principle & Vice Principle are very involved & great with interacting with the kids. Great parents club also. We are very pleased with AMS.

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