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About This School

Ronald McNair Academy is a public middle school in East Palo Alto. The principal of Ronald McNair Academy is Michael Lyons and can be contacted at mlyons@ravenswood.k12.ca.us. 210 students attend Ronald McNair Academy and are mostly Pacific Islander, Hispanic, and Asian. 115% of the Ronald McNair Academy students have "limited English proficiency." 95% of the 210 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Ronald McNair Academy is 11:1. Cesar Chavez Elementary School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Pacific Islander 8% 8%
Hispanic 71% 78%
Asian 2% 0.9%
Black, non-Hispanic 16% 12%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 11% 4056%
White, non-Hispanic 0.9% 0.5%
Filipino 0.6% 0.3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.09%
Unspecified 0% 0.3%
Multiracial 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 95% 82%
Limited English proficiency 115% 68%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (5 years ago)

    Teachers are excellent and work very hard. However they are overworked and rarely given breaks.

  • (5 years ago)

    I cant ask for better teachers who care for my kid as much as this school. I drop my kid off at school every morning knowing he is in good hands.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have taught at Edison Brentwood Academy for two years and love every minute of it. Nothing compares to this schools dedication from all the teachers and staff. Our parents and students are always #1. I have taught at a few schools previous to Edison Brentwood Academy and none of those experiences compare to this schools wonderful atmosphere to teachers staff parents and students. As a teacher I love coming to school everyday because I know my co-workers are enjoying their experience here as well. It truly is a community of learners dedicated to the success of all students. As much as I love the school and the staff I do however feel that the school itself is run down. The school district does not put as much effort into this school as they do other schools in Ravenswood.

  • (5 years ago)

    I taught for just one year at Brentwood and was glad to leave. The principal never showed support for teachers nor students. This school was only out for 2 things and that was money and high test scores. No matter what if the students didn't recieve high test scores they and the teacher were repremanded. The principal would turn teacher against teacher and in front of the whole staff state how lousy a teacher was doing. There has yet to be a teacher stay at Edison Brentwood for more the 2 years at a time. I would never allow my children to attend such a poorly ran school and I will never again work for this school.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am ashamed to have taught at this school. Teachers are exhausted and discouraged and they take out their fear and frustrations on the students. The school does not provide a 'world-class' education. It provides rote memorization and drilling on an exhausting schedule with very little education beyond Reading Writing and Math.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have worked at Edison Brentwood for many years and have watched it grow and flourish. Students are held to a high level of educational expectation and are rewarded by their continued success on academic benchmarks set both by Edison and the state of California. Brentwood has had stability for many years now being lead by the wonderful Ms.Witwer and has made adequate progress on state mandated testing. Edison Brentwood does provide music physical education and technology classes for all students which allows for a well-rounded education. Our library which students visit weekly is a wonderful place for them to continue their love of reading. Our teachers are all highly qualified and meet regularly to support each other and provide equal access to a quality education for all students. Parents are very supportive of the school and have taken an active role in their student s education. They have openly and vocally fought to keep the school from moving when faced with the district s desire to move it. I love working at Brentwood and look forward to having my own children attend.

  • (6 years ago)

    I do not believe this school has an adequate environment for children or teachers. The Edison Model emphasizes more learning time but is suppose to incorporate music art P.E. and Library those things have yet to be incorporated. I do not recommend this school to parents or to teachers that applied. I taught for two years there and was thankful when I finally left.

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