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About This School

Joseph Kerr Middle School is a public middle school in Elk Grove. The principal of Joseph Kerr Middle School is Cecil Duke and can be contacted at 975 students go to Joseph Kerr Middle School and identify primarily as Unspecified; White, non-Hispanic; and Filipino. 5% of the Joseph Kerr Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 37% of the 975 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Joseph Kerr Middle School is 20:1. Elizabeth Pinkerton Middle 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
    • Hebrew
    • Italian
    • Japanese
    • Korean
    • Latin
    • Mandarin
    • Russian
    • Spanish
    • Tagalog
  • Sports

    • Badminton
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Bicycling
    • Cheerleading
    • Crew
    • Cross country
    • Fencing
    • Field hockey
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • Lacrosse
    • Martial arts self defense
    • P.E. classes
    • Rugby
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Volleyball
    • Water polo
    • Wrestling
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Unspecified 9% 10%
White, non-Hispanic 50% 25%
Filipino 3% 5%
Multiracial 3% %
Hispanic 23% 20%
Asian 12% 20%
Black, non-Hispanic 10% 18%
Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.8% 0.6%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.5% 61840%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 37% 48%
Limited English proficiency 5% 16%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    Josheph Kerr is a great school. the only issue we have had is the lack of support for my son. The pricipal and Vice pricipal seemed to be more interested in what he was doing wrong than what he needs.I think they have forgotten why they do the job they do..I hope no one else has a child to be forgotten

  • (9 months ago)

    I have 2 girls who attend Kerr. The counselors have been awesome when my daughter had problems with bullying. My 7th grader has some amazing honors teachers. They both have had some amazing teachers who really put learning first.

  • (10 months ago)

    My son just graduated and now attends Jesuit. He was in all honors track here at Kerr and had a wonderful experience. I find that the academics could have been more rigorous. He would have HW often done prior to getting home and never did a book report! He was not prepared for the sheer amount of work that HS places upon its students. Still he had amazing teachers that were clearly interested in their students and instilled a passion of learning. The most amazing teacher was Mrs. Kreis (Band). Even if you never picked up an instrument before she will have you playing one and enjoying the experience ver quickly! She is a true asset to this school! Every teacher my son had was wonderful and our overall experience was very positive. We felt safe listened to and a part of a great middle school. We had full intentions of going to Elk Grove HS but it has dropped significantly in its reputation and academics in just the last 10 years. Not to mention that the demographics have changed for the worse. This is why we chose a private HS.

  • (4 years ago)

    Have taught here since 1984 and know that it puts what is best for students first!

  • (5 years ago)

    kerr is a pretty good school strict but a good school

  • (6 years ago)

    This was the first year for us at Kerr Middle school. The transition from 6th to 7th is quite a difference. I see more parents involved in 6th vs 7th grade middle school. One thing that I did notice they do have something called 'school loop'-where parents and students can access thier grades online-which is a huge benefit. Majority of the kids walk to school--traffic is not that great for parents having to pick up thier kids. I have heard many stories reg. fights happened at school.

  • (6 years ago)

    Great School! The band program run by Nancy Kries is TOP notch! She is an incredible teacher that really motivates kids to learn music. The teachers there work hard to make sure that students really understand their learning!

  • (9 years ago)

    Kerr is a pretty traditional school and is in the heart of the old town of Elk Grove with its many traditions. As there is a generational feeling to the school some people coming to town might feel a little like a third wheel. They provide a basic program and firm discipline however. They do what they can with the enormous population fluctuation experienced in the area.

  • (9 years ago)

    this is a great school. the students really learn a lot and it has fantastic programs in all areas.

  • (10 years ago)

    My daughter loves this school. She had some problems with distraction at first (extra curricular activities and such) but has been able to work them out. I'm a little concerned about safety. A few times when picking her up there are police cars there and she speaks nonchalantly of fights she witnesses. I may be old fashioned and paranoid (that's what she says). It appears to be great though. She is turning out great and the level of parent involvement has even brought us together with others in our community for the common cause (our kids).

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