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About This School

Bear Valley Middle School is a public middle school in Escondido. The principal of Bear Valley Middle School is Mark Garner, who can be contacted at 1,150 students attend Bear Valley Middle School and identify as Multiracial, Asian, and Hispanic. 18% of the Bear Valley Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 49% of the 1,150 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Bear Valley Middle School is 21:1. Light and Life Christian School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Dance
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Field hockey
    • Football
    • Lacrosse
    • P.E. classes
    • Rugby
    • Soccer
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 8% %
Asian 5% 3%
Hispanic 46% 64%
White, non-Hispanic 38% 25%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 3%
Filipino 2% 2%
Unspecified 2% 2%
Pacific Islander 0.5% 0.5%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% 19093%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 49% 57%
Limited English proficiency 18% 44%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    My student was stuck in a one room class as an experiment that they say prevents divorce later in life. My non-religious student was preached to by the teacher about how god wants him to do his homework. We were hassled about his number of absences when he was battling a serious health condition. I feel I was not treated fairly since he was a transfer student from the other side of town. Glad these people are not part of our lives any longer....

  • (1 year ago)

    I love bear valley! ( I only have one infraction! but it was fair! I'm hoping 7th grade will be as good as 6th!

  • (1 year ago)

    Bear Valley MIddle School is not a bad school. I am tired of people saying that it is. All of my friends are here and I love life with my friends. Poway is not teaching harder stuff everyone just thinks they do so they give them more money for GATE program and no one gives BVMS money donations.

  • (1 year ago)

    Before you consider this school for your children PLEASE think twice. I removed my child from this school in the middle of this year because of very poor leadership at the school and at the district administration level. My child was bullied by students and the staff. The staff was never held accountable for any of their actions for fear that it would make the school look bad. They failed to teach my child and just pushed her through the curriculum without any help or accepting any responsibily for my childs academic struggles. It was always my childs or her parents responsibility. I wish I could truly explain just how bad the school and the district is but this site will not allow it. Not all to the teachers are bad some are great. My child is now in an enviornment that is caring not degrading and is flourishing academically and emotionally. I just regret not pulling her from the district years ago.

  • (2 years ago)

    I thought initially Bear Valley was a good school. After attending for 2 years now I am disgusted. My son regularly tells me that the teachers don't care just want a paycheck and don't help the kids. I've had multiple problems with teacher misbehavior and admin only covers up for the misconduct of staff. Tenured government teachers cannot be fired. My son was very bored and unchallenged. But that is ok because they lost our business. We got into a great charter school and the teachers are 1000% more effective. Good riddance Bear Valley and public government schools. I hope the teachers with fact salaries great benefits and 4 months of annual vacation enjoy it they are doing a horrible job from what they taught my kid. My son loves science and art. Both His and Art teachers at Bernardo discouraged him with their by the numbers teaching. You could hire a circus monkey or robot and save big to do the job of public school teachers who won't take questions and won't give positive feedback to kids. The Blob is malfunctioning and needs to be replaced.

  • (3 years ago)

    Best thing about the school Band teacher is excellent. Worst thing about the school everything else. My son was GATE the instruction was so terrible that I removed him from school half way through 6th grade and home schooled him. The biggest problem with Escondido public schools is that they are browning. Forget "no child is left behind " in EUSD it's "no child can get ahead." Curriculum is at a snail's pace in an attempt to close the gap between english second language learners and Americans.

  • (3 years ago)

    Fairly nice school great band teacher my child is mostly happy but it feels like there is an anti Juniper snobbery thing going on. My child came from Juniper and is one of only two Juniper students allowed in the GATE/pre-algebra math class. When parents volunteered to help in the class to help kids with their writing a parent working with my child laughed at her when she told her she came from Juniper. Parents have the opportunity to meet with and have coffee with the principal but this occurs in the mornings when working class parents are working. I get the feeling that many parents would rather not have Juniper as one of the feeder schools to Bear Valley. Some parents and teachers lack cultural/class awareness and sensitivity.

  • (3 years ago)

    What the other reviewers said about petty infractions is true. They give infractions for crossing some yellow line at school. Or not following the smallest class room rules. Also my child keeps telling me some of the teachers don't care about the kids and are just teaching for the money. And they never fail to have fund raisers besides California spending more money on their teachers than just about any other state. Some of the classes are interesting my child said robotics and dance are fun but the art class sucked. No talking and you have to draw exactly what the art teacher Terrilyn Quick says. Bear Valley has found a way to make even art a drag! Oh and the teachers and principal sporadically answer email. If they have time.

  • (4 years ago)

    My son was an excellent student and well behaved in sixth grade. In seventh he racked up 27 infractions which i never was informed about until he was facing expulsion. I had noticed some problems with him and schoolwork and asked the counselor to talk to him but they never mentioned the sudden behavior change so that I could address it. They should have said something before it got that bad I was shocked.

  • (4 years ago)

    Not impressed with the so-called priorities set by Principal and staff ie I waited three days for a return email about my student finally sent another email ... and was told that he was busy counseling teachers who were laid off. HUH? Those are adults who can cope with life just as the rest of us adults are expected to do. I didn't appreciate having my student's needs sloughed aside that way. Also the office employees may whine about understaffing but they should still be able to get their jobs done adequately. If they don't like the money or the duties they can quit and let someone else who cares step up to fill the positions. And ... being bi-lingual should NEVER be a requirement for working at a public school that my tax dollars help pay for. English is the language here NOT Espanol.

  • (5 years ago)

    My child started here enrolled in GATE and had always been good at math. Within 2 years he was floundering and had to be moved to another class. Without even telling us they moved him out of the gate program. His self confidence is nonexistent at this point. Also every year first week of class the teachers give out infractions for the most petty mistakes imaginable. Then the other students watch as for the rest of the year the same things are ignored. I only wish i had known about K-8 heritage school before we sent our son here.

  • (6 years ago)

    i love this school because it lets you get away with only being good!

  • (7 years ago)

    BVMS is an example of a great middle school attempting to meet the needs of many different ethnicities educational levels and social-economic levels all at once. The teachers for the most part are very genuinely concerned about the student's progress towards a higher education. There are a few teachers who seem way too strict on discipline with teenagers but it is probably better to be too strict than not strict enough. With the exception of some very young gang member activity in the parking lot before and after school this is a good school. Thank you for providing an excellent educational opportunity for all of the children who attend.

  • (7 years ago)

    My teachers are nice and I like having them for two years. BVTV is an awesome program. I am an anchor on it and i love it. Everyday it is one of my normal classes!

  • (7 years ago)

    hello every body I belived that these school is unique I graduated from this school 2 years ago and it was fantastic my year went so fast that I just got happy.

  • (8 years ago)

    Lots of good teachers but class size limits close involvement. Boundaries were redone so other kids now attend with less motivation and guidance. New school and equiptment.

  • (8 years ago)

    Our son has gone to this school for over 1 year now through 6th grade and now is 1/2 way through 7th grade. The school is very good and we have found the teachers he had were very good. He is in the GATE classes and the classes are appropriately challenging. The principal is very responsive answering questions I have had within a very short time. The only thing we are watching is the practice of the 7th graders keeping the same teachers for the 8th grade. This could be really good or could be a problem depending on the relationship and teaching style of each of the teachers.

  • (8 years ago)

    BVMS is a new school in this area. This is it's second year. My daughter has enjoyed school and done very well in her academics since she's been here. We transfered over from Poway School District (BHMS) and were a little nervous at first. Her teachers are great! In fact all of the staff is great - I volunteer regularly. Our daughter has enjoyed school more because they support friendship and possitive behavior. This school has physical ed every day instead of only every other day as at BHMS. We feel the quality of the academic programs are high. They offer art dance and drama after school. The only negative is that they don't offer orchestra but they do have band and chours. Our daughter plays cello...All in all we are very satisfied with our daughters middle school experience at Bear Vally Middle School.

  • (8 years ago)

    Bear Valley is a school that opened with big promises but fell far short of our expectations. Its first year was frustrating because of construction issues and because it was a new staff trying to 'jell' without the resources and roadmap of an existing culture. Students and staff came from many different schools and a lot of students resented being moved to a new school. Extra-cirricular events were difficult to 'sell' to teachers students and parents because there was no history. Academically teachers faced challenges because of a huge cultural and socio-economic diversity in the classrooms. The 'village' system designed to create smaller intimate learning environments ended up being exclusionary and actually alienated different groups of students. There are some excellent teachers at Bear Valley and the administration pushed hard to create a positive spin but the first year was tough.

  • (8 years ago)

    This will be my last year at Bear Valley. I'll miss Bv because their extra-curricular activities are awsome and every Friday it's Dads at Lunch. BVTV(Bear Valley Television)is a great student-runed program.

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