School Details

Brownell Middle School

7800 Carmel Street, Gilroy, CA 95020
(408) 847-3377
6

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 784 students 19 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

65%
59%
60%
55%
54%
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
  • Gilroy Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

63%
65%
60%
58%
61%
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
  • Gilroy Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

53%
65%
50%
55%
58%
57%
21%
24%
31%
47%
46%
52%
64%
67%
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
  • Gilroy Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Brownell Middle School is a public middle school in Gilroy. The principal of Brownell Middle School is Greg Camacho-Light, who can be contacted at gregory.camacholight@gusd.k12.ca.us. 784 students attend Brownell Middle School and identify as Hispanic, Asian, and Multiracial. 13% of the Brownell Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 44% of the 784 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Brownell Middle School is 19:1. St. Mary is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 63% 67%
Asian 5% 3%
Multiracial 3% %
White, non-Hispanic 23% 19%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 1%
Filipino 2% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.9% 0.4%
Unspecified 0.7% 8%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.4% %
Pacific Islander 0.4% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% 11280%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 44% 58%
Limited English proficiency 13% 29%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    My son made Honor Roll last year with the help of his fantastic teachers. Through the year they were easy to connect with and provided the perfect advise for keeping my son on track. I'm looking forward to this new year.

  • (1 year ago)

    Good teacher to student ratio lots of clubs less traffic dropping off and picking up

  • (4 years ago)

    As a former instructor at this school I will say that it is the families that make the difference. I had parents that did nothing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about their child's poor decisions. I had students that would vandilize school property destroy my personal property and be outright disrespectful at all times. I'd speak with the parents and their response was the same across the board that their child didn't behave that way and it was something I was doing. If you want your child to get a good education don't send them to a school where the parents don't take responsibility for their children. Instead send your child to a private school that's what all the teachers I know are doing and what I intend to do.

  • (5 years ago)

    What a great difference the new administrators have made. We are in a day and age where funding is lost and they have found a way to keep options open for students...kudos!

  • (6 years ago)

    Brownell has changed alot since its former leaddership ('06-'07)left. They are on the correct course and I feel confident that the teachers and administration will continue to foster positive relationships with students. There improvements can be seen in the data and are showing growth as compared to their counter parts in the district.

  • (7 years ago)

    As a former graduate from Brownell Acadamy I would have to say that my 3 years there have been the most amazing three years of my life!The moment of my first step onto the school to my last step off the graduating stage I will be memorable because of excellent teachers to a great environment! It is a amazing school for anyone!

  • (7 years ago)

    Inexperienced teachers. Lack of accountability and feedback from teachers. Lack of discipline on the campus made this a scary environment that did not foster academic progress. We were forced to remove our daugter from the district.

  • (8 years ago)

    This school is run very poorly. I do not recommend this school for any child.

  • (8 years ago)

    This school is fun but the teachers are horrible. I know because I am a A&B student. The teachers are really hard on you and it feels like the class never ends. I dont recomend this school.

  • (9 years ago)

    Brownell is probably similar to the other 2 middle schools. I am involved in the parent club and find very few parents come to meetings or volunteer for fundraisers or events. Lack of a second language elective is a very big topic as solarsano has one and the students will need a foundation for high school. The principal shows up but I'm not really sure how involved she really is. Coming from a private school the academic programs are average and electives are very restricted. I must be right on top of things to know how my son is doing in classes. E-mail works well with the teachers so I know I can get in touch if I need to.

  • (9 years ago)

    2 weeks of low test scores in 7th grade science and no note from teacher for a conference. I found the problem to be student not aware of daily reading assignment.

  • (10 years ago)

    Incredible gathering of compassionate and dedicated individuals working together for the success of my children. I have 3 sons and have felt blessed by the care given to each of them. My children have different educational needs. I felt each of them were challenged at the level they needed to be. I feel the staff on campus have always been responsive to any concerns. This is my last year with Brownell as my youngests son will be graduating. I am truly going to always treasure the gift of Education and so much more my family has recieved as an investment in our lives. Thank you Brownell

  • (11 years ago)

    This school is a great school to send your child to. The staff members are great with children. And the sports and music staff are very supportive of those taking a risk to try something new. students are out going and friendly and when disipline is needed students are taken care of.

  • (11 years ago)

    I have been very impressed with the staff at Brownell over the past two years. My younger child will enter Brownell this fall and we are hoping that the good work continues. I have never had a problem getting a staff member callng me back - maybe I am just lucky. I have high hopes for my son at Brownell.

  • (11 years ago)

    My personal experience this past year is there is a lack of communication between me the parent and teachers and principals. Getting a return phone call is like pulling teeth and the followup that was promised didn't happen. Very disappointed in overall communication.

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