School Details

Hall Middle School

200 Doherty Drive, Larkspur, CA 94939
(415) 927-6978
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades 5-8 602 students 16 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

86%
86%
60%
87%
87%
65%
72%
72%
57%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 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
  • Larkspur-Corte Madera average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

93%
93%
60%
82%
82%
55%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 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
  • Larkspur-Corte Madera average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

96%
96%
86%
89%
89%
60%
73%
73%
52%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 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
  • Larkspur-Corte Madera average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

83%
83%
50%
79%
79%
57%
43%
43%
31%
100%
100%
85%
73%
73%
52%
82%
82%
67%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 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
  • Larkspur-Corte Madera average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Hall Middle School is a public middle school in San Quentin. The principal of Hall Middle School is Tom Utic and can be contacted at tutic@lcmschools.org. 602 children attend Hall Middle School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Unspecified; and Asian. 2% of the Hall Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 11% of the 602 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Hall Middle School is 16:1. Marin Primary and Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 69% 70%
Unspecified 3% 16%
Asian 3% 5%
Hispanic 14% 8%
Multiracial 11% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0.3% 0.9%
Filipino 0.3% 0%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0%
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.08%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 11% 8%
Limited English proficiency 2% 4%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 months ago)

    This school does not accommodate kids with issues like ADD and they don't stay on top of things. If your child struggles don't expect extra support or understanding. They're only worried about test results not individuals. And there are some teachers there that are just plain of disrespectful and demeaning to kids who are struggling. We've had a horrible experience with one teacher being disrepectful even with us adults and refusing to help when repeatedly asked. If your child doesn't need help and is naturally a good student then it will be fine but if your child struggles with any learning issues trust me find another school -this school is not at all what is once cracked up too be.

  • (7 months ago)

    this is a really good school. teachers are amazing but just need a bigger campus

  • (9 months ago)

    I wish I could rate this school higher . It worked pretty well for one of my children but really has been such a struggle for my younger one. If your child has a learning difference this is not the school for them. Poor services a lot of ignorance and at times cruel interactions. If they are very motivated and organized Hall can work well. But the lack of leadership is really discouraging. Couple great teachers along the way but quite a few who are burnt out and need to move on.

  • (10 months ago)

    I am a student at Hall Muddle School and the lack of support from some of my teachers is below average. My parents have tried to contact some of my teachers on various occasions when my grades concerned them. My parents and I both agree that one of my teachers teaches us about just one culture and not specify on the curriculum. Next year I will be in 8th grade and I would not want to have that teacher again. If I were to get that teacher again then I would request a transfer. I don't blame the school for these things but the teachers

  • (2 years ago)

    My son is in his last year at Hall. Better than Davidson from where we came in San Rafael but middle of the road in terms of how the school performs overall. From my experience the faculty seems disgruntled and the Principal appears to spend more time putting out fires emanating from his difficult teachers resulting in a huge distraction and poor reflection upon the students. I do empathize with the Principal to a degree having to deal with a few dump truck teachers with tenure protected by a very powerful union which would be let go anywhere else in a sane world. Again this distracts from the students which are the focus of the program. I also feel social agendas (environmentalism cultural indoctrination) being imposed upon the students which will not assist them in getting into the college of their choice or their chosen field/vocation later in life. Sorry but Larkspur School District needs to step in and have a how the cow-ate-the-cabbage chat with Hall s faculty.

  • (6 years ago)

    I agree with the January 2009 post--the excellent teachers and administrators at Hall are doing their very best to provide a great education and guide our young people to be respectful responsible and thoughtful citizens. Our children have just finished 5th and 7th grades at Hall and we could not be more impressed with the quality and the commitment of the teachers as well as of the principal and vice principal. They really care about our children and are doing a great job of continuing to keep class sizes down keep the focus on academic excellence and still provide extra learning opportunities despite the discouraging state budget situation. We appreciate the parent and community involvement that enables the school to provide art music drama math and science clubs and extracurricular athletic programs but most of all we appreciate the truly exceptional teachers. I couldn't ask for a better middle school.

  • (6 years ago)

    Hall has prepared my kids for the next stage in their education. We have a college freshman and an 8th grader. Our college student had a good experience at Hall and felt academically prepared when she moved on to our local public High School. She currently is doing very well with her second semester in private university. Our more socialable 8th grader has had an even better experience with Hall. The new Principle and Vice Principle have continued and expanded the work the school does on academics and social connections. The teachers have been consistant and involved. They really seem to care. We hope the current economic crisis does not discourage them as the staff and administation continues their excellent work! Our family appreciates all of you! Thank you from a grateful parent.

  • (9 years ago)

    Hall is an excellent school where parents and students alike should be very pleased with the whole middle school experience. Teachers are not only for academics but also help students with personal problems if needed. The staff and environment is a very good one and anyone who goes ot his school should feel very privileged. Some of the extracurricular activities include sports teams peer tutoring and plays that go on during the year. Everything at Hall Middle School is top quality including the strive to educate and do well on tests etc. Parents can be apart of the very important PTA who help to make many decisions regarding things at school. The students are treated very well and the top priority at this school. It is an excellent place to learn as well as have fun.

  • (10 years ago)

    Interesting statistics however test results do not tell the whole story. I'm a parent whose child goes to this school. The continuing school cuts and lack of respect by both students and especially others parents harrassing the teachers making demands & accusations rather than to teach their own child about manners is bringing this school's reputation in the opposite direction. Teachers have no help parents are making more demands w/out any knowledge of teaching and no respect; they're retiring or quitting; nor does the school board bother to reprimand students. Rather they blame the teachers instead of the problem parents. The teachers should receive higher to offset the costs of living increase increase special education reduce class size it's much larger 25 students to a teacher - have the teachers give input (w/out reprimand). The administrators are overpaid and do not equally reflect the quality of teachers' performances.

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