School Details

Union Middle School

2130 Los Gatos-Almaden Road, San Jose, CA 95124
(408) 371-0366
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 932 students 21 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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84%
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86%
79%
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
  • Union Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

97%
99%
86%
93%
90%
60%
77%
80%
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
  • Union Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

93%
95%
50%
84%
83%
57%
62%
69%
31%
100%
100%
85%
78%
78%
52%
92%
91%
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
  • Union Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Union Middle School is a public middle school in Los Gatos. The principal of Union Middle School is Todd Feinberg, whose e-mail is feinbergt@unionsd.org. 932 students attend Union Middle School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Hispanic. 3% of the Union Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 9% of the 932 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Union Middle School is 21:1. Yavneh Day School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 62% 61%
Multiracial 5% %
Hispanic 16% 17%
Asian 14% 13%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 3%
Unspecified 1% 3%
Filipino 0.7% 1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.4% %
Pacific Islander 0.4% 0.6%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 9% 13%
Limited English proficiency 3% 13%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    Staff and administration really put students first. Our principal even directs traffic if necessary for their safety. Academics are taught with self-reliance school and peer community focus. Co-curricular activities are many from drama to sports to weekly clubs covering many interests. You cannot find a better educational value!

  • (8 months ago)

    My children have attended Union Middle for all three years. I am so grateful that they were lucky enough to have Union as their middle school experience. First Todd Feinberg the principal is the epitome of a great administrator. He is incredibly passionate responsive energetic and truly enjoys his job and the students he is responsible for. He is completely approachable on the students' end and also for parents. His door is always open for any concerns or issues for students and parents alike. He is constantly striving to make Union Middle the best environment possible for his students. The teachers are also incredibly passionate about teaching and are always working hard to be up to date in terms of technology available to use in the classroom or honing their teaching skills through conferences etc. My kids feel completely safe on campus and have often marveled at how bullying really is a non-issue at their school. Any behavior issues with students are dealt with immediately and effectively. Recently being named a California Distinguished School illustrates how well the administration and teachers are doing in terms of making this school a top school for students.

  • (11 months ago)

    I am surprised that not many parents have written reviews for this wonderful school. Our child is currently in the 7th grade and we moved into Union School District from another closeby school district so he did not know too many other students when entering 6th grade last year. The principal is very approachable quick to respond to e-mails wonderful staff that e-mails me back even on weekends - let's just say I was blown away when we started last year. All his teachers that he had were on the most part excellent. Looking forward to another great school year!

  • (11 months ago)

    my school is awesome everyone i know loves it our principle is great and all staff are helpful and really nice and amazing

  • (1 year ago)

    As the principal of Union Middle School I would like to thank the community members who have shared their thoughts within this forum. Union Middle School recently received a 2008 Caring School Climate Award was recognized as a California Distinguished School in 2009 and also in 2013 was named a National Forum s School To Watch and selected as a CalSTAT Leadership Site in 2010 2011 & 2012. Union Middle School is also visited by hundreds of California Educators each year wanting to learn about the great things happening in our classrooms and on our campus. Additionally our most recent API was recorded at 938 thanks to the great work of our staff dedication of our community and the great student scholars attending our school. If you have any questions about Union Middle School please do not hesitate to contact me. We will be glad to answer your questions and assist you with any and all of your concerns. Go Tigers!

  • (1 year ago)

    Having never been to public school myself I was really concerned about the learning environment and quality of education that my children would receive. Needless to say I was very surprised and pleased! The administration students and teachers work very closely together. In terms of appropriate behavior this is a no-nonsense school. Roles responsibilities and results are clearly explained. If a student behaves inappropriately there are consequences . When new 6th graders go through orientation they are paired with a WOW leader. Being the "new kid on campus" can be frightening at best. The WOW leader gives them a helping hand so the kids are not left to flounder on their own. WOW leaders are also there to help in school activities like dances. In terms of education my kids receive both challenging advanced classes and a wide variety of electives. An area of concern for me is the disproportionate amount of "special funding" that the special ed kids get relative to the general student body. They are offered resources that are not available to the rest of the students even though its a public school.

  • (1 year ago)

    If you are looking for a school with a strong focus on educating the whole child then look no further than Union Middle School. Not only are the teachers and academics excellent but the extracurricular activities offered are exceptional as well. UMS continues to improve annually its STAR test scores and has embraced the upcoming changes in core curriculum standards and teaching. Parent involvement is high and fosters a strong partnership with the administration. The common goal is to provide the best education and resources for the students and to nurture them both academically and socially.

  • (1 year ago)

    My children currently attend UMS. My biggest concern when they started middle school was 'will they feel safe?" Will they feel physically socially and academically 'safe'? The answer at UMS is a resounding YES! From day one of 6th grade they have been made to feel that they are in a place that values them. The whole them. UMS has outstanding tests scores thanks to the amazing teachers and resources that the school provides. But there is so much more to their happiness and feelings of success than good grades. Mr. Feinberg treats every student (and parent) with respect and the kids think he is the best principal ever! They are happy to see him every day. They and I know that the school has a 'zero tolerance' for bullies and that they will be physically safe when they are at UMS. I could not ask for a better Middle School experience for my children. With society changing fast and children growing up younger and younger it is a relief to know my kids are in a school that is dedicated to their success academically socially and physically.

  • (5 years ago)

    Energetic principal hardworking and committed teachers friendly office staff excellent music program what more can one ask for?

  • (5 years ago)

    Awesome school! Awesome staff! Mr. Burmeister has done an outstanding job of improving the academics at this school and has really taken a hands on approach to helping the children who struggle. I have had two children go through this school and am on my third. I never worry when I drop my son off. I know he'll get the guidance and education he needs.

  • (5 years ago)

    I love this middle school - I have a granddaughter at Union Middle - it is her first year and she is a honor student. In myn opinion this is a great school.

  • (6 years ago)

    My son will be in 8th grade this coming fall. So far I am very happy with the school. They have a strong 'bully free' policy. The assistant principal has been very helpful in dealing with my son getting bullied due to his size. They have a strong sports and extra curricular program. My only concern is regarding some of the teachers allowing a lot of extra credit and to turn in homework late. What happened to the days when you were accountable for your work and had to turn it in on time? If my son fails to turn in his homework he's not concerned because he can always do extra credit to bring up his grade. This type of policy will not help him later in life. However his test scores are high so they must be doing something right!

  • (6 years ago)

    UMS is moving forward by leaps and bounds. The new principal Erik Burmeister is proactive energetic and an expert on quality education practices. The teaching staff is in favor of the rigorous continual training and collaboration now being required and the students are moving on well prepared for high school in math and science. UMS turns out excellent musicians and athletes as well.

  • (7 years ago)

    My child has flourished at Union Middle School. Her teachers were nurturing yet offered plenty of challenge. The drama program (parent run) has been phenomenal! Principal 'Mr. B' is great!

  • (7 years ago)

    This school is so COOL! I love Mr. Hamm Mr. Barbara Mr.Willaims and all my teachers plus all the teachers I had last year and the year before. Ms. Watkins is my favorite teacher her and....argg!!! I can't choose!

  • (7 years ago)

    Omg! This school is awesome!I'm in my last year and I'm very sad. All my teachers are amazing! They have great teaching methods and take time to help you if needed.

  • (8 years ago)

    Ms. Lewis is the greatest thing that has happened to Union. There has been great change and teachers are much happier. Ms. Lewis has an infectious personality that is child centered. I have 5 other kids that will be going through Union. I hope she is there for the duration. Great job Principal Lewis.

  • (8 years ago)

    Am currently going here. Some teachers are cool but most are way to strict and have no sense of humor unless your one of their favorites.

  • (9 years ago)

    We have loved our 3 years (so far) at Union! The staff is really wonderful very responsive to parents dedicated to teaching and quick to deal with any issues that arise. The facilities are beautiful newly remodeled. My daughter has been encouraged to take challenging courses rather than coast through easier classes. Academics seem great too 7th grade science included frog dissection something I did not do until college! Drop off/Pick ups are the only draw back very overcrowded traffic and difficult to navigate.

  • (9 years ago)

    I had a daughter go through all 3 years and a son transfer out after one semester due to family move. I thought the teachers were excellent for the most part worked with my daughter when she got off track. I would do everything I could as a parent to get my child into Mrs. Martin's science class. She is outstanding. The band program is good Mr. Kay does well despite a lack of resources. Athletics are strong although some of the coaches are more concerned with being cool than coaching. Socially the student body tended to be clicky somewhat snobby and unaccepting of kids who didn't look dress or act a certain way. Overall my children had a good experience.

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