School Details

Newark Junior High School

6201 Lafayette Avenue, Newark, CA 94560
(510) 818-3000
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades 7-8 998 students 23 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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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
  • Newark Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

72%
72%
50%
57%
57%
57%
22%
22%
31%
100%
100%
85%
56%
56%
52%
71%
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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
  • Newark Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Newark Junior High School is a public middle school in Fremont. The principal of Newark Junior High School is Mark Neal, whose e-mail is mneal@nusd.k12.ca.us. 998 students attend Newark Junior High School and identify mostly as Filipino; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 16% of the Newark Junior High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 58% of the 998 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Newark Junior High School is 23:1. St. Edward School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • P.E. classes
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Filipino 9% 9%
Black, non-Hispanic 6% 8%
Hispanic 51% 45%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 3% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% %
Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Multiracial 2% %
White, non-Hispanic 16% 20%
Asian 11% 12%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.5%
Unspecified 0.2% 2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 58% 47%
Limited English proficiency 16% 25%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    I am proud of our school and our teachers. I have never seen a staff that takes more pride in their lessons. We go above and beyond to be the best. I am honored to be a NJHS.

  • (1 year ago)

    The leadership teachers and administrative staff are great! My child is having an excellent experience and is doing well.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have a long commute to work but we will not move because we are so pleased with the quality of education at Newark Jr. HS and Schilling Elementary. Our kids LOVE school (how often do you hear that?). Classroom size is reasonable and kids get individual attention. Most of our neighbors are either from the technology or biotech industries and you see that the kids don't fall far from the tree. The kids are bright! The teachers help each child to determine his or her path. Not all kids choose college but a lot do! This school teaches great values and respect.

  • (2 years ago)

    I know the teachers and staff here work really hard for the student. Great school!

  • (2 years ago)

    My child is doing fair in school. getting decent grades and stays out of trouble. Not nuts about the new principal. He is snooty and always figiting with his cell phone. He isn't interested in getting to know his students unless they are the attractive. well-liked females. I have a son.

  • (5 years ago)

    Both my daughter and I met our first truly best friends there and have nothing but good memories of the school.

  • (5 years ago)

    I just went to back-to-school night for my 8th grade son and I was very impressed with his teachers. Each teacher had at least 10 years teaching experience and still showed passion for their profession. I have 2 older children who went to this school and another younger daughter to follow. The two older children are doing fine. One is at Newark Memorial and the other starting Cal Poly. This school can provide a great education for your student.

  • (5 years ago)

    NJHS has some really awesome teachers

  • (6 years ago)

    I have been going to this school just for 8th grade I really like it!

  • (6 years ago)

    Wonderful staff! Great location!

  • (7 years ago)

    this school is the best school my child has been to and she transfered 7 times!

  • (7 years ago)

    Although my child had some problems with math last year the teachers where very helpful. Anytime I call or email I get a response right away. I feel the teacher really love what they do and go above and beyond. They are available most of the time before and after school to help students. All that the student has to do is show the enthusiasm and the teachers will help. My child has come in before and after school and there is always someone to help. A great thanks to all the staff for loving what you do. A special that to Ms. Huerta for your prompt responses.

  • (8 years ago)

    The Teachers that care do work hard to inform parents update websites & help kids who are having trouble. Some Teachers just shrug off and say they didn't have time or forgot to inform parent of failing.. They don't answer emails etc. We try get help from the Teachers we get a Lecture and little help.

  • (8 years ago)

    Teacher are over worked and pressured to push students [through] there subjects to make the calender year. Students are failing in Math and Reading. Most teacher are good but to much pressure to roll out these subject and student are left behind and /or sent to the next grade level without full knowledge of the much needed skills in math and reading. This is seen now by lack of parent and board member involvement. Gangs/bulling are vastly taken over due a lack dress code enforcement and school holding zero tolerance codes. Kids need to have program and city involvement Not lip services!

  • (10 years ago)

    This is a very good school. Teachers pay lots of attention on academics. Principal is fully involved and open for suggestions. Teachers run advance programs to motivate the gifted kids. This school has a very good PE teacher. Lots of parents are fully involved and as a result school is doing better and better every year. My son has been in this school since first grade to 6th grade and I am very happy about this school in all aspects. This school has wonderful teachers and principal.

  • (10 years ago)

    I have an 8-grader boy in this school and am really glad that all people involve in my kid education from this school always try to be in touch with parents by any way (i.e. email letters notes etc.) This close contact between the school and parents gives a better results on the educational growth of the students I really recommend this school especially for those students that are learning English as a second language.

  • (11 years ago)

    We moved out of the Newark School District when we discovered how poor the junior high and high schools were. The truly sad part of both schools is that neither the parents teachers or administrators think that their awful test scores are a problem. Time again and again we heard test scores mean nothing they can be manipulated who cares about test scores don't make trouble. So we moved to the other side of the bay where our kids attend schools that rank in the 90th+ percentile instead of the 60th. Parents administrators and teachers actually care that the kids perform well on tests. Plus it's great to be in schools where parents want their kids to attend college (just compare the % of kids who go on to universities at Palo Alto High vs. those at Newark High - no contest!)

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