School Details

Edna Brewer Middle School

3748 13th Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610
(510) 531-6600
6

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 790 students 18 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

63%
43%
60%
35%
29%
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
  • Oakland Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

85%
69%
86%
66%
40%
60%
53%
28%
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
  • Oakland Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

18%
28%
50%
57%
36%
57%
100%
71%
85%
60%
30%
52%
67%
45%
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
  • Oakland Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Edna Brewer Middle School is a public middle school in Oakland. The principal of Edna Brewer Middle School is Sam Pasarow, who can be contacted at sam.pasarow@ousd.k12.ca.us. 790 students go to Edna Brewer Middle School and identify mostly as Unspecified; Black, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 10% of the Edna Brewer Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 70% of the 790 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Edna Brewer Middle School is 18:1. The Renaissance School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • Cantonese
  • French
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Unspecified 4% 6%
Black, non-Hispanic 30% 35%
Multiracial 3% %
Asian 29% 13%
Hispanic 21% 37%
White, non-Hispanic 12% 6%
Filipino 0.7% 0.8%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 0.4%
Pacific Islander 0.5% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 70% 68%
Limited English proficiency 10% 31%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    My daughter is a 7th grader at Brewer and has been having a great experience so far. 6th grade was amazing- the teachers were so skilled and motivated. They really like the kids and it shows. The 6th grade wing offers a nice transition to middle school. For the most part 6th graders are removed from the rest of campus so it feels like a small school within a large school. The music program is phenomenal with dedicated strings and band conductors. It's a serious program with lots of opportunities for after-school music (Jazz Band & OUSD Muse) performances an annual retreat at Cazadero and competitions. My daughter also participated in the theater program where the students worked with Cal Shakes to perform 12th Night. This semester the students are working with Word for Word to adapt a novel into a play. In spring there will be another Shakespeare opportunity. There are many student-directed lunch activities like book clubs sports clubs etc. My serious student has been challenged and happy at Brewer. She's made lots of friends from many schools and learning lots. Overall Brewer is an excellent school!

  • (9 months ago)

    We looked at a variety of private and public schools in Oakland for our daughter and decided on Edna Brewer because of the innovative programs and drive of the administration and staff. We have been blown away by the community the teachers and the opportunities for our daughter. In addition to good classes (with lots of blended learning) she has worked with CalShakes and performed a Shakespeare play (and understood its complexities) and she has had the opportunity to audition and perform in the acclaimed jazz band. She has a sense of civic pride and a dedication to equality that I think Edna Brewer has fostered. And I believe she is getting a good solid education. We couldn't be happier!

  • (9 months ago)

    Edna Brewer is a GEM in Oakland. We have been thrilled with the quality and dedication of the teachers the robust and acclaimed music program and the strong emphasis on social emotional learning. Brewer is on the cutting age of integrating technology into the classroom through blended learning and the school has one google chrome book for every 2 students. The school has a no tolerance policy for bullying and fights are handled expeditiously. All of these reasons have allowed it to decrease its chronic absence rate to the lowest of all middle schools in OUSD. Brewer has the most diverse student body in the district and it is a warm and inviting place for all.

  • (9 months ago)

    My son is in his 3rd year at Edna Brewer and is in the music program. There are bands and orchestras for each grade a 6th grade Orff music class as well as jazz band. The music teachers are outstanding. He is taking the "compression math" course (8th grade math and 1st year algebra) so he can take high school geometry as a freshman. The math teacher for this course is excellent. Other offerings include visual arts drama Spanish PE a library peer tutoring an autism program Special Ed a computer lab blended learning an afterschool program etc. There is a very active PTA and they are on Facebook as "Edna Brewer Parents". Edna Brewer is large but the kids have "families" or smaller groups with whom they have their core classes. Kids have the same core class teachers for 7th and 8th grade. There are kids from all different backgrounds and it is very gratifying to see the friendships they forge - as well as to see the kids work out their problems via the restorative justice program. Private school is an option for us. I attended private schools but my son is getting a better education than I did. (I'm a former college professor and Software Developer.)

  • (1 year ago)

    We love Edna Brewer! Our daughter is in 6th grade and looks forward to school. Her favorite part are the teachers. They are dedicated creative and caring (and fun!). The principal and staff are excellent and supportive. The music program is amazing. After-school sports are wonderful. Can't say enough good about this school.

  • (1 year ago)

    This year my son started 6th grade at EB so far good he has been going to after school program that he enjoys and i'm exited. His school teachers are great there haven't been any complains in regards to the staff or other student coming from my son. I like the fact that 6th graders or separated from the rest of the older students. They recently will start a minecraft club which my son is super exited about it also shows me that teachers care about the students interest. They will also soon will start a program with Heads up that is provided through Head royce private school in oakland to help students who are falling behind. Overall i have no complains so far as long as my son is happy i will be too and as a parent we know when our children are happy. Great school.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school was amazing the school have great teachers. I hope parents will send their children to Edna Brewer MIddle School.

  • (1 year ago)

    My school is Edna Brewer Middle School. It is a great school because the all staff and teachers Principals counselors care about the students and shows it. The Best OUSD Middle School in Oakland. There are kids from all economic levels and from all areas of Oakland. There are plenty of non-academic clubs music and sports for all. The after school program is also great! I like everything about Edna Brewer and there isn't anything that i can see that needs to be changed. They just need to keep great teachers and more information given to parents about homework assignments since there are no Math and Science and English books given out because od Common Core.

  • (2 years ago)

    Edna Brewer was already above average when I joined in 2006 and it has improved every year since. The student body quality of work and test scores attest to my experience. It is the epitome of America diverse and hard-working. Students from the hills to the flats east to west Oakland and first generation to the next generation all attend Edna Brewer. Edna Brewer does deal with the staff turnover that plagues urban schools and will continue to plague urban schools until we change how we fund public education structure the school day and legitimize the teaching profession. But the fact that Edna Brewer has continued to improve in spite of turnover attests to its strong culture of success.

  • (4 years ago)

    My 6 grader had an English teacher leave in the middle of the year. From what I heard at least 2 more teachers left their classes hanging in the dust for long term subs to pick up the pieces. EB did not meet expectations. Oakland schools lose teachers all the time but what kind of school loses so many in one year?

  • (4 years ago)

    My son came from a distinguished school in the Elk Grove Unified School District where he earned a 0.0gpa after his first quarter. After having moved him to Edna Brewer I am pleased to say that he is delighted to be there and earning a 3.0 gpa after a few months. Something must be right... )

  • (4 years ago)

    EB is a truly wonderful middle school with an excellent music department solid academics good physical education program and exceptional parent community/student body. For the most part parents and students will find this school to be a great choice and the test scores attest the solid learning environment. That said anyone who has raised a tween to teen knows that this age will present periodic challenges. Neither you nor your child will escape adolescence at ANY school sigh. However be assured that you and your child will have a strong community of peers families and teachers to help buffer the ups and downs. I have one child happily moving through teenhood and the other moving down the pike. EB is a true neighborhood gem

  • (4 years ago)

    My son is in his first year at Brewer. He has never been happier. He says it himself. The communication between teachers and parents is very strong. They are truly committed to excellence for every student. It is amazing to see my son having the support at school to become a responsible citizen.

  • (4 years ago)

    I know that no cell phones are allowed at school. If seen they are confiscated and I believe a parent is allowed to retrieve once. After that they cannot be retrieved until the end of the school year. Students are encourgaged to use the office phone to call their parents. So if there is rampant sexting it probably is not part of the school day. I'm not sure how the school can control it as part of the after-school environment. It would be the same with what kids post on Facebook to each other. There is some type of cyber behavior policy that we all sign off on at registration both kids and parents so someone could be turned in as violating that policy and then receive disciplinary consequences. But I think it's only about the cyber resources of the school.

  • (4 years ago)

    Bullying is rampant for this age group and each school has to make a big effort to give kids support. Like for my child they have to be willing to come forward to say they are bullied and that is a big barrier (the snitch factor). There is a box in the main office to drop in a slip and ask for adult-guided peer mediation. There is restorative justice program where the person who caused harm does civic action to make amends to the community that a restorative justice circle has agreed upon. There are intra-day mental health counseling services groups and after school programs such as Brothers on the Rise. There is a counselor-led Gay Straight Alliance weekly at lunch. These are a wealth of resources so there is help if kids seek it out. They are told how to seek it out.

  • (5 years ago)

    Agree that 6th grade was adequate but there has been a change in administration since then resulting in a complete change in feeling of community. Many teachers and administrative staff have left recently-seen as a vote of no confidence. Few if any research papers required and even less reading (two or three books in a whole school year). Current administration seems to expect the worst of students and acts accordingly.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am the parent of a 7th grader at EBMS. While I feel the school was adequate in her 6th grade year I am beyond displeased with the school this year. The teachers hardly give homework and what they do give doesn't seem very challenging and the administration seems to turn an eye away from the social issues that are happening at the school every single day. There is bullying catty behavior amongst the girls sexting (mass text messages of a sexual nature) and kids sneaking around performing sexual acts on one another. Unbelievable! The fact that the kids are so under-supervised and the security so blind that they are able to sneak off and do these things is absolutely appalling. I am making plans to transfer my daughter out of EBMS as soon as possible.

  • (5 years ago)

    We were nervous about our daughter entering a public middle school but were beyond relieved to find that she not only loves the school but that the culture there is positive supportive and engaging. We're thrilled with the climate and teaching at Edna Brewer.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a young mother of 3 and my expirience with this school has been terrible. I sent my first born here and i really regret it. The classrooms are cramped and clustered and my son could not get the help he needed for his studies because the teachers were to flustered by all the children. I will NOT be sending my other two children here. i highly recommend you DO NOT send your children here if you would like them to suceed

  • (5 years ago)

    I love this school. i have 4 kids and all of them have been to edna brewer all of them have loved it too. I cant wait to send my youngest Jamie to edna brewer. For now he will stay at Crocker Highlands Elementary the SECOND best school in the oakland school district. After edna Brewer i sent my kids to Oakland Technical Highschool. The teachers are friendly srtaff is helpfull the hw is minimum but also challenging for my children. the afterschool programs are fantastic as well. I LOVE THIS SCHOOL! A+

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