School Details

Pleasant Hill Middle School

1 Santa Barbara Road, Pleasant Hill, CA 94503
(925) 256-0791
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 834 students 21 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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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
  • Mt. Diablo Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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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
  • Mt. Diablo Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

54%
37%
50%
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58%
57%
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27%
31%
100%
63%
85%
62%
54%
52%
67%
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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
  • Mt. Diablo Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Pleasant Hill Middle School is a public middle school in Pleasant Hill. The principal of Pleasant Hill Middle School is Terry McCormick, whose e-mail is mccormickt@mdusd.org. 834 students go to Pleasant Hill Middle School and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; Asian; and White, non-Hispanic. 11% of the Pleasant Hill Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 42% of the 834 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Pleasant Hill Middle School is 21:1. Sequoia Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 6% 5%
Asian 5% 8%
White, non-Hispanic 43% 47%
Filipino 4% 4%
Unspecified 4% 2%
Hispanic 35% 32%
Multiracial 1% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.9% %
Pacific Islander 0.9% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.6% 31852%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.6%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 42% 36%
Limited English proficiency 11% 19%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    I give it 4 and a half stars because of the bullying. There are quite a few bullies in the school and sometimes the school doesn't do anything about it except for give the bullies lunch detentions and tell them not to do it again. Its pretty much like a two year old did it. Thats the only thing that i'm disappointed about. But GO RAMS!

  • (7 months ago)

    GO RAMS! PLEASANT HILL MIDDLE SCHOOL PRIDE!! SHOW OFF YOUR HORNS LIKE YOU'VE NEVER SHOWN THEM OFF BEFORE!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    P.H.M.S is a great school. My daughter was transfered here and spent 8th grade here. The principal Mrs McCormick is very understanding and Stacy the attendance lady is helpful as well. This is a wonderful school with a comfortable atmosphere and my daughter did have issues at other schools until this one came along. She developed into a mature and popular student with good grades. Thanks P>H>M>S

  • (1 year ago)

    I love this school! The classes are good even thought there are some bad people the school will take care of it. The P.E. program is the best P.E. program that i have ever been in all the sports are fun! This school focuses on your education.

  • (2 years ago)

    Pleasant Hill middle school needs to hire more security to monitor the safty of the children Bullying and intimidation is becoming a daily problem and children who could just walk home now have to be picked up by a parent.

  • (2 years ago)

    We are recent transplants from the Saranap area in Walnut Creek and purchased a home in Pleasant Hill last year. My kids are former students at Parkmead Elementary. Admittedly I disappointed when I wasn't able to keep my kids in the WCSD; as there was no point since WC high schools do not accept transfers. I was pleasantly surprised with my children's school year at both PHMS and PHE. Both schools have a great amount of parent involvement and fund raise a lot of money for each school. My daughter's 6th grade teachers were excellent and extremely communicative especially since my daughter was out sick a lot during the school year. She was still able to maintain a 4.0 the entire year and I believe that is largely due to parent/teacher communication. The administration is really good about keeping the 6th graders separated (for the most part) from the 7th and 8th graders as well as keeping dress code violators in check. I believe the principal is going on her 2nd year 2012-2013 and though there seems to be a high turnover in the principal department I know there is also a high turnover of principals in the WCSD district as well...

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a student and this school is very unsatisfactory. For a student to say this school is bad just tells you how bad this school is. The teachers expect nothing of you and definitely don't mind if you "cuss" in class. They don't teach much (NO english) and easy A's are more than very common. The staff at this school don't care about any complaints and don't take care of them and don't even try to. But like most schools there are some decent teachers. Overall the reason why this school is getting good reviews is because it doesn't challenge you AT ALL and is an easy and un-educational journey. I encourage whoever reads this to look at private schools because if you attend this school you are missing out on a great education. Thanks! Hope this helped! PS---The school honors perfect attendance and not an all year 4.0 at the honors assembly....craziness....I am glad I only attended this school for one year!

  • (5 years ago)

    Parents are saying that the teachers didn't help their child when they broke their arm or leg or whatever. I'm a student at the school and it's not the teachers fault the student broke a bone my friend broke her arm yet she was able to do all her work and still get an A. Moving away from that the teachers are amazing. If you listen in class and stay on track of your homework you will be a straight A student. They even have geometry and AIMS for excelling students or students that still need some help. I don't know why parents and students are saying that this school is horrible. It's very diverse ( I'm african-american) and when new students come they welcome them with and open hand. I LOVE THIS SCHOOL!!!!!

  • (5 years ago)

    I love this school. Right now I am in 6th grade and I only have one teacher I don't like. Everything is fun while challenging. Th P.E. program is great. my speed has improved 10%. I have also met lots of new friends. It also dosen't have weird schedules where you have 5 classes one day and 7 in another.

  • (5 years ago)

    I love my school! I'm a student a PHMS and everyone there is so helpful and nice. This year I'm an 8th grader! Mrs. ouimet Mr. Roselin are some of the amazing people who help make this school great. I am also in the Leadership GATE and CJSF programs too and part of the 4.0 students. I know this school is very diverse b/c I'm one of the African students. If your going to put your child in this school I'd say you've made a great choice. The teachers are supportive helpful and can really change your child's life. I've made great friends which was really hard b/c i'm a transfer student from AUSD (antioch). Some of the classes are Geometry Algebra Pre-Algebra 6th grade math AIMS Band Art Spanish Science Drama English P.E. etc. I LOVE THIS SCHOOL!

  • (6 years ago)

    This is not a good school! My son is an honor roll student and was bulleyed and harrassed and did not get support from the administration. Teachers are not supportive when my son had a broken arm. The principal is not fair when delegating proper punishments and shows a lack of leadership that filters down to the quality of teachers.

  • (7 years ago)

    My son gets no help from his teachers when he broke his finger and had a cast on up to his elbow they didn t modify the assignments. They would rather give a student an F then help them with anything. If he was old enough I would put him on independent study and would pull him out of that school!

  • (8 years ago)

    This school has been a huge disappointment and is a disgrace to public education. The principal is out of touch and unresponsive. There are a few excellent teachers but in general the teachers are unavailable and resist any attempt to work with parents or students. Teachers and the principal do not return phone calls and act as though it's an intrusion to ask them a question about a student's progress.

  • (8 years ago)

    I've had two children attend and have been very disappointed. I have found a few of the teachers to be rude and disrespectful of my children in front of others very unprofessional. In requesting meetings phone calls and direct issues to the principal I had been ignored and had to go straight to the district to straighten out these issues.

  • (9 years ago)

    Pleasant hill is a great school . There's a diversity of students and great helpful teachers.They have to what I see as a terrific staff of English teachers.The school used to be a high school but they turned it into th middle school . The school has a track a large field and a great swimming pool so the kid's have a good P.E. program. Parent's are encouraged to volunteer for Parent Patrol and activites.In my eyes this is a terrific school! In the school everyone paricipates to make it a better school. There is Conflict Management for any students problem's.In my eyes there is not one but many principal's.Mrs.Omieat Leadership classes hold many fun activities to make school a funner place

  • (9 years ago)

    My daughter has gone to this school since 6th grade she will be in 8th this year. I have been terribly disappointed in the quality of the principal to the children. I have spoken to the principal and vice principal to no avail. A few teachers there are wonderful although most are not. I am transferring my child to another school this year.

  • (10 years ago)

    I absolutely love this school. It has great teachers good classes and all-around fun! I'm in 7th grade right now almost an eight grader and an Art and Drama student.

  • (11 years ago)

    My son a 6th grader absolutely loves going to PHMS. He is enthused each day about what he is learning even more so than when he was in elementary school. His teachers seem to really bring the subjects to life. We had a choice of two middle schools and I feel that this school is a great fit for my son.

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