School Details

Bernardo Heights Middle School

12990 Paseo Lucido, San Diego, CA 92128
(858) 485-4850
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-9 1411 students 22 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

84%
81%
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73%
73%
55%

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
  • Poway Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

98%
96%
86%
80%
82%
60%
64%
64%
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
  • Poway Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

57%
64%
50%
83%
78%
57%
0%
34%
31%
97%
97%
85%
80%
76%
52%
89%
88%
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
  • Poway Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Bernardo Heights Middle School is a public middle school in San Diego. The principal of Bernardo Heights Middle School is Elaine Johnson and can be contacted at eljohnson@powayusd.com. 1,411 students go to Bernardo Heights Middle School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Filipino; and Black, non-Hispanic. 9% of the Bernardo Heights Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 12% of the 1,411 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Bernardo Heights Middle School is 22:1. St. Michael's School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 59% 55%
Filipino 5% 7%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 3%
Unspecified 4% 6%
Multiracial 3% %
Asian 22% 17%
Hispanic 11% 11%
Pacific Islander 0.9% 0.7%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.7% 0.4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4% 34490%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 12% 11%
Limited English proficiency 9% 12%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    Office staff seems nice enough..some teachers are okay..but too many kids too few teachers..I agree about the element here. The bullying does seem to be an issue and most of the teachers seem like drones. They really do not seem to care about the kids who actually need help. Just wanna get through another day.

  • (11 months ago)

    My child has gone to BHMS for the past three years. The first year there was 3-4 hrs of nightly homework with many projects. In 7th and 8th grade there has been very little homework. This practice should be reversed with much less in 6th as students get used to having multiple teachers in a new school gradually increasing as they finish 8th grade so they will be prepared for the rigor of High School. We loved the old principal - friendly professional student-centered. She was a positive force on campus. The new principal in my opinion has been heavy handed in issuing dress code violations. My child and their friends are so worried about getting dress-coded they can't focus on academics. As a parent and educator I have found the environment fearful for my child over the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years. A very sad commentary on a place that we should be secure in the knowledge our children are receiving a quality education without the fear of bullying... by administration teachers lunch duties or students. I feel this administrator is out of touch with his students. The focus is not where it should be at this school and I have met with him directly about my concerns.

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter graduated from BHMS in 2012. She had a wonderful experience. However my son finished 6th grade at BHMS in 2012 then we moved to another school. His first year was vastly different. He was bullied at BHMS. We also found out he had Aspergers and the school was not able to accommodate his special needs. One teacher worked with us another teacher would not accommodate my son's learning style. My son's profanity expanded quite a bit while playing Yugioh cards with 8th graders. Too bad its changed so much from being a top notch school.

  • (1 year ago)

    My 6th and 8th grader started school her in the fall of 2012. I will have to say not a good experience at all. There is bullying the school does not practice what it preaches on safety (my son broke a bone in P.E. it never should have happened and no follow-through on safety measures.) My 6th grader who enjoyed her old school does not like this school at all. She went from a zero tolerance on bullying traditional middle school with similar A.P. scores to BHMS and wants to be home-schooled now. Front office is great teachers and staff just so-so good music program. Overall what a disappointment!

  • (1 year ago)

    This school has such a bullying problem we took our daughter out in 6th grade. Teachers are complacent they do not provide enough challenge for the high level learners they receive.

  • (5 years ago)

    Simply put it is the best school in the poway district i could have sent my child to. I have no complaints.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is a great school and I'd recommend to anyone that lives around the area. The teachers are nice the students are also nice and they are very very friendly. I left the school 5 months ago but I miss every single person I've known at that school.If there's a problem(like bullies) just tell the assistant principal and the problem would be solved asap.

  • (5 years ago)

    I really feel that this school is top notch. Most of the teachers and the leadership take teaching our children seriously and are good about keeping in contact with emails and automated phone messages. There was a problem with bullying last year however when brought to the principal's attention it was taken care of immediately and the issue was resolved.

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter is just completing her first year here (6th grade) and she loves it. Her grades have improved she is involved in choir (great teacher!) and is thriving in every way. The school has a great 'after school' program as well.

  • (5 years ago)

    great school sent my son and daughters prepared well for high school and college!

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter joined BHMS in January 2008.She was assigned a teacher who thought teaching was to show video's and give question sheets. She had this teacher for 4 subjects! He was inconsistent in his grading which confused and frustrated our daughter. Her time at BHMS has been a waste. She has gone from an A+ student to a B student. We are moving her to Mesa Verde.

  • (8 years ago)

    It is little crowded but great school. Nice neighbourhood.

  • (9 years ago)

    My daughter enjoyed her sixth grade year at this school. She liked all her teachers. She was involved in orchestra and improved herself in physical education. The school is in a very nice neighborhood as well.

  • (10 years ago)

    I used to go to Bernardo Heights. I left there about 5 months ago. I went there all three years. I never realized how much I loved Bernardo Heights until I moved! I miss my friends and all my 'nice' teachers so much!

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