School Details

Black Mountain Middle School

9353 Oviedo Street, San Diego, CA 92129
(858) 484-1300
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 1351 students 23 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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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
  • Poway Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

95%
96%
86%
80%
82%
60%
60%
64%
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
  • Poway Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

65%
64%
50%
75%
78%
57%
35%
34%
31%
98%
97%
85%
71%
76%
52%
87%
88%
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
  • Poway Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Black Mountain Middle School is a public middle school in San Diego. The principal of Black Mountain Middle School is Charan Kirpalani, whose e-mail is ckirpalani@powayusd.com. 1,351 children attend Black Mountain Middle School and identify as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 9% of the Black Mountain Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 23% of the 1,351 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Black Mountain Middle School is 23:1. Mesa Verde Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 6% %
White, non-Hispanic 48% 55%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 3%
Asian 18% 17%
Hispanic 13% 11%
Filipino 10% 7%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.7% %
Pacific Islander 0.7% 0.7%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.6% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.4%
Unspecified 0.2% 6%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 23% 11%
Limited English proficiency 9% 12%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    This school have been fantastic for my kids. I feel lucky to have my kids here

  • (1 year ago)

    Unfortunately this school has gone downhill in the 3 years my kids have been there. Three different principals in 3 years and a significant loss of some of their best teachers. My kids have done well there but they are under-challenged. They also plan to change the math program for incoming 6th graders which I fear will make things worse. I have an incoming 6th grader next year and I'm sure he'll be under-challenged. I will do my best to move him to a different school if I don't see significant improvement next year. The most positive attribute is the parent involvement especially the Science Olympiad program. It is unfortunate that the most challenging aspect of the curriculum must be run by parent volunteers.

  • (3 years ago)

    I have to say I love Black Mountain Middle School. All the teachers are caring nice funny and cool. The staff at Black Mountain is awesome. Right before you walk in to school you will see the principal and staff greeting everyone as they pass by. You'll see the teachers and principals walking by everyone during lunchtime having conversations with the students and the school will usually play music and do more fun activities during lunch. This is one of the few schools I know that has teaches orchestra and i can personally tell you I miss that. I strongly encourage you to enroll your students in Black Mountain Middle School because if not your seriously missing out. I wish I could've graduated at bmms but I ended up moving after seventh grade. I miss everything about that school especially being in orchestra. Black Mountain Middle School is awesome!!

  • (4 years ago)

    Black Mountain is a fantastic middle school in PUSD. The adminstration office staff and fine teachers have molded my beautiful child into and incredible person. Excellent volunteering opportunities. I look forward to my childs future. BMMS has prepared my child for an awesome 4 years in high school.I couldn't be more pleased.

  • (4 years ago)

    What a positive learning environment! Staff and administration are friendly outgoing and throughly accessible to the students and parents. Administration staff and school counselors regularly join students at lunch for casual chats and clearly enjoy a warm supportive relationship. My family has particularly benefitted from volunteer opportunities that are unique to this school and rare to find at other campuses. My seventh grader is very proud of this school and is having an excellent experience at Black Mountain. We are very grateful.

  • (4 years ago)

    We are delighted to share the incredibly positive experience our son has had at Black Mountain Middle School. We moved to California from another country in the middle of the school year. Our kids have had to "hit the ground running" and Black Mountain has provided exactly the right balance of clear expectations support to succeed and encouragement to stretch for our grade 7 student. The staff clearly understand the needs of kids in these middle years; and the challenges they face as their world expands. They take a genuine interest in each individual student as a learner and as a person and provide a well rounded educational experience that is second to none. We cannot speak highly enough about our sons experience at Black Mountain Middle School - the school is a gem!

  • (5 years ago)

    Great friendly environment. Helpful teachers diverse community excited students.

  • (5 years ago)

    My son who is an IEP student has struggled from school to school myself as a witness. BMMS has done so much for him within this last year compared to what other schools have done for him in the past 5 years. My son was so depressed self contentious even afraid to learn before attending BMMS. The program the organization the support which they provide for struggling students is remarkable and loving.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am not impressed with the administration and counseling staff. Yes bullying is a part of this age but it doesn't have to be tolerated. Administration doesn't come down on it hard enough. I don't think they are pro-active enough on this issue. There is a lot of mean behavior and bullying going on that is not easy to detect. The kids don't feel free to tell a teacher or counselor because they don't feel they will do anything about it. Where we used to live the teachers counselors and administration were aggressive in stopping bullying behavior. It is a big issue and BMMS needs to wake up to the fact that there is a lot of it at their school and they need to make a bold stand to the kids that it won't be tolerated.... and then must follow through by actions.

  • (5 years ago)

    My chid's experience was awful at this school. The principal is uninvolved and the vice principal is a loose cannon. Glad to get my child out of this school to one where admin cares about the kids.

  • (5 years ago)

    Black Mountain Middle School is a beautiful school located high on a hill where on a clear day you can see the Pacific Ocean. BMMS is an award-winning school where you are always greeted with a warm smile and you immediately get a sense of feeling welcomed on campus. It is easy to see all staff and students exhibit kindness and respect for each other and everyone (parents teachers staff and students) works together towards a common goal of individualized personal best in order to ensure each student's future success! Raiders Rock!

  • (5 years ago)

    The Class of 2009 ]!!! I graduated this last school year with my friends. I had the best last three years with the/my teachers and student achievers/classmates. All the teachers care with discipline in their classroom. Teachers with great discipline care about their student achievers' education ]! Over-Academic Achievers enjoy their academic teachers enthuasiatic. They play academic-educational games while studying quietly with classmates. Regular-Achievers (regular students) enjoy the fundamental-educational activities in school with their teachers. All BMMS Achievers have fundamental- education activities with teachers every school year. All BMMS Achievers learned a new word every week! My favorite school activity is.... THEbmms Sport ]! I love to have my heart-pumping while playing heat ranging competitions. The coaches had a blast spending time with their favorite students of all periods. I Will Miss BMMS ]!!! Thanks to All THEbmms Teachers for teaching us AVID sessions of Educational Easy Work Skills!!!

  • (6 years ago)

    I was a student ad black mountain middle school and it was one of the best exsperiences of my life! i went there for sixth grade and loved it!!! i had to transfer out because of parents idea of the school. the learning enviornemt with a great amount of diversity. i would encourage students and parents alike to both think about a amazing learning exspenirense both acidamicaly and with like skills. it is amazing.my heaqrt is in black mountain and it always will be ) BMMS PIRDEE STM! you know who i am ))

  • (6 years ago)

    I was a student ad black mountain middle school and it was one of the best exsperiences of my life! i went there for sixth grade and loved it!!! i had to transfer out because of parents idea of the school. the learning enviornemt with a great amount of diversity. i would encourage students and parents alike to both think about a amazing learning exspenirense both acidamicaly and with like skills. it is amazing.my heaqrt is in black mountain and it always will be ) BMMS PIRDEE STM! you know who i am ))

  • (9 years ago)

    The teachers really care at this school. My daughter struggled and was put in AVID--has helped her get to 'B's. It is not the school's fault that California underfunds the schools cutting middle school interschool competition and limiting electives to one.

  • (10 years ago)

    great students great teachers and there is almost nothing wrong with how the system works. The kids are amazing incredible and are the nicest bunch in San Diego especially 2005 eight graders

  • (10 years ago)

    Great school good teachers that seem to care about the children. A lot of activities for the children to do. Poway USD seems to be more concerned about the quality of the schools and not about the politics.

  • (11 years ago)

    the school has come a long way in three years. the principal involves parents with various parent meetings and input sessions.

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