School Details

Lick (James) Middle School

1220 Noe Street, San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 695-5675
4

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 595 students 13 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
  • San Francisco Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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64%
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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
  • San Francisco Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

28%
50%
50%
51%
59%
57%
40%
54%
52%
64%
64%
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
  • San Francisco Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Lick (James) Middle School is a public middle school in San Francisco. The principal of Lick (James) Middle School is Bita Nazarian, who can be contacted at nazarianb@sfusd.ed. 595 students go to Lick (James) Middle School and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Asian. 41% of the Lick (James) Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 68% of the 595 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Lick (James) Middle School is 13:1. St. Philip 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

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 7% 12%
Multiracial 7% %
Asian 7% 41%
Hispanic 65% 23%
Unspecified 5% 5%
White, non-Hispanic 12% 11%
Filipino 1% 6%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.9% 0.6%
Pacific Islander 0.5% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 56447%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 68% 56%
Limited English proficiency 41% 31%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    james lick brings back a lot of good memorys.. im an ex student (69) ! ! yes a very long time but it was one of the best experience that I had..and it still brings a smile to my face whenever I think about my time at James Lick

  • (1 year ago)

    I really enjoy attending Lick. I do feel challenged academically and I am glad I picked it. I have found problems with our principal who changed the dress code this year to make it much stricter and less admitting. Lots of my friends are there with me so it loosened the tension last year. Overall it's a pretty good school even with its history of gangs and bullying and violence.

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter just started this year. I have heard good things but some negative comments about the principal. I am hoping my daughter adapts. Today I already heard something I didn't like with disruptive kids.

  • (4 years ago)

    The only year that worked for us was 6th grade although I loved almost all my son's teachers. When the past principal left a lot of them left with him as well as the academic performance and spirit. New administration tends to be patronizing and condescending when you make a suggestion or a comment as parent. It most be hard for those great teachers that remained. Parents need to stand their ground and ACT put pressure and protect their kids from becoming the tail of Lion.

  • (4 years ago)

    Most students are disruptive and there are quite a few bad teachers. I don't feel challenged at all at James Lick. The whole school community is suffering because of the budget cuts.

  • (5 years ago)

    My Daughter is in 6th Grade at James Lick this year. She absolutely LOVES her new school. She says this school is the best thing that has ever happened to her! The other kids are great and she has made a lot of new friends. The teachers are great and the after school program offers lots of different activities. The Musical Theater program and the Art classes are also great. I would recommend this school to anyone.

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter attended James Lick for the past three years. Most of her teachers were amazingly dedicated and strong. I am concerned about the future of the school based on my interactions with the new principal and vice principal. I must say that I felt heard about issues but no real action took place to remedy problems and I felt that I was looked upon as atrouble maker. Hopefully this year will run smoother and parent voices will be heard.

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter was well prepared for high school honors classes - she enjoyed going to James Lick My son is in 7th grade and is challenged and enjoys school - both my kids are high achieving GATE students and they were well served at James Lick - I feel that the differentiation really worked better than segregated tracks. Strong art program lots of community building with the student and family community

  • (5 years ago)

    I was a student at this school. I graduated in 2008. This school is a very good school. All of the teacher are hard on us but was good that they was. I am very happy that i wen't to that school and if you are reading this you should make your child so to this school. This is a true jlms graduated

  • (5 years ago)

    We've been thrilled with James Lick. My daughter is thriving academically and socially. The teachers are talented and dedicated. They give 150 percent to the kids. My daughter is doing great in all her academic subjects--even math which hasn't been her favorite subject in the past. She also loves all the arts that are available including chorus dance and studio art electives and a musical theater production of 'Bye Bye Birdie' as an after-school activity.

  • (6 years ago)

    This is the hidden 'gem' of middle schools in SF. The arts focus keeps kids involved and motivated while the academic program is rigorous. The diverse population reflects the San Francisco community and it's values. Go Bulldogs!

  • (7 years ago)

    There is considerable writing across the academic core classes and in my view this is an indicator of high expectations teacher quality and leadership. Though my child is in General Education she benefits from the presence of the Immersion program because this leads to more discussion of academic subjects across the board. The music program has expanded to include 2 the art instruction is not only high quality but motivates those students who do not think they are 'art' oriented. Recently the 6th graders began a 'wheel system' where each 6th grader gets to experience the selection of Arts offerings and Peer Leadership. Parent involvement is high and consistent.

  • (7 years ago)

    My daughter is in 6th grade in the general ed program at James Lick. The programs are well integrated other than the two classes in Spanish. This year has been great. The 6th grade math team is wonderful -- they group kids by ability which is flexible depending on where your kid is for any particular math concept. The rock music program rocks! My daughter has learned how to play the electric guitar. The opportunities of a small school are exciting -- she ran for student council joined the track team and knows a lot of the teachers and students. The administrative team is so supportive of parent involvement and really know great instruction. I highly recommend James Lick. It's getting better every day and it's fun to be included in the turnaround!

  • (7 years ago)

    The principal is a solid administrator and he's great with my kids. The Blue Bear rock music class is just amazing and makes school 'cool' for my 6th grader. The parents are hardworking folks. Great teachers lively small-school atmosphere.

  • (7 years ago)

    Not very impressed with the quality of teachers. They don t have control of the students like they should. They are not very helpful to inquiring parents. The teachers are either too inexperienced or just don t seem to care. I would not recommend this school.

  • (7 years ago)

    You really can't go by the API score when deciding whether to send your child to James Lick. If you have a bright self-motivated child and you're interested in the Spanish immersion program he/she can get an excellent education here. The immersion students are for the most part high-achieving kids from nice families. Furthermore the teachers are warm and caring and it's a small school atmosphere. The only drawback to this school is the rough atmosphere that some kids in the general ed program bring to the school. In spite of the bullying my child has sometimes suffered here I am still very happy to have chosen James Lick.

  • (7 years ago)

    I think James Lick is a great school for my son. He has been pushed to excel in math and social studies been given some very creative assignments and had teachers follow his progress and provide encouragement. It's a smaller middle school which i think helps minimize lots of the usual middle school issues and helps parents to get involved and make contributions. The school location is convenient and relaively attractive for a city school. The trips to Latin countries are quite special - this year it is the Yucatan for a group of students parents and teachers. The Spanish immersion program is tops.

  • (8 years ago)

    The new leadership and renewed energy from the teachers has really made a big difference this year. My son has been challenged in courses projects and had the differenciated curriculum for GATE students. The PTSA and parents continue to move ahead with parent education and fundraising to support the school goals and extended field trips to Costa Rica and Ashland OR. The new focus on our ELAC group has outreached to many more parents. The free afterschool program offers homework support as well as variety of classes from fencing hip hop photograpy portfolio development yearbook technology club talent/fashion show newspaper Carnival and more. It is a safe and clean school. Kids from all grades and programs are friends-- it is one big community in a small school setting.

  • (9 years ago)

    My daughter transfered in to James Lick from a larger middle school for seventh and eighth grade. One of the reasons she wanted to transfer was the warmth of the teachers at James Lick. When we toured she was very impressed with the dedication and interest that the teachers seemed to give to all of the students. She also felt less intimidated trying out for the sports teams here then at the larger school. As a parent I have enjoyed a smaller middle school environment where the teachers counselors and administrators know my child know who she hangs out with and are always available to discuss any issue you might have. I also feel that she is being challenged in all areas of the curriculum. You should really visit James Lick and you will see the inviting yet challenging environment that I refer to.

  • (9 years ago)

    We have a new Principal and Assistant Principal who are making positive changes at the school - our daughter is being challenged is having fun and feels safe at this small mmiddle school. I encourage ytou to tour the school and see for yourself

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