Marina Middle School

3500 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 749-3495
6

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 902 students 18 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
  • San Francisco Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

63%
64%
60%
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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
  • San Francisco Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

53%
50%
50%
59%
59%
57%
13%
12%
31%
55%
54%
52%
62%
64%
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
  • San Francisco Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Marina Middle School is a public middle school in San Francisco. The principal of Marina Middle School is Joanna Fong and can be contacted at fongj1@sfusd.edu. 902 children attend Marina Middle School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Filipino. 21% of the Marina Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 80% of the 902 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Marina Middle School is 18:1. Lilienthal (Claire) Elementary 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

  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 8% 11%
Asian 56% 41%
Filipino 4% 6%
Unspecified 4% 5%
Hispanic 16% 23%
Black, non-Hispanic 10% 12%
Multiracial 0.9% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.8% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 0.6%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.6% %
Pacific Islander 0.6% 1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 80% 56%
Limited English proficiency 21% 31%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    I like this school so much because it's clean nice students and teachers and don't give a lot of referrals

  • (7 months ago)

    Terrible. Within months my perfectly normal child became depressed. I had no idea how bad the environment was until I came to speak to a teacher. For three weeks this teacher was unable to tell me what assignment my daughter missed when she was sick. Once I entered the school I understood my daughter's desperation and also why this teacher could not perform her job. While I was waiting at the secretary's window a girl was yelling obscenities down the hall words one would usually only hear from a mentally ill homeless person. It didn't seem to create too much stir even though there were teachers around as if this was within the norm. Then I went to my daughter's class it was an absolute chaos. The teacher could not instruct at least three children were yelling at her different requests at the same time. They were getting up and walking around without reason. It seemed that most have some mental health issues. It reminded me of a psychiatric ward at an institution I used to work at. It was unbelievable. It was distressing to spend just five minutes in this class. It was mid-period so the children weren't just settling down. My daughter told me that it gets much worse.

  • (9 months ago)

    I love that my kids are able to attend their neighborhood school and that they feel safe and happy. Someday as adults they will go out to the Marina with friends and point to that beautiful art deco building in the Marina District and say "I went to school there" just like true native San Franciscans. They are super happy have a lot of friends from many different backgrounds and really enjoying middle school life. After school they are able to study at the library with friends or go have a smoothie on Chestnut St or go watch a game in the gym or Moscone Park. They would not be able to experience this if the school were located in an unsafe neighborhood.

  • (9 months ago)

    It has been a great year at Marina. We love our Language Arts and Social Studies teacher. The kids are reading "Call of the Wild" and she is really bringing it to life and making the story accessible. Two tips 1. Technology with Mr Vong is great. Kids are learning coding as well as other introduction to animation. 2. Get to know the staff and administrators. Our counselor has been very helpful in navigating Middle School and our interaction with the two Asst. Principals has really been great -- warm and supportive. Both APs totally "get" middle school kids! Marina is a hidden gem -- that won't be hidden for for very long -)

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter attends 6th grade at this school. she's doing well in her academics earning in high honors and principal. Since's my daughter started at marina Aug 2013 there has been fights at this school. Some of the students don't obey and the teachers are not as strict. Some of the teachers r nice and some don't have time to discuss about their class work or grades during class time n my daughter have to wait til after school to talk to the teachers. The teachers needs to communicate more with their students. As for friends they need to be careful who u make friends with.

  • (1 year ago)

    Our great middle school just had over 50 graduating students accepted to Lowell High one of the best high schools in the nation and the best public high school in the City. That is almost 20% of our 8th graders. Go Penguins! Great job!

  • (1 year ago)

    If you are looking for a school with a caring group of teachers strong Honors (GATE) program and a fun group of electives...Marina is your place. My child has made nice friends and we have been happy with the (sometimes challenging) transition to Middle School and the support we have received as a family. Thank Marina. Go Penguins!

  • (1 year ago)

    6th Grade has been great so far! Marina has lots of caring teachers and staff who are focused on getting our kids up and running in the 6th grade -- and preparing them for high school. Changing classes lockers homework new friends afterschool are all exciting new experiences and the school has been supportive of our child's transition. Excited about our next few years at Marina.

  • (2 years ago)

    The school has improved over the years most of all the last 3 years my son attended. The students that applied to Lowell and other high ranking school has been admitted and their grades in ACT and SAT are high. The students seem to get along with each other.

  • (3 years ago)

    Seems as if most of this reviews were written by Marina students which is fine by me. It would be better however if they knew how to spell. They should teach typing in Middle school prior to teaching computer classes. The quality of education has depreciated since I attended.

  • (4 years ago)

    My child's teachers were accessible and helpful. However hardly a week passed without having substitute teachers in one or more of my child's classes with seemingly little instruction accomplished. One of the students said the teacher remarked near the end of the school year that she had two more absenses to use before the year was over. I have moved my child to a different middle school for next year where I've been assured by staff and parents that substitute teachers are seldom used and where there appears to be a lot more emphasis placed on diversity and acceptance.

  • (4 years ago)

    Marina Middle School is a great place for learning and school. You wont regret going there at all teachers there have a understandable way for students to learn. there are lots of teachers that graduated from lowell there teaching in Marina. its also a huge school that can fit lots of students and the new principal is a great leader of the school. i just graduated from marina and i dont want to leave because its such a warm school just like home. pick marina middle school as your middle school and you will have a wonderful experience in your life that you will never forget. trust me. )

  • (5 years ago)

    nicee school! soccer team is nice school is big but not as big as other schools. Teachers are nice im currently in 7th grade and there is a safeway walgreens jamba juice tutti melon gas stations and many restaurants. Its in a turistic area marina laps are quite enjoyable there is a park and the beach nearby. <33 marina middle school!!

  • (6 years ago)

    well i go to marina middle school so far so good but the only thing is that there is alot of bad kids they are so wild.But the teachers are so nice and you learn alot from what they teach u but i like marina middle school and also there is so much kids and they are nice.But sometimes they can be mean and push u around specially the 8th graders[.][.]

  • (6 years ago)

    marina ehh?? not bad better excellent awesomeeeee! i luv this school because Im a 7th grader right now at marina. teachers are cool & awesome!

  • (6 years ago)

    still currently attending marina ms. 7th grader and loving it. working hard is of course a requirement. 4.0 is quite easy for me but you learn a lot depends on the teacher you have but overall all the teachers are great. the people (my friends) are so cool and nice. hope this year wont go as fast because i dont want to graduate. iLoveMarina<3 fall.08

  • (6 years ago)

    Throughout the years I've been in Marina its great. The teachers are excellent. The people are pretty cool and friendly. It the best middle school in SF! D

  • (7 years ago)

    So far the days i spent at marina were mostly bad. The community is nice and a lot of people are friendly but the low budget of marina is causing some problems for its school. The lunch is abosolutetly terrible. I rather bring my own lunch then eat the nasty lunch they have.But overall the teachers are excellent and the principal is very strict but hard working.

  • (7 years ago)

    i went to this scool now i am a lowell student marina is the best scool ever i love that scool very much! they well prepared me now i am in lowell! all the teachers r very very nice!

  • (7 years ago)

    Its an ok school pretty big and students that are new to the school WILL GET lost. PROS A lot of great afterschool curricular activities and not much homework CONS

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