School Details

Bernardo Yorba Middle School

5350 Fairmont Boulevard, Yorba Linda, CA 92886
(714) 986-7400
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades 7-8 767 students 22 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
  • Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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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
  • Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Bernardo Yorba Middle School is a public middle school in Yorba Linda. The principal of Bernardo Yorba Middle School is Cameron Malotte and can be contacted at cmalotte@pylusd.org. 767 children attend Bernardo Yorba Middle School and are mostly Asian; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 3% of the Bernardo Yorba Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 23% of the 767 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Bernardo Yorba Middle School is 22:1. Calvary Chapel of Yorba Linda 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

  • Cross country
  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 7% 10%
White, non-Hispanic 59% 50%
Multiracial 3% %
Hispanic 26% 34%
Filipino 2% 1%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 2%
Unspecified 1% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% 25758%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 23% 29%
Limited English proficiency 3% 14%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    For the most part BYMS is a pretty good school. I have a 8th grade daughter and a 7th grade son attending the school. My daughter loves her group of friends who like her are all high achieving leaders and most importantly kind and good kids. Most of the teachers are good...some may be a little boring but still very competent with the EXCEPTION of the language arts teacher MR. Donald Gebler. There really is some mental defect going on with that man. He mercilessly tells daily self grandiose far fetched and above-all inappropriate stories throughout the school year to his 12-13 year students who are held captive in his class! Worst he bullies the same quiet and timid kids on a weekly basis for no reason. Most of the kids feel so badly when he does this but seem to feel helpless to speak up. I hear that many parents complain to the administration who seem to know very well of this man's behavior. My daughter received an A+ in his class but hardly learned anything from this terrible teacher. Luckily my son has Mr. Kish who I hear is very competent and a true mentor & leader to students. Teachers union is very powerful - Gebler is lucky he's tenured.

  • (3 years ago)

    I used to have a child who had the "Monday morning blues" EVERY DAY while in grade school. Every school day was a battle & I was sure we would never have a child who enjoyed learning. After entering BYMS he now loves going to school & has excelled in EVERY subject. His experience is nothing short of remarkable but certainly not isolated as I hear similar stories from other BYMS parents. The teachers are 100% engaged & dedicated to their student's success. Principal Mr. Malotte makes sure every kid at BYMS feel important. He impresses upon every student their responsibility for their education encouraging student accountability and peer mentoring. It says a lot about a school when more than half of the student body has achieved honor roll and more than 75% participate in the arts. On that note (no pun intended) the music program is second to none; with each and every performance worthy of a standing ovation. Music Director Rita Watson brings out the best in every student and has created such a fantastic award winning music program. The Principal Teachers and staff at BYMS are joined by parents in their hands-on" commitment to our children's continued success.

  • (4 years ago)

    The entire staff and teachers are focused on the student's success and encourage and welcome parent involvement. Our son has done wonderfully there and has achieved personal successes while attending.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have been a teacher at BYMS for 14 years. I appreciate the diversity in the school population and the general desire on the part of students and parents for success. I know that I plan each day for the success of all of my students. The public is generally unaware of the number of extra hours that many of our faculty members spend each day preparing for the next. Regularly I find myself in the xerox room with other teachers until 6 PM or later. One sign of our satisfaction with Bernardo is the fact that we continue to have many of our own children attend Bernardo most of whom on on transfer. I don't believe that most schools can make the same claim. Bernardo Yorba is a successful Distinguished and Blue Ribbon school because that not are the students works in progress but we as a staff are too.

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter went to this school. Overall education was superior however the staff needs to be more involved with the everyday struggles of students. Between bulling and taking teachers sides when the student may actually be right. they need to seriously improve. I left the school for my daughters sanity.

  • (5 years ago)

    Kudos to all the administration faculty staff and parents who worked towards Bernardo Yorba Middle School's recognition as a '2009 California Distinguished School'! All your hard work is much appreciated. Thanks 'A Grateful Parent'

  • (6 years ago)

    My second child is attending BYMS. Teachers and staff are first rate plenty of choices for students. The music program under Rita Watson is one of the best.

  • (7 years ago)

    I went to this school for 2 years (7th and 8th). This school taught me alot. I had the best teachers and friends. This school was awarded a blue ribbon school and i think it is. Thank you to the principal for being there and being the best principal ever!

  • (8 years ago)

    AS being my second year here at BYMS i would say that it is a great school with wonderful departments. Not only am i in advanced art but advanced drama as well. They are both excellent classes with tons of fun. I highly recommend both of them. For the uniforms though well... lets just say i could without them! (Go matadors!)

  • (9 years ago)

    Bernardo Yorba Junior High School is a Blue Ribbon Award Winning School. It is a great school. I wish it was a three instead of two year school. The kids look sharp in their uniforms. I have two sons there. The are bright and very well educated and it was not anything I did. I was used to being so involved with their elementary school and needed to be for their grade outcome. At Bernardo they know what they need to know before they get home. They teach me when they tell me about their classes. I am very impresses with this school. The principal is always present and cares for each and every student there is no room for misbehaving there because the staff is involved. Like I said I wish it was a three year school. I am very glad we were able to attend BYMS. Thank you Mr.Dolan.

  • (11 years ago)

    One year ago our family moved into this school district from the Orange School district. The education program provided by Bernardo Yorba is a quantum leap over the program we experienced at Portola Middle School (grades 6-8).I am just trying to figure out a way to provide the incentive for my twins to work hard enough to get into honor classes & programs.

  • (11 years ago)

    Bernardo Yorba is the worst school in not only the city but the country as well. Most of the teachers think that it is inconvienient for you to ask a question or find out your grade. They give you this look like why the heck would you ask me that?

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