Top 10 Bay Area Middle Schools' Rankings and Test Scores


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If you did not get the chance to take a look at yesterday's trending read on the SAT and ACT scores of the top 10 Bay Area high schools, click here to give it a look before continuing!


Many parents and families were interested in yesterday's topic so to follow up closely and keep readers captivated, today's blog post will dive into the top 10 Bay Area middle schools.


Now that you are aware of the high schools that are available in the Bay Area - Silicon Valley area, let us move preparation further back to middle school and the accessible options that are great for students looking to prioritize academic rigor and competition.


While this type of schooling environment is not ideal for all students, the list includes middle schools that are great options for other reasons besides scholastic achievement.


The middle schools ranked below are in the top 10 Bay Area middle schools because of their commitment to safety as well as providing students with extracurricular opportunities to promote fun and engaging academic activities.


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#1. Frank S. Green Jr. Middle School


Located in Palo Alto, Frank S. Green Jr. Middle School ranks as number one of the Bay Area's middle schools.


The school currently enrolls 1,176 students from grades six to eight and has a student-teacher ratio of fifteen to one.


Frank S. Green Jr. Middle School's state test scores reveal that eighty-two percent of its students are at least proficient in math and eighty-one percent in reading.


The middle school belongs to the Palo Alto Unified School District and here is a review that a parent has said about the school:

My son has blossomed at Jordan. His enthusiasm for learning has increased, he had a role in the school musical, discovered he loves to sing in the choir and the field trips inspired him to take the whole family back to the museum so he could show us how he earned a junior docent badge.

You can find out more about Frank S. Green Jr. Middle School statistics and ranking, here.


#2. Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School


Next up on the list of the Bay Area's top 10 middle schools is Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School, located in Palo Alto.


With 1,203 students enrolled from grades six to eight, parents can expect to see a student-teacher ratio of seventeen to one.


According to the recording state test results, Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School has eighty-seven percent of its students at least proficient in math and eighty-nine percent in reading.


Similar to Frank S. Green Jr. Middle School, Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School is also a part of the Palo Alto Unified School District.


Below is a quote from a review left by one of their middle school students:

A beautiful school with teachers who actually are interested in how their students are doing academically to prepare them for higher education.

You can find out more specifically about Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School statistics and ranking, here.


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#3. Fletcher Middle School


Third on the rankings of Bay Area's top 10 middle schools is Fletcher Middle School.


Fletcher is also positioned in Palo Alto and currently has 715 students enrolled.


The student-teacher ratio is fifteen to one and seventy-nine percent of Fletcher students score proficiency in math, eighty-four percent in reading.


The middle school is moreover associated with the Palo Alto Unified School District.


One of the Fletcher Middle School's parents expressed her happiness with the education and service her daughter received from attending the school:

My daughter was graduated from Fletcher Middle School days ago. She enjoyed the study, friendship, and tennis team activities very much. I was working on the school PTA board and had a chance to know more parents. The parents are warmhearted and willing to spend time on all kinds of student activities.

You can find out more specifically about Fletcher Middle School's statistics and ranking, here.


#4. Woodside Elementary School


Located in Woodside, Woodside Elementary school enrolls 400 students with an outstanding student-teacher ratio of eleven to one.


Eighty percent of students score proficient in math and eighty-one percent for reading.


The middle school was voted number one in terms of the best public school in San Mateo County and below is a review left by a Woodside student:

Such a tight-knit community with an incredible staff. Everything here is great, from the after school activities, to the facilities, to the electives. The elective booklet is massive and has some incredible choices. Every single kid is proficient in all topics. They also manage to create a very safe and welcoming environment while still keeping the academics competitive.

You can find out more specifically about Woodside Elementary School's statistics and ranking, here.


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#5. Harvest Park Middle School


Harvest Park Middle School is located in Pleasanton and presently has 1,189 students.


With a student-teacher ratio of twenty-five to one, Harvest Park students score a math proficiency of eighty-two percent and eighty-three percent in reading.


The middle school is associated with the Pleasanton Unified School District.


A parent commended Harvest Park for its amazing music program:

It's a great middle school that embraces all students. The school offers resources to help struggling kids but also has academically challenging classes for advanced students. The teachers are caring and helpful. The music program is excellent! In addition to concert music, the school also has a jazz band. It also offers a variety of sport like basketball, volleyball, and track. It's a wonderful school!

You can find out more specifically about Harvest Park Middle School's statistics and ranking, here.


#6. Piedmont Middle School


Located in Piedmont, Piedmont Middle School enrolls 698 students with a student-teacher ratio of seventeen to one.


Belonging to the Piedmont City Unified School District, the school's students score proficiently in math at eighty-three percent and eighty-four percent in reading.


Taken from GreatSchools.org, a Piedmont student left the following comment about the middle school:

They really try to make sure the kids have enough homework to challenge them, but not so much to overwhelm them.

You can find out more specifically about Piedmont Middle School's statistics and ranking, here.


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#7. Thomas S. Hart Middle School


Families can find Thomas S. Hart Middle School in Pleasanton, with 1,243 students enrolled.


The student-teacher ratio is at twenty-five to one, and the middle school is a part of the Pleasanton Unified School District


Students receive proficiency in math at seventy-four percent and seventy-nine percent in reading.


Recent feedback on GreatSchools.org revealed that parents are happy with the friends that her child has made at Thomas S. Hart:

Transferring from PMS and it was a great decision. I wish we would have done it earlier. My son said the teachers are much nicer here and he feels there is mutual respect between most kids and most teachers. He trusts the administration more at this school. The friends my son has made here in 8th grade are fabulous!

You can find out more specifically about Thomas S. Hart Middle School's statistics and ranking, here.


#8. Pleasanton Middle School


Pleasanton Middle School can be found in Pleasanton, and presently has 1,283 students attending.


The middle school is a part of the Pleasanton Unified School District and has a student-teacher ratio of twenty-three to one.


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With the school's state test results, students score proficiency in math at seventy-four percent and eighty percent in reading.


Below is a comment left by a fellow Pleasanton alumna:

There are some really great teachers, but there are also some whose classes seem more of a chore than an exciting experience. Great variety of clubs and extracurricular activities.

You can find out more specifically about Pleasanton Middle School's statistics and ranking, here.


#9. Yu Ming Charter School


Parents and students can locate Yu Ming Charter School in Oakland, CA.


With 357 students, this charter school has a student-teacher ratio of twenty to one.


Yu Ming students score a proficiency of eighty-seven percent in math and eighty-two percent in reading.


The middle school offers a Mandarin Immersion Program that is highly commended by parents, according to GreatSchools.org:

We have two daughters who attend Yu Ming Charter School. The teacher and parent community are highly involved in creating the most conducive learning environment for the students. Watching our daughters experience the Mandarin Immersion program (plus Singapore Math) and thrive has been amazing for us. Being bilingual in the US is truly a gift!!

You can find out more specifically about Yu Ming Charter School's statistics and ranking, here.


#10. Albany Middle School


Albany Middle School is located in Albany and enrolls 919 students presently.


Their student-teacher ratio is twenty-two to one and is a part of the Albany City Unified School District.


According to their state test scores, students receive proficiency in math at seventy-four percent and seventy-nine percent in reading.


Taken from a review left on GreatSchools.org, a parent left their compliments of the school's course offerings and music program:

Overall this school is a wonderful middle school. My kid is in 6th grade, she loves all her classes and also music program too. She is really strong in Math and Science, and always complained about her class was so boring to her when she was in elementary school, but she likes and satisfies her Math and Science classes now in AMS. This year is 2018 and I don’t know how this school operated in the past, but AMS is the only two middle schools in CA which awarded from the Blue Ribbon program (and the only public middle school in CA), and all staffs and teachers are wonderful.

You can find out more specifically about Albany Middle School's statistics and ranking, here.


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