About This School
A school's Academic Performance Index (API) is a scale that ranges from 200 to 1000 and is calculated from the school's performance in the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program. The state has set 800 as the API target for all schools to meet.
Bernal Intermediate School had an API growth score of 851 in 2012. California uses the Academic Performance Index (API) to measure annual school performance and year-to-year improvement. Bernal Intermediate School's 2012 base score was 814 and the school did meet its 2012 school-wide growth target.
In 2010, Bernal Intermediate School had 21 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The California average is 24 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Bernal Intermediate School Reviews
I agree with the other parent: too much gang activity and violence. Had a grandchild assaulted and pulled from this school. Feedback from child was this is a regular problem. There only appears to be superficial attempts to manage or correct the problems. Too bad - both my children went to this school and it was excellent then with outstanding math, science, and literature teachers.
Bernal Intermediate School is a good school. Most of the teachers are cool and I improved far more than I have ever improved in any other school. My average grade was C, D, or F. Now it's A or B. My skills in math and language arts went way over the top of my regular skills and my confidence has improved a lot. Now I'm even looking into college. Overall I'd recommend this school for parents who want their kids to improve on academics.
I was a student at Bernal 30 years ago and Randy Tyler was just beginning his career as music teacher. I didn't fit in at school and the one thing I looked forward to was music class. I played the flute and although I wasn't very good, I always felt like Mr. Tyler really wanted us there and was so passionate about music and about making sure we felt valued that he inspired me to keep playing and to just have a hopeful outlook on life. I went back to visit family a year ago and went jogging in the area. I stopped in at Bernal, all sweaty and many years older, wondering if he was still there. The office paged him and to my surprise, Mr. Tyler walked out straight towards me and as I began telling him how many years ago I went to Bernal, he remembered my name. Wow! It warmed my heart and I couldn't stop smiling the whole day. I love this music teacher, he is my "Mr. Hollands Opus"! Oh, and by the way, I still have my flute and 3 of my 5 kids have enjoyed playing it.
Too much violence and gang related activity going on at Bernal Intermediate school. Some teachers try to be the child's friend more than a teacher, I disagree with these methods. Cell phone use and iPod use by the teachers in the classroom is not a good example to the students. The teachers have their work cut out for them, trying to control their class while trying to teach the students that actually want to learn. It sounds like there are a lot of kids attending Bernal that could care less about the work and choose to disrupt instead of trying to better themselves. Maybe there needs to be a more strict policy about not doing homework and talking in the classroom. It sounds like the music program offered is wonderful but...is it enough?
Bernal Intermediate School offers one of the best opportunities for your child to get a great start as a academic musician. Mr. Randy Tyler is the best music teacher in the Bay Area in my opinion.