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  • Petaluma Junior High School9

    Petaluma, CA | Sonoma County

    May 15, 2014


    I would rate this a five star but don't really have much to compare it to. I feel that the school has hired a number of young teachers recently which may have improved some comments from previous years. I do agree with the PE dept. The grading is super strict. It should be based on effort, attitude, good sportsmanship and not if you can run a 7 minute mile or improve your speed by 2 minutes. I do wish parents would participate in the fundraisers more, but overall my kids have had a good experience and the school seems to have improved since some comments from a few years ago.

    Submitted by a parent

    May 31, 2013


    Where to begin? I am not a happy parent after sending my child to this school, although I didn't feel I had many options. There are some fantastic and committed teachers who communicate clearly and are available. Others don't and aren't. The principal is great but retiring. But the school has problems that any parent ought to be aware of. First, the school self-reports that it suspended 1 in 5 kids this year. CA's average is 1 in 20. Either the school has a mass behavioral issue OR it issues suspensions very lightly. It is my strong opinion that the latter is the case. Also, the PE department is rigid and seems to grade very, very harshly, far beyond normal pedagogical standards, by hard-to-measure standards. I feel they single out some kids, frankly. Lastly, the number of assignments lead to 4-5 hours of homework per night, often with only two days notice. There are other issues that I won't detail since they are personal and particular, but I share this because I believe it could impact any student. I feel conflicted about PJHS because some was great but some was very bad so that it left us emotionally drained. I wanted to feel supported by the school, not battling with it.

    Submitted by a parent

    March 20, 2013


    In reply to the below comments: Most bad grades in PE stem directly from absences that are not made up, or by not dressing for PE. Unlike when most of us adults were kids, there is a good % of grade based on academic work- yes, keeping notes, taking tests, etc. Good attitude and good sportsmanship are also important. Being a "good athlete" is NOT how PE is scored. Teachers retires and still collecting a paycheck? Really? Sign me up. We have had lots of new hires in the last few years, and in the process of hiring a new principal for the upcoming year. We have great STAR scores, having made great gains over the last several years in all our subgroups.

    Submitted by a teacher

    October 5, 2011


    It is so sad my son and daughter have had at least one bad teacher every year. I have to stand up for their rights as kids. The 8th grade PE DEPT. is the worst. If the teachers don't like your student, or they are not natural athletes, it seems they will get a bad grade no matter how hard they try. I do like the principal and the counselors. I feel sorry for them that they have to deal with some of these extremely bad teachers who don't seem to care about the kids or their well being.

    Submitted by a parent

    June 30, 2011


    The positives are there are a few teachers who still care and the guidance counselor tries very hard to help students. They now differentiate for advanced students for math and English - very important. The negatives are many teachers have already retired but still collect a paycheck. No response to issues from staff and the principal feels parents "should not take issue with teachers or their student will pay the consequences." This when teacher behavior is very out of line - including yelling insults or sleeping in class... This review may result in negative consequences for my kids - but feel parents need to know.

    Submitted by a parent

    May 6, 2010


    PJHS tests incoming 7th graders to determine which math is appropriate. Advanced Math for 7th graders is Algebra I. This differentiation for the students with a variety of math skills is important.

    Submitted by a parent

    April 19, 2010


    It is a great school, strong foundations, excellent teaching staff and much more. Best experiece you could have is at Jr High in Petaluma, CA!

    Submitted by a parent

    December 28, 2009


    I had heard so many good things about PJHS before sending my son there. I have been sorely disappointed by the quality of teaching and the administration. There is no follow-through, no response to parental concerns, no help for a student who is failing because he needs some individual attention but doesn't have behavioral issues or special needs. Phone calls and emails go without response. The guidance counselor assigned to my son does what he can, but is so overwhelmed with so many other things that it's impossible to respond. I do not recommend this school and, because of it, we will not send our son to PHS either. What a sad, disappointing experience.

    Submitted by a parent

    September 16, 2009


    My son really enjoyed his years at Petaluma Junior High School. The teachers and the programs were wonderful. My son was encouraged to develop his considerable verbal, writing and musical talents during his years at Petaluma Junior High. I think that these formative years and experiences were enormously helpful in guiding and establishing a strong foundation for my son's career in music and technology.

    Submitted by a parent

    December 28, 2008


    this school is a very fun place for learning!! i love p.j.h.s whenever im not understanding something its a very comfortable place to be at and ask questions its BEYOND exellent i give this school lots of props and this year i am a fellow seventh grader and i will be very crushed and heartbroken when i do graduaute and pass on to my freshman year the staff does a more than exellent job!! i am a student that coaporates and understands from all diffrent points of view and this is as much i can say and well i LOVE PETALUMA JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL and trust me i went from all F's to A+'s its amazing im involved in most of the extra curricular programs tht they offer im also president of the leadership program and its amazing! and i went from a bad kid to an amazing kid

    Submitted by a student

    May 15, 2008


    Wow! After reading the reviews one woyuld be misled into thinking P.J.H.S. was a good school. While the staff was a mixed bag of some good some bad the student body is out of control on a regular basis. Beware! My second child will not be attending P.J.H.S.. They have a police officer at the school everyday..... Dont you wonder why?

    Submitted by a parent

    May 2, 2008


    I think PJHS is a great school!!!! definatley recommeded for your teenage child! PJHS is fun, and offers and extremely great education

    Submitted by a student

    March 17, 2007


    PJHS is a great place to lean and to have fun. We get our freedom need. The staff is friendly and the teacher are cool!

    Submitted by a student

    June 5, 2006


    Principal is good. Teachers are generally good even though a few bad eggs get through. Overall, a wonderful learning experience for my child.

    Submitted by a parent

    April 13, 2006


    Great school. Teachers are very helpful,amazing leadership from the principal and vice principal! Keep up the good work!

    Submitted by a former student

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