Helms Middle School

Tel: (510)233-3988
Grades: 7-8

905 students

Helms Middle School serves 905 students in grades 7-8.
The student:teacher ratio of 20:1 is lower than the CA average of 22:1.
Minority enrollment is 99% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 74%.
Helms Middle School operates within the West Contra Costa Unified School District.

Overview

The student population of 905 students has declined by 6% over five years.
Grades Offered Grades 7-8
Total Students 905 students
Helms Middle School Total Students (1987-2012)
Gender % 47% Male / 53%Female
Total Classroom Teachers 46 teachers
Helms Middle School Total Classroom Teachers (1987-2012)
Students by Grade Helms Middle School Students by Grade

School Comparison

The student:teacher ratio of 20:1 has decreased from : over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.32 is less than the state average of 0.64. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
This School (CA) School Average
Student : Teacher Ratio 20:1 22:1
Helms Middle School Student : Teacher Ratio (1987-2012)
American Indian
n/a
1%
Asian
5%
11%
Helms Middle School Asian (1988-2012)
Hispanic
82%
52%
Helms Middle School Hispanic (1988-2012)
Black
9%
7%
Helms Middle School Black (1988-2012)
White
1%
26%
Helms Middle School White (1988-2012)
All Ethnic Groups Helms Middle School Sch Ethnicity Helms Middle School Sta Ethnicity
Diversity Score
The chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body.
0.32 0.64
Helms Middle School Diversity Score (1988-2012)
Eligible for Free Lunch
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
n/a
10%
Helms Middle School Eligible for Free Lunch (1992-2011)
Eligible for Reduced
Lunch
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
n/a
n/a
Helms Middle School Eligible for Reduced Lunch (1999-2011)

District Comparison

The district's student population of 31,597 students has stayed relatively flat over five years.
School District Name West Contra Costa Unified School District
Number of Schools
Managed
58
4
Number of Students Managed 31,597 1,577
West Contra Costa Unified School District Number of Students Managed (1987-2012)
District Total Revenue $373 MM $19 MM
West Contra Costa Unified School District Total Revenue (1990-2009)
District Spending $413 MM $18 MM
West Contra Costa Unified School District Spending (1990-2009)
District Revenue / Student $12,142 $11,099
West Contra Costa Unified School District Revenue / Student (1990-2009)
District Spending / Student $13,443 $10,975
West Contra Costa Unified School District Spending / Student (1990-2009)
School Statewide Testing View Education Department Test Scores
Source: 2012 (latest year available) NCES, CA Dept. of Education

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Middle College High School (0.4 miles away).
The nearest middle school is Vista High (alternative) (0.9 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Dover Elementary School (0.5 miles away)
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    Richmond , CA , 94804
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  • Recommended September 19, 2011 - Helms is really fun but its also kind of hard but i learned alot from that school. - Posted by Student/Alumni

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