Helms Middle School

Helms Middle School serves 889 students in grades 7-8.
The student:teacher ratio of 18:1 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 Unf School District.

Overview

The student population of 889 students has grown by 29% over five years.
The teacher population of 49 teachers has grown by 40% over five years.
Grades Offered Grades 7-8
Total Students 889 students
Helms Middle School Total Students (1987-2013)
Gender % 47% Male / 53%Female
Total Classroom Teachers 49 teachers
Helms Middle School Total Teachers (1987-2013)
Students by Grade Helms Middle School Student By Grade

School Comparison

The student:teacher ratio of 18:1 has decreased from 23:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.33 is less than the state average of 0.42. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
This School (CA) School Average
Student : Teacher Ratio 18:1 22:1
Helms Middle School Student Teacher Ratio (1987-2013)
American Indian
1%
1%
Helms Middle School American Indian Students (1990-1991)
Asian
6%
11%
Helms Middle School Asian Students (1988-2013)
Hispanic
81%
52%
Helms Middle School Black Students (1988-2013)
Black
10%
7%
Helms Middle School Black Students (1988-2013)
White
1%
26%
Helms Middle School White Students (1988-2013)
Hawaiian
1%
1%
Helms Middle School Hawaiian Students (2009-2013)
All Ethnic Groups Helms Middle School All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown CA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
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.
0.33 0.42
Helms Middle School Diversity Score (1988-2013)
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.
99%
48%
Helms Middle School Eligible for Free Lunch (1992-2013)
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
8%
Helms Middle School Eligible for Reduced Lunch (1999-2011)

District Comparison

The district's student population of 32,217 students has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The district revenue/student of $12,110 is higher than the state average of $11,099. The district revenue/student has grown by 16% over four years.
The district spending/student of $13,408 is higher than the state average of $10,975. The district spending/student has stayed relatively flat over four years.
School District Name West Contra Costa Unf School District
Number of Schools
Managed
60
4
Number of Students Managed 32,217 1,667
West Contra Costa Unf School District Students Managed (1988-2013)
District Total Revenue $373 MM $19 MM
West Contra Costa Unf School District District Total Revenue (1990-2009)
District Spending $413 MM $18 MM
West Contra Costa Unf School District District Spending (1990-2009)
District Revenue / Student $12,110 $11,099
West Contra Costa Unf School District District Revenue / Student (1990-2009)
District Spending / Student $13,408 $10,975
West Contra Costa Unf School District District Spending / Student (1990-2009)
School Statewide Testing View Education Department Test Scores
Source: 2013 (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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School Reviews

  • Recommended January 06, 2015 - School will be strict by uniforms,red or blue color shirts,pants, etc. but also is helpful learning teachers will try there best to help you . Just got bullied or in a fight there are councel for your building C1 C2 C3 Helms is strict but also fun - Posted by Student/Alumni
  • 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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