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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    B-
Bell Middle School is a public school located in San Diego, CA. It has 767 students in grades 6-8 with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1. According to state test scores, 18% of students are at least proficient in math and 30% in reading.

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
30%
Percent Proficient - Math
18%
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Living in the Area
B-
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$68,067
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,565
National
$949
Median Home Value
$335,108
National
$184,700

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
767
Free or Reduced Lunch
82%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
20:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$79,852
Teachers in First/Second Year
2.6%
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3 reviews
When the first day of school began, I never expected to have gained friends so quickly. I would have never expected that the school would have had such amazing teachers. For instance, Bell Middle School has the best middle school music teacher in all of San Diego, so one can guess that music students will have an enriching experience if they take music. The school is well kept and is always reconstructing itself to become a better learning environment. The teachers (all together) are wonderful. It is the ideal middle school to attend and it is definitely a school I would recommend to parents.
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One of my favorite experiences was the music program, to me personally it gives most students an experience that no other music program at any other school could give you and I would live it again if I could. This school gives most students a steady pace of direction in learning; teachers in this school give positive interactions with each student to understand them. In the end, this leads to the teacher doing their best to inspire and help them with whatever troubles the student may have. They do this with each student and all the student has to do is ask. I had some bad experiences as well as some good ones at this school, but all the bad ones were my fault and it is up to the student to just make good memories (the past is in the past right?). I would easily redo my experience because the good memories make the bad ones seem null and void. But the real reason I would recommend this school is because this school makes a difference on most. I have seen students with really low GPA's get better in the end. When I saw those students they had almost no confidence but when I saw them again they seemed different in a way I could not explain. When I say they looked different, I mean that I was seeing a hint of confidence they did not have before. I know this because I was one of those people but then I realized things would get better and by the end of the year, I was able to see that and prosper at the end. This was only possible through the help the teachers were able to give me. If I never got the help I needed, then I probably would not have gotten the GPA I have now. So in the the end, I would definitely relive my experience at this school.
My daughter is going to be in the 8th grade next year and has attended Bell for 2 years. She absolutely loves her teachers and would not want to attend any other middle school.