Best Public or Charter Middle School
Gold: Escuela Popular. The school’s goals are to develop bilingual, biliterate, bi-cultural students who are fully prepared to continue onto higher education and pursue their goals. 467 North White Road (DL Academy), 408-275-7190; 149 North White Road (high school academies), 408-275-7191. escuelapopular.org.
Silver: Union Middle School. 2130 Los Gatos-Almaden Road, San Jose. 408-371-0366. unionms.unionsd.org.
Bronze: Willow Glen Middle School. 2105 Cottle Ave., San Jose. 408-535-6277. sjusd.org/willow-glen-middle.
Gold: San Carlos Charter Learning Center. This is a progressive K-8 school that emphasizes project-based learning and interdisciplinary units. 750 Dartmouth Ave., San Carlos. 650-508-7343. scclc.net.
Silver: North Star Academy. 400 Duane St., Redwood City. 650-482-5973. rcsdk8.net/northstar.
Bronze: Pescadero Middle School. 350 Butano Cutoff, Pescadero. 650-879-0274. edline.net/pages/Pescadero_Middle_High_School.
Gold: Martinez Junior High School. A comprehensive middle school with about 900 students in grades six through eight. 1600 Court St., Martinez. 925-335-5820.mjhs-martinez-ca.schoolloop.com.
Silver: Creekside Middle School. 19722 Center St., Castro Valley. 510-247-0665. cv.k12.ca.us/creekside.
Bronze: William Mendenhall Middle School. 1701 El Padro Drive, Livermore. 925-606-4731. mendenhall.schoolloop.com.