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Aptos, CA
Students enrolled: 734

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1001 Huntington Drive
Aptos, CA 95003

(831) 688-3234
(831) 728-8139
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February 20, 2015
We have been so impressed with AJHS! Our son loves his teachers, the staff, coaches and the principle. He enjoys going to school and all that it has to offer! There are multiple times he has come home saying "this teacher is so awesome" or " my teacher makes this class so fun because...." I find myself on campus from time to time and am consistently impressed with the staff, their friendliness and the way they go out of their way to know who you are, as well as your child. I am also very impressed with the kids, who are friendly, smiling and respectful. The principle is very accessible, easy to talk to and seems genuinely concerned with the well being of the students. He is always around, and I feel that the kids very much respect and admire him. I often see him talking and laughing with students and it is a wonderful thing to see, especially for students of this age. I feel the school counselor is extremely professional and does everything she can to help students achieve their best. The coaches seem to really care for the kids and it is wonderful that the after school sports is such a big part of the school to keep kids of this age busy and involved! Wonderful school!

- submitted by a parent

December 02, 2013
This school is not a bad one. It is academically possible to succeed. However, the staff and teachers seem absolutely merciless; when I voiced my complaints about teachers making me feel bad about myself (and that I wanted to switch classes), they would not listen and still continued to file me associated with that class. Punishments such as detentions and Friday schools seem to be given out like party favors. In English I read [the] entire book instead of the allotted chapters we were given, and got reprimanded with punishment. I was punished for doing more than I should have? What? I wouldn't recommend this school. I found myself incredibly reluctant to go each day.

- submitted by a community member

June 17, 2010
I think it's interesting that teachers are married and siblings and daughters are hired, this should not be allowed in a professional workplace. Overall the school is good, but some of the teachers do not like you questioning them, and asking questions, and if you do complain they take it out on your child in class. The elective teachers, such as Cooking, leaves a lot to be desired, she was simply hired as her husband works there. It's a small school and the kids are confined to a small area without much mentoring, so you can see the kids emotionally struggling to survive, without much support, and the teachers, probably jaded, standing by assuming they'll get over it. Middle Schools can have a lasting damaging effect on kids, it would be nice to put some policies in place to help them succeed emotionally, as well as academically.

- submitted by a parent

March 31, 2009
I am a student in Aptos Jr. The teachers there are great but they need to work on less homework!

- submitted by a student

December 02, 2008
This a great school full of dedicated teachers who love their jobs and the kids. The new principal is especially good, and his presence seems to have energized the school to even higher levels.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 11, 2007
This school seems to have some terrific science and math teachers! As for the core classes, that is another story in my opinion. Teachers are either overbearing (and overwhelming) or bland (downright boring). I feel that students need to be challenged without being overwhelmed. Also, students need to have teachers who are really passionate about their subjects, which would naturally make our kids want to be in school and learn. But hey, I guess nothing is perfect, although it should be darn close when it involves educating our future adults. So I say, 'Clean up the Core' and this school will have it 'goin on' as far as teachers are concerned. Just my honest opinion.

- submitted by a parent

March 31, 2007
Teachers need to be careful about the homework load. Parents would like to see their children get to college level without burning out. School has a responsibility to choose homework wisely. Teachers, please lighten up on after school busy work as students have sports, other activities as well as an outside life (with family) too.

- submitted by a parent

September 02, 2006
Wonderful School with extremely high test scores.

- submitted by a parent

January 04, 2006
Aptos Junior High is a fantastic school. The Admin is very supportive of parents and students. Music Art and Sports are all available. Library is open before and after school for students. Good teacher communication system.Grades posted online.

- submitted by a parent

August 29, 2005
Strong math and science program.

- submitted by a student

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Aptos Junior High School
1001 Huntington Drive, Aptos, CA  95003
(831) 688-3234
Last modified Aptos Junior High School is a Public school that serves grades 7-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Aptos Junior High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 15 reviews. Top