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Calabasas, CA
Students enrolled: 869

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22450 Mulholland Highway
Calabasas, CA 91302

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(818) 224-4107
(818) 224-4989
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June 05, 2014
On the surface, ACS looks like a good school. Very clean, well-organized. However, once my child actually enrolled, things changed. I am appalled at the amount of homework given. Too many things assigned and not taught. At first, we loved the school in sixth grade-very caring teachers who actually taught and seemed to enjoy the classroom and the children. By eighth grade, things really changed. The once helpful social studies dept changed in eighth grade- only two choices of teachers: awful and worse (Kane and Witham). In English, Coleman just assigned massive amounts of work and nothing modern-very old school and1960s curriculum. Beutel for science was a breath of fresh air. Math teachers were OK but were out a lot and rushed through the material. For families considering ACS I would recommend sixth and seventh grade (best teachers are Bostrom, Dickens, Andrews, Reynolds, Mena) and would find another school for eighth.

- submitted by a parent

September 09, 2013
Many fantastic teachers and clean/well maintained facilities. The best of my kids' education here is that they have Mrs Asher for two years of math. Kind, patient, fair, organized, understanding and inspirational, she goes out of her way to help kids, be it setting up special challenging courses for the talented and motivated kids or patiently channeling the extra energy of the kids with ADD, she is instrumental in shaping my kids' love of learning and building self confidence in middle school. Other great teachers are Mrs Hepps (English), Mr Kane (history), Mr Beutel (science), Mrs Bostrom (history). PE department is great, offering many fun activities such as circus club and various intramural sports. Library carries the newest books kids love.

- submitted by a parent

June 12, 2013
As a former student, I can say that this school is as reported by the majority of other reviewers, good. Well, it was. The teachers, in general, are good, the campus is spacious and clean, a variety of mildly-overpriced food is available (From local fast-food shops) to purchase for lunch, etc. I attended Stelle for 2 1/2 years, because I dropped out halfway through 8th grade. Why? Incessant bullying and the lack of reaction to it by the staff. If you aren't an athletic, well-off white, you will be bullied for one reason or another. The majority of the students were shallow-minded and, in my opinion, did not take school seriously, to the detriment of people who wanted to learn something. Classes would constantly be interrupted due to the large sizes, and my life gradually got worse and worse as I stayed there. I was made fun of for my ethnicity and hobbies (Reading. Just plain reading.) because I wasn't part of the general clique. Eventually, I kicked a few of the kids who were bullying me in the genitals and left the school. It completely tolerates bullying up to a very, very high cap. As in, nobody cared until somebody was urinated on. Seriously, a kid got peed on.

- submitted by a community member

August 12, 2012
This school is just ok. While there are many teachers that are great, there are also many that are not. The principal does not discipline the children or teachers appropriately. Just because it looks pretty from the outside does not mean it is the same on the inside.

- submitted by a parent

April 26, 2012
my granddaughter moved from private school to ACStelle 7th grade. Loves it. Getting As and Bs...has many new friends...excellent environment for her

- submitted by a community member

July 15, 2011
The best teachers are: Mr. Kane (really challenges students to think), Mr. Beutel (great science teacher), Mrs Asher (very kind), Ms. Andrews (outstanding English teacher), Mrs. Hepps (excellent English teacher), and Ms. Dickinson (fabulous history teacher). Wish the class sizes were not so large. Too much homework assigned by the math department.

- submitted by a parent

July 05, 2011
Now that my son has graduated from Stelle I'd like to reflect on the 3 years there. In general the school is quite good - especially compared to other local middle schools. The campus is state of the art and lacks for nothing other than an auditorium IMO. The staff is excellent with top notch teachers. The culture could improve quite a bit though. My opinion is that the administration, especially the principal, are "in the box" thinkers, doing little to unify the student body, or increase global awareness. In a sense, the students here exist in a vacuum, with little knowledge of the world beyond their priveleged lives. This would be my only complaint.

- submitted by a parent

July 02, 2011
More of a miniature college than a middle school, A.C. Stelle is a diamond in the rough. I pulled both my boys from private school when they transitioned to middle school to place them in Stelle. I have NOT been disappointed. Highlights include the Science and Math departments. I couldn't be happier.

- submitted by a parent

July 02, 2011
What a fantastic school! One foot onto the campus and it becomes very clear that Stelle is not the ordinary public middle school. I have had 3 children pass through the gates of the school with my 3rd in 6th grade now. Hope that you get Asher and Beutel for teachers. They are the best of the best.

- submitted by a parent

May 21, 2011
The P.E. program at this school is ok in my opinion and a few other bad things, but other than that this school rocks!

- submitted by a community member
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May 15, 2010
A.C, Stelle is an amazing school with fantastic teachers and a great support staff. They do everything they can to prepare our pre and young teens for high school and the world beyond.

- submitted by a parent
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May 12, 2010
This is is so incredible from the very clean campus and classrooms to the outstanding Staff that are there for my Son. My Son is doing very well and I owe it a lot to the Teachers and the Administration. It is clear to me that AC Stelle is making sure the Children's Education is #1 on the list.

- submitted by a parent
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April 30, 2010
My kids get best education from top notch teachers!

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April 23, 2010
My child is thriving at Stelle. The Principal and staff are amazing. Not only are they fabulous educators, but they are teaching the students about values, attitude and compassion for others outside of school. The only difference between Stelle and a private school is class size. The school is the cleanest, most organized campus I've ever seen. Love it!!

- submitted by a parent
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April 22, 2010
great school with many wonderful teachers, and also a supportive and terrific community of students and families

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November 27, 2009
I love that school, I have my second boy there. My eldest is finishing highschool. He was one of the first students to attend since its opening. I especially like the principal Mrs Sistruck and the people who work at the library. I used to volunteer there, now they must have a 'loterie' every year because so many mothers would like to help... ACS, That's just one of the best things you get leaving in Calabasas!

- submitted by a parent

November 03, 2009
The best math and science departments around. The math teachers are kind and caring teachers, that want the best for every student. The kids test scores continue to rise every year and more and more kids come back to the middle school and thank the teachers for preparing them so well for high school.

- submitted by a community member
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October 05, 2009
We have a great faculty of committed, passionate teachers who give of their own time to enrich our students' lives.

- submitted by a community member

February 22, 2009
great school ! and has the bestest pricabale ever !!! who mrs.sinsurk u rock

- submitted by a parent

September 18, 2008
This is a beautiful school inside and out. My son is in special ed for add, and the sped staff has always had my son's intrests in mind. When they called our first meeting, I was shocked to see every one of his teachers sitting around the table ready to give me their insightful feedback on what would work best for him. The teachers are wonderful, but I think the kids there are the best thing. My son has the greatest friends, and always looks forward to school, even though he sometimes struggles academically. Last year (6th)was difficult as an adjustment year. I looked for signs of him losing faith, but he's never uttered the words, 'I don't want to go to school today, mom,' and I credit the school for that. This year, I have signed up with yourhomework.com and now I get emails every day listing his work.

- submitted by a parent

September 03, 2008
My son spent three very good years at AC Stelle. We felt Mrs. Sistrunk ran a tight ship and did a very good job setting the tone for the school. Funny that a previous poster felt too much money was spent on Special Education as my son had his core classes in the program. I will say if the rest of LVUSD had the quality of teachers my son had in Special Ed, then the district would be perfect. Mrs. Schrieber was so wonderful and she really got it that these kids are intelligent and bright, they just don't learn the same way the GATE kids learn. If anything the schools in general have a teaching disability as opposed to the kids having a learning disability. Only complaint would be the lack of actual physical activity in PE and the abudence of paper/homework given in the place of actually running/playing/sports.

- submitted by a parent

May 27, 2007
Great school is your children get the right teachers. Mrs. Coleman in sixth-fabulous GATE teacher, Mrs. Hepps-outstanding English teacher, Mr. Beutel and Mr. Johnson-great science teachers but awful class sizes, Mr. Kane and Mrs. Andrews in 8th GAte-fantastic, Mrs. Asher-wonderful math teacher, Mrs. Sistrunk the principal, nice woman who will listen to you but always pulls the political agenda, Mrs. Baron and Mrs. White in counseling are easy to work with and usually give parents what they want, too much money spent on spec ed and regular classes suffer

- submitted by a parent

March 06, 2007
If your child is gifted, keep him or her out of the GATE classes in 6th and 7th grade (too much arts and crafts and little substance). The regular teachers are wonderful! Enroll your gifted child in 8th grade program-great teachers who are talented and really know their subject area. My children have learned so much in 8th grade. Awful class sizes.

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February 05, 2007
I am disappointed with the high class size. The teachers are a mixed bag...a few really awful ones and a few very talented. Thank goodness the advanced class teachers in 8th grade are talented and really prepare students for high school (Ms. Andrews in English, Mr. Kane in history, Ms. Asher in algebra). I recommend that parents attend the PFC meetings to get you voice heard.

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December 13, 2006
The school has great test scores because of the overall quality of students. I have encountered some of the worst teachers at this school. Some are exceedingly disorganized and scatterbrained. At the same time, some teachers are very good and really care about the students and are gifted at the art of teaching.

- submitted by a parent

June 23, 2006
This is a wonderful school--with a few caveats--it does greatly depend on who your child's teacher is. The more advanced classes do not necessarily have the best teachers. The advanced classes, however, are your best bet in terms of preparing your child for high school. Mr Kane-great. Mrs. Asher--great. The music program is wonderful, however you have to make the horrible choice between music and a foreign language! Parent participation is high. The classes are very overcrowded--hey, it's a public school! But, as far as public schools go, it's as good as it gets.

- submitted by a parent

May 20, 2005
The teachers and staff at A.C. Stelle are all very good and they are experienced, and they know what their doing. The only problem at A.C. Stelle is that the principal does not jump in and talk to the kids one-on-one. This lack of authority makes our principal seem weak and uncapable of the difficult task of being a principal. Our principal needs to understand the tasks of being a principal, and act upon those needs before she can take leadership over our school. A.C. Stelle has many extracurricular activities such as choir, band, art, French, Spanish, computers, tech lab, and many more. All of the extracurricular activity teachers are well trained in what they do, and it shows. Overall A.C.Stelle is a great school with room for improvement.

- submitted by a student

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Alice C. Stelle Middle School
22450 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas, CA  91302
(818) 224-4107
Last modified Alice C. Stelle Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Alice C. Stelle Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 29 reviews. Top