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4029 North Las Virgenes Road
Calabasas, CA 91302

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November 25, 2014
I agree with much of what the negative reviews say, but, as a former student, I think some of the negativity has been exaggerated. While some of the teachers at this school were undoubtedly much less than satisfactory, there were many teachers that were indeed worthwhile, like one of my English teachers, all of my science teachers, two of my math teachers, and one of my social science teachers. Most memorably, my Spanish teachers were amazing, one of whom has unfortunately retired. However, none of my teacher-student experiences can make amends for the rough path my family and I traveled against the principal, who was and still is egotistical and terrible at doing her job. In addition, my counselor, perhaps the same one as mentioned below, failed to do her job when I needed her assistance. Average school..some great teachers and some horrific admin.

- submitted by a community member
October 29, 2014
So much happier with the new school I put my child in after pulling my child out of AE Wright Principal is so full of herself and very unhelpful to parents.One counselor in particular who hopefully for the other kids still going there has retired was awful.Spoke to another parent who had the same exact terrible experience with her .A few old time good teachers but most not very impressive. P.E teachers are the worst and even if you have an athletic child they will wind up dreading P.E with the drill seargents that call themselves teachers.School is over half filled with kids from out of district as anyone can lie to get in.They don't do any checking. Much happier with the other LVUSD school we switched to.Completely different atmosphere from how the campus is kept up to the attitude of student's and teachers.Wish I would have made the switch earlier because this school is seriously lacking for a LVUSD school.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2014
While the principal is nice, as a parent, I have found many things lacking about this school, from the curriculum to the quality of teachers. Moreover, my child was bullied on the basis of his race, and this is not the first time this school has had such challenges in the past. There is even a video, posted by kids, that demonstrates this ignorance.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2014
Thank goodness I am almost done with this school. I have spent 3 dreadful years here. The teachers here are horrible because all they want is their monthly pay check. Also, the principal is sexist. In her 6 years of being a principal, she only hired one male teacher. Also, if a teacher is friends with the principal, she won't get fired. No matter what she does, she will stay at the school if she's friends with the principal. There is this little circle of teacher friends that think that their all that. Also, the kids have their way of bullying that teacher don't understand. It is not talked about in this bullying program that is usless. Also, we have to write essays in every class twice a semester. (Even in PE) because the principal wants us to write more. Instead of writing, how about we LEARN more. Also, this school stresses PE way too much. We run 2 1/2 miles every Tuesday. PE is broadcasted as more important than academics. Your GPA will be affected if you have a B in PE. Overall, do not send your kids here.

- submitted by a community member
April 11, 2014
DON'T GO TO AEWRIGHT. Worst school ever!! The teachers hate their jobs and just want the monthly pay check and good test scores. It is a complete joke. The school dances are poorly funded and are NOT fun. The kids are snobby and VERY perverted. I came into aewright not cussing at all and come out knowing every curse word on the planet because of these kids. And another thing is you can't express your individuality. Everyone dresses the same in their exspensive slutty outfits and they expect everyone else to be like them. I've been called many names by the kids. One child told his PE teacher he would commit suicide if he didn't meet the unbeatable state standard mile cut off time. Then he failed and the teacher did not care when he told her while crying. I have spent 3 dreadful years at this school and do not advise it for anyone. The best compromise is to home school so ur kept away from the corrupt school systems. :)

- submitted by a community member
February 04, 2014
Hi, my cousin came here for 6 & 7th grade. He said his experience here was horrible. His PE teacher called him a "fat baby" and invaded his privacy by looking on through his phone. My aunt took this up with the principal and she took the PE teacher's side. There were also many problems with bullying (kids are NOT just being kids). My aunt was furious with A.E. Wright and pulled him out of there. My cousin is now attending A.C. Stelle and is having a much better time.

- submitted by a community member
September 28, 2012
A.E. Wright can be one of your worst and best school experiences. If you're looking for a public school because you cannot afford private school, however, AEW really can be a great option. Despite this, many teachers are awful and simply boring. With a few exceptions, like the 8th grade Algebra honors teacher, 7th grade science teacher, and the GATE 8th grade social studies teacher, I loathed almost every teacher I had while I was at AEW. I would say that my 8th grade GATE social studies teacher, for example, was very funny; however, frequently, it got out of control, and her teaching methods weren't perfect but good enough, while my 8th GATE English teacher was a nightmare and was incredibly unfair with grading. She despised everyone, excluding a few goody-goody teacher's pets she loved. The school truly has gone from a good one to a bad one, with virtually all of the school's decent teachers retiring in the past two years. If you can go to AC Stelle, I recommend going there instead. Overall, I would say that I did enjoy my AE Wright experience, but it was mostly because I was with many friends...There are some definite issues that need to be resolved by the school itself.

- submitted by a community member
September 01, 2012
the school is good just the science and social studies program subjects are not really organized subjects for the 6th grade but the after school programs are good they stay until 5:30 this year they might stay until 6:30 thats when theyll feed them dinner supposedly

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2012
This school has gone from really good, to really bad, I'm an 8th grader here at AE Wright and have been here for 2 years. For one, the teachers are HORRIBLE, now I know people say "You're always going to have bad teachers" But they seriously have no idea what they're doing. I would suggest Lindero Canyon Middle school as I've visited and they're school was clean and no body started fights or anything. AE Wright's Principle is the worst principle I've EVER had. She's the wicked witch of the west, I'm not kidding. They'res no parent involvement and if you have bad grades they help you for about a week and then they just leave it to you. If your child has a disability like ADD or ADHD or Dyslexia they won't care, I've brought in a note for my ADD (from my doctor) and even when I can't pay very good attention I get punished for it. I highly HIGHLY suggest you look at another school, they trick you at first making you think it's a great school by getting a 10/10 but I would give this school a -2/10 just because the 7th grade science teacher makes everyone's day, the Drama teacher is amazing aswell, PE is no good. Thanks for reading my review, please don't pick this school.

- submitted by a community member
April 27, 2012
My Son was at Sierra Canyon, we moved him over to this district a few years ago- We Love this school!

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2012
THE MOST HORRIBLE SCHOO EVER...I WISH I HAD NEVER PLACED MY CHILD AT THIS SCHOOL. THE PRINCIPLE IS A WITCH AND NOT HELPFULL TO PARENTS AT ALL. THE TEACHERS ON THE OTHERHAND ARE FANTASTIC.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2012
I disagree with the parents who think this school is great. Maybe it is for others, but we have had nothing but problems with the special education program here. Without going into tons of details, which probably would not be posted anyway, suffice it to say that this school has totally failed my child who has special needs. She is now at an NPS school doing much better and is happy and this district would rather pay their attorneys several hundred dollars an hour to fight with us in IEP meetings. We are very lucky that we have money to fight back. For anyone else, BEWARE! Hire an attorney and let the school know that you will fight for your child.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2011
Love the school! Our family was at Sierra Canyon for several years, & has a student that graduated from Sierra. I can compare these schools apples to apples. We now feel like we wasted our money in private school. My student is in the Gate program, & learning at a much faster rate than in Private School- There is no grade inflation at AE Wright, it is up to your student to earn those A s!

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2011
My son is entering 7th grade.Overall last year was a good year. All the teachers but one were great. The kids are not getting a lot of homework in 6th grade, the school believes in a transition year after elementary, so they don't bombard the kids with homework. I was told that 7th grade is different, that they get much more homework. My son learned a lot, he specially liked science and math subjects. The band is pretty good too.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2011
I feel like this school could use some more improvement on the campus and other things. Of course, all LVUSD schools should provide a good education.

- submitted by a community member
February 26, 2011
My son's science teacher is awesome. His LASS teacher is phenominal. She really cares are her students and loves to teach. His PE teacher should join the military and become a drill sergeant! She treats her students like prisoners. It is obvious that she hates her job. My son hates going to his PE class, and this is a kid who is super atheletic!! This is very sad to see. School is what you make of it but this school is difficult because administration keeps you are arms lentgh with little to no communication. You get recorded messages but don't you dare call the office to speak to a real person. I give this school a 6 rating not a 10....just my opinion;)

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2010
We are doubly fortunate because we can afford private school, but we live in the Las Virgenes school district and choose to send our daughter to A E Wright. We like the diversity of the student population (well, as diverse as you can get in this area) and the class sizes are not outrageous, considering the budget cuts that keep challenging the school administrators every year. We also know that no matter how much you pay for a private school, you can get horrible teachers there, and you can get lucky and have wonderful teachers in a public elementary or middle school. This has been our experience so far in the LVUSD. Lupin Hill and A E Wright have been a pleasant surprise. Great leadership, great teachers. Parents should get more involved, though. The same ten parents do all the volunteering.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2010
I've been a student here for 2 yrs. All I have to say is that AEW has a very low GATE requirement. I practically failed the GATE test, but I still got in. I would definitely suggest that you put your child into the GATE program or let them take the test at least. The bathroom stinks. It's not even funny how bad it smells. A handful of teachers don't treat the students with respect. I except the teachers to control the students and teach without having to yell "Shut up" or call students vulgar words. Some teachers here act like your friend. I hate those kind of teachers since most of the time they can't control the class and the chance to learn is ended. I don't personally know the principal, but I think she's doing a good job mostly. There are some areas that I would definitely improve about the school, but overall this is an okay school. It's not as great as everyone says it is. A lot of the smarter students don't seem smart at all. You would think that a person is your typical trouble-maker, but he might actually be the smartest person in class. The music program at our school is pretty superb. I'm not part of the band but the music they play at concerts is amazing.

- submitted by a community member
October 08, 2010
AE Wright has a wonderful program for Special Education. The teachers truly care and focus on life/social skills in addition to academics which is so vital in preparation for high school and beyond. The team is helpful, accessible and very responsive. Thank you all for your dedication! Sincerely, Sheryl Hai-Ami

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2010
A.E. Wright challenges kids to be leaders and be the best. This is a great place for a student to receive top notch public instruction!

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2010
Principal leadership is very strong! no nonsense and old fashion politics... The students are there to learn and the teachers are there to do their job.. to teach. perfect size for middle school not to large and large enough. I really think AE wright is one (the only public school for sure) of the best schools today in the LA area.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2010
This school is very organized and runs well. The only problem is that kids don't matter, it feels more like a well oiled machine. All the Science teachers are amazing. Most others seem fed up with dealing with kids. Communication between teachers and parents are extremely poor and when inquiring about your kid's progress, it feels like you are wasting the teacher's precious time. There is no feed back from teachers or administration, just report cards with grades.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2010
My son has thrived at this school. He is in the GATE program and is challenged academically on a consistent basis. The teachers work together to ensure that learning in sequential as well as project based. My son has learned to organize his time and work with others to get things finished. The music program is phenomenal. The music teacher takes children with absolutely no musical instrument experience and turns them into accomplished musicians, with a love of music, who can hardly wait to play at the high school level. The administration, including the principal and counselors, are amazing. Everyone shows a real understanding of the middle school child, the ups and downs experienced both by the child and parents, and gives caring advice/direction. As a parent, I feel well informed by what is happening at the school and feel the administration has my son's best interests at heart.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2010
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- submitted by a community member
November 21, 2009
We really like this school. We were at a different middle school for 6th and it is like night and day. The principal is Awesome! She handles the school with authority, yet she is happy and likable. Great teachers and office staff too!

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2009
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- submitted by a student
August 18, 2009
I am going into seventh grade at this school and I have to say that it is awesome! There are great lunches and snacks and the teachers are really nice. Go Miss Unzueta!

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August 07, 2009
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July 01, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating April 04, 2008
Mr. leff is A++++ music teacher , too bad he are retieing, we going to miss him!!!

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2008
This school is pretty cool. As a student, I can say that I may be biased, but I believe that A. E. Wright is a far better school than A. C. Stelle. When A. C. Stelle was created, all the teachers who were newer to A. E. Wright has to move to Stelle. Therefore, the teachers at A. E. Wright are far more experienced. Like any other school A. E. Wright has a few bad teachers, but also is proud to have some amazing teachers. Unfortunately, many of the teachers are retiring, including the fantastic music teacher, director, conductor, etc., Mr. Leff.

- submitted by a student
February 09, 2008
I totally love this school! it is so cool. I also love my teachers because they teach so well! I never want to leave this school! I love a.E. Wright middle school!

- submitted by a student
January 28, 2008
My child is in the 'Gifted and Talented' program and has a few good teachers, 1 great teacher and his math teacher has got to be the most uninspiring that I have known. After putting three other children through the public school system, I can say with some authority this school may get the test scores, but the students don't seem as enthusiastic and inspired as I have seen in many other, far less affluent schools.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2007
My child attends AE Wright, and it is a fabulous school! This is a great school. The teachers are caring and work very hard to provide the best education they can. The art department is excellent, and so is the music department. The students received over 900 for their API last year on the STAR test.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2007
Amazing music program!! Great teachers!

- submitted by a student
September 26, 2007
Having recently attended 'back to school night' at A.E. Wright last week I must say I am extremely unimpressed with this school. I met with all of my child's teachers and her councilor and after a month of classes only one knew who she was! The school is over-crowded and communication is poor.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2007
Had high hoped for this school with small number of students. Big disappointment. My child started in 6th grade as a/b student. Now leaving 8th grade as C-D student. Counselors are of little help. Communication acces to teachers poor. Poor sports if your child is athletic.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2007
Below average school with a very little amount of good teachers. I am very disappointed in this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2007
Great school. My 8th and 6th graders love it. Experienced teachers. High quality students. Strong reading program. 1 mile fitness run in Tuesday gym class. Interesting afterschool classes in fall and spring. Strong math program. Honor Society students get fun overnight field trips. Can't speak to cafeteria food, my boys carry their lunches. 2nd set of textbooks issued to each student for home use.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2007
I think this school is ok. I think the lunches are terrible. My child comes home starving after school.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2006
Average school with a handful of good teachers.

- submitted by a former student
February 18, 2006
Great physical education options for student. Safe school, little or no student discipline issues. Teachers and administration are fairly responsive to parent inquiries. Excellent ciriculum. Good nutrition options for lunch. Our child really enjoys A.E. Wright.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2005
We love this school. Teachers have been great. Classwork seems intersting, not too much homework. Principal and counselors seem caring and concerned about the kids and are open to listening to the parents. My child is very happy, is doing great and we are happy too. This is a great school.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2003
The school is being divided into two schoolsl which will meet the needs of the students. AE Wright will now have about 890 students. Budget cuts are the reason for larger class size, but teacher education and meeting the CA Standards are of utmost importance to the school.

- submitted by a community member
August 29, 2003
This school is far too over crowded to provide the quality of education students in this area deserve. The tax base has to be incredible, yet we have 35 children in a classroom.

- submitted by a parent
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Arthur E. Wright Middle School
4029 North Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas, CA  91302
(818) 880-4614
Last modified Arthur E. Wright Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Arthur E. Wright Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 46 reviews. Top