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Carlsbad, CA
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6880 Ambrosia Lane
Carlsbad, CA 92011

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(760) 331-6100
(760) 438-7894
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May 03, 2015
I am on my fifth year with Aviara Oaks Middle School. If your looking for a safe school with good kids. This is your school. If your child is on an IEP. This is NOT your school. In fact my experience is they barely know how to put an IEP together. If your looking for a school that challenges kids and is good in academics. This is NOT your school. Their advance classes are no more difficult than the standard. 6th grade teachers are good, Drama teachers is fabulous, and there is an 8th grade teacher that rocks and kids lover her. The rest of the teachers in my experience have been lazy, and care little about the kids. 7th grade is the worst. After having two kids go through their 7th grade curriculum it's an absolute debacle. I though a new principal would change that but it hasn't and I don't have two or three years to wait for him to fix it. The district is 100% to blame here. Just not a great school for the area. Parents, principal, counselor, and PTSA make the school what it is. The majority of the faculty are set in their ways and don't want to change. Oh...and the excuse today for poor academic performance from the teachers is common core. More excuses.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2015
We have had two A students go through this school and with the exception of a mere handful of teachers have found it's high 8 ratings laughable. The students themselves are what makes this school exceptional. Yes, we have great test scores because we have many children that are exceptionally bright. There are countless teachers at this school that literally can't stand teaching their classes and lack patience. They rush through content or just don't teach at all. I understand that teaching middle school students with their hormones and their juvenile behavior is difficult but why did you become a teacher in the first place? If you can't answer that question with an answer that does not involve financial stability than you are doing our students no favors. Kids want to learn, they just need teachers that still love and want to teach. As for the administrators, blah! If you can afford to, we could not, skip this school and get your kids a private education. Carlsbad High School is no better. Many kids leaving to be home schooled or attend other private schools. Carlsbad just refuses to get with the times, stop their nepotism hiring ways, and make some GREAT changes!

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2015
School refuses to hire teachers. My son has had 5 English teachers and 14 Social Studies teachers in the same year. Needless to say, he has not been able to have a stable environment to learn. On top of that, the administration and staff conduct themselves more as bullies, intimidating the children rather than caring about the children's educational needs. The front office secretary Laura is hostile toward not only the parents and will openly fight with then in front of the students but is also rude to the children. By the second year many of us are fleeing to other alternative schools such as privates.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2015
I'm a second year student at aoms and just moved from Italy. The teachers are so supportive and can't wait to help you with everything. I think this is the best school in carlsbad because there are no issues between students and the electives are very advanced(only school in carlsbad to have photography). Teachers are all experienced.

- submitted by a community member
February 10, 2015
This is my child's first year at AOMS. First I would like to say that, while I am stunned by the bullying that goes on at this school (sadly, pretty much on a daily basis), I happen to also be really impressed by the schools new principal and vp because they really do care and do take (for the most part) appropriate action when deemed necessary - but they can only do so much. The teachers my child got this year are amazing, as well, my child is doing very well academically speaking. Why 3 Stars then? For the bullying. It really is a HUGE problem and something (ahem...parents, you need to do a better job teaching your children that bullying is NOT OK), needs to be done about it. I believe it is ultimately the parents responsibility to see to it their children behave in a manner deemed appropriate at school. It is NOT the principals/vp's/teachers responsibility. It is not the responsibility of the kids being picked on by your kids, either. It is NOT OK. I give 5 Stars to the principal/vp and teachers at AOMS. To the parents of children with behavioral issues that won't get their children the help they clearly need and deserve, I give a negative 1 Star. Shame on you.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2015
This is my daughter's first year at AOMS, coming from a very high standard, Pacific Rim Elementary. The new principal is excellent, as well as the teachers!! My daughter is held accountable, her learning has excelled and the bullying is non-existent. I was concerned before she started because of prior opinions I had heard, but, apparently, significant changes were made prior to the start of this school year, and I couldn't be happier with AOMS. Mr. Brockett, the new principal, is wonderful and his goal is clearly to uphold the highest standards and provide a healthy education and environment for the students and parents. I'm thankful my daughter can attend this school. CB

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2014
I am pulling my child out of this school. Two years is enough. There are some great teachers here, but they are few and far between. NO motivation for excellence. The leadership in the school is typical of what I have found in Carlsbad. Everyone punches a clock, does their time. Nothing extra.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2014
Two stars because my son is still there and if it were zero, what kind of parent would i be to leave him there? We have had a very terrible experience to date with most of the teachers with the exception of Band and Social Studies. Rotating administration, bullying, tenured teachers that just assign work with no follow through or compassion. Too bad the options for private school are minimal in the area.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2012
My son just finished his 1st year at AOMS and overall it's been great. The teachers are great and very dedicated. Some of the staff are rude and hard to deal with but all around it's a good school with high standards and high parent participation.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2011
This is our first year here and love this school! The teachers are amazing. They are friendly and caring. The communication between the students, teachers and parents is excellent. Our son loves Aviara. We are very pleased so far into our first year of middle school.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2011
I am a parent and I am worried about bullying. Hope now that we have police on campus and a new principal, the antibullying program gets reinforced. It is sad that this is still happening in out great school. We love the teachers and the receptionist-worth mentioning- is exceptional, always with a smile! :-). The kids responsible for bullying need to be stopped. I want my kids to focus on education and learning instead of worrying about their safety.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2011
The teachers are getting better and they changed a lot and they put like jail bars around the school so no1 can get but makes us students feel like we are in jail. The teachers are ok but there are some bullies sometimes and i feel the school is getting better.

- submitted by a community member
July 23, 2009
Hi. I'm a student at Aviara Oaks Middle School (AOMS). I think my school id]s the best Middle School ever!! All the teachers are soooo nice, you can buy Izzes and Vitamin during your your lunch. you can help save the planet by their excellent recycling program,and much, much more!!! Go AOMS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a student
June 16, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2008
Right so, Aviara Oaks has a couple of really dedicated teachers, if you're lucky enough to get them. The rest do their job, but don't make the extra effort to help out students. Academics is definitely a focus here compared to its neighbor schools (Calavera, Valley). There is an incredible lack of school spirit and the only electives I think are worthwhile are band and spanish. I think Aviara Oaks was an excellent school overall, just lacking motivated students, thus leading to unmotivated teachers.

- submitted by a student
February 04, 2008
I happen to be a student and the bduget cuts havent really hit AOMS that much thanks to a wealthy neighborhood. Some teachers are stellar while others need a new job. The music program is awesome. Electives are great.However there is no home economics. No racism issues here. Everyone seems to go with the flow. Very low key school.

- submitted by a student
September 08, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2006
Mixed feelings about this school- Stern teachers. Don't really encourage students to think 'out-of-the box'. Disorganized administrative. Not stellar. Too big, too many students

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2006
I think there should be honors classes for science and Social studies as well as Math and English. Your Art program is terrible, my daughter was not interested in classes, not challenging enough or interesting.

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January 12, 2006
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September 08, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2005
This is a quality middle school, although I'm not too excited about the 6th graders being in with the 7th and 8th graders. Now...if only Carlsbad High was as good as this school...

- submitted by a teacher
August 15, 2005
Everybody is hard working and incredible teachers treat us well there are a lot activities within one of your six classes such as band, dance, art, aotv(school news),drama, science tech. everything is easy to find and its really clean.

- submitted by a former student
June 10, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2005
Aviara Oaks provides a quality environment for middle school students. The focus is on academic fundamentals, and the results are impressive. They also provide extracurricular activities in music, sports and clubs. The high standards of this school benefit those who attend.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2005
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June 11, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2004
It's been a great school experience. Have two students at the school. Great teachers. Good kids. My only gripe...crazy parent drivers in parking lot!

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2004
Excellent school, with great teachers, staff and involved pearents. Ever since our enrolment, the past three years, we have experienced only joy and happiness.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2003
I am not at all impressed by the principle, he truly needs to get his job description together or get out of the school. They also need teachers that are better prepared for children of another race. The school should hold incervices for the entire staff on how to deal with racism. INCLUDE PARENTS AND STUDENTS.

- submitted by a parent

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Aviara Oaks Middle School
6880 Ambrosia Lane, Carlsbad, CA  92011
(760) 331-6100
Last modified Aviara Oaks Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Aviara Oaks Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 30 reviews. Top