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6-8
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Carmichael, CA
Students enrolled: 987
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4900 Whitney Avenue
Carmichael, CA 95608

(916) 971-7324
(916) 971-7856
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March 22, 2014
My son came after 7 yrs of private school. Our app for IB was declined because it must be in by Dec for the next year. Ranking 94% in nation had no bearing. This school is segregated so badly, IB vs. trash is how it should be represented but its exactly how the staff and students see it too. A teacher said "if your student isnt in IB, dont bother". That very same teacher seemed to despise he had to teach non IB classes, he literally made students hate Science who had otherwise liked it. Its overcrowded, everyone wants their child in IB yet if yours can't handle IB workload, they don't facilitate them out and replace with a more gifted student, they just let them to fail. My student was miserable, he hated going to school, being treated like trash. No thank you. We transferred to a school that doesn't offer IB and he's fine being in HA, the teachers enjoy all students and classes alike. Winston Churchill is too segregated and overcrowded, any student will tell you if you ask them. If your student desires to be IB then rest assured, they'll have little to no contact with the "rest of the cookie crumbs" but if they arent cutting it, youll sit and watch them fail miserably.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2013
If I was to rate this, it depends on which program. You've got Passport, AVID, and IB. IB is the best by far, as just being there, you can sense the dissent from the Passport kids. However, some students from AVID do truly try, and it reflects in the limited interaction the IB have with them. I myself attend the IB Program at Churchill.

- submitted by a community member
July 09, 2013
I went to Churchill from 2009-2012, and I think of this school very fondly. I recommend joining the Student Government class for 7th and 8th grade -- I was an officer one year and in the class for both years, and it was the class that I looked forward to every day. I was in the IB program, and the teachers were excellent. Every student formed a tight bond with their teachers and by the end of 8th grade, you literally ruled the school. The school is rather small, so you really get to know everyone, even the teachers you didn't have. All of the teachers are very approachable and friendly and are always willing to help. I felt very at home at this school, and it helped me come out of my shell and grow as a person. Sports are eh, along with music, drama, and art, but most kids don't come here for that. School food isn't very healthy... but most kids don't care. Kids in the IB program or Student Government don't take P.E. everyday, which some people may not like, but the kids definitely don't mind! To be honest, your experience at this school is as good as you make it. You can either enjoy it and try to have the best experience, or you can go through middle school with a bad mentality.

- submitted by a community member
November 24, 2012
I am a student at this school. The health at this shool isn't that great. In the mornings you can buy hot chocolate w/ whip cream and chocolate suace; at lunch there is a stand with pizza, baked chips, drinks, cup noodles, and candy people can buy with their lunch; at the end of school there is a stand with different ice cream sutff you can buy and on Friday Jamba Juice comes. I feel as though this school doesn't influence health but uses kid's interests to support the funds. Also because of our language requirement, i.b. kids have P.E every other week or quarter. [switches off with our elective (based on elective)] Though I must say that the P.E. teachers are try their best with the time we have them.

- submitted by a community member
September 11, 2012
My son in in his third year at Churchill, 8th grader. We have had a wonderful experience watching him grow as an IB student. He loves Japanese and Science, and is a whiz in math, so it's like he's with his "people." The bar is set very high and the students rise to the occasion.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2012
I am a student at Churchill, and the IB program is fantastic. We have great teachers that really care about us and help us learn. Our school has 4 great language departments, Japanese, Chinese, French, and Spanish. The non-ib program is not that good, so only enroll at Churchill for the IB program. We are all very supportive of each other and are like one big IB family.

- submitted by a community member
January 08, 2012
The IB program is excellent!! But regular ed is TERRIBLE and HORRIFYING. Filled with bullies...etc. SO ONLY ENROLL YOU'RE CHILD IN IB PROGRAM! for smart kids

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2011
We've found Churchill provides instruction in at a level and depth unmatched by other middle schools in the area. In particular, Churchill offers a much richer music and foreign language curriculum. Our son attended from 6th - 8th grade and our daughter is a new student. The school culture has a real positive energy, the teachers and parent volunteers are fantastic, and we are so happy with our choice of school!

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2011
I went to Winston Churchill in 1999-2000. I loved that school. I did better in that school than I ever did in Oklahoma Public Schools. As for the "teachers" discouraging the students, I dont think it is happening that way. The students have to be wiling to learn as well as the teachers willing to teach. In Oklahoma, I went through all 4 years of my high school career with at least 3 of my teachers saying, and I quote, "I do not care whether you pass or fail this class, I get paid either way!"

- submitted by a community member
March 24, 2011
Churchill use to be a wonderful school. Not any longer. Students are disrespectful to the teachers and their peers producing chaos in classrooms. There is a bullying issue that the adminstration is unable to control. Our student is going elsewhere for 8th grade next year.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2011
I daughter brought home homework only two times and one of those homework assignments was to color an Easter basket. She got straight A's on her report card. I then asked that she be placed in more changeling classes and she was. The problem was that the teachers were DISCOURAGING the students form pursuing the advanced levels. The reason was that there were too many students and they needed to reduced the size of the class. Instead of encouraging students to challenge themselves and increase the size of the "advanced" classes they wanted to increase the remedial ones. Keep in mind that the "advance" classes are not that advanced. It is so bad that many English teachers read to their class rather than have the students read the books assigned.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2010
Churchill is home to the finest acadmic program around--the International Baccalaureate program, and has many wonderful, caring teachers as well.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2009
This school is a great school and the teachers are fantastic...Im a former student of churchill and i wish i could go back

- submitted by a student
October 06, 2009
A controversial and inappropriate issue arose in one of my son's class. The teacher was rude and unresponsive. The vice-principal was understanding and helpful, but unable to reach resolution. The principal was unresponsive, uninterested, and displeased about the problem in general meaning, he just wanted it swept under the carpet. This is not an example of effective or good administration.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2009
My daughter attends this school all the staff is friendly and they truley care

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August 26, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2009
Right now I go to this awesome school, and I am in 7th grade IB. I think the staff works really hard so the students can have a learning experience. I'm glad I came here.

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March 26, 2009
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March 23, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2009
I had a student in the High Achieving classes at Churchill, not IB. The teachers cared, they were phenomenal, they connected with her, challenged her, and gave her an excellent education!

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March 07, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2009
All the school cares about is the IB program.School isn`t that great

- submitted by a student
January 02, 2009
My oldest son went to Churchill and currently have my other son attending. The administration at Churchill is great and I can't say enough good things about the principal and vice principals. My son is having difficulty adjusting to middle school and the school counselor and teachers have worked we us -- communication with teachers and administration is fantastic.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 17, 2008
I have found that this school takes teaching to the levels that encourages the students to want to learn. The teachers treat the students with consideration and respect. I have noticed my child grow to be a better person and feel confident. He feels he is getting the education he has so missed. The teachers encouarage the students at Churchill.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2008
I am a sixth grade student at churchill, and I love it!! It is very different from elementary school though, with the lockers and changing classes, but it is very easy to get used to. The I.B. program is extremely stimulating and challenging, but it makes you think, which is a good thing. In sixth grade I.B. science you will complete an Endangered Species Project, and it is really a lot of fun to be able to make yourself so much more aware of the world. Sixth grade is all about non- procrastination, and has helped me a lot. Because, I am a procrastinator. Churchill is really a great school. The teachers are awesome!!

- submitted by a student
November 07, 2008
My husband and I are very pleased with Churchill. The principal and teachers are enthusiastic and really seem to like the kids. They make learning as fun as it should be. Our daughter is very happy with her new school, too.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2008
This my childs 2nd yr here at Winston. Started with 6th. Last year was very hard to get used to the way the school is set up. A big difference from elementary school. I like the school and enjoy all that my child learns. Mr. Shoemake is fantastic about communicating with the parents and answers letters when written to. I wish the teachers put a bit more effort in getting the parents involved, especially when there are huge challanges in the childs academic work. This has helped my child grow up alot and see what the real world is all about. I would recommend the school to anyone whose child needs the challange and is bored and wants a great education. Although we are not going to continue to Mira Loma we are staying with the IB program and going on to Oakmont for their IB program for High School.

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September 27, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating September 22, 2008
I have a 7th grader in the IB program and it has been the first time in her academic career where she has been challenged and surrounded by peers. Her friends are equally bright and ambitious kids. We loved the principal last year and were sorry to see him go. The dress code is completely ridiculous though I think that it has lightened up this year so I dont have to send her in a burka anymore. And I think that I am fairly conservative. The IB is completely segregated from the rest of the school and I think that makes a big difference in keeping the program so nice. The rest of the school seems a little rough.

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September 05, 2008
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September 04, 2008
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no rating September 03, 2008
This is my daughter's third year (grades 6-8) in the IB program. A fantastic place for motivated students. Really committed, dedicated teachers who make learning fun and rewarding. The principal is the best we could hope for. He inspires the students, rewards effort and success and is a fantastic communicator. I wish we could take him with us to high school next year.

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July 25, 2008
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- submitted by a student
May 26, 2008
My son attended his 8th grade year here with the IB Program and I have never seen him challenged as much in his life. I have also never seen such dedication and care as I have seen with the teachers and principal of this school. The work is hard and there is lots of it. Although we have decided not to go on to Mira Loma - I highly recommend this school and program to anyone who wants a great education and to push even the best and the brightest to the next level.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2008
This is my son's second year at Churchill (not IB). Overall I am satisfied with the education he is receiving. The communication this year has been far better than last with the new principal. The math, science and Chinese teachers are great, as was his 7th grade English/History/AVID teacher.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2008
My child attended Churchill Middle School from 2006 - 2008. He was enrolled in the IB Program and I know he is well prepared for high school. Though the program is rigorous, these teachers gave him the tools to succeed by providing time management skills. These are lessons that will carry him through his high school years and well into college! Oh, and the principal is awesome as well!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2008
My daughter is in the 7th grade IB program. My other two kids also attended Churchill and continued on to the IB program at Mira Loma High. They are now in college. The new principal is great, just excellent, I wish more principals had some of his care and enthusiasm. He interacts with the kids and staff. The band program has grown to where we are close to running out of stage for presentations. Kids are very enthusiastic and eager to attend school. The academics are great. The school places in the top or near the top regularly on competitions; Science Bowl, Science Olympiad, etc. The IB program prepares the kids to communicate well, something they will need when in high school and when they get a job. Think college essays.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2008
I have a daughter in 8th grade, which is her third year in the IB program. She is one of the very few pupils not continuing the program into high school. It is just not the best choice for her personality. However, I wan't to note that I have been incredibly impressed with the program and would still recommend it to any student willing to put in the extra work. It is an excellent opportunity for kids to really excel and get a lof of practical experience in various involved projects and community service. I also would like to commend the new principal for this year, Mr. Jim Shoemake. He is enthusiastic, heads-up, great at commucating with the parents and he has brought the school to a whole new level. Thank you, Mr. Shoemake, for your dedication and enthusiasm. It is extremely refreshing. You are doing a fantastic job.

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March 13, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2008
My daughter is in the 8th grade IB. She enjoys her middle years program at Churchill. The staff is competent and well trained and the new principal is wonderful. I participate in the PTO and found motivated parents. It's true: it's a tough program but the children learn to be organized to face the amount of challenging homework. A good timing is the key for success here : there is no place for last minute work. The program is interesting and go in depth in every subject, but it's never boring. We do not regret the choice we made to come here and we definitively recommend this program for any motivated kids.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2008
This is one of the very few middle schools in the state with the IB MYP. 2007-2008 has seen a new principal who is incredibly supportive of students and teachers. He hosts a BBQ for A and B students and knows everyone by name. He makes sure that all teachers at the school get the additional IB MYP training needed. He is enthusiastic and full of energy. There are a lot of long term teachers who mentor the new ones, ensuring quality in the program. There is a lot of work, but adequate time is given to complete every project -- its important that kids learn to manage their time instead of waiting until the last minute. My son definitely prefers Churchill to our previous school where he could get an A just by sitting in class.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2008
This year there is yet another new principal. Unlike last year which felt like a reign of terror, this year the emphasis is on style over substance. For instance, college banners are now hanging around the school and many solicited positive statements about the school are published on the school website, but I've found 2 teachers who have been very uncooperative when I had questions about my student's progress in class. My student is resigned to the large amount of busywork that passes for education in the IB program. I wish I had stayed with a neighborhood school and honors courses there. I didn't think the IB program could be any worse than last year teacherwise, but it is. The IB program, like many California schools, doesn't have the funding or staff to help the students succeed educationally.

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January 09, 2008
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- submitted by a student
November 28, 2007
i would not recommend this school to anyone. it has a very unreasonably dress code and harsh punishments.there used to be a fight about every other day, but most of the students who would fight have been expelled, changed schools, or stopped. The teachers are okay, but many are unsatisfactory.

- submitted by a student
November 24, 2007
It is a great school. You make new friends and acually fit in. At elementry school you were top of your class, and was always called on. Now, everyone has had the same experience and it is harder to be picked.

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October 25, 2007
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- submitted by a student
October 08, 2007
Churchill IB program was difficult for me and was a huge change from my elementary school. The 6th grade teachers are awesome although the amount of homework was uncalled for.

- submitted by a former student
September 26, 2007
My student has received a wonderful education in the IB program. With the new principal this year I feel they are in good hands, he is receptive and positive. The district needs to support this gifted program more - parents pay for teacher training that should come from the district as it is a public school. There are some outstanding teachers and few real duds who don't understand the needs of the gifted and just pile on homework. Most teachers provide that love of learning not the hey, it's a cruel world out there get used to it attitude.It is an excellent program that just needs a little tweaking.

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September 15, 2007
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August 27, 2007
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July 21, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 04, 2007
I don't recommend the IB program. Much of last year the IB students, including my student, were targeted and bullied by the non-IB students, especially at the Bridges after-school program run by the school district. I finally had to take my student out of the program for safety. The new principal left after 1 year. While a couple of my student's teachers were excellent, teachers for the other classes did not have the certification required by the IB organization. I think that a sense of community is important at a school, but there is none at this middle school.

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2007
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- submitted by a student
March 31, 2007
The once strong IB program has become a nightmare. There has been a large staff turnover and the classroom teachers are far from up to the task of teaching this program. I have two children who have done the program, my second will finish this year and I have watched the quality sink. I don't recommend IB anymore, but I used to. The campus has many troubled students.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2006
This is a great suburban school with the IB Middle Years Program, and also the Accel program which is less strenuous and 4 languages. There are soo many electives! This year, 06-07, we have a new principal and vice principal. The vice principal that stayed is nice- hes a joker. Churchill is very controlled and safe. I recommend this school for any kind of student.

- submitted by a student
April 29, 2006
I have two daughters in the International Baccaluereate Middle Years Program. This is a great program because the kids get into the program by test scores. They all have to be identified as 'gifted'. So, the quaility of kids is very high in the IB program, creating a friendly, but very high achieving critical mass. My kids work hard but love it. Half the school is non-IB students, and that's a different crowd. But the two groups really are mostly independent. Principal is changing in 06-07.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2006
The IB program is a great opportunity for the children who take advantage it. We have been pleased with the many opportunities that have been given to our children. I have my concerns with the overall school itself but I am very pleased with the IB program.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2005
My daughter did great in school but her SAT scores were average. I would certainly like more homework and scope for parent involvement alongwith some extra curricular activities.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2005
My daughter has attended Winston Churchill Middle School for her sixth, seventh, and eighth year. I believe that the IB experience here is very beneficial and has taught my daughter to be on task and use her mind to the utmost. I would definately recommend this school to any parents wishing to send their child to IB classes. However, I do think that they need work on cleaning up the school campus, and gathering funds for the school. Very 'ghetto', as my daughter would say.

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October 17, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2004
I believe that it is excellent especaily the IB program. It is very challenging but work hard and you can manage.

- submitted by a student
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Winston Churchill Middle School
4900 Whitney Avenue, Carmichael, CA  95608
(916) 971-7324
Last modified Winston Churchill Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Winston Churchill Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 61 reviews. Top