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6-8
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Chatsworth, CA
Students enrolled: 1,649
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10100 Variel Avenue
Chatsworth, CA 91311

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(818) 678-7900
(818) 349-4539
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October 06, 2014
Hi everyone! This is my first year in the 6th grade magnet program so I'm just starting to experience some new things, but overall, this school is amazing!! The teachers may be a little strict, however, they just want to set a good example for your child and to be responsible of how they act. The staff, same too; they may frequently tell your child to stop talking but they are just doing for their own good. I've noticed there's a leadership program involved, too. They are very good leaders, along with their hilarious teacher. They also have these spirit games and various activities that will put your child in a spectacular mood! So far, Lawrence is the best middle school ever!!!! GO LAWRENCE LIONS!!

- submitted by a community member
September 08, 2014
The Gifted/Highly Gifted/High Ability magnet at Lawrence is fantastic! All of our teachers are highly trained experts in their respective field of study (no "combo" teachers who teach both Math/Science or English/History/Social Science). The magnet coordinator and teachers are always there to help students. The previous reviewer who commented on the math teacher, I'm afraid, does not understand what "differentiation" means in the context of gifted education. The magnet students take honors level courses that meet their need for an accelerated curriculum. The magnet teachers really encourage the development of higher level thinking skills and problem solving skills. Majority of students came from rigorous gifted magnet programs (Balboa, Welby Way) but there is no clique. After school programs are great! Learning Zone, Sports, Dance, etc. absolutely free of charge. I'm so glad I chose this magnet! When students graduate from a magnet program, they will automatically get 12 points they can use for any high school magnet program of their choice!

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2014
The magnet program serves approximately 390 gifted, highly gifted, and high ability students on the campus of Lawrence middle school. It's a school within a school, a model school of excellence, and has an API of 1,000!

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2014
The magnet coordinator, Mrs. Vallejo, is the best! She has an open door policy and she works tirelessly to make sure the program runs smoothly. Teachers are great and so is the administration. I highly recommend this program!

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2014
I LOVE THIS PROGRAM! The Magnet Program at Lawrence Middle School offers amazing opportunities to the students. The classes are taught on a very high level, encouraging the kids to use critical thinking and make connections. The teachers are carefully chosen for their knowledge of the subject, their love of teaching, and their special ability to teach gifted students. The homework assignments are thoughtful and reasonable as to content, expectations, and amount. All teachers and administrators are available for conferences any time you or your child has a question or wants to discuss something. I watched my daughter form strong study habits, learn to organize her work and manage her time. become persevering in going in depth with her research, and really become scholarly. Elective choices are outstanding. The opportunity to study in Hypocrites Circle or Model U.N. promotes global awareness, world concerns, and explore career goals. Very exciting.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2014
Warning!!! Do not select this school for their Magnet Program. They only have four teachers in each grade level so if you have a problem with a teacher they will not switch you out of the class you are stuck in it for the year. The magnet math teachers leave a lot to be desired. The Magnet program thinks that the highly gifted child means pile on more work. They are not teaching them differentiated teaching geared for gifted students. I am extremely disappointed with the way this program has killed the love of learning in my child. I have seen the light in her dim, it use to shine so brightly. Others will tell you that this is a great school, and for them it was. I can tell you that if your child can learn when a teacher stands at the front of the class lecturing and the students take notes and when a teacher puts a problem on the board and without teaching a lesson tells the students to figure it out (basically teaching themselves) and have multiple projects from the different class going on at the same time, then this is the school for you. My child needs differentiated teaching were the students participate more in the teaching and don't get weighed down with needless work.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2013
I love my school!! and all the teachers!!! They are super helpful and i can always go to them for help when it is needed. I have the best teachers.

- submitted by a community member
December 02, 2013
I can only rate the Magnet Program at this school, and that I have found to be top notch. The Magnet Coordinator actually answers her own phone and goes out of her way to make sure the needs of the magnet students are met. She has an open door policy for incoming parents and that continues after you are settled in. The school spends the first month of the year drilling the children on non-bullying policies and safety procedures. That pays off during the year since this is a large campus. Students go about their business and any issues are dealt with immediately by both teachers and administration. Our daughter is challenged and having fun while making new friends. Fifth to sixth grade transition is a hard one, especially within the LAUSD system. But the staff of Earnest Lawrence Magnet have made it as smooth of a transition as it could be. I am relieved that the choice we made has worked out well so far.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2013
Wonderful teachers, terrific principal (Mr Schar) and second-to-none amazing band program with Mr. Wamhoff. My two children attended here all three years until they culminated last week. I am pleased with the high quality of education at this school. My children were in the after school program - one in the sports program which was terrific and the other in the homework program in the library. The homework program was a bit long and tedious (but it allowed my son to finish his homework), but I typically arrived from work around 5 pm so my oldest was able to get some exercise once he arrived home. I was thrilled that this school provided free aftercare for the students! My children and I have great memories here - both utilized some portions of the special ed program and the teachers they had were phenomenal and caring. Really am so happy with the quality of their education!

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2013
PROS: The magnet school has truly amazing teachers., and that is probably the most important thing at any school. They were able to make classes interesting, challenging and taught my child a lot. This school can be considered an exemplary one in the way bulling is handle. There were lots of field trips during the year and one overnight camp trip. CONS: After school program is beyond bad. Students are forced to sit silent and still in the library from 3 to 6. On the days that were too hot/cold/rainy/windy/etc PE classes turned into TV watching. Overall about 10% of PE classes students spent watching movies like "Chicken Little".

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2013
I'm currently and almost graduate of Lawrence and I have to say this school has changed me life. I'm in the Magnet and their Magnet program is superior. Honors are also very good but don't sign into the Regulars; just a tip. The teachers really do care about students' education and future, and the staff there are very supporting. They have many games and events at the school and they make student life comfortable there. They do KNOW about bullying problems and they do HELP students and parents there with it. Overall this school is amazing and I would recommend giving this school a try! :)

- submitted by a community member
January 16, 2013
We are very grateful to have my daughter transition to Lawrence Middle School. This is our first year and so far this school has been excellent and kind to us parents. The faculty are very kind and always acknowledging every parents that enter the school and offices. The only problem and issues we have encountered is that there are children bullies coming from dysfunctional families/parents something every school have. But we made better choice than going to Columbus Middle School. We love this school, the principal is very nice and funny guy :). First impression always counts.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2012
I am NOT very happy with most teachers, some students, and the staff at the office and school. I do not feel welcome in this school. My child is in 8th grade now. For the past "almost" 3 years....teachers have been using "sarcastic" or "belittle" tones of voices to my child. I thought this school believes parent involvement and I did make calls to the office about several incidents about teachers and/or students, they (teachers, coordinator, staff) don't even show concerns or discuss this issue professionally. This school have "You deserve a Put-Up!" pink slips and mix it up at Lunch Put-Up Slip. One student wrote and put it in the opening of my child's locker wishing her to kill herself. That's SICK!!! If my child shows this to the teachers or the staffs, I guarantee you they will NOT do anything about it. SAD!!!!

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2012
I'm happy that my daughter attends to this school great teachers and you have to know them as a student to actaully appreciate them. The classes are great and the extracurricular activities are awesome

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2012
My daughter just finished three years at Lawrence and I truly feel that she received a top flight education. More than just academics, she was welcomed into the school and made to feel an integral part of the community. She is very proud of the mural her Art class painted on the North side of campus and makes me drive her by it to see it even though she no longer attends. The school prepared her well for high school as she has managed to glide almost effortlessly through the beginning of 9th grade. Couldn't be happier with Lawrence.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2010
Its the best school i have ever went to. I am in the 6th grade magnet and i think it rocks. Everyone is very welcoming and nice to u. My teachers are great. We do many fun stuff in our school such as dance offs, games, we have clubs for learning and much more. Its an awesome school. The GIFTED magnet is challenging but its worth it because you learn a lot from those projects. There isnt much homework in which u need to struggle on. Lawrence Middle School is the best school in the whole valley. =)

- submitted by a student
March 14, 2010
Im a 6th grade magnet student at Lawrence Middle School. The magnet is the best school you will ever think of going to. The teachers are AMAZING and all of the staff are very kind and they will help you with any problem you have. The kids in the magnet will welcome you like you are their best friend and they are the nicest kids in the world. There is never a lot of homework, but a medium level of projects is given. If you are looking for an AMAZING school, Lawrence Magnet Middle School is the place to be. Trust Me. :)

- submitted by a student
January 13, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2009
I'm a Magnet kid, and I love the school. THe teachers are really great, and the projects are fun and unorthodox (as in they're unique). Good school, great friends too. I do have to admit the regular program is really bad, but the magnet is great. I dunno bout honors, but Gifted is very good.

- submitted by a student
December 19, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2009
I'm a student here at Ernest Lawrence Middle School. A first year 6th grader and already on the first day of school i felt very pleased with everyone welcoming me. After the first week have finished i already knew that this school was right. Even though it's hard at least i have some very nice teachers and staff that will always help us get through our school. All we need to do as students is to keep trying and never e afraid to ask for help. School is fun and this will school will always be there to support you. They have so many cool teachers and activities. They plan and work together. All their efforts helps this school even better. I wish Middle School Never ends. It's tough but someone will always be there for you when you need them to be there. This school is the best!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a student
December 12, 2009
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- submitted by a student
October 02, 2009
LOVE this school, I think is the BEST of all Chatsworth

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2009
GREAT SCHOOL.. My daughter is here since 6 grade, for these last two years she has improved and learn so much that she is an Honors student, yes I know teachers give them lots of homework and projects to do at home with the PARENTS help which I don't seem is a problem with it, because that's why we are there PARENTS we should help with school stuff and more we as parents have more responsibilities with OUR children than the teachers. Counselors and Principal are GREAT! I have no complain at all from this school I am so happy that my daughter will graduate from this school that now my 6 grade son is coming here as well. And I know he will be an honors student too, because this school is Great. Oh did I mention that I drive 60miles EVERYDAY so they can come to this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 26, 2009
Very disappointing magnet program, gifted education is equated with more mundane work instead of interesting challenges, all of the interesting projects are done at home with parents' guidance.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2009
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November 21, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2008
Very great school! Ive attended this school for 3 years, this being my third. Im in the Honors program and what others say about the school only caring about the Magnet is WRONG. Infact, almost all of the honors teachers, as well as all the other teachers on campus are great. If they arent nice, they are still inspirational and great teachers. All of my teachers have been and are great, some extremely strict but they still teach you a lot and help as much as possible. GO LMS!

- submitted by a student
June 02, 2008
I was very excited to send my child, but after 3 years passed and she is graduating fro LMS. I was disappointing of many teachers attitude toward to students. Many teahers lose students homework, and telling students the class is too big to teach. Why should she has been teacher in first place??? My daughter was very discouraged to study or submite her project. Councelor? what do they do? I felt most of the time if students have problem, it's always has been students fault, not school.... Please listen more students voices!!! Please be a educator!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2008
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February 18, 2008
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December 01, 2007
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- submitted by a student
November 02, 2007
This school has it's great benefits. Sure, it may not be the best school in Los Angeles, but it's a great place to make something out of yourself. I can tell you myself, i have learned so mich at Lawrence, and I have had some very great experience. Let me point out that it's not the schools fault because some students do not want to talk about their issues.

- submitted by a student
August 29, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2007
First of all let me start by saying information is key, and this is where Lawence Middle School is lacking. They have a web site available that parents can access and track their childs progress yet not all teachers participate. I have received my childs progress report with grades that were not favorable but I have never received a call from any teacher alerting me of a potential problem until it was too late and the damage was done.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2007
Leadership for special ed students is sorely lacking especially during the IEP process. As parents we were 'told' what to do - there was no give and take in the process and we were not treated as 'equals.' The IEP team never met our child but had 'all the answers' on what was best for him/her. Our opinions, ideas, suggestions were completely disregarded and we were expected to follow along with all the LAUSD recommendations.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 21, 2007
I go to Lawrence Middle and in the Magnet program it is great! The school may be hard, unperfect, but who cares? These things help us in life. With concerened teachers and a saftey net of our councilers, there's no telling what a great future we'll all have. There are great teachers and you have to know them as a student to actaully appreciate them. The classes are great and the extracurricular activities are awesome-especially math club. Parents are aways involved with flyers, newsletters and phonecalls. Don't blame the school, blame the students if you are not happy. It is a students reponsiblity for telling the parents the info. Go Lawrence Lions!

- submitted by a student
January 21, 2007
I think that this school was excellent. the teachers were good and concerned about my child's grades even though my child is an 'A' student.

- submitted by a student
December 01, 2006
I love Lawrence Magnet. The teachers are wonderful. They give the right amount of homework. They are all interested in my child's intellectual, social, and emotional development. I highly reccomend this school to any parent and child who is interested in an excellent education.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2006
Lawrence puts great emphasis on success for all students. While teachers may differ on their teaching techniques, all have one goal in mind- a child's achievement. Prin. Rosas is approachable and pro-active. Every school has its own issues and concerns, and Lawrence is no exception. Students are only in classes receiving instruction for less than 6 hours a day. We, as parents, have them far longer each week. The school is not there to provide surrogate parenting. Students must come ready to work, to achieve, and succeed- and that starts at home, not when they begin school each day. While Lawrence is not perfect, the vast majority of students are doing great, and appreciate the safe and courteous atmosphere promoted by the staff and administration.

- submitted by a teacher
September 18, 2006
This is my child's first year at LMS Magnet. I find that the teachers does not have or want any communications with parents. We were told that if your child get an A or B, do not try to meet with their teacher's since they need time to spent with student's that have Cs & Ds. That is not what I expect from LAUSD. Of the two teachers that I have communications with, only one was helpful in explaining with suggestions while the other just handled me a printout of my child's scores from his class with not explanation what so ever. Administration was no help either.

- submitted by a staff
May 01, 2006
It's a great school! There are a lot of good things about this school. I, as a former student of Lawrence enjoyed it there. I was in the gifted/highly gifted magnet program. I struggled at first because it was very difficult for me to get used to, but in 7th grade I did better.

- submitted by a former student
no rating May 01, 2006
Good school! Great academic program! Love it!

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2006
This school has programs for highly gifted students, but has no support for the average student. There are barely any electives to choose from. It is disheartening.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2005
My son graduated from the Magnet in 2004. The curriculum was challenging--homework was often a burden. I appreciated that the school segregates 6th graders at PE and gives them a month or so to get used to the schedule of changing classes and finding lunch lines by letting them out a little early those first weeks. The Magnet coordinator has just changed and while we loved the previous coordinator, the new one, Ms. Vallejo (former English teacher in the program) will do a great job. Homeroom teachers stay with the kids for all 3 years, offering stability. Even some teachers will have the same students for 2 years (social studies) so there are no gaps in their learning. Phenomenal teachers (award winning/recognized) in science and math. Great in-magnet electives. Phenomenal website and communication from both the school and the magnet including monthly nighttime meetings. Would love my daughter to go here.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2005
Lawrence is a really good school. Parents are really involved in the school and create a positive environment for everyone. Teachers have a lot of support for students. The principal, Mr. Rosas was a doer. He was respectful and made things happen. Im not sure about now but the arts programs were very strong a few years back.

- submitted by a teacher
September 08, 2005
Extracurricular activities: I would like to see more that are actually enforced. My child signed up for a class that never did anything.... Academics: Recently, my child was accepted to the magnet program offered at Lawrence, I hope this years teacher/student learning environment will be satifactory.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2005
After having my child in Lawrence for 6th grade, we could not wait to pull her out. I hear many teachers complain about not getting respect from their student's. We also found that in order to speak to our child's councler, we had to go into the office, they didn't seem to return phone calls. What a mess!

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2005
the magnet program is HIGHLY recommended.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2005
Total minority school. Teachers are great. Very over crowded. Must carry around heavy back packs during most of day. Unable to utilize lockers because of safty issues.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2004
Our experience at Lawrence Middle School for our son's first year there has been quite disappointing compared to when our daughter attended six years ago. The most difficult part of this year (7th grade)has been the amount of bullying going on plus some inappropriate comments from teachers. I agree with the parent said that you must act with respect to receive it. Some of the teachers say very inappropriate things which result in inappropriate attitudes from the students towards them and other authority figures. In addition, the amount of 'reverse racism' that goes on in the school towards Caucasians is intolerable! Our son had his paperwork messed up by LAUSD this first year and as a result did not make it into the magnet program. For next year, he's in the magnet program and we are hopeful that much of this will improve; however, that will only mean control in the classroom!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 09, 2004
I have a child that is attending L.M.School for the first time this year. My child has been experiencing difficulty with some teachers displaying inappropiate verbal behavior. Some of the teachers are saying words that are not curriculum related. Students are there to learn from role models. If a teacher is expected to gain respect from the students then you have to give respect, and cursing at students will not gain respect. I will be contacting the principal personally to address this issue. This is not the first time this issue had been addressed. Please ask your child if they are experiencing any profanity situations from teachers.

- submitted by a teacher
May 05, 2004
Unfortunately this school cares only about the kids that are in the magnet program. After speaking to my childs teachers only but a few of them decided to meet me, they already have made up their minds that these kids in the lower classes are not going to do well and pass anyway, so why bother putting in the effort to help them. It's sad, but bottom line is this school is not worth for your child to go to. I should have never kept my daughter in this school till 8th grade. It was not worth it. The counselors were not much help either.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2004
My daughter has attended Lawrence 8th grade year only. I tried several times to schedule parent/teacher conferences after a very dissapointing report card I received from my daughter. It took 8 calls with no return calls from the school (over 2 months period of time) as well as a call to District A offices until I finally had a response. Unfortunatley, by this time another report card had come out and my daughter did worse. We have both been working hard to get her grades up but I do not recommed this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2004
I go to Lawrence Middle School and I am in the magnet program. At the beginning of the school year, the teachers had given us loads of homework to do, it would take me hours to complete them but after I'd talk to my friends form the other middle schools, I could see that all that work payed off. The staff at L.M.S couldn't be friendlier, they are always there to help. The student service clubs are great, I am currently in the Atoms service club and it is awsome. We are able to do things that other kids enjoy doing, like doing an end of the year dance, this school is involved in everything and will help you if you have any problems. The teahcers are kind and teach you things that you would have never known. I have no regrets coming to L.M.S, this is a great school.

- submitted by a student
March 19, 2004
This is my child's second year in attendence. I am incredibly disappointed time and again with the outcome of any issue that has come up. Whether teacher or counselor related. My main goal now is to have my child attend a different school.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2004
My experience with this school was horrible. There was very little communication from the teachers and staff when I received my childs progress report and had questions about it. My child will not be returning to this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2004
We have a magnet student graduating this year from Lawrence. Mrs. Boone, the magnet coordinator, is wonderful and most of the instructors have been involved and caring. I have recommended the school to many parents with upcoming magnet children.

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January 07, 2004
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August 25, 2003
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Ernest Lawrence Middle School
10100 Variel Avenue, Chatsworth, CA  91311
(818) 678-7900
Last modified Ernest Lawrence 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.
Ernest Lawrence Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 62 reviews. Top