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3224 California Avenue
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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(714) 424-7965
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April 09, 2015
TeWinkle has one of the best, most caring staff that I have had the pleasure to work with. In the past three years TeWinkle's teachers have won Best Secondary Teacher of the Year twice (NMUSD), Favorite Teacher of the Year for all of Costa Mesa's schools, California's C-STEM Teacher of the Year, and League of Middle Schools Teacher of the Year (finalist). The teachers care deeply about their students.

- submitted by a teacher

April 09, 2015
TeWinkle school provides a enriched academic experience for students. My children have had a wonderful ecperience. The teachers and staff are caring and work tirelessly to make sure every child succeeds. We have bern pleased with the Athletics offered, curriculum , Honors classes, and overall spirit and Pride on campus. My children have never been just s number but rather a name and a face with value to each staff member. We love this little school.

- submitted by a parent

April 08, 2015
A wonderful little school that offers so much to educate the whole child. If you value public education you will love this svhool.

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May 16, 2013
My kids have done very well at Tewinkle. The kids are extremely nice, and they have had zero problems with anyone. I'm sure there are some kids with issues, but what school doesn't. The teachers are wonderful, and have challenged both my kids. I couldn't be more proud of my children, and the readiness that Twinkle proved for them. I think it is important for children to attend a diversified school; it has enrich their lives by close association with people from a wide range of races and cultures.

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August 26, 2011
I am a parent of a newly promoted 8th grader. I must say, I had my reservations about TeWinkle. There were many rumors about TeWinkle, and the "bad' students, 'gangs'...the list goes on. I told my daughter who was and will be in all AP classes, that the moment she felt she wasn't learning, or she felt bullied etc. to let me know. To make a long story short, every fear I had was completely, and utterly unfounded. The kids there are friendly, polite, and sweet. My daughter knew only children who were motivated to do well, considerate and a pleasure to know. The teachers were SO helpful, hardworking and communicative. My daughter scored in the advanced levels on the STAR tests, and now she is in all honours classes as she moves onto High School. TeWinkle is great, and I will never judge a school again, until after my kids have attended it. One more thing, the old and the new principals are completely available for any concerns you may have. The school is small, and it is very easy for parents to be involved in their child's very good education. There are many non-white students there, and they are no different than my kids. A wonderful and all too fast experience.

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December 12, 2008
This year is one of the best years I have had at TeWinkle. We got a brand new gym, and it is my 8th Grade year. There is a new program at Tewinkle called ZAP (zeros aren't permitted) if you do not complete your homework you have to call your parents, to tell them you will be staying after school to complete your homework. I think this program has been very effective. I am looking forward to my years at Estancia.

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September 22, 2008
This is my son's second year at Tewinkle. We moved to this area from Buena Park where my son went to elementary school for all 6 grades and kindergarten. The move was difficult for him. He had no friends as they were all left in Buena Park schools. I am happy to say he has adjusted well at Tewinkle and now has many friends. He loves school and is really working hard this year to improve his grades over last year. Tewinkle is a great school.

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July 29, 2008
I am a teacher at TeWinkle, and I am so proud of the gains our school has made. Our principal has set a climate where teachers are allowed to teach and students are encouraged to reach for excellence. I saw very few, if any, disruptions during this last school year. If you want a school that is supportive and active in the community - TeWinkle is the best choice!

- submitted by a teacher

June 19, 2008
I am a teacher at TeWInkle. Nothing special about it either way. It's a normal middle school with the same positives/negatives as any other. Your child will succeed if you value education.

- submitted by a teacher

May 30, 2008
i currently go to tewinkle and i think its a cool school i havent seen any physical bullying yet so i think in those years they bullied but not this year so maybe there is a little name calling but doesnt that happen in almost every school if you never attended that school dont vote.

- submitted by a student

March 14, 2008
Even though some people don't want to pass, most of the students do want to succeed. The teachers are good and Dr.Baurmeister (sp?) has many programs to help failing students with their studies.

- submitted by a student

March 06, 2007
My son tells me that his classes at Tewinkle are filled with so many disruptive students that many of his teachers have to yell just to get the class to quiet down so they can begin teaching. Although this may work I don t really think it looks that professional and it wastes my son s learning time.

- submitted by a parent

January 24, 2007
I currently go to tewinkle school(2007) and it is truly horrible. The teachers are very un-open and embracing with there students. I get bullied alot here and I do not reccomend this school for any parents.

- submitted by a parent

November 30, 2006
I attended Twinkle (as we called it) from 1999-2000. The bullying was intense, and resulted in broken (nose, ribs). The teachers knew what was going on and supported the bullies, once informing me that I would have detention for a week while I was at the emergency room getting stitches from being smashed with a glass bottle. I went on a hunger strike and went from 85 lbs to 65 before the let me to transfer to Ensign with some classes at OCC. If your child is black, foreign other than Mexican, small or smart, do NOT send them Tewinkle.

- submitted by a student

September 18, 2006
I was a student at TeWinkle Middle School from 2003-2006, and I had a great experience. There are many programs that will benefit every kid, such as Nature Academy, Leadership, Web Desgin and much more. All of the teachers I had taught me loads of useful information that I know have prepared me for real life. I recommend TeWinkle Middle School for anyone looking for a great school.

- submitted by a student

February 27, 2006
Every school will have issues. I like the direction the new administration is taking the school and I think my daughter has had a really positive experience here.

- submitted by a parent

January 14, 2005
I go to this school and I personally hate it. They have new principals and they are very mean and strict. They seem to want everyone to conform into one little group of perfect people. I mean they have the stupidest dress code rules and GANAS list which I don't even think should be there. A friend of mine and I were going to protest against them to the school board because of this. So look out for protestors against Tewinkle soon!

- submitted by a student
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Charles W. Tewinkle Middle School
3224 California Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA  92626
(714) 424-7965
Last modified Charles W. Tewinkle Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 7-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Charles W. Tewinkle Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 20 reviews. Top