Students enrolled 484
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School leader Jonathan Pearson
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District Culver City Unified
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4601 Elenda Street
Culver City, CA 90230

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4 stars
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January 14, 2014
My son started 6th grade in August. So far, so good! My favorite aspect of this school is the racial and ethnic diversity. My second favorite is the principal, who has been quite responsive when I talk to him. My son is a high performing student and although I don't know whether he is always being challenged, he tells me his is learning things. He says he is happy at this school - that's what a mother wants to hear! My one wish - a more developed Japanese program. He was studying it for the last 6 years at El Marino, the immersion elementary school. I wish he could be taking core subjects in Japanese, like the Spanish-speaking students can. There were a grant our school had to develop the program - but the federal government took it away during the recession. I hope they get it back again someday. It is a waste to have the students learn so much time studying a foreign language just to have them treat it as an elective. Lastly, I wanted to mention the Cross Country team. It was a wonderful experience for my son. I know he'll want to do it again next year. Unlike the elite basketball team, where only 10 kids make the cut, anyone who wanted to run could participate.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2013
After extensive research in moving to the Greater Los Angeles area, we decided to purchase a home in the Culver City School District. Our child is at Culver City Middle School, and we could not be happier. The Arts education is fantastic. My child formerly came from a highly gifted program, and she is thriving. The faculty really go above and beyond to meet every child's needs. If you are relocating from out of state, consider this district for the whole child. The location is fantastic in its proximity to Silicon Beach.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2013
This is one of the best middle schools in CA. It is a CA distinguished school, school to watch and perhaps one of the best public middle schools in the nation. The principal is a great leader and has an outstanding leadership team. We are one of the first in CA to embrace the new core curriculum. Arts integration in the classroom is actively pursued. We have an outstanding amount of parent volunteers that support classroom enrichment programs and after school class and homework help.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2013
My daughter attended grades 7 and 8 at CCMS. We are very happy. She has been able to continue Japanese foreign language instruction that began in elementary school. They have an excellent Principal in Jon Pearson. After school sports have good coaches, especially girls volleyball. And the Panther Parents organize exceptional after school activities such as the Comedy Improv program. Students publish an annual yearbook. Parents can see the school's daily bulletin and communicate with each other on a yahoo group email list.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2012
My child is just starting 7th grade at Culver City Middle School, and so far so good. She had excellent teachers in 6th grade, and we are looking forward to getting to know her 7th grade teachers. CCMS is now beginning to implement a stronger Spanish immersion program. Students who test in or who come from the two immersion schools (El Marino and La Ballona) can continue their Spanish, taking courses in Social Studies and Language Arts. The principal is excellent. He returns calls and emails, sometimes unheard of even in small schools. I gave the school 4 stars instead of 5 only because I wish that the school had a slightly smaller population. There are about 475 kids per grade (6, 7, and 8). However, that being said, if your middle-schooler gets involved in sports or after-school activities, she or he will thrive, and make all kinds of new friends.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2011
The kids are well behaved, ZERO policy for fighting, etc. but your child will DEFINITELY need to find a Clique to join,, Especially the girls. Lots of middle school drama amongst these cliques. (but that occurs at ANY middle school, even private schools. The office staffers are RUDE and mean. They hate their jobs. The Principal is the best. VERY kind and the kids love him. Lots of ethnic races in this school, but 80% of the kids know how to act. It is easy to get EXPELLED from the school so kids better act right. The teachers are like any other school, some good, some not so good. I give this school a B!

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2011
hi my name is Chris i would like information on your school and thhe sports at this school.

- submitted by a community member
February 15, 2011
This is a great school, Culver City is a small community in the middle of giant LA! The teachers are great and really care about their students, counselors are always there to help, answering my emails within minutes. I was worried at first because a lot of kids come from surrounding areas, but now I am glad I made the choice for my son to attend. Keep up the great work!

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2010
I have to say that last year was my first year having my child attend this school & I was pleasantly surprised! I found the environment to be incredibly family like & found a great deal of care exhibited by my daughters teachers. They were willing to assist her & guide her when needed as well as challenge her when she felt that she needed to give up. I was very impressed by the parent involvement & the Culver City community as a whole...it has a small town feel while being in the middle of a huge city (LA)! The two male administrators (the principal & one of the vice principals are very kind & seem to get the job done & have a good balance of supporting their teachers as well as parents. This school & the community is a diamond in the rough!

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2010
this is a really good school the teachers always incourage kids to study i love it it also has great teachers and staff.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2010
Typical public school, very large, uncaring teachers. Office staff are rude and intolerant. All the teachers desire is for the bell to ring at 2:20. they do not care about th ekids education at all. A large number of kids come from other neighborhoods which creates tension. Kids are rude, disrespecful and form CLIQUES.... COns: Great principal and no fights

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2010
it's a great community school serving a population which is a blend of all ethnic and economic groups.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2010
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- submitted by a student
April 24, 2010
A public school with diversity and rated one of the top public schools. But it needs help with all the budget cuts!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 12, 2009
The teachers are high-quality, effective and really care about the kids. They have a great after school program funded by parents and a well-rounded sports program. They also have a college-prep program to educate students on higher education and prepare them for what's needed in the years ahead.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
Its exelent for my children because its so cool & lovable my sun its in the school & my cousins & they go to live to mexico & they dont repit the yera in the school for that i liked so much!

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2009
This is our second year in this school and it not only met our high expectactions but also exceeded them. Even though it is a huge school, kids are kept under tight control, the teachers were all pushing the kids to succeed and the variety of elective classes is amazing. The new principal takes his job very seriously and he has always addressed my concerned right away. The councelors too. Very active group of parents are making some well received changes. We would totally recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 20, 2009
This school is terrible i would not recommend any kid to go there unless this is the only option.. wow terrible school

- submitted by a student
March 19, 2009
Culver City Middle School has a lot of extracurricular classes. The Drafting Class is very exceptional. I have heard that they are doing college-level work in that class. The teachers make everything about learning fun!

- submitted by a student
no rating February 11, 2009
My daughter excels at CCMS. Her GPA is 3.8 and on her way up. The teachers are ok there if your child does well, however, if your child needs extra help, then you are in trouble. I attended this school district beginning in 1968, and it has always been they treat the more advanced students with clout and the slow learners are left behind. The staff there have always been rude and unwilling to help. They just sit behind a desk this includes the principal and assistance principal which are absolutely not contributing enough to education at the CCMS campus.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2009
I am in 8th grade now and have wanted to find a new school since the middle of sixth grade. Academically, its an average school- you only exceed if your in scholars classes. The staff is unhelpful- the counselors don't help and the office workers are rude. They took out most of the afterschool activities in 2007 and there are no plans to return them. Half the teachers are really into it, but the others don't care and won't explain concepts. Students are horrible to eachother. Even if you have friends, people separate into groups and are not understanding of others. It is not a welcolming atmosphere and there are way to many students.

- submitted by a student
August 02, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
February 27, 2008
My son is getting a very good education at this school; it is one of the better public schools in Los Angeles County and there are many families that would love to live in the district. The school counselors are excellent and available to our son and his parents. The counselors go out of their way to motivate the students and try to intervene when a student is having academic or personal problems. I have never heard of any major problems at the school; it certainly is not any kind of 'juvenile hall.' The school takes its 'zero tolerance' policy very seriously. I have always found the office staff to be very friendly and personable. There are many free academic and creative programs available to students both before and after school. It is up to the students as well as parents to take advantage of the opportunities available.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2008
The only thing good about this school is the principal, he is awesome. But the office staff are distant and hostile. Very demeaning when your child is tardy. My daughters counselor was decent as well. Security guards are egotistical. Sometimes it can seem like juvenile hall.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2007
I went to this school, and it was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. I've never been a very motivated student, but at this school, the teachers go above the call of duty to help you! I went from a 2.0 GPA to a 3.5 in a matter of months! In all honesty, SOME of the teachers are too hard on the students, but most of them help you and actually care about each kid in their class. Not to mention, the front office staff, counselors, principle and vice principle are great people and really know what they're doing.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 04, 2007
Im a 6th Grader here at CCMS.CCMS is a clean non trash place.CCMS is fun!When I first was at CCMS I felt very welcomed.CCMS has a lot of programs afterschoool and before School. The food is great! All the teachers are good so far I know that. There are a lot of rewards too.Of Course they have Scholars. Then they have the elective classes. Math etc. CCMS is a very good School.

- submitted by a student
September 18, 2007
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- submitted by a student
August 23, 2007
I am going to this school right now. Im attending the 8 grade and the teachers are nice and some are kinda mean but the thing that i really like about ccms is the councelers.Why? Well, because there really supportive and really understand your situation. My friends are also the number one reason why i attend school, they keep me really active, just like physical education does. We run track,lacross,volleyball...You name it. I wish to leave ccms as a gradutet and now that i attended a good well formed school!

- submitted by a student
August 23, 2007
I am going to this school right now. Im attending the 8 grade and the teachers are nice and some are kinda mean but the thing that i really like about ccms is the councelers.Why? Well, because there really supportive and really understand your situation. My friends are also the number one reason why i attend school, they keep me really active, just like physical education does. We run track,lacross,volleyball...You name it. I wish to leave ccms as a gradutet and now that i attended a good well formed school!

- submitted by a student
July 12, 2007
I went to Culver City Middle School and it was an awesome experience. The great teachers there are very caring and kind. Also, there is a great variety of class choices. CCMS prepares you for life and helps you be the best that you can be.

- submitted by a former student
June 13, 2007
Excellent school in academics but too heavy on the homework, child is prepared for high school and college after leaving. Son tested for college algebra at SMC after leaving 8th grade. Lunch period too crowded and not enough time for students to eat. Some teachers are not very responsive. Too much weight is on academics which makes the school boring for students. Students don't seem to be having fun. Students even had homework in P.E. which should be a class for exercise and release of tension.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2007
This is a fantastic middle school. My oldest child went there and is now at a top university. My youngest is in 8th grade and has had fantastic support from his teachers. The administrators and counselors care a great deal about the students and helping them realize their potential. I am very pleased that my children have attended CCMS. I recommend it without hesitation to all other parents.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2007
Culver City Middle School is one of the finest middle schools in the area. It has been recognized by the state as a School to Watch due to the quality of programs. My child loves the electives and after school programs. They also have outstanding intervention programs. I have contacted the principal, who is very willing to give tours of the campus. You should go check out the school for yourself!

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2007
At Culver City Middle School, there has been many altercations. The education is good. The PTA is good. I think it's an okay school. It could be better.

- submitted by a former student
March 01, 2007
Very overcrowded school and overcrowded classes - my son's homeroom is in the gym(!). Academic focus seems lacking, and now the teachers are pressuring the administration to do away with scholars classes. No information provided by the school regarding afterschool programs, enrichment activites or clubs. Afterschool sports are only geared to star athletes; no intramural sports for kids that just want to play for fun. Have not heard anything about PTA or parent participation, despite requests for information.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2007
quality is decent compared to other schools around Culver city. I see a lot of kids ditching every day. I agree with other parent, the office is not friendly at all and the pta never responds to emails! I would pull my daughter out but there is no where else to go!

- submitted by a parent
December 30, 2006
My daughter likes the school very much. The only thing that we would like to improve is lunch prices.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2006
I think culver middle school has the most wonderful staff and helpful teachers.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2006
My daughter has ben growing academically while she seems to have blossomed socially. I live out of town and tend to hear very positive details about her days in school.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2006
A horrible environment for learning...heavy security..racial tension...

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2006
This is a truly outstanding middle school. My daughter did very well in high school after attending ccms. My son is there and the teachers are providing him with a strong academic foundation.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2005
This school is absolutely awful. Most of the teachers I have dealt with have been very unhelpful. My childs grades have dropped tremendously. I have attempted to contact counselors with little to no success. I am very sorry that i ever enrolled my child in this school, because of that my child is the one suffering in the long run. Any parents who are considering enrolling their child i would say look elswhere.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2005
There is a great sense of teamwork among the staff as the students and staff are on core teams. There are new and veteran teachers who are dedicated to the students and community.

- submitted by a teacher
October 17, 2005
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September 12, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 24, 2005
Culver City has an amazing ciriculum that works for my son. Many of his teachers are very involved which allows me to be involed when he's reaching his potential and when he's not performing as well.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2005
This is a school worth looking into.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2005
The honors program is great! If it weren't for that, I would have taken my child out of ccms. The extracurricular activities are good, but you need to sign up a.S.A.P. There were too many altercations at the school last year. They need more security and more disciplined kids would be great too.

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2005
I went to Culver City Middle School, and it was a great experience for me. I was able to enter many clubs after school and also was able to be in tournaments. I feel that I really improved from being in Culver City Middle School from the help and love from my teachers. I recommend this school to any one who wants to excel in many areas.

- submitted by a former student
June 30, 2005
I would have to say that this school is very disappointing given the fact that Culver City is known for having such a great School District. Since attending this middle school, my daughter s academics have declined tremendously in one year. Extra Curricular activities are not organized. Parent involvement was never given the proper outreach and there were several physical altercations on campus between students within the span of one school year.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2005
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April 19, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
As a site council parent, I can say that the principal and assistant are on top of everything at the school. They are always striving to improve the school. The campus is safe, clean, and orderly.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2005
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March 07, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2005
Good school, but class sizes are too large. They offer lots of enrichment programs before and after school to help with academics.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2005
Good school, but class size is large, school offers enrichment programs before and after school.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
July 28, 2004
This is a very good school. The teachers are very well educated. They are also very caring to every child.

- submitted by a student
June 21, 2004
Even thought it is a great school, there is too much emphasis on homework. Counselors need to be more on the ball to calling back parents.

- submitted by a parent
December 24, 2003
My son graduated last year. I am very happy with the quality of education he recieved and the commitment of his teachers to improving the educational process. The honors program is especially strong, as are the eighth grade Language Arts and Social Studies departments. I am also impressed with the Art Dept.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2003
I'm a sudent and it's much better than a private school that I used to go to. The facilities are in great condition and the teachers are great. No gangs or drugs there too.

- submitted by a community member
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Culver City Middle School
4601 Elenda Street, Culver City, CA  90230
(310) 842-4200
Last modified Culver City 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.
Culver City Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 64 reviews.