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.
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.
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.
This is a fantastic school with teachers willing to help you anytime. Though, there are a few teachers who absolutely don't take the effort to teach students. Hope your child is lucky and doesn't get one of those teachers.
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.
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.
I have to say I am sad at how CCMS is run. There are a hadnful of wonderful teachers. But thats IT! The rest are worthless, have no idea what they are actually teaching and your children pay the price. There is such a lack of compassion it blows my mind. The two vice prinicipals are AWFUL! Don't even bother with them if you have an issue. It will be a waste of your time. The head principal is a great man, go straight to him. That being said you have to wonder what kind of leader he really is since everyone beneath him is below average. Office staff are rude and not helpful at all. I had hoped CCMS would be a huge step up from LAUSD, but I was sadly mistaken. One year was enough. We will not be back. As a parent I recommend you be beyond involved there and on top of everything. Even after you are doing that.....good luck
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!
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!