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6-8
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Cupertino, CA
Students enrolled: 1,034

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10401 Vista Drive
Cupertino, CA 95014

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(408) 255-7500
(408) 446-4987
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September 20, 2014
I love this school it is amazing, the cooking elective is wonderful, overall I am amazed!

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2014
Our experience at Lawson has been ubstantially below expectations. We move regularly due to my job and this school has been possibly the worst our kids have been to. Academic ratings are very high, not because of superior performance from the teachers, but because most students extensively use private tutoring after school. Some teachers are good, but many are not and really don't care for the kids. We also had some bullying episods happening to our kids, which have been reported but nothing really changed. Overall, I would not recommend this school. For the money that you will spend with private tutors to compensate for the shortcomings of the teachers, you may as well send the kids to one of Catholic schools in the area, where they will be cared for properly. By the way, this is exactly what we are doing next year. Very disappointing.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2014
This is the 3rd year @ Lawson for us. Not all teachers are great; some are below average and it depends on whom you get. I guess, CORE subject teacher ( Math,Science) is much better than SS & LA teacher. Also, kid on an average spends about 3 hours on homework/project assignment etc. Lot of emphasis on wiki, blogs etc. Most of the time, parent need to catch up with the kid to manage time, concept connection etc to maintain good grades @ school. Not good school, if the kid is not super super super intelligent/smart. Its sad to see that average or above average kids can't fit in this school without parent intervention to make them successful at school. No wonder why there're so many drop outs...education is made tougher instead of eliciting motivation to students.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2014
In 7th grade now, and I've noticed they are helping us prepare for the real world. A lot of the things they are giving us, includes the use of the internet, and in real life everything is more of technology. But it really depends on which teachers you get, I was lucky enough to get some of the best teachers, but of course with any other school there are going to be those teachers who don't even seem to be helping. Last year in 6th grade the SS and LA teacher taught nothing in LA, my writing was worse than at the beginning of 6th grade. This school is great, but your child's eduction mainly depends on which teacher they get.

- submitted by a community member
August 09, 2013
I was a student of Sam H. Lawson Middle School. This school is truly amazing, and found a place for all the kids there. I'm noticing a trend here, where all the students give stellar reviews, and some of the parents don't give very positive ones. I can really assure you firsthand that your child will LOVE it at Lawson. Everyone makes an effort to make every kid involved, included, and happy. If you are considering enrolling your kid in the CUSD district, choose Lawson Middle School! It made my experience in middle school incredibly amazing, and I will never forget the difference this middle school made in my life.

- submitted by a community member
June 19, 2013
Lawson middle School! I am now currently in 7th grade finishing my 6th grade this year! Overall, I thought that this was a fantastic school! The teachers are very nice with the students! The education system is awesome! I don't think this school needs any improvements in behavior, academics etc. This school deserves a 10/10. I still don't understand, why people prefer Kennedy or Miller! Whatever it is, I think Lawson is a great middle school!!!

- submitted by a community member
April 11, 2013
The teacher makes 20% effort and the remaining 80% is students plus their parents. Don't be fool by the high api scores. Don't waste your money in buying a high price home in Cupertino school district. The school have nothing to do with your child's intelligence. If your child is average to below, these schools aren't going to make them any better. It is a scam to justify higher price homes and wasting your money......................................

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2013
I used to go to Lawson and it is the greatest school in the world. There is a fun learning environment and was one of the best times of my life. Both teachers and students are welcoming, and the classes are not too hard. The only thing I wish I would have been taught at Lawson is time management and how to handle the heavy workloads in high school. My writing skills were unsatisfactory as I entered 9th grade, and I think Lawson should focus more on this issue. In addition, I don't feel like I had enough homework in Lawson. Teachers should give more homework in order to prepare students for high school. Overall Lawson is a great school, but a focus on time management and test taking skills would complete a student's middle school education.

- submitted by a community member
January 30, 2013
Teachers never responded when we have a questions. My daughter tried to contact her counseller and she didn't succeed to get proper response from any of the staff members. Not sure how this school is rated 10?

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2012
Truly, no one can give a better review than a student. Coming from Lawson, I'll tell you that a school can't get any better. Everyone's friendly, fun, and great at teaching, so don't hesitate to get to know them. They get you mentally, physically, and of course academically prepared for the world. They show you that everything will be okay. The best type of schools are ones you can talk about forever and will remember forever. And I will NEVER EVER forget Lawson :)

- submitted by a community member
January 27, 2012
I absolutely agree with some of the newer reviews. Mediocre teachers (with a few notable exceptions), too much emphasis on blogs, wikis, etc., with no real knowledge imparted on core subjects. Most of the math learning for the two years my child has been at Lawson has pretty much been done at home or on his own. All the talk about young and energetic teachers there is completely baseless. The sports program is average. The wood shop elective was pretty much the one period my son has really enjoyed in all of seventh grade! The amount of time spent in doing homework, assignments and projects has been way too much... but then since they don't teach core subjects adequately at school, we also end up having to catch up on that at home. So, on the whole a very disappointing middle school experience.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2011
This school's test score will satisfy most parents especially Asian parents. When it comes to my kid, a not very social but shy and careful student, it is not very good. We can feel the teacher's preference at the orientation when we try to talk. My kid spend lot of time for homework. And the teacher told us all kids should have done most their homework at school. But I never see this is true for my kid. Not all teacher seem to know the status of the kid when I was talking. My understanding is that Lawson fosused on high performance students which is the majority of kids. The sad thing is Lawson doesn't want to put a little more time on none high performers. I know I can't change Lawson, I have to change myself. My kid didn't learn much this year. We'll have to help my kid during this summer for a better start next year. Hope my comments can let those parents who want to spend million dollar to get into this school attendence area take more time to think.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2011
I love this school, I'm a 7th grader now in Lawson. The only thing that's really bad is how the students treat each other. I mean most of the kids in this school are nice, but there are mean kids. They tease nice people, and really its annoying. I wish the teachers or the principal will try to stop it.

- submitted by a community member
March 18, 2011
This school is so great. I came as a sixth grader and I never felt nervous you are warmly welcomed

- submitted by a community member
March 10, 2011
I am totally disappointed with this school. School programs are great on paper only. Core subject teachers wasted one academic year spending time on wiki pages and generating blog pages for their homework. Math teacher focused on creation of wiki pages and other stuff and he didn;t teach any math in the class. Language Arts teacher spent good time in writing and no effort in improving Reading comprehension. I have to stretch myself to teach my kid at home. If our American teaching is like this then no wonder why asian kids are so good at maths and science. I expect teachers will provide good foundation to the core subjects.

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2010
this school is AWESOME!! i'm a former student from lawson and i cannot tell you how lucky i feel to have gone to this school. The teachers here are GREAT. ok enough caps.... the thing is: this school actually cares about the students and how they are doing. the staff is wonderful and they just want you to feel safe and just enjoy school. i will never forget the teachers i had from Lawson. Plus i have made many friends from this middle school. the music program here is also pretty good - especially when their teachers are awesome and very engaging with the students. besides all the fun and the education here is also pretty good and will definitely prepare you for high school. the tech stuff here is also plentiful (MACS!!!). 2 computers/laptops for every student in lawson. and this place has like what? a thousand students? by the way, this school has a principle with great principal leadership. So, the school feels really united. An actual student wrote this.

- submitted by a community member
November 06, 2010
This school is amazing... simply brilliant. I do not understand how people in the town of Cupertino are so bigoted towards Kennedy and Miller Middle school. I was a former student and my education did not differ from my friends at Miller and Kennedy. If anything, I learned to become a well rounded person and learner, rather than a student that is drilled only to recieve grades, not an education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 06, 2010
We all are extremely happy with Lawson for many reasons. Excellent teachers, great admin staff, supportive principal and Vice Principal, lots of after school sports activities, positive support for various projects done for school and outside school, PTA is amazingly hard working, parents do feel encouraged to participate, safe and secure environment, staff is watchful of preteen activities, my kids are sad to move to highschool as they love this school and feel it's too short period in middle school.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2010
Wonderful teachers, great administrators who care for the children's needs first. My girls won't let us move out of this area as they don't want to go away from Lawson.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
Lawson is a great example of a wonderful combination of great teachers, administrators (go Karl!!!!) and a philosophy that allows kids to excel but still be kids!!! The school gets kids ready for high school and they then excel there too!

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2010
Lawson Middle School is a good school that has good extracurricular activities such as Physical Fitness and Band. The teachers are not that amazing, with some being great, and others being a bit below average. The vice principal is kind of biased toward kids that he doesn't like, so that's not good. There is lots of technology used at this school such as Macbooks and things like that that help the students learn. There is also an online grade checker which is great

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March 27, 2010
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March 03, 2010
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March 03, 2010
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January 29, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2009
When I was in this school in 6th grade, I really enjoyed being there. When I moved away, I was extremely sad. Sam H. Lawson Middle School is the most organized and best school I have ever known in all my 6 schools. The music there is exceptional. My teachers were strict, but when they said something that we did wrong. They were sure to mention what was wrong and what we could do to change. They had a Parent Internet Viewer which made it easy for parents to look at grades.

- submitted by a student
October 11, 2009
Lawson is a great school. This is my second year here and I think it's really awesome. I take the Mandarin Immersion Program here, and Lawson is the only middle school that has this program. The teachers are good, and there's a lot of different activities, clubs, and socials.

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September 02, 2009
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- submitted by a student
August 21, 2009
This school has a lot of activities and clubs. When I was there, there were a lot of new clubs being formed. And, they have announcements on the Television to show upcoming events. This school was really organized

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May 11, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating March 30, 2009
My son has joined in 6th grade and now in 7th grade. He likes the school very much. His teachers are also excellent.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2008
I have a 6th and 8th grader at Lawson now. The older one really liked Lawson from day one. The school seems to foster great school spirit among kids. My second one, however, feels stressful by a strict teacher and is bothered by some stupid rules set by teacher. Lawson has wonderful music programs and an overall safe and friendly environment. Extracurriculum activities and clubs are less due to being a young school. They used to have an excellent journalism program and school papre, but it got cut this year, which is really a lost. Parent participation should be encouraged more, however. It is like a private school in public school sysem. It is overall a great public middle school.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2008
Lawson is the best middle school!

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2008
My son is very happy in this school. The curriculum is good. The teachers are very friendly. The principal is hard working and nice.

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September 17, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2008
My son graduated from Lawson this year and he has been there since 6th grade. He thoroughly enjoyed his 3 years at Lawson. As a parent I was very satisfied with the quality of education given and to see how the teachers are driven to succeed. My son said he will miss Lawson so much. The school really prepared him for high school. Kudos to Lawson MIddle School !!!!

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August 13, 2008
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June 19, 2008
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- submitted by a student
May 27, 2008
My daughter is graduating in a couple of weeks from Lawson. She has been there since 6th grade. It's a school at least from my point of view that is very student driven. They give students every opportunity to succeed. Never had better teachers, or administrators. These kids work hard but they seem to have a punch of fun too. We'll miss Lawson, I know my daughter is ready for High School.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2008
I graduated from lawson middle school last year, and I truley think that they did not prepare me for high school. There are no language classes available at lawson, so it has been very hard freshmen year.

- submitted by a community member
no rating March 26, 2008
I was sad to read some poor review of Lawson but as a parent of a current 8th grader who has been in the school since 6th grade, I am very happy with all aspects of the school. My child had trouble in the 6th and 7th grades but everything has clicked in 8th Grade and it was nothing to do with the Teachers but he had to figure it all out - he is now scoring A's and B's and I love the teachers and the administration for guiding us through those first couple of years!!

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March 10, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2008
I am a current 8th grader at lawson, and attended Warren E. Hyde for my 6th grade year. All I have to say is that Hyde was soooo much better. I am being honest. Lawson seems to have teachers who do not care about student learning, and I am agreeing with the people below me who stated that Lawson sets silly and even wierd rules for thier students.

- submitted by a student
January 24, 2008
It is a great school and all, but it is very boring as to after school activities and such, It also has no language classes or a school newspaper

- submitted by a student
January 10, 2008
It is hard for me to find words to describe my disappointment with Lawson. Many teachers across across all subjects have teaching and grading policies that are punishing rather than motivating. Thier curriculum is set ad hoc, I can state with full confirmation that management has little incentive to improving the situation. It is only because of dedicated parents that the students of this school are able to rate high in tests conducted by organizations outside of this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2008
Emphasis on academic achievement is balanced with extra-curricular activities and hands-on projects.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2008
I am extemely disappointed with Lawson. My child's sixth grade Math, Science, Language Arts and Social Science teachers display behavior that raises questions regarding their motivation for student learning. Examples include extremely late feedback on quizzes and exams and not clearly setting expectations for learning. Without significant parental involvement and financial resources, this academic year would have set my child back.

- submitted by a parent
December 31, 2007
I am a student, and I am in the middle of my second year at Lawson. I love it!! All of the teachers are young and have fun, exciting new ways of teaching. There is never a dull day at Lawson!!

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December 16, 2007
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December 14, 2007
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October 15, 2007
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- submitted by a student
September 30, 2007
So far, I have been fairley dissapointed with Lawson Middle school. They seem to treat the students like they are younger and irresponsible.

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August 20, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2007
One of my kids studied at Kennedy before we moved out of my previous apartment. My younger one goes to Lawson. Lawson is an excellent school. Teachers are awesome. I am glad we moved to this home school area.

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August 10, 2007
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- submitted by a student
July 31, 2007
Lawson is a good school! Teachers and students are very helpful (most and pretty much)all of the time!

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June 28, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2007
I am a student at Lawson Middle school, currently going into 8th grade there. I agree with the person below me, they do set silly rules! Like they make 'car lanes' on the sidewalk, and if you walk on the wrong side, your student ID gets taken away which means you can't get lunch! I dont want to go back to lawson in the Fall!

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June 28, 2007
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- submitted by a student
June 11, 2007
Overall, I have been stongly disapointed with Lawson Middle school. They set silly rules, in which the students must follow. And, they miss out on things like going to Great America with all the other middle schools. Many of the teachers are inexperienced.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2007
We have been at Lawson for one year and unfortunately have disappointed. Our child has some minor learning disabilities and they are either unable or unwilling to work on developing a educational program that will provide some success for our child. We are looking into bay area private schools to help meet our educational needs.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2007
My child has been here for 1-2 years already, it is a wonderful school, the academics are good. What really amazes me is how the bond between the staff and students never stops growing. Many may think the extracurricular activities are a bit low, but actually the sports team has been doing quite well.he seasons have been pretty good with some losses and wins. The parent involvment is HUGE, the PTA here at Lawson is wonderful, students can buy their own manual, which includes almost everyones phone number and name. It is very sad to know though that Lawson is getting a new principal, Mrs. O'Donnell has done a great job managing the school, hopefully, the new principal will also be as caring and devoted as she was. Lawson is truely a wonderful school, as you can see by the ratings, the second year and its on the top!

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2006
Lawson is an excellent school with inspiring teachers and motivated children. I have seen other middle schools and I would have to say that Lawson is by far the cleanest. Lawson is a great place to send your children! Lawson pride!

- submitted by a student
June 12, 2006
Great school, principal and teacher are the best. Our daughter really loves this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 27, 2006
Lawson opened for the first time at the beginning of the 05-06 school year. Therefore, the physical campus is up-to-date and in great shape. The staff is new to this campus also, which I had thought might be a drawback, but turned out to be a win. The new principal did an outstanding job in selecting the Lawson teachers from the other schools in the district. They all seem well qualified and highly motivated to lay the scholastic foundation for this new school. My child feels comfortable there, thanks to the positive social environment that the staff actively promotes. There seems to be the same high level of parent involvement that I saw at the other five Cupertino School District schools with which I have experience. My only complaint is the lack of foreign language offerings beyond the Mandarin Immersion Program.

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November 12, 2005
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Sam H. Lawson Middle School
10401 Vista Drive, Cupertino, CA  95014
(408) 255-7500
Last modified Sam H. Lawson Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Sam H. Lawson Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 66 reviews. Top