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7-8
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Fullerton, CA
Students enrolled: 967

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1710 Rosecrans Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92833

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December 13, 2014
I am a student at Parks I think it is a really good school. I don't understand why a few complain, it is easy to have good grades! The only reason wouldn't is because you weren't trying hard enough or had a slip up. All the teachers have a generally positive and helpful attitude. They host fun activities at least once every week! They prepare you for high school and life ahead with so many electives that teaches you life skills which you will use and cherish forever,(examples:Spanish,Tech.Musical and Theatre, art, culinary, many more) Parks is known for having an amazing reputation and you have to go there to truly experience what a fantastic jr high school it is! Parents Litterally slightly brag about having there kids there, is the UCLA, the Harvard, of Jr. Highs in Fullerton, Orange County, the best of the best, and it's fun! That's why we get lots of new transfers, I don't understand why people would not want to go here! - Parks Jr. High Student 7th grade, 2014-15 year.

- submitted by a community member
September 01, 2014
I was a student at Parks for about a week. I took a placement test because I wasn't in the Fullerton school district before. The office people were quite distracting. I only had 45 minutes to complete the test, it was math which I highly excel in. I ended up failing the test, and a got put in a basic math class. After my mother emailed the counselor about it, they let me retake it without a time limit. I was so called " 3 right answers away from getting into an honors class." Which I refused to believe without proof. After that happened I got the feeling that the school is a little prejudice. I am African-American , and I believe the school felt like I would be a threat to their testing scores based on ONE test including the fact that they didn't have to let me attend that school. I ended up getting kicked out of the school, and my mom constantly emailed them telling them that I really liked the school and that I want to attend it. They said they won't know if they can take kids in from another district until "next semester." Even though I was already was signed up for that school. I took a test at my assigned school and got into an Algebra 1 class. It Seems a little Fishy to me.

- submitted by a community member
August 15, 2014
Office lady is not friendly and belittles the students. I can tell she has worked there way too long. She needs to retire and move on so Parks can get a friendly office lady.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2013
Parks Junior High School is a wonderful school with strong, inspiring, and caring teachers. It offers many elective choices including, but not limited to, art, music, band, orchestra, computers, physical conditioning, forensics, and Spanish. Students can explore different interests and also learn to grow by balancing their classes and adapting to different teachers. It is a wonderful segue to the high school.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2013
With the exception of a couple of teachers, the most teachers and staff members are rude and can't teacher. They also don't care about their students. A student got bullied and the vice principal tried to pass the problem on the victim. The victim was protecting theirself and it was called fighting back. When the victim was only holding down the bully. The bully got away scot-free. The victim has to get treatments for the rest of their life.

- submitted by a community member
February 01, 2012
Excellent teachers. love all the staff especially vice-principal. very good programs for good student. challeging academic programs. some kids are racist cause maybe parents are but overall excellent school . i think best middle school in oranage county.

- submitted by a parent
December 28, 2011
There are many rumors that this is a great school based on the test scores. However, I've come to learn that you can't judge a school by just the high test scores. I'm currently a student from Parks and I have to call out the office staff of Parks Jr. High. I've honestly never seen ruder people in my life. I came from another district and because of that, had to take the math placement test inside the office. However, the office staff had no consideration whatsoever and were loud and obnoxious. As a result, I failed that placement test and was placed at a lower level than I originally am. Thankfully, there was a retake opportunity and I was able to get into the honors algebra, but that event just showed me how inconsiderate people can be.

- submitted by a community member
June 11, 2011
I'm graduating from Parks Jr. High this year and I must say that it is a very tightly knit family. I consider the academics to be easy but I have had friends who transferred from Nicholas to Parks (and back) who thought that it was WAY too hard. The teachers try to communicate with their students and are considerate, but still enforce their rules. Parks offers a lot of fun electives (Home Economics, Art, Choir, Orchestra, etc). Parks is a great school to help a student prepare for the toughness of high school and definitely meets whatever standards that are given out. Some of the homework given out by teachers aren't that hard; it's just that some of the students don't pay attention to the teacher(s) and then complain to their parents that their teacher doesn't teach them when everyone else in their class understands the material. All in all, Parks is a recognized school and has a great teaching staff and wonderful community that is helpful as well as friendly.

- submitted by a community member
June 30, 2010
It has been three years since I graduated from Parks and things might have changed since then. However, from what I remember, the experience a student has from Parks depends mostly on the student and the friends he hangs out with. In my case, I had good, supportive, and academically strong friends who motivated me to excel during my time at Parks. I also had my own self-motivation to get into an IB program in high school (which I did) and competitiveness that I had to get better grades than my friends. To comment on too much homework, I think this will help with adjusting to high school. At Troy, students get an average of five hours of sleep and the rest of the time is filled with extracurricular activities and homework. Anyways, school is what you make of it. In my case, I had a great time at Parks.

- submitted by a community member
April 28, 2010
I think this school is O.K. Not great, Nicolas is better.

- submitted by a teacher
April 26, 2010
I always thought Parks to be a great school. Maybe for students who already excel. My child went from one of the brightest to having one of the lowest GPA's in the school his first year around. Teacher focus more on HW and make it a LARGE amount of the childs grade. I am more than willing to help with HW but to make it the main concern is ridiculous. As a teacher it is YOUR job to teach. 3 hours a night just is not acceptable. There are some wonderful teacher that have been a great help to my child and done what they can to ensure the work gets done. then there are teacher that do not care to put the effort. I have been to the principal, the VP, the counselor and teacher none of which will look further into it.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2009
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- submitted by a student
November 10, 2009
I'm currnetley a student at Parks's Jr. High. I like it but sometimes it can be extremley boring, it is also not artsy enough. In the laptop program you olny use you laptop for around half the class. Also the teachers will not ask you if you need help, you need to ask them for help if you need, that I think is not very good. This shcool is also way into the acemdimces also very cliqey like there is a lot of cliques depending on your race. Parks is a good shcool and I recomend it to thoose who want to be well perpared for high shcool.

- submitted by a student
August 31, 2009
I think Park's Jr. High is the best middle school in fullerton CA

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2009
I just recently graduated from Parks Jr. High and it was an interesting two years of my life. Parks Jr. High gives students an opportunity to learn and express themselves. The 1:1 program was an exceptional program. I learned a lot about a variety of things. There are a few teachers who fail in teaching their students to the maximum. But there are really amazing teachers at Parks who have taught me more than just education. There is big problem at Parks with bullying as people think. It is not a bullying school. Parks is a great school, and I highly recommend it to parents wanting a good junior high career with for their children.

- submitted by a student
October 18, 2008
even though i dont like school, this is a school i like. great teachers, electives, after school clubs, sports, etc...some teachers you may not like but overall the staff is great.

- submitted by a student
March 04, 2008
very unhappy with the school stuff. Teachers are in their own world. Teacher egos come before kids learning. A very hard 2 years for my daughter and the teachers are of no help.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 27, 2007
Wow this school is one of the best! I really like Parks Jr High School because the teachers are awesome and you get to make so many new friends! All parents should enroll there child at Parks Jr High

- submitted by a student
October 12, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2007
any smart parent would put their student in parks jr high this school is filled with awesome kids and I personally love it!

- submitted by a student
April 10, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
November 10, 2006
This school has a lot of extracurricular activities, whether it is drawing, or if it is homework clubs. The principal is strict, but seems to be missing things that children do. However, overall, everyone in this school tries their best to get good grades.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2006
This school is above average. However there is a lack of discipline which I believe is present in almost all schools. There are many extracurricular activites for students to choose from. I would definitely recommend this school for anyone who is thinking about sending their child here. The oppurtunities are endless.

- submitted by a student
March 31, 2006
The teachers at parks work hard to give personal attention to every student. Administrators and counselor really seem to care about the personal issues of children and their families. Our experience at parks (3 kids, 6 years) has been the best!

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2005
Excellent academics, good range of in-depth electives in the arts and technology, and a self-funded sports program make this an exemplary school. Staff puts children first and welcomes parent involvement. No wonder this is a National Blue Ribbon School and a California Distinguished School!

- submitted by a teacher
September 06, 2005
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- submitted by a student
June 15, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2005
Excellent academic programs Diligent music and art department Athletic and cooperative sports teams Satisfying number of parent involvement to help out with school acitivities.

- submitted by a former student
April 08, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
April 08, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
December 27, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2003
Academically, this school can't be beat. Unfortunately, it has an increasing 'thug' element comprised mostly of children whose parents don't supervise their children and only care that they get good grades. These parents simply are not around (i.e., the kids live with relatives in order to go to this school) or turn a blind eye.

- submitted by a community member
August 20, 2003
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D. Russell Parks Junior High School
1710 Rosecrans Avenue, Fullerton, CA  92833
(714) 447-7785
Last modified D. Russell Parks Junior High School is a Public school that serves grades 7-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
D. Russell Parks Junior High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top