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6-8
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Granada Hills, CA
Students enrolled: 1,699
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15960 Kingsbury Street
Granada Hills, CA 91344

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(818) 920-2050
(818) 891-7826
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June 16, 2014
This school is terrible at everthing I saw a condom on the flor at lunch also in a locker. And the teachers don't teach anything. Also they try to get you introuble for the dumbest reasons. I got 2 day after school detention for barking. Some other kid yelled in a substitutes ear and only got luck detention that is not fair and Thera a lot of drugs fight bully's hookah pens this is not a good school to go to

- submitted by a community member
February 17, 2014
Magnet kids get a rigorous education, but also an unreasonable amount of homework (note the number of other reviewers who agree). Meaningful work I support, but much is repetitive busywork (Fuentes and Ward are worst teachers at this). Any complaint is met with "but it's college prep!" Um, no: middle school is high school prep. Don't get ahead of yourselves. My kid has a 3.5, but my family has no free time on evenings or weekends. With homework, they mistake quantity for quality. The principal promised change on this issue but hasn't delivered; teachers just ignore him. One delusional teacher said that the kids would keep their middle school homework notebooks, refer to them and find them valuable through senior year of high school. A high school teacher I mentioned this to cracked up and said it was ridiculous.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2012
We were so disappointed in this school that we ended up moving our child to another school. The neighborhood is scary, especially at night, and unless your child is gifted your child will receive a mediocre education. We ended up doing open enrollment at another public middle school for 7th and am so glad we did even though my child had to make all new friends again. He is so much happier and was able to really enjoy his learning without being bullied or being treated like he wasn't special because he is not in the gifted program. It was a really hard choice for our family, but in the end it was worth it to go elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2012
I'm a parent and I am rating the shcool's gifted program. My son graduated from Balboa and his teacher recommended this or Lawrence. After hearing some stuff about this school I was hesistant but now I am glad I put my son in this school. The gifted program is amazing but is not for everyone. If your son is not independent and hard working he will have a hard time. I like the fact that they get a lot of homework which my son needs otherwise he gets bored because everything is too easy for him. A lot of projects and research has relieved his boredone and he's loving it. In order for this to work the student has to have a routine at home. My son since kindergarten has a routine, he gets home from school, eats his snack, do his homework and play. If the student is not used to heavy loads he will have a hard time. The teachers are great. I am so proud of the education my son gets from this school. Thank you to all the teachers who have helped him learn, challenged and kept his interest. Great job Porter :)!!!

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2012
I absolutely love it at Porter! I am currently an 8th grader in the magnet program, and I don't think that I could have chosen a better school. The teachers are all super nice and helpful and want to see you do your best. The program is set up so that you can learn at your pace and be the best that you can be. I have learned so much at Porter, and it's a great school.

- submitted by a community member
July 08, 2011
I was an eighth grade student at school for 2010-2011. Out of my experience at this school I havn't seen any major bullying. But, the staff is really strict to students. The dean is very demanding! Most teachers will find a way to blame things on you even if it wasnt your fault. I suggest if your son/daughter go to this school, to really call or email allot to the teachers so there isnt any problems.

- submitted by a community member
June 01, 2011
This school used to great when Ms. Sainz was there. Once these other administrators came in, school has gone done. Teachers do not return your calls even if you email them. I have to literally call the district to get a call back which i'm about to do since i have not received a response to my emails and calls. Sadly to say I'm ready to pull my daughter out of that school at the end of the school year.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2011
Maybe a long long time a go this used to be a great school but it has not been so great for a long time now. It's not for no reason the previous principal and administrators were removed. The school does have some great teachers but on the other hand there are teachers and staff members who think they don't have to follow the NO BULLYING policy. It is not a good feeling when as a parent you worry about your child not only being bullied by other kids but by staff and teachers as well. The main office staff is not helpful unprofessional and rude to visitors well at least to parents. I gave this school the benefit of the doubt but as the years go by I see that it's only getting worse. I feel so disappointed and sad to see that schools are failing our children more and more. What happened to the teachers commitment to giving students a rigorous quality education?

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April 01, 2010
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no rating October 05, 2009
My child is an honor student. He came from a great school. He was placed in regular classes at this school with them not even checking his records and place him in the correct levels. I have called and e mailed them I have had no luck. I went in person and the staff if very unprofessional its a shame. I was treated rudely. They said they will work on it, it has been a month and no answer yet. The teachers most of them I met on parent night were excellent teachers and they seem to care for children and their education. But it takes everyone to help children succeed. I don't think my son will return to this school. They lack professionalism and motivation for the kids. Get involved and make sure your childreen are where they supposed to be.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
My son is new at this school, and coming from an excellent school and very professional I am very dissapointed. The office staff is very unprofessional. The counselors are not really hepful to the kids. I sat there for 12 min before anyone acknoledge me I saw how they were turning down students that were trying to change some clases. Students were getting sent back to class, they did not even ask what was the problem or if there was something wrong. If they were rude to me I can only imagine how they treat the students. I was very excited at first it was one of the better schools but now I am not so sure. My son already said a teacher yeld at him because he took too long on his locker. Teachers get paid to teach and be role models not to yell at students.

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September 10, 2009
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August 21, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2009
George K. Porter Middle School is an outstanding school. There is a curriculum that helps students develop creativity, study skills, research skills, and critical thinking skills. Teachers try there best effort to teach students some tips on their tests. They also give study guides, handouts for homework, and practice tests to prepared students for testing. These are ways that help students on their CSTs. I think this is an excellent school for students to be, especially that it is a clean and safety campus.

- submitted by a student
June 23, 2009
Overrall, George Porter is a Great Middle School. The children feel safe in and around the neighborhood of the school. Being a parent who works far from home, it was very important that I found a school for my daughter where walking home alone and with friends was very safe for her. The teachers are great, you just have to really stay on your childs progress reports and discuss any issues with the teachers, who are always eager to help with any issues to help your child be the best that they can. this is the last years that we are able to really make an impact on how are children develop, so take this advantage and really be there and support your children. High school is where they begin to really think for themselves. Good Luck!

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2009
I think this school is a great place for children to learn the academic classes, and with a counseling office and kind teachers, children can thrive and grow!

- submitted by a student
May 04, 2009
Porter is a good school. This is my first year there and the teachers ar exellent. All parents who think its bad there wrong. This school is good. they help students prepare well for the C.S.T. Unlike other schools , Porter helps you in at your speed. Porter is the only school i would want to go.

- submitted by a student
November 06, 2008
I love this school. It has taught me so much. If I need help the teachers reply right away. They are like my best friends!

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no rating November 06, 2008
This school has taught me a lot. I love the teachers, they act like best friends. This school rox!

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June 07, 2008
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April 05, 2008
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March 05, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2008
Porter is a great school. They have increased in acedemics in a sufficent way. They are almost as good as Nobel Middle School.

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October 30, 2007
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September 26, 2007
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September 19, 2007
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September 17, 2007
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- submitted by a student
September 11, 2007
My son is in his 3rd year at Porter and I can honestly say that he came from the honor roll at a private school to his grades consistently going down over the course of 3 years. So much so that he needed to attend summer school this past year. I have seen him do homework just a few times and when he does it only takes him a few minutes. I don't believe his grades have gone south due to increased difficulty, I belive his grades have suffered due to lack of motivation. Whenever I leave a message with the school I do not receive a return call. The only way I have succeeded in receiving feed back was when I physically drove to the school and insisted someone speak to me and even then I just get the run around. I'm seriously concerned for his future.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2007
George K. Porter Middle School is a great, organized pubic school with excellent staff and students. All student accomplish goals and try their very best to be successful. Porter is the number one reccommended school I suggest for any child attending middle school.

- submitted by a student
August 26, 2007
the teachers pay no attetion to anyone and discpline kids for horrible reasons.

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August 09, 2007
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July 31, 2007
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March 27, 2007
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March 25, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2007
Lost lots of good teachers. Really non stimulating environment for kids because they are lacking in the choices of electives and extracurricular activities. The new principal has good leadership and has some sensitivity toward student and parent's needs. I hope this school recovers and becomes a great school once again.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2007
The Magnet at Porter Middle school has all the right intentions; testing the students constantly to assess their skill level and improvements. But unfortunately, that's all you really get. Hours of mindless homework, often assigned by teachers who pull the tests off the internet. They seem to be competing with other magnets to see who can assign the most homework, rather than inspiring the children to actually think. Teachers are hard to reach and prefer no parent interaction. You run the risk of your child leaving Porter and hating school. And don't dare question the Magnet coordinator on the schools philosophy of teaching children, because the answer is always the same, 'we're right and you're wrong.'

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2007
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February 02, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2007
I don't recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2007
The Special Ed. teacher at this school is probably one of the best in Southern California. She has extensive experience in working with disturbed children and behaviour problems. The school will be lucky if she doesn't get fed up and transfer to a school which appreciates her expertise.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2007
There isn't even a real PTA. The staff turnover is far too High due to extremely poor administration. The best part of Administration is in the Dean and the AP in charge of Attendance and Discipline. The counseling office has NO leadership.

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November 13, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2006
My son only lasted one year at Porter. We pulled him after 6th grade because teachers were unmotivating and refused to communicate with us parents. Horrible.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
This is the final year for my child at Porter. She is in the magnet program and had done very well. I have been pleased with most of the teachers and their commitment to the students. My child has been challenged and has had a good experience.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 08, 2006
The kids at this school are great- well mannered and happy for the most part. The school has a wonderful soccer field and an enormous garden that the kids maintain and learn from.

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December 28, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2005
Great diversity and extracurricular activities.

- submitted by a former student
October 02, 2005
Very good school... Great teachers... Good new principal

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2005
The teachers are very supportive of the students and parents.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2005
Porter has a great discipline policy. Teachers and administration work together to ensure students are safe and receive the best possible education.

- submitted by a teacher
September 07, 2005
This school is very good... This year we(porter m.S) had a test score of 760... I would recommend to other parents to enroll the child... We also have a new principal.. She is the best..She knows how to make everyone feel welcome.. This year if we beat our test scores from last year she would dye her hair green.. Well, we did and now she has green hair.. Her name is ms.Hale..And everyone thinks she rocks! She is very fun and cool.. But knows how to set rules and not let things get out of hand.. She can be strict if she wants to but also really funny.. Ive been at porter for 3 years now.. And every year we always had a new principal.. And I think she was the best principal so far ! this is my last year now...And I know ms.Hale is going to make it the best! from someone that goes there, your child will love porter middle school.

- submitted by a student
August 19, 2005
I must say that this year at Porter turned out to be a real dissappointment. I feel there is too many students per class and that they only teach them to pass the nationwide test. I was called in for conference after the second semester because my dtr was receiving D's in 4 major subjects. I asked if I should put her in a regular class at Columbus, they said she could handle the work and would tutor her. My dtr did attend tutoring. Final report cards were running late so I called the school and found out she failed 2 subjects and they never notified me and was late for summer session. She'll be repeating.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2005
This school has various programs for students, monthly communications are sent home with event information. The teachers are great!

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2005
Porter Magnet School provides excellent education for their students. The curriculum is challenging and prepares students for high school and college.

- submitted by a former student
April 06, 2005
I have had two of kids go to Porter and have had a wonderful experience. Yes, some teachers were better than others but that is the same at any school. I had nothing but support and assistance from the counselors and administration when my kids had problems. As for parental involvement, I had to work and was unable to attend meetings but stayed in touch with the teachers as much as possible. Middle school is different from elementary and parents need to change their expectations. I would and still recommend Porter Middle School.

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2005
The quality of the teaching is mixed, better in the humanities than in the math/sciences. The school's reputation reflects more its performance 5-10 years ago than it is currently. Parent involvement, in the Magnet, is fairly good. The quality of the extracurricular activities is about the same as the teaching. Many of the magnet students come from Balboa Ave., where the teaching is excellent. It is disappointing that Porter doesn't command the quality of teacher that Balboa does.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 07, 2004
My daughter goes to Porter Middle School Gifted Magnet. The curriculum is good, but the homework load is far too much, and in the course of three years there my daughter has gone from being a class leader to being insecure about her work and herself. They had a strict dress code, and for this year, they restricted it further. This is just one example of the restrictive environment fostered there. In addition, the teachers and administrators have been resistant to parental input, making it difficult to try to salvage the situation. Her experience there has been traumatic, and I wouldn't recommend it. They have a new principal now, so maybe the tone of the place will change.

- submitted by a parent
November 24, 2004
The Magnet program is excellent. Even in the 6th grade the students have dedicated teachers for each subject.

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November 04, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2004
One of the best schools in the area. Fantastic teachers especially in the gifted program. Lots of rules w/ consequences. Very organized. My son will be graduating in 2weeks and we will honestly miss everything about Porter.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2004
My son has been attending for two years and I have had nothing but great results. He is in the gifted program and the teachers have done an outstanding job challenging him. The music program is exceptional. I love this school and I hope my three other kids can one day attend there. I am totally shocked at the previous reviews but my experience has been completely opposite. -Carmel Malone

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2004
'The uniforms are not a problem. Wearing uniforms is a school policy; there is no way around it! Children pick on one another; teach your children how to verbally defend themselves. This school has good teachers; yet some are better than others. It is up to the parent to ask the right questions. Ask teachers to show you portfolios of your child's work; ask about the california standards; ask to see examples of rubrics and example student work that is excellent. Also ask about modifications; if your child is an artistic and verbal child, is his/her 'intellegence' being catered to? When your child gets into trouble, don't always assume that your child is telling the truth. I've heard children speak about altracations at school and they seem to be the culprit, but when it comes to dealing with the administrators they quickly change their story. Our scores speak for themselves.

- submitted by a teacher
March 05, 2004
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- submitted by a student
March 03, 2004
I though that this school would be great for my son. He has had nothing but trouble since he has been there. Fight after fight, where is the supervison! I very dissapointed in Porter. From the looks of some of the previous parent reviews so are other parents. I wish I had found out about this site sooner because I would have had second thoughts for sure. I've even went so far as visiting his classrooms. The teachers dont want to answer questions or ask does anyone need help. They claim just because they have uniforms that their is no gang activity. I've been their myself and I see differnt! No wonder my son has to defend himself. It's just very sad that they are taken the little education he is getting from that school away every time they suspend him. If it wasn't so close to the end of the school year, I would pull him now.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2003
i put my daughter in this school and it was just horrible. they treated her horribly because she wouldn't wear their uniforms. they would harrass her, and now i find out from her friends that go to that school that its getting worse.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2003
I went to this school and sat with my daughter all day long and you would be surprised at what I saw when I was there. I wrote a letter to the school board and the principal at the school tried to get me to back off and said they would make things better at that school and this was last year and nothing has changed and I am not looking for it to. If I had another choice I would put my daughter in another school where at least they acted like they cared what happens to the kids.

- submitted by a parent
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George K. Porter Middle School
15960 Kingsbury Street, Granada Hills, CA  91344
(818) 920-2050
Last modified George K. Porter Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
George K. Porter Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 66 reviews. Top