Students enrolled 972
School leader Aileen Harbeck
Transportation options Yes
District Wiseburn Elementary

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5504 West 135th Street
Hawthorne, CA 90250

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(310) 725-4700
(310) 536-9091
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4 stars
Based on 32 ratings

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April 02, 2014
This is my daughter's first year at Dana and she is LOVING it! The classes are very challenging which I love because pushes my child to do better and better; if she gets a B she is not satisfied and pushes herself to conquer that A. The school is diverse, with kids of different ethnic and financial backgrounds that make no difference to the kids. It teaches my child tolerance and respect for others belief. The teachers are caring, dedicated and upbeat! My daughter came home excited at a performance the teachers put together with a song, so they offer not only a private school education at a public school price but they also make school fun with their unique learning environment. We are just so pleased and greatful to Dana MS and we constantly recommend it to others.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
RH Dana Middle School is dedicated to ensuring students have a positive educational experience. My son has attended the school for the past 2 years and the school has a small community feel. The core subjects are taught by teachers that care.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
I think my school is a great school. I think my school is great because I feel safe, they have amazing after school programs, great sport teams,and awesome staff. The facilities are very well in shape and the classrooms are nice sizes. The teachers are nice they know what there teaching and they know it very well. Dana has great discipline rules, there are no bullies and all students have an equal amount of attention from the teachers. But sometimes it can get cold or hot in the classrooms and the teachers aren't able to change the temperature from the classrooms the office has to change it and I would really like for the teachers to change the temperature.

- submitted by a parent
December 22, 2012
Dana is an excellent middle school. My daughter is in her third year, and looking back, it is amazing how much she has learned. Her grades have risen from 3.2 to 4.0. The teachers are wonderful. They are skilled educators and care about the students. Students are taught to organize, set goals and self evaluate. My daughter has always had meaningful homework and great projects to complete. The yearly trips are wonderful learning opportunities.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2012
GREAT SCHOOL!! My son has been here three years and it has been a wonderful experience. I would recommend DMS to any parent looking for diversity, camaraderie, teachers and staff that care and FUN!

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2012
The best school ever. Friendly teachers and atmosphere (:. I am an 8th grader and will be very sad when i leave. This school is the best middle school to put your child!

- submitted by a community member
July 18, 2011
My younger daughter just graduated from Dana and I cried for days at the thought of leaving this most amazing middle school. We were there on permit (my older daughter attended for two years and my younger daughter for three years) and could not have asked for more. The leadership leads consistently well, and the staff are always available to parents and students. It felt a 'family' where everyone is known and valued, including each student being known by name. Teachers meet a high standard and the students are encouraged to achieve and reach their best potential. For the student who requires more advanced studies, Dana provides them. I always knew that my girls were safe and well taken care of. This school is truly a "gem" and shouldn't be missed!

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2011
Best school ever in like the world.nice teachers and students and nice lunches. CANT GET BETTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a community member
February 11, 2010
My son attends Dana Middle School on a permit. In the 3 years he has been in attendance, I have never had a problem. I love Dana Middle School and students are proud to attend.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2010
This is a great school! My daughter loves it. Her grades have go up from D's to B's in one semester. She is acually understanding the work!

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2009
I must say that this school is awesome!!! I'm a 7th grader at DMS and I love it there. This is my 3rd year in the Wiseburn District. They take care of problems (if any) and understand how important education is toward us students. Trust me..I know. Kids get along and there are many clubs that are provided for us at DMS. This school is great academically...no kidding. It's not like other middle schools with over 2,000 kids in it, this school only contains about 900 kids. That way teachers know who we are. I can go by any teacher and say, 'Hello!' even if I'm not in his/her class. Great School.

- submitted by a student
April 10, 2009
This school is a wonderful school. Hi i am an 8th grader attending at Dana Middle school. The school is brand new with brand new classes and a brand new principal. Before we had a new school we did not have SLC but only the avid kids do, but know we get to expirience what they had. The school has been more advanced and more better. I could not wait to graduate in a beautiful school.

- submitted by a student
March 21, 2009
i go to this school & its the best of the best

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January 09, 2009
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- submitted by a student
September 29, 2008
I had not one reservation about Dana from my first point of contact with the website in 2005, the Wiseburn District office, and Dana's faculty/staff, and it's outstanding principal Mr. Wunder. I expect the best from my daughter and Dana helps produce those results.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 04, 2008
My kids just started at Dana MS. They have had a very positive experience so far. Just a word of caution to prospective parents. The school district is very small, so many costs that are usually paid by the distict are passed on to the parents. I was shocked to find out that the after/before school program was so costly. Since I have more than one child enrolled, I could not afford it. I have to use my lunch hour to go pick my kids up. But I will do whatever it takes so that my kids get a quality education and have a positive experience in school. Signed, Taxi-Mom!

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June 22, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2008
I cannot give enough praise to this district, school and staff! My children have been educated, nurtured, supported on the highest level and this is both encouraged and appreciated. The administration and certificated staff are outstanding, they are always on the cutting edge of technology and it is evidenced by the display of teaching in the classroom and the engaged students under their supervision. Teachers and administration are continuously provided with the tools for performance inprovement via professional development. Dana Middle School is far above average and our family has benefitted greatly by our children having matriculated this school.

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October 20, 2007
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August 23, 2007
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- submitted by a student
August 07, 2007
Dana is one of the finest middle schools in the area. They strive to teach not just reach numbers and the children really learn and come out ready for high school. The administration and teachers are among the best. The small school atmosphere is safe for the children and the administration is fair. Dana has offered my boys great opportunities to excel. They encourage parent involvement and foster an enriching learning environment. The principal, counselor, and teachers really care about the students and families.

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August 07, 2007
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July 16, 2007
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February 12, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
September 11, 2006
Dana Middle School is a great school. My son was one of the permit students. I appreciated the education and the small community at Dana. My son graduated in 2006 and learned a great deal. He learned that the world is diverse and he could interact with anyone. Parent involvement is also good. Never a problem with not enough chaperones being at any event.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2005
Dana Middle School is a great school! My daughter is a permit student and has come from LAUSD. We have seen a great improvement in my daughters grades! She is in their Avid program and her GPA has gone up 1/5 a point to 3.33. I highly recommend Dana Middle School to any parent seeking a quality education for their child.

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July 06, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2005
The school does permit from other neighborhoods way too much and in fact is planning to add trailers to add more. And contrary to what they claim they are not high gpa students. And they never remove the trouble making permit students. The scores are good but would be great if it was just local students. Like most schools making more money for the school is most important.

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June 05, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2004
My biggest concern is the number of full days of education our children are being cheated out of. There are simply far too many shortened days, minimum days, pupil free days. Our children do not have their first full day of school until the 3rd week of school (& still missing a day that Friday). In December they only attend four full days of school. I feel that this is where our children are being neglected in their education. Extracurricular activites should not even be considered until their academic scores improve & they are able to have the regularity of a Full Day school year.

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July 09, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2004
I'm very pleased with Dana's quality of teachers and the principal's leadership. The school offers a variety of opportunities for parent participation and the community is small and close knit. Dana also offers a safe environment for my son to learn in.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2004
I dont like dana middle school for my child because people use to tease her and laugh about her hispanic backround the teachers dont care what the cildren do for instance their is a seventh grade teacher and he never pays attentoin to the students also for p.e they dont even have sport uniforms for teams

- submitted by a parent
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Richard Henry Dana Middle School
5504 West 135th Street, Hawthorne, CA  90250
(310) 725-4700
Last modified Richard Henry Dana 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.
Richard Henry Dana Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 33 reviews. Top