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6-8
Public
Huntington Beach, CA
Students enrolled: 1,283

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9300 Indianapolis Avenue
Huntington Beach, CA 92646

(714) 962-7738
(714) 968-5580
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December 16, 2014
This is a school that has so much potential but really needs leadership. Talbert and Dwyer are much better options if you have the opportunity to put your kids in those schools. Dr. Guerrero runs Sowers. Unfortunately she lacks the leadership skills of a good principal and you can see this in the littany of assistant principals and staff who leave her employ or are smashed down so that they are almost ineffectual. Having met and seen Dr. Guerrero many times I see that she lacks a clear vision for the school and is usually on the defensive. She communicates with people in a distant manner and you leave meetings with her almost feeling devalued. It shows in the students who meet her as well. She fails to inspire. Many times it's been her failure to communicate her position that has caught me off-guard and she has a propensity to avoid situations rather than tackle them head-on so nothing gets done and things fester. Further, when things do go right I've never seen her give credit to those involved. I even once heard her tell a young student to call her "Dr. Guerrero" instead of "Mrs Guerrero" as if her title were important for the student to know.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2014
I 'graduated' from Sowers about 4 years ago, and hopefully it has changed by then. I had no teachers who really cared, and I efficiently learned from (except one who was fired that year due to budget cuts). I understand that with a limited school fund it is very challenging to maintain a proper learning environment, but I was not happy at that school. I was a very smart student, and in all the advanced classes, and I was unable to find help for anything and was given countless hours of busy work. I failed at really making any friends, even though I am not a shy person, and it was overall a very negative experience. My parents transferred me to private school for high school, and it was the best choice they could have made for me. I thrived there and made lots of friends and excelled in my classes. Edison would not have been a good fit, hearing some of the stories my friends who go there tell me about..

- submitted by a community member
March 12, 2014
Don't go to this school. The students here a snobby and mean. The popular ones especially. They will spread rumors about you and talk behind your back. I left this school after 7th grade and there still talking bad about me. So don't send your child here unless they want to be bullied.

- submitted by a community member
September 01, 2013
This is school is a great! Every year it gets better. Though I don't think that teachers should be telling students how much they make each year, only to see how much they do actually make. Most lunch supervisors don't pay attention to areas where students can leave the campus and wander off into the near by streets. Most staff are friendly and nice, and it is always sad to see one retire or leave to go to another district. By far the music program is outstanding! The teacher of this program should be paid the most, considering how hard she works and shows how great our school is. This school needs to focus a little less on these fundraiser though it does support the school and focus on funding what actually is need for the school. The computer lab is great, but the music program isn't as modern as the computer lab and needs a tight upgrade. They also need to work on punishment of school bullies or trouble makers, I see at least one student who causes so much trouble, though he never gets nearly punished as others. Also the p.e should at least have a gym, considering on a mayp they call the "black-top" a gym. I say this school is a 5 out of 5 for some reasons. Great School!

- submitted by a community member
August 09, 2013
To the teacher that said we are there to "serve the staff" I think this really sets the tone for the teaching staff. The staff is there to "teach our children". They should feel fortunate that parents want to be involved...hello? My oldest daugther was bullied by kids and teachers alike here with nothing being done to right the wrong. Teachers that I have come in contact with are complacent and going through the motions. The entire office staff changed in one year how does that happen? The principal is set in her way there are no grey areas. If i had to do this over my child would have gone to Talbert. Think this through people middle school is hard enough but when administration and teachers don't care it is even tougher.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2012
Sad to read the email posted by a teacher - sounds very one-sided, as I have attended the PTSA meetings and they always have a teacher rep and a student rep at every meeting. (When PTSA has their evening meetings, there are never any additional teachers in attendance.) The goal of the PTSA is only to enrich the school by assisting in the needs that are identified by the principal and the staff. Sowers does a great job in working with all of the students and their unique "tween to teen" needs. I do wish the administration would look closer at what makes a student GATE and who is truly the best educator for GATE students. Just because someone has been doing something for a long time does not qualify them for this position.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2012
Teachers do a great job based on what they are given. Parent involvement is to an extreme in doing what they want and not asking the staff of their needs. The so call PTSA is known as PA - when meetings are held they are during hours inwhich Teachers and Students can not participate. Parents need to understand they are here to serve the staff so that the staff can serve the students.

- submitted by a teacher
June 15, 2011
Both of our children went to this school. They loved their friends and teachers. It's definitely one of the best middle schools in the area. They are well prepared for Edison High. We were very happy with the program. Thank you teachers and involved parents!

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2011
I have put two children through Sowers over the past 6 consecutive years. Sowers has below average facilities. Although the school was just modernized, it lacks a gymnasium. They also rely on many portables for classroom space. There are some really good teachers there, but the majority of the teachers that my children had were either completely burnt out or brand new and barely qualified. The management staff (principal and assistant principals) do a poor job of communicating with parents, unless its a robo-call about the latest fundraiser. You will get those nightly. The office secretarial staff is very kind, caring and helpful.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2011
This is probably one of the best schools I have ever been to.I am in the 7th grade and everything is excellent at this school. Although the principal lacks leadership, many of the teachers are friendly, caring, and shows the enthusiasm they need to teach kids at a school. The electives were amazing. Marine Biology was the best of all since we got to go to Catalina Island, and whale watching. Other Electives like computers or Spanish, are excellent if you want to get ahead of the game. The student body is really nice and its easy to make friends. The rules actually make sense rather than at other schools. Make your child's life a joy and go to Sowers!

- submitted by a community member
April 15, 2011
I went to Sowers 2 years ago and I'm now a sophomore at Edison High School. I actually had a very good experience here and I loved all of my teachers. Although I did recieve a lot of homework at the time, it really did prepare me for high school and I am very grateful for that. I was challenged in different subjects, especially in my English/History class. I feel like all of my teachers prepared me as best as they could for when I moved on to Edison. I must say though that I was never particularily fond of the principal, but I believe that was only because she was new my 7th grade year. Overall I really did enjoy my time at Sowers and I think other kids will too.

- submitted by a community member
February 05, 2011
Sowers is pretty darn great. All the teachers are either fabulous or okay. We do get a lot of homework, but for a middle school that can be expected. There aren't really cliques here either - some are more popular than others, but lots of people are very accepting and anyone will be able to feel welcome here. The only other thing is, there's a lot of excessive swearing, etc. But that can also be expected for a middle school.

- submitted by a community member
August 19, 2010
this school is the best school ever! Fantastic, hard working teachers who put all their attention to you. no student should have to worry about not getting enough attention. i went to this school and i improved alot. i will never forget this great experiance! the new principle is wonderful. she does a phenomenal job keeping this school running safe. we are the vikings. go to this school!

- submitted by a community member
May 02, 2010
school is okaay, it needs to be remodeled and a lot of the 8th graders have bad habits. the 7th graders are mostly good theres a few that drink & smoke and stuff. the 6th graders are pretty good i think. this is how our schooll works: if your annoying, your hated. if u do soemthign wrong, your hated. if your popular, your loved. a lot of the people i know are riich fake kids that act different around everyone and there whole life is a lie. the teachers a good thoughh. if i could i would leave the school and go to a really nice provate school or soemthing..

- submitted by a student
April 02, 2010
this school is ok the only good teachers i like are Mr. Mendrin and Ms. Monaghan other than that the teachers are pretty bad... but i <3 all my friends

- submitted by a student
March 30, 2010
I dislike this school very greatly. The teachers expect us to do tons of homework, and say that it is only for one class. The kids here are bully's and... dumb!

- submitted by a student
March 12, 2010
The principal lacks leadership. She does a good job on school's safety. Other than that, Sowers is getting worse than ever. Teachers lack incentives. They take the easy route by giving easier classroom materials, less writing homework, easier tests to boost up students' grades and light lectures. PTA is not as strong & aggressive as before.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2009
Sowers is a student-first school. They take extra care with the kids' safety when heading to and from school and have great teachers making it a great place to learn.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
Our school has the most amazing teachers. This is our 2nd year at Sowers,This will definately be a time in my sons life he will always remember. Has great friends and teachers. Thankyou Sowers....

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
There are incredible teachers at Isaac L. Sowers Middle school and it wouldn't been the same if we didn't have teachers that care!!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2009
My daughter went here and it was the worst experience of her life. Kids were mean, teachers didn't really teach, and alot of homework that most of the kids did not understand. If you are thinking about putting your child threw hell then send them to Sowers

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May 07, 2009
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March 17, 2009
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January 20, 2009
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January 17, 2009
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- submitted by a student
January 13, 2009
I am not happy with many of the teachers here. They simply do not teach. I am sure this is a no big secret since every student in this school can give you a list of lazy teachers. There are a few excellent teachers whom I heard aren't popular among the kids and even among the administration. I am not sure if the new principal realizes she really needs to look into those lousy teachers and know exactly what they are teaching daily in the classrooms. After all, this was a Blue Ribbon school.

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2008
wow great staff from teachers to administration, I have three kids go through the sowers system.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2008
My third child is in 8th grade and the staff at Sowers has been terrific to each and every one of them. Each child was different and some needed more help and discipline than the others. The staff understood each child's needs and gave them the appropriate attention necessary to ensure their success. The prior principal was wonderful to the students and will be greatly missed. Two of my three children went thru the GATE program, so I can say with experience that GATE or no GATE, the staff at Sowers has the children's best interest and education at heart.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2008
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- submitted by a student
July 26, 2008
Sowers has great fun electives and after school programs

- submitted by a student
no rating May 21, 2008
I am recently going to this school and it is really good because they have god electives and give you a lot of choices. for example they have choir, band, kids in the kitchen etc. one bad thing there at sowers is that the girls there are very rude... they act like they are cool. they where these booty shorts and get away with it. its like not one teacher cares and expects some of these girls to learn on their own. the guys there are just plain weird. im not trying to be rude to anyone in paticular, im just trying to help the parents know about the school, and we'll i say yes and no to coming to the school. and one good reason is that there is no fights.

- submitted by a student
April 23, 2008
Every teacher treats their students so appropriately and with tons of love!

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April 10, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating March 10, 2008
Overall the school is pretty good. Some of the teachers just really don't care and often the office staff acts like they are way to busy for you and that you are bothering them. It is difficult to get any help if your students isn't performing well. Hopefully having a new Principal will make a difference. The previous one had some serious issues with many students and parents.

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January 21, 2008
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- submitted by a student
January 04, 2008
Sowers is great. Some of the teachers are a little weird, but you learn a lot. Easy to make lots of friends. Average homework time for 8th grade is about 4 hours, but it really isn't a big deal.

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December 03, 2007
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August 31, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2007
Wonderful, very helpfull office staff. A few (not many awesome teachers) Great academics however if your child is not perfoming above average they are ignored and tossed aside :( Thank goodness there is a new principal any replacement has to be an improvement

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August 14, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2005
Some of the teachers need to retire. My daughter was harassed and humiliated by a teacher who is in need of retirement. THere are many teachers there who are old and burned out on teaching. I understand how teachers are under paid but it is not a reason to treat good kids badly and bring down there confidence level. I pulled my daughter out and put her in a wonderful private school!

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2005
Sowers middle school is a great school. They maintain a well balanced academic program, sports and other extracurricular activities for kids.

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November 02, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2004
My son has attended Issac Sowers for the past four years. He is the type of student that most teachers would say is ADHD. Because of his lack of attention in the classromm, he was recognized as an at risk student. My husband and I were very suprised at the atttention the staff and principal gave our son to ensure his success. He Scored above garde level on all state required tests. We are fortunate that Issac Sowers gives its students the tools and personal attention that it takes to make a difference and prepare them for the real world.

- submitted by a parent
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Isaac L. Sowers Middle School
9300 Indianapolis Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA  92646
(714) 962-7738
Last modified Isaac L. Sowers Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Isaac L. Sowers Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 44 reviews. Top