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6-8
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La Jolla, CA
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1056 Nautilus Street
La Jolla, CA 92037

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June 15, 2014
As an actual former student student of Muirlands, (I graduated 2014), I feel I have more expertise to speak on the quality of the school more than these moms who feel the need to complain about the lack of a sixth-grade language program. First of all, I think the parents who believe that the eighth grade teachers are significantly worse than the sixth grade teachers don't understand that in eighth grade it is excepted that students become more independent. In fact, I actually believe the eighth grade teachers taught the material the best. Muirlands just received a new principal who seems to bringing the school in great places with the involvement of technology. Many Muirlands teachers will give additional help to students IF THEY ASK. So if your child is struggling DON'T just expect for the front office to do something about it; have your child ask their teacher. As said in a previous review, when your child reaches eighth grade they will receive the opportunity to go on the East Coast Trip. THIS IS A MUST! As for the workload, it is somewhat high. It is nowhere near the amount Bishops gets, but it is more than other SD Middle Schools. So overall, Muirlands is a very good school.

- submitted by a community member
May 13, 2014
Muirlands Middle School provides a mostly high-quality education. Your experience at this school greatly depends on the teachers you have. For example, my English teacher is extremely well-knowledgable and has been an extremely good influence, whereas some of my other friends with different teachers (I am in seminar) complain about their respective teachers. Recently, we have a gained a new principal, who has already began to improve Muirlands Middle School and I believe he will continue to improve the school. Previously, our campus was extremely- there's no other way to put it- gross. Now, he has really come down on the issue and you can see the improvement already. In addition, Muirlands Middle School provides a reasonable amount of choices of electives starting in 7th grade. Many parents complain about this, but as it is still a public school, I think that it would be slightly unreasonable to expect more. Overall, Muirlands Middle School exhibits a good example of what a public middle school should be like- to a certain extent.

- submitted by a community member
February 04, 2014
This is my daughter's first year at Muirlands. I was so nervous since she started in 7th grade. I was scared since the kids would already be in clicks and not be nice. Let me tell you, all of the kids have been wonderful, she has made several friends and enjoys going to school. The teachers and staff are really nice and my daughter seems to be learning a lot. So far we are having a wonderful experience.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2014
My son graduated from La Jolla elementary, an amazing school, and entered 6th grade this year at Muirlands. Not impressed with the standards here at Muirlands. We lived in AZ for five years before moving to CA, and my son qualifies for gifted education in the state of AZ, When he was tested here he scored in the 96th percentile (one percent below the cut-off for honors admissions). Apparently this school is so broke they can't afford to pull him into the gifted/honors classes he should be attending. And there is no foreign language for 6th grade either!! This school needs major improvements. It is such a shame. Needless to say, we will be moving back to AZ where he can receive the quality education that he deserves. Signed, Unhappy Parent

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2013
PARENTS - PLEASE READ: Let me sum up your kids' experience at Muirlands: 6th grade is awful, 7th grade is OK, and 8th grade is an amazing experience. When you first enter the school, you'll find the administration to be very unhelpful and rude, the campus/student/teacher atmosphere extremely unpleasant. They make absolutely no effort to make the incoming 6th graders welcome, but just help your child get through the year and push to make sure they get all the good teachers. Although there's no teachers that are truly awful, there are some unpleasant ones that can quickly ruin your year. In 7th grade, the Yosemite trip is a good experience, and in 8th Grade - MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD ATTENDS THE EAST COAST TRIP. It's an incredible learning & social experience where they spend a week traveling on the east coast cities with some of the best teachers. Although the administration, campus, and teachers are all pretty poor in 6th and even 7th grade, your child's amazing 8th grade year will more than make up for it. Check RateMyTeachers.com to see who the best teachers are, and who's not. There's some really hard classes and also really lazy ones.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2013
PLEASE READ IN FULL!.. I am a parent of a student that went to muirlands for two years, and my child did very well the first year. The second year however my child started to struggle a little with math and they immediately wanted to get my child tested. They said my child needed an IEP and they couldnt provide what my child needed at their school. It was my first child, I was ignorant in the ways of test scoring and school funding.In my opinion We were BULLIED out of this school!! I realized a few years later that the diagnosis was bull. In my opinion they basically didnt want my child bringing down their scoring. PARENTS DONT GET AN IEP until you have outside testing done. It is easy to get a child on an IEP but SO HARD to get your child off one. In my opinion this school is all about scoring and funding and have no room for empathy or nurturing. I was appalled by our treatment once I figured out what really went on . I do take some responsibility, I should have done my homework. Now my child has this on school record for the rest of my childs life. My child wanted to join the Marines and cant now because of the IEP. Be a ver involved parent, fight for them, they sure wont.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2013
I attended Muirlands Middle School for 8th grade. The school was nice, kept well and most of the teachers were amazing. I was robbed at the school and school officials did nothing. I was bullied by other students that I did not know and reported this to three different teachers nothing was doing. The bulling never did stop, until a group of the bused in kids had some words with the bullies and the bullying stopped. I was rejected from the 8th grade trip to DC then the school turned around and asked me to donate money so other students could go. ( I still have the reject letter and the donation request letter). I had a terrible time making friends, because the cliques were so tight knit. La Jolla High was just as bad for me as well. I left after the 9th grade.

- submitted by a community member
February 26, 2013
I feel the biggest problem with this school is discrimination for kids that are sick. They have many double standards when it comes to dealing with sick children. They were very upset with me for sending my sick child to school, yet when I kept her home from school, they punished her by making her do extra laps in her gym class and yelling at her for missing school. When she returned to school after having the flu, no one was concernced about her health; instead they gave her the cold shoulder and made her feel very badly about missing school.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2013
A lot of bullys and I am ashamed to say not from the bused in kids but the locals. When the school gets out it is dreadful, children mill around the area with no consideration for homes and lawns. My child attended for 3 years and the teachers were fine but the issue falls on the students and their parents. If I had to do it again I would have not been so cheap and went private.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2012
Beeing new to the SDUSD and to the country and having 4 kids in 3 different schools I must say the school does not makes you feel welcome. The regulations are strict and Administartion(vice principal)is more concerned about the regulations beeing followed than about the students. They are kind of unfreindly and towards kids which don t understand the rules (because they don t know the language ) and also towards parents . I was never been treated so rude ina school administration before ... They argued at me before they even give me their name or I could figure out who they are- kind of strange.The result is, that my kid does not want to attend that school any longer- it will be a hard job to get him motivated again.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2012
I would give the 6th grade staff a grade of "B", the 7th grade staff a grade of "C" and the 8th grade staff a grade of "D". From a bit of nurturing in the 6th grade to none in the 8th grade it becomes a cold place to attend school. All warmth and caring seemed to be devalued, this must come from the top. The school's office is very intimidating and not a nice place to visit. It's strictly business, the 8th grade history teachers for example are like dictators, and if you complain the administration about anything, you become labeled "unreasonable". The school is good due to the community it is located in and the enrichment we provide our children outside of the school year. This school is stagnating.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2012
The parent below me who rated 6th grade staff "B" and 8th grade staff a "D", had better realize that not only are there nurturing teachers at the 8th grade, but these teachers also must prepare their students for high school. At high school, there is very little nurturing if any. As a parent of a former Muirlands student, who is now attending high school, my daughter had a great experience in all 3 grades. She loved all her teachers at Muirlands, especially those of the 8th grade. She felt cared for, yet ready for independence. Muirlands is awesome. These teachers bring so much to their students. Some 8th grade students hung out in one teacher's room until 6 almost every day, including my daughter. Is this not nurturing and caring? A very progressive school, catering to a community that can be difficult at times.

- submitted by a community member
March 19, 2012
Having had two children attend this school - one presently in 12th grade and one in 8th, my experience with all of the grades at Muirlands is that it is a school of extremely strong teachers who provide an excellent learning experience. I can't think of one teacher all these years who hasn't challenged and inspired. The principal is an excellent leader who cares about the children. In this community, it is academically one of the most challenging schools, even among the private schools.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2012
In my previous review, I forgot to add (for the parent who is not enamored with the Muirlands math teacher) that my child is currently in that teacher s math class and, struggles with algebra. Anytime my child has asked for help, that teacher has given up her lunch for him. Her after school tutoring program is great. Kids can stay for as long as they want, and my son has taken advantage of that to get his homework done. She stays until 6 on most days. Too bad your daughter did not take advantage of that! We do not allow our son to fall behind. Algebra does not come easily to him. We encourage him to complete his homework. My other 2 children who attended Muirlands did not experience any humiliation from any teacher. My son does not either. Teachers work very hard and, oftentimes, do not get the respect they deserve. In fact, they are humiliated at times and the parents do nothing about it. As for administration and counselors, I have never had a negative experience with them.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2012
My daughter is in the 9th grade now and is doing well in school with the exception of algebra, admittedly a difficult subject. Math is an extremely important subject and needs to be taught well. My child is now a year behind in math, which really becomes a problem with UC school requirements. The math teacher needs to retire! The school needs to hire someone who will teach effectively and actually help struggling students, not care about just the "smart" students. She does however excel in humiliating the struggling students. The principal and counselors did nothing to intervene. We hired a great tutor but it our daughter was so far behind it didn't really help. The staff also needs to check the bullying problem, especially against the special needs students.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2011
I am a student at muirlands, going into 8th grade. Muirlands is a hard school. You have lots o homework, and big punishments for little actions. The school focuses too much on the bussed in kids who dont even want to be there. The principal isnt very nice, the campus is very dirty and smells very bad. There are a few really great teachers (mainly 6th grade teachers) such as Ms.Latta, Mr.Best, Mr.Heinze and so on. Coming from a super amazing Elementary school, muirlands was terrifying the first year. But now I do understand the real world. I have made a lot of friends this year and we have a lot of fun during classes so in a way, it's worth it. Muirlands IS a glimpse of the real world which every kid needs to experience before being thrown into the real world.

- submitted by a community member
January 08, 2011
THis is the greatest school ever. the teachers, principal, the classes are so great that words cannot describe it.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2010
Muirlands is a fantastic school. I was really worried that my child would be lost there, but that was completely unfounded. Not only is the quality of teaching excellent, but also there are also so many opportunities for fun. All the new kids (and their parents) who were worried about going to Muirlands, all agree it is a great school. I am frankly wonderfully surprised--because I was so worried about Middle School. However, at Muirlands the teachers are EXCELLENT, the communication between teachers and parents is clear and helpful. The staff are cheerful, parents are engaged. Yes, there is alot expected of the students (and their parents for that matter--e.g. signing off on homework and being involved in their kids' academics), however there is help always available. Also at Muirlands they take every opportunity to keep kids socially happy, and busy having fun during lunch. Great school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2010
During the first week of school, one of the staff coordinated a meeting for all of our students teachers to attend to coordinate our efforts to make sure the school year would be the most beneficial possible. That was unsolicited. All of the teachers were great, happy to be there and caring educators. It does not get better than this.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2010
Muirlands is not such a great school, well in my opinion. I am currently in the 7th grade and the homework, asiignments, and the test and quizzes are really frustrating. If you don't take my word for it, ask any student! That is why i give Muirlands 2 out 5 starts.

- submitted by a student
January 02, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2009
I am a student here and i enjoy being one because this school has great education and great teachers that make learning easy.

- submitted by a student
October 02, 2008
I am a student and I quite enjoy this school. It is one of the only in SDSU that has lockers and the balance of fun and learning is great. Teachers contantly encourage students and the field trips are once-in-a-lifetime experiences that few people could even dream of attending. The punishments, we feel, are fair, and the assignments are neither difficult nor rigrous if a child understnads time management. And that is why I give Muirlands a 5 star rating!

- submitted by a student
July 28, 2008
Murilands is short on inspiring kids and long on punishment. I call it the school of hard knocks. The overall culture is to punish them for minor infractions like giving them zeros on assignments when they are sick or if they forget to get a parent to sign a reading log. My 7th grader was intimidated by her teachers and the teachers mostly unwilling to meet with us the parents to discuss academic problems. Had to get the principal to intervene. Looking around for other options.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 22, 2008
teachers seem to run around afraid of the principal. There is little school spirit and my sister used to do all sorts of stuff that is not longer available to us.

- submitted by a student
July 22, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2008
We had Mr. Heinze in the sixth grade for social studies and he is the best! He took time for my child and worked tirelessly to make it an exciting year for the kids. Mrs. Latta is also a good teacher for science.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2008
This school is ok not great. My daughter is a 8 grader. She liked Mr.Best, Mr. Stephens, Mrs Bixler, Ms Allor and Mr.Gray. The Principal doesn't have the leader ship skill. The school cares and spends only on the bussed in kids and Seminar kids. The seminar kids have small class, and The bussed in kids have extra after school class until 4 PM. Local GATE kids are left to fend for themselves. My daugther's math class has 40 students.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2008
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- submitted by a student
January 26, 2008
Having the second of my two kids is now halfway through 8th grade at Muirlands, I give a 'thumbs-up', with an asterisk. My older child is a junior at LJHS and still counts his most influential teachers from Muirlands (Brown, Lawrence & Fleck). He has a 4.4 GPA and credits the advanced math progress to Paula Brown. Mr. Fleck was just darn inspirational, and what middle schooler doesn't need that? Jack Lawrence is a great teacher, as the high school knew as that's where you'll find him teaching history now. Our younger child doesn't find academics as easy as the older one did, but has established a remarkable work ethic to have a superlative GPA. So here's where the asterisk comes in... middle school is a challenging time for a student. They need positive support from the school and the home. If one is missing, the other will suffer.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 11, 2008
Mr Best is a great teacher, he really cares and I am very lucky to have him. The school is dirty on the grounds.

- submitted by a student
December 03, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2007
School LOOKS better on the outside however many academic programs that were present when my older son went there, have disappeared. The focus seems to be on the kids who are low or bussed in. Local GATE kids are left to fend for themselves. Principal is behind this focus and not responsive to her local parents. Principal ignores the demographics of La Jolla and runs the school as if it were in the middle of Clairemont.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2007
Muirlands is improving year by year thanks to great parent participation. My kids enjoy the environment and (most) teachers. They all seem very dedicated.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2007
A great school at grades 6 and 7. Teachers seem approachable. Principal is the opposite.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2007
Most extra-curricular activites have been canceled. No more Science Fair class. No more theater production for Seminar in grade 6. No more Sacrament trip for grade 6 students. Has become just another school instead of the great school it used to be.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2007
Excellent academic programs for all needs/levels. Unmatched extracurricular activities/clubs including new LJ Radio technology-savvy club that has not yet been leverage fully to demonstrate technology hands-on opportunities equal to that of private schools.

- submitted by a parent
July 05, 2006
Muirlands is a great school with different after school programs with great teachers. The school hours are great. Parent involvement is more than what I have experienced at my daughter's other schools. My daughter has improved in her writing skills since she's attended Muirlands. We are very happy to have her at this school and look forward to having our two other daughters attend.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2006
Muirlands is lacking when it comes to providing anything more than a run of the mill education. Best suited for its Charter population.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2006
Used to have more music, art, and enrichment programs. Now it's the basics, all in the name of test scores. Gate classes used to be separate but now have the struggling learners in them too.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2006
Excellent public middle school with high quality academic programs, especially strong in the math dept. Several extra curricular activities and after school clubs with very supportive and involved parents

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 02, 2006
There is the option of full year art for 7th and 8th graders. There is phys ed every day. Parent involvement is little to none. Starts at 7:30 am. Way too early.

- submitted by a student
November 30, 2005
Muirlands is a school with many different extracurricular activities, which take place during advisory. The most popular with the students are Science Olympiad, Math Counts, Yearbook, Newspaper, and ASB(Associated Student Body). The school is very supportive of science and math, and the teams compete in state and county-wide challenges. Yearbook and Newspaper work on teamwork and writing, and the ASB is the student council. Students also go to 6th grade camp, the 7th grade trip to Yosemite, and the 8th grade trip to the East Coast. Parents are encouraged to read their children's homework planners to make sure they complete the homework. The school also offers the GATE program for gifted children, which is also very supported. The ASB organizes programs for school spirit and fundraising. All in all a very student-oriented school.

- submitted by a student
November 19, 2005
Strong support for students in the basic subject areas but music, art and the creative side of student life is not a part of this schoo. The Principal is becomes very brusque when asked about anything that she is uncomfortable with. She does not support GATE students and focuses the school on students who can't speak English well. This is interesting as the school is mostly white and has a high number of GATE students.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2005
My daughter just moved from a private school to this public school and was very worried and nervous about the move. I was nervous too. The teachers are great, one of them (Mr. Heinz) had a pool party for the kids to get to know each other and we couldn't feel more welcome. The science teacher(Ms. Letta)has been very supportive and again, I can't speak highly enough about Mr. Heinz and his high standards in the classroom. I also enjoy the fact that the children have lockers to keep the heavy books stored in. The only negative is a bit of trash and mud/debris I see in front of school.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2005
muirlands is the best of thee scools. We have come her with no formal education but we want our kids to be smart so we come to America where everyone has a chance. We have daughters so the country from which we come wvill not educate them. But her we get chance and our daughters come to special program where they learn English. and the teachers are very smart and carung

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2005
Wonderful counselors who care about kids. The sixth grade team made my daughter feel welcome even though she came from outside of the area and didn't know most of th other kids. Mr best in science and mr. Heinze in the gifted english class are fantastic. I'd like to have them move up as my daughter grows older. The principal was not overly friendly and I got the feeling she was not a 'people person'. The was the only drawback.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
A great location, good teachers who care. I especially like the way Mr. Heinze and Ms Latta stress academics but also bond with students and seem to really care. The principal is not overly friendly.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2005
Muirlands employs rigorous acedemic standards and revolutionary thinking. the teachers are experienced and creative, the students themselves are open and kind. it is a wonderful institution. If only there were not so many cutbacks!

- submitted by a student
August 16, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2004
I currently attend Muirlands and am in the 6th grade. The workload isn't incredibly heavy, and all of the teachers are excellent and it is a great environment to learn in. One teacher that I recommend is Ms. Curry for 6th grade English. She has fun learning methods and has taught us a lot. Muirlands is just a great school.

- submitted by a student
April 12, 2004
Top-notch school from top to bottom as far as the education of students is concerned. Many teachers are highly respected throughout the district. I especially recommend Mr. Heinze in grade 6 and Mr. Best for Science. Both are caring and stress challenging activites that are creative. The only negative thing I might say about the school is the generally dirty grounds and litter about and lack of after school activities and sports. Why don't they use the new pool for the PE etc? All in all, a good, safe school full of great kids.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
no rating January 24, 2004
I'd just like to say a few words about the Math program and especially about Ms. Brown who teaches algebra and geometry. She stays after school almost every day and her classroom is always packed with kids who are working on homework, studying for tests, asking questions, etc. She is simply a gift. The new leadership in the school is promising -- appropriately concerned about improving relations among the diverse groups that make up the student body.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2003
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- submitted by a community member
October 18, 2003
In my opinion I think this school is great. My daughter goes to this school and she's made tons of friends + the teachers helped her step by step!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2003
I graduated from this school in 2003, it was a great school with great teachers, especially Mr. Lawrence who teaches history the best way possible. I recommend him for your children, he's a wonderful teacher. The school is amazing except that there are groups that don't involve students so it's hard to make friends.

- submitted by a community member
August 26, 2003
The work load was too heavy in my opionion for Middle school age children. However, the education for a public school is top notch!

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2003
workload was very heavy- too heavy (I thought) for a middle school child. However, the education was top notch.

- submitted by a parent
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Muirlands Middle School
1056 Nautilus Street, La Jolla, CA  92037
(858) 459-4211
Last modified Muirlands Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Muirlands Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 61 reviews. Top