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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
THis is the greatest school ever. the teachers, principal, the classes are so great that words cannot describe it.
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!
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.
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.
I am a student here and i enjoy being one because this school has great education and great teachers that make learning easy.
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!
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