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Students enrolled: 724

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2100 Park Avenue
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

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(949) 497-7785
(949) 467-7798
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September 26, 2013
It comes from the top as the saying goes. TMS principle and staff care that each student is educated and important. The community in a whole and the parents involvement make this a #1 school.

- submitted by a parent

November 02, 2011
This is the best school anyone can ever go to! I encourage everyone to go there!

- submitted by a community member

May 06, 2011
My son transferred to Thurston from Newport-Mesa School District last year and the difference is night and day. LBUSD is amazing and Thurston is a prime example. The facilities and teachers are top notch and they don't have any of the ridiculous "policies" or petty bureaucratic tyrants that plague many schools. My son loves it and is doing much better than he ever has. As soon as you set foot on this campus and meet the staff you'll be sold, but you won't really know how good it is until school starts. It's really an idyllic school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
February 16, 2010
This District has one middle school, budge reserves, highly paid teachers, affluent families, a private fundraising 'Schoolpower' donating over $200,000 year --- why aren't we scoring higher?

- submitted by a parent

August 30, 2009
Thurston is the best! the teachers are encouraging and helpful. Love Dr. Culverhouse

- submitted by a student

October 18, 2008
My daughter has been at Thurston for three years and is now doing better academically than she ever has. She loves school and has terrific teachers; the teachers and administrators make it fun and exciting to come to school. This is important at an age when a lot of kids lose interest in school. Dr. Joanne Culverhouse has assembled a team that makes the kids feel cared for and part of something worthy. She has endless energy and enthusiasm and is always available. We're very happy at Thurston.

- submitted by a parent

June 05, 2008
this is a cool school I go here and like it Dr. Culverhouse is a great principle.

- submitted by a student
no rating
December 14, 2007
5 star. Principal takes her responsibilities seriously and goes beyond to make the kids feel welcomed and safe.

- submitted by a parent

June 29, 2007
I couldn't think of a better school to send my son. I always make a point of bragging about it to anyone willing to listen. I nominate Dr. Joanne Culverhouse as the Principal of the Year!

- submitted by a parent

January 11, 2006
Due to an incredible amount of community support, extracurricular activites are abundant and mostly free. This school has the best Principal in the district. We were fortunate to also have her at El Morro. Public schools don't get any better than this.

- submitted by a parent

August 23, 2005
Awesome school, Mr. Purdy rocks!

- submitted by a student

January 25, 2004
My daughter has benefitted from being here. She has and has had wonderful teachers who not only teach, but have made learing fun for her. My daughter is pulling a 4.0 and is very proud of herself. She does study hard, but it is a testament to her teachers as well. They demand respect and at least from my daughter, they get it. I am impressed with the encouragement she gets from her teachers. I will happily send my other daughter to Thurston next year, without hesitation.

- submitted by a parent

January 24, 2004
Good teachers, generally educated (if over-indulgent) parents. Pretty good curriculum, excellent facilities. This is the hardest age to teach, and Thurston does a good job.

- submitted by a parent

August 10, 2003
The reasons for punshiments are ridiculous: feeding the goats that come by the school, accidentally tripping on the steps, and playing Duck, Duck, Goose are just a few 'reasons' that are used.

- submitted by a student
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Thurston Middle School
2100 Park Avenue, Laguna Beach, CA  92651
(949) 497-7785
Last modified Thurston Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Thurston Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 19 reviews. Top