Students enrolled 1302
School leader Tim Reece
Transportation options Yes
District Capistrano Unified School District

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29070 Paseo Escuela
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

(949) 234-5360
(949) 249-2069
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4 stars
Based on 28 ratings

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September 21, 2014
Hello. I am a student at NHMS. Things aren't horrible here. The GATE program is rough is sixth-grade. I mean REALLY tough. I'm talking three to four hours of homework, when the average amount should only be about thirty minutes per class. T he homework amount is awfu, but I feel like I am prepared for college now! I think seventh-grade will be easier though. Dress code sucks, you have to have cap sleeves! The teachers are great, but they have their flaws. They can't be perfect though, and I respect that.

- submitted by a community member
June 22, 2014
My son is completing his second year at NHMS. We have found the teachers to involved and well prepared and the school to be very safe from bullying. I would highly recommend NHMS!

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2014
This skewl is awfull. i learnt nothimg hear. i cant spel at alll. i twas tought nowthing... downt gu hear.

- submitted by a community member
February 11, 2014
Niguel Hills is great! I am a student and I welcome the home work. The complainers should instead look at the amount of time students spend with TV, Games and Smart Phones and then reconsider their priorities. I also noticed complaints about homework by a GATE student, which contained numerous spelling and grammatical errors. Maybe "more" homework is the answer? Life is all about timing and priorities.

- submitted by a community member
February 11, 2014
Niguel Hills, PLEASE keep inforcing the Dress Code. I frequently pick up my child from school and take notice to the obvious. This is Middle School. Who dresses these kids. Hoodies and sun glasses between classes and lunch? AND, where do they get all those Clown clothes? Not sure if I am at the curcus or a zoo!

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2013
From a student~ I will be entering eighth grade after this summer, and I really won't mind getting back! Niguel is a top notch school with teachers who care. From what I've seen here at the school, a majority of the one-star comments and COMPLETE exaggerations! Homework levels are manageable, unless, or course, you aren't diligent and serious (even if you're in the advanced/GATE like me!) Physical fights and rare, though I can't say the same for verbal bullying, being a victim myself. Rules are fair, but it may not seem that way to parents will children who are juvenile delinquents (the same ones guilty of verbal abuse). Teachers, for the most part, are care deeply for each of their students, helping them through difficulties with work. The only qualm I have is the large class sizes, detracting from the overall learning experience because teachers must do less individual help. What can you do though, with the U.S. and it's budget cuts.

- submitted by a community member
August 10, 2013
My child will be in 8th grade this year at NHMS. Having spent 2 years at this school, we have had our ups and downs. 6th grade was outrageous, the amount of homework was unreasonable. My child is an A student and it took him 3-4 hours a night just to get through the homework and that did not include studying for tests. There was a definite shift in 7th grade and maybe it was the new round of teachers, but the amount of homework was much less and we had a very enjoyable year. Bullying should not happen ever but regrettably it exists everywhere. We had one incident and the teachers handled it quickly and that was the end of it. As far as the dress code is concerned, it is not onerous or unusual. I have a son and he is not permitted to dress like a thug, the girls are to dress conservatively no tube tops or short shorts. This is a place for learning not a runway, rave or a costume party. The school is crowded. 40 kids to a class and the teachers spend time doing crowd control and teaching time is reduced. At home help with homework will be required.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2013
My child will now be entering 8th grade.Their whole school system is a mess.everything is so outdated nothing has been renovated since I had attended school their.very old technology as well.yet they are always having fundraisers!?teachers obisouly don't care about the learning quality.the staff is very rude.teachers are always piling on excessive amounts of homework.I'm not naming names but a teacher here is forgetful and doesn't write homework assignments on the board or doesn't make them clear to the students and the next day they come back with half the assignment not knowing their was more .they then get blamed for her forgetfulness.there is lots or physical and verbal bullying my child has been a victim and they don't do anything .my child has all so been bullied by staff. Dress code is rediculous.the rules are ridiculous as well.this school has been a horrible experience for my child

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2013
My 1st review of NHMS was so raw and real that it was rejected for public posting. My boys' experiences @ NH were no OC beach walks. From staff to students there is constant pressure, bullying (yes, from staff!), physical fights amongst students, and, if yours finally wins against the bully, the once underdog gets suspended for standing up for himself! Endless hours of homework. Buildings are overcrowded and older than we parents are and NOT updated in any way shape or form, yet, there are constant fundraisers...hmmm?! It's OC, so, no school bus system, only public trans. No matter the amt of classroom work your child does, the test scores are what determine your childs overall grade. Hv an A one day, fail 1 test and HELLO! C the next. We had to put our boys in Tae Kwon Do and Jiu Jitsu. Once the school yr was over, one of our boys graduated to Dana Hills HS (Great School) the other we sent to Santiago Charter School in Orange to AVOIDthis nightmare again.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2013
Hi , I want to know about your school , because maybe we want move to your city next year and I have a 12 years boy , If it's possible send the news for me , thanks a lot . Hope see you soon .

- submitted by a community member
February 07, 2013
I agree with the most recent comments. Dress code is pretty ridicules and inconsistent. as are most rules in this school. I don't see that it is too much homework but more that there is no accountability for HW and the teachers really don't seem to care at all about each student. It is overcrowded as well. I have an 8th grader and a 9th grader who both spent three years here. They did not have any issues socially but I do know that other kids have. The office staff often seem to be under a great deal of stress so I think that is where the rudeness comes from. Overall I am sorry I choose this school and hope my kids will do better in another school district for their high school education.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2012
Way to much homework!!! Most teachers don't care about the kids learning!Too much bullying that goes on and nothing is done about it! The teachers cram way to much homework in at the last minute and have lots of hard tests! Dress Code has been a major issue and nothing has been done about it!!! Now with two weeks remaining in the school year they decide to hand out punishment for Dress Code. The front office is very mean and rude to children and parents!This has not been a good experience!!!!

- submitted by a community member
August 18, 2009
My daughter is going into 8th grade on September 8, 2009 and she loves the school. The teachers are nice and she has been getting wonderful grades since she has been going there.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2009
I have learned an amazing deal from school. The academics are so well-developed and I just feel, for the lack of a better term, better than those who go to other schools. Sure, my work load is high, maybe a little too high, but I get it done and it's good for me in the long run. The Gifted and Talented Edu. program I'm in couldn't be better. When things get out of hand, there's a good deal of punishment. We have lots of extracurricular activities and special elective groups like Associated Student Body, Peer Assistance Leadership, and AVID. The faculty couldn't be any nicer. I only have 50 more days left here and I'm going to miss it !

- submitted by a student
March 09, 2009
The homework is a little too excessive, and some teachers just don't seem to care about the students' learning quality. Overall, however, the GATE program is good and we students seem to succeed on tests despite the careless teachers.

- submitted by a student
January 14, 2009
It is the greatest school there classroom helps my kids get smarter everyday

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating November 30, 2008
This school is great. The person under doesn't no what shes saying. This is the third best school in Orange County. the food is the only poor part.

- submitted by a student
November 13, 2008
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- submitted by a student
October 26, 2008
The classrooms are severely overcrowded, buildings are old, budget is being managed poorly, they throw AT LEAST one fundraiser per WEEK at us, test scores are low, materials are low and poor, quality of education is poor, rules enforced poorly- people dressing sleazily and bullying, students are under-engaged, fights outbreak often, excessive 'filler' homework, lack of disciplinary system, second rate math and science, old books, special education program is poor, english learners program is poor, disgusting walls and hallways, 20 year-old lockers which only half of work. Overall this school is despicable compared to the other nearby schools and pathetic in almost all aspects. I have dreaded coming to this school for the past 3 years, and can tell you from personal experience, that, this school is most definitely the WORST school in the Orange County area.

- submitted by a student
August 14, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 14, 2008
The 6th grade AAA/Gate program is extremely homework intensive. I was warned by every parent that it would be a ridiculous amount of homework...nothing prepared me for the reality. My child hates school for the first time in his life. I'm hoping seventh grade is more reasonable.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 29, 2008
This is a great school! School loop is the best program!

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February 25, 2008
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August 24, 2007
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April 06, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2005
Quality of academics is extremely high. they offer a wide variety of advanced classes, including AAA or gate classes. Their new program this year is AVID for college bound students is a progressive step toward helping those student organize their notebooks and maintaining their high grades. This program allow students to tour colleges and involves tutoring from outside professionals. The class also have their own tutorials where the student teach other student who to solve common academic problems, such as writing a better essay. The program will follow them in to at least two local high schools. The math at this middle school is way above the local private school offerings. This improves the students chance for success in high school math courses. My son's social studies teacher is the best he has had. My son used to hate social studies, but this teacher has such a passion for the subject.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 13, 2004
We are new to the school this year but so far the staff has been helpful and kind. The drop-off and pick-up is going fairly well so far considering the amount of traffic it gets.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2004
Niguel Hills is a good school that offers a variety of programs. The teachers are very willing to take time to speak with the parents regarding their childs progress. I particularly like the idea of emailing the grades every week. It allows me to keep track of the homework and test scores. Not having a gymnasium puts the students at a real disadvantage and the phyical education equipment needs to be severely upgraded. I've been told by students that the bathrooms are in dire need of attention.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2004
Ths school has really challenged my son. I love the accountabillty. The comunication with e-mails and teacher web sites are great. However, as a parent, I do feel a little uninvolved. I have yet to be told about any PTA meetings.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2004
Niquel Hills is in dire need of renovations. It is also very overcrowded -- I would guess that there are 30-40 portable classrooms. The sports fields are lovely. I was not impressed.

- submitted by a parent
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Niguel Hills Middle School
29070 Paseo Escuela, Laguna Niguel, CA  92677
(949) 234-5360
Last modified Niguel Hills 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.
Niguel Hills Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 32 reviews. Top