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7-8
Public district
Lake Forest, CA
Students enrolled: 1,368
 

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24642 Jeronimo Road
Lake Forest, CA 92630

(949) 586-3221
(949) 586-3773
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Amount of homework: Just right
July 17, 2015
I can't complain. With my first two, it was pretty manageable. Not too many pointless or busywork assignments. Projects seemed to have value.

- submitted by a parent
Develops respect: Agree
July 17, 2015
They try their best. Doesn't always work, though. Programs are in place to teach this stuff, but I don't know how effective they are.

- submitted by a parent
Develops empathy: Agree
July 17, 2015
They try. The PALS program is designed to teach these values. But they can only do so much to counter the negative messages the kids are learning at home an in the media.

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Agree
July 17, 2015
Serrano tries hard to stomp out bullying and to encourage good values. But I'm not sure most of the kids are getting the message. My kids report lots of swearing and "jerk" kids. But good values are taught best at home. If they're not learning it there, the school can only do so much to fix it.

- submitted by a parent

July 17, 2015
Great teachers, helpful office staff, innovative teaching,, good selection of electives with something for everyone, administration takes reports of bullying seriously. I've had kids there for the last three years, and am about to start another one there.

- submitted by a parent
Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
July 17, 2015
Creative teaching, meaningful projects, hands-on project-based learning. I've been happy with all but one or two of my kids 20+ teachers at Serrano.

- submitted by a parent

April 29, 2015
This is my first year at Serrano Intermediate School. I am in all honors classes, and I know that the Honors System is excellent. We take several field trips in the Honors Program, such as to the Getty Museum. The teachers are all friendly and helpful, along with the staff. School counselors and staff are amazing, and every teacher is excellent at their profession. - Jason (7th Grader as of 2015)

- submitted by a community member

April 12, 2015
I love this school! The teachers are always making sure that we are learning and that we are getting the right amount of education and we are one the best schools. Though we are serious in our studies, we still love to have fun. We have the best middle school dances in the whole district and we have a lot of activities during lunch and break.

- submitted by a community member

July 17, 2014
Reading the one star ratings makes me realize how truly awesome this school really is for my child. My child read them and asked me why there are only a few one star ratings and so many five star ratings. I asked her what she though and she had this to say, 'From reading the one star comments it seems like they were either students who were not involved, or a parent who wants their child to have a statue of them on school grounds for being in honors.'

- submitted by a parent

September 03, 2013
Serrano Intermediate has been a very positive experience for my son thus far. He will be in 8th grade this year and looks forward to high school.

- submitted by a parent

November 12, 2010
As a prospective educator, I observed English and History classes at Serrano Intermediate School and was amazed at the quality of education. Courses were taught in an engaging way for students, with one teacher providing the class with advanced technology, another with interactive group activities, and the last with a well-known song spoof of the Declaration of Independence. English as a Second Language is taught by a very competent and published educator. I would rate this school very highly.

- submitted by a community member

November 10, 2009
My son attended this school and my daughter is currently in 7th grade. Phenomenal teaching staff, very professionla and caring towards the students. The concetrp of no child is left behind really applies to this shcool and how the teachers treat the students. The music and drama programs are fantastic!!! The office staff is also very friendly.

- submitted by a parent

April 19, 2009
If you want to learn about music this is the place to go. The band director rarely has to punish students because he makes the class entertaining. Even though I have to say the teachers can have a lot of favoritism, I enjoyed it there.

- submitted by a student

March 15, 2009
This middle school is excellent. My son sent there 6 years ago and my daughter goes there right now. The teachers are great and they are very good at working with and identifying talented students and encouraging them and pushing them. New gym and other facilities are also a plus.

- submitted by a parent

January 17, 2009
I hated this school. The teacher's were mean and they didn't treat the kids good. The rules were pathetic and lame. The kid's were really nice though and I miss the good times with my friends.

- submitted by a student
no rating
August 26, 2008
My only complaint about Serrano is the large gap between Honors courses and Regular courses. The regular courses are so diluted and basic and the teacher's expectations are quite low. But the Honors are almost too much the opposite.

- submitted by a parent

November 29, 2007
I find this school, the teachers and the principal to be amazing. They are very involved in the success of every child. I receive emails from the teachers notifying me of upcoming tests - one even sent us a study guide to help our child study for a final! The new principal is amazing.

- submitted by a parent

July 24, 2007
I find that this school is largely impersonal, and get the feeling of being a cow, only to be 'herded' through this school without having gotten to know the principle and vice principles. Though most of the teachers were enthusiactic even in events that lacked sense.

- submitted by a student

July 24, 2007
Though into lesson plans, teachrs and faculty at this school lack personability and often only get to know (befriend) students who get in trouble, often failing to recognize students in honors programs or who are high achievers

- submitted by a parent

April 05, 2006
I think the quality of the academic programs is very good. The teachers all all very involved in new projects and highly motivated. There are many extracurricular activities offered in all areas of music, art and sports. Parent involvement is moderate. The new principal is wonderful.

- submitted by a parent

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Serrano Intermediate School
24642 Jeronimo Road, Lake Forest, CA  92630
(949) 586-3221
Last modified Serrano Intermediate School is a Public school that serves grades 7-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Serrano Intermediate School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 28 reviews. Top