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Los Altos, CA
Students enrolled: 556

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100 West Portola Avenue
Los Altos, CA 94022

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(650) 917-2200
(650) 949-3748
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January 20, 2015
All teachers are above-average on their teaching and caring. It is sad to know that they only get paid minimum wage. The school itself is disappointing because of an unfair principal. If you cannot give money or get a good score on tests you are discriminated by her. By god, this is a PUBLIC SCHOOL! She is the worst role model, giving unreasonable examples and suspension. She almost breaks the law to get students in trouble. The students didn't even break the rule! Let them live naturally you ***. Everyone is brainwashed by the money-hogger. It's time she gets retired.

- submitted by a community member

July 20, 2014
Among the best middle school in the area after doing much research and excellent community feel.

- submitted by a community member

April 19, 2014
This school has some stellar teachers who really care. However the principal has proven to be worthless. She does not care about students as demonstrated by the fact that she allows many low performers to be funneled into remedial math classes only to languish there with little to no instruction. This is a dire problem with 8th grade. Talking her to her is maddening because she simply does not care what you think and fails to honor the opinions of those receiving the "services". She thinks she knows more than anyone else about everything at Egan. She suffers from a terrible case of "certainty" and it's high time she and her damaging practices be retired.

- submitted by a parent

October 29, 2013
The principal here is given a primed group of students who would probably succeed anywhere (i.e. "award winning demographics"), however she is unresponsive and patronizing towards parents who want simple information. It's time for this principal to retire!

- submitted by a parent

May 06, 2013
This school is definitely a school that your kid should go to. This is the best school I've ever been to.

- submitted by a community member

December 17, 2012
Egan provides a calm and comfortable place for most children. They focus on the API score. It fits in with the lifestyle of Los Altos. Pleasant and not so challenging. Few clubs and extra curricular activities. The teachers are competent and experienced but the school is not cutting edge. However for the average student, its a safe place to be . For the curious child, it is not very stimulating. Most LASD schools are faced with stiff competition from a local charter school which should serve as a wake up call. The charter has lots of problems otherwise they could take over Egan.

- submitted by a parent

June 09, 2012
Egan is a jewel of a school and a model of the public system for middle school. It is demanding, the teachers are passionate and inspiring, but it is an environment in which the expected student difficulties are supported by a senior staff that just "gets" what it is like to be a young teenager at a key life transition. This is a place where it is expected to make mistakes, and you will find the support and true learning of that experience. It is not just about academics, but about growing the individual. Our son is not a high-flier, flirted with F for a variety of reasons,but I have no doubt that this experience at Egan will set him up in the best way for high school and beyond.

- submitted by a parent

October 20, 2011
Egan is an absolutely wonderful school. The transition into the seventh grade can be difficult for some students but as long as you keep up with the work, everything is excellent. Egan was by far the best experience I have ever had during my adolescence. The transition from Egan to LAHSflowed very well and I was well prepared in every one of my classes. Beware that Egan can set the bar too high because some of its teachers are so incredible!

- submitted by a community member

June 01, 2011
I am very proud that my kid was a studet of this school! I am looking forward to be have a look on thid school again.

- submitted by a parent

June 15, 2010
Mrs Dyckman is very discriminatory about kids requiring special ed. She does everything in her power not to accept enrollment of any kids who requires special ed: In our case, she did this by being extremely non-cooperative. When we insisted, she threatened us about taking the issue to the court so that the judge can force the kid to attend some other school "which can provide better support for the kid". She did not strike me as a principle who cares the best interest of the kids. She is only interested in kids who can fit her standard of "normal". The worst part is my kid is not even challenged academically (gets all As and Bs). Even though she did not even know my kid, she did not even bothered to learn/ask about my kid.

- submitted by a parent

January 29, 2010
By far my greatest experience I have had during my entire schooling process. The teachers are well educated, connected to one another, and interactive with the students. There is no group exclusions and the school activities really help unify the school. Egan has healthy food products and offer great preparation classes to the students preparing them for high school in tremendous ways. Everyone takes their work seriously and I had so much fun being able to meet new people. There are so many great classes offered at this school and I had such an amazing experience.

- submitted by a student

March 26, 2009
Egan's culture is very respectful of the middle-schooler. The principal has hired a very strong staff that adhere to this culture. My daughter was well prepared for high school, especially in writing, math and science.

- submitted by a parent
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October 06, 2008
We had 3 students go through this school and it is the most outstanding middle school in the state. Most of this is due to the leadership of the principal Mrs Dyckman. The level of instruction, particularly in Spanish was at an extremely high level. The school particularly kept bullying under control and really cares.

- submitted by a parent

May 07, 2006
Quality of teachers is not homogeneous. Some are excellent. I found 7th grade English particularly weak. Mr Schneider's science, Mr. Rosen history, Ms. Beeman English are excellent. Team sport program are exteremely selective, there aren't many opportunities for not so good players.

- submitted by a parent

February 01, 2006
Excellent, dedicated teachers, a wonderful principal and staff. The only downside is the amount of stress this school places on 7th and 8th graders.

- submitted by a parent

June 21, 2005
The academic curriculum is satisfactory. There are a lot of really good teachers and some not so good teachers. Math classes are at different levels. The elective classes are very fun and productive. Egan offers chorus, band, orchestra, art, foods, newspaper, yearbook, French, Spanish, tech, and computers.

- submitted by a student

March 31, 2005
Egan is a fairly good school. The teachers are very good and responsive. Its weaknesses are in the area of electives. The choices are very very limited, and the quality of teaching drastically deterioriates.

- submitted by a parent

February 05, 2005
Good job of teaching the kids how to get organized to keep track of all assignments. Teachers seem to be enthusiastic and good. I wonder how rigorous it is, my child doesn't have much homework, although others say they do.

- submitted by a parent

June 19, 2003
Egan is a high quality school. The principal, teachers and the families are all high quality.

- submitted by a community member
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Ardis G. Egan Junior High School
100 West Portola Avenue, Los Altos, CA  94022
(650) 917-2200
Last modified Ardis G. Egan Junior High School is a Public school that serves grades 7-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ardis G. Egan Junior High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 24 reviews. Top