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6-8
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Los Angeles, CA
Students enrolled: 1,973
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600 South Mccadden Place
Los Angeles, CA 90005

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(323) 549-5000
(323) 934-9051
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September 26, 2013
John Burroughs Middle School is a great school. The teachers and curriculum are fantastic. Yes

- submitted by a community member
September 19, 2013
I am a parent of an 8th grader. Her experience at John Burroughs Middle School was one of the worst. This school isn't education oriented at all. The teachers here are extremely lazy and unethical. I can name a few: Ms. Corona-the rudest an the most boring teacher. Ms. Davidson-highly unethical, lazy and unmotivated. On top of that, she orders pizza in the middle of class! Ms Abejero-is the WORST of ALL! Not only did she not teach my child anything, she has random mental breakdowns in the middle of her classes. Thick accent, to the point where none of her students understand her. Tests do correlate with the material given in the book or in class! Mr. Edelman is an older gentleman with no initiative or energy to even teach adults. MS. BEVERLY PEARSON-MAGNET COORDINATOR IS BEYOND RUDE! If she cannot speak to us, parents in a respectful way, what should we expect from her when she speaks to our children? Every time a parent comes to her with a certain issue or concern, Ms Beverly Pearson shoo's them away . I have a second child who is a couple of years away from middle school. There is NO way I would put him through what my daughter is going through right now!

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2013
i never attended this school but a family member did this school should improve and the staff should improve i attended emerson junior high in 1970 a much better school and i made lots of friends.

- submitted by a community member
September 10, 2013
My daughter gose here i went here as well as all my other children , my Brothers and sisters this is a great school love the teacher and the Principal.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2013
I graduated from this school in 2008, and have read some of the comments on this site regarding it. Yes, I agree, there were some racial cliques forming when I was in school, too. However, my group of friends were multi-racial and close-knit. (We were Ethiopian, Russian, German, Italian, Thai, Korean, Filipino, and Romanian.) While other kids may have been in their own racial groups, I still feel that so many students had a friendly connection to their teachers. Going to school was something I looked forward to daily, and I'm appalled students in the present generation disagree.

- submitted by a community member
August 09, 2013
Wow. This is an amzing school with amazingly dedicated staff, hardworking principal, and educationally motivated students. The outside is beautifully maintained. This school is at the level of, if not better than, an expensive private school.

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2013
I graduated this year to rate the school it was really bad. I mean if they were going to tell us to fill in a survey about what needs to change I mean shouldn't you try to change it. for example the bathroom was really dirty when I was 6 grade and when I was 7 grade the bathroom was even more disgusting and in 8 grade the bathroom was so disgusting I couldn't stand to go inside but I only went because of my friends. some teachers are nice but I saw a history teacher make her students run around the field and then go to there fourth period after. I didn't even feel safe in this school. I am kind of embarrassed to say I went to that school. just because of there api does not mean they are a good school inside.

- submitted by a community member
July 05, 2013
I went this school and had the best year of my life I school improve more and u DON'T get LOCKERS!

- submitted by a community member
April 30, 2013
My experience here was really cool. I could have rated it a 5 but some staff and teachers are lazy, inconsiderate, and haven't teached us anything. In fact Mr.Edelman was so lazy, ex. he moved project dates, lost hw and projects, forget things, and just doesn't do his job well. Although most of the staff is awesome and the principle does his job well. The campus made me feel safe and a majority of teachers gave me a good education. Love JB.

- submitted by a community member
April 08, 2013
Yes, this is school administration is very unprofessional and the teachers don't care about the students. Magnet coordinator MS. BEVERLY PEARSON is worse person & Mr. Rodriguez is worse teacher.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2013
I recently visited JB for coffee with the principal. I stayed a little over to speak with parents and administrators.The one thing I noticed more than anything was that the safety officer and an older lady with security shirt sat at lunch tables for at least 2 hours straight, on their phones, with no regard to the loitering students, hiding under their noses.I asked about this behavior and was told this was common practice and the principal and safety officer are friends. The plant manager is overworked. The man is amazing. I saw him fast walking from 8:00a till the time I left which was around 10a. It was him who opened the gate for me to leave as the safety officer was too busy socializing on his phone. On the same visit, LAPD was interviewing a parent in said safety officers office, and to my amazement was a HUGE, brand new, flat panel TV propped on a bookcase in his office.My child says teachers have no supplies yet the safety officer has a T.V. in his office?The principal must have taken a public relations course because his answers are always open ended. Nothing is ever concrete. "we're looking into it." type of answers. Be weary. API is not the end all be all in choosing JB.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2013
As an 8 th grade student I have to say this school is horrible. I was in orchestra but left cause of the harrassment my teacher gave me. He was rude to me and always gave additude, The pricipal didnt seem tol care at all Anyways because of this teacher some students want to leave the school.

- submitted by a community member
January 19, 2013
As a 7th grade magnet student here, I am having some great time. If I was to compare from 6th to 7th, I would say I gained like 50 more friends and the're all awesome. The best thing of this school is the Leadership class. The candidates have to say speeches and then there are elections. As the current 7th grade secretary, I won't just say the good things of this school. Yes, this school has nice teachers who are very fun (like the only 7th grade magnet science teacher), but there is too much of popularity at this school. Basically you can't do anything good here, other than being a smart kid, with out popularity. But even sometimes the smart kids who are very lonely, get bullied and then they start to do bad. To say the truth, I would say that this bullying thing has decreased over the two years I have been here so far. The new system of the bully box in the website has made it safer. But still there is some space to improve.I would recommend this school to the parents who are looking for a good school, but here is a recommendation: DON'T SEND YOUR CHILD TO THIS SCHOOL IF THEY DO NOT KNOW HOW TO DEAL WITH POPULARITY. SEND THEM TO THIS SCHOOL ONLY IF THEY KNOW HOW TO DEAL WITH IT!

- submitted by a community member
November 12, 2012
My son is in the gifted magnet and I think it has been a great experience. He is now in the 8th grade and it has been the best year for him. While we all want to believe that our child is the most special little thing that the world has come to know, the truth is that many of the kids in Gifted Magnet (and SAS) are special, once you understand that, things will go smoother for everyone. Many parents make too many comparisons between the kids, when they're all bright, they all got there through test scores, achievements or intelligence evaluations. The school offers various programs and the competitiveness amongst students is healthy. Many kids motivate one another to do well. It's amazing that my child looks forward to going to school and he motivates others as well. Now the reason for 4 stars instead of 5. I agree that favoritism plays out and this has left a bad taste in my mouth. This statement goes for administration and teachers. They are also pretty good at covering up their behinds, when needed. They might think they're slick but they're not. BUT on a positive note, *overall*, I'm pleased with the school because most of the teachers are challenging and and my kids loves it.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2012
I'm not sure how much this school changed over the past few years but my experience has not been a spectacular one. Racism and favoritism are prevalent. Does your child get straight As in this middle school? That's probably because this particular middle school hands out As like they hand out tissues. They are probably not learning anything. Does your kid get at Cs? Well, you have a problem child that doesn't even bother to put his/her name on a single piece of paper. When the little middle school students move onto high school, they will face academic hardships. It's really not surprising. It's a low budget school with hardships on its own. I'm not generalizing. Some teachers put in their best effort. However, as time progresses, they tend to give up. Is it the limited budget? Or the careless students? Careless staffs?

- submitted by a community member
May 14, 2012
Although they pride themselves on their reputation, the staff is rude, lazy,apathetic, unqualified and indifferent. They are big on rules, but not on anything else. The staff sneaks to their cars to use their cell phones. I can't stand this school and it is a far cry from what it once was. Too bad.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2012
Great school, great staff! My experience with JB is that it is an excellent school with a very caring staff. I am amazed at the extra curricular activities the school is able to offer in lieu of the dismal budget that all schools need to contend with. I had one child attend as part of the Magnet program and another child is currently attending the regular program. Both children received the same high level of instruction and more importantly support. Like every other school in the district; it is over crowded but the staff at JB do not use that as an excuse to let children fall through the cracks. Keep up the great work!

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2012
The school is being run on favoritism. They have unqualified and inexperienced staff in positions they shouldn't hold. For example, Special Ed. Coordinator, does not have the credential necessary to hold an out of classroom position yet holds it. School safety officer and campus aides do absolutely nothing all day other than fraternize amongst each other in what appears to be a day long lunch for them. I am glad my child is leaving as it is apparent that children with special needs are some kind of dark secret to the administration at JB.

- submitted by a community member
January 08, 2012
Terrible School, tons of racism and fights. Staff are uncaring and lazy, and do not help students. If you must send your kid here sign them up for the Magnet program, if not, avoid at all costs

- submitted by a community member
December 15, 2011
I am currently an 8th grader at this school, and I've really enjoyed my few years here! I've made lots of new friends, since there are over 2000 different students here! There are rarely any kinds of fights here, and the campus is pretty neat and clean. I've been in the SAS program ever since 6th grade, and I really like it! Some of the teachers here, however, don't teach properly, either because they can't handle the big classes or because they are too lazy. Overall, I'm really glad to be in this school!!

- submitted by a community member
November 01, 2011
This school was a great school when I attended here and my siblings also excelled but sadly all good things come to an end. I enrolled my daughter at this school due to my fond memories and sibling encouragement. I regret my choice. I have paid private lesson in music for my daughter since she was 4 in the violin at Colburn. Last year she auditioned and requested orchestra with excitement that was short lived. Her teacher informed her that she was too young to join the senior orchestra and that he didn't care if she could play better than half of the class. He advised my daughter to help him teach and administer to the students with less experience. I spoke to this teacher and even offered a recommendation letter from her private violin teacher and he just ignored me and said that i can't always change things. He is the teacher and the school follows his decisions good or bad. I then spoke to my child's counselor and requested a transfer of class with no success. Within that year my child and other parents and students were informing me of bad language the teacher used with the students and his yelling. This teacher was fired but re hired due to lack of music teachers. Bad......

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2011
This is a REALLY good school. Most of the teachers are up to scratch, and it has a safe environment. Speaking as a student I can say that I've never seen a serious case of bullying at the school, and I have it was stamped out quickly. The drama program there is especially professional.

- submitted by a community member
June 19, 2011
My Son enjoys this school. He is a magnet student, doing exceedingly well. I am happy I selected this school as his middle school. I really pray his 7th and 8th grade years are as successfull or even grander than his 6th grade year. As a 6th grader, he shared with me how much he adored and learned much from his magnet teachers. He is looking forward to his remaining years there...:) Go BEARS!!! :)

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2011
This is really a great school. Not only is it located in a safe area, but it has great academics, especially with the science teachers.

- submitted by a community member
August 27, 2010
"Tell me who you hang out with and I will tell you who you are." Words uttered often by my parents and now that I have two teenagers one that is attending J.B. I often utter those same words as often as I can. Fortunately my children and their friends choose friends based on character rather than by their physical appearance. This review seems to show the individual's bias towards different ethinicities and only a person with the same mentality would agree. My daughter is in the magnet program and is concurrently enrolled at a Community College where she also holds a 4.0. Not bragging, just making a point. Because of J.B. my daughter is one of the few seventh grade females at a public school who has flown a Cesna. Perhaps what this writer is looking for is a narrow minded private school. Thanks J.B. for the quality education.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2010
This school's pretty good. The only problem is that most kids are in magnet and some of them really don't belong there. At least 5 or 6 in all of my classes have an F U U on their report cards. And they never get kicked out of the magnet program!

- submitted by a community member
August 02, 2010
John Burroughs Middle School is one of the top middle school's in the district. We just came in second in the Academic Decathalon behind Paul Revere. We offer outstanding electives such as drama, which staged a professional-level production of "Guys and Dolls" this spring. Both of my daughters came with me to the evening performance and loved it. I am so proud of my hard-working, hands-on experiment loving students. My fellow teachers are great at collaborating and working together to support the students. Our new principal is fantastic, and we all look forward to an even more rigorous program under his leadership. With more than 2000 students be sure to approach us if you need help so you don't feel overlooked. We are here for our students and parents.

- submitted by a teacher
July 24, 2010
This school prepares you to be racist and depressed. Not only that, this school is corrupt. While uniform is mandatory, one student's father donated a huge sums of money to this school. JB allowed this student to violate the uniform code; wearing jeans and t-shirts. What kind of lesson does that teach to other children? Gang fights are no big news.This school is mostly composed of minorities: Black, Hispanic, and Korean. You stick with your own kind in this school. You do not see any interracial friendship but only hostility. Most children are coming from lower class and no wonder where they get their manners from. Most teachers loses desire to teach in such violent and overcrowded classrooms. This school makes your child lose utter innocence. If you want your child to join a gang, do drugs, or confused in highschool, THIS IS THE RIGHT SCHOOL!

- submitted by a community member
July 22, 2010
This school is unfortunately much more pleasant and impressive on paper. After attending John Burroughs for one too many years, I am able to say first-handedly that this school is nowhere near a "great school". Rather, the students have to deal with extremely inappropriate teachers, daily fights and an education consisting of learning to properly punch during 6th period science. As previously stated, this school is much better on paper and was most likely a wonderful school-- 25 years ago.

- submitted by a community member
June 03, 2010
Yes, this is school administration is very unprofessional and the teachers don't care about the students.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2010
I totally agree with you; this malpractice has been for years in this school. I thought I was alone in this. We must formally report this to the local district and superintendent. Most administrators and teachers in this school work together among them to cover up themselves in their wrong doings. They are not putting our students first; they are putting their personal interest first.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2010
The staff at this school displays a very poor attitude towards the students and the parents. They have failed the students and the leadership at this school is extremely poor. IT'S A TITLE I SCHOOL. My child has had only about 3 good teachers over the past few years. Some of the 8th grade teachers do not respond to parent request, letters or emails. They should not be allowed to get away with this, but that is a sign of the poor leadership at this school. Avoid the school if at all possible, plan ahead and do some serious homework. LA is not known for its schools, as they are amongst the worse in the country.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2010
the school is great. the teachers are very very caring. most people are really nice. you can always get help. you just gotta cchoose the friends you have there. [warning to all future J.B. students]

- submitted by a student
no rating April 14, 2010
JB is a great school where Administration and Parents work together for the Students academic success!

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2010
I was a student a JB. It was a great school! It was very easy to make friends! I miss JB very much! I think JB was one of the best schools I ever went to.

- submitted by a student
January 10, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2010
I'm am a new student at JB and I already have like 50 friends!!! The teachers are great but the classes may be a bit to large:)

- submitted by a student
December 11, 2009
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- submitted by a student
November 07, 2009
This school is the best school a student can attend the teachers rock they care about you succeding and if you're having a problem the counselors are always making sure youget the right school Im now in 8th and has really helped me

- submitted by a student
no rating November 07, 2009
JB has a great spirit that springs from our student population! My beautiful students inspire me to try to be a better person everyday.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 07, 2009
it is a smart school the staff are very helpfull

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2009
I think that jbms is a great school. As a mother im proud of the school. The school has excellent programs and gives us really good information on diferrent subjects. The parent meeting are great they give alot of information about whats going on in the school. God bless the teacher, and all the staff at john burroughs middle school. :)

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2009
Burroughs Middle School has the best academic program of any middle school in California. Dedicated hard working teachers and support staff make this possible.

- submitted by a community member
no rating November 06, 2009
The students are great there, as are the staff. I've taught science there now for a few years, and wouldn't want to teach anywhere else. The principal is very motivated to be involved in the school, and works very hard to give our kids the -'You can all go to college message!' Burroughs believes in its students. Like I said- great staff and great students. I love Burroughs!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 05, 2009
JBMS has excellent teachers and administrators that focus on the education of our children. It's a very organized school and has several programs and information.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2009
I have to use this space to thanks teachers like Dr. Cohen, Ms Helal, Ms Armendaris , just to mention some of them, for been so helpful and patient with the students. Teachers, staff, administrators , parents, all work together to prepare and motivate our kids to be ready for college and to be grate citizens. JB is one the best schools in Southern California.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 05, 2009
Support at this school has been great. I appreciate all the teachers and support from the administration.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 05, 2009
JB has the best teachers, administrators, staff, students, and parents/guardians. Why wouldn't any child not want to attend school here? Our students learn from the best.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 05, 2009
John Burroughs Middle School has the best teachers that take time to help out their students.As a graduate from John Burroughs I have seen how the school really keeps up with the students and how they care for each and every one of them.Aside from all the classes and teachers Burroughs also has great activities for all its students that we all enjoy.Overall it's an Awesome school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
I have had the opportunity to take part consecutively for the last 6 years at the school. In that time I have learned from every person who is a part of this school. The staff members are continuously giving their best best efforts to our students. Mrs McKay (principal) has created a perfect team that involves students, teachers, staff, coordinators, assistant principals, secretaries, nurse, and safety personnel. In my opinion John Burroughs has an open door and everyone is comfortable and together solve what is needed and work together to improve the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
I appreciate the support in the two years that I have been at this school. Communication is very important here. It is the first time that I have had direct contact with the principal in the two years that I had my daughter enrolled at John Burroughs, which is very good.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
I love John Burroughs MS because there is a lot of pride, children are treated with respect, and we have great parents who work with us to continue in our quest to make JB the best it can be!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
They motivate their students!

- submitted by a community member
November 03, 2009
The staff, parents and students all work to make every day the best. Great school.....My kids love it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
Blue Ribbon School that focuses on College Prep for all students. My daughter loves it there. The teachers are great, the staff and the surrounding community. They always put the students first. There is a great afterschool program for the kids and their Test Scores are great!

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2009
This is a wonderful community - John Burroughs M.S. - The school image is great. The administration along with teachers and students as well as the parents are united as one team and this is what makes the school flow so wonderfully. I love the fact that they are a public school with a complete private school image. Keep up the great work JB Middle School !

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 08, 2009
My child has come out of her shell since she has been going to this school. Thanks to all the wonderful teachers she has had

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2009
an awesome school with great teachers, although many of them are getting laid off. has a good library too.

- submitted by a student
August 05, 2009
I'm a parent of a JB student who graduated recently. My son received a very good education at JB; and his teachers were highly motivated teachers. My thanks and appreciation to the whole administration for an excellent service to our community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 19, 2009
Outstanding! I attended my nieces' 8th grade graduation today and thought is was the Best commencement I have ever attended! The Administration, Principle, Teachers, Staff, Parking Staff, absolutely everyone I came in contact with was an Outstanding, Positive person! Hats Off to JB! and Thank You All!

- submitted by a community member
June 09, 2009
Great school! I love it and I am proud to be a part of it! I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! Good: Fun, friendly, and teachers don't bug you every minute of the day! Also the teachers are funny even as they teach you! I know this because I attend this school right now as a 7th grader. It includes many activities like orchestra, drama, sports, dances (only if u WANT to go to them...they are afterschool and u eat In N Out burgers) and even fair-like events! Bad: You don't get your own locker, except for PE and there are so many people who attend here. But the more the merrier right?

- submitted by a student
April 15, 2009
hey. well as a graduate of John Burroughs Middle School i am very proud to say that this is a wonderful school. It has challenging programs to offer such as Magnet, SAS, AVID. JBMS has wonderful teachers who dedicate their time to enrich students academically. They also have great staffs. They have cool clubs to join and wonderful P.E. teachers. They have many athletics events to enjoy from. For example, Students Run Los Angeles(SRLA). It was really fun running the 2007 marathon. It really prepared me for highschool and i am currently a straight A student taking AP classes. I really recommend this school. Thank you JBMS!!

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April 07, 2009
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December 29, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
December 27, 2008
since I go there and will be graduating this year, I will say that it is a good school and the staff is very nice.

- submitted by a student
December 25, 2008
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- submitted by a student
November 16, 2008
I have attended this school from 2003-2006. I feel this school has prepared me well for highschool. The curriculum is rigerous and the teachers provide an environment suitable for all types of learning styles. The school is located in a wonderful area and has a diverse student body! Of all the middle schools within this area, John Burroughs is certainly on my list as number one.

- submitted by a student
September 05, 2008
This is a great school if your child is the SAS program like myself. The teachers are great and you really grow to respect them in every way.KUDOS to Ms.Sexton and Ms.Okamura.

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September 05, 2008
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August 25, 2008
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- submitted by a student
August 19, 2008
i am in the magnet program of john burroughs. i will be graduating nest year, 2009. so far i have been satisfied with the school. it is a great school to attend. i would definitely recommend this schol

- submitted by a student
June 21, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating May 03, 2008
I have attended this school for the years 2006-2008, and I did not have a good experience. This school is very disappointing. My parents hardly ever get to see the principal, and the classes they have aren't very good. Some of the teachers are nice, but others provide no education. The activities there are also very below average material. I do not recommend this school to others.

- submitted by a student
March 26, 2008
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February 29, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating February 20, 2008
I attended JBMS 2006-2008 i love this school alot it really isnt like any other middle school at all nothing compares to it here the sas and magnet progrmas are terrific and to you all parents this school is the best and it makes me feel like its my second home

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February 15, 2008
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January 10, 2008
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November 16, 2007
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October 30, 2007
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- submitted by a student
no rating September 17, 2007
I love the school and so does my son which is the most important thing he said'he feels safe there'

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2007
Burroughs is a great m.s. The teachers are intelligent, creative, and demanding. The people who think they are too tough are the excuse makers. Safety and discipline could be improved upon by reducing the # of students. The school was designed for 1500 but has over 2200 students. Burroughs should be allowed to limit their population. This action would lead to not only a safer, less crowded campus but also smaller class sizes.

- submitted by a teacher
June 27, 2007
Messages never delivered. Misinformation. Passing the buck. They need to clear out Administration or they will continue to degrade.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 27, 2007
I attended JB for 2006-2008 and overall, I give the school a thumbs up. The teachers were great, and they really do care. They taught me how to actually think about your future instead of sitting around and waiting for the last minute. The only problem I saw was the lack of cooperation by the administration, and little funding for the non-SAS or MAGNET kids. I remember MAGNET kids getting to go on field trips three times a year or more while the regular kids got none. What got me really annoyed also, was being transferred to many different offices just to clear absenses or ask for transcripts.

- submitted by a former student
April 30, 2007
The school is great. But the teachers are not so great. The teachers either give too much work or little work at all. I should know i'm a student there.Teachers here don't get us very far. It is great if you want to see more than one ethnicity but usually they stay in their own racial groups.Plus no one really wears their uniform. So you may want to rethink about sending your kid to this school!

- submitted by a student
January 17, 2007
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- submitted by a student
September 22, 2006
This is my daughter's second year at JB and I am please. Lastyear 2 teachers really made a positive influence on my daughter, Mr Eserky(maybe misspelled) and Mr Brandon. Kudos! Keep up the good work! On another note I wish there was afterschool transportation for those Magnets students who do need it.

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September 20, 2006
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September 07, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
May 10, 2006
My daughter attended 2003-2006, and will graduate. I am disappointed with the level of teaching from most of the teachers. It seems like parents do most of the teaching. Many of the parents seem to feel the same way. Alot of the students are either going to Score, Sylvan or some other tutoring program to keep their skills up to grade level. The teachers also bombard the kids with excessive projects with extremely short periods for completion and expect college level work. I am glad that my child is graduating this year and will hopefully not have these issues in High School.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2006
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March 06, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
February 20, 2006
The school is not bad as some other school on the behavi0r side, but the staff is not very concerned about the students learning starting with the front office. Counselor are just there not really guiding the graduating class or the non graduating students.The school needs a new prinicipal and the someone to revamp their resource class for kids with learning difficulties.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2006
The main issue for this middle school is the large number of students, nearly 2300! But despite this, academic achievement as well as attendance remain high and stable. The gifted magnet prepares students well for high school magnet programs; the school for advance studies is there for neighborhood children who don't have enough points for the magnet but are qualified as accelerated learners. Every 8th grade student visited a local college campus last year, and every 8th grader this year got to take a sample PSAT test. There is an after-school program every day, including a new language class. There is an active parent group, able to provide extra equipment and teacher stipends.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2006
This school was a great exprience for my son. He got to meet alot of different nationalities and learned a great deal from his teachers. I think they were very concerned about his education and when he wasn't doing well they informed me. Ms. Pearson the magnet coordinator is great! There wasn't alot of extracurricular activities that interested my son. Parents are totally involved and any parent concerned about there child's education should be.

- submitted by a parent
December 29, 2005
It is an excellent school for the highly motivated self driven student. THe magnet program is superb. It's Special Ed. classes are not closely monitored, and the population (2,200) is too large for a school designed for 1,500. The administration APs are very competent and good parents themselves. Particularly, Mary Allwright, and Ms. Childers who are very committed to the child's success. Too many children to monitor, not enough parent involvement, and major traffic congestion.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2005
Excellent school to send your 'lazy' gifted child to - they'll learn to work. High academic standards, discipline.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2005
This school has a very high Quality of academic programs and good teachers Many activities are available at this school. Availability of music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities. The students overall has a high sense of acheivement. I was very pleased and my daughter liked this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2005
My comments on this school is that I think that the parents are very involved and that they have firsthand knowledge on whats happening. the Quality of academic programs are outstanding. Availability of music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities Level of parent involvement is high. Teachers are awesome!

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2005
Don't let the great upscale location of this school fool you into thinking that those are the only studnets who attend. Much at JB has changed over the years and not for the better

- submitted by a former student
no rating September 08, 2005
The list of electives is deceptive. When I tried to sign my son up for electives for 7th grade, the first elective I asked about was Spanish for Native Speakers. I was told the class would not be offered. When I asked about putting him in Spanish 2, I was told that was only for people who took Spanish 1. So I signed him up for French 1 as his first choice. He did not get in French 1, or any of the electives he signed up for. When I inquired as to why he didn't get in French 1, I was told it was not being offered. The only language they offer is Spanish. And this is a gifted magnet! This is a travesty. I inquired about Korean too, since I thought the school had a Korean program. I've been told that is being phased out!

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2005
JB proveded great support for my childs special needs in academics. For sports they offered flag football, which was good for my son to get involved in. I was involved with his academics from the begining and I also got great support from most of his teachers. One teacher that I thank the most was Mr. Rich. He's a wonderful teacher and never did he give up on my son. He was able to reach my son and helped him turn things around by positive reiforcement. My son graduated with good grades and also received an award for one of the top Mathematics in aglebra.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2005
JB is a great school. I am an ulumni of JB and now my 14 year old 2005 graduate of JB is an ulumni also. He had a wonderful 3 years just as I did. There were way more students attending JB with my son than with me in my day, but the academic and social levels are still standing strong. Hats off to JB and Staff!

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2005
My child is a student here, I truly believe that the school is overcrowded. The uniform policy is a good one. The majority of the staff are great teachers, however I have encountered a few teachers that act like kids. Mr. Lee who is the 8th grade counselor, is very fair and tries his best to be their for the kids.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2005
This is an above average school. There are some awesome teachers. The school does have a bit of disconnect. There is a large population of multi-languages spoken at JB. The SAS and magnet is good. I really don't like how some of the students dress and behave.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2005
Stong level of parental involvement. Good quality academic instruction. Wonderful Spanish instructor! No sports available. Excellent SAS.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2005
I had a wonderful time being an involved parent at my son's middle school, John Burroughs. He made great friends and his school work didn't suffer at all! He enjoyed his three years there and left feeling like he had really accomplished a lot.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2005
Much too big of a school. Even the magnet teaches are overwhelmed. Kids get lost in the masses.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2005
I am a student at the highly gifted magnet section of this school, and really belive that John Burroughs provides a great learning enviroment. It has many afterschool programs and activities such as fenching, drama, and the cadet corps, as well as many facilities including the gyms, grounds, and the tennis courts. It is really a great school.

- submitted by a student
February 23, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
February 09, 2005
There are a few teachers that seem to care, but the rest are very negative. The principal is rarely seen and there is a lack of a discipline plan which affects the classroom and teaches students that they are not held accountable for their actions. Class sizes are up to 40 in a class. JB seems to have one of the most negative atmospheres I have seen in schools.

- submitted by a teacher
January 07, 2005
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- submitted by a student
January 06, 2005
Great school with motivated teachers and advanced classes

- submitted by a former student
December 08, 2004
John Burroughs is a good school. They have a manget and sas program. They also have a program for the disabled. They have a r4egular program and they have ESL.

- submitted by a student
November 23, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
July 04, 2004
Burroughs has suffered the loss of a wonderful principal. This first full year under a new leadership has clearly shown me how instrumental a good principal is to the success of a school. Things have been in disarray and the school is suffering a leadership void.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2004
When my son's father and I checked my son into JB, we were told it was a school popular with parents from all over the city. I don't know why. The unprofessional, immature, and irresponsible attitudes of many teachers and staff sabotage the potential for an excellent learning environment. Minor infractions are zealously penalized to the point of academic sacrifice. IB may have once been a great school back in 19... There are some outstanding teachers and administrators there, but overall I wouldn't recommend the school to any person.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2004
If your child attends John Burroughs, you must either work part-time or not at all! Various teachers' classrooms require constant auditing; administrators simply do not follow-up on important issues; certain teachers' grading scales have no standards; and racial prejudice is at an all-time high. I chose this school for my son because the location is close to home, and after having done my due diligence on the LAUSD site by reviewing the school statistics and test scores, believed it would serve my son's learning experience well. Parent participation is a must in order to maximize your child's academia! Having grown up in Los Angeles, I am truly dismayed by the blatant disrespect that students show to adults, and visa versa. Mutual respect is a major pillar for a healthy learning environment!

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2004
This school has an amazing academic value but does poorly in the staff. Much of the staff will only deal with certain childrens problems and not others.

- submitted by a student
March 18, 2004
Sorry to say that JB is one of the worst schools I have ever seen the school could be safe some times but the teachers and Administrators are way to harsh on the students what about helping the kids and lightning up a little the kids will be nice to u if you are nice to them. I give this school the worst rating.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2003
John Burroughs has changed considerately for the worse since a new principal arrived last February. Two of the four assistant principals are brand new administrators, as is the principal herself. Unfortunately, this massive inexperience at the helm is slowly making a once great school dysfunctional. I hope the Board of Education intervenes before it is too late. I am sending my 6th and 8th graders to Palms in the Spring.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
I attended John Buroughs magnet for sixth through eighth grade and I can tell you that this school is one of the best in LA. I learned a lot from this school: the campus is clean and safe due to security personnel roaming around the campus; when it comes to teacher quality, I give a 5 because teachers at JB always helps the students when they are struggling; there is also a tutoring program before and afer school. For extracurricular activities JB has got it all, they have a program called BLAST which teaches the students to cook, be newspaper journalists, fencing and they also have a California Cadet corps training program. For parent involvement JB have programs like Friends of JB and Coffee with the Principal every month. For discipline, JB has detention after school which is headed by a retired US navy officer who also teaches 8th grade science! These are just some of the great programs at JB if you are planning your child to attend John Burroughs, I encourage you to do so this school has got it all your children will make new friends on the first day guaranteed!

- submitted by a former student
August 26, 2003
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- submitted by a former student
August 26, 2003
It is a really good school. You can not find all excellent teachers they do have more than most schools. I do know the reading program is excellent in helping your child to read

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2003
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John Burroughs Middle School
600 South Mccadden Place, Los Angeles, CA  90005
(323) 549-5000
Last modified John Burroughs Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
John Burroughs Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 128 reviews. Top