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4201 Fountain Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90029

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(323) 644-6700
(323) 913-3594
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November 23, 2014
My sons are in the 7th grade GAT magnet school. I am not satisfied with this place. Thought it's a gifted arts and tech schools, the teachers are really trained in dealing with with gifted students and there is a lack of any real technology aspect unless pasting pictures into reports is considered technology. Additionally, due to lack of funding, there is no computer given to the students. They can use the library computers, etc. , but not a one to one program as was in place at my kids' elementary school. It's an acceptable neighborhood school, but the fantastic magnet school we had hoped it would be. Too bad for us. Hopefully some of the hard core changes will be made in the future and students will receive an exemplary education. Definately not the case now. Reading through the reviews, I notice a couple of negaticve reviews in the past which are not there....wonder why they have been deleted. I thought a couple were spot on.

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2014
I grew up in the area and I remember when this school had a bad reputation. What a difference the past few years have made! 1. An API jump from the 600's to the mid 800's and rising in the span of a few short years is amazing. 2. The transition to an ALL magnet school (Film, Environmental, and Gifted) has really helped this school blossom. 3. Increased parent involvement with a very active group called the Friends of King. 4. Great teachers who really care about the students (my son is in the environmental studies program). 5. A pretty campus with a lovely vegetable garden smack in the middle of campus. 6.Excellent field trips 7. Great afterschool programs and extracurricular activities. We are so lucky to live in a neighborhood in which all three public schools (elementary, middle, and high school) are excellent!

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2014
There is so much to love about King. I love the trees and garden; I love that the 6th graders are on the hill, a bit separate from the bigger kids; All the teachers are intelligent and invested. A lot of the learning is project-based, clever and stimulating, and multi-disciplinary, too, where the different subjects & teachers feed into one big assignment. This is all GREAT -- in groups, individually...creative engagement that requires imagination and care. Love it! My only issue -- and it is a big one -- is the demolition of the accelerated math track. King has opted to no longer offer Algebra in 7th grade and Geometry in 8th grade. For kids in the GAT who could swing the advanced subject matter, the fact that the accelerated math path has been erased (in alleged compliance with the Common Core) is infuriating. Maybe with enough parent protest, they will reinstate what they formerly offered. On balance, I think TSK is an excellent, understanding middle school. I'm just disappointed by the loss of a true (not just "taught faster") accelerated math program, where mathematically-inclined kids who are ready for more challenge are being told to slow down, and 'wait.'

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2014
This is our son's first year in the Environmental Studies Magnet program. He absolutely loves attending Thomas Starr King Middle School. As a parent, we are so grateful to have extremely dedicated teachers that really care about the students academic success. Our family is very happy to be a part of this school community. Thank you to everyone who works so hard to give our children the very best education.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2014
Our son is in the Arts and Tech Magnet in the 8th grade. He has been there all three years of middle school, and it has been a wonderful experience for him. The teachers, for the most part, are fantastic. Devoted, inspiring and setting the bar high for these kids. I feel our son has developed a real love of learning and being challenged to think outside the box. And we feel King has prepared him nicely for high school. We would highly recommend King to any family looking for a challenging education.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2014
My kids have had a lovely experience in the GAT magnet. Their teachers have ranged from pretty good to outstanding, with many in the "outstanding" category. The one blot was the 7th grade social studies teacher who is an odd character to say the least, but my kids did learn the content (and so did I along with them). BTW my kids LOVED the "militant" 7th grade English teacher referenced below and blossomed in her class. I think this program prepares kids well for academically challenging high school programs. A great option for a neighborhood middle school.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2014
Our son just started at TSK Gifted Arts/Tech "GAT" after a very poor academic experience at Larchmont Charter. So far, we are thrilled with with TSK, both the teachers and the program, but it has been only 2 months. I think this year will continue to be great, but when doing my research on the school, I did hear negative feedback on the teachers for 7th grade. So, I am concerned about next year. I heard that the science teacher is a creationist & a battle-ax to boot, so really hope she is put to pasture by the time my son is in 7th. I am writing this review both to praise the program in 6th and to remind the school admin they need to fix 7th!

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2014
Thomas Starr King has been changing on the inside for years and now that it's 3 magnets and API scores increasing each year is a true testament to the work done before we started. Our daughter attends the Environmental magnet and just loves it. My hubby and are are part of the beautification committee "I Keep King Clean" and see a bright future for generations to come.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2014
Truth-be-told, I spent the better part of my son's elementary school years filled with dread/anxiety about sending him to this school. However, over the past several years things have changed tremendously, and I'm so happy we're here! TSK is now an all-magnet school, which means no more have's/have not's, and all the kids benefit from the same great opportunities. The collaboration between parents/administration/and teachers is pushing this school to new heights and it shows! My son is in the former "home school", which was transformed into the Film & Media magnet, and he is happy and thriving here. There are so many fabulous teachers who care about what they do and the kids they teach and welcome parent involvement. We came from one of the top-rated elementary schools in LAUSD, and as our neighborhood school, TSK is now completely worthy of the students that are filling it's halls. The only down-side is the lack of standard music/art education as part of the core curriculum, but unfortunately, this is a cultural condition, and not a fault of TSK.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2014
Growing and changing. This school is in an amazing process of becoming a true neighborhood and citywide gem. The teachers and families are committed to higher standards of academics and environment. With three magnets the school can accommodate varied interests and challenge levels. The kids have a ton of spirit and Lion pride.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2014
My son is in the 7th Grade Environmental Studies Magnet. We started in 6th and could be happier. The teachers are outstanding, the campus is warm and inviting with mature trees and gardens --feels large but not too large. There is daily PE, music, a great library and the community of kids and parent volunteers (Friends Of King) couldn't be more friendly. He has lots of new friends and said the other day how much he couldn't wait to go back to school because he's having so much fun learning! What more can you ask for? Truly a gem in the LAUSD magnet system.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2014
My son went through the the Arts and Tech program, it was challenging but overall a good fit for our family. Most teachers were personable, approachable, encouraging and engaging. Most classes were enriching and my son enjoyed producing videos and acting out historical skids at the Renaissance Faire. English class in 7th grade was the only negative experience for my son. Though young and energetic the teacher's approach was rigid, militant and simply missed the point of teaching the joy of learning. She failed to help my son when he was struggling, but focused on strict formalities at the cost of crushing his spirit. Overall the Arts and Tech magnet is a great program, however I wish leadership would support parents more when a problem with a teacher arises.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2014
Gifted Arts and Tech Magnet is an amazing program and unbelievable as it sounds, every single teacher is amazing, dedicated, approachable, engaging. The Admin is great, the counselor is terrific. It's a feel good, happy place from the top down to the kids, a really great environment.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2014
The Environmental Studies Magnet is the best! I just graduated and I miss everyone already! The ESM teachers are all great and I recommend it to everyone. I have learned so much - I am so happy my parents sent me to this program. The kids are nice, there is no bullying in the ESM, and the teachers are all warm and caring. I wish I didn't have to leave.

- submitted by a community member
May 28, 2014
i hate this school its the worst whenever u have a problem they just make it worst

- submitted by a community member
May 10, 2014
The Environmental Studies Magnet here is wonderful! My daughter will be graduating in June, after three years in the ESM and I couldn't be happier with my choice. The teachers are amazing.

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2013
I am an 8th grade student attending this school right now. I love it so much here and it's going to be hard for me to say good by. The teachers and staff expect so much from us here and they really push us to do our best. This is the place to send your child.you won't regret it.

- submitted by a community member
December 15, 2013
Wow, the switch to all-magnet really took the school to a whole new level. My son is in 6th grade, at the GAT magnet, and he loves it. Project-based learning, a nice, open campus that is being cleaned up bit by bit. The teachers are excellent, and the curriculum challenging. I am amazed at how many of the magnet kids are coming from Franklin, Ivanhoe, Wonderland, and the Los Feliz arts charter schools. I think King got a bad rap 10-15 years ago and it just stuck.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
I have 2 kids at this school and it has the best organization in place that I have seen. I get informed of every detail that's going on at the school. Campus is clean and students and staff are very courteous. Teachers take every child's needs individually to offer the appropriate help. THere's plenty of supervision, including parent volunteers. My questions are answered and addressed right away. My kids love it and so do I. One thing i wish could get improved is the parking access to parents for events at the school.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2013
I have an 8th grader & a 6th grader in the gifted/arts/tech magnet and am reminded every day what a great school this is. Starting at the helm with the administration, you have a group of people who are extremely approachable, sharp, warm and reasonable. They have a camaraderie that clearly extends to the amazing teachers - they all seem to genuinely like each other and have pride and a team passion, if you will, towards the school and teaching. This in turn extends to the students, who soak up these good vibes in their dynamic classroom settings. The kids are all challenged and not only "taught to the test" as we've been hearing, but inspired every day, pushed and encouraged to think critically, to consider other perspectives, and strive to achieve their best, all while utilizing tools at the forefront of technology and the arts. Socially, the kids feel cared for and supported by the adults, and any discord between students is handled seriously and with the same familial warmth. It's a middle school experience that is unheard of! To top it off, check out our API scores from year to year, now at an impressive 843. Pay attention, you will hear much more about this great place.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2013
King Middle School has changed a lot over the passed 6 years. It has become a better enviroment for the students and more strict staff. I like the fact that things are more together here and I feel comfortable having my child attend here. The Magnet Program is fantastic and I have no complaints once so ever !

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2013
My daughter and our family are thrilled to be a part of making this a true "neighborhood school" that we can be proud of. My daughter had a fantastic academic experience in her first year of the arts/tech gifted magnet program with some fantastic teachers. She was challenged in way that she never has been before. We are all excited about the fact that this is now a 100% magnet school so that EVERYONE in the community has options like never before. There is a strong parental base of involvement, excitement you can feel and forward motion only.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
I'm so proud to be a parent here at King and even prouder that my daughter goes here. Because of quality teachers, great staff, hardworking, involved parents and above all, a great group of young scholars, this school has made leaps and bounds of progress and we've only just begun. The movement, started a few years ago, has mushroomed into King's evolving into the "middle school to be reckoned with", and I'm so excited to be on board to witness and assist this transformation. It does indeed take a village and the King community of parents, teachers, staff and enthusiastic student body...along with the enormous support from our surrounding community, will soon be seen as the premiere middle school in the district. We Love King!

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2013
This school has been said that it's bad, a horrible evniorment but in reality this is a great school. The magnets are wonderful! They are filled with wonderful teachers. Although I had a rough start at first I got to know the school and Iust say it is wonderful. This school also offers great afterschool activities!

- submitted by a community member
February 06, 2013
I am a parent to two student who are attending the new environmental magnet program and I am very pleased how they have attributed the environment in their studies. They have helped a lot and is one of the first school to ban Styrofoam lunch trays. I have a well communication with the teachers through their Edmodo website and Jupiter Grades. I receive emails constantly regarding notices through friends of king (http://friendsofking.org/). I receive their grades through texts and if there is any changes in their grades and what homework or assignments they have missed. Parents are very involved in this school and also volunteer their time to the school. For example we help out with fund raisers, activities, field trips, and volunteering our time during nutrition and lunch. The teachers are excellent with communication which is why I fell in love with the school. The size was overwhelming for me at first and the fact that I didn't get good reviews from previous parents but I am very happy I made the right choice for my boys who are in 6th and 8th grade.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2012
I am a 7th grade student in the Gifted Arts and Technology Magnet. The teachers at this school are great and they have lots of electives and clubs at lunch. They also have an Environmental Studies Magnet and a film magnet coming next year. Some parents might be scared because of the size and worried their kid won't get personal attention when they need it but the teachers and staff really care about the kids and put a stop to problems like bullying quickly. My only problem with this school (a big problem) is the lack of supervision during break times. There are supervisors, but with 1500 kids and a huge campus they really don't have enough. I don't see serious fights or drug use but kids swear a lot and shove each other around. All in all it is a great school and kids and parents who might end up at this school should not be turned off by its size.

- submitted by a community member
November 10, 2011
This school is fantastic. The improvements the teachers and principal have made to ensure the quality experience for every student have been very effective. Whenever there has been a problem, the school has made every effort to correct the situation and maintain contact with the parent in order to ensure that the problem has been resolved. The magnet and LACER program have offered my children opportunities that will lead to healthier minds and ambitious goals. Great job King Middle School!

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2011
This school is awesome. My child is in the magnet program and is being challanged in every class. She comes home everyday excited to be around a group of friendly children. To add, the office staff is parent friendly. We look forward to 7th and 8th grade.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2010
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- submitted by a student
no rating January 27, 2010
i think that this school was okay, well not really alot of bad influences i think that moving schools was the best thing the happened. Then again the teachers there are GREAT! But still i wouldnt recommend anyone to go to this school unless they know what they are doing ?

- submitted by a student
November 28, 2009
I have been in the magnet program for tow years, and all I can say is that these have been the best years of my life! I have 10 favorite teachers there, but I think that it is a little overcrowded. All I can say is that I will never forget Mr Abee, Mr Piumarta, Ms Turcios, Mr Purdy, and all the other teachers that I have met in this school. My parents had a hard time deciding which Middle school I should go to, and I shall never regret the choice that my parents made: sending me to Thomas Starr King Middle School. King MS, YOU ROCK!

- submitted by a student
November 02, 2009
This school is very responsible and has a very beautiful garden! they are environmentally awesome!

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2009
King is a really great school and the teachers are pretty good. The Magnet Program is really good and there is also a geometry class. Since I'm in Magnet, I think that the teachers actually try hard to help the kids learn more about the subject and make it fun too. There is also student council or leadership in King which helps kids learn to take charge and help around the schools. But sometimes I think that the Magnet kids get more things than the regular kids at school such as the electives which isn't fair... Overall, King is actually great!

- submitted by a student
no rating October 03, 2009
This school was a dump just a few years ago but the parents, neighbors, and neighborhood association have rallied to turn it around. We've planted trees, restored a WPA statue in the school courtyard, created a garden, painted and lit the school, started the Myra Underpass Mural Project and put in a magnet program. One amazing teacher, Kirk Palayan, even has a film festival put on by the kids. But, we can do more!

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2009
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November 11, 2008
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November 10, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2008
In my opinion this is a great school. The teachers are good there. It's where I met my favorite teachers. It is a fun school. I made lots of friends there. It is my last year there and I'm attending high school next year. But I will never forget this great school. I would say that the magnet program at King is not so good. The teachers are OK but not that good. I'm in honors and I think it's so much better than being in magnet.

- submitted by a student
October 19, 2007
The King Magnet program is, overall, quite good, but suffers from poor leadership. Fortunately there are a number of great teachers, and the LACER afterschool program is a wonderful place for kids to get together and do homework in a safe and supportive environment.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2007
Right now Im in the 7th grade in magnet. THis school seems to have it all the electives are great and the teachers are cool. I have lerned a lot in king so I think this school is awesome. The only bad thing is that the school is too overcrowded.

- submitted by a student
September 15, 2007
While attending this school, I was in the magnet. I graduated on June, 2005, and am now a junior. I must say this school's magnet and honors program is very good. The teachers there work with the students in order to help them their best. I have a younger brother who attends the school now, and although the electives have slightly changed, it is still a good school. They have great electives to choose from, such as animation, robotics, art, and music.

- submitted by a former student
September 01, 2007
Our child attend the gifted magnet program. The magnet school provided a challenging academic program. Overall, teachers were wonderful especially those that had been at the magnet school for some time. PE and nutrition and lunch times were with the entire school and tended to be rougher. Homework was rigorous - about 2 hours/day including some during weekends and holidays. Overall, I probably wouldn't have sent my child to the regular program but the Magnet was a good alternative for our bright child.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2007
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- submitted by a student
May 12, 2007
Wow, this school seems to have it all. Although it is overcrowded due to LAUSD not coming through on relieving the problem, the school seems like a diamond in the rough. The grounds are clean and have murals, mosaics and many pretty plants and trees. The teaching staff seems dedicated on all tracks and have innovative and dedicated staff. I am fully impressed with this school. I am hoping the district does it's job and comes through for the school to help with the overcrowding.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2007
This is a severely over crowded school, with very rough kids. With over all low testing results I worry that my daughter will not be challenged. Although one of her teachers is very creative and seems to really love teaching. The office staff must be overworked. On a positive note the LACER after school program is fantastic they really care about the kids. They provide exceptional experiences for the children involved.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2006
I was shocked when I read the parent reviews. I can only assume that these were parents whose child was in the magnet program. As a teacher, I found the discipline and follow through on the administration extr emely poor. I understand that the school and classes are over populated, but the students are running the school.

- submitted by a teacher
August 13, 2006
Ms. P, our son's honors algebra teacher is the best ever. Sbe is showing him how to organize his notes and improve his study habits. She is also helping him to come up with his own algebraic equations and be able to explain and give proof of his answers and his understandings of math. He is definately being prepared for the future. There is a new track that looks great. The principal is very knowledgeable and so are the v-ps.

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April 01, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2005
My son has been in the magnet program at this school for 2 years. The teaching staff is exceptional. The quality of curriculum was above and beyond anything I ever thought possible at a public school. Communication between staff and parents is excellent. Also, their free after school activity program, Lacer ,is fantastic.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2005
A great school. Excellent media dept. Dedicated teachers.

- submitted by a former student
August 21, 2005
Great school, los of media - parent involvement.

- submitted by a former student
June 07, 2005
Great sports programs fun to be at! Students are able to choose electives. Has great teachers on all grades. They take great care of you. You will never forget this school. Have classes like art, music, animation, and computers. Always check your hall pass. Your child will never be able to ditch. Take very great care of gangs. Always check your uniform to see if you are wearing somthing different when your not soppose to. The principal is very close to the students. Everyone can help you if you need somthing. Always have parent teachings and parent meetings on things luike gang awarness, change odf uniforms, etc. If your new you get along quick. Lots of basketball courts. There are four baseball fields (the grass is gone though.) If your going to move your student this is the place.

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December 09, 2004
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Thomas Starr King Middle School Film And Media Magnet
4201 Fountain Avenue, Los Angeles, CA  90029
(323) 644-6700
Last modified Thomas Starr King Middle School Film And Media Magnet is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Thomas Starr King Middle School Film And Media Magnet Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 53 reviews. Top