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6-8
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Los Angeles, CA
Students enrolled: 823
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12500 Braddock Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90066

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(310) 578-2700
(310) 821-3248
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August 15, 2014
my son came here in mid 7th grade and found the marine science program which he is now thriving in 8th grade Honors!! I give a lot of credit to the marine science teachers who implement walking field trips to the beach, Ballona Wetlands, ocean safety day (fun!!) learning about oceanography, science/marine mammals while students are actively relating to one another. Also, I feel the Principal is ACTIVELY engaged with the students, I have seen them come up to her and hug her like a mother! This year I have walked into the school and found her readily available at the counter in the office. She informed me that Marina just recently received NEW computers!! This is a big plus!! Last year my son came into the school that had some academic issues, but this year was placed in all Honors classes as his teachers can see he is capable of the work as long as he is stimulated! Thanks to the teachers working with me, my son is now doing well socially, emotionally and academically! This year he will learn robotics (underwater!) and a marine science field trip to Catalina!! Came home ecstatic about his new teachers Mr. George, Mr. DeVault! So far, Marina has done a great job with my student!

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2013
My daughter attends the Performing Arts program and loves it. She LOVES her music class and is doing exceptionally well academically. The school is not perfect but what school is. As long as my daughter is happy and engaged and her grades are good I can't say anything bad.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2013
Just like any other school it has problems but overall the school is great with the new principal you can already see the difference. The music teacher is good just not with middle school students!

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2013
My school is Marina Del Rey performing arts magnet. We love our school and the school community. My daughter has done some amazing things since she started school here.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2013
My son went through all 3 years here and my daughter is now in 7th grade. We love it. It is a dynamic, diverse middle school which my kids feel (felt) an important part of. Some of the students are very serious performers but my kids chose the performing arts magnet because it made school fun. They learned how to be relied on as part of a group in performances. My son was surprised at how much he learned in dance. Coach Farris is an LAUSD treasure. The school needs more support as the energetic new principal and tireless lead teachers are doing more with less--as most public schools are--every year.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2013
I really like this school for a few reasons. I have two children here, one in marine science, the other in performing arts. Teachers have been great about communicating. The dance performance night really showed how dedicated the children & teachers are. It was a fabulous! My daughter is always showing off something new she learned in dance class. My son has taken many field trips learning about Marine Science & community. The Current principal has made a difference already in the few months she s been there. As with any school children are children, and they will test the limits. Speaking from personal experience, the Dean is on his job, keep calling but they re on it this year - calling parents, getting involved, expelling bullies,& notifying us of almost everything. I love it. My children are bussed the school has been very supportive. Open your pockets school board! We almost lost great teachers w/ the cuts. Both of my kids love the school. Everywhere issues. It has nothing to do with life status or where you live but rather what is your value system and the direction in which ones moral compass points & what our kids are taught @ home by word & example. It takes a village!

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2013
This school get money for the children in the magnet program and most of the children in the magnet program are treated unfair by teachers and their Coordinator. They need these children to keep their numbers up in the school, but they really don't won't these children at MDR, that are being bused in. Some of the teachers have no classroom management skills but ready to speak about one male teacher when they class is just as much out control as his. Parents please do your research before putting your child here. My opinion it is worst for boys. Not a fair school for all children.

- submitted by a community member
August 14, 2013
I think the previous review was an extremist point of view. This is a decent school, with some really great teachers and some satisfactory teachers. The problem is that the principal who was there from 2011-13 was terrible with discipline & the dean position was vacated in 2012. There is a new start at principal and they have a really solid dean for 2013-14. He won't allow nonsense to go on. Kids tend to get away with what they are allowed to do. This group can and probably be better managed this year... As far as campus cleanliness goes, the plant staff works their rears off, the campus is beautiful & the location is awesome.

- submitted by a community member
April 26, 2013
We visited over a dozen middle schools all over the south bay and my daughter chose to comute over 30 miles each way to attend this school. While I cannot say it is perfect, she has benefited tremendously from the program they offer. Now in her second year, we moved to be closer since my son has now chosen to follow his sister to pursue similar interests. Many of the teachers are absolutely outstanding, especially the magnet coordinator, who must also teach due to budget cuts. The dance instruction is unparalleled. Parents are very involved on campus and provide a nurturing environment. A criticism might be that they do not tend to expell students when they maybe should, they really try to work with them and help them make better choices. You know the saying, "a few bad apples". The same goes for some teachers, just a few bad apples, but all in all, we are very happy with our experience there.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2013
We decided (parent and student) to enroll in the marina performing arts magnet program and so far we are satisfied with the school. Teachers are great, staff in the offices needs improvement, administration just ok . We do like how vocal and involved the parents are.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2012
If your child is an advanced dancer, this is the school for you. Otherwise stay away. There are no performing arts at this school other than dance. At back to school night the drama teacher/magnet coordinator told parents, "We're really not going to do anything this year in terms of a production." The inept choir/orchestra teacher has been replaced by an orchestra only teacher and the theater tech teacher has been relocated, All of their students were sent to drama, making it overcrowded with kids who don't want to be there. Even when the tech and voice teachers were there, they couldn't manage to stage a production. My child has been assaulted, bullied and stolen from by the other students and belittled by adults in front of classmates. There is a strong anti-white sentiment among students. In 2+ years, only 2 adults have done anything about the racial epithets being hurled - and one them was a sub! There's no positive support for kids doing the right thing, only damage control and even that is sadly lacking. There are fights weekly, if not daily. There is no parent group, just a lot of squabbling among them. I guess we know where the kids get it.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2012
If you are considering to enroll your child in any of the schools ran out of Marina del Rey Middle School...DO NOT! This is one of the worst schools that LAUSD has to offer. The teachers are bullies and do not teach. With the exception of a few teachers, that are great, you will suffer with the many that are not prepared. This school was more than a disappointment, it has ruined my childs positivity and drive. It has put a dark cloud on the relationship I have with my child and we will not be going back to this terrible school. I have nothing good to say about the school. AND the school does not inform you of events and is completely unorganized. 100% a failure....your child will suffer.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2011
This school is the worst school in mankind. The classes are very over filled and they dont give one on one attention.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2011
Marina del Rey Middle School is a great school! Those are words from my 8th grader, which I fully support. Three years ago we moved from out of state to California and my daughter started at Marina del Rey Middle School. During her time spent at this school, she has had many wonderful opportunities. In 6th grade she joined the first Marine Science Academy class where she has had studies at the beach, trips to the aquarium, Sea World, and Catalina. Last year, she joined the Marina del Rey competitive cheer team and they won a national championship for the third year. The teachers and administration look out for the children and want to help them succeed!

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2011
This school is the best kept secret in the neighborhood! At half the size of most middle schools, it feels like a community school. As a new parent, I was blown away at the quality of the homework assignments, the attention my child received and the support our family receives from the administration, teachers and other families.

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2010
I am so pleasantly surprised at what a great school Marina del Rey Middle School has become. The teachers are enthusiastic. The diverse student population seems happy and polite. The whole school has been renovated, including fresh paint, new bathrooms and lockers and a great new weight room including a rock climbing wall. There are honors classes for those who excel and a free one-on-one tutoring program for those who need help. While the outside of the school looks like your typical LAUSD bungalow style school, the courtyard is lush and green.

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2010
I can say the staff definetly needs a lot of work on their manners especially in the main office. Parents are always complaining how they are treated. The Principal listens and wants whats best for the students and tries to make everyone happy. The VP is very understanding too. She brightens up and softens up the office. Its a great mixture. The school is better then all the years I can remember. The teachers are wonderful and the staff at Marina are very helpful. Since they have a new Parent Ctr the school is turning out pretty good. You need to help the parents first so they can help their child. The Parent Ctr is beautiful and coming along.

- submitted by a community member
April 03, 2009
I am a new parent at MDR and am very sadden at the lack of support the school is getting form parents. Yes, the school could use more leadership from administration and more involvement from parents but by no means is it a poor school. I see potential and appreciate the support many teachers and faculty at the school are trying to provide. If we parents chose to put in the work needed to make our neighborhood school s more successful, the programs and our children would be more successful. If parents continually pull their children from schools that could benefit from their care and attention we will lose many of our good teachers and leave those unable to move to a charter or private school in dispair. The key is to foster the goodness and rally against the bad.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2009
Not enough leadership around the school.. and who is the principal?? Also they push on the uniform too much even though the Los Angeles school district does not require uniforms. It's optional. (Some parents and I are getting together and filing a complaint with the school board) My child's math class has over 35 kids in the class.. you would think the area of concentration would be some thing like that......not the uniforms.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2009
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- submitted by a student
September 15, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2008
what do you mean clean. it is a trashy school. i thought in the first place they would paint the lockers and the walls. very dirty!

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2008
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- submitted by a student
May 26, 2008
I love all the opprotunities the students are given at MDRMS.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2008
My daughter is in her second year at Marina del Rey Middle School and Performing Arts Magnate. My wife and I also are homeowners in our Del Rey community which the school resides. We found that parents that are involved in their child s education have children that are doing well regardless of the school. MDR Middle School and Performing Arts Magnate has educators that take teaching seriously and will partner with any child in their perusal of new knowledge. Our daughter is having a great experience and so are we. I recommend that we parents partner with those we empower to educate our children, regardless of the API scores. As another parent noted, numbers give an incomplete picture of a schools commitment to education. MDR Middle School and Performing Arts Magnate is our neighborhood school that we proudly support and are actively engaged in its booster club.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2007
My child is in the 8th grade at MDR and she has been attending since the 6th grade. This is a great middle school and performing arts magnet! The staff and teachers are very caring and are committed to excellence in education. Scores don t always reflect what is going on at school but what is not going on at home! In answer to the parent that said their child did not get any homework, and therefore their experience was a nightmare. My child has always has homework every night. Last year a study done by Duke University stated research showed that too much homework can be counter-productive for students at all levels.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2007
I would not reccomend this school to anyone that wants to get a good education for their child. The 6 months that my daughter was a nightmare fro me. Even though she really enjoyed due to the fact that she rarely had homework. So do what I did if you can, get your child into a good private school where they can get a good education.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2007
I think this is a great school, it has teachers that really teach your children and and my daughter loves this school. She has been taught well by her teachers I'm glad she goes to Marina Del Rey, it's a great school.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2006
The magnet program is excellent. They offer drama, dance, stage production, choir, instrumental music, audio recording, etc. Students are well prepared for hamilton high!

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2006
Marina del Rey offers a great opportunity for students to learn in a safe environment. They have a wonderful performing arts magnet if your child is interested in singing, dancing, playing an instrument, and drama.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2006
my son just graduated in June. he spent 3 great/supportive years at Marina. he had a tough time in sixth grade, but with the help of his counselor, teachers, and administration, he was able to get it together and succeed. Thank you staff at Marina for helping my child learn to love school.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2006
look at the test scores at this school... continuosly rising and significantly..English and Math...classes are rigorous.. and the school is among the safest in the city... good teachers and a solid supportive administration... the kids are happy here.. the teachers are happy here... the squirrels that roam around are happy... it's a clean safe and high achieving school... compare around and you'll see

- submitted by a teacher
March 30, 2006
Overall, this school is not worth the bus ride for my child. I would definitely not recommend their Magnet Program to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2006
Great environment, still learning about the school.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
My daughter is an eighth grader at Marina and I am relieved to say that it is almost over. I have watched my daughters courage and self esteem rise, but I am dissapointed with the magnet programm. The coordinator appears to be burnt out and frustrated. My interaction with my daughters teachers have left me somewhat concerned that some appeared to be burnt out as well. Overall I don't think that the school is a great program.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
This my childs first and hopefully last year in the alleged Marina Del Rey Performing Arts Magnet program. To date my child has not participated in any performances nor catered training towards performing excellence. I was very excited and optimistic with all of the events, opportunities and promises made during the orientation. As of yet, Mr. Mata and his team have failed to deliver. In my opinion solely based on my experience, this school does not appear to be equipped to effectively facilitate a magnet program.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2005
Marina del Rey Middle School in not in Marina del Rey. They call themselves the home of the Mariners, but they have no team. It is the dirtiest school I have ever seen - overflowing dumpsters right next to where children eat, broken furniture and garbage everywhere. And the administration is among the most hostile and uncooperative I have ever come across. That being said, the Performing Arts division does some pretty solid work. Try to get your child in there. Or anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
July 04, 2005
I think marina del rey is a really great school it helped my child get through all her tough times.I am really proud of my daughter she is going to 8th grade next year. sShe hasnt been suspended oncei hope your children have a good time too.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2005
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May 09, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2005
This school does not support parents having a voice in the decision making of issues that deal directly with student achievement as outlined in the NCLB. Marina Del Rey Middle School and Magnet is very teacher-centered meaning that there is more concern for the well being of teachers' comfort in the classroom instead of what may be best for increasing student learning. This school has also one of the highest suspension rates in the district. Thus, the school's discipline plan is very ineffective and does not promote positive leadership and esteem among the students are teachers.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2005
As proven by the LAUSD & own experience, this school is not equipped to handle diverse education as so stated. They failed requirements on Title I, which has not been improved upon; nor improvement plan for future. The educational level of this school is falsified.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2004
This is a great school to send your child to. Its safe with fun after school programs. I reccomend this school for your child to get a great education. I gauentee you will love it.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2004
I expect more productions & performances at a performing arts magnet school. There have been a couple different principals in the 2 years that my child has attended, and a period during which there was no principal at all. The Magnet school is great academically. They have a no tolerance policy in terms of safety and violence that is staunchly enforced. My one major complaint is that it is a performing arts magnet, who have yet to put on a single performance for this school year. I don't know that the children are learning much about performing arts.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
I think the main issue with Marina Del Rey is they don't involve parents as much as they should. In as much as I know the primary care of our kids are our responsibility I think the school will achieve more academically and discipline wise if they involve and communicate with the parents more. My husband and I don't feel connected to the school which is unusual as we have 2 other kids in high school and this is the 1st time we feel this way in about 12 years of being parents of schoolgoing kids. I hope someone will do something about it because MDR is designed and could be one of the schools to be really proud of in LA unified school district.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2003
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- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2003
this school needs to focus on education more than decipline in my opinion the teachers are not fair and alot of the students miss alot of their classes in the deans office instead of working on their classwork

- submitted by a former student
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Marina Del Rey Middle School
12500 Braddock Dr, Los Angeles, CA  90066
(310) 578-2700
Last modified Marina Del Rey Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Marina Del Rey Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 50 reviews. Top