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6-8
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Los Angeles, CA
Students enrolled: 1,598
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10860 Woodbine Street
Los Angeles, CA 90034

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(310) 253-7600
(310) 559-0397
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April 17, 2015
I am a parent of a current 7th grader and have become increasingly unhappy with the school/principal. Parents are not advised of SERIOUS incidents where the school is placed on lockdown. On April 16, 2015, there were 3 separate shootings in the area and the school was placed on lockdown unbeknownst to parents. We did not receive any recording/email regarding the lockdown. This is not the first time this has happened. In addition to the lack of communication, the principal does not take well to concerns regarding teachers behavior towards students. Please consider this is if you are a prospective parent. My child will be going to private school in 8th grade as I'd rather pay for school then send him to Palms Middle School with the current administration/staff.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2015
Our son is in his final/8th grade year at Palms and our years here have been amazing! The teachers, staff and Friends of Palms organization make the large school feel like an extended family. Ms. West, with band, Ms Vogel in Science and Mr. Nicholson our son's history teacher are just a few of the amazing teachers who go above and beyond with every child in their care. We have enjoyed watching him grow as a student and person and can say with confidence he is ready for high school. The extracurricular activities and trips Palms provide to enhance his middle school experience have also been impressive and life changing. The history department just returned from Washington DC last week and our son and his friends have not been able to stop talking about what they saw and learned. Thank you Ms McCarrel, Mr An and Mr Nicholson for all that you do. You have made our family better and very happy!!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2014
This school truly is great. However, with some 8th grade teachers you can not really go anywhere with your Math and History studies. As well as for Science, Mr.Y does not really do a great job of teaching (because he's always after the blondes!). Mr.Lala (substituting for Ms.Edd) and Ms.W were by far the best teachers that I have ever encountered in my 8th grade year. In 6th and 7th grade, I had a great experience and scored high on standaradized testing. Now that Common Core standards have been installed in schools everywhere, I feel that teachers are more concerned about attaining standards and I feel like they do not teacher truly from the heart anymore. Now that the end of the school year is already approaching, I can say that I have mixed emotions about this school. There are either no rigorous standards at this school, or I am just not engaged enough because the teachers that I have had were horrible! Overall, I have made great friends and I hope that my success can continue into high school.

- submitted by a community member
April 15, 2014
I came in this school when I was in 7th grade. At that time, I was horrible in Maths,English, Science and History. But now with the help of Mrs. Clark (8th grade English teacher), Ms. Anderson (8th grade Maths teacher), Ms. Vogel (8th grade Science teacher) and Mr. Nicholson (8th grade History teacher), I am able to get As and Bs in my tests (before, I used to get Cs, Ds and Fs). And also our counselor Ms. Price and principal Dr. Moriuchi were my great help when I was new in this school. Thanks to the lovely teachers, counselor and principal. I don't know what would I do without them. And I've heard that those people who attend in this school, will always do something good in future. So I encourage other students to join this middle school.

- submitted by a community member
April 10, 2014
Padre de un estudiente en el 8 esta escuela es racista y muy injusta ve solo por los anglosajones y por los q tienen mas dinero sin importar el da o a otros ni os la sra power y el el principal son las personas mas desonestas y racistas deverian padres de hijos latinos cuidar los derechos de sus hijos de estas personas

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2014
Palms Middle School. The school needs new staff and faculty and a new Principal. There are way too many politics and underhanded activity going on in the school and in all of the parent auxiliary groups led by faculty.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2014
I'm a parent who does exhaustive research, visits schools more than once, and makes spreadsheets. I spent months waffling over which middle school I'd choose and at the last moment, I committed to Palms MS. I attended the summer picnic and was buoyed by the committed parents, teacher, and principal, the diversity of the students, and the accessibility and values of the principal, Dr. Derek Moriuchi. Dr. Moriuchi made himself available at the picnic to answer questions and I thought his priorities and attitude were totally in the right place. So far, we've been very impressed. Our child is bright, creative and musical, if a little bit introverted. I was a bit concerned about the size of the school, but this has proven not to be an issue. The teachers are excellent and insert creativity and high standards into their curriculum. The chorus program is stellar (as is the music program). We've appreciated the homework time in the library after school as well. Our child is challenged in good ways and mostly enjoys school (as much as a middle schooler can!). It is a big school and there are crowds for concerts. Parent volunteers have streamlined the morning drop-off immensely.

- submitted by a parent
November 26, 2013
Bruh, I've been here for 2 years bruh. Im a 7th graders . This school is fabalous and Perfect . The only thing I didn't like was Ms.Nathans class, I think she needs a lot of improvement. Despite that I would recommend any students go there !

- submitted by a community member
November 05, 2013
I am a parent of a sixth grader at Palms and am pleased with the curriculum however not pleased with some of the teachers. Unfortunately, my child had an incident with a teacher that the staff is investigating however after following up on the status of this investigation, I have received no response. Parents should make sure to speak with their children to find out what is going on in classes and to see how their children are being treated by teachers. You would be surprised by how some of the children are treated by their teachers.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2013
Great school!!! I have an eighth grader and our experience has been wonderful. Teachers and staff make this school one of the best any parent can think of. Whenever you have an issue, they try their best to solve it.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2013
I have a child in eighth grade and I have to say that middle school at Palms has been one of the best experiences we have had. The teachers, the staff and the parents at this school are great. The environment and the opportunities offered at this school open new horizons for our kids.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
I am so thrilled to read all these reviews that confirm my own experience at and opinion about Palms MS. We've had two kids there and it's just been a wonderful school for both. I understand the special ed program is really good too though we don't utilize that. But I see the kids all the time and everyone appears really happy and loved. I know Palms MS is huge, but that just means there are a huge number of superb teachers. It's really a remarkable place. The new principal is a gem too. Parents are involved but more of their involvement would be an area of improvement I'd say. :(

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
I am blessed to have such an excellent neighborhood school for my children. The teachers are dedicated to teaching at a high level for all students. The parent groups are strong and with that great combination no wonder Palms is the best Middle School in Los Angeles!

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2013
awesome exept for lap day and some kids smoke weed lol jkjkjkjk JUST KIDDING!!!!!!!!!!! lap days is when you run around the pe side in 15 mi. to see how much you can run in 15 min. and it is once a week

- submitted by a community member
August 22, 2013
Palms is an amazing school. I am greatful for being given the opportunity to have my child attend.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2013
I am currently the parent of a 6th grader and a high school freshman. My freshman son completed his 3 years at Palms Middle School and now my daughter is there. We have all been very happy with the school - particularly the teachers and the relatively new Principal. Of course there is room for improvement but the school and administrators are aware of that and (another great thing about the school) open to suggestions. I am just so happy that my kids have been able to stay in public school from elementary through high school.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2013
Palms Middle School has been a great experience for our 8th grader. Experienced, dedicated teachers. A passionate principal who is a "doer". Great music program! Good community school, a lot of parent involvement. Our 2nd child just started as a 6th grader and we expect the same wonderful experience.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2013
My eldest graduated from Palms this Spring and is now in the Humanities Magnet at Hamilton. He was very well prepared for the rigor of the Humanities program - thanks to Palms. My middle child has just started 6th grade at Palms and is very happy so far. A couple of shout-outs to some amazing teachers - Ms. Mullen, 6th grade English & History, Ms. Wohl, 7th grade history, Mr. Reynolds, 7th grade English, Ms. Eddington & Ms. McCarrell, 8th grade English & History respectively, Ms. Tawijiri - fabulous math teacher. Palms is big and it can be disorienting to come from a smaller elementary school environment where everyone knows everyone else and one was likely to exchange a few words with your child's teacher most days at drop-off or pick-up. It's more challenging to get in touch with teachers here than we're used to in elementary school. But all can be managed with a little bit of effort.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2013
Palms has been a great experience for my daughter and our family. The new Principal, Dr. Moriuchi, along with many involved families have welcomed new students and families into the Palms Middle School family, and there is a real, growing sense of community there. That, and the incredible, engaging, caring teachers, have made this experience exactly what we hoped for for our daughter.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2013
Palms Middle School has been an amazing school for our boys. Our oldest culminated from the magnet program in June having had three amazing years. He enjoyed learning from a wonderful staff of teachers. Our other son is currently in eighth grade also in the magnet program and has had the same incredible experience of learning from amazing teachers. Dr. Moriuchi is a wonderful principal and has an open door policy. He encourages parental involvement. Mrs. Weissman is a wonderful counselor. The parents really care about Palms and fundraise to help pay for programs not paid for by LAUSD

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2013
Students at Palms benefit from dedicated teachers, a sharp new principle and involved parents. It's a big school, but the kids seem to flourish. As mentioned by others, the music program is excellent.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2013
Palms Middle School is fun, educational, and cheerful. All the school activities are never excluding anyone. What I mean by saying this is that everyone plays in the 6th grade Olympics and everyone dances at the school dance. (That is if they are eligible.) Eligibility is not hard to reach. It's like a 3.4 grade average. As long as you work hard it will pay off. The thing that they should change is the school lunches some of the lunches are fantasic but some are not so great. However, the service is great. -Go Palms Panthers!!!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a community member
December 09, 2012
I choose Palms after touring the school twice, what wasn't clear was that the only classrooms toured were the Magnet classes. My child is highly gifted but did not get into the magnet. The SAS classes offer very little in terms of curriculum and homework consists mostly of worksheets that are very easy for my child. The English class has zero outside reading although my son loves his teacher. The only thing keeping us there this year is Mrs. West, the music teacher who I must say runs an incredible program keeping the kids engaged and focused. The school offers zero outside enrichment. There is one after school care program, but there is no way for the kids to connect outside of the classroom. Sadly we will not be returning and implore you to ensure this is the school for you if you do not get into the magnet program as the general education offers no challenge for the gifted child.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2012
Palms Middle School has excellent hard working teachers. It has an AMAZING band and orchestra! Ms.West is the best instrumental teacher ever! Im currently a 7th grader and I'm in Gold Band and i started in winds the band theres Blue and Gold band and stings and Orchestra. The office is a little unorganized but out of all that its a great school. If you put your child in Palms you wont regret it. The NEW principal Dr.Dereck Moriuchi is an active principal who gets involed and does'nt stay in his office all day. Im being serious sign your child up for Palms Middle School!!!

- submitted by a community member
May 17, 2012
I think Palms is an amazing school. I've just recently graduated from this middle school and I have been accepted in Mira Costa High, one of the best, high ranking high schools here in California.

- submitted by a community member
April 04, 2012
This is a horrible school... teachers are uneducated and takes their frustration out on the kids. They never return calls and allow kids fail without getting parents involved.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2011
This is a great school! The teachers care about the kids, the staff care and the kids care about each other! Middle schoolers kind of lose their minds around this age and think they can skate by with limited effort like they did in elementary school, so it takes a lot of patience to guide them into learning skills like organization and time management. My kids still don't have it down but they're learning at a great place. Palms is terrific, and I'm sorry for the complainers who are not having as good of an experience! Any time we've had a problem it's been addressed right away. No matter where you are - parents need to be involved with their own child's education.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2011
Worst school to send your kid !!!! they only care about score,and MONEY<MONEY. thats it.your kid will be a stadistic only.no personalized at all!! it took us a long time to meet the principal and she rushed us out of the office....... reserch better do not be fooled by looks and reviews go and watch their interactions ....be smart do not send your kid there

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2011
My son just started 6th grade. Already, we are experiencing problems with the staff. We never received information regarding 6th grade orientation called "Camp Palms". Registration materials were supposed to have been mailed last June. When we asked about it several times, the office staff either said "Oh, the person you need to speak to is not here." Later, we heard "Oh, it's too late. You should've registered." At parent orientation, the tone was also dismissive and condescending. The principal did a lot of finger pointing, saying "Check your child's backpack!" "Make sure your kids are not tardy!", "Don't honk your horns!", etc... Excuse me? But most parents already know this! The second day of school, this morning, I was walking my son. 50 feet in front of the main entrance, by the street, one of the office staff was literally "shooing" parents away. For now, I will wait to see how things turn out academically, with my child and his teachers. If things don't turn around, I am seriously considering transferring my child to another middle school.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2011
Coming from a rated 10 elementary school with a 955 API score and coming to this school that has an astonishingly horrible 857, I was very dissapointed, well actually not really because I didn't really think it was going to be great but I expected it to be at least better than what I got. I basically didn't learn any English in my class and I learned little new things of math. Now that I look back, I think, "Seriously?" I don't think the teachers here are nearly as talented as the ones I had in my elementary school that allowed me to stay in the 550's or more-always in my CST's

- submitted by a community member
July 10, 2011
I like this school and some of the teachers. Some of the teachers are a bit stubborn. But they show effort to teach the students. Palms Middle School is a safe enviroment and has a great music and drama program. The only real bad point is that it may not always be the most sanitary school. In all Palms Middle School is a great school, and I enjoyed my time there. As their slogan says, "Palms Pride".

- submitted by a community member
June 23, 2011
My 14 year old twins are completing the 8th grade this year. Our experience at Palms has been exceptional. My daughter fought me on attending Palms at first, but has since repeatedly acknowledged that it was the perfect choice for her. She loved every minute of it. Both had Mr. Kravetz for Algebra in 7th Grade and Ms. Kavicky for 8th Grade Geometry. Other standouts were Mr. An, Ms. Garrett, Ms. Eddington, Mr. Santana and Ms. Igarashi. Stage crew was phenomenal. Last, but certainly not least, I want to give a shout-out to Melinda Price. spectacular. She plans on visiting him as she congoing to this school

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2011
I love the fact that students get to experience honor classes based on their grades in their previous coursework. My son's first year experience was up and down, which is fairly normal, considering he came from a small elementary school to this large population. This year, for his 7th grade, all of the teachers have been wonderful and helpful. It has been most helpful, when the school decided to upgrade their website and include a way for parents to email their child's teacher. Communication has improved tremendously!

- submitted by a parent
December 24, 2010
We picked Palms because it was our home school and they had a gifted Magnet. Their API scores were close if not better then the other schools we looked at and it was close to where we live. LACES goes to 12th grade. Some people see that as a plus, for us, it wasn't, I wanted my son to have the experience of being an upper classman more then once. Paul Revere was too far with basically the same test scores and the same education. New West Charter was too small. We couldn't be happier at Palms. All the schools are basically the same. You are not going to get a lesser education or better education, no matter which school you choose. Also, remember: They are not seven year olds anymore. Don't over protect them, let them fall and get up, let them experience. Palms has been a great and exciting adventure!

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2010
My daughter graduated from Palms last year and my son is currently in the 7th grade here. Both of them have enjoyed their experience. Is the school perfect? No. Is any school on the face of the planet perfect? No. However, my kids have enjoyed their time at Palms and I have had only positive interactions with the staff and the Friends of Palms parent organization. Some of the excellent teachers I have encountered include Ms. West (Band), Ms. Garrett (7th grade History), Ms. Bourman (8th grade History), Mr. Kravets (Algebra) and Mr. Ambriz (Counselor).

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2010
well i use to go to this school last year and its the best school that you can think of!! im serious! they have really great teachers and there always understanding.they make school and classes fun! they make palms so diffrent from other schools and the teachers there actually "teach" in a fun and easy way! shout out to mr. nicholson (my old history teacher) but yeah its really great and fun in a way that makes the students there including me wanting to go to school each and everyday, with enthusiasm:)) BEST SCHOOL EVER! PALMS ROCKS:D

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 22, 2010
Palms Middle School is an excellent school. The majority of the kids are well behaved and the teachers are so caring and very involved in the children's wellbeing. Some standout teachers are Ms. Wallace (Math), Mr. Scott (Science/Health), Ms. Calpin (English) and Mr. Nicholson (History). My son loves school due to these wonderful teachers and I applaud them.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 21, 2010
I go 2 palms and it is the best middle school in the world!I love playing my trombone in the school's gold band!the teachers there r funny, nice,caring,and dedicated 2 teach.I've been there since 6th grade and my teachers then were so caring and nice 2 me.The students there r very funny,nice,and caring! I love my school!

- submitted by a student
no rating February 11, 2010
I am a proud student of Palms Middle School.This school has many great and friendly teachers and staff.Amazing electives for students and great education.This school teaches a student a lot!!

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December 15, 2009
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December 10, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2009
My older child went to Palms; my son is there now (both in the magnet). The academic program is very strong, teachers and admins are dedicated, there are nice kids, and the parent group is very active. My daughter is at at a public high school with a very rigorous academic program, and I know that Palms prepared her well. Is it perfect? No. But I've compared notes with other parents on Revere, Webster, and LACES, and I have absolutely no regrets about choosing Palms.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 30, 2009
well im going to 8th grade and palms is a great school some teachers are very strict and set you straight while others are like your friend and make u feel comfortable and welcome palms has the smartest kids ive met and there all very welcoming ive been there since 6th grade and sixth grade was great teachers welcome u and teach u how to ..be in middle school :)

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July 24, 2009
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July 06, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2009
Palms Middle Scool is the best school in the District because most of the 8th grade students scored high in state tests and as a student of Palms I think you should send your child there.

- submitted by a student
no rating April 29, 2009
At the moment I am a freshman in high school. I have to say that Palms Middle School really did prepare me well. Not only are the teachers great, but the people that go there are so much fun! The years that I spent at Palms are definately the most memorable ones.

- submitted by a student
no rating April 03, 2009
Well i am a 6th grader going there right now and i believe it is a wonderfull school. I always feel myself there and know that I can be my best academicly.

- submitted by a student
no rating December 22, 2008
Well last year i was a student at palms middle school and i have to say its one of the best schools ever. I always felt very safe on campus and the teachers were always there to help. I do miss palms middle school alot like many other students. I highly recomend that you go to palms middle school and you will have the best years of your life.

- submitted by a student
December 13, 2008
I attended Palms and was part of the Class of 2006. I had the best years of my life at this school and I miss it very much. Many students from the class of 2006 feel the same way. The counselors are amazing and the teachers are helpful and determined. There's nothing wrong with public school so why not go to Palms Middle School?

- submitted by a student
December 01, 2008
My child is in the magnet program at Palms MS, and all I can say is, that I could not make a better choice. We've got accepted to few other charter schools, but after meeting with the teachers and the principal at Palms, we knew where to send our son. We are very pleased with this school and more important, my son is happy.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2008
Please ignore the 1 star reviewer before me. Notate the 'several years ago'. In fact MOST schools were below average at that time. As far as my review, I am VERY impressed with the teachers, principal, counselors, security and the demand for high academic achievement within a supportive atmosphere. My kids are in the gifted program, and we went out of district to send them to Palms. Even the General Ed kids have the bar set higher (More than I can say about a lot of schools were all they care about are the gifted students). By the way, my brother went to Palms eons ago...he graduated from Columbia University with a Law degree. There you go...How's that for a review?

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2008
My child went there several years ago and the experiences was painful not just for her, but both of us. The kids were rude, the staff were ill-trained to handle the slightest problems. Really, the school was everything it shouldn't be. Worst school ever.

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no rating October 19, 2008
Having a 6th and 8th grader in Palms Middle School, I continue to be very impressed with the dedication, enthousiasm and warmth of all staffmembers involved with the curriculum, extra tutoring and any special attention they get. CL

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October 17, 2008
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- submitted by a student
October 14, 2008
So far, so good. Our child is a new 6th grader and seems to be growing nicely in the Palms environment.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2008
Excellent 6th grade program! My niece loves it! Diverse, challenging, no student with parental support can go wrong here!

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September 13, 2008
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- submitted by a student
September 05, 2008
Palms Middle School is a great! My son has been very happy here for the last two years. He is an 8th grader this year and I expect a good year! My daughter is starting the 6th grade this year so I now have two kids here and am very happy about it. Thanks Palms!

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September 02, 2008
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no rating August 27, 2008
I go to Palms Now. And this summer I am Going to 7th. Palms is Such great school. It can get boring sometimes but the concerts ad the dances are wonderful. Its so fun and great that kids cant wait to go back. This summer, everyone was so excited to go back. The teachers are great. And the counselors are the best.

- submitted by a student
June 21, 2008
I went to Palms Middle School for my 6th,7th,& 8th grade year. Palms is the best middle school there is. There is no other school ever that would top Palms. The teachers are great, and nice and are always willing to help you with anything extra. The activities Palms had are amazing. The school is not diverse. Its just the perfect school ever

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May 11, 2008
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April 07, 2008
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April 07, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2008
i am a sixth grade here at palms and this is so much better than i thought it would be. if any parents are looking for a good school for their child with great academics and lots of friends, you should really look into palms.

- submitted by a student
April 01, 2008
Palms is a great school. It's teachers have helped my daugher in many ways. My daughert strarted in special education and is gratuating this year as a straight a student on regular classes. Thank you Palms and all its teachers specialy Ms Wetzel

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2008
My child has learned a great amount at this school.

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January 09, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2008
6th grade was a little tough for me, but my 7th and 8th grade expieriences were great. I really liked most of my teachers and really enjoyed the electives offered.

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no rating January 03, 2008
I am a 7th grader here at palms and I love my teachers; They are so determined to teach their students as much as possible. They are focused in their subject and give as much attention to one student as the other. The school is overall a great school and I dont want to leave until I graduate. Unfortnately, at lunch, sometimes there are fights. Luckily, though, the teachers and supervisors are there to stop it immediately. This tells me that I'm safe, and good schools should give you that feeling.

- submitted by a student
December 05, 2007
I love the teachers at Palms middle school because they helped my child in many ways and she became sucessful, independent, and knowledgable.

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November 26, 2007
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no rating November 17, 2007
What I like about Palms Middle School is the diversity of the students, and how the students get along well with each other. This school also dont tolerated bullying and they take proper action if a child bullied , therefore it is the safest school to go to school.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2007
This is our childs first year at Palms. Its been great so far and we love the culture on campus! Fantastic School!

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2007
Palms Middle School has a outstanding Special Day program. My son is in the 6th grade, and he has transitioned well. The teachers are outstanding.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2007
My son to that school.Its a great school

- submitted by a community member
August 20, 2007
Palms Middle School is a great place for kids to learn and just have fun. I'm in 8th grade here, and I never want to leave Palms!

- submitted by a student
August 13, 2007
Great School! SO many programs! wonderful! just wonderful! PAC(preffered activity class) and drama class is wonderful! just wonderful!

- submitted by a community member
August 01, 2007
My child attends Palms Middle School and the last 2 years she has received instruction from really good teachers. The good teachers are organized, supportive and strive to make the children understand what they teach in an effective way. They make sure we (the parents) are informed of our child's progress (good or bad), so that we have an opportunity to help before things get worse. Then there are a couple of not-so-good teachers who devote class time to those students who excel, embarass those who don't quite 'get it' and never return calls to a concerned parent whose child is struggling with a particular subject. It is unfortunate that these kind of teachers have the power to negatively influence your child's academic outcome. Perhaps offering incentives to those good teachers (they are the students' favorites) will influence the not-so-good ones (disliked by students and parents) to do a better job.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2007
i used to go to Palms Middle School form six grade to the seventh grade..its an excellent school..they teach the kids excellent behavior and there are just woderful teachers at palms. The best teacher was Ms. Garret. She tought seventh grage history , i used to hate history and after i have her as my histery teacher, i fell in love with acient history.

- submitted by a student
no rating May 29, 2007
Palms is much better than most public schools all & all. I'm a 7th grader and so far it's been okay. I don't recommend a parents forcing their child to do here though because the student themselves has to have a motivation for learning if their going to succeed. Although councilors might talking to kids who are failing horribly, not much time is spent to try and help or encourage students who visibbly are not trying to get anything done. If parents want to talk to techers they can schedule a conference, but it's up to them to talk to their child about any issues he/she may have. Palms does not offer a wide variety of extracirricucular activities, or any after school programs We don't spend much time discussing topics and have to demonstrate our knowledge in other ways like creative projects.

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March 28, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2007
I have been very happy with Palms and will miss it when my child culminates this June. The only shortfalls at this school are caused by the District. The leadership at Palms is exceptional and makes the school the success that it is.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2006
My daughter has just started in the 6th grade magnet program. She has had major anxiety, which has been a serious issue. I am thrilled that her teachers and the principal has worked to help us work together on this. Her teachers for the major subjects are fantastic! There is quite a lot of homework, but it complements the class work and is not redundant. The teachers are engaging, kind and present classes in an enthusiastic manner. Academics are high, but are complimented by other elective programs. My daughter is learning a wind instrument, and despite her anxiety, is happy.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2006
My son is in his third year at Palms. I was really impressed with the transitional program Palms provided for incoming 6th graders. However, some of the teachers are very dismissive and show little concern when a student is struggling academically. I phoned one teacher 3x and received no return phone call. I also did not receive proper notice from this teacher of my son's academic struggles so that I could have dealt with this problem accordingly. His teachers this year for fall 2006 seem to be more organized and provided a syllabus which makes it easier for the parents to keep up with assignments due. Great counselors, nice principal, wonderful music program and a decent school. However, my younger son will be attending another middle school.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2006
This is my first year at Palms and I love it! Very diverse environment, and a great learning environment! Love the teachers, especially Dr. Rockwell, Mr. Clair, and Mr. Kaplan.

- submitted by a student
June 29, 2006
this is my daughter 2nd year at Palms. She will be in the 8h grade this fall 2006. I feel the school should inform parent's prior to your child's report card if they are in need of help. I do not feel the communication between the teachers and counselors with the parents is adequent. So I sometimes wonder if it is adequent when the students need their help. I do feel the school is very diverse and there are fair less problems compared to alot of other schools.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2006
My daughter has attened PMS since 6th grade, she will be graduating from 8th grade next week. I have been rather pleased with her teachers. Her English teacher is strick but I really like her. She teacher the class as if they are already in high school. From what I see the parent involvment is alright.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2006
The teacher/student ratio is too high. There is no room for any individual attention or help. There is very little supervision it seems. The environment is a difficult one to learn in.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2006
Palms is a great school. My daughter goes there and I'm very happy w/ it. Very demanding teachers but the results are visible. Has a great orchestra with dedicated teacher. Very talented and competitive students.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2006
Very mixed demographic, more than pleased with the teachers. Excellent music program. Very good with transitioning elementary kids to middle school program.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2006
Very good school. Excellent teachers and staff

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2006
The Gifted Magnet Program attracts diverse students from different backgrounds and areas. Despite occasional use of metal detectors, in general there is generally a tranquil, close-knit feeling at the school.

- submitted by a teacher
March 24, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
no rating February 06, 2006
I had two children go through Palms, the most recent one culminated June 05. The school prepared them well but I will agree with many prior comments that teaching is uneven. It is important to understand that Palms has been administratively challenged for a number of years and this has affected teacher morale. The school used to be better than it is and I think it is in danger. There's more than one way to meet the so-called achievement gap and one of them is to decimate what was once an exccellent middle school...that way, it doesn't appear as good compared to some of the other LAUSD poorly performing schools. Magnet is a gigted/high ability program and better at what it does than many other magnets are at what they do. This school needs attention from the District before it erodes completely.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
We got a New Principal in 2005. Also many Admin. and VP left for other schools. Hard to determine change is for better/worse.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2005
Palms is not a bad school - compared to the alternatives. The kids are mostly doing well, but there is nothing special here. And the school plant (building and grounds) could use work. But its better than other schools in the area.

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2005
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- submitted by a student
November 07, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2005
The counselors in Palms Middel School are really great ones. My kid is now in 7th grade, his counselor gave a special program for my kid when my kid entered 6th grade, which my kid is enjoying and benifits lots.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2005
My son attended Palms last year as a sixth grader and it was a terrible experience not just for him, but for us, his parents. It is nearly impossible to wade through the office system and the principal never returned any of our phone calls. We found that at the end of the school year, not one teacher nor administrator had even read through our son's cum folder. As an educator myself, I was shocked and horrified at the unprofessional conduct of the principal and teachers which my son had. He is now in another school and the difference is amazing.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2005
Pro: Honors courses and gifted magnet, 8th grade I-Search. Con: Large school/class size, uneven teaching quality even at the Honors level. However, my daughter emerged well-prepared for high school and had a handful of excellent teachers. Still the best middle school on the Westside.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2005
In general, Palms was a clean, well-kept school. The staff seemed to be overworked or at least have that attitude. I was not impressed by the teacher's unwillingness to think outside the box or encourage the students to stretch their minds. The guidance counselors are very dedicated to reaching out to the kids. The principal was a stern yet very fair man, who impressed me as a man who was genuinely interested in his school. A small percentage of children in the school are the 'bad seeds' and when they surface are quickly dealt with. All and all (academically) I was not impressed, especially pertaining to what I deemed to be a questionable grading system by the teachers. However, my child remained in the school for 3 years because it is one of the better middle schools out there.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2005
Like all LUSD schools, there is no language elective till 8th grade. Some of the teachers are good and some are not. The Honors program and Gifted magnet are better than the regular school.

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2005
Excellent teachers that go beyond the 3 Rs and reach the students as 'people' in an encouraging way, not 'buddy, buddy'.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2005
I never thought that there was a school in the Los Angeles District of such high quality overall. My child has a slight learning disability and when I asked of her counselor for an assessment it was planned and scheduled immediately. Afterward the teachers that my child had in her past three years of attendance were very helpful in giving me tips on how to keep my child on task through her disability. I also liked the fact that the students were given two copies of each textbook used for each class,one for the classroom and one for home (no toting heavy books all day or forgetting to take them home for homework)! The security of the campus was secure. Parent involvement is very high. My only negative is that I wish there were more clubs for the students to be involved in. My daughter loved going to this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2005
My daugter is graduating June 2005. The academic program in the magnet has been excellent and challenging for the most part. Some of the old guard teachers are still active and challenging the kids as they were in the 70's. Biggest problem is that the admin is not as open to parental support and involvement as they should and could be-- parents are eager to be more involved in supporting academic and cultural programming but admin is resistant and disorganized in this regard. New principal is more focused on building issues and discipline than on academic achievement and school suffers because of it- PE program is terrible and rigid, kids running on concrete, unwilling to think creatively.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2005
The activities and projects required for my seventh grader are very interesting. His history, english, and art teacher make his subjects very interesting. The parents are involved in at least two to three fund raising activities for the school constantly.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2005
Palms is a terrific middle school. The principal works hard and our son has been both in the honors program (6th) as well as the gifted magnet (7th & 8th). The work is challenging and the teachers he has had are very good. The 'council' program created by Joe Provisor, one of the English teachers, is an exceptional one. Students meet each week in small groups with a facilitator to discuss matters of the heart and soul (I know this sounds very touchy-feely but it is truly wonderful and the kids love it). Our son has had two years of computer instruction as his elective and now uses photoshop, dreamweaver, etc. with ease. The History and English teachers have been so exceptional that he wants to continue that and has been accepted into the Hamilton Humanities Magnet for high school.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2005
Was really impressed with the 'I Search' all students do in the 8th grade. My daughter learned so much about the research and writing process. It was also just a really great experience. She ended up spending the day with a photographer from the LA Times. I also really liked the 'Council Project'. My daughter's last year we moved about 25 miles away and I continued to drive her to this school because of the 'Council Project.'

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2005
I am a student at Palms Middle School. As a 6th grader it is my first year and I can proudly say I absoulutly LOVE it! Great teachers, great people, an all around great school. But there are a FEW downsides. These include dirty bathrooms, overcrowded, and conflicts between students. Although there is the occasional fight, they are ended by our wonderful administration immediately. It is a semi-rough campus coming from a neihborhood elementary school but I think that has taught me responsibility and having good judgement regarding the 'right' and 'wrong' crowds to be in. I feel I am learning alot from all of my 6th teachers whom I adore. Each and every morning I walk into Palms with a smile on my face and enthusiasm in my heart. Please feel free to email me with any questions, concerns, and comments: LoveDoveDani@Yahoo.Com.

- submitted by a student
April 26, 2005
My daughter is a sixth grade honors student at Palms. So far I have been pleased with the quality of the academic program. I do have some concern about the amount of absences one teacher has had. I would also like to see more extra curricular activitites offered to all students.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
The Gifted Magnet program is entirely overrated. My son has not written a second draft or done revisions (editing only) all year. The teachers consider lots of work to be equal to rigor. Projects are assigned at a teacher's whim (think last minute,like I've got to keep them busy), and most of them have no connection to students grasping the concepts of the discipline or mastering the standards. Mindless projects include travel brochures, volcanoes, and other art projects for serious disciplines like English and Science. The school is safe and boasts high test scores because of the kids and their parents involvement. Yes, kids are smart there in spite of the mediocore teaching, not because of it. There are, however, pockets of learning. The librarian is one of the best in the city, and their PE department is strong. Upper grade classes have some outstanding English, History, and Math teachers.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2005
My son assisted this school for 3 years. We had a great experience. Even though is a big school with many kids, the teachers managed to stay on top of their needs. They were always open to help parents who were involved and cared about their kids.

- submitted by a parent
December 23, 2004
The magnet is ok. Some of the teachers are good, some are not. The children don't have lockers so they have to carry tons of books in their backpacks.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2004
The gifted magnet is great. My daughter, who previously attended private school, graduated from the program three years ago, and my son now attends. Teachers are excellent, the environment exceeds most public schools and a high percentage of students are committed to their education.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2004
Above average middle school for the area. Safety is good. Most of the teachers are there to teach, and care about the students. Student diversity within the school is high. The school needs to do a better job at promoting better parent involvement with the students education.

- submitted by a teacher
August 03, 2004
My daugher just graduate from Palms and like all other schools there were a few problems but the overall experience (academic & socially) was very good. It's a difficult age and the counseling staff was exceptional in handling every conflict especally with the budget cuts & given the amount of students they are responsible for. I am happy that my son will be attending this September.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2004
My child just finished 6th grade at Palms. Academically, he had a great experience in the Magnet portion of the school. The teachers and administrators are responsive and care. Unfortunately, the student population as a whole is rude and wild. There are not enough adults on campus. LAUSD took the police officer away and has yet to replace it. The LAUSD Board representative ignores Palms because she also oversees Eastside schools and perceives Palms as not needing any attention. LAUSD is constantly taking away things like adults on campus, counselors, money for the library, etc. Palms never got its Prop. BB funding. I am very frustrated with the LAUSD failures regarding Palms. Unless you have a thick-skinned, street smart child, Palms does not provide the warm and safe environment that schools should offer. It is my personal experience that the LAUSD powers don't care about Palms or its students.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2004
I personally think that if a parent is looking for fair teachers and an overall population of nice children, then they should definatly apply their children to this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2004
My daughter attended Palms Middle School last year, 2003. As an educator myself, I was extremely disappointed with the dismissive attitude of the principal and supporting staff of my daughters concerns. I had scheduled several appointment that were not kept and difficult to reschedule. I am so happy that we are now in a school that is warm and caring and communicates with the parents. The entire experience was disappointing for our entire family. I know a new, strong principal who will spend the time and interact with families will serve that school better.

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2003
My child is in 7th grade at Palms right now. Palms is below average in every category. So much so that I am considering putting my son into private school for the duration of 7th grade. Something that I cannot afford. Palms Middle School is indicative of exactly what a school should not be. The students at Palms are rude and unruly and the staff ill-trained to handle the slightest problems. From connecting an incoming call to fights on campus to threats to a staff member. Simply put the teachers may be in an average position comparatively speaking but the administration of that school leaves a lot to be desired. Prehaps Palms does not understand that you need the entire package to have a great, above average or even average school. Words cannot express how truly disappointed I am with Palms Middle School.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2003
Palms goes out of the way to make sure that 6th graders are nutured and gently introduced to middle school. The principal is very involved on campus and the school is all about learning. There is a very positive buzz in the air and there are programs to get every child involved in something that they are interested in.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 23, 2003
I have two children attending Palms Middle School. I can no longer watch my children lose interest and motivation they once had. If average is what you want this is what you'll get.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2003
My daughter recently attended that school the experience was very horrible for her. People would just pick on her for no apparent reason. And some of the people that worked there were not very nice to her. And the kids would call her the most vicious things. And some people would steal from her.

- submitted by a parent

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Palms Middle School
10860 Woodbine Street, Los Angeles, CA  90034
(310) 253-7600
Last modified Palms Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Palms Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 130 reviews. Top