Students enrolled 715
School leader Jennifer Gates
District Monrovia Unified
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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226 South Ivy Avenue
Monrovia, CA 91016

(626) 471-2600
(626) 471-2610
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4 stars
Based on 26 ratings

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April 11, 2012
My child is a special education student who needs a little more attention than most he was put in rsp classes and the teachers have no patients what so ever. You would think a special education teacher would be very patient. My son hates going to school at clifton and begs everyday to go to another school. The teachers are rude and have made my son who at one time loved school hate it with a passion!!!! Clifton is a horrible school for children with learning disabilities ........

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2011
Clifton is a wonderful middle school. There is something for everyone. The teachers/staff are very supportive. The library is fully stocked and the librarian is the best around. You feel welcomed the moment you step on campus.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2011
My oldest child had a wonderful experience here when Deb Rinder was the principal. Now that Traci Gholar is here, the experience for my youngest is less than stellar. Ms. Gholar has never answered an email. The teachers are focused solely on state test scores. During parent-teacher conference week, it was impossible to see his teachers -- even though he was failing two classes. Why? His state test scores were Advanced, so he wasn't on the list of kids who could be seen.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2011
My child came to 6th grade at Clifton after going to private elementary school. We tried to register in the spring for the following fall, but were told that they only accept registrations two weeks before school starts. We registered in August, but were told that 2 out of the 3 of the honors subjects our child qualified for were completely full. The Principal never seemed very sympathetic and just said that our child would have to wait until someone dropped out of honors. Be warned if you're thinking of transferring from private school.... you're in the back of the line. You'll only get into honors classes or anything else only if there is space left after the kids that are already there, irrespective of your child's qualifications. Unless they change things to accept new admissions when they do their class planning in the spring, you'll only get into honors if there is already an extra seat.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 18, 2010
The teachers and after school programs are awesome!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
Clifton Middle School is one of the greatest middle schools in our Monrovia District. The parent involvement and the great teachers help made this possible. I like the participation of the parents and the awesome involvement of our kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
I love this school because my kids feel safe and they get a great education .

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2010
Traci Golar, the principal, is absolutely outstanding. Leadership starts from the top down, and you can see the results of this new leader already! The support the Clifton provides for students amidst a devastating budget crisis is commendable.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 12, 2010
Our girls have been at Clifton for 6 years and it has been a great experience.Wonderful staff and families -- Go Cubs!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 12, 2010
Great school that has gone through an incredible rebirth since our oldest started there 7 years ago. The CA Distinguished School award was only the start on the path to giving our kids a great education.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2010
What I love about Clifton is that it provides such a great opportunity for kids to excel academically but to enjoy their middle school experience. They have the right balance of activities and events that keep the love of learning alive. Thanks Clifton staff, you're the best.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 12, 2010
Provides Students with a good education. Prepares well for Highschool.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 12, 2010
My nephew does very well at Clifton. It seems the staff keeps the kids engaged in learning at every level.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 12, 2010
Great teachers who take the time to help the students and the principal and other administrators really care about the kids education and well being.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2010
I love the way all of the teachers make each student feel valued and take the time to meet the individual needs of each student. The staff strives to help each student reach their full potential. Both of my sons love Clifton!

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2010
We love the teachers and the challenges and support that they provide for our daughter. It's a great learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 12, 2010
Good programing. I love school loop keeps me informed

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 12, 2010
The teachers at Clifton are very dedicated to the students and go above and beyond every day.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 12, 2010
The reason why I love Clifton , it offers so much Love their extra curricular activities.. as well as all their teachers and staff .. Great school

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 12, 2010
Perhaps this school deserved the high ratings at some point, but not anymore. I currently have two children there - and this is the worst school experience I have ever had. My oldest daughter went to a different middle school in another city and it was wonderful compared to Clifton! With few exceptions, the teachers are unavailable to assist the students outside of the classroom. They don't give the extra attention needed to actually help students learn. I've even written letters to teachers for clarification on projects and assignments and gotten no response. On one occasion my daughter waited patiently after school outside the teachers office (as instructed) to get some tutoring on a subject she was struggling with. After waiting for almost an hour, the teacher told her he didn't have time for it and blew her off. Some of these teachers need to reevaluate their profession.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Clifton seems to really care about their students and has an excellent music program.

- submitted by a community member
February 11, 2009
My child loves all of the teachers and staff.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2009
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- submitted by a student
January 13, 2009
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- submitted by a student
September 25, 2008
Iam a student from Clifton and it rocks. Go 7th grade and Go Cub's!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a student
June 05, 2008
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February 25, 2008
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December 24, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2007
This a Great school. My daughter is in the 6th grade and has done wonderfully. She is thriving socially and academically her grade point average is above a 4.0 and she is in Leadership. The Principal is ALWAYS available and the teachers are a great help. I feel she is getting a grade A education. Now the High School I am not sure of.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2007
My daughter has transitioned so well into Middle School life and I'm so glad we stayed part of the public school system and didn't listen to others that were private school snobs. Middle School is a rough period and a private school doesn't eliminate the problem. Clifton has been great, tutoring after school, enrichment classes. Communication and parent support could use some help - but I imagine both of those drop off at all middle schools. Instead of writing checks to a private school, why not write them to a public school PTA and dedicate some energy to the school - instead of complaining how bad they are...you can't complain about something you have never even seen.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2005
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- submitted by a student
August 19, 2005
I have had 2 children go thru CMS. One child has mental retardation and was in special education class and loved it. She was included in activities where she could and was respected and treated fairly. They begin to teach life skills (washing PE clothes, folding towels, cooking) as well as academic skills in middle school SDC. Clifton does a great job in their special education dept. My other child is now an 8th grader. He is doing great. His grades are A's and B's and 1 C, and he gets free afterschool tutoring as often as needed. I work full time, but I am involved as I can. I join PTSA, go to the school evening funtions, and generally attend everything that my son is in. If his band is playing, I am there. If he is in tutoring, I randomly stop by to check and thank the teacher.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2005
This school is ok. There are many fights and bullies though. The 6th grade year for my kids was always hard but when 7th and 8th grade came along they were fine. They are many little 'groups' and your kids will need to join one just to fit in with the school kids around him/her. I don't think it is a really bad choice though.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2005
I'm not a parent, but someone who actually went through the school and graduated. I have to say, I loved this place. I learned a lot of things there...things that helped me excel in High School. I made many friends there through the Choir, Band and Tall Flags. Being a part of this school's alumni list is an honor and will always be glad I went there during my critical pre-teen years.

- submitted by a former student
March 21, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
January 22, 2005
I think the school is providing the education that my daughter needs, but I think it is unexceptable that they did not offer a cheerleading team this year for the eighth graders. She waited two years to be able to join and the option should have been available. I think the school/principal should have made an extra effort to find a coach. I also think one lunch for all grades is a bad idea. There is not enough time and sixth grade should be with the others so soon.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2004
My oldest son attended Clifton and is now graduating from Monrovia High and attending UCSD in the fall. He did very well at Clifton and enjoyed most his classes with Mr. Reale in all things technical and his English and Math teachers as well. My youngest son is now finishing 8th grade, and has needed lots of help. Sometimes the feedback was a little slow, but when we sought to correct some of the problems, we did get help from the staff, principal on down. There is the usual urban mix at Clifton, but I feel the school tries hard to teach tolerance, and so far the kids seem to all get along. Monrovia has the blessing of being a beautiful little town on the edges of L.A., and that helps. Overall, we were suspicious about Clifton from the start, but our fears proved completely groundless. Clifton did the job.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2003
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- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
My daughter is in Clifton Spirit Marchers. She is part of the drill team. The instuctor for this is great. She enjoyed her first year at Clifton. I think Clifton is a great school. This year I will have two daughters going to Clifton. I know they will have a great year.

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Clifton Middle School
226 South Ivy Avenue, Monrovia, CA  91016
(626) 471-2600
Last modified Clifton Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Clifton Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top