My kid attended this middle school recently. Although some of the teachers are okay other teachers are not interested in doing their job correctly. They have low standards and will tell the kids that they are doing great while in reality they are not. Case in point. The language arts and math scores are barely above average compared to other public schools. Yet so many reviewers have praised the school for the excellent academic work they are doing. The mediocre test scores belie the 5-star reviews posted on this website; if one believe the school should put academics first. This school is focused on sports and making the kids feel happy. This is all very nice except these children are being denied a decent education so that they will be competitive in a globalized world. If you want your kids to be mediocre, this is the place for you. If you want your kids to be competitive and be leaders when they grow up, get them out as soon as possible. I'm baffled by the 8 out of 10 rating. Obviously, the 5-star ratings come from people who treats average test scores as "great" scores. The real world will not be so warm and toasty 10-15 years down the road.
As I've mentioned before, some of the teachers are above average. But they are more than a few that have below average expectations and standards for your children. I believe this is because it will make their jobs easier if they would just tell the kids that they are doing wonderful and give out high grades when in reality the children are not learning what they need to prepare for college.
Based on my personal experience, some of the teachers are dishonest with the students. They would make appointments with the students to do activities outside of the school. And then they would cancel without telling these young students in advance. To me, they are setting a horrible example of how to behave as a responsible adult in life.
It's in a solid middle class neighborhood, thus, the high parent involvement. It's the top middle school in Monrovia. The school's safe and most teachers do their jobs. Could it be more challenging? Yes, but that goes for 90% of schools in our nation. Overall, we are pleased with the school.
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 ........
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.
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.
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.
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.