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.
This school has lower academic standards than other middle schools within a 15-mile radius. It is not in the bottom 30%, but it is also not in the top 30%. This is a mediocre school academically, and they will tell your kids that they are super when they are just average. The dishonesty from the teachers does not help the students aim high.
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.
I think the school is very focused on giving the students an overall positive experience, which is important. However, I think the school's low expectations and mediocre academic requirements, coupled by teachers telling the kids that they are doing great when reality they are not, make Clifton Middle School a very average school academically.
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.