I love CdM, because it's a community school, and living in Newport Beach, the kids that I've grown up with on my street are the kids in my classes here. Sports are a big enough deal to be really fun if you're interested, but there are lots of other ways to get involved, like clubs (Best Buddies!) and the four leadership groups. Academics are good, but not great. Freshman year is pretty rough. It goes uphill from there, but the freshmen and middle schoolers generally get stuck with the bad teachers. And insider tip: if you're planning on taking honors bio, try and get in with janet dichiro - over 90% of the class does her study group, and it fills up really quickly! You'll want it, because the teachers have no clue what they're talking about. Most of the classes are pretty good, but there are little tips like the honors bio study group for everything. If you put in the effort, you can get what you need. That said, you can also skate by pretty easily if that's your objective.
i think this school gets a superficial rating based on it's location. I warn parents of children entering from many of the really solid elementary schools into this program. the touting of their academics is based on a philosophy of teaching by fear rather than teaching by encouragement. This may be a wonderful school if you have a child with disciplinary issues however if you have a child that generally follows rules and behaves they will be subject to the harsh scare tactic methods. The teachers are sub-standard and the students are generally out of control.
I graduated from this school, and now my daughter is entering 9th grade, after 2 years of (same campus) CdM Jr.Hi. academically, it is great, however a child's "education" is not all about grades. the school is RUN by parents who are wealthy & as spoiled & undisciplined as their kids. There have been numerous scandals (check the news) resulting in NO (or minimal) consequences for the serious offenses committed by popular or athlete students. teachers who are expect discipline & accountability are bullied by the parents, while lazy ones lauded. We just had BOTH the principal & VP give notice, in the same week. you need to seriously weigh your priorities before choosing this school...
We have never been so disappointed by a public school before. We have lived in many different states and thought that Newport Beach, California would offer our daughter a decent education. We were so wrong. Please note that we are talking about the Middle School here. The teachers are uncaring and unprepared. The principal never responds to our issues, despite endless letters and e-mails of complaint. From the very first day at the school, Ms. Bloomfield (Algebra) was purposefully unhelpful and unkind to our daughter. It was such a negative experience for us at CdM that we withdrew our daughter before the end of the year was over. Not only that, but we've all decided that she is not ready for high school and so we will do 8th grade all over again (with a mix of homeschooling along the way). By trade I am a public school teacher and I have never been so confused by the actions of the majority of adults at CdM. Let's just say that they are all too happy not to be able to help you in any way. A grave mistake we made choosing CdM. Would not recommend it for any Middle School aged child.
I really enjoyed this school socially speaking, because of the large student body, there was a group of friends for every student to join and eat with during lunch or break. The education quality was also not too shabby, to say the least. My only gripe with this school was the bullying I experienced throughout.
CDM is a great school for high achievers but misses the mark when it comes to children with learning disabilities. Some of the very teachers (RSP) who specialize in helping the children actually create more disadvantaged students. There are some teachers that shouldn't be allowed to teach children with disabilities because they either don't know how or don't care. Also, when a child with learning issues is put into the general population the teachers seem to be unaware unless the parent contacts every teacher and is constantly reminding them of the situation. The social culture at CDM is also very cruel to teenagers who don't fit the mold. I think the school needs to address the bullying and harassment more. Too many rich and popular kids get away with heinous behavior at the expense of others and it needs to stop.
The social environment at CdM is frightening and this has been demonstrated by several different events over the last two years. Sex education is severely lacking, and the community there (including the PTA) does not support or even protect students.
Because the teachers, coaches and all staff are really into the students, their education and want to make it is fun as posible while still learning!
At Corona del Mar High School the students learn so much. Not only is the Academic program outstanding, but all the various extracurricular activities(i.e. clubs, athletics, the arts, etc.), and community service requirements help develop well rounded students. Students improve and develop socially, emotionally, and in character as well as academically. Our school is a National Blue Ribbon school and a California Distinguished school and is very successful in getting a large number of students into colleges all around the nation and abroad each year. Furthermore, the teachers, staff, and administration are all excellent, and our local community does an excellent job of supporting our school with time, talent, effort, and finances. Most of all the kids love being there. They feel a sense of belonging on campus, and really do enjoy their days at school. When asked if they'd like to try a different school, many kids say that they'd rather not attend any other school. Those are all great reasons to want to attend Corona del Mar High School.
great teachers + great parent involvement = great successful students
fabulous teachers, fabulous spirit, incredible communication to the parents.
All the kids are really motivated to study hard and prepare for college.
Amazing campus, staff, parent involvement and high academic achievement by students.
My daughter is so happy with the middle school - they really do a lot to help them learn responsibility and organizational skills.
My daughter entered 7th grade at CDM from a small 'non-feeder' Christian school. Her transition has gone very smoothly. We have found the teachers and students at CDM to be very helpful and friendly. Her elective is band (level II) and she has had a wonderful time, not only is she improving musically, but she is enjoying going to the football games with the band on the bus. There is alot more homework and responsibility at CDM so I have no regrets about sending her there for 7th grade rather than waiting for 9th. My only criticism is the parking/pick up situation. The NBPD needs to step in and take charge. It is a dangerous situation.
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