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Newport Beach, CA
Students enrolled: 1,159

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2000 Cliff Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92663

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(949) 515-6910
(949) 515-3370
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June 21, 2014
I would give it negative stars but it is not option. I went there and so did my kids. Some of the teachers are very responsive some are not. It is very hard to get EVERYONE on the same page. Some of the administration don't deal with children the correct way and just assume kid is lazy or bad rather than trying to understand what is going on especially one that needed special education and I had to get an advocate to get him tested. When I went the bullying problem was horrendous, and when my son went it was even worse. SOME of the administration don't know what to do with the problem and with the kids who are doing the bullying. The anti-bullying campaign they are using isn't working and they need to find another way to address the problem other than turning it on the victim or just blowing it off. The two worst years of my life were there and the two worst years so far of my son's life were there. You would think something had improved?

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2014
I hate going to Ensign. Eighth grade honors english is ridiculously pointless, because I am learning the same concepts as I did in seventh grade with Mrs. Cross, but in a worse and far more confusing way. Honors english teacher is unorganized and I notice she is often asking us "Is this helping you?" as if she thought of the lesson five minutes before class. I have a friend who once TA'd for her in a separate period from her own. She said that it was like a whole different class between the two (in the same day). Few good teachers, but some include Ms. Rain, Mr. Harrell, Mrs. Rush, Mrs. Cross, and a few more that I have heard about, but do not have myself. Very disappointed with atmosphere here. I myself fall victim of being too self obsessed at times but most white kids have psychological issues with being too confident in themselves. Programs developed to "end bullying" do not help atmosphere at all. In fact they just draw attention to a dying epidemic (I'm hesitant to even call it that) and waste students time. Renaissance program to reward good grades is not motivating at all. Most teachers either unenthusiastic or annoyingly overenthusiastic. I have hated my time here so much.

- submitted by a community member
October 25, 2013
The staff and teachers at Ensign are dedicated and very inventive. We like the Life Skills Class for 7th grade elective. The chior and all of the clubs are great too. Wonderful school. My daughter is doing very well at Ensign this year.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2013
My son has always done well in school however, math was an issue. While math is even harder this year, being in 7th grade, he is getting an A!!! In fact, he is excelling in every class. I love his teachers, they are attentive and challenging. So far, this school has been very good to my son.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2012
My child attended both 7th & 8th grade here. While the teachers were decent and some were great there is a huge bullying problem. In addition to the bullying issues the administration, on the whole, handles issues in a very unprofessional manner. I can't name names here, but you will quickly learn which VP is effective and humane and which is on a power trip. Sadly despite being in a wealthy area with financial resources this school is only average, largely do to it's poor social policies and not so much the intentions of the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2012
The teachers are constantly paying attention to students and trying their best to give them a perfect learning experience. Any student that fails is not trying their hardest to get an acceptable grade in their class. Sorry.

- submitted by a community member
April 02, 2012
My son is thriving at Ensign! The teachers have shown awareness of his abilities and needs and have been responsive to my requests. A very good middle school!

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2009
Absolutely fantastic! Excellent and challenging learning environment. Steve McLaughlin, the new principal is incredible, and the teachers are outstanding. Our daughter is an eighth-grader, just about o graduate and go on to Harbor High. We've had two fantastic years at Ensign - couldn't imagine how it could have been better. she's learned so much!

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2009
grat school.teachers are very good vat getting the point to children

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2009
My child attends this school and it has helped her go from a D- all the way to an A+ she transferred from Tiwinkle located in Costa Mesa. She loves Ensign!

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2009
And you are correct to say that. But the main problem is not the teachers. They are bombarded with apaperwork and forms to fill out due to the principals goals to self achivements. So many programs like ' Champs' and etc, are not working related by the teachers. If the teachers show no support to the students it is by the abundant of forms and reports introduced by the principal.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2009
This is the best school ever. My son was a drug abuser from CDM so we transfered him to Ensign Intermediate School and his grades went up from d's to b's. 10 out of 10

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2008
principal very involved, works well with parents and is liked by students. our son excelled here last year, and my daughter will begin next week.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2008
My child, who has always been a good student, starting failing half way through the school year. Once this was brought to my attention, via progress report, I immediately started contacting his teachers. Only a couple responded, but we worked together with the counselor and vice principal to change classes around which seemed to solve all of the problems and ended the year with a 3.5 versus the 2.0 he had months before! My only advise to parents is that if your child is having a problem and the teachers are not responding, go directly to the counselor and vice principal. They will work to take care of any issues!

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2008
Teachers show little or no interest in student's progress. Teachers not responsive to studen'ts needs or parents requests. In general, this school is a 'sink or swim' environment!

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2008
I attend this school and I must say I haven't enjoyed my stay here at all, the teachers aren't to happy with their jobs and class sizes are to big, can't wait for harbor next year though, I've heard great things!

- submitted by a student
February 14, 2008
Ok I dont understand why everyone is bashing my school. Maybe the years they went were bad but I started this year with a new principal and its great. Also, most of the people writing comments about the horrible teachers and they weren't even the ones in their classes. And the woodshop teacher, although he isn't always the nicest teacher ever he is very nice if your nice to him and you do your work. Ensign has been good, and its a great place to grow up.

- submitted by a student
May 04, 2006
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April 24, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2006
What happened to Newport Beach's great schools? Frankly at this point I am ready to pull my daughters out of school and do home-schooling program, simply to keep them away from the terrible influence of the other unparented children. I wish I could say some nicer things,but no...

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2005
Quality of academic programs weak. Too little time given to each subject. Extra activities scarce and hard to get information on them. No PTA involvement that we are aware of, nothing sent home with our child. Too many children in the classes, no individual care given. Out of 7 classes, only 1 gives our child any individual time and effort. Most teachers are out the door as soon as the last bell rings and can't be reached for discussion. Leadership is lacking, nonresponsive to concerns. Overall we are very disappointed in the quality at this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2004
I also agree that the teachers have an incedibly bad attitude and many shoud think of retirement. They do not present a positive attitude toward the students or a strong desire for the students to do well for them. Many are placed in the wrong level class, and this hinders their performance and ability to do well. I just hope you will consider my opinion in the future when making class placement choices.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2003
I have to add a big ditto to the previous comments regarding Ensign's shortcomings. I note that one of these teachers is still there after 20 odd years - luckily he's just the wood shop teacher. I still don't understand how a school in an area with such a high tax base was so poor.

- submitted by a community member
August 28, 2003
The previous principal was useless. This year we have a new principal, so I'm expecting great things! He needs to give all of his staff and crew an attitude adjustment.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2003
Worst two years of my life. I had one friend who liked it. The other hundred barely survived. It's ok, considering the age we were at, but I had some of the most traumatizing teachers in my life while I was there. And then suddenly it was over, I was in high school, and we were all normal again. Not a great school, and not helped by the overabundance of teenage hormones.

- submitted by a former student

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Horace Ensign Intermediate School
2000 Cliff Drive, Newport Beach, CA  92663
(949) 515-6910
Last modified Horace Ensign Intermediate School is a Public school that serves grades 7-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Horace Ensign Intermediate School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 27 reviews. Top