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6-8
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North Hollywood, CA
Students enrolled: 1,661
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4525 Irvine Avenue
North Hollywood, CA 91602

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(818) 487-7600
(818) 766-9069
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November 13, 2014
No stars at all! I chose this school for my eighth grader because I heard it was a nice school. It was an awful experience from the moment we stepped inside. In the office, everything was disorganized, staff was laughing and talking and ignoring the long line waiting to be assisted. The teachers had a bad attitude with my eighth grader. There were kids screaming inappropriate names at the teacher, yet the teacher chooses to ignore them. Classes were filled with more than 40 students! My eighth grader was kicked out of two classes because there was not enough space and kept going back and forth between the counselor's office because the counselor kept saying to go back to class. Since the first day, some Latino kid came up to my eighth grader and began to say inappropriate names. We talked to the counselor and security about it but they did nothing. Also, another kid offered my eighth grader drugs and there were plenty of kids passing them around. What a shame. Worst school EVER! My eighth grader did not even stay a week at this horrible school. I tried to talk to the principal but I was told he was never available. I don't recommend this school. Parents listen to your kids!

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2014
I have a 6th grader in the Humanities Honors SLC. After hearing such great things about Walter Reed, I am sorely disappointed in the school and the SLC program. I think the program is designed around overloading students with projects and other homework that doesn't significantly enhance their learning. The amount of homework assigned assumes that kids pretty much only do homework after school and don't pursue any outside activities or interests. My message to Walter Reed is "you don't have to raise my child for me at home". Perhaps my sentiment is skewed to the upper end of the socio-economic ladder, but I think I have rights too. There definitely a drive toward parent participation for fund raising, but definitely not a willingness to take feedback on the curriculum. I understand that this is public school, and funding is a problem, but if you take the family sponsored fund-raising money, you should be willing to take feedback on the curriculum. Getting anything out of this school is just like any other public school (especially LAUSD); just a big machine. If I had this year to do over, I'd not choose Walter Reed. Run as far, and as fast as you can.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2014
The IHP program is amazing! My son is a 7th grader in the IHP program and is no longer bored at school. He finds himself constantly learning and being challenged to work hard in this program which excites him. He is very happy at Reed and I think his teachers are both remarkable and inspiring. He has also met nice friends outside the IHP as well. I am only sorry that our music director Mr. McDonough is no longer teaching here. He was another one of those demanding and inspiring teachers.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2014
I am a student in the 6th grade humanities academy, and if your looking for a great school you are in the right place. I have enjoyed my year with helpful teachers and kind students. Middle school can be hard at first but with the teachers helping you, the year for most kids is wonderful. Walter Reed is one of the best schools in not only Los Angeles, but the best in California. Having your kids experience this fantastic school will be fun, safe, and unforgettable. At least I know it will be for me.

- submitted by a community member
March 20, 2014
I am a sixth grader in the Humanities Honors Academy. Reed MS is a wonderful school. They have a great music department. I think of all the academies, Humanities is the best. This academy has a lot of fun projects and tons of field trips. And it is very easy to make friends at this academy since everyone is so friendly. Also, the teachers are wonderful. They are nice, respectful, and very smart. They always help you if you are in need. It is true that there is a lot of cussing in this school, but all you have to do is just ignore it. Walter Reed MS is the best!

- submitted by a community member
January 16, 2014
this school is always perfectly clean inside and outside and all the staff is respectfull and helpful!

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2013
its very nice i like it very much my child fits in well and made very many friends quickly everyone was nice and welcoming I'm glad I chose this school for my kid

- submitted by a community member
September 27, 2013
My daughter just started sixth grade and this nice girl helped her through the school and have her a tour. So sweet . My daughter loves this school! The teachers really are Caring. I can't wait to enjoy the rest of walter reed with my daughter .

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
As a parent of Walter Reed, I have to say that I am very happy with all the Parent groups that are on campus. They all seem to be getting more involved and making a big difference. In almost 4 years Carol has made such a huge difference not only in bringing in parents closer to work as one team but financially has made a big impact on campus in offering more funding for all our current programs. As a new parent coming in I already see that other parent leaders are also jumping in. I know that our school is already great, but I can't wait to see how much better it will be thanks to the parents that are looking for the missing dollars.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
I had two children go through the Individualized Honors Program and we could not have improved on their education. They are now both thriving in academically rigorous high schools, thanks in large part to the IHP and Walter Reed Middle School. Principal Donna Tobin is terrific!

- submitted by a community member
August 26, 2013
Walter Reed Middle School has seen great transition over the past several years. Providing quality education to students through memorable, meaningful experiences deepens their levels of wisdom, and makes learning fun. We are creating a variety of instructive opportunities throughout the specialized learning communities at Reed. We have a dedicated teaching and administrative staff and continue to develop our parent and community volunteer base. Each year a new team of volunteer leaders, channeling efforts from the elementary schools into the middle school, help our student proficiency grow in State testing numbers. We are proud of the community we serve and fortified by the support of our friends and neighbors. We look forward to a great year ahead unified for our children's education and developing community.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2013
We are parents of a child enrolled in the IHP program, which was launched in 1971. According to Time Magazine, IHP is perhaps the most successful junior-high curriculum in the U.S. "The Reed prescription has been almost deceptively simple: three excellent teachers, bright kids, parental backing and tough-minded adherence to some of the eternal verities of learning." As parents and volunteers, we found that the reputation is well deserved. The administrators are top-notch, and the teachers are great. Everyone pitches in to help each other, including the wider Walter Reed community and the other small learning communities. We are very satisfied with the education that our child receives.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2013
Walter Reed Middle School is a part of the Los Angeles Unified School District in the North Hollywood/Studio City/Valley Village area. It is a title1 school. The school offers a variety of programs: the Individual Honors Program, the school for Advanced Studies, the Humanities Academy, the Technology Academy, the Environmental Academy, the Culinary Academy, Bilingual programs, and Cadet program. The students come from diverse backgrounds. Fifty percent of the school is Hispanic. Walter Reed offers many opportunities for enrichment. There is an amazing music program. They also have clubs such as Spelling Bee, Math Counts, Robotics, Cooking Camp, and Model United Nations. The teachers are dedicated to helping students succeed. They often stay after school to help students with homework.

- submitted by a teacher
July 18, 2013
I am a single mother of two children attending Walter Reed middle school. my daughter has had a wonderful experience at this school, however my son has not. As a mother of two, my experience at this school has been a pretty good one.I do not believe that Walter Reed is to blame for the atrocious behavior of some students. you have to understand that schools have their hands tied because they're always getting sued. if you want to stop bullying then you need to address the problem personally.My son has been a victim of bullying but I am one of those no BS kind of parents. I do not bother the school with complaints of bullying, if you want to stop bullying you need to be able to take off the gloves.When my son has been bullied I let the parents know that there darling little angels are really demons monsters! I believe most parents are unaware of their children's awful behavior. Overall Walter Reed has been very good to me :-) We as parents need to address issues by talking to one another. Personally Walter Reed overall has provided a good education and decent place for my kid's to attend school.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2013
I couldn't have asked for a better middle school experience. At Reed I haven't only been gifted with a high class education but also with a community that excepts and believes in me. What I really like about Walter Reed is the fact that we're in seclusive environments "the academies" that become really close and tight knit. At the same time though, we experience a more general population which really prepares us for what the world outside of middle school, high school, college will be like. While we, like any other school, have quirks I can say that the time I've had at Reed has been throughly enjoyable.

- submitted by a community member
March 01, 2013
As my father used to say, "It's just too bad". Meaning this school could be great if it actually delivered on anything it promises. I'm not as concerned with the bullies as that's hard to control and the reality is we all grew up with it, but if your child is not in IHP, good luck! Even the other "Honors Academies" are not really different from the gen-pop (jail reference very appropriate). After a few months of believing a few teachers when reviewing our son's progress (not good), we learned from some other parents that what our son was telling us was true -- that two teachers in particular just don't like some of the kids and don't treat them well. It got so bad that we had to take our son to a different school. We remain incredibly disappointed as we had such high hopes for this place. Our son is "back to normal" and excelling at the new school he's at which is why I feel comfortable making these statements. But, if your child gets in the IHP program, go for it! You'll be fine -- otherwise, get outta Dodge fast!

- submitted by a parent
December 26, 2012
I am a student in 6th grade. So far, the only plus has been that I have some good teachers. But a warning for parents: there are lots of bullies at this school. The year just started and two kids have already spent a night in juvenile hall. Also, the kids here say awful, mean, and terrible things. If you do go here, just make sure to stay away from these bad kids, which make up 95% of the school. I'm part of the good 5%. Also, if you go here, make sure to either be in IHP or an Honors SLC. This school has a HUGE bullying problem, and today at the movies with my mom, I actually burst out crying.

- submitted by a community member
December 19, 2012
My daughter is in the Humanities Academy, and is in 7th grade. I do not like this school at all. The administration is rude, do not care, and are always to "busy". Some of the teachers are good. Fortunately my daughter has a very good math and history teacher, but her other teachers, not so much. They really don't teach them anything, and they overwhelm our kids with too much projects, when they haven't even learned anything. My daughter has also been bullied by this group of kids since last year when she was in 6th grade. They started cyber-bullying her, threatening her, and even hit her. The kids at this school are very rude, mean, and all they like to do is put others down. The administration doesn't make things better, by just sitting down, and drinking a cup of coffee. I do not like this school at all. If you like this school, then good for you, this is just my opinion. This school is also filthy. The only really good thing about this school is its music program, but even that- one of the music teachers is really rude, and always puts kids down. I would never ever in my life recommend to send your child to this school. I am looking for new schools for my daughter now.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2012
My son has been yelled at and humiliated by one of the teachers in the academy. I am in process of filing a complaint.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2012
I couldn't have chosen a better middle school for my son. I have experience great leadership from all the administrative staff, welcome parent center and great teachers who have high expectation from our kids. We've been there for almost 3 years. My son will graduate this year! Thank you Walter Reed! Home of the Wolves!

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2012
I'm currently a student in the 8th grade. I'm in the IHP academy which, might I add, does not degrade you to the "nerd" status. Academically, it's a really great experience. The teachers are extremely encouraging and will challenge you. However, they are always ready to pause and give you a hand when you need it. Social life is great as well. IHP is full of every kind of student, and chances are you'll always have someone to be great friends with. Each academy is very tight-knit and almost family-like. The award-winning music program at our school also provides a great opportunity to learn and make news friends. The environment, however, isn't that great; we often get notices of students being followed or robbed. There are students who are mean and display very bad behavior. The security is not too lenient or understanding, mainly because they are fed up with us. But, overall, it's a great school!

- submitted by a community member
August 07, 2012
I love Walter Reed Middle School! It's my most favorite school! The Humanites Academy (I am in the program), is amazing! Teachers are great and thoughtful. Join an academy, any academy!

- submitted by a community member
August 06, 2012
Our experience at this school has been excellent. The kids are great and my son made a lot of good friends. We moved here from another state and it was a very transition for him both academically and personally. Looking forward to another year there before HS!

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2012
My daughter just finished 7th grade and belongs to the Honors Humanities program. After 6 years at a private school, she made a smooth transition into this public school setting thanks to her wonderful classmates and knowledgeable teachers. The students are friendly and the curriculum follows the state standards. I have been pleased with the school and my daughter looks forward to going to school every morning!

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2012
I am an alumni of the IHP program at Walter Reed. It was an excellent program and undoubtedly the most challenging and rewarding educational experience I had in the LA public school system. The curriculum did not cater to a lowest common denominator. Its assumption of intelligence and curiosity encouraged me (and, I believe, my fellow students) to strive academically. I continue to have the highest respect for the teachers and for my fellow IHP classmates.

- submitted by a community member
May 15, 2012
I absolutely love my year so far at WRMS. I'm in the IHP and it is really fun. It is rigorous and challenging and I learn new things everyday. I especially love the music program. It is so phenomenal how we get to learn instruments. I am a huge fan of WRMS.

- submitted by a community member
February 17, 2012
wow. i am a student here and my teachers are nice and not much homework is assigned so i am happy. our teachers make sure we know everything and are kind

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2011
It's an ok school, if you're in an academy. THe academies tend to have a higher standard than the General Population. I'm in the Humanities Honors program. This school is great over all. I wish that they enforced the no tolerance for bullying rule. We do have a little bullying, and the dean or teachers aren't patrolling the grounds. The uniform is getting stricter, because we have a new dean. The new dean isn't as friendly as the old one, and they have different personalities. Stay with your friends and you'll be fine though. The Academies are really close. We all became like a family. We have our arguments, and competitions, but we all know each other really well. It can get a little clique, but we usually are very open. Also, being an honor student or in IHP, doesn't make you a nerd. It just means that you're smart and are proud of it. Our music program is amazing, and so is our Musical. This year it's fiddler on the roof, and I'm in the chorus. For music elective we have instrumental and vocal. If you're into music this is a great school for you. Overall, it's a great school and I hope that you apply here for an Academy!

- submitted by a community member
November 14, 2011
note: Anyone commenting on the scrubs thing is receiving false information. If anyone calls you a scrub it is most likely a joke, and I've never heard of anyone who took this seriously. And bullying isn't really a problem, however of course you will have a few students who get into fights, and this isn't always handled very effectively. I LOVE THIS SCHOOL! I am an eighth grader in the IHP, and I absolutely love Walter Reed. We are exposed to so many different types of people and literature, history, languages, sciences beyond what normal eight graders do (I am in AP Physics). We have a fantastic music program with choir, barbershop, winds, strings, jazz band, and many more. The P.E. area of this school leaves much to be desired though, the teachers aren't exactly in shape, and rules are very loose. Everything else is wonderful though, and I will be very sad when my time at Walter Reed must come to an end. GO WOLVES!!! <3

- submitted by a community member
June 26, 2011
My son just graduated from Reed and he's sad that his days there have come to an end. He was in the IHP program and his experience was nothing less than rewarding. The teachers, staff, volunteer parents and principal are all involved in this wonderful community. I found the student body respectful to adults as well as to each other on the whole.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2011
We are generally satisfied with the teachers at this school, and our child is doing well academically. However, we are very disappointed at the lax attitude of the Principal with regard to bullying. Supposedly, there is a zero tolerance policy at this school, but there is never any follow-through when an incident takes place (i.e. report filed and bullies receiving a consequence). The adults responsible for monitoring the students in front of the school are not properly trained (including the security guard) in how to keep all students safe.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2011
My second child is now in the IHP and the program just seems to get better and better. My son loves going to school, and every day I get to hear about what he learned in music, Latin, Ancient Civ and what they did in P.E. If you have a child who is excited about learning and doesn't mind hard work, the IHP is a great place!

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2011
My child is a student in the Environmental Science Academy. She loves it. The teachers are caring. They make sure that the students are prepared for the real world. Yes, they are strict, but my daughter says that the kids need it. The teachers give just the right amount of homework. They plan weekend field trips that my daughter loves to go to. I definitely recommend this school, especially if you're a hard worker and not a slacker.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2011
I am very concerned about the daily yelling at kids in the classroom and having counselors tell me that there are teachers that are only still working in the district and therefore the school because of the unions. My daughter is in 6th grade and I am horrified by the bullying of students by their teachers! Every day there is one crying student and teachers even ripped students homework because of a missing name. Telling me that this is preparing my daughter for a life out there doesn't cut it. I have a 25 year old daughter as well and neither me nor she has ever encountered such ugly school environment. I have talked to the teachers and counselors in the past and I am in the process of looking at other schooling options. This has been a very disappointing and sad experience so far and even having my daughter in one of the academies doesn't make it better!

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2010
I am currently an 8th grade student in the Humanities Academy, honors. I really do love the school. My teachers are fantastic, the curriculum is great, and I have gained intimate friendships with my peers in my class. Our music program is incredible, and has personally taught be so much. The P.E. department could use some work, but it is a minor bump in the road. I have seen reviews about Walter Reed not being a smart school with poor academics and bad teachers, but I find this to be untrue for the Smaller Learning Communities. The kids in the SLC's stick together and become great students, friends, and people. However, there is the general population which i the regular part of the school. The GP does not tend to do as well, make the right decision, or apply themselves in class as much as SLC kids. If you want to attend this school, I strongly suggest that you apply, but my only word of advice is to have friends in the Smaller Learning Communities. I hope you consider WRMS!

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 28, 2010
The teachers and staff are great , they're willing to help and most important my boys are doing great academically and are enjoying the Walter Reed experience.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2010
I was a student in the IHP program at Walter Reed. If you can get into the IHP, you are set for... middle school life, pretty much. The teachers are amazing, especially when you don't understand something, if you ask, you will understand it. And as some other people have noted, we are the only middle school in the country that offers (and does well) on AP physics B, and the school has an extremely good music program. I've noticed some people worried about P.E. - who cares? It's just P.E. The school, other than the IHP, is not one of the best in test scores, but I believe it is a good school none the less.

- submitted by a community member
May 05, 2010
For 38 years I had the great fortune to be a teacher and counselor at Walter Reed Middle School. Our school was gifted with great teachers and Principals. We were leaders in school reform, always looking for ways to improve the education services we provided our students. Working in union with our parents and local community we worked diligently to improve our school. Walter Reed was and is a great institution of learning. I enjoyed everyday of the 38 years I worked there.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating May 04, 2010
I am a teacher and a parent at walter reed. We have a staff who is dedicated to the success of all students. we have music, arts, academics, and more to offer. Teachers and staff are accessible, and we can definitely be called a family. children and their success is definitely a priority

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 18, 2010
What I love about Walter Reed Middle school...where do I begin? The school is providing my daughters with a challenging academic experience. The library and librarian are inspiring and engaging. The administration is consistently trying to provide parents and students with support services. The counselors and dean have zero tolerance for bullies. Teachers organize amazing week long field trips to Malibu and Big Bear science camps. Tutoring services are provided for children who need assistance. Social dances and activities for the students. All of this creates a wonderful learning environment that is priceless. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
Smaller learning schools within the school, like Humanities, help the children focus on areas of interest. The teachers are wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2010
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- submitted by a student
March 12, 2010
i used to be a student at this school but had to move to John Muir in Burbank. & this school is WAY better. the ppl r a lot nicer here. The Teachers r really nice & they have great music program. They always win the competitions. I recommend this school. but if u to go to this school u need to be able to stick up for urself

- submitted by a student
March 10, 2010
I have very mixed feelings regarding Reed. Both of my children are in honors programs in the Smaller Learning Communities. While the education that they receive is wonderful I do feel that many of the teachers need to get a reality check on why they became teachers in the first place. Many are rude to not only the students but parents as well. P.E. classes seem to be more about homework and reports than actual physical education. The grading system in P.E. is absurd! Each child is an individual, some more athletic than others, but it appears that this is not taken into consideration. Would I send another child there? Probably not.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2010
My son is currently in 7th grade IHP. All the teachers, he says, are very considerate and understanding, and they usually don't give too much homework. However, he constantly complains about the school environment, especially during PE time, when he isn't with kids that are as mature as him. However, he tells me that it has been getting better. Overall, Reed is great for their academics, and they even have an excellent music program, which my son is in, however, the school environment outside of the Smaller Learning Communities (academies) is not very good.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2010
I was a student there but I left because of bullying .The school is not that good. It has some good teachers but there are some bad ones. The kids there are cold and there have been big fights by race. I do not reccomend this school.

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January 31, 2010
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November 26, 2009
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- submitted by a student
November 22, 2009
I am a student at Walter Reed Middle School. I am in Humanities and it is great. The teachers there are strict but fun. Depending on the academy you're in, it differs. My academy is more art so we have many projects that has those feautures and there is a lot of cooperation. Also, the kids there are great and some misbehave, but every school has those troublemakers. The school is still the best school.

- submitted by a student
November 02, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2009
I am also a parent, very grateful to the school for giving my children the best preparation for academic and social success in high school. My kids got a lot out of being around other students with different backgrounds, both economic and ethnic. Made them appreciate all that we have! Teachers are all good enough, some spectacular!

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
I admit.... this school isnt the best middle school there is. some of the students in here is...kind of rough and pushy. but NOT in the bully kind of way. anyway, the teachers are great, the classes are awesome, and for parents, dont worry about the discipline and education; its nothing to worry about. all the staff are very serious about their work, and work hard to get the kids under control. its a great school for all!!! and did i mention this school has an awesome music department?? they have barbershop, choir, band, orchestra, jazz band!! and the jazz band here is THE most awesome!! this school is great for kids who love music!! Overall, this school is the BEST!!!!

- submitted by a student
September 14, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2009
The IHP (Individual Honors Program) program in Walter Reed is the only program/middle school in America that offers AP physics in Middle school

- submitted by a student
September 07, 2009
My child is going into his final year at Reed. The school experience for him was great and most of his teachers were and are fantastic. As an involved parent, I must confess that there are some major issues with the administration. It's unfortunate that more is not being done to change the way the administration runs things. It's unfortunate there are so many issues they don't address that are critical to the success of our children because we all know our kids are the ones who suffer in the future.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2009
I am a student here at reed and I can tell you that this school has taught me lots of great things.They offer great opportunitties for their students,the staff is amazing,and the teachers are amazing.I am in the SAS program and I love it.It carries a small amount of students in each class which helps concentration.I have been here already for two years and i have seen the school progress.This year is my last year and Im going into Leadership.I'll admit some kids at school dont have the right behavior at school but there will always be people like that at any school.I suggest you put your child in a school like this.This school welcomes anyone open arms.The staff knows how to control the kids here.They have good morals and are very friendly yet serious about their work.

- submitted by a student
August 05, 2009
My child was barely educated in sixth grade. She was in one of the 'academy' programs and learned more from the scifi channel at home. One teacher stood out and tried very hard to educate his students. The rest of the day was a waste. Talking to the administration is like banging your head against a brick wall.

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July 06, 2009
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June 21, 2009
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- submitted by a student
May 23, 2009
I think that the faculty of the school is very concerned about students needs and education. My child was lucky to have great and caring teachers with individual approach and great passion for teaching. Yes, I suspect that there are problems on campus from the feedback I get from my child and from the certain behavior of some kids I witness at the pick up time, but that is not because the administration of the school fails or ignores it, but rather determined by the background of the kids who attend the school. Students in IHP or Academy programs are very different in behavior and attitudes from the regular class environment, but that is the problem of the most public schools. If your child has goals and right attitude like mine have, the school offers all support and possibilities for the success.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2009
This school is very bad in my opinion. And from personal experience, I can tell you that the campus is not safe. I am a student and I should no. Some students do drugs, and that thing on campus and harase other students. Do your child a favor and don't send them to this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2009
i am not a parent, im a student in this school and i can tell that the school is NOT that good. The students dont give any respect to other students, and the teachers havr privilages.

- submitted by a student
no rating April 20, 2009
We're very pleased with the school. Our child is in the Tech Academy Honors class and most of his teachers are excellent and keep the kids challenged and motivated. Some are extraordinary and make an extra effort to do interesting things. The music program is excellent and parent participation is high. Check out the school's PTSA site at www.reedptsa.org. It is a much better source of information than the other sites.

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April 17, 2009
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April 12, 2009
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- submitted by a student
April 01, 2009
As a parent to a 6th grader in Humanities, we are very pleased with the program, the curriculum, the staff and the faculty. Everyone has been very responsive when we've had questions. I do feel there is too much homework, especially PE (hence 4 stars instead of 5). The trick is figuring out what the teachers want and give it to them. Parental involvement is key. While I do not always agree with the teachers' assignments, I believe a little respect by both parties goes a long way - and our teachers certainly deserve our respect, givcen the state of the economy.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 31, 2009
It is a great school if your child fits the whole 'left brain' learning. They have a one size fits all learning which leaves out flexibility and creativity altogether and thus leaves out a good portion of the students who learn easier with the right brain. I can say My husband, my brother, his girlfriend, and myself have tried everything under the sun to help my children succeed at a this school. The only people who seem to not be helping and to be COMPLETELY inflexible is the Walter Reed Middle School faculty, from the school councelors to the teachers. Though I think some of the teachers mean well, they have a lot to learn about teaching and learning styles.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2009
The Tech Academy at Walter Reed is fantastic! The Tech teachers are motivated, engaging and really help the kids succeed. There is a lot of parent involvement and the faculty are always available to discuss parents issues and concerns. It's the ideal environment for parents who are willing to be involved in their kids education.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2009
As to the review posted on Dec 4, 2008: I am a student in 7th grade in the IHP at Reed and I have plenty of time for extra curricular activities. I am on a club soccer team, I take voice lessons, dance classes, I have regular sessions with a goalie coach...all with extra time for homework. None of my friends complain of the problem of no free time, and the IHP does not 'discourage us socially'. And yes, Ms. Lawrence does rock!!!

- submitted by a student
no rating February 17, 2009
I rate this school with no stars Many of the staff teachers are very disrespectful to parents and to students by discriminating students parents very poor in teaching.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2009
I have fantastic teachers and i love being in the ihp. Yes, i have a lot of homework, but i still have a life and it pays off. Ms. Lawrence rocks!!!

- submitted by a student
February 10, 2009
I'm an eighth grade IHP student and I absolutely adore Reed. Most of my teachers are really good and I look forward to coming to school each day. We have a lot of homework, but I think it pays off, and I still get to pursue most of my other interests. I highly recommend this school!

- submitted by a student
January 06, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating December 04, 2008
The IHP program is a truly fantastic HG prep school model for MS, but it concerns me that the students are so driven that they're 100% consumed with academic achievement. Unlike the other Reed students, even the younger IHP kids don't seem to have age-appropriate leisure time and their non-academic interests seem so restricted. None that I'm aware of have after-school time to do anything but study, none participate in school clubs or sports (just individual off-campus competition and extracurricular academics), and they don't even mix much socially for fun. Can't help but wonder why there is such an imbalance. Does the program emphasize achievement too much and neglect to enrich the whole child? What do other IHP parents think? Does IHP encourage your kids intellectually but discourage them socially? Does it allow them enough latitude and time to enjoy being kids?

- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2008
My first year and I'm already loving this school! Go Wolves!

- submitted by a student
November 16, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2008
Excellent SAS program for humanities and technology. Son currently in tech program and absolutely loves the challenge.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2008
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- submitted by a student
October 02, 2008
I really like the school. IHP program is great.

- submitted by a student
September 25, 2008
I am currently attending my last year in Walter Reed Middle School. It is a terrific School. All the teachers & staff are very friendly. I think that Mr.Foli & Mr. Koperberg are some of the nicest teachers there. WRMS is definetly preparing me for high school. Reed is the way to go. Go Wolves!!!

- submitted by a student
September 03, 2008
best middle school you can find great education program, great administrators, and great classrooms. i graduated from walter reed two years ago and my teachers they really prepared me for high school. Go Wolves!

- submitted by a student
September 01, 2008
Walter Reed is one of the best schools in the city. I loved it and I recommend all parents to enroll their kids in this school. Staff members are really nice especially my counselor Mrs. Giagni the most nicest counselor ever I love her she is incredible and very helpful.

- submitted by a student
August 24, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2008
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- submitted by a student
July 23, 2008
Most importantly, I like the educational programs at Walter Reed, however, I must agree with several others who express the big drawback that the office staff seems standoffish, unfriendly, unwelcoming and generally aloof, as if they almost seem to function under the expectation that every parent's arrival purpose is to pose an argument or complaint with them. This one aspect of the school brings my score down to average. I also feel that there should be more safety supervision before and after school, as many kids horse around the surrounding streets near the school in a way that seems very dangerous around traffic.

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2008
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- submitted by a student
May 21, 2008
My son is finishing up his first year in the Individualized Honors Program, and we are extremely happy with the school and IHP in particular. He is enthused about his classes, especially Latin and Spanish. Homework has not been too onerous, and the teachers are caring and involved. Glad we picked IHP!

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2008
I'm graduating this June so I've been at Reed for 3 years. The school is great overall. The teachers are amazing and unlike what the other reviews say, the staff really cares about the students. I'm in the humanities academy, honors and all I can say is it's great. The only problem I have is the student population. There's a huge contrast. Half of the students work hard at school (or at least work to get a c average) but there are other students who go to school and waste time.

- submitted by a student
March 23, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2008
I have gone to WRMS since 7th grade. I think being in the honors program helps to prepare the students for high school. It gets very tough though and the level also makes it challenging almost past our limit. I would recommend this school to children who are able to go past their limit and can tolerate being pushed where they might not want to go.

- submitted by a student
no rating December 17, 2007
Sorry to hear such negative opinions regarding staff and especially the B Track Counselor. Our experiences with this counselor have only been positive ones. She is friendly, caring and extremely helpful whenever I call her. Their job is a very difficult one! We love Reed!

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2007
I think that overall this is a great school. I have gone to WRMS for 2 years and one semester. The teachers help the students, and there are lots of programs available for struggling students. I take after-school programs in the library to help me with algebra and english skills, sometimes homework. I can tell the staff and teachers try really hard to help the school, and most students too. when I graduate, I'm sure I'll leave with so many great memories...though i dont want to leave. :-(

- submitted by a student
September 05, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2007
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- submitted by a student
no rating August 02, 2007
So far, there has been alot of disappointment. The advertised electives are not available, especially on C track, which seems to be an afterthought. The music programs that the school has been known for in the past are not availalbe to 6th graders. The Tech Academy, now in its 2nd year, has no computer curriculum or computers available for the 7th graders who started the Tech Academy last year. Administration suggested that the PTSA fundraise for the equipment so that what is advertised is provided. I agree that the administration is not receptive to parent concerns. And, there seems to be not only a lack of a plan, but an unwillingness to acknowledge that this is a problem to be corrected.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 18, 2007
I am a student and i would like to tell you this school is not that great. The staff has no respect and dont offer any opportunities for the students to express themselves. If you want a school with good test scores than come here, but the teachers dont actually pay attention or care about your child.

- submitted by a student
July 06, 2007
Im very dissapointed with the staff at this school. It seems that no one wants to help and have a bad attitude, especially the attendence office. I finally met the councelor ('B' track) who was rude, mean, and disrespectful. I left my daughter feeling very unhappy. If the school will improve their attitude in the office and treat parents with more respect it might be a good school.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2007
This school caters to IHP students and their parents. If you fall into any other category, which a majority do, then good luck having any positive communication with teachers or administrators. Most are overworked and too busy to hear or act on your concerns. Some of the teachers are good.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2006
WRMS is too cool for school. It has good teachers and a great Music, Art, and PE program

- submitted by a former student
November 13, 2006
My son is in the IHP program at Reed and I have never been happier. He's enjoying his learning and is excited about going to school every day. In fact, for the first time ever, he likes math and is doing very well in the subject. The teachers are great. I would recommend this school to any parent interested in a LAUSD education that works.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2006
Walter Reed Middle School is a excellent school. 'At Walter Reed Middle School learning is an art!'

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2006
I have a son who graduated from the 8th grade this year, and have a daughter going into the seventh. My son's experience was a great one, and he leaves with the greatest memories. Of the 3 years my son spent there, there was never a time when I felt he was not getting the education he needed. All of his teachers were approachable and always had time to spend with us anytime we felt a sit-down was warranted. We feel it served as a great spring board to the high school years about to come. As for may daughter, she is part of the humanities academy and is absolutely in love with the school and her teachers. Excellent School!

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2006
So far Walter Reed seems like a great school.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2006
Good academic program, especially the IHP. Too much emphasis on P.E. - goes beyond rigorous. Music program is good. Excellent Math and Physics teacher for the IHP.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2006
My daughter feels the campus is somewhat overwhelming but she is generally happy with the academic program. Some of the teachers are so so but there are defenitly some really good ones. She does not feel safety is an issue.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2006
Good school with lots of help for those students whose skills are lacking, I like the 8th grade programs. Teachers are approachable, and helpful.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2006
Overall a good school with a Program Improvement status that it cannot shake. Looking at it's test results it shows that it does not have an program that serves all students

- submitted by a teacher
January 14, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2006
I was initially excited about the arts and music programs for my beginner in 6th grade. He is now the top of the class, due to lots of kids who are moremore kis into the music program half way through, and they have to start all over. Needless to say, we are dissappointed. Some of the teachers are very strict and give way too much work, and grade on a tight schedule, while others let kids skate by with barely anything. He did more learning last year at his old school where they prepare for middle school. I will be leaving this school this year.Couselors promise to meet, but are overwhelmed with too may kids & cannot get to them to help.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
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- submitted by a teacher
January 11, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
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- submitted by a teacher
January 11, 2006
Reed Middle School is an excellent school that creates multiple opportunities for students to excell. Some choices are the Humanities program, IHP, and the new technology magnet. This school gives an all around education that incorporates art, music and various other extracurricular activities.

- submitted by a teacher
December 15, 2005
Walter Reed has a verisimilitude of activities for its students however the student/teacher ratio is very high. Many of the students come from lower socioeconimic backgrounds. There are several different academic programs that are available but the availibility can be extremely due to the quantity of qualified teachers to preform these programs. Music and art is available but due to scheduling conflicts a students choice is often not met and they are forced into classes which they have no interest. Parents of many students do take an active role but have to send aconsiderable effort to get the courses that their child desires. There is great room for progress in the physical education department. Parent involvement is on a mustgo basis and many who volunteer are not called except for a minority which have not made waves for change.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2005
My niece went to Walter Reed and we found her education to be unstimulating and lacking. If it wasn't for additional outside support, she may not have tested into her current high school.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2005
I will have two children at this school in the fall. Academically the school is currently fractured with some programs being strong and others being weak. The correct placement of your child is essential or they can get lost in the shuffle. Cliques and fighting can be a problem. Hopefully, things will remedied if and when the school gets off of the track system.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2005
The programs for general ed can be great, but not always. Some exciting new teachers, and inspired old teachers. But a few should retire. You can get a good education but parent needs to stay involved. Hate the tracks.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2005
Its an ok school but not really that good in test scores and behavior. I wouldn't recommend going here. Uniforms!

- submitted by a student
April 25, 2005
Walter Reed Middle school is a great school. The electives there get you very involved and enjoy your time at the school. There's an excellent music department at this school that allows children to compete in San Francisco for trophies. The competition is very exciting.

- submitted by a former student
April 19, 2005
The Individual Honors Program might be the best program in LAUSD, and it's existence is almost a secret. This is a non-magnet, admission by application program for those kids who test highly gifted or test gifted and get in on the basis of recommendations. Most of the kids get in off of recommendations, so the program is not out of reach for any bright, academically ambitious, hard-working kid. The workload is very demanding, most of the teachers are great,and kids are pushed to their limit by programs such as accelerated math and AP physics (which is offered to 8th graders). Socially, it is a great space for nerdy off-beat kids, who can identify other kids who are like them and laugh at their jokes. The music programs are out of this world. The biggest drawback is year round scheduling, which keeps kids out of school from Christmas through mid March.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2005
We were given a thorough tour of W.R. middle school, the IHP and SAS programs. They look very good, though we are concerned that homework will run up to 3 hrs./night in the IHP, 2 in the SAS program. This concerns me. The string orchestra is large, and could use a string specialist (a string player and teacher) to really bring them up to performing level.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2005
Incredible music program, comparable to the best high school programs, with participation of over half the student body. Does very well with intellectually gifted students.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2005
This school has poor teachers. The extracurricular activites are good. They have a choice between drama, music, chior, art, and tutoring options. The school has no sports. The music team has a lot of great musicians and have won many awards.

- submitted by a student
November 26, 2004
IHP is strong, with better than average teachers, strong administrators, with highly motivated students and parents.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2004
This is a great school. My son attends the IHP program at Walter Reed -- he loves it ! Great Music department. Science, Math History and English are the best I've seen. Also the school buildings and grounds are clean and safe.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2004
Walter Reed offers the Individualized Honors Program. This is for gifted and highly gifted students. It is amazing, it is well supported by school administration and has an outstanding teaching staff. The students are allowed to reach as far as they can without limits. How many schools offer Latin as an elective for 6th graders? The school overall is excellent in and out of the IHP. Great neighborhood. The only middle school around that offers 10 plus music options from the most begining program to the very advanced. The students travel to a variety of competitions around the city. There are also singing and hip hop groups. Many options for every child.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
This school has the feel of family. They really do care about our kids.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
Walter Reed ia a distinguished School. Has very high academic grades. They can work on physical activities. Has many parent/student progams like bake sales, pot lucks, and much more

- submitted by a parent
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Walter Reed Middle School
4525 Irvine Avenue, North Hollywood, CA  91602
(818) 487-7600
Last modified Walter Reed 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.
Walter Reed Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 135 reviews. Top