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Northridge, CA
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9351 Paso Robles Avenue
Northridge, CA 91325

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(818) 678-4100
(818) 886-3358
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May 13, 2014
This is my sons first year(6th grade) at Holmes and he has really excelled at this school. He's in the magnet program and yes lots of homework and projects, but it's expected, after all it is middle school. He does have an I.E.P and the RSP teacher is the best. Answers my email and returns calls in a timely manner. Teachers address your concerns and answer email rather quickly. My son could've gone to Portola, but I chose this school because of the academics. He's very happy here. I'm hoping 7th grade will be just as good if not better.

- submitted by a parent
December 29, 2013
The Humanities Magnet program seems very good. The grading system is very confusing and complicated. It is easy for teachers and students to make mistakes and the teachers are not the ones to back down on this. (They will blame the students over their own mistakes.) . Middle school is a rough time for students; the school does not have any problems with bullies and the kids are pretty nice. I feel that the teachers are over worked and need teacher aides and a better grading system. Also a better student / parent support.system. They offer band and have a good PE program.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2013
My school is amazing ! Im a 7th grader about to be an 8th grader because its summer (YAY) at Holmes in the SAS Honors Program ! This school is awesome, I recommend for all kids of all races. This school is truly wonderful and so are the teachers, just watch out for teachers like Mrs. Hirsh, Mrs. Carr, and Mrs. Yuen. They're great teachers (especially Mrs. Yuen) but they're EXTREMELY strict and can be just a little bit mean but you will only get them if you get into SAS Honors! GOOD LUCK EVERYONE ! AND TO MY FELLOW 8TH GRADERS: I MISS YOU XD

- submitted by a community member
June 05, 2013
This school amazing! The teachers are great and they teach step by step throughout the year. My child is now in 8th grade and loved her experience as a 6th grader and 7th . The staff is completely helpful to you and to your child. And for the dress code , there's only navy and white collar shirts you're allowed to wear. You obviously CAN wear jeans! My child wears jeans to school , of course . Overall , I think this a good school to send your child to!

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2012
Love this school! My second child is in 7th grade and we chose Holmes based on the positive experiences we had when our first child attended. Best kept secret in the valley! Great teachers and an amazing new Principal!

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2012
my children are in grade 6 in the SAS program. The school is perfect, but the problem is some of the teachers. I heard that some teachers yell at the kids. Teachers also do not explain assignments or homework to do. Each class must be supervised so they do not have these problems. Otherwise the school is perfect and the programs they have are excellent. There are teachers that are excellent and love their jobs.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2012
My child is in 8th grade at Holmes, and it's been a great experience overall. Some bullying in 6th grade, but it's almost disappeared entirely by 8th grade. I don't know what the 1/23/12 poster is talking about. Jeans are a part of the written dress code; my child wears them every single day. Also, her classmates participate in after school sports and teams. They have lockers, but they don't use them for a reason. I'm sorry this child was bullied and left after one day, but in my child's experience Holmes has been good about disciplining bullies. I've found that, although they are urged to let teachers know about bullying, many kids don't, for fear of being labeled a "snitch."

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2012
Just might possibly be the worst school ever. Scratch that, it is DEFINITELY the worst school ever! I came from private school (big mistake) and only lasted a day until I was offered drugs, bullied, and yelled at by a teacher (profanities). I tried the next day, and it was even worse. I had a kid in my HONORS ENGLISH class who literally knew NO english whatsoever. So my teacher translated to spanish. There were no sports teams, after school activities, or lockers. Not even books for everyone. There are just about a million kids who are all mean. I have no trouble making friends but people were SO mean! The food was horrid, and you can't wear jeans! (?????) I ended up crying and going back to my school that I am so happy to have. PLEASE DO NOT send your kids here!

- submitted by a community member
November 16, 2011
I am digusted with the treatment of my child! This is my third child to go through this school. Last year my daughter had the best English teacher and the best Algebra teacher. I was hoping that my youngest would have the same experience. Instead, his 7th grade year has been disappointing and traumatizing! Some crazy woman who is allowed to insult and belittle the students has taken over the honor English, and my sons math class has been changed three times! There are hardly any electives or activities. Although my other two children had great experiences at Holmes...this year leaves a lot to be desired.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2011
My son came here in the 7th grade and is now an 8th grader. With the expception of 1 teacher last year, his teachers have been awesome! Especially this year. He is in 2 honors classes and the rest of his classes he has excelled in. He also is involved in the after school sports programs and loves them as well. His councilor is great and very on top of it.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2011
Horrible school. Have taken my children out. Rude unresponsive admin staff and terrible teachers who think nothing of yelling or grabbing the children.

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2011
I was a 6th grader at this school for 2010-2011. This school is a very strict school. Most teachers violently scream at the students. The attendance office staff are rude and disrespectful to students and parents. Although some of the other staff and teachers treat kids nicely. This school thinks that they are doing the right thing but in reality they are disrespecting the students! also teachers will asume you did everything bad and you did the the bad things. i suggest DO NOT take your children to this school. And this is out of my own expirience.

- submitted by a community member
June 15, 2011
I am a 6th grader at Holmes Middle School and i am here to tell you something from the inside. Students talk about inapprobriate things. They also use foul language. If you believed what they said you would not want your children to attend. As a 6th grader i hear a lot of things and to tell truth it was gross! The teacher do not support children and they yell at them. They are aggresively strict. if your child didn't even do anything the teachers would find a way to blame it on them. I am telling you for your own good. That's what I think of MY school. Also the P.E teachers are really strict too. I once took a long time changing and one of the teachers threatened to keep me after schoool to sweep. I am a girl. In conclusion send your kids to a different school 2011

- submitted by a community member
May 13, 2011
If your child is going into 8th Grade and needs RSP, watch out - the RSP teacher is terrible. And they have yet another new principal - the current one didn't even stay 3 years but is apparently moving to VRHS #4. I am an involved parent but am so glad to be out of there!

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2011
My daughter attends this school, is in the 6th grade SAS portion of the student body. So far, so good. She has made new friends, and has kept in touch with her grade school ones as well. The teacher's that she currently has, have been very supportive, and she is very happy. I will not tolerate bullying or ineffective teachers. If you are involved, you will receive what you need. Do not be a complacent parent. Get involved with activities, and participate in all fundraisers.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2011
I am a student at Holmes MS. I have been tormented by a few classmates, and other kids in the school who I have never met before. Some teachers use profanity in the classrooms. Though the SAS Program is excellent when it comes to academics, some teachers are inexperience, and the curriculum seems to difficult for them to handle themselves. The Magnet Program in good as well, but they offer the same curriculum as the Regular students. The teachers should be more aware to what's happening outside of the classrooms too, as well as the inside.

- submitted by a community member
December 15, 2010
I am currently attending this school as a sixth grader for the fall semester.I have been attending this school for 4 months, I am in the SAS program and it is wonderful.This school is a great school, but there are problems with some of the SAS teachers that I have. My English and History teacher (I will not mention a name) uses bad language around the classes and constantly tells us that we are more stupid then her other class.Now my Math and Science teacher she throws pencils out of the classroom from across the room if she hears you playing with it, and tells us that we are always behind her advisory class. Now my P.E teacher is great! And my old elective teacher was funny!( but still kept the class under control) But my other teachers including my current elective teacher tells us that they always talk about us and say how horrible we are and say our names. Now I'm not saying you child should not attend this school, I'm saying is that there are some problems with the teachers in the SAS program, but besides all of that the school is great! =3

- submitted by a community member
October 03, 2010
i this school !! i only been here for a month and love it ! tho some of the kids are very mean and talk behind your back . i have 5 teachers ! and its wonderful ! im not one of thoses kids with 4 teachers and its boring ! its exciting ! I have : Mrs.Arellano Mr green Mr Smith Mrs Zagnoli and Mr Burk and they are WONDERFUL :))

- submitted by a community member
June 18, 2010
i just graduated this wonderful school as the class of 2010 royals and for every parent that sends there kid to this school it well make your kid happy and the parent happy because your kids grades well go up these school has the best teachers and wonderful staff members that well help you at any time you need them

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 20, 2010
My daughter attends the magnet program at Holmes. It is great!!!! She is challenged every day and the teachers are awesome. Great parent/teacher communication! If I ever have any question or concearns her teachers will be there at my first request! She is being taught not only the core education skills but morals as well! She has grown so much since starting at Holmes in the 6th grade. Coming from a private school I couldn't have made a better choice!

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2010
I use to go to Holmes last year and plaese trust me when I say it is the scholl for you. Forstarters my grades improved drastically when I came here and all the teachers are very good. The parent involvement should be 5 our grad night was going to be cancelled but the PTSA managedd to save us and we got it back. I t is very safe the dean is very strict but helpful.The principal is trying to do his best. Oh and the honors program has test courdse way up high.

- submitted by a student
no rating April 24, 2010
My daughters was extremely happy at Homes Middle School. I was always hoping I could say that. The physical aspects of the campus are so beautiful, giving the students a great sense of pride. The teachers are challenging yet supportive and focused. My daughter had access to tutoring and loved doing the majority of the class projects in school working with her classmates and sharing concepts and ideas. She is more self motivated than ever and really looking forward to high school!

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
My daughter attends the humanities magnet. Team teaching and inter-disciplinary projects have kept her interest. Administration and teaching staff work have had great success as illustrated by test scores. But the bottom line is that my middle schooler has had a mostly happy three years here, and that makes ME happy.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2010
We have not had a good experience at this school. Our son has ADHD and we have not been able to get the appropriate support from the teachers and administrators. In spite of being highly gifted he has been struggling since the 6th grade. He has been unhappy except for being with his friends. We wish he could have had a better experience in middle school.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2009
It's an awesome junior high. Currently I'm a 6th grader, and they've been so welcoming an inviting ever since my first day. The education is excellent, and I would hate to transfer to another middle school. It's a very clean and positive campus. The dean, Mr. Acevedo, makes us feel all safe, and I'd feel so good after talking to one of the counselors. :)

- submitted by a student
no rating September 29, 2009
I love the school because it has been amazing for my daughter her grades have improved and the teachers are just wonderful and all have a great realtionship with the parents

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September 06, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2009
Im currently going to enter my eight grade year at Holmes Middle School and overall, my three years at this school have been great. This year they will be adding a music program plus they have open up the elective choices for the students. They are going to offer languages which count towards high school credits, which is amazing. The food isnt good, and not healthy at all. One of the best programs in this school is the A.C.E program, where students earn a an award based on their grade point average and get like coupons for a free homework pass, or quiz upgrade, etc. Sometimes, however, the magnet students will receive more attention then the SAS and Regular students. Holmes has an amzing math department, the teachers go at a speed at which you can truley understand the concept you are learning. Dr.Vallone is taking this school to the top!

- submitted by a student
no rating June 29, 2009
Holmes middle school is a wonderful school. But like people say some of the teacher give lots of attiude..

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2009
I have been very happy with the support of the magnet staff. I have 2 very different children in the school and both are thriving.

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April 23, 2009
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April 13, 2009
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March 31, 2009
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March 20, 2009
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March 12, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating February 26, 2009
I have attended Holmes for two years, and I have barely seen any negative influences from my peers. Sure some kids get bullied a little but the teachers everything they can to help. Our school has many great things that make it great and some things that make it bad, but no school is bad or good it is whether the student is willing to learn and cooperate with the adults. Though the school does not have many things to encourage the kids to keep going it all pays off in the eighth grade when you cross the stage (if your eligible). The food is always the same, some teachers are a bit grouchy, but all in all the campus is usually clean, and kids are willing to learn.

- submitted by a student
no rating February 23, 2009
My children are being bullied and tormented. Administration finally intervened after several calls and made the entire situation worse. My initial positive reaction to the change in administration is diminishing. It certainly takes several calls to get a response.

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January 22, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2008
Seems like the magnet teachers and support staff are more interested in going above and beyond for the kids. No real counseling or mentor teacher support for SAS kids.

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September 26, 2008
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- submitted by a student
September 24, 2008
i have read most reviews and the parent complain about how the teachers and staff are uncaring. what do they know...they don't go to shcool at Holmes. Holmes is a really good school and it would be better if it had more activities. But holmes isn't rich, and teachers have a life so they won't volunteer. So those parent s complainig about the teachers being mean...its not the teachers...its your students who talk in class and the teachers yell at them 10 times so they can stop. .Don't listen to the neg. comments. They are made by ignorant people, who have nothing better in life to do, but to comment on the uniforms and lunches and teachers and Mrs.Scott who tells them to not park in the middle of the street. put your child in holmes. and encourage them to do good, so the teachers won't yell.

- submitted by a student
August 26, 2008
I'm about to be an eighth grader at Holmes, and I would say it is fabulous. My experience into Holmes was easy, since I went to the elementary school right next to it, Dearborn. Most of my friends went to that school, so I had no trouble coming in. Thier SAS program, which I am in, is great, but my teachers mostly do not make the learning prosess enjoyable. Also, there aen't many after school activities, and Phisical Education is very strict and demanding. Plus, the food they serve isn't good, and there aren't enough choices for people that don't like or eat certain food. The school unform policy makes everyone look the same, and almost no one can show their individuality to even a reasonable limit. This school can be great, but it needs to look over many things in order to make it better for their students.

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August 25, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2008
I am currently an 8th grader at Holmes MS. The School is labeled as a Humanities Magnet, yet there is no program or classes that relate to this label. There is only one language, which is German and in order to be actually classified as a Humanites Magnet you have to have at least 2 languages. The school is entirely academic, which is fine, but the students have no chance of expressing themselves in a non academic way. The classes are quite boring. the schedule is always the same. The food is horrible and very unhealthy. All the principal cares about is having higher test scores. All in all i do not recommend this school.

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April 29, 2008
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April 20, 2008
Well i am currently an 8th grader at this school, and I must say its not wonderful. I have excellent grades, and the teachers are alright. But honestly this school does not offer much at all. There are practically no field trips, no activities at school, and the teachers don't care about us one bit. Personally I am thrilled that this year is my last there, and finally I can make something of my school, and its environment.

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April 16, 2008
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March 21, 2008
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March 13, 2008
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- submitted by a student
February 04, 2008
After visiting all of the local middle schools in my area, I have to say Holmes was the most impressive. The campus is a immaculate, the teachers that I met all seemed very caring and the principal is wonderful. I love the fact that the kids wear uniforms so there is no fighting over whom has the best clothes. My child is currently in the magnet program and the teachers are caring. My child is learning a lot and I am very happy with my choice in middle schools.

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January 08, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 14, 2007
this school is wonderful they really care about there students

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2007
Very challenging physical eduation. Science department fun and lots to learn. Math department is the best I have seen. Very experienced math teachers that definitely what they are doing. Not much parent involvement. No music program! I couldnt take band or any other instrumental courses.. administration particularly unhelpful.. but the campus is absolutely the cleanest of all LAUSD schools.

- submitted by a former student
July 31, 2007
The school is great it lets the students have fun while they learn to!

- submitted by a student
no rating July 06, 2007
Good school. Nice teachers and mean. This school is very good it helps out but maybe they should be more aware of what happens after class is over.

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June 27, 2007
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- submitted by a student
June 12, 2007
The staff is inefficient, the teachers over whelmed & the administrators are uncaring. The education & social well being of the students is completely unimportant.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2006
I really like this school. It's a safe environment and a great place to learn.

- submitted by a student
April 04, 2006
Very high standards. Teachers seem genuinely concerned about my daughter's education. Best math program. Good after school clubs. Very safe, no nonsense atmosphere

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2006
Holmes Middle School is truly an awesome school. We have come such a long way this year with parent involvement. What a great enviornment academically and socially. Nothing's perfect in this world, but this is truly an awesome school. As a parent that came from a very family and friendly enviornment, I was very scared for my daughter. The staff and the feeling on the campus truly helped to change my mind about going private for Middle School. There are many extra curricular activities for the students to be involved in. And the motivating incentives are awesome. The A.C.E. Awards is truly a great program. Our new principal Ms. Turner is a wonderful addition to the Holmes Family. Thank you to all of you for your support and love. My family has truly been blessed to be apart of the Holmes Family! God Bless and love, Erika Dodge

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2006
this is a school committed to academic excellence

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February 05, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2006
No intrumental music program; very strenuous physical education program (track); some good teachers and some burned-out teachers; Humanities interdisciplinary focus; good motivation program for good grades by school; children from low socio-economic so rather rowdy and stealing lost items.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2005
I'm very pleased that my daughter & I decided on Holmes Middle school. I started looking into Middle schools when she was in 4th grade. I went to open house, school tours. I also looked on the web site. The teachers at holmes really care about the kids. I know my daughter is getting a great education. I also know when I drop her off, that she will be in a very safe environment.

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August 18, 2005
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- submitted by a student
no rating June 22, 2005
This school just became a California Distinguished school which is a good thing.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 22, 2005
The teachers seem very good and caring.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2005
Very well run...teachers that care....a lot of workload on kids.

- submitted by a former student
April 28, 2005
My child is currently attending the Magnet program at Holmes Middle School. I must tell you that her teachers there are fabulous. She has the same teacher for math and science and the same for english and history. They also offer an elective every ten weeks (drama, art, dance, etc). My daughter is very happy there. It has also been rated as a 2005 California Distinguished School. Parent involvement is good but could always be better.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2004
Holmes middle school is an outstanding school. My son and daughter love it there, especially the Jazz Bands. The dress code is great for the kids.(no uniforms) and bulling is usually not a problem.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2004
Great school. I love the discipline, the content of the curriculum, the well-maintained facilities, but more than anything, I love the commitment demostrated by the teachers on a regular basis. I highly recommed Holmes Middle School for your children.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2004
My son is in his 2nd year at Holmes (7th grade). He is a part of the special education program, yet he is enrolled in some magnet school classes because those have the best teachers for him. The school works really hard to keep bullying and teasing to a minimum. I'm very impressed with the curriculum and the teachers' devoted attitudes. I highly recommend this school whether you child needs the regular curriculum, the magnet curriculum, or special education curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2003
My daughter goes to Holmes JR high. Everyone at her school are dressed properly because they have to wear uniform. I just love all her teachers. They are always helping her. No gangs and the disicipline is well taught. I know they will teach good things in this school. I would definitely recommand this school for your child

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Oliver Wendell Holmes Middle School
9351 Paso Robles Avenue, Northridge, CA  91325
(818) 678-4100
Last modified Oliver Wendell Holmes Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 73 reviews. Top