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6-8
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Oak Park, CA
Students enrolled: 1,081

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1002 Doubletree Road
Oak Park, CA 91377

(818) 707-7922
(818) 865-8641
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November 23, 2014
There are some reasonable teachers at Medea, however, especially in the language arts, the teachers are pushing these 6-8th graders into insanity. The large homework and projects along with starting every morning by screaming at the kids, doesnot present the school system having any control over whatever each teacher wants to do. The other problem is in the math department. They use a book for Algebra that has no instruction and common core also does not require the teachers giving lectures on algebra. Imagine the frustration and dislike it creates for math by frustrating the kids. PE coaches push the kids to the point that they become anxious over PE.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2014
MCMS is a fabulous middle school. The staff and parents work well with each other to ensure that the students have the necessary materials required to achieve greatness.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2014
Our 7th grade twins love this school. Everyone (from teachers and coaches to the entire administration) is committed to the students well being and education. This school 100% prepares the students for high school.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2013
I wholeheartedly disagree with your assessment of this school. I think if you look at any surrounding schools in the area, you will see that Medea is among the most progressive with heavy implementation of the Common Core State Standards and has been for the last couple of years. There are NO research based texts available yet, as the CCSS have not been fully implemented and won't be for at least the next year. Sure, there are plenty of publishers claiming to be aligned, but they are not proven and purchasing anything at this time is not best practice. It appears you are looking for high school level teacher qualifications in a middle school setting. I don't think you will find that anywhere. The teachers are very well qualified and all are credentialed. As a parent, I am offended by your negative post about this wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2013
For those who consider moving to Oak Park because of "great schools" Things to check before the move 1. Teachers qualification. MCMS doesn't release much info on teachers, but available data is pretty upsetting. Out of 5 Math teachers 2 don't have ANY math or technical degree. None of the teachers got a degree from a reputable public university. There are no History/Social Studies teachers. These subjects are taught by the Language Arts teachers. 2. Curriculum. The school did not adopt the common core standard (which is very decent). The text book the school uses for Algebra "Algebra Connections" by Tom Sallee is not the best choice. Actually it is probably the one of worst choice. Not surprisingly, since the school teachers are very far from mathematics. The fact that the last edition of the book is 2006 is a red flag already. Popular textbooks get republished often. History/Language Arts/Social Studies/Science are taught using the standard California edition text books, nothing fancy, nothing extra. All efforts are put into getting high CST scores, no effort is "wasted" by teaching anything beyond the test questions. 3. Honor classes. MCMS doesn't offer any honor classes.

- submitted by a community member
September 10, 2013
I love this Medea Creek Midle School, the teachers are great and easy to talk to in person and also by email, wich I find really convenien, the staff is so helpful on any question or inquire. As a parent I appreciate the involment of the Principal and Staff in the morning, keeping the children safe and most important making sure that the traffic not an obstacule for the children to get to school on time. The way that Madea is well thought is that they have the libary right in the heart of the school, where all the kids have to walk to go to the lokers and more, and them Books are not hiden in a big room, the books are expose to them every single day, I belive about visual and I think is fantastic. The children have their own hidration stations in the school, purified water for them to drink as they need, in other School by law they have to flash the fountain water in the morning to prevent levels of plomo. They tought about everything, less water bobles coming from home, we are looking forward a great Year at Madea Creek Midle School. I like like the way this year the school had the Madea Camp for the new children, that was a big plus, and they make the 8th graders participate.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2013
3. Electives. Yes, school has a great list of elective classes. But don't expect your daughter to study French and your son to be enrolled into Robotics. Popular electives are reserved to the "friends and families" of the school administrations. Regular students are randomly assigned to unpopular elective classes. 4. Traffic. If you want to see what nightmare looks like, drive near MCMS around 8AM. Of course administration is not 100% to blame for the current traffic disaster. The school wasn't planned to have 1000 of cars coming at the same time every morning. In addition Doubletree road has no crosswalks and no bumps/humps which adds to hazardous traffic conditions. 5. PTA. Unlike other schools where PTA monitors the quality of education at MCMS PTA has just one responsibility: to find the most create and useless ways of spending money donated by parents. 5. Donations/Cost. Slightly more than average LA area public school. Initial donation is $150 for the district, $175 for the school plus you will receive regular requests for donations during the year. In addition the district asks to a pay $40 for each day your child misses school.

- submitted by a community member
February 21, 2013
This school is not the perfect school it looks like from the outside. As student here, I can tell you that this school is not what thought it would. Many kids in 8th grade do drugs. The attitude of all the people in the school are very rude and disrespectful.The kids are immature and very snobby as well. The rules, especially the dress code, are harsh and pointless. The administration makes a big deal out of the smallest things just to prove that they have the power. The teachers do not teach very well and the academics are hard so it's hard very students to learn. I realize most of what I learn I have to teach myself. Don't let high test scores fool you into thinking this is a good school. I wouldn't recommend this school to any student. Please do not send them here.

- submitted by a community member
February 03, 2013
I love this school for the students and the teachers. I have some amazing teachers and so many friends. However, when it comes to getting the help I need from the administration, or speaking out for a cause, the students as a whole mostly get pushed aside. The administration only notices you if you have good grades and go above and beyond the expectations. I tried to start independent P.E. because I do sports and it would really help my grade, but they wouldn't let me. Apparently, you have to have your elective and gym time back-to-back. Having a free period to do my homework in the middle of the day when I should have P.E. would help my grade significantly, but no, I can't. There are so many stupid rules and regulations that actually in someways limit learning, which is the whole reason people come to school.

- submitted by a community member
February 02, 2013
Medea is a good school if your child is a high achiever. If your child is average or below, do not expect much help or support from the teaching staff or leadership. The main emphasis is on maintaining the high standardized test scores that make the school look good. The teaching staff is adequate but no real standouts that go above and beyond. Parent/teacher communication is a problem although every teacher stresses how accessible and transparent they are. Unless you ask often how your child is doing and if there any issues, the teachers will not give you any feedback. Don't expect much support from leadership if an issue arises between teacher and student. The teacher will always win regardless of the circumstances. The community and parents are great but just make sure you talk to parents of all student types before you decide to enroll. Do not be seduced by the high test scores.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2012
Could not ask for a better school! All staff is accessible and it is very easy for kids who are new to meet others. This school is the answer to our prayers. Perfect blend of classes, staff and students. The parental involvement is above and beyond. The Parent Faculty Assoc. has been able to fund many things that were cut due to the state budget including the Librarian (who is a gem and vital to all students and staff).

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2012
We are new to Oak Park and Medea Creek, but so far, so good. We have received nothing but warmth from everyone, the PFA President, to the School Principle and Vice-Principle to everyone in the main office and especially from the teachers. Back to school night last week was amazing and very organized. So far this school runs like a private school and the expectations of the kids academically, emotionally is very high, which my husband and I appreciate greatly. Most importantly, we loved the devotion & enthusiasm displayed formt he teachers at back to school night last week. We look forward to an amazing year!!

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2012
I hate this school! This is honestly a bad school. The kids here make everyone feel insecure.This school is full of groups and most of the groups are so mean. Half of the school does drugs! Even some 6th graders! The dean is trying to have us wear uniforms! I have been at this school since 6th grade and i'm not a bad kid. Its my last year here but i'm planning on transferring to Lindero Canyon Middle School! If you don't want your kid to be insecure about themselves then dont have your kids go to this school!

- submitted by a community member
March 15, 2012
I think it's a great idea to have uniforms if this is what the principal wants to do. Based on the below complaint of the kids being spoiled, this levels the playing field. I too transfered from another district: Calabasas actually. I really enjoy the fact that the kids get individualized attention and are far more down to earth than where we live. Oak Park in general has become our second home and we look forward to many more years to come!

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2012
Mcms is not the school it was when it was awarded blue ribbon status. My daughter told me the new dean is pushing for uniforms and will allow only 2 kids to walk together at a time. The principal is a great guy, and his hands are tied. I do not think our school has a gang problem unless its Iphone4 vs Iphone4s discrimination.....:) We have mostly upper middle class, credit poor inhabitants. Our kids get more than most. Spoiled. Nouveau riche! After reading these previous comments on your site, I think some of these parents must be blind. The teachers union seem to be an issue here, they have teachers in the OPUSD that need to go, the school district just puts their head back in the sand. Please, people in Malibu aren't as uptight and judgmental as this unfortunate little housing development.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2011
Should be a model school for the rest of California. The administration runs on the principle that kids are accountable for their behavior and their grades. The Principal, Dean and Assistant Principal along with staff ensure these kids are learning. My son has flourished here. Acheiving Honor Roll here is no easy feat, but knowing you've made it is a great reward.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2011
It doesn't get any better than this. Great School. They care about all the students. We drive from another district to go here. The technology is top notch. The PE department has heart monitors and stationary bikes. The administration is wonderful. The teachers care about the students and go out of their way to help. My dauther was behind after being in the Thousand Oaks School District but the teachers helped her catch up. This is the best school system in the area public or pribate.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2010
There are some really incredible teachers who are engaged with the students. If you have questions, you can e-mail the teachers and they actually respond. The Assistant Principal is a very even keel person who is thoughtful and thinks through issues to resolve them beneficially for all. I think the principal knows the name of every child in the school.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2010
Overall, I am very happy with the school. The teachers and administration are great! The principal & vice-principal are very 'hands on.' My children transferred from private school, where they had 3+ hours a homework a night. At Medea, the homework load is much lighter, maybe only 20-45 minutes a day. This enables them to be happier and to 'have a life' outside of school. I have heard no stories of bullying, or kids misbehaving badly. I feel that my kids are very safe at Medea. The one thing I don't like is that they don't let kids take their tests home. Thus, parents never get to see them. This is because teachers use the same tests year after year. However, I wish this was not the case, as I'd like to see how my children are doing. I am very happy we made the switch from private school to Medea.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2010
My kids are getting a great education. They learn beyond what is in the book. Their academic and personal achievements grow on a daily basis! When a child is absent, communication with the teachers has been excellent!

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2010
Medea is the most awesome school ever, and I go there. I used to be a top student at my LVUSD elementary school just for getting straight A's. At MCMS most people get straight A's. Their P.E. program is great. I seen a huge improvement in my running.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 29, 2009
Teachers are passionate and very enthusiastic. They support the learning process. My son loves this school!

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
Medea Creek Middle School has the best of both worlds - a great Academic Program supported by the parents, students and faculty, and the feel of a community school.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2009
This school offers strong support of those students striving for a quality education.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2008
Some of these reviews are upsetting. Yes, I am a student. Who knows the school better than me? I am currently going into 8th grade. The teachers are great and actually make learning a little better. We have smart boards and senteos!!!!!! Those are really cool devices that make learning super fun! I love the new technology. The P.E. program is great here. No, its not just for 'track stars.' It helps to get the whole school in shape. EW are not obese like the rest of the United States. We do have sports teams. Almost everyone gets an 'A' in P.E. just for their effort and participation. I am artistic and an 'outgoing happy kid' and this school is great for me. It DOES offer the GATE program. Since your new principal came here our school is even more involved. This school is great! Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

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February 20, 2008
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September 06, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
September 06, 2007
On paper, this school looks like a dream, the whole district should. The reality ... all fluff, no form. I removed my children from this school, and the district. Son an artistic, introverted child. Daughter an outgoing easygoing happy kid. Both A students, with Outstanding Citizenship and Work Habits. They are completely different personalities and this school failed them both. The Administration is tired. The teachers are highly qualified yet cynical and seeminly miserable. They do not cater to the AP/GATE crowd. They maybe cater to the athletic stars, I guess. The counseling staff was completely uninvolved and invisible. This Social Experiment should have worked, but for me, definitely did not.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2007
I think this is a great school and has excellent academics. The library is filled with great books and the teachers really seem to know what they're doing. The staff seems to really make sure that the students know that their doing and there's great festivals and fun-raisers. All the classes and courses are great and the teachers really dedicate their time to the students. The parents are really involved with the school and can help out a lot

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May 01, 2007
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March 21, 2007
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- submitted by a student
June 19, 2006
Medea is a great school for acedemics. The office personal are all very sweet and helpful and know all the children within the school by name and personality. Medea has a private school feel to it. The acedemics move very quickly which can be very stressful for the kids. All the teachers that my children have had have been very helpful with parent questions and respond quickly to emails. The staff also seem to aware of the children who show signs of needing special resources to match thier abilities.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2006
Overall the Oak Park schools enjoy an excellent reputation. Test scores are high and reflect the socio-economic level of the community. My one complaint with Medea is an overemphasis on art projects in every academic subject -i.e, make a travel brochure, design a Renaissance Faire booth, create an illustrated journal...and on and on to the point where my daughter dreads hearing what the next 'creative' assignment is going to be. Also, since most of these are to be completed at home, some students receive much more parent 'help' than others which creates an uneven playing field. Medea offers instumental music, chorus, drama, and several art courses as electives. Students may also select computer courses or a stint on the school newspaper. The electives are many and varied. There are no extracurricular sports teams and the PE program emphasizes running and more running - which works to the detriment of non track stars! There

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2006
We moved to Oak Park 2 years ago from Studio City. The school is exeptional, and in many ways even superior to private schools in the valley. Highly recommended.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2005
Medea Creek is an incredible school. The teachers are very dedicated and caring. The curriculum is challenging and engaging. It truely is a School to watch! I found the teachers to be encouraging and really want students to succeed. Wow, what a great school!

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2004
Medea Creek is a National Blue Ribbon and California Distinguished School. Additionally, MCMS was just chosen as one of three California 'Schools to Watch.' The teachers are very committed and plan for students as departmental teams so that curriculum and instruction is consistent among teachers. The entire district has made differentiation a high priority, and that is definitely seen at MCMS. Students are taught based on their individual learning needs so that they are able to truly master the subjects and are challenged to go deeper into the material.

- submitted by a teacher
October 08, 2003
Great School. Children learn all basic needs. Very little advanced courses. Very little responsibility for students' awards and grades.

- submitted by a parent
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Medea Creek Middle School
1002 Doubletree Road, Oak Park, CA  91377
(818) 707-7922
Last modified Medea Creek Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Medea Creek Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 40 reviews. Top