Students enrolled 1275
School leader Susan Ford
Transportation options Yes
District Vista Unified School District

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4930 Lake Boulevard
Oceanside, CA 92056

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(760) 940-0176
(760) 940-2081
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4 stars
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January 02, 2014
I am a sixth grader at madison middle school. I absolutely love this school. My favorite teacher is Mr.Fennell. He is always happy and funny. My math teacher is great too. He always supports us and lets us be us. Mrs.Rose is an excellent PE teacher. My language arts teacher refuses to let us give up. Sixth graders have the right to go to dances, unlike some other schools. At lunch I often wonder around. Sometimes I will walk with a friend. We have plenty of freedom at lunch. This school would not look as good without our janitors. How ever, I am concerned about the landscape people. They sometimes use weed cutters or leaf blowers while we are in class. They walk through the parking lot holding chainsaws above them. They also through the clippings onto the bush when they are done and never look happy or socialize with us. The band at madison is amazing. They play all sorts of songs. A great instrument selection. Over and out. -Student.

- submitted by a community member
November 06, 2013
Common Core is in and advanced math is out! Now every student will take the same dumbed down math classes. Say goodbye to Algebra 1 on this campus. Interestingly, San Marcos Unified still offers advanced math classes for their middle school students, but Vista prefers to keep their students at the same low level. Parents should insist that pre-Algebra and Algebra 1 be brought back so that students have the same opportunity as students from other districts!

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2013
In my short life I've attended several schools across the country. Most schools had great teachers who were always willing to adjust to my level and pace of learning. Prior to moving to California, I had lived in Texas, where I had many doubts of the education system. I was not far off. I went from all Pre-AP courses to basic classes that made me feel like a regular student in Special Ed. (no offense). The teachers at Madison are very prejudice and play favorites. They are so open about it that it's no real surprise. Many of them are like cops; they feel high and mighty on their power trip and abuse it to make themselves feel better. They are bullies sometimes. The material in the math and science classes is from several grade levels ago. Perhaps it's slightly more elaborated, but it isn't any new concepts. Language Arts, likely due to my teacher Ms. Levin, is an actually enjoyable class sometimes. We debate our ideas about literature we read in class and really have good conversation. Other LA teachers are not this way, however. The social aspect of Madison is good. You get to spend time with friends a lot, but that isn't what school is about. Don't go to Madison Middle. -Student

- submitted by a community member
June 05, 2012
Madison has great teachers. Basketaball has been a highlight for my daughter, coaches are passionate about the game. Madison encourage and strive for academic excellence. One bummer though, the office staff is rude. They need to work on answering the phone more politely. They need to be abit more cordial. Kids are watching people give a good example of perfessioalism. Other than that, great school.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2012
Madison Middle School has helped my son tremendously. Last year the elementary school that he attended was not so helpful and am glad he only had to be there for a year. This year he is doing so well and the teachers treat him with respect and have been so helpful. I also noticed the teachers are motivated and caring to the kid's. My son is happy this year to attend school.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2011
What a gem in Vista school district !!. The teachers are excellent,caring and motivated. In spite of large number of students from different socio- economic backgrounds the teachers are doing great job and it all shows in test scores.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2011
My student is thriving at Madison due to excellent, caring, and motivating teachers. They offer a balanced cirriculum of math, science, language arts, social studies, PE etc. They offer different course choices for those students who'd prefer to try a second language, asb, drama, yearbook, band etc. The band teacher there provides positive and exceptional music instruction. We couldn't be happier.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2010
Madison is an amazing school that really places the students as the top priority. The principal is amazing, and the teachers are really dedicated to provide their very best.

- submitted by a teacher
February 09, 2010
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December 14, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2009
This school gets great marks from me in all categories. Everyone know how intimidating middle school can be. I've been especially impressed with how the staff deals with bullying.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2009
this school is bad we came from martin luther king middle school.at madison they dont teach kids the basic needs.they dont have advanced classes for smarter students

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2009
We came from a private school background and I was quite nervous about he level of attention but this school is brilliant all the way from the curriculum, to the sports to the food served at lunch. I'm have had no regrets.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2009
I go to this school and it is awsome. Right now I am designing the yearbook and it is the funnest class ever! They are going to paint a mural on one of the portables and are going to paint more murals on the handball courts. I even get to design the I. D. card in my yearbook class!

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
no rating March 13, 2008
I liked it there...it changed my life.

- submitted by a community member
March 07, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating November 20, 2007
This is a great school. My daughter has learned so much from it. I just wish that it wasn't as packed as it is.

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2007
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May 28, 2007
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April 17, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
December 22, 2006
i got to madison and i love it. its a great school and there is nice teachers avilable to help you after class. i love the surrondings of this school to bad i wont be there next year.i am moveing to Anderson South carolina. i hope they have a good school like Madison in anderson.

- submitted by a student
June 06, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2006
Madison Middle School is a decent School. The campus is nice, and there arent alot of problems with the students. The Principals are good at disciplining students, and the school is safe. But the Teachers there aren't very good. I've only had 2 out of all of my 12 teachers. the school also has no activities for after school. Plus it doesnt seem any parents are involved.

- submitted by a student
March 14, 2006
I love going to Madison, but I tend to be ahead and I think we should move ahead in our studies! We need to be able to be in a class going our speed at least. Overall it's a great school, though they should let the us have more of a choice for our classes. I can't decide over Drama, Chorus, Explore (skill building), or band next year!

- submitted by a student
March 05, 2006
I'm very happy with the communication between teachers and parents. Both of my son's core teachers use mygradebook.com and are responsive to any questions I have. The school is crowded but does a good job managing the student body. We are a transfer into this school because of NCLB and I am glad we made the transfer. I would like to see more extracurricular activities offered to sixth graders (most activities are only available to seventh/eighth graders) and would welcome Honors classes offered at all grade levels (which hopefully will be the case next year). I wish there were school events where parents got to know each other--it's very much more 'hands off' compared to my younger child's elementary school and the only contact we get from the PTA is when they need help for an event. Overall, very pleased with this school, the academic environment and the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2006
Although I had my reservations about this school because of its large student population it has met and exceeded all my expectations.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2006
I like the Mustang Band. I just moved to Portland in August. My school is Westview High School. I am in the Marching Band and I play the clarinet. Madison middle school is way cool and I liked going to that school for my three middle school years! They have a lot of clubs there and they have a good cirriculum. I also attended that school because it is a blue ribbon school and is one of America's best schools. It is #1 in the Vista Unified School District!

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January 12, 2006
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December 09, 2005
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August 06, 2005
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June 23, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
no rating March 31, 2005
We recently moved to the area, within Vist Unified Schl district. We began the process of intradistrict change to Madison and now in the lottery. The Vista Unif. Dist. reported due to two other low performance school Madison will take all of those students. It was also reported that due to this increase in enrollment--no child left behind-- Madison will now be overcrowded... have to hold classes in cafe, outside, oversized classrooms. This is a concern.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
We have been quite impressed with the Madison Middle School music program. It is rare to see a music program work as well with so many students. We wish that the class sizes were smaller, and that the students could take both music and a language at one time rather than having to choose. We have been impressed with our child's teachers in his first year at Madison Middle School.

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March 10, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
December 26, 2004
'Severely handicapped' special ed program housed at Madison for whole Vista School District. All inclusive room with bathroom facilities, physical therapy functions all in same room. No buddy system program within school, but regular outings to community. Educator/student ratio is 1:4. Classroom disability is autism. Autism expert for school attends classroom only on consultation or bi-weekly - not enough to develop consistent relationship with students. School itself has busing only for special ed- can take up to 40 minutes to pick up child via auto at school parking lot. Art/music programs have been eliminated due to budget cuts. Regular ed teachers use internet to post grades.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2004
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Madison Middle School
4930 Lake Boulevard, Oceanside, CA  92056
(760) 940-0176
Last modified Madison 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.
Madison Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top