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Pacific Grove, CA
Students enrolled: 446

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835 Forest Avenue
Pacific Grove, CA 93950

(831) 646-6568
(831) 646-6652
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May 18, 2015
The administration here is so busy patting themselves on the back, they can't even see how low the standards have fallen. Mrs. Priest and the music program are amazing, but for every great teacher at this school, there are 2 others just biding their time and putting out the same tired worksheets they've been using for years--one teacher even told the parents at Back-to-School night, "Why did I decide to go into teaching so many years ago? 177 work days a year!" Coloring pages that qualify as history "projects" and standards so low that even the kids think the Honor Roll is a joke. The principal (Mr. Roggemann) talks a good game, but is woefully short on substance and not interested in any kind of substantive change-- a perfect example of a big fish in a very small pond. Such a disappointment--can't wait to get my kid out of there.

- submitted by a parent

May 05, 2015
Don't be so taken by the high ratings of this school, their grading system is rigged. A student with several B's, a D, and an F can get an A+ at 100%. How does that happen? And if a student scores lower than a B, they will provide a make-up test right before the semester grade closes out. All efforts are made to make the grades look good. The learning - less so. The material is very simple and there are almost no tests. All grades are based on classwork, homework and participation. And if you don't score so well on some of those, they turn a blind eye. So, if you are after a challenging education for your child, this is not the school. If you are after day care, this is your place. But don't be so surprised when your child can't keep afloat in high school.

- submitted by a parent

September 15, 2014
This is school is one of the best schools i have ever been to and the teachers are just wonderful and the education is good and there are many friendly people and the view is great and there is no drug and racism problem

- submitted by a community member

March 23, 2014
Very disappointed. No foreign language, no honors or accelerated classes, even for kids who are clearly ready to do more challenging work. The entire GATE program consists fof a variety of "lunch clubs" that any kid can drop in or out of at will. My child has virtually 100% in every class with minimal effort. When over 75% of the school makes "Honor Roll", this is not a reflection of how amazing all the teachers are (although there are some really wonderful teachers at this school), but more a reflection of the low academic expectations. This ridiculous "one size fits all" approach does a real disservice to the many bright, talented kids who are pushing to do more. These kid are NOT ready for AP and Honors high school classes after 3 years at PGMS and many end up really struggling in their 9th grade year, when teachers expect higher level work of them. This school is capable of so much more and I just don't understand why the administration seems content to be just barely average.

- submitted by a parent

September 17, 2013
I looked everywhere for more information regarding this school before we moved here and could find only a few scant reviews. This school has some very good teachers and some nice kids, but overall, the level of academics is very low. They lump all the kids together, saying that they don't have honors or GT classes because "90% would be in honors class", but that simply isn't true, and isn't backed up by the test scores. If your child is a below average-average student then I suppose this would work, but there is absolutely nothing available for the child who is gifted or working above grade level in any way. It was a real disappointment to see my child doing re-doing work that she has previously mastered in past years. The social environment is pretty rough as well, with lots of verbal bullying and roughhousing. The principal says he takes bullying seriously, but I very rarely see him, or anyone else from the administration, out by the school before classes or after, when a lot of the bad behavior occurs. Lunchtime is a free-for-all. I know the budget is always an issue, but I've seen schools do much more with less. Overall, this school is strictly average, nothing more.

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May 05, 2013
My son attended PGMS or 2 years. I was very pleased with the teachers and office staff. The principal is first rate!

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October 08, 2012
This school is wonderful!! I have been homeschooling my child for three years because everywhere I have put her in school the children have been very mean and absolutely wicked. We enrolled her for eighth grade and she LOVES it. My daughter can't wait to get back to school on Monday because she has so many friends. Every weekend she has something to do with her friends. She says there are some kids that do drugs and get pretty bad grades but there are only a few. These kids tend to be the more popular kids and my daughter stays away from then anyway so they don't bother her. The teachers are wonderful and if you have trouble understanding the lesson taught Pacific Grove Middle has lunch clubs for homework, math, music, and other clubs such as Glee club. The music department is absolutely amazing!!! My daughter is in advanced orchestra first chair cellist. She loves the instruments and the teacher. The sports there are great as well. My child just tried out for the school musical The Music Man and got a great part and all her friends are in the musical too. Over all, this school is a wonderful place just as long as you choose the right friends and you stay focused in class.

- submitted by a parent

September 22, 2010
PGMS is a very good academic school. Do not rely on the previuos reviews, LOOK at the test scores. This year's API is 905. Near the top for the entire STATE ! My son attends & is excelling. The Band program is unsurpassed, he's played trumpet since 5th grade . (Did you know that over 90% of band students go on to college.) It does not have a good athletic program, our YMCA is strong for that. It is very small town America. As for the 1 review that said drug use was an issue...AGAIN, check w/ the local police, you will be pleasantly impressed with PG's extrordinarily low crime in general...you will RARELY see drug related activity in this middle school. This is the place to raise your child in a safe environment....let me just add that my son is a minority (black/hispanic) and we have no problems.

- submitted by a parent

September 13, 2009
Ad a parent I agree with the previous student review. It's a small-town school with California values. Band programs are A+++, however, so if music is your bag, this is the place to be. The school has produced the same kids, parents & teachers who all want to return & keep recycling their families through here. Sent my kids to a lot of schools and this one is not quite par. Nice kids, though, and a pleasant principal. (That counts for something!)

- submitted by a parent

March 27, 2009
This School is HORRIBLE! I am not satisfied at all. The teachers don't really teach you the assignment for the night, and you end up asking your parents. And they also give you at least 7 pages a day for homework, which is basically reviewing work. I can't believe that this school got chosen as a 'distinguished' school by California. This school is a mess.

- submitted by a student

November 01, 2008
This school has a great music program and encourages you to learn more. it has great electives and bearley any bulls the staff is willing to help with any problems and will always be there

- submitted by a student
no rating
February 11, 2008
Other than the outstanding music program, this school is not up to par.

- submitted by a parent

July 10, 2007
My daughter started here 6th grade after attending only private schools. It was the best and she liked it better than her previous schools. She had an awesome 6th grade experience. Excellent and caring teachers. The prinicpal and staff are equally caring and friendly. Great school!

- submitted by a parent

May 03, 2006
Not really the place I would want my kids going to school, because I had a bad experience. But it is a great public school

- submitted by a student

November 02, 2005
Academic programs are good but should be more rigorous. Student expectations should be set at a higher level. A lot of homework, but not all of it is productive, e.g., many 'artsy' assignments. Most teachers are good, some seem less motivated. Parent involvement is very good.

- submitted by a parent

August 17, 2005
One of the 2 best public middle schools in the area.

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June 21, 2005
I've been going this school for the past two years. I love it. I love the music program the most. Our now retired band teacher was great. A major influence on us here at pgms. Much love for this school.

- submitted by a student
no rating
May 09, 2005
I think that it's a good school. It's very nice and has a decent sized faculty. It is in a central location in Pacific Grove on a very busy two lane street. The library has a beautiful view.

- submitted by a student

April 22, 2005
For a school of this relatively small size in 'America's Last Hometown,' PGMS has a fairly significant drug problem and a very cliquish teaching staff and administration. Rather than offering a unique opportunity to better connect with each child, this small school applies a very rote approach to review of individual needs.

- submitted by a parent

March 04, 2005
PGMS is a good school. The sports program is strong primarily due to the coaches and parents involved (not the Sports Director). The music department is tough to beat, a strict program with great results. Downside: band involvement becomes the student's lone elective class. Honors classes are available in History and English, and math classes extend through Geometry. Parents are strongly encouraged to stay involved with this school. Some of the teachers are truly gems, while others seem to just be putting in their time (certainly not exlusive to this profession).

- submitted by a parent

November 03, 2004
My son has received a very good education at PGMS. The advanced classes in history, English, and mathematics have allowed him to move along quickly in the subjects where he excels. The music program at PGMS is outstanding. All students are welcome in the band, those with experience playing an instrument as well as those wanting to learn. The only down side I see to PGMS is the lack of electives outside of the music program. If a student is not interested in music, there is very little to choose from outside the regular academic classes.

- submitted by a parent
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Pacific Grove Middle School
835 Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA  93950
(831) 646-6568
Last modified Pacific Grove Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Pacific Grove Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 26 reviews. Top