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6-8
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Pacoima, CA
Students enrolled: 883
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12540 Pierce Avenue
Pacoima, CA 91331

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(818) 686-3800
(818) 834-1012
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June 04, 2014
In response to the previous review: Teachers create culture. Culture is dynamic, by definition. We as teachers/staff have the opportunity to engage with wonderful volunteer parents and others to create a positive culture here. I believe that individual empowerment is much more powerful in creating positive change, than negative generalizations which impede the progress we seek. I personally am currently learning more about the power of the tongue. For some reason I am slow to learn; I think I'm being upfront and task-oriented in a positive way, with the best of intentions, but careless words still escape my lips, revealing roots of faulty, negative stereotypes - and bringing conflict instead of positive change. The lesson is painful but I embrace it and will continue to seek to grow, empower, and bless. There are so many eager students and good teachers here! I want to rise up and meet those (who are from this culture) who have gone up ahead of me. I think of my teacher hero, Jaime Escalante. He didn't wait for the student culture to catch up to him. He invented the culture. Let's do what it takes, (inside ourselves first), to join him. :-)

- submitted by a teacher
May 19, 2014
Until the culture of the school changes it will not be a good school. This is the school where good kids come to be punished by the vast majority of students who do not want to be there and try to ruin the educational experience for everyone else. The teachers and staff care immensely about the students and their education, but it is impossible to teach when you have to play the role of police officer most of time. The student population as a whole could not care less about choosing a diploma over parole paperwork. When all but 3 students are the problem it makes it very difficult to do anything. I would like to see parents sitting next to every problem student. If mom or dad has to take off work to discipline their student every time they go crazy in the classroom I think it would end the major behavior problems. Maybe the "breakfast in the classroom" program would even mean more than just having items to start a classroom food fight. The students can do the work, they refuse. Whether it is a cultural issue where a good education is not valued in their home or just a loss of control at home by the parents, something has to be done. None of the faculty let their kids go here.

- submitted by a teacher
June 15, 2013
I'm Valerie Malespin grade 7, now going on to 8th. This really is a great school, with teachers working hard to get their students engaged in learning and to help them understand that education is very important. There is only one problem, some of the kids at this school are a bit too ingnorant and caught up in popularity that it is what makes them slip, if they could just be pushed in the correct direction, then all will be well. There are many helpful and excellent programs at this school that will help the students academically such as; the 'Determined to Dream' reading program and the YS+ program. You've may or may not have heard what people say, that this school is 'ghetto' and bad, but really, see for yourself, don't just believe what the end of the grape vine tells you, see for yourself, the kids have grown so much and the school, too. This is coming from a former student, this is a great school and I will probably never forget about it. This wonderful school deserves a four.

- submitted by a community member
April 24, 2011
Well Hello There I Go To Maclay Middle School.' : ) Boyy It Is A Pretty Interesting School. Alot Of Things Go On There But Thats What Makes It Fun. AnyWaysz ... Well When Many People Here The School MaclayMs They Start Critisizing And Say"Ohh Maclay This,Maclay That, It's Such A Bad School.,,"BlaahBlaaahhBlllah.! They Think It's A Place For Cholas && Cholos. But Nahh They'r Wrong.! That Was All In The Past And I Think They Should Let It Go Because The Past Is The Past. Well Maclay Is A Very GRREAAT School For The 3Years I've Been There I Have Learned ALOOT.!All The Teachers [Staff] Are Nice and They All Care About You. Some Of Them Are Cool To Talk With And Sometimes There Funny.! Oh And The Students They Are All Very Nice. I Get Along With EveryOne There 6th,7th,& Oviously 8th Graders. I Have So Many GREAT Friends There!! If I Would've Never Gone There I Would've Never Met All The Great Friend I Have Now They Are Al Very Important To Me I Consider Some Of Them Like My Family Thats How Nice and Kind They Are To Me. Maclay Is Clean Compare To Many Other Schools&& Theres Really Not Alolt Of Drama There. Well I Love That School It's The Best'!!!! -- With Much Love Sonia.H : )<3

- submitted by a community member
April 15, 2011
I ATTEND TO MACLAY MIDDLE SCHOOL IAND I THINK ITS A GRAET SCHOOL ALL THE STAFF ARE REALLY GREAT AND THEY CARE ALOT ABOUT YOUR FUTUTRE I THINK ILL TELL OTHERS ABOUT THIS SCHOOL IT HAS THE HISTOY OF BEING BAD BUT ITS REALLY GREAT AND FUN TO GO MARIA GONZALEZ PERIOD 7/8

- submitted by a community member
April 14, 2011
These Past Years Att Maclayy Middle Have Been Great. Not Onlyy Because Of The Teachers That iHad But Because Of All The People That iMet There. ( : At Times It Can Be Reallyy Borringg But Other Than That Itss All Good. Maclayy Might Not Be One Of The Most BEST Schools But It Isnt As Bad As Some People Say. Hmm And It Has Alot Of Programs That People Can Join So Yeaa Itss Prettyy Niceee'( x -Loveee,, Sandraaa M. >.<3' (Periodd 7'&'8)

- submitted by a community member
April 14, 2011
Honestly I tjink maclay is a lame school they give nasty food and some dumb rules and it would be better if we didnt have to wear uniform also if the didnt have random searches in the morning also when you get food in the cafeteria they make u grab everything when yout just ganna throw it away and waste it

- submitted by a community member
April 14, 2011
Maclay middle school......uumm its an okay school... What i like about maclay its that theres so many opportunity to get a headstart to college...Like the project grad program,after school...What i dislike is that the cafeteria gives nastyy food they should start giving out better food to us..But other than the maclay is an okay school...:)))) -Jazmin Ortega- period 5/6

- submitted by a community member
April 14, 2011
Maclay ia an alright school for me. one thing that is good that it has many oppertunities. it also has many programs to teach you about high school and college. which is a good thing it helps kids prepare for life. many kids dont know what to do but it helps you. goog thing there is a school like maclay......:))))...Alyssa Castrellon (per.5-6)

- submitted by a community member
April 14, 2011
This school is cool because we can do a lot of activities and the teachers and staff are great. They help us with everything.

- submitted by a community member
April 14, 2011
Maclay middle is a pretty good school but some of the teachers i don't like and the students are weird. There is all types of students there and they're weird its funny.Rawr rawr rawr rawr rawr. Hehe funny well thats all i have to say.

- submitted by a community member
April 14, 2011
i think maclay is an O.K school.i think that maclay is an o.k school becuse i hated when they do those random searches in the morning 1 of all there is a big line nd it wastes time to search .sometimes i hated when staff or teachers blame u on something u didnt do.i also hated when the lunch ladies tell u to get everything even if u dont want to nd most of the times it will end up in the trash.----Moises rodriguez-per 5/6

- submitted by a community member
April 13, 2011
Maclay for me is an alright school. Its diffrent for other people though. For some its great and for others its the worst! It does offer difrent programs but im not in any of them. The school has improved, and the students have grown too. Jose D. Garcia (Mr. Garcia English Period 5/6)

- submitted by a community member
April 13, 2011
Maclay m.s is a good school.There are nice teachers that teach really good. i dont like the way how some students disrespect teachers. i like that we, 8 th graders have a history/french teacher named Ms.North. Lastly, we are lucky to have a determine to dream contest to win money because no other schools have the contest like Maclay does.- Edith Serrano

- submitted by a community member
April 13, 2011
...Maclay Middle school was a good school since 6 grade. Before me and my classmates came along the school was just bad. Then the test scores for CST went up and the grades. Is better than the other schools around. Some the people are great but sometime they could, yeah. The teachers are awsome and very nice. I would always looks back when I went to Maclay. -Ashlynn Coreas

- submitted by a community member
April 13, 2011
Maclay middle school is an good school. I have only been here since september and I have had a lot of fun. There are many programs that you can do after school. Most of the teachers are nice and fair. I like most of my classes and I get every thing that I learn. -Alicia Rios p.7/8

- submitted by a community member
April 12, 2011
this school was fun the last 3 years i've been there. u never know what will happen at that school. its not the best school to be in but its not the worse school either. its full of great teachers that give it their all to help you get an education. I'll always remember how great the school was. Latrell.J.johnson

- submitted by a community member
April 12, 2011
I think maclay is a very good school. It is better than my old school. Teachers at macly care more and teach better. They also care if we do well and help us on problems we have. Although there are some times the school does things that is not fair I still thimk Maclay is a excellent school.-Diana molina

- submitted by a community member
April 12, 2011
maclay middle school! were should i start! maclay is a home 2 me! we are all like a big family! yahh even though we have had bad times we will all look bad 1 day and laugh and enjoy those moments! remember once a maclay lion always 1 in heart! maclay is just preparing us 4 high school! high school wont be so easy! the staff is awesome! well and those people who suffer 4 love shouldent beacause we are just in middle school! when we get 2 high school we can chose a rite guy! guadalupe rodriguez<333

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2011
Well what i belive about maclay that it is an ok school. It has some helpful teachers and kids. Maclay has sports after school and they dont give good food. They should give betterr food. Some of the teachers care about you so you can get good grades. This 3 years in maclay i will remember them forever. jose castillo

- submitted by a community member
April 11, 2011
Maclay Middle is a great,helpful school. It has lots of programs. For example Determine to Dream, Project Grad. They help us as students to be involved,and intelligent. The teachers, and staff are very helpful, and understand us a student of Maclay.I'm very proud to be a part of the Maclay community. I will surely recommend anyone to join Maclay. Remeber it's not the school that has a bad reputation...us as students made it that way. But there is always change.I will never regret coming to this school. I've met people that I want to be with forever.<3Lots of Love;p -CarlaZ.<3333 Hoot!Hoot!Go Maclay Lionns.!

- submitted by a community member
April 11, 2011
I think Maclay Middle School is great. Sometimes it gets out of control by students and staff going crazy. What I mean by that is that they start doing random searches, move around our lunch schedule by us not noticing and how students start doing food fights and later blaming it on us and canceling our 8th grade avtivities so from anything else were all doing ggod but still have to work on just little stuff----->Maria Ruelas

- submitted by a community member
April 07, 2011
Maclay Middle school is a good school i really like it because the teachers and staffs at Maclay Middle school are very helpful, supported and they do really care about are education and succeeding in life. The administration here is strong,supported and will do everthing possible to make Maclay a better school. Students at Maclay are very,smart,nice,helpful and talented. I will never forget 8 th grade here at Maclay Middle school. I recommend this school to everybody.-Rosa Hernandez

- submitted by a community member
April 06, 2011
I think Maclay Middle school is an a ok school because many kids never respect the teachers. I do because many of my teacher help me out when i have a problem. This will be better if they treat us like adults because they think we dont know better but there are wrong. What this school needs is better food and soup and paper in the restroom because now that a reason why i dont use the restroom in Maclay. All the teachers are nice but some kids dont get it. Just for one kid messy up the whole class get in trouble including me Andy Gomez. By: Andy Gomez

- submitted by a community member
April 06, 2011
Maclay middle school is a great school to go to when your moving on to 6th,7th, or 8th grade. The teachers are great and theres great activities to get into after school. There are sports too. Maclay is not just any school. Its a school with talent also, and its a school that wants you to go to high school and college. Maclay wants you to succeed and the teachers there will help you and teach you everything you need to know to get good grades. Its a great school! Rodolfo Gonzalez

- submitted by a community member
April 06, 2011
Well what I believe is maclay middle school is not a perfect school but it is a good school now I well say its not the best school with performance in its area but its still a great school. Its one of the few schools that teach algebra 1. It has some great teachers and students as well and is filled with talent! In all I've had a wonderfull 3 years here and I well never forget it. -Joe Romero

- submitted by a community member
April 06, 2011
Maclay Middle School is an amazing school and i would have never chosen to go to any other school. The administration here is very strong and do everything possible to make Maclay a better school than before. The teachers always want their students to succeed and thrive as well as the counselors they are always there when the students need support or help in anything. There are very talented, smart, artistic, and helpful students and staff here at Maclay. I will always remember Maclay as the school that changed my way of thinking and recommend this school to anyone who is enrolling in middle school. -Yanin Peaches Ortega

- submitted by a community member
April 05, 2011
I think that every student should go to macaly middle school. Maclay is a good school but some teachers say bad things about maclay because they have heard bad stuff about maclay.Every teacher/staff are nice in the school.If all other teachers stop saying bad stuff about macly it would be even a better school.If you ever read this you should have your children to go to maclay middle school.~J.Bucio

- submitted by a community member
April 05, 2011
Maclay middle school is a great school. the teachers in the school are great but some are not. The students in the school are not that much good because they don't try to get good grades and they might end up failing everything. The eight grade teachers are goo especially the science teacher Ms. Gonzaga, English Mr. Garcia, math Mr. Masia, and history Ms. North are great eight grade teachers. All the kids in the school can succeed if they try hard instead of fooling around in there class room and get FAILS! But some students want to succeed and go to high school and graduate from there and go to college to get a better career. No students shouldn't really try not to do anything in school because everyone is good in something and if u dont try to succeed then u cant go back and erase the mistakes u made. Life is like writing in a pen and u cant go back and erase the mistakes u made. No students should ever fail every subject because every student has something good in them Carlos Aranda

- submitted by a community member
April 04, 2011
Maclay Middle School is different from most schools in California simply because it is surrounded by three different projects, which the school gets a large percentage of it's students. I think most of the students really look up to the teachers and staff though I don't believe we are the best role models. My time at Maclay has been tough. I've had a student threaten me, an administrator write up a report where the interviewed students said things that were not written down, things that these students denied even saying. I've had all sorts of misconduct in my class and this year outside of class there have been food fights. I can tell most of my students are working hard and those that are not working hard want to graduate so there's some incentive. I hope the best for all my students at Maclay and I'm proud to see that some of them are getting an early start on their "commentary" . I revealed too much...we can't tell the public everything, not on here anyway. So parents I encourage you to ask your kids what really goes on at least weekly and find out if they are comfortable in all classes. You might be surprised. "Prepare to succeed, else you are preparing to fail" -Mr. Garcia

- submitted by a teacher
April 04, 2011
When people here of Maclay MS they suddenly think oh that is a bad school they have a lot of fights,gangsters ,etc. but they really don't know what kind of students there is at Maclay. Maclay is a good school I guarentee that if you come here you will succeed and you will learn something new everyday. The classes are fun and educational .The teachers/STAFF here at Maclay are nice and respectful. The classes here are easy if you actually do your best on all subjects . Take it from a person who has been there for three years. It is a beautiful,educational and helpful school.The Maclay staff wont let you down.They will always encourage you to do your best and to pass all your classes. Ashley Pardo

- submitted by a community member
April 04, 2011
Maclay middle is a very good school. Its has a lot of good programs like tutoring, homework help, high school/college advice and much more. The principle takes her job to the max by helping the student out with there problems and making the school a much better place to go/be.The teachers and staff members also help you a lot in class and after school if you need more assistance with your work. I say that more kids should go to Maclay because over all it is a very bright school as well as the students that make it that way. Everyone at maclay like teachers, staff members and most impotantly the students make Maclay very successful in our education. ----- G. Bueno

- submitted by a community member
November 06, 2009
I went to Maclay and i loved it there. The teachers, staff were amazing. You don't just learn school stuff there but teachers and staff are their for you when you need them. If i was able to go back in time ide sure go back to my years at maclay.

- submitted by a student
July 21, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating February 18, 2009
I absolutely recommend this school to any parent who will be enrolling their child in a middle school from elementary. My eldest daughter was attending a charter school at first and was very unhappy, for the following 2 years she was enrolled at Maclay grades improved and she made many friends. Now my youngest attends this school and is a top student there. I know she will be missed greatly since we are having to move out of the area and she will need to attend another school. My husband and I have felt that not only the teachers dedicate their time and energies to the students, but also the administration does a great deal, especially the principal, she's excellent. I hope all parents make the proper choice, and choose Maclay.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2009
I was sending my son to a charter school in the area, but he was unhappy there so I decided to enroll him at Maclay. My son is much happier and he says the teachers at Maclay seem to care a lot more about the kids and be very passionate about what they teach. He says there are a few negative influences at the school, but he ignores that stuff because I taught him better than that. I am glad to see my son learning at my local public school.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2009
the 3 years i went to maclay was amazing i totally loved it. all the stuff about the gangs and such are total lies. that girl was making it up. i loves the teaches and the counselors there they were supportive! and to be truly honest i wish i was back there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 30, 2008
well i went to maclay i graduated this year on july 19-08 i went for 3 years to maclay and the three years that i went i loved it alot and its not true about what people say about maclay all those things that parents say some people say is a bad school but its not it depents on the students because if they want to learn they wouldn't fight or be wanna be cholitos but the thing i want to say is that i spend 3 asowem years with my friends and some teachers of my life at maclay middle school

- submitted by a student
no rating December 28, 2008
I've been a teacher at Maclay for the last 6 years. When I first started, I must be truthful and admit it was quite a challenge. However, I am proud to report that every year we have been achieving more success and our test scores and school environment reflect that. We currently have a whole new administration that has vision and things have been changing in a positive direction. We still have our issues, mainly with negative influences in the neighborhood such as gangs, but if your a parent in this neighborhood and take the time to educate your student about these types of things and give the attention your children crave, then they will perform well. I notice that students at this school who have parents that are involved in their child's education succeed and perform amazingly. I love this school and hope to teach here for many years.

- submitted by a teacher
August 26, 2008
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June 16, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2008
I used to drop of my neighbor s daughter at Maclay everyday, I felt terrible leaving her because she was always afraid to go. She said gang fights/rumbles occurred almost daily and she was even confronted on school grounds by some of these so-called gang members. Needless to say, her mother transferred her immediately. The sad thing is that this girl used to be an honor student until she started Maclay. Now that she is attending another school and feels safe, her grades are starting to improve.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 03, 2008
I transferred my Son to this school from a 'caharter' school. My son loves it and so do I. I do believe that the school needs to be more in control but the quality of education is awesome. My son is excited to learn and he comes home each day telling me all that he learned. The smile on his face is worth the transfer. at the other school he was at he was so unhappy. He still got excellent grades but the environment was negative. I will always recomend Maclay middle school.

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March 25, 2008
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March 04, 2008
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February 29, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating January 19, 2008
this is an excelent school all students should go there

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2007
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- submitted by a student
August 02, 2007
There are goog teachers in this school but there is no controll!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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June 01, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
August 24, 2004
I think that this school is a good school. However, in order for parents to be in total control of their child's education, it might be profitable if the school list each class homework schedule online. I've seen this done in other schools in the valley, and it could be done here.

- submitted by a parent
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Charles Maclay Middle School
12540 Pierce Avenue, Pacoima, CA  91331
(818) 686-3800
Last modified Charles Maclay Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Charles Maclay Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 51 reviews. Top