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School leader Rick Wallis

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755 North A Street
Perris, CA 92570

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4 stars
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February 25, 2014
canyon springs high school - so much trouble there. fires in restrooms, waste cans, trash in parking lots, ineffective teachers, fights, tremendous bullying and inequite

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2014
My daughter goes to CMI and she have improved her graedes and behavior so much thanks to the teachers dedication.to me this is the best school around perris area for sure

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2013
CMI is an ok school but i took out my child because the principal, said he can replace her like nothing. CMI has gotten better and deserves a better leadership if they want to teach leadership to cadets. I'm disgusted at the principal and the rules are strict and basis and teachers seem to have favorites and pick on students if not in their liking. No.

- submitted by a community member
October 14, 2013
ok to put it simply its true. the teachers dont really care. they treat all their students as dogs that dont have an opinion of their own. in the end ive met one teacher that i liked the rest were cruel people and as posted bellow they do see everyone as replaceable. the principals goal at the end is to make himself look good. and as for low self esteem, that much is improved. maybe its just my situation and im lucky but i have friends that but i found friends there that accepted me. yes the staff sucks they are for the most part conceded people but there are a few diamonds in the rough an as long is u are willing to talk to people they can help u through it. it is a better school for college. i say fight through it and be strong. as long as you have friends you'll be ok.

- submitted by a community member
October 14, 2013
I attended this school from 7th grade to 11th grade. At first I was excited to attend but then I started to hate going to school. I can honestly say that my whole MS years all we did was run and do push ups I learned absolutely NOTHING. In which in HS was a struggle for me especially in math. Long story short I always begged my mom to take me out of that school but she always thought it was a good school but you wouldn't know unless you attended. I actually got dismissed from CMI and wasn't even notified. Not to mention my transcript is all messed up. The staff don't even care about the school. I've had teachers tell students who don't understand and ask a question say "Well if you learn or not i'm still getting payed." Please take your child out while you still can!

- submitted by a community member
July 17, 2013
Unless you want your child to have a low self esteem I recommend you do not send them here. The staff is messed up. Last year all the good teachers quite because they realized how corrupt the school was. They favor specific students . They threaten and harass students if they are searching for an answer !!!!!! Do NOT pick this school . Perris high has a better drill team and it's a public school .

- submitted by a community member
June 27, 2013
I had 2 kids attend CMI and 1 for the new school 2013-2014! My son attended CMI in . As a new school there was potential from student's, Teacher's, staff, and parent's alike. Soon excitement disappeared, my son attended 6-8 grade. I felt he was not important, not part of their groups, nor did any one teacher or staff member stick out for me or him after having attending there for 3 years... My daughter attended 7 and 8 grade. She gained many friends but as soon as half way through she began to dislike the school. She had 4 beret's stolen from her, and 1 hat and a pair of boots. She was constantly getting in trouble for the missing items though she explained they were stolen, but certain student's missed certain clothing items and were not reprimanded! There was a Teacher who regularly picked on my daughter and no call, email, or attempts to contact me as the parent. My daughter was on the cheer team and we paid for uniforms $200+ then when school began we were informed there was new coach and they did not have to pay for cheer uniform but we lost our money. The new coach had 2 nieces on the team and favoritism was so very obvious. I felt ignored and disrespected by office staff!

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2013
The school that my son will be going to is March Jr High, I think that he need a better school, I would like to go see what your school is all about. A friend told us about this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2013
This schools runs on favoritism school elections are based soley on popularity and our leadership doesn't have their act together I came here seeking better oppurtunites and learned that this is NOT the place for High School. We have no electives or extra curriculum activities and our highschoolers are stressed all the time. Our buildings are old full of roaches and we experience many problems with the gas pipes around our school. The students don't even have a gym. More bad than good has come out of this school for me.

- submitted by a community member
February 12, 2013
Sad to say CMI isn't the great school I bragged about, not bragging anymore and I'm not alone. Parents don't know of what really goes on behind the scenes because we assume that the adults in LEADERSHIP there are people of integrity and would lead our child in the same characteristics . I thought that the school model is educate, train and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each becomes a recognized leader of character dedicated to the values of honor and soooooo on, well, one must be an example, to lead as an example!!!! Trust me kids aren't as naive as adults think and they see what goes with the people in leadership at CMI. I agree with the comment with the one who wrote on FAVORTISM. I am concern that the adults in AUTHORITY there are really the "KIDS'. One can only hope that things change for the better but, we'll see. "Things done in the Dark, always get expose in the Light.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2012
I attended California Military Institute for 2 and a half years. At first I was exited but it didn't take long before I saw what was behind the mask CMI showed to the public. 80% of the students AND teachers do not what to be there. The school wants to brag about its discipline and uniform regulations but what they don't say is the school runs off of FAVORTISM. If you are favored by serant members of the schools staff you can get away with almost anything. On a daily basis several cadets uniforms were a mess but were able to get away with it because they were favored. Why have respect for a uniform when most of the staff members do not? The school was not ready expand but they did anyways to out number there competitors like "OMI". They ignored the more important details like class room sizes and achidemics. In two years class room sizes went from average of 20 to 40 cadets per class. My grand mother and parents attended the school when it was a regular JR high. The school still has most of its original buildings and equipment after 40+ years, yet they still expand every year. California military institute expects it cadets to think before they act, but they can not even dothesame.

- submitted by a community member
November 01, 2011
This is an excellent school with supportive staff and dedicated parents. Many families come as far as Menifee, City of Riverside, and Moreno Valley just to send their kids here.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2011
I've been in CMI ever since I was in 7th grade (going into Junior year), and though there have been many changes and the discipline has gone up, my years year couldn't have gotten any better. Yes, there are days when I might complain, but the military aspects in this school aren't as bad as it sounds. If you give respect to the staff and high ranks here and follow the rules, you'll be perfectly fine. Sure we don't have as much extracurricular and ap/honor classes (changing upcoming year though) compared to other schools, but I guarantee that your child won't get lost in the crowd. Everyone here practically knows each other, and almost all of the teachers do after school & lunch tutoring. With only some hundred kids here, many of us have been able to stand out.

- submitted by a community member
September 14, 2010
that is a great the teachers have a lot of one on one time with the students and it was hard to say goodbye after my 12th grade year was over last year and if you sent your kid to this school your see chages in behavior.

- submitted by a community member
May 11, 2010
My child went to CMI for about 5 years.I thought the school was great but when she started her sophmore and junior year,i saw my child stressing and getting upset.I found out that even though it is a military school,they focused way too much on that which cut into there class time.They weren't doing anything about it,even though i had gone to the office plenty of times and they said they would.It wasn't until i finally decided to pull her out that they said they were finally going to fix things and offer help but i knew that they didn't mean it.My daughter now attends another school and has had straight A's the whole time there and she is happy.In my opinion,CMI has turned into a dissapointing school.They claim not to have any money for textbooks and all that important stuff,but they do have money for sports ans signs.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2010
I am very glad I found this school as an alternative to the other High Schools available in the area. The Principle and his staff are responsive to a parents input. I do wish more parents would step up and help with campus activities. As with any small 'community', it takes more helping hands to get what the Large school have handed to them. This school is growing each year and is a safe learning environment with a great set of kids who attend. The sports programs are growing and the talent and heart of the student-athletes shows in their performance. I recommend this school to anyone with a middle school and high school child. If I had not found this school my older children would not be in the Universities they now attend. The high school they transfered from had them on an academic track to NOWHERE!

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 01, 2009
I went to CMI for my 7th and 8th grade year nd from what i saw the school was great. its a great friendly environment nd the teachers, staff, counselors, and the principal expect greatness out of you which can give the student hope as well allthough its tough it teaches you great disipline and obedience and if your child wants to look further into the military this a great place for that academics at this school exceed wany public schools the promotions help the students feel the need to strive for greatness this is a wounderful school

- submitted by a student
no rating October 06, 2009
my son has attended for 3 years and i could not ask for a better school

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 23, 2009
I am currently going to CMI. Im telling you its a good school for your children. Im about to enter 8th grade and I am Cadet Corporal Jocelyne Ortega.

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June 17, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2009
My name is Jonathan Perez, i used to be a first srgnt. i attended CMI for 3 years, from 7-9, i moved to chino and my new high school its very different, though i actually liked CMI better, there is more respect, discipline and more inspiration to keep the learning on track. This school is great, and if your a parent i suggest you enroll your kid/teen in this school, this school has a clean visual and good goal for students, unlike public schools, that a have big drug influence and other bad things for you teen. i recommend this school for any student, its a lot of fun and you learn to be responsible as well. 5*/5*

- submitted by a student
March 27, 2009
This school is very safe and the teachers care. but it is limited in its curriculum, no electives, and school spirit is low. For middle school this is a great choice, but for high school not so. I recommend a high school with more course selection. I'm a freshman and will transfer to Heritage next year. Your child will have a more exciting experience at a normal high school. The military sense will wear off as the years go by. Also the school needs a renovation I just don't see a good high school experience here.

- submitted by a student
November 15, 2008
My son has attended this school since the 7th grade. He is now a senior and will be part of the first graduating class of CMI. I love this school! My son has learned respect, honesty and discipline. The expectations of this school are high, but with the guidance of all the staff, the children that attend this school are excelling in all areas. And to make things even better, CMI has one of the best football coaches I have ever seen! His players love him and so do the parents! If you want to give your 7th-12th grader the best start possible, both in academics and athletics, I strongly encourage you to check out this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2008
Well im a cadet at CMI and i have been there since the school opened to 7th and 8th grdaers. All i can say are the teachers are really dedicated to helping students if they have trouble. I personaly have had to ask for help even thoug i'm in the 11 grade. The staff there is so nice and overall this school is the best, that any non-violent child could go and attend. I love the uniforms to they are great

- submitted by a student
no rating September 28, 2008
My daughter is very happy with Mrs Munoz. She calls me to let me know how my child is doing in class.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 25, 2008
This is my sons first year at C.M.I. and I cannot say enough good things about the school. The teachers are enthusiastic about their jobs and I am able to see the outcome in that my child looks foward to school and with excitement. With the state of our educational system schools like C.M.I. are very rare and I am happy that the Perris has the privilige of making such school and great teachers available to us.

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September 06, 2008
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no rating February 27, 2008
I love the potential of this school! The idealogy of it is great! but it does need the parents to step up a little bit and help with things ie. Website, pta, boxtops, sports, yearbook! It takes a lot of effort to make this as great as they can be and I have the faith that they will get there soon. It seems there is a new coach on campus too and he might be the one to start the comradery that CMI needs!

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February 15, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2008
Awesome school I love it and the new head coach is terrific. Definetely a school you should look out for in upcoming years

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2008
My son is in seventh grade this year. He is very happy with his science teacher. He looks foward to going to school. One problem with the school is the older looking classroom.

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June 26, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2007
I am a fortunate parent that found a great High School for my son. He started in 6 grade and been in CMI since than, now my son is a 4.0 GPA student and a 1st Luthenant I am very proud of the school and my son Byron Maquiz. I wish more parents find the advantages of California Military Institute. They learn responsibilities, discipline and high academic opportunities

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February 15, 2007
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January 12, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
September 23, 2006
CMI principal needs to be able to work with parents and childern. So sorry for all the kids and parents that go to this school.

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October 19, 2005
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September 21, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
September 13, 2005
Concerned, competent teachers! Caring, supportive parents! Focused with vision and an opportunity to achieve! What more could one ask!

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September 09, 2005
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April 25, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
I have a child at CMI in the seventh grade. He is enjoying his year at CMI and is doing well in his classes. I have found the teachers to be very envolved and concerned about their students. His teachers are encouraging him to excell in all of his subjects. I have not seen any breeches in security and I believe my son is learning in a safe enviorment with strong values being taught. I would recomend this school to any parent who wants an exceptional school for their child. My son has enjoyed the sports he has participated in this year. For a small school the teachers have contributed a lot of free time toward sports and tutoring. I find the principal very availible and responsive to my families concerns.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
the school was well run and had very caring special ed staff available to help my child who had very low reading scores, with help we have brought his reading up to almost grade level

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2005
This school was once a quality school, the 04-05 year has brought many changes and the standards have dropped. I can no longer recommend CMI to any parent looking for a quality school for their child. The military presense is a joke, the instruction is of a low quality and the administrator does not have the childrens best interest in mind. There is a computer lab set up that no one uses. Homeless people can come on campus any time, the campus is not fenced off.The honors students that once made up the school slowley left and given way to kids with disapline problems and low grades. The level of parent involvement is very low and if a parent doesn't do things for the school, it won't get done.There are no electives offered. - Sandi Uhrig, Former CMI Advisory Council President

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2005
This is our first year with the school and we are to say the least very pleased with our childs progress. The interation with teachers and administration is very different from the 'public system'. My child is very involved and loves going to school. What a concept!

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2004
My son was enrolled last year and he did better than ever there. He is now an 8th grader there and happy and learning more than he would anywhere else. I tell everyone about this school, I have a daughter who will be able to attend next year. This school ranks number 1 in my book, I have 6 kids, 1 graduated, 1 in high school, 1 here and 3 to come. Of all the schools I have delt with this is the best.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2004
I am the parent of one of the first class of cadets, also I am on the advisory council. I believe this is a school that gives private school quality without the cost involved. The cadets are better behaved than a traditional school and learn so much more about the real world and how to survive in different situations. The staff are truely concerned for the cadets and do their best to make sure they understand the material. This school is more like a unit that functions together than just a school, everyone looks out for the other and the academics are at a higher level. I would recomend this school to any one who is looking for the best for their child. CMI is an award winning school!

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California Military Institute
755 North A Street, Perris, CA  92570
(951) 443-2731
Last modified California Military Institute is a Charter school that serves grades 5-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
California Military Institute Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 49 reviews. Top