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Poway, CA
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14640 Tierra Bonita Road
Poway, CA 92064

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(858) 748-5131
(858) 679-6823
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March 24, 2015
RUDE! Heard my child complain of staff being rude, but dismissed it. That changed after what I personally witnessed. As I was picking up my child in the office and she was approaching me, a staff member came rushing out of a side office with her head down looking at some files. She ran smack in to my daughter. My daughter's immediate reaction was "oh - I'm sorry!". The woman stopped, gave my daughter a very dirty look, did not return the apology, then stopped to tell a secretary "did you just see what she did?". This woman made no attempt to exchange apologies with my daughter, then had the nerve to stand staring at her as if she had been wronged somehow, I praised my daughter for reacting with kindness and assured her she did nothing wrong, as I witnessed the entire event. How sad that this school would hire people that are so openly rude to children. Shouldn't you actually LIKE children to work at a school? I would like that woman to slam in to me out of nowhere - I would be much more of a match for such a rude reaction to her own mistake! Too bad they do not feel that children deserve the respect of common courtesy!

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2014
We no longer attend this school. It has one of the worst reputations for bullying and not responding to parents in that regard, even with the new principal. They are more concerned with covering their bottoms that attending to serious issues. Our child was bullied by a teacher and it had life changing consequences for us. Beware. There are some exceptional teachers here and some teachers who should be fired for misconduct. I hear better things about the other PUSD middle schools.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2014
My daughter had a wonderful experience at TP and my son who is currently at TP is excelling! There are some extraordinary teachers at this school who love kids and want them to succeed....there are only a few (minimal) who only 'teach' and do not work 'with' kids...as each child is different. I believe that the principal Dr. Burke (who has kids of her own) loves kids, wants them to succeed, and will make any changes necessary so that TP builds good, solid, human beings.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2013
Elementary to middle school is a rough transition for our children. Twin Peaks was a terrible experience for my daughter. There is little to NO discipline and a lack of authority. Some kids have NO values, my daughter was sexually harassed by text messaging, with VERY vulgar comments. I went to the principal and reported it, they seemed to take it seriously but the kids were never even suspended when my daughter was suspended for a day for keeping someone's cell phone for too long and not wanting to give it back, which "they" interpreted as stealing and wrote it in her file. I requested them to write objective facts and they ignored my request. The kid AGREED for her to use it. The actions don't compare to one another. In my opinion sexual harassment is much worse, but little was done. I encourage you to sit outside the school before you enroll your kid and observe the way girls are dressed even though there is a NO shorts, spaghetti straps policy. As you can imagine, the bullying is out of control. It is a mess.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2013
My daughter has just finished 6th grade at this school, and it has been a nightmare! I feel sorry for all the upcoming fifth graders coming next year, as they have NO idea what they're in for. I cannot blame it 100% on the teachers and leadership, but their professionalism and performance leave a lot to be desired.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2011
Twin Peaks Middle School has great teachers who have high standards and expect organization and responsibility from their students. The counselors are involved and helpful. The PTSA encourages parent involvement. Whenever someone asks my kids about their school, they always make comments about the school that are overwhelmingly positive!

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2011
I'm underwhelmed. My son is a new student at this school. The staff couldn't make him feel more unwelcomed even if they tried. This is a mis-understood school, it's a bad shool. Don't go there.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2011
TWIN PEAKS IS A GREAT SCHOOL!!! All 3 of my boys have been through this school. The support that my children and I received from the staff and the administration was outstanding. The kids are great and teachers really care. I am beyond satisfied with our experience at TPMS!

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2011
My son is now going into 8th grade and I have been very impressed with the high standards set by his teachers and how he has been guided to be responsible for his own work and to be organized. The rotating block schedule with the longer class periods has allowed in depth assignments in class and group learning opportunities. My son is more of the academic type and was worried about fitting in. But from day one he has always felt safe and comfortable at this school. The parents are very involved in Foundation, PTSA, and Science Olympiad and volunteer to help run events. I think this school is very focused on personal responsibility and high academic standards.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2011
WHAT EVER YOU DO DON'T SEND YOUR CHILD HERE! This school has known for months that my son has been bullied and has done NOTHING about it. Even when I go to them and tell them that my 12 year old doesn't want to live anymore because of the hitting and name calling they continue to let this happen to him. They don't take care of the kids there and will not protect thier physical and mental state!!!!

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2011
Great school, I've been attending for 2 years. I only have one problem, some of the P.E. teachers are totally unfair about how much you have to exert yourself. Other then that it a great school and the principle is really nice.

- submitted by a community member
January 29, 2011
I am a student in 6th grade here and I came from a home schooled environment (very advanced material) and all I can say is that Twin Peaks has been very frustrating for me. The teachers barely go over lessons in math, they just write it all out and expect you to get it right there on the spot. My grades have dropped tremendously from 3rd grade (the time I was last in public schools) & I just cannot seem do get them up; particularly in math. I really want to switch schools next year, hopefully it will be an easier experience.

- submitted by a community member
January 12, 2011
This is a great school. It is our first year here and they where so helpful in everyway. Teachers have answered my questions right away. My children are very happy here.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2011
This is my first year at TPMS and I was real nervous about everything at first. I was scared that I was going to get lost, that I wouldn't know anyone or meet anyone, and that I would have trouble with the block schedule. I was definitely wrong! It was real easy and even though people say that there are a lot of "trashy" kids there with piercings, mo hawks, and drugs, I haven't encountered any. Sure some kids cuss in the hallways and stuff, but you're going to find that at any school! The one problem that I have with TPMS is that some of the staff has been there for a little too long. After a teacher has been there for more than 20 years, they start to hate their job. The longer the teacher has been involved, the grouchier and more strict they are. Overall the school is okay. :)

- submitted by a community member
October 04, 2010
My child is having a problem with bullies at this school. The staff/administration has been less than responsive.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2010
This school could do a better job with teachers; I had a recent incident in 6th grade music class where my student got an F for not handing in her signed handbook on time because the teacher did not do his job in giving out the handbook to those students who did not have one it was up to the students to get one on their own, that was alright, however, we had an emergency computer crash that week this was explained but teacher still would not give out this handbook to be signed--I had to call the front desk at school in order to get a copy then I find out there is a deadline and my daughter rec'd an F. Confronted the teacher all he could say was basically too bad.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2010
What can I say, really. The teachers are horrible and confuse assignments. The school is painted like Taco Bell. And what's worse, there is an extreme bullying problem.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
The school has really worked out a system for transitioning kids from elementary to middle school, the village system and limited number of teachers in 6th grade really does make the shock easier for the kids. I'm really impressed with the way they have the school structured and running.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2009
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- submitted by a student
October 26, 2008
Excellent School that puts the students first. Tutorials offered by teachers is excellent. Newer principal has prioritized learning and safety of the kids. Wonderful after school programs and very supportive Parent groups.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2007
I think the school has greatly improved since I attended 20 years ago. My daughter is in the 6th grade, and her teachers have been very supportive, they offer after shool tutorials for kids who need extra assistance with homework or general understanding of a lesson. They have always made time for me for meetings, they are quick to respond to e-mails and phone calls. I truly believe the staff care about the students and their education. The music program is uotstanding, the director has fun with the kids while teaching them the skills they need to succeed in the program. They even offer 3 opportunities a week for kids to see the director and practice in smaller groups.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2007
TPMS is a pretty good school but some teachers aren't the best. My child is about to graduate and has liked the school very much. Her 6th and 8th grade teachers were fantastic. Also, Twin Peaks has a really good band program with extremely good teachers. My child has really enjoyed band. The PE program is an excellent one too. In addition this school has been renovated and redone. The campus looks very nice now and really needed an update. In the end I recomend this school because of many outstanding teachers and fun activities for the students.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2007
I have had two kids go through this school. I think the teaching staff has some high points, but most teachers appear to care less about childs education. Many teachers and the full admin staff are very unresponsive towards parents requests for meetings regarding teachers/other issues. If you have a bright student, try to send them to another school as they will be bored here.

- submitted by a parent
December 26, 2006
The rotating block system stinks. I would not recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2006
Both of my daughters attend this school which is quite large. The 6th graders are in a village area of their own which is at least something. It has been renovated since we arrived which has meant trailers for classrooms for part of the time. The girls are both in the gifted program, homogenous. (you have a choice of heterogenous also.) It is a good program with the exception of the math program. The band program is excellent with dedicated teachers. Overall, a good school experience.

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2005
The academic programs at Twin Peaks are satisfactory, though it seems that for children who are underachieving, few solutions are offered. I would say that parent involvement is high, but that is true for most, if not all, schools in Poway.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2005
Teachers at this school are very disrespectful towards students. As a parent of a GATE student, I have also been disappointed in the academic and GATE programs.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2005
The quality of the academic programs are good. They offer a variety of different classes including Spanish 1-2 and French 1-2 for 8th graders. They offer the gate program. They offer band and orchestra. They have art but not to high high extent. They have a couple of clubs. The level of parental involvement isn't low buts it's not through the cieling.

- submitted by a former student
January 14, 2005
This school has a safe and secure campus environment. Academics are a main focus with team teaching as the best way to stay connected to the student. The music and drama programs are highly recognized throughout the county. Parents are very involved and welcome at this soite with the administration believing that parents do make a difference.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2004
My daughter's 6th grade teacher seemed less than fully helpful, online grades posted late, and then no time for parents to react before final report is issued. Also, online grades were mostly F's and final report card came back with C's. What is up with that? Are they just giving passing grades at the end of the year to promote students along to the next grade?

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2004
Twin Peaks, in my opionion is a great school and my daughter, Erin Long says that she actually has friends there! She is very content and the teachers not only teach the curricular things but they teach the students how to be better people.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
I have 2 kids here. Both have had some great and not-so-great teachers. Some need to retire. Not happy with principal and the vp. Need to focus on writing skills more. Not impressed with counselors-some teachers are very awesome and they let a young teacher go due to budget cuts when they should have let some doddy-non-caring ones go. This is a tough age to teach so I do commend those that put forth the effort. My son who is a B+ student feels there are too many rules. Not happy with that. The district is responsive to situations more than the principal.

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2003
An above average school among some of the finest schools in one of the top school systems in the country. We've lived overseas and around the US, and have never seen a better physical education program. In most other districts, this would be a 5-star school. Here, it's a strong 4 because others it competes with are newer. That doesn't mean the quality of education is less, though. The teachers are great. It does have an overly complicated block schedule, though. Overall, I would recommend it. Both our children have attended here, and received first rate educations. I brag to people about Poway, California because of its quality of life, schools and teachers. I'm not alone. Dense developments have built around the town, just to tap into its school district. What more can you say!

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2003
I know that my child will go to Poway High ready to learn and socially prepared for the new environment. Our experience at Twin Peaks has been very good overall.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2003
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- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2003
Both my children go to TPMS. I believe TPMS has wonderful teachers but there are a few that should not be allowed to teach. Unfortunately I was told there is no way of getting rid of them if they have 10 years in the union. It is really sad, because the overall feeling of the school is greatly affected by them. I hope the school board can remedy the situation. The athletic program is from heaven. I have never encountered anything like it before. Mostly a wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
This is the most dysfunctional, uncaring, disinterested, least pro-active school I have ever encountered!

- submitted by a parent

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Twin Peaks Middle School
14640 Tierra Bonita Road, Poway, CA  92064
(858) 748-5131
Last modified Twin Peaks Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Twin Peaks Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top