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Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Students enrolled: 932

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28915 Northbay Road
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

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(310) 544-2747
(310) 265-1716
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Map of Ridgecrest Intermediate School address.

August 07, 2014
Great school. Mr. K. is amazing! My kids are looking forward to starting a new year soon!

- submitted by a parent

August 21, 2011
Overall this school is terrific. Yes, some teachers are better than others, but the counselors help with any issues that we have had. Yes, there is too much homework! But the PV District in general is about a year ahead of other local districts- Is that better or not? Personal opinion it isnt, especially if your child is bright but not quite yet an engineer, rocket scientist or a member of an orchestra! Mr. Oschman and Ms.Felix are outstanding in their fields. The principal, Mr. Corwin and all office staff go above and beyond to try to make the education experience a great experience for all the students. Not an easy task. Recommend this school- yes I do.

- submitted by a parent

March 28, 2011
Uhmmm...pretty much the worst school ever. Not even kidding i go here and i hate it. Just moved here this year over the summer, and this school is AWEFUL. Sorry to scare anyone coming here, you may like it, but i HATE it.

- submitted by a community member
no rating
October 16, 2010
RTI program inplementation

- submitted by a teacher

September 23, 2010
Is this really a school? It should close down. Again. It is terrible. In the academic classes they disguise it as "challenging you" but they were really just badly explaining the curriculum and then assigning an overdose of homework questions that the kids don't even know. There is a terribly scarce selection of extracurricular activities and electives. I wish I could sue them.

- submitted by a community member
no rating
April 27, 2010
I think the teachers are great! There are fun school experiences and all of my friends have fun! I don't know of any bullying and i go to school here. Mr. Mcbride rocks just saying best teacher ever! However some teachers are getting pink slips, but instead of trying to save them, we have dj parties and give away ipods. What up with that?

- submitted by a student
no rating
December 28, 2009
RIS is a very wonderful place. The teachers, hand picked by the outstanding principal, are incredibly dedicated and compassionate about the cause of making sure that every student experiences success, and that every child reach their potential. They recognize different learning styles and are able to bring out the best in so many children who otherwise would have managed to stay on the fringes.

- submitted by a parent

November 30, 2009
Check out the principal very carefully and talk to other parents that may have had issues at Ridgecrest. School is great and some very excellent teachers there.

- submitted by a parent

November 09, 2009
I'm a student, and I love this school. All of the teachers are energetic and love their work, the material is challenging, and there are always new opportunities to excel. I and my friends love Ridgecrest, as it is one of the few public schools that really work hard for your education.

- submitted by a student

October 22, 2009
As an faculty in higher education, it is rare to find a public school that strives for such excellence as Ridgecrest Intermediate School. The teachers are energetic and dedicated to the learning process.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 10, 2009
This school isn't really my kind of school. there is way too much homework and the teachers are hostile

- submitted by a student
no rating
July 14, 2009
This school is so awesome my daughter is going there this year and i have known this school for a very long time keep up the good work

- submitted by a parent
no rating
June 01, 2009
I do believe my son has received an above average education for 6th grade. I loved his Math and Science teachers. They were consistant with how they assigned homework out to the students. We, as a family, were able to judge and balance out our time quite nicely with how the two teachers assigned homework and projects. I feel with the other teachers; Social Studies, Language Arts, and Write Study Skills were not consistant and at times a large assignment was given out on a Thurday and due on the following Tuesday. Some of these assignments took 12 - 16 plus hours for my son to finish. I do feel the students get more homework that what is suggested by the District. I also sense that a few teachers waste time discussing topics that are not revelent to the subject they they teach. I do appreciate the no bullying policy.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
May 22, 2009
Do not assume your kids can get a superior eduction in this school which is well-known in terms of its API scores. From my experience, this school does not provide enough instruction and frankly lots of parents here enroll their kids in outside tutoring programs. There is very little homework and not a lot of challenging stuff either. Kids are not motivated in learning, and what is even worse, sometimes they are just simply graded on efforts instead of real performance. Just think of having to write only about five essays in a whole school year for your language arts class, and a paper with fancy decoration gets a better score than some with real substance. With that said, some of the teachers are really good, and lots of parent volunteers are very dedicated.

- submitted by a parent

April 16, 2009
I think that Ridgecrest is a great place to learn and make new friends.. Everyone is friendly and the teachers are very loving and kind and our principal is a great person who is strict in fields he needs to be strict in and loose when he can be!

- submitted by a student

June 01, 2008
I agree that this school is a mess. Kids are not getting the full middle school experience because of the low quality of everything, including students. DO NOT SEND YOUR KIDS HERE!

- submitted by a parent

May 30, 2008
This school is amazing. I know if you search the world, you wont find a team of more dedicated, passionate, and skillful teachers and staff! Everyone works extremely hard to make sure we're learning and understanding. Thanks, RIS!

- submitted by a student

March 18, 2008
This is a wonderful school. My son and all of his friends thoroughly enjoy their school days-academic and social. Any bullying is taken seriously, it is not tolerated and is dealt with immediately. Students can make anonymous incident reports to staff to have social issues dealt with. The parent postings below mystify me, as what they describe is not a common experience...the remarks sound made up to me, they are so far from the reality. Administration staff and teachers are eager to know about and handle what these parents are describing. The academics and teachers are really excellent. It is a very well run, safe and happy school. Great students, teachers and staff!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
February 06, 2008
My child also hates attending the school due to the harrowing experience with other children. Bullying seems to be pretty common. If not for the teachers, my child would not attend this school. Hope the school board does something about it.

- submitted by a parent

January 19, 2008
Ridgecrest is absolutely a mess! my son goes there and he is dreading going there everday. The sports are way below average and the academics are a joke.

- submitted by a parent

November 30, 2007
Ridgecrest is the best school i have ever been to in my life.The princible Mr.Corwin is alsome.So are the teacher and staff member When i have children they are going to ridgecrest.

- submitted by a student

October 21, 2007
ridgecrest is really the best school. I have recently moved, and i miss the school very much. It's the best school anyone could go for. There are classes for all levels and the dress code isn't that harsh. :p

- submitted by a student

July 11, 2007
We love Ridgecrest. Now I know why they call it the happy school!

- submitted by a parent

July 10, 2007
The principal keeps everything running well, all of my teachers are helpful and they do whatever they can to help me and my classmates.

- submitted by a student

March 07, 2006
A wonderful school. Students are happy, teachers are helpful and truly care about their students, and the admin. keep the school safe.

- submitted by a student

February 14, 2006
Ridgecrest has an excellent program for my child as she is in the resources classes for part of her day. They are very involved in meeting my child's needs and in ensuring that all the children that go to Ridgecrest are taken care of. I am impressed with the dedicated staff, especially the 7th grade science teacher, Mr. Mullen, who gets the children involved with building science knowledge by using things they can relate to. This school district is the whole reason why I moved to this area! I would recommend (and have) this school to my friends and to those acquaintances who are moving to the area.

- submitted by a parent

August 18, 2004
Mr Corwin and Mrs. Else are excellent, responsive administrators. They are gifted in understanding and valuing the differences among middle school children. Mrs. Lewis and the rest of the office staff are knowledgable and very accessible to parents and students. They have effectively developed a supportive environment where students are encouraged and empowered to help each other across age, grade and ability levels. Students are challenged, happy and safe. Students are respectful to each other, subs and adults. Those that want enrichment or want to accelerate are given myriad opportunities to do so.

- submitted by a parent

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Ridgecrest Intermediate School
28915 Northbay Road, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA  90275
(310) 544-2747
Last modified Ridgecrest Intermediate School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ridgecrest Intermediate School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 42 reviews. Top