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Riverside, CA
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3754 Harvill Lane
Riverside, CA 92503

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(951) 358-1695
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June 08, 2014
My school is Ismael Villegas Middle School. My son will be entering 7th grade(this will be His first year here). I have come to the office in an attempt to enroll him register him. Each time I have been told something different,ranging from they have many challenging programs for advanced learners,so if our son is having difficulties it would be better that we not enroll him. We were unable to make an appointment with his school counselor since he is not enrolled(although the office had no other visitors). Now we have been told that we can't enroll him until late summer! It seems to me that registering him as soon as possible. We need to have a meeting with the counselor to discuss placement, and I would think it is benefit to have his transcripts,etc!

- submitted by a parent

March 16, 2014
The school is great. Lately, though, my son has been getting too much homework and projects from some of his teachers. Other than that the school is amazing and so are the counselors. Most of the teachers are interactive with the students and the change to common core has been difficult work, but it will make my child as successful as people from around the world.

- submitted by a parent

February 22, 2014
there is like 25 fights a day at least help me i hate it here worst scool ever i get beaten up almost everyday i got stabed with sharpend sticks if u live in riverside and r going to middle school go to arizona less figts everyone gets beat up not just me dosent matter who u r ppl do drugs and smoke there to

- submitted by a community member

July 27, 2013
I love villegas! I first attended this school in 2009 and now my little brother is attending. Im actually glad he is attending villegas because they have some of the nicest teachers and they dont look at you like if you're stupid if you ask them a question or need help. I definitely recommend for your child to go here

- submitted by a community member

November 06, 2012
The principal at YVMS is amazing, and her staff obviously respect her and follow her good examples. She is very professional, and most of her teachers are as well. Wherever you go, you'll find good and bad teachers, and Villegas is no exception. However, the good ones FAR exceed the bad ones. Previous reviews have mentioned poor communication on the school's part - that couldn't be further from the truth. Parents have access to their student's grade and missing assignment lists 24/7 via the Internet. They send home "Wednesday mailbags", monthly event calendars, recorded messages to our phones, and assignment sheets to be signed nightly. It's time we as parents stop blaming the teachers for our kids' poor choices....my children have excelled at Villegas and most of their teachers have been fantastic. If your child gets a poor teacher, that's life. Deal with it graciously for 9 months and move on.

- submitted by a parent

December 13, 2011
PLEASE DON'T LET YOUR KIDS GO THERE... PLEASE!!!!! I feared for my childs life.. Being bullied and beaten..

- submitted by a parent

November 05, 2011
How can any parent from Villegas say that he or she is uninformed? There are progress reports sent home every three weeks. They are mailed home every six weeks. The grades and missing assignments are available to look at for every class online at any time! Parents...my child attends this school, make your child take responsibility for his or her failing grades, as the child is the one failing or not doing the work. Villegas has been a great school for my child.

- submitted by a parent

November 02, 2011
Ismael Villegas is a terrible school! I attended this school district from 5th till 12th grade and was very happy with it, and when my kids started going to Alvord schools I was very happy.....Until junior high, my son was a smart easy going kid that did very well in elementary always student of the month and even received the presidents award leaving elementary. But when he entered junior high and Villegas everything changed. He went from good grades to D's and F's and I didn't even get a call from any of his teachers or counselor. When I called the counselor to get missing assignment lists from each of his teachers he only gave me one teacher and that wasn't even a complete list it was only the cover letter of a fax. Pathetic! I blame the teachers and counselors most definitely because my son is now in the Corona Norco district because we moved and from Ds and Fs he's got Straight A's across the board. The teachers are more involved and they let the kids know what they can make up or not but they will not let them fail or go below a C average. Villegas has to change something quick.

- submitted by a parent

October 26, 2011
I am extremely disappointed with the caliber of this school from an experiential, academic, and operational perspective. In all my years of schooling (I have a Ph.D.) I have never once had a teacher lose my assignments but with respect to my daughter's teachers at this school they lose assignments at a regular frequency and the student is penalized for their mishandling. Add to this the sad fact that my daughter has had 3-4 science teachers this year, each of which has failed to assign science projects to the students, and you have only a microcosm of the disaster this school has become. Ysmail Villegas has got to be rolling in his grave knowing that his fine name is bismirched and associated with such poor quality. Don't send your kids here if you want them to be competative in high school and college.

- submitted by a parent

October 26, 2011
Villegas like any other school works just fine. Parents are too quick to blame the teachers or the administration for their own children's failure. It's about time parents take responsibility for their own children's progress and will to learn and grow academically. I've had one child going through and 2 more currently in Villegas. ALL 3 have achieved 3.5-4.0 GPA average. If someone think there is a lack of communication, maybe it only feels that way because s/he is unwilling to listen or truly communicate with Villegas staff. The administration as well as the teachers are very open and friendly when approached with the right attitude. I'm not saying I like every teacher there. Like every other parent there are a couple teachers I wish I didn't have to deal with. But all in all my children never complained and always loved each and everyone of their teachers which to me comes as a total surprise. Finally my son just entered high school and he's keeping his beautiful 3.8 GPA so far. So if you are looking into middle schools for your own child, I strongly recommend Villegas. It is a good school where both students and staff work hard toward a bright future. Signed: a satisfied parent

- submitted by a parent

November 03, 2010
My daughter attended Villegas for grades 6th - 8th and enjoyed her time at this school. The teachers are dedicated to making sure the kids get the best education possible. My daughter had a great experience here and really prepared her for high school.

- submitted by a parent

November 02, 2009
Villegas is great! And the teachers are very dedicated! And for all the parents who wrote reviews that were bad you really must be on something because this school is awesome!! And im sad that I'm going to be leaving next year!

- submitted by a student

August 28, 2008
Our experience with this school was an absolute nightmare. I am an extremely involved parent, in terms of support as it pertains to the school, teachers and my child. However it wasn't support was rarely given back in return. Teachers failed to communicate early on when critical educational or behavioral issues presented themselves allowing them to fester and eventually interfering with academic progress. As any well intentional parent knows, communication with your child's teacher is a very important element in knowing your child's strengths and weaknesses well as working together to ensure the best from the student. I felt that even though this school says they encourage parents to communicate and support the exact opposite was felt. Only on their terms is it acceptable. In other words you aren't to question classroom concerns such as obvious incorrect electronic grades given or teachers ethics. As long as they get paid who cares.

- submitted by a parent

August 17, 2008
Horribble. That expains it all. The vice principal makes a big deal out of something small and when something big happens he barly does anything! Im glad my kid only went for one year..

- submitted by a parent

April 07, 2008
excellent me and my friends are starting an new program called the friend ship community we great and help kids who are new or in special classes in 2008 at the beginning of the year it starts but we are still working it out with are counsalertrust me as a current student i highly recommend this school yet times there may be 1 fight but it is very small and not big some parents are overy exadurating it well i go there and say great job teachers,priciable,counsalers,staff, and ed teachers thnk for such wonderful 2 years. GO PATRIOTS!!!!!

- submitted by a student

March 20, 2008
Teachers and administrators have been wonderful. Any problems have been addressed quickly and efficiently. It is safe, well-managed, and I've been very happy with my child going there for the past three years. Now to find a good high school that compares... yikes!

- submitted by a parent

April 01, 2007
Good honors program. Too much homework. Overall good staff. Lately too many fights. Good technology.

- submitted by a parent

December 10, 2006
I don't feel safe sending my child there.

- submitted by a parent

July 26, 2004
This is an outstanding school with a dedicated staff.

- submitted by a parent

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Ysmael Villegas Middle School
3754 Harvill Lane, Riverside, CA  92503
(951) 358-1695
Last modified Ysmael Villegas Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
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