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5050 Conrad Avenue
San Diego, CA 92117

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(858) 800-5550
(858) 278-7462
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June 16, 2014
I sent my daughter here for 8th grade and it was the best decision we've ever made. The teachers truly understand kids who are creative and unique, and the school promotes and encourages students to excel in the arts as well as academically. The students that go to this school are pretty great too, and we did not have a problem with any bullying. My daughter loved this school so much and was very sad to leave. This school has got some SOUL, which I just didn't see at any of the other regular schools.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2014
Amazing school,My daughter is in sixth grade and she LOVES this school.She has made so many friends,and the teachers are so engaged in teaching she has had a ton of fun and im looking forward for next year.Dont listen to the bad reviews this is an AMAZING school.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2013
I'm and eighth grader at CPMA and this is my first year here. I have to say its way better than my other school. We barely get any homework, and I got into advanced choir and it's only my first year! Everyone is more nice and loving and I love that, and this school is very enthusiastic and my other school wasn't like that. In choir we performed at the padres game on the 24th of September. It was awesome. Well that's all, this school really is a great school.

- submitted by a community member
August 27, 2013
I am currently going into 8th grade and I have to say, CPMA is an amaaaaaazing school in my opinion. All the teachers I've had we're really nice. Especially my choir teacher. She is the most wonderful teacher ever. Ever since 6th grade, she has become one of my bestfriends and you could trust her in anything. She doesn't just treat you as a student, she treats you like you are her friend. I've never ever had a teacher like that until I got to CPMA. Also in 7th grade, I was in ASB. ASB changed my life. Our teacher was hilaaaaarious but can be really serious and strict when she needed to be. ASB became my second family.. There was a lot of fights when i was in 7th grade (last school year) but I never saw any of them which is weird because apparently one happened right in front of me but I guess I was just distracted by something else. But honestly, I've never been in any drama at all and I hope it stays that way during my last year at CPMA. I've met a lot of great people especially my bestfriends. And I hope my new WEB family will just be like ASB :) Be The Change You Wish To See In The World!

- submitted by a community member
August 22, 2013
My daughter went to CPMA for 6th, 7th and 8th grade. When I needed help, the office was always there for me. My daughter did so well there because I was on top of her grades and participated in her education. Best thing you can do as a parent is go to the parent orientation night. It will give you an idea of what our kids day is really like and who is teaching your children. My daughter went into CPMA without any knowledge of playing an instrument and has gone on to audition and move onto a high school that sees her skill and potential. She learned discipline and hard work pay off and I believe CPMA gave her the avenue to shine. I would let my child go there again!

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2013
I love the fact that my son is engaged in artistic endeavors, as well as academic ones. CPMA offered the first Creative Writing Class for a middle school, which my son has taken this year as an elective. He has learned so much, while enjoying the creative process. He is also having a great time in his Media Arts class, and has learned a great deal in English, science and mathematics. My husband and I are very happy with the education our son is receiving from CPMA and it's teachers.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2013
My daughter started 7th grade this year and we were very excited! Unfortunately our excitement is over and replaced with disappointment and my daughter now has fear to attend school because of severe bullying, taunting and being beaten up 2 times in the last month. I've addressed the fights and the teasing with the principal who in my opinion has failed to punish/suspend the other girl s) which has made an escalation of taunting, and another fight! Schools should take all bullying seriously and protect their students as this is their responsibility. The last fight...which happened the day after daughters birthday, the school did not even call me to notify me! We are going to transfer....this school has turned into an emotional down spiral for my daughter who is highly creative. Sorry CPMA you are just a thumbs down!

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2012
Of all the schools I have ever attended CPMA is by far the best. The student and teacher bodies are diverse and creative, offering an open and accepting school experience. The workload is reasonable and classes are well taught by a staff that is no less than gifted. I highly recommend the school to anyone, interest in the school's STELLAR arts programs or no.

- submitted by a community member
August 08, 2012
hi i am going into cpma for 7th grade as a noob and dont know what to expect plz help btw i went to marston :D

- submitted by a community member
July 11, 2012
I am going into my 8th grade in cpma and i LOVE IT !it has great teachers, for every grade. great guidance counslers . and great students. Yes their is drama and occasional fight , but what school doesnt right? if your looking for a school who has no drama && no fights. GOOD LUCK! lol but the students are very nice. they dont like group up in race like some schools theyr'e all mixed. and it's great. sometimes people get bullied but ussualy if i see it i always either call a teacher or staff or break it up myself. this school also has a great extra curriculum courses. for some reason the school board is making the new coming 6th graders take all of the extra curricular activites. i kind of wish that was for me . because i was put in something i HATE (trumpet -____-) but then in seventh grade i tried out choir <3 and i fell in love. now im in advaced choir :) i can't wait so hopefully if your looking at this school for your child i highly reccomend it <3

- submitted by a community member
June 07, 2012
My son has thrived at CPMA. The majority of the teachers are very enthusiastic and committed to the schools emphasis on the arts, as well as to teaching. CPMA offers more electives during the regular school day than most middle schools in SDUSD. The quality of the electives is very high. This year my son, a 7th grader, participated in the Jazz Band and percussion classes. He has made great friends and looks forward to going to school. My son is labeled seminar by the school district, and I am very happy that we selected CPMA for him for middle school. He has done well academically and the arts have kept him engaged. I am a frequent volunteer on campus, and I haven't seen any evidence of bullying that has been mentioned in other posts. The school has an aggressive anti-bullying program with the theme of "Be the Change". I get the impression that if bullying were to occur, the staff would be quick to intervene if they were made aware of the situation. This school is for all students, those who want to have an opportunity to more fully develop a talent that they have or those who would like exposure to various classes in the arts.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2011
I am a student at CPMA and I love it. Ive met a lot of really nice people, my teachers are wonderful, and they have a lot of good opportunities for aspiring musicians. I am in the advanced orchestra, we've gone to Disneyland twice and we've been to many festivals too. Just last year the advanced orchestra, band, and jazz band performed at copley symphony hall. Another really great thing about cpma is the amazing programs for handicapped and deaf kids. CPMA integrates deaf kids into classes for hearing students and hanicapped. I feel as a student that it is great to interact with the kids who've spent their whole lives in schools especially for kids with "disabilities" when they could spend time being treated like a normal person. Yes, bullying is a problem, but isnt that a problem at every middle school? MIddle school is the hardest times for many people in their life because its the transition from being treated like children to being treated like normal adult citizens. With hormones going crazy and all that jazz how could there not be bullying? Also as CPMA lets in anyone who attends many kids are "the wrong crowd" but you just have to find your way to avoid them.

- submitted by a community member
November 04, 2011
this is the best school ever!!!!! i don't know why people would say it has bullying because it does. my daughtr goes there and she loves it. she never want to go to her house. she loves this school. the teachers are super nice to her. they make learning super fun for her.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2011
THIS IS THE WORST SCHOOL I HAVE EVER ATTENDED IN MY LIFE. I attended this school grades 6-8 and I am now a sophomore in High School, while I was here at CPMA I suffered through the worst depression I haver ever had in my life. I was contantly bulied and teased, the teachers did NOTHING to help me even while knowing I was going through this. The majority of the students here and downright mean, vulgar, and ghetto to say the least. DRUGS are a big problem in this school, and not much is being done to stop it. The teachers I had at this school were also terrible. They were mean, unhelpful, and down right rude to me as I attended this dreadful school. Everyday, arriving to this school was like torture, and the only thing I looked forward to was going back home to my parents, where I could get some support. Unfortunately I often didn't tell my parents about the bullying because I was scared. But now that I'm out of this terrible place and in a school I very much love now, I'd just like to warn future parents, THIS SCHOOL IS BAD NEWS. Any current students reading this, I FEEL YOUR PAIN, IF YOU ARE BEING BULLIED, TELL SOMEONE!

- submitted by a community member
July 20, 2011
I attended CPMA and I have to say that it was a great experience. Yes, we had many problems these past three years but I can honestly say that the school is doing better. Yeah, during last school year there were problems with drugs but that happens at ANY school not just ours, the drama as well. There are also NO kids on probation as some people claim. Besides those flaws that any school has, CPMA is a great school. We also got a new principal last school year and we're doing better. The school campus now looks better and we even got new teachers because previous ones didn't do well. The teachers that we have now are all great and people you can get along with. The parents are also very involved and have helped out a lot with fundraisers in our school. As an arts school, CPMA is doing really well. Our music, choir, and drama department are doing well as is our art department. As our school is very diverse we also have students that are hard of hearing that attend that school. They also have an ASL club so we can all communicate with each other better. Overall CPMA is a great school and I highly recommend CPMA as a middle school for your child.

- submitted by a community member
August 10, 2010
I used to go to CPMA, I have to say this school is very gross, the children there cause ALOT of drama, some times I would come home crying from some of the stuff the kids would do to me. Also the teachers and couslers dont do very much to help at all.the campus is gross and none of the kids care about taking care of their school. This school is great when it comes to electives but the drama is horriable and so are the teachers. I HIGHLY recommand not enrolling your son/daughter to this middle school.

- submitted by a community member
June 30, 2010
i am currently going to CPMA, or maybe leaving. there are lots of kids that take pride in good grades but more in bad grades. the kids are always picking on eachother and right before school ended this year, kids wer caught with DRUGS. not kidding eather some went to juvie. you dont want kids like THAT running around at your childs school... do you?

- submitted by a community member
April 19, 2010
My daughter brought her text books home at the beginning of the school year, and they've collected dust this whole time! She never has homework. Occasionally she texts me during the day, which tells me that they must not care too much about what they are doing in class. She tells me about other students 'french kissing' by the buses. Where's the supervision? I don't believe they enforce the dress code, and she has told me that some teachers 'cuss'. She loves the school...I wonder why. She won't be going there next year.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2010
I pulled my son out of cpma in at the begining of the semester. He liked the school and his friends, but almost everyday an 8th grader was giving him problems. He went there because he has an art he is cultivating, but it wasnt happening due to the daily distractions. He is a 6th grader by the way. If it wasnt the bus stop it, was in the restroom where he was being harrassed. The staff does very little to help other than telling my son he should have ignored the older kids. If you want your child to go to a school where there are wild unruly kids on probation (yes I said probation) send them to cpma. The new school where he is at have enrolled over 7 more 6th graders because of the lack of control of the 8th graders. The staff and parents are to blame.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2010
Many behavior problems at this school. We pulled our children out after 4 months. We have enrolled them at SCPA and they are doing beautifully! SCPA is a great school - I highly reccommend it.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2009
I am currently an 8th grader at CPMA middle school and i have to say this is a very great school. Our school has won awards for Choir, we have an excellent band who has also won awards, same with our orchestra. I could make this review 4 pages long telling you how many great programs we have. overall great school.

- submitted by a student
June 22, 2009
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- submitted by a student
May 18, 2009
Cpma is one crazy jungle in there my kid was horrified going back to the second semester of school. Soon as possible we pulled him out the staff is nice and kind yet there students behavior is wild ! Save your kid!

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 14, 2009
My son attended CPMA for 6th grade (he is now in 9th so things may have changed). We disliked it so much we pulled him out and sent him to SCPA (School of Creative and Performing Arts) which meet our needs much better. While my son personally didn't have any trouble with bullies he had stories about incidents almost every day when he came home. The kids were beyond wild and out of control. Not sure why its so bad but I've never seen such out of control behavior from students. Some of the teachers were wonderful though and we felt bad leaving them. The principal was absolutely horrible but she's left and I don't know anything about the new one. Hopefully much better for the students there now.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2009
WOW what a dissapointment this school is .The only thing my child has learned at this school is how to defend herself,and by looking at past reviews this problem has been around awhile and not at just the new site . my child will not be attending this Creative piece of work next year.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2008
Pretty good school (academic but there's something I don't always agree with the school policy. They call you about every little thing. Let's say your kid picked on someone, they call you. Your kid got in trouble for talking to someone in class, they call you. Your kid just happened to be sitting next to a kid who picked on someone, they call you because they assume that your kid was involved (they don't let kids explain what really happened). BUT they don't call you when YOUR KID IS BEEN PICKED ON. It just doesn't make sense to me. In the beginning, I appreciated that they call the parents about everything but now I know that so many parents feel the same way I do, I just think that enough is enough. Kids do stuff, let the kids BE KIDS for god's sake.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2008
i am currently attending cpma, and i love it. We have currently moved to a new location and that has even been successful. i think that our last year at the cpma campus (07-08) was a very warming community, and wasnt a school. I also love our teachers, because our teachers were there from the start and spend their own hard earned money on events at school but its for things that dont have anything to do with their subject... but just to wrap it up... we are working our way up.... ps- i dont recommend you to send your child if he or she doesnt want to be there because we offer so many things that people wish they could have and that means if they dont take pride in their schooll... i think you get it.

- submitted by a student
August 12, 2008
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- submitted by a teacher
February 29, 2008
Great school, great staff, and outstanding extracurricular activities. Not over crowded any more. Parents are more involved. My son has learned much more than at a regular middle school.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
Wonderful school and staff. Needs a lot more parent involvement. Great availability of art and other extracurricular activities!

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2006
Great school! Needs more parental involvement. Staff is caring and attends to the needs of the students. Principle is very accessable.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2005
Was over crowded and very disorganized last year 04/05. Campus was very rough, especailly for new students and 6th graders.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2005
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November 11, 2004
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Creative, Performing, and Media Arts School
5050 Conrad Avenue, San Diego, CA  92117
(858) 800-5550
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