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6-8
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San Diego, CA
Students enrolled: 309
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6365 Lake Atlin Avenue
San Diego, CA 92119

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(619) 644-1300
(619) 644-1600
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May 29, 2014
I was worried about my son starting middle school. Especially because he struggled in school and has an IEP. He started at MSA 7th grader. I have to say it was the best choice we ever made. My son made Honor roll this year! He actually loves school. I remember middle school has the most challenging years. He loves his school, friends, teachers, band, after school activities and even the tutoring. Our only regret is that we didn't send him there for 6th grade. We are definitely looking forward to the 8th grade next year!

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2014
Magnolia Science Academy San Diego is a great school to the kids who love science, technology, engineering and math. Teachers are so dedicated leading and instructing students' development and growth. There are all kinds of interesting clubs with no charge, like Robotic(Lego), future city, chess, cross country, leadership, chemistry and so on. My kid loves the school very much!

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2014
For my 12 year old, it is challenging and interesting. Next year, we are also sending our 11 year old. At the prior school, both kids were finished with normal work, so they had to help the teacher or read quietly to wait for the other students.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2014
Great place to start middle school. Staff is nice and dedicated. Great curriculum. Infrastructure needs some updates but working on it. My son loves his school.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2014
MSA San Diego is a wonderful learning environment. My 7th grade son is doing very well here. We chose the school for 6th grade for its smaller size but we have benefitted in so many other ways. All the teachers (not just his own) know my son by name. He is engaged in all of his classes. He always has access to free tutoring by his teachers and the after school extracurricular clubs have been very important to him (chess and robotics and so many other ones that are also free.) We wish we had sent our older daughter to MSA. I recommend this school to everyone.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2013
This is my son's first year at this school. He is an 8th grader. The teacher's, staff are all very kind and supportive. They communicate well with each other which is especially important when your child has a learning disability.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
My daughter has gone to this school since 6th grade and she is now an 8th grader. She really loves MSA! All of the teachers are young so they include modern items in their lessons so my daughter can understand it better. She is doing very well thanks to the wonderful teachers. There are also many clubs that my daughter can enjoy such as archery, comet media, comet leadership, and engineering. Her whole week is after school clubs and the free tutoring they offer. Whenever she feels that her grades are low, or maybe she really needs help on that one assignment, she can go to tutoring for help!

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
Great school! I have a daughter who graduated last year and another who is currently in 7th grade at MSA. Both have done very well there. The teachers and staff are dedicated and involved. The small environment allows the staff to know all the students. My kids both took advantage of the regular tutoring that teachers offer, as well as the multitude of clubs. And having the kids wear uniforms seems to make the environment more conducive to learning. We highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2013
We are very please with MSA. Great communications. We love the school size as well. Thank you MSA!

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2013
It is a great school. My daughter is an 8th grader now and my son just started there as a 6th grader. The teachers are all very knowledgeable of their particular subject and really care about their students. It is a smaller middle school which makes it nicer to have smaller class sizes. They have a lot of fun activities for the kids through out the year.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2013
I drove 25 minutes (without traffic) to take by daughter to MSA. It is will worth the drive. This is her second year there. The staff, teachers, and both deans are very involved. You can tell there is a genuine love of teaching and support at this school. It may not look like much from the front (the school is slowing refurbishing from the prior elementary school grounds) but I did not choose this school for the cosmetics of the structures and amenities. What makes the difference is the smaller classes, the individual attention and the extra after school tutorings and support. If you have any doubt, just attend on of the open houses!

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2013
This school created some of the best memories of my life. When I transferred to MSA in the middle of the years, I was pretty terrified. I thought the uniforms were going to be horrible, and as a kid, I believed the rumors that the school was haunted. On my first day there, I was immediately welcomed by all the students and teachers. Now, four years later, those kids who made me apart of their group my very first day, I'm still best friends with. The teachers are amazing, and I really felt like the cared about me; as a student and person. If I felt I was struggling or needed clarification, I knew my teachers would be more than happy to help. I learned SO much, especially 8th grade. I learned more that year than all my time in High School. MSA is a great school, and I would recommend it to anyone.

- submitted by a community member
January 29, 2013
Great School. Best teachers. I like the smaller setting and individual attention. Many science and sports events. I am blessed to have my daughter attend Magnolia.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2012
Coming from a different country it's always been hard, so if you are already been living here (u.s. ) this should be easy for you, my kids learned to be responsible, I'm a full time mom, but still struggling with my 3 kids, though I'm blessed, but dealing with homeworks and reports, and projects having 3 kids it's hard. But the school helped them a lot, who's school gives free extra time just to go over? This school have free tutor/guidance after school, even if it's not one on one like other paid tutor that u will just meet in the library and have 5 kids, it's the same, who school gives free after school program? This school does, they have prime time, which actually helps a lot if u are a working parent, but most especially they let parents get involve, parents just judge, but they didn't actually know what's going on, I've been helping them in different ways that I can, I still strongly suggest put a little bit of your time, and know what your kids up to, so we don't blame school or teachers, this is coming from my heart, because this school helps a lot. And this school is the reason why we can't just move. Because we don't want to sacrifice our kids future. Stay blessed !

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2012
Dean of Students and Dean of Academics are terrific! The small school has helped my sons to excel in their studies and growing as responsible young men. To be fair , if you want excellence, you must become involved in your child's education, communicate with the teachers and admin and follow up at home. This is not the place for everyone. If you don't believe in rules or following through with consequences, or you feel rules stifle the creativity of children, you should keep looking. My son has 14 people in his advanced geometry class, try finding that in a public school.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2011
I have a daughter graduated from MSA and my younger daughter started 6th grade at MSA this year. I am so amazed with the kind of transition I've seen in my younger daughter. My 6th grader changed from an irresponsible little kid into a responsible and hardworking young lady in only 3 months thanks to the teacher's hardwork and discipline. There are many activities I can just go and participate as a parent at the school. For sure Magnolia is the best school my 2 daughters ever attended.

- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2011
This is a pretty good school. The teachers are involved. However, the parents are the ones that need to step up do the right thing: be involved with the school and their children's education; follow the rules to include show respect when dropping of or picking up their kids....don't block traffic or don't be angry when you have to stop for other kids to cross the road; be courteous; get involved with assisting the school by volunteering to perform needed task; don't just demand...participate...see how you can help improve the school and education; if your kid gets in trouble...don't point the finger but instead admonish your kid and correct that bad behavior otherwise they learn not to be responsible. And so on.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2011
This is our son's 2nd year at MSA and we are happy there. We chose MSA over the "local big middle school" and while we heard the usual "but all my friends are going there.." he was acclimated within a couple of days and sees the friends via outside sports or on weekends. MSA is all about academics; classes are small so the teachers actually know your child and seem to have good classroom control. And the email communication home, is excellent. We like the grass-roots approach: with the small school and the charter system, the admin. seems free to implement new ideas without having to fill out 42 forms and get multiple approvals. i.e. they added Spanish as a 7th grade elective based on parent requests, and this year there are new clubs and a band program (maybe due to cancelling 9th grade there is extra space?) I am hearing more focus on preparing for college (yes, even in 6th grade). Of course, middle schoolers figure out ways to get around some rules; but overall the rules seem well enforced. Yes the teaching staff is diverse; some have foreign accents. But we think it's a good thing to get used to other cultures' ways and accents. They are getting a good education at MSA.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2011
Dream come true. After mediocre elementary schools with bullying out of control this school is a godsend. The policy on behavior is VERY strict and many parents complain because they get in trouble for saying a 4 letter, not tucking in their pants, horsing around, etc. But the kids learn quickly the consequences and the dean of students is REALLY on top of the behaviors of each student in class. I have two boys there (one transferred in from the Lewis seminar program) and they are both excelling! My oldest is in his third year there and has received an excellent education in English language arts as well as math. I couldn't be happier. But be forewarned, if you don't believe in strict behavior policy, this probably is not the school for you.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2011
When my oldest started at Magnolia in th 6th grade,I loved it. Was impressed with the dedication of the teachers, how the school was interested in helping my son be the best student he could be. That was 5 years ago..now my youngest is in the 8th grade and I cannot recommend the school and do not think highly of it as I did before. The school is suppose to be a Math, Science and Tech. focused school and I have yet to see it! There is nothing special about this Charter School. The school was without a Principal for the first part of the school year and when one was brought in, the parents were not notified. I find it strange that the students watch movies all the time and the students seem to have a lot of free time in class. There are some great and dedicated teachers, Mr. Angood, Ms. Murphy and Mrs. Rawlings. And sadly for the students at the school I wonder how long they will stick around. If my son had more years left at Magnolia, I would have to transfer him to another school.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2011
MSA is a great school the teachers are very diverse and willing to help my child. I love the after-school tutoring and clubs available throughout the week. The office staff is always pleasant and helpful. Only issue I have is with pick up and drop-off

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2011
I find Magnolia Science Academy to be an exceptional school! The school is very diverse. Hence, many students and teachers are orginally from varies countries around the world. Racism is not an issue. I find that the teachers come with high educational backgrounds and standards. My child was a straight A student in elementary school. Now at Magnolia, he continues to have a 4.0 grade point average. I give Magnolia Science Academy five stars. Thank you to all the teachers at MSA for being such an important part in my childs life!

- submitted by a parent
December 29, 2010
This school is a Circus with a Capital C with the main clowns being the Principal, and Mr. Stevens. If you want a school where children will run the school and the administration will fold their arms and not address any issues, this is your school. Mr. Stevens is inexperienced and is not able to handle discipline with the students where over 50% of the students have behavioral issues. He is afraid to discipline the students even though that is his job. Discipline is a huge problem at this school and it was brought up at the district level and the District found them to be out of compliance on several safety and academic aspects at the school site that they were very close in not having their Charter renew (feel free to visit the SDUSD public records). Kids have been hurt and bullied and the administration have looked the other way and done nothing to protect the students. This past year over 17 students left MSA and most of their teachers. Ask the teachers how long they have been with the school. Their academics is also very questionable as they make students re-take tests to get a higher grades and watch movies.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2010
The quality of education and teachers has prepared by daughter well for High School. She knows what is expected of her, she's organized, attentive and eager to learn. The smaller class sizes, frequent field trips and school activities that are organized by the teachers, provided her with an experience that she would not have received at a regular public school. The teacher and staff enthusiasm and involvement is the key to success. Charter is the way to go!

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2010
If your a lazy parent with lazy kids...don't go here.It is a school for serious students.SO no wearing your pants low, gaudy make-up/jewelry/behavior.It is a school that has high expectations, which I why I sent my child to MMS.I love their strict rules and expectations for personal responsibility.School is for learning.Not a place to act like a jerk .

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2010
Its a great school to go to. My son is doing well there - he is becoming a strong student

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2010
Great school. Awesome teachers. They empower students and teach them with enthusiasm and sensitivity.

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November 08, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
no rating August 25, 2009
Momentum is a great school. They have highly qualified teachers and very sound curriculum which I believe my son will benefit a lot.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2009
This is a great school. My child made enormous progress in one year. She loves the school .

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2009
I am a 7th grader who goes there and personally, i think that going to a small school is a lot better for kids because they know everyone. The school has a lot of math classes depending on how good you are. All my friends go there and the thing that a lot of people (including me) don't really like the uniforms because i mean, they're shirts have to be tucked in! But you can get free dress days if you wanna pay cash....... The field trips aren't really expensive but I haven't been on all of them because i'm just starting.

- submitted by a student
August 05, 2009
I was a student here, i was part of the first graduating class of momentum. the school went a very long way from when it first started but i have to say that it was a good school. i enjoyed being there and i learned a lot. anything that i didn't like has already been fixed and i think mr. o is a great choice for principal. i think that the teachers all were fair and fun and really made an effort to help us through the year. thanks!

- submitted by a student
no rating February 22, 2009
Well this school is really strict so whoever gets put into this school should know that and they should cooperate. Or else you would get in trouble.

- submitted by a student
January 31, 2009
I am a student here at Momentum and I really hate this school. I mean it looks fun for the 6th graders but the 7th and 8th graders don't really do anything. Theres no feild trips and nothing fun to do.Some Schools may have fun learning but this school doesn't. There is teachers that pick faves. and get others in trouble. The only good teachers there are Mrs.Evans and Ms.Cole. I hope someone reads this and actually cares. :)) Thanks.

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January 31, 2009
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January 25, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2008
Momentum Middle school is a superior school. This is my son's 2nd year at Momentum and we as parents and our son love the school The teachers are always willing to help the students and the school provides free tutoring after school which is great so students don't left behind if they are having problems. I recommend this school to anyone who like a safe and structured learning environment for their kids.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2008
I'm continually impressed with the school. This is my child's second year and the first year, her math scores, which were lacking, rose 40%. I was pleased. I'm a bit saddened that this year they don't have Spanish as a regular course and only as an extra curricular activity. In Southern California, I find that ridiculous.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2008
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- submitted by a student
May 21, 2008
Best middle school in the San Carlos, La Mesa area. Safe and non competitive environment. Very impressed with principal, teachers and staff. Needs parent involvement for grounds maintance .

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April 18, 2008
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April 17, 2008
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April 17, 2008
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- submitted by a student
April 11, 2008
This school needs to work on bullying, cliques, and the whole popularity thing!

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March 26, 2008
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March 14, 2008
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- submitted by a student
February 26, 2008
As stated, this is a charter school that is geared toward Math, Science, computers, and Technology. I do not know of any other school that gives each student 1 hour per day on a computer. After the 6th grade, my daughter knew more about MS word and powerpoint than I do! The teachers work harder than any that I have ever seen. The uniforms help to keep distractions to a minimum. The office staff is amazing! The campus size is much smaller than most also helping to keep problems to a minimum. This school worked out well for us. One of the earlier reviews was that the school is intolorant toward beavier problems. Great. Now for the negitives. If your child is sports or musically inclined, this is not the school for your child. These activities are mostly non existant. Pack your child a lunch because school food is very bad.

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January 18, 2008
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- submitted by a student
January 18, 2008
I am a student at momentum and I think it's one of the best schools I've ever been to. I have great friends, a nice learning experince and I love the teachers. They are very nice and care about the kids alot. Sometimes I can't belive this is even a school. It feels like day camp most of the time. I recommend this school to any kid that loves to learn!

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January 18, 2008
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- submitted by a student
January 18, 2008
I am a student at Momentum and I think this could use some touching up but it is still a great school!

- submitted by a student
October 14, 2007
As a parent, I found this school to be musch better than the local public schools in the area. I was very happy with most of the staff, and am very sorry we had to move out of the area. If we still lived in the area, my son would still be going to the school for 8th grade. I thought the staff was very nice here, and you had a better learning enviroment with the smaller class sizes. with the new classes, such as Art, Spannish, and Enginnering, this will probably be a great choise compared to the public schools in San Diego.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2007
We don't go there anymore, it was not a good experience!Mr. H was the best part of the school. too many questionable practices, such as random backpack searches, fingerprinting students without parents knowledge or approval,language problems, lots of weird things going on there! I was very concerned that they could not prepare my child for High School.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2007
This school is really horrible. They have unhealthy lunches, that made my child really sick. The teachers do not help the students at all, they ignore everyone and worry about their own needs. Period. This school is a horrible school and needs to shut down or at least be reasonable

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2007
This school is great. It is very convinente and is very resourceful. This is a very helpful school. This school momentum will make everyone feel equal. This school is organized and the teachers are nice and still know how to be strict at times. So come to momentum if your kids are in the 6th-8th

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2007
My son is going into his second year at Momentum. We have been very impressed with the curriculum, the principal, and the faculty/staff. The class size is also indicative of academic success. The atmosphere promotes learning, and discourages competitiveness based on who you know or what you wear.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2007
I am a student going to Momentum for 8th grade. I have been here for 6th and 7th also. I think the teachers are nice. When it comes to disipline, you will only get a punishment that is equal to what you did wrong. Sometimes I feel that the punishments can be unfair. The teachers are caring and they will take the time to get to know you if you give them the chance. I think MMS is a great school and I am looking forward to the new school year (though not the end of summer vacation).

- submitted by a student
August 13, 2007
MMS is a new school. Any parent with traditional public middle school expectations does not need to send their child to MMS. It's a great school with hard working teachers (they've even visted me in my home to talk about my child...on their own time!) and dedicated administration. MMS is getting better and better! We're excited to be a part of it.

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2007
Our 7th grader did not have a successful time at Momentum Middle. The principal and most of the teachers were intolerant of any behavioral challenges our child presented with. The school rules and consequences were inconsistent and not clearly explained. The Turkish teachers mainly lectured to the students and there was not place for creative thinking. The principal and admin were inflexible, punishing, uncaring and intolerant. We do not recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2007
My son has gone to Momentum the two years it has been in existence and I am extremely happy with all he has learned and experienced. For the most part, the teachers have been challenging and motivating. One of the best things about this school [is that] when there is a problem, it is much more likely to be remedied than at a traditional public school, where some of the tenured teachers remain no matter how poorly they teach. You can't beat the student/teacher ratio at Momentum and the feeling that your child is getting a lot more personalized education. I think if Momentum continues to demand high standards from teachers and students, it will be an amazing school.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2007
As we near completion of our first year at Momentum, I wanted to share my opinion. Between leaving the neighborhood and hearing the term 'charter', I was very hesitant to have my child attend MMS. But it didn't take long to have my mind put at ease. After attending an Open House over the summer I asked the presenter 'What's the Catch?' Small Class sizes, Top of the field technology, and Private School standards. We decided to register and haven't regretted it for a second. I'm not implying that in a perfect world there haven't been a few things I wouldn't change. But overall, and in comparison to what I've seen out there, we're very satisfied with the program Momentum has to offer. I'm sitting here writing this after a phone call from my son asking if he can stay afterschool...How can you complain about that?!? Good Job MMS.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2007
this school is horrible. the teachers don't understand the students. the only good thing about it is Mr. H, a great teacher who tries his best to understand students. Momentum is the worst school my child has ever been to and probably ever will.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2006
We had a rocky start at Momentum but the professionalism and the hard work of the Teachers and staff have proven me wrong, I am very pleased with this school although there is always room for improvement this school ranks with High Tech, My plan was not to return to Momentum but the education that the students are receiving I have second thoughts about that. Four Stars to Momentum Middle School.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2006
I am have been so pleased with Momentum Middle School. My son is doing very well and loves going to school. At first I was concerned about taking him away from his neighborhood school, but I am happy I made the choice!

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2006
The quality of the teaching staff and academic programs is exceptionally high. This is a school filled with committed caring parent and exceptional children, at all levels and ranges of the spectrum. if you are looking for a school where one on one teacher/child parent interaction is valued, and small class size is a must, then Momentum is for you. There is an active Parent Group that is specifically focused on school endeavors; factions and political struggles are not an issue. The Principal, admin staff and teachers are on the same page and a good team.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2006
The school focusses on Science ,Math and Tech , and they have a comprehensive humanities curriculum too. Momentum Middle School helps my child to have well rounded education.I thank a lot to the founders of the schol.

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April 05, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2005
MMS is a highly Math/Science/Technology focused, and disciplined school. It is promising to be one of the best schools in San Diego.

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Magnolia Science Academy San Diego
6365 Lake Atlin Avenue, San Diego, CA  92119
(619) 644-1300
Last modified Magnolia Science Academy San Diego is a Charter school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Magnolia Science Academy San Diego Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 68 reviews. Top