"Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Music are our focus areas"
Students enrolled 760
Hours 7:30 AM - 2:35 AM
School leader Susan Levy
Transportation options Yes
District San Diego Unified School District
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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8204 San Carlos Drive
San Diego, CA 92119

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(619) 465-3234
(619) 461-5447
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3 stars
Based on 30 ratings

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September 24, 2014
My daughter loves her teachers and the music program offered here at Pershing. This is her second year and I am pleased with her academic progress. Communication between teachers and home needs improvement. Teacher websites are often not updated and I have to rely on my student for information- good thing she is trustworthy!

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2014
This place is horrible. Many of the staff are bullies to the students. They over complicate things that should be common knowledge and there is no accountability for many of the teachers. Do yourself & your kid a favor by going to a different school.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2014
Sending my child here was the biggest mistake I ever made. After being at least average in every subject and advanced in a couple from K-7th grade, he started to have more issues with focus and getting work done once he started at Pershing in 8th grade.. Though the teachers contacted me to let me know that his work/lack there of was not going to earn him a passing grade, all but one were unresponsive when I left messages and sent emails to try to get on the same page to solve the problem. A couple of weeks ago, I got the final progress report of the year. My child failed 3 out of 6 classes and will not be allowed to go on the 8th grade field trip, nor participate in the promotion. However, he WILL be moved along to high school!?! What a sad state our educational system is in

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2014
Great school with great kids! I visited there for the school's 50th anniversary and it was even more wonderful than when I attended in the 70s. Beautiful big library, grass playfield, iPads for students and a great, caring staff.

- submitted by a community member
February 18, 2014
Pershing middle needs a complete overhaul. Not all, but most of the teachers have gotten to comfortable and therefore lazy. Following through with educational plans and accommodations seems to be challenging for many of them. Luckily my daughter is very self sufficient and seems to be doing well despite them. She finds the counselors cold and detached from the plight of navigating others behavioral issues. She states (and I agree), that all the note taking and grades based on notes makes her feel like a court reporter. She is great at taking notes now, yet if you ask her what she learned about that days topic all she can do is repeat the notes. No actual learning is occuring. Next year is her 7th grade year and she will be switching schools.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2014
I have been very pleased with Pershing thus far. My son is challenged, loves his teachers, and is thrilled about his experiences in the pre-engineering program. The teachers, many of which have been at Pershing for over a decade, are dedicated, supportive, and understanding. I also appreciate that my son has an adequate, but not overwhelming amount of homework. While challenged, he still has enough time to be involved in extracurricular activities without being overwhelmed.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2014
Overall I am pleased with Pershing Middle School. I was told there was a zero tolerance for bullying and yet my son has been bullied several times. I have gone to the counselors and school office many times and still no changes are made. Other than that, Pershing has great educational opportunities with band, P.E., 6th grade camp and musicals which I think is great to get involved in a school whether it be a parent or child. This year my son has been doing alot better in his classes despite the bullying. I think stronger rules need to be in place.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2013
I love this school. Two of my children attended Pershing, and I'm hoping my third will have the chance. Unfortunately, the new administration (namely the new principal) is ruining what used to be an amazing educational experience. She has taken away the block schedule, drama, and doesn't listen to parent input. I hope she sees the light and adjusts to the needs of our community.

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2011
Pershing was our first foray into public school in San Diego Unified, and we were pleased and impressed, especially given the critical budget issues facing the schools. The principal is passionate about the school and does an excellent job of communicating with parents. Our daughter, an A student, was challenged and engaged in all of her classes. The band program was especially helpful in that it enabled her to find a small group of like-minded students that helped her get comfortable at school. Yes, student behavior is a little different if you come from a private school environment, but kids are engaged and learning. The block schedule is great. We recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
November 26, 2010
it is great has excellent teachers supportive it has tutoring it has a principal that is strong and hard working

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February 11, 2010
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- submitted by a student
no rating January 26, 2009
My child is a 6th grader at Pershing. The reason we chose this school over other middle schools in the area was becuase of its high GATE scores and classes that the principal liked to advertise. Much to our desmay, the principal decided to have all students taught at a GATE level. As a result, my bright child is put with others who barely know their multiplication table. She is bored because of the slow pace she is taught at and I am afraid she might be falling behind. The classes are big and the teacher can rarely give individual attention. The drama and the music teachers are great.

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October 02, 2008
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March 19, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
no rating August 22, 2007
My child has done very well, and loves going to school at Pershing. I have been very satisfied with her teachers and impressed with the principal.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 20, 2007
If your child is not a top ranking student academically then they are lost in the system and do not get the help they need.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2007
Fantastic School. My daughter Graduated last year and she had a perfect 4.0. I love the teachers and staff at this school. I recommend this school to everyone

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2006
My third daughter is attending Pershing Middle School. All of them are high achievers in the gifted program. I have been very pleased with the curriculum, teachers, staff, and other students. My older girls are both 4.0+ students in High School, and they both agreed that Pershing provided them with the tools to achieve greater success than their peers who attended other schools. The only negative would have to be the Spanish class where each girl found it neither to be dynamic nor very useful in learning the language.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2006
Awesome school. Our children are high achieving/gifted and they have been challenged at every level at Pershing. Dynamic leadership and the teachers are just amazing. Nurturing and safe campus. They have completely prepared my kids for high school. Small school atmosphere on a large campus.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
Pershing Middle has been a great school for my daughter last year and so far this year. The principal regularly greets kids as they arrive in the morning, the VP's are active and visible. The teachers have been professional, caring, and available after school. The band teacher helped secure 1st place in a statewide competition last year, although left for another school this year. The availability of a new engineering program this year is exciting and was my daughter's choice of elective. The drama department is very active with 2 productions offered every year, and most interested kids are encouraged to participate. There is a level of parent involvement but I am unsure of the percentage.

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- submitted by a teacher
May 28, 2006
Pershing is a fantastic school! The sent 120 students to the Greater San Diego Science Fair, they will have an engineering lab in the Fall of '06, connected to www.pltw.org, and the scores continue to go up every year. Student safety is not an issue as they have an amazing staff which looks out for all students and their needs. Also, the curriculum for all skill levels is challanging. Our child is thriving their and we can't wait for our other child to go there in the fall!

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March 25, 2006
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- submitted by a student
January 11, 2006
The principal is exceptional--she knows every child. The teachers seem to really care about the children.

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December 19, 2005
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- submitted by a staff
November 07, 2005
Great school!! Funding a little low so equipement not very high-tech...except for science. Great scince class and teacher.

- submitted by a student
May 22, 2005
overall a good school. i would have liked to see more programs available to those students who perform above average, especially with the avid program.

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Pershing Middle School offers a full range of academic and elective courses for all students focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Music. More than 150 students are involved in the Music Program. More than 470 students are involved in Engineering and Technology programs and all students at Pershing recieve instruction in Science in all grades. Our smaller size enables students to develop positive relationships with students and staff in a caring and warm environment.

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Pershing Middle School
8204 San Carlos Drive, San Diego, CA  92119
(619) 465-3234
Last modified Pershing 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.
Pershing Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 33 reviews. Top