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San Diego, CA
Students enrolled: 1,002

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9230 Gold Coast Drive
San Diego, CA 92126

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(619) 578-1400
(858) 578-9481
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December 04, 2013
I am a 6th grader at this school, and so far, it has been Wonderful! All of my teachers are very nice and you rarely ever get bullied. Plus, they provide very fun games and cool music for both lunches two times a week.They also have a great music program and I love it!

- submitted by a community member

November 20, 2013
I just moved to Mira Mesa this summer and I was very worried about the things I have heard about Mira Mesa and there schools. But truth be told, I was worried over nothing. My son just started Wangenheim this year for 7th grade. Its a great school. The teachers are nice and very helpful. The after school club he joined is a lot of fun and he looks forward going to it each week and as a parent I enjoy going to the monthly coffee with the principal. I would highly recommend Wangenheim. Its a wonderful school in a amazing family oriented city. I'm glad we moved here.

- submitted by a parent

August 05, 2013
I love this school. Wangenheim has a great capability in making students have an interest in their academics. The staff here make this school even more fun than it already is. The campus is big and spacey, people barely bump into each other. They have music and cool activities during lunch every week!

- submitted by a community member

July 17, 2013
I am (now) a former student from Wangenheim. This school is GREAT! There is no old-school upper class men privileges. Bullying is a rare occurrence. We have a no-tolerence policy for bullying. We have sports activities, unlike Challenger. We have many fun events. We also have an outstanding music program. We take pride in that. We also have a lot of athletes, the school made sure that everyone was at their full potential. I absolutely LOVE the teachers! The teachers made sure we exiled and that we we were at our full potential. Many of the teachers have been there for awhile now, and they know how things work. There are no teachers that just go by the textbook. All the teachers like to be interactive. The last thing i'd like to say is that the school has the most ridiculous dress-code. Things that annoyed me were: thicker than 3-inch straps, leggings or tights under dresses that are down to your knee, no sheer or lace tops (even if we are wearing a tank under). I hated that on the very cold or warm days, suddenly we can wear beanies, wear our sheer tops, etc. Regardless, I still really like this school and I'll miss it. Mira Mesa, here i come!

- submitted by a community member

February 28, 2012
I have had two children attend Wangenheim. The curriculum is challenging but manageable. There is a good mix of experienced, enthusiastic teachers and newer, enthusiastic teachers. The school offers a larger selection of electives than most middle schools. There are opportunities for parents to interact with the teachers that other schools don't have such as Shadow a Student Day and Family Math Night. At Orientation, the student receives a copy of his/ her schedule and may visit the classroom and teacher before school begins. The staff encourages the parents to be involved.

- submitted by a parent

January 22, 2012
I am currently a student at Wangenheim I love it here, I have been going here for the last 2years and can't wait for my 8 th grade year. I was never bullied here and it is very easy to make friends. Me coming from a miltary family, most of the cjildren that do go here either are miltary children or live in the area.Most teachers are pretty cool and nice and do care about our academics. I am very happy my parents chides for me to go here instead of Marshall or Challnger.

- submitted by a community member

December 12, 2011
Wangenheim, like other schools, are hit hard by the budget cuts. I think they do a real good job with what they have. I have a 6th and 8th grader and they love going to school. This age is hard for kids and when your children love to go to school and want to learn...that's all a parent wants. The activities, PTSA and teachers are great. This a good school and I would recommend it.

- submitted by a parent

August 23, 2010
Wangenheim is a great school. Given the fact it's in a low-income area, the education provided is quite phenomenal. The majority of teachers at this school are well-experienced and contain a full knowledge of California standards. They'll teach your children many things. In the process, they'll learn the material they need to while they learn must-needed high school study habits. The school's leadership/administration only have in mind what's best for the students of this school. The main focus of the administration are basically teaching your children to reach their full potential. The academic programs at Wangenheim are one of the bests I've seen. Their gifted & talented program is very impressive. The teachers for the GATE program are definitely notable. This school is definitely one I would highly recommend to parents.

- submitted by a parent

July 13, 2010
Wangenheim is a horrible school! I was an 8th grader and as soon as I got in, I wanted out. I came in as a new 8th grader and was bullied my first week and it only got worse as time went by. The bullying and lack of diversity is the worst of any school I've been to. The administration does absolutely nothing to help. A specific name of the worst administator is VP Carmi Strom. He is the worst VP I have ever had. He gave attitude and resolved none of my bullying problems. I eventually was transferred to Challenger and I must say it was an amazing school after experiencing Wangenheim. If you're thinking about enrolling your kid in Wangenheim...DON'T. Challenger is so much better!!!

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April 05, 2010
If i see someone get hit by a bully the bully doesnt get suspended! im in 6th...

- submitted by a student

May 25, 2009
i happen to go to wangenheim its a very nice school. i don't get bullied and im i 6th grade and i already think its great. i can't wait for next year!i am in beg. choir and its been soo fun! though my teachers are saying the school is low on money so we cant go on trips the much. but that's ok because its easy to make friends also the teachers understand you.

- submitted by a student

April 26, 2009
I agree. That is the biggest lie ever. Wangenheim does have bullies but, are not being ignored by the administrators. It is the student's choice weather or not to report these incidents. Also, those students who have free or reduced lunch, aren't exactly at the bottom of the school's 'Social Pyramid', about maybe, a quarter of the school has free or reduced lunch. And, this '8th Grade Privilege' thing, is very rare, almost non-existent. I've never had it happen to me or seen it happen & it is my second year at Wangenheim. And, the principal does all he can to stop bullying. At school, the administrators almost every single day, enforce a no bullying rule. The bully knows that they can get a suspension. And the teachers, oh my gosh, the majority of them are every parent's dream. They, take their time with us & provide individual help if needed.

- submitted by a student

March 25, 2009
even as a parent, there have been a lot of uncontrollable bullying, my son has been picked on and i tell the principal all he does is fill out a paper and the bully quiets down for 2 months and then starts harassing my son again, this school is very very bad school

- submitted by a parent
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March 14, 2009
That is the biggest lie ever. I happen to go to Wangenheim and the 8th graders bully sometimes but not always. Our school has great dicipline. The teachers teach perfect like they put their mind in our places. The school is great!

- submitted by a student
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September 29, 2008
I am compelled to comment on the seminar program at Wangenheim not only because of the high quality of the program. but also because of the very evident interest the teachers have for the students. The program is one that engages the students and challenges their potential to be creative and insightful. Teachers seem to really know the students' potential and take an interest in them on an individual basis. The program has had a positive reputation for quite some time and has very evidently maintained it!!

- submitted by a parent

September 28, 2008
The bullying at this school is out of control and largely ignored by the adminstrators. '8th Grade Privilege' is the norm, so younger students get treated badly by older students with no consequences. Student who get free or reduced price lunches are singled out in a special lunch line. Why not put a sign on the kids' backs that says, 'Kick me'? The academics are great, but the social problems are enough to outweigh that.

- submitted by a parent

June 03, 2008
I love all my teachers, I have a great time there too! The school is just the right size and the only thing i dont like about it is some of the kids are mean, but thats not the schools fault!

- submitted by a student

May 09, 2008
good teachers, good principal nuff' said

- submitted by a student

September 13, 2007
Wangenheim Middle School is one of the best schools in San Diego, It has great teachers, a great band, and a really good PE program. I am an 8th grader at this school and I am going to be sad to leave.

- submitted by a student

August 14, 2006
Wangenheim is a good school. As a former student I enjoyed the the classes very much. Mrs. Ault, Mrs. Vanderhurst, and Mr. Hickman are great teachers. Their seminar classes helped me to grow as a student. However, Wangenheim has been hit with grafitti a couple of times. This school will help academically and will help the student to be aware of their friends.

- submitted by a student

March 20, 2006
My nephew just started this Junior High and we are not very satisfied with it. It is in a low income area and some of the children seem to have experienced much more than my nephew. We are actively looking to change him to another school.

- submitted by a parent

June 04, 2004
My daughter is graduating from 8th grade this month. Her three years at Wangenheim have been wonderful. She has had talented, caring teachers in all subject areas. The band program is one of the best in the state. The administrators do a good job and seem to address discipline problems very quickly and appropriately. I would recommend this school highly.

- submitted by a parent

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Wangenheim Middle School
9230 Gold Coast Drive, San Diego, CA  92126
(619) 578-1400
Last modified Wangenheim Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Wangenheim Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 29 reviews. Top