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6-8
Public
San Pedro, CA
Students enrolled: 1,748
Before care: No
After care: Yes

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1501 South Cabrillo Avenue
San Pedro, CA 90731

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(310) 241-1100
(310) 514-9925
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April 28, 2014
Dana middle school the grade schooler great teachers. Our teachers care for students and help someone in need. We have great after school and in the school programs. One of our finest programs is our award-winning marching band. We are one of the only schools to go to Disneyland four times in one school year. We have a great drama department to. Our drama department has one fourth-place out of all the schools in Southern California. Our leadership has helped raise a lot of money for San Pedro this year. The after school staff is a great p because they're helpful caring and do whatever they need to do to help you. Dana is not all the people say and I'm proud to call myself A mariner.

- submitted by a community member
April 28, 2014
Richard Henry Dana Middle School is one of the greatest schools in LAUSD district in my experience as a student In the 7th grade! They have great teachers that explain things really well,and make class work a lot easier and they are very respectful to the students.Dana also has a great big campus so that everyone has lots of space to hangout and be social which is great for the kids here.Also we have really fun activities for everyone like spirit week for all grades and dance parties which are planned by leadership.We also have nice after school programs like sports and homework club which I've heard that is great for kids who stay after school and the Boys and Girls club across the street overall I love Dana Middle School !

- submitted by a community member
April 28, 2014
Dana Middle School is the best school ever! The teachers are very kind,sweet,friendly,and helpful! The electives are amazing,creative,and fun! Our leadership class has done many helpful,fun,creative,artistic events such as spirit week,dance parties,food drives etc... The staff is very helpful,kind,and generous and if you need help they will help you! This school has been very kind,sweet,helpful,friendly etc... This school has made learning very interesting! We also have an awarding band,tall flags, drill team, shields etc... This school has made many people happy! Overall I Love Dana Middle School and this is the best school ever!

- submitted by a community member
April 27, 2014
Dana is a great school that offers electives like their amazing leadership class, award winning band, piano class, and many others. The teachers all care about us and are very helpful and will help us with our homework and schoolwork if we don't understand it. We have fun activities that include the whole school like spirit week. Dana is a great school and is an awesome place to learn.

- submitted by a community member
April 26, 2014
Dana is a really great school!It has many great electives such as an award winning band,piano,creative writing,a wonderful leadership class and more! The teachers are very great and helpful.They will help you with any homework or any questions you have.This school also has many fun activities like dances,spirit weeks and others.Overall,Dana is a great school!

- submitted by a community member
April 25, 2014
All rumors are not true saying Dana is a bad school. It's a great school! There are great teachers who will listen to what you have to say. If you need help in a subject, they'll tutor you and help you until you get it. If you put in the effort to learn, I gurantee you will. There are great electives include a cool creative writing class, an award-winning band, a SPECTACULAR LEADERSHIP program (with an awesome teacher), a fun beginning piano and guitar class, and many more. Dana is the BEST SCHOOL ever and everyone should go there.

- submitted by a community member
April 24, 2014
This school is such a great school! All the teachers are about the students and love to teach! We also have so many activities and dances for the students to do. Being a student here for 2 years I would have to say I have one of the best years ever.

- submitted by a community member
April 24, 2014
My son's first year at Dana and he has had a great experience. The teachers are all excellent and always accessible. Keep up the great work.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2014
I think dana is very good school!! The teachers make sure the students do their best. The teachers help the students with what they need help with. Overall it is an awesome school

- submitted by a community member
April 24, 2014
This school is excellent.The staff is wonderful and would help with anything you needed. The school has great activities for the students.

- submitted by a community member
April 23, 2014
My child goes to dana middle school and he says it was the best thing that ever happened to him.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2014
This school is great academically and kid wise. My 8th grade year has been so much fun. I wished when I was in the 6th grade it was like that. the teacher are always there for you if you we absent or you didn't understand something they would help you. My leadership class has really changed the school.There has been more dances and so many more school activities and more fundraisers to help those in need. This is why I think Dana is a great school.

- submitted by a community member
April 23, 2014
Dana is a great school. All of the rumors about this school are over exaggerated. The content is not very hard, if you try hard enough. If you make the right friends, you will have a great year. Homework load is an acceptable amount(not heavy). you get a great view if you climb to the 500's. We have excellent Leadership, Senior Band, Drama programs and a lot more. Dana is a great school.

- submitted by a community member
April 22, 2014
I have been involved within this school for the past 5 years with two teens. I admit that I was worried when I heard the rumors, but being our home school I really wanted our children to go to school with their neighbors and friends. I went to the school as asked to volunteer. I have never been greeted soo wonderfully. This school accepts and greatly needs parent help. I have gotten to know 90% of staff who are all dedicated and great teachers. Everyone who is at Dana Middle school is there because they want to be. The kids are a good bunch. Of course there are always a few bad ones- but this is a minority and the staff is on top of providing a safe environment for students.Teachers are in hallways and yard at all times with the kids to make sure things are under control. I Highly recommend Dana to all San Pedro families. Keep our kids in Our school!!

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2014
Richard Henry Dana Middle school is great. All of the teachers are very nice and it's a good environment . My experience has been great.

- submitted by a community member
April 22, 2014
Dana has been such a great experience for me! The staff so friendly, helpful, and kind. The teachers always make sure I have my make-up work when I'm sick. They even email to ask if I'm OK if I've been absent for too long. I have amazing friends and we do absolutely amazing projects. In science we made a three level terrarium out of plastic bottles and at the end of the year we're going to design the cities of the future! Dana has an award winning band you can join along with tall flags and a drill team. It also has a boys and girls club located on campus if you can't pick-up your kid on time. I love Dana and I'm so glad I go there!

- submitted by a community member
June 27, 2013
(part 2 of my review. I am the graduated 8th grader) I also wanted to include that there were countless fights. And there was bullying going on. Of course, there are fights in every school but this school had plenty. After school, when I was being driven home I would see in the alleys a clump of people... and I guessed it. They were fighting. As stated before, academically the school is pretty good. But the enviroment is just HORRIBLE. They try to help the bully problems but of course the bullying won't stop. I was very glad to leave the school

- submitted by a community member
June 07, 2011
I strongly feel that this school has a pretty good academic program for their honors program. However, my experience outside the classroom has been terrible. I was so scared as a sixth grader because most people seemed so disrespectful; i saw countless fights and heard everybody swearing. I faced a lot of bullying issues but that is inevitable at any school. The teachers were very supportive and they helped me when I was faced with problems. Yet that didn't stop my peers for harassing me. I attended for a year and a half and I was so grateful once I left.

- submitted by a community member
May 26, 2011
We've had a great experience at Dana--really great leadership, the teachers love teaching and are great role models, the PE program kicks butt--and lots of school spirit--refreshing. They are doing a great job, more parental involvement is needed.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2011
the best teacher is ms rollins sheis awesome!!! i would reccomend her to anyone out there

- submitted by a community member
April 04, 2011
Overall this is really a good school. It is much better than another middle school across town with a gifted magnet. Any review you see that focuses solely on the negative is clearly biased and is done by a parent or student who was most likely in considerable trouble at the school. Even with the cuts that have taken place in education, Dana continues to strive. There are dedicated teachers who care about the students, an outstanding band, an "honors" program that has eighth graders scoring higher on the state tests in geometry than the local high school. Every school has its problems. One of Dana's is the lack of parent involvement. Most teachers use an online grade book to promote transparency, yet less than half of the parents log in to check their child's grades. (Yet, they blame the teachers) The sixth grade teachers are caring and work to promote success, and do expect work to be completed. If you have a question, drop by the school and ask for a tour. 9 times out of 10 you will see how great the school is.

- submitted by a teacher
December 24, 2010
I love this school so much it was an awsome time there that i had! i enjoyed every teacher there. some people say tht it was a bad school and that theres a lot of fight but theres not that was all in the past. there are alot of great teacher there like mr.cortes,mr,quan.mr,garvey,and more and there pe department was just outstanding . made a lot of new friends that is a big part of my life. there sports and band are awsome ~john muto

- submitted by a community member
August 25, 2010
I'm saying the school is average~ it isn't terrible and it isn't exceptional. My child went there for 6th grade and will be returning for 7th grade. My student loves going to school because she is involved, has good friends, and the teachers know her. We did have one issue of bullying earlier in the year, but that was immediately rectified once I sent an email to theschool counselor and school district. In fact, it led to the bully getting counseling about bad stuff going on at home, and a tolerable relationship between my child and the bully. The only thing that really irritates me is the short lunch hour for that volume of students, Oh, her math teacher was awful. Lost my child's homework weekly. I ended up scanning her math homework onto the computer nightly to ensure she wouldn't have to keep re-doing work the teacher lost.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2010
I totally agree that Dana is sent up like a prison. Most teachers do not care, especially the Dean. . I told her about bullying issues and she told me my child needed to find new friends.The prinicpal just hides to avoid accountability. I took my child out as well. It is not acceptable to put our children in this type of environment. It is not ok, and parents should be more responsible and involved to change it, instead of accepting it. If these children were adults, in the real world, they would be in prison for assualt. This school needs new teachers and staff who care for children and not a paycheck,

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2010
My son went to this school for for half a year. I was not impressed at all. He was in all honors classes. I felt like the staff was unfriendly & the principal was not helpful. I asked that a school counselor talk to my son due to him maybe not adjusting well, being new school and all for him. And they were very unprofessional in my eyes abt the whole ordeal. The school looks like a prison. I hated dropping my son off there every morning. And I believe theres alot of racism there. I would not recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 11, 2009
re: the review on June 20th. Just a friendly reality check: that's every school, mall, park, etc. Kids have little self-control & that includes filtering the material through their brains before expelling it for all to hear. My opinion as a parent is that Dana rocks! The school has great security presence & takes the zero tolerance policy toward bullying & other quality of student-life issues seriously. My son is a 2nd year student & from our introduction to the present, I receive weekly emails & prompt responses from his teachers. The staff is concerned with academics & an environment that nurtures excellence among its 11-14 y.o population. Additionally, they are warm, friendly & respectful to both students & parents. Life's not perfect & flaws are everywhere, but aside from mundane gripes that are common to any middle school campus, Dana provides a quality environment by caring & well-qualified staff.

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2009
very eduacational great teachers good kids have high sat scores getting higher

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October 23, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2009
Horrible environment! students have no respect for eachother- cursing, name calling, threats.... I attended here for 3 years and Im so happy to be leaving! Kids in the honor program are great but the ones not in honors bring the school down with their lack of care for an education.They give the school an unsafe feeling. Teachers are great though: Mr. Quan, Mr. Bartleson,....!!

- submitted by a student
June 07, 2009
Administration very disrespectful. I would never recommend this school.

- submitted by a community member
no rating March 02, 2009
This school is the best school i have ever been to. I wish that i can come back.... Well hope 1 day i will. :)

- submitted by a student
January 20, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2009
I believe that Dana is a very good school! As a teacher I have worked in different school environments and by far Dana is one of the best! I work very hard for my students, I stay in constant contact with parents and my students, so they know where things stand. I am uncertain as to the previous comment made about teachers being 'stand-off-ish,' I have not seen a more dedicated staff. One thing people need to remember, with nearly 2200 students adults can't be everywhere at once, which is why parent involvement is always helpful.. My parents (who have cared to come to functions) know that my room is ALWAYS open to them ANYTIME..

- submitted by a teacher
January 17, 2009
I am also dissappointed with this school. Staff is unfriendly, teachers seem to be very stand-off-ish and unwilling to work with parents. My daughers phone was stolen during class from inside her backpack. Kids cutting lines, and stealing money out of her hands. There needs to be more supervision and caring on both sides.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 16, 2009
I'm very disappointed in this school! That this school lacks parents not being involved! I'm very much involved with my daughter and her education, I keep in contact with her teachers that do keep in contact with me. But when it comes to the fights and bulling there is a lack of enforcements! This school needs some kind of change in its policy and discipline. I cant wait to get my kid out of this school! This will be that last yr! NEVER HAD TO DEAL WITH A A SCHOOL LIKE THIS!

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2008
This school can be very special if parents get involved If you put in, you will get a lot out for your child. It's basically up to you. Good teachers.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2008
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August 26, 2008
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July 11, 2008
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- submitted by a student
July 07, 2008
dana is a great school i recently graduated and i know from experience that the teachers are great but strict and it may have a couple of problems but what school does'nt ? Dana is in a great enviorment and there are so many great and unique qualities about dana . There are a lot of extra curricular activities to get involved in and i think or actually know that just because your in a regular class and not in honors does not mean that your a 'problem kid'. All together dana is a very good and nice school=] I

- submitted by a community member
June 24, 2008
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- submitted by a student
June 19, 2008
this school is awesome! maybe the parents would be concerned about the enviroment but the kids have a great time and the kids are friendly

- submitted by a student
April 08, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating April 02, 2008
We moved from out of state and were VERY concerned about Dana- were told 'don't set foot in that school!' We very reluctantly enrolled our 6th gr. girl thinking we'd last a month. We were wrong! We are SO HAPPY with Dana. It's not perfect, but Principal, staff, teachers, all seem to care and have been great. As a part time employee and parent volunteer I've seen it from both sides. Yes, they have 'bad kids' (cussing, disrespect)- from rough parents that act that way themselves right in front of the school--but it's not tolerated and dealt with swiftly. Crucial: Get your kids in the honors program. Problem kids are in regular classes. Get involved! Parental involvement is pitiful as far as PTO. We need more caring parents to step up and help make Dana even better!

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2008
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- submitted by a student
December 06, 2007
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- submitted by a teacher
November 20, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 25, 2007
This school is awesome! The teachers here are very nice. They may be a little strict but it will bring your son/daughter to better grades. Also if you think your son/daughter is to smart to be in regular classes you can put them in the honors classes. You can even go into pre-algebra, algebra, and geometry!

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2007
Was a much better school than was expected. New principal is outstanding! Great after school clubs. Our child loves the school, it is her first year here at Dana.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 08, 2006
I am a neighbor of Dana, but not currently a parent of a student. Dana suffers from a noise problem that is a distraction for students in the classrooms. The two primary sources of the noise are from the gym class loudspeakers which are set at an inordinately high volume and the adjacent high school stadium that schedules track meets during Dana's school hours and which can reportedly be heard inside the claasrooms. I have been told by Dana teachers that Dana's administrators have requested that the high school reschedule the track meets, but that the high school has refused.

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May 03, 2006
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April 20, 2006
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- submitted by a teacher
March 14, 2006
My son is attending his last year at Dana. Thank goodness! Moving out of LAUSD into a better school district. Communication from the teachers is poor. Have left numerous messages over the last three years for return phone calls to see how my son is doing in their class. Rarely ever receive a phone call back. Teachers don't seem to care about preparing students for high school.

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August 19, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2005
School is run well, and faculty is largely experienced and competent. The principle has been there 18 years. Though she is leaving after this school year, the foundation for a quailty school is in place.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2004
My son attends this school. I am very pleased with all his teachers. When ever I had any questions, they never hesitated to speak with me. It is my respociblity to keep on top of my sons well being, Dana teachers makes it a lot easier to get my job done.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2004
My son goes to Dana Middle School and besides a few miscommunication problems with the principal I am very pleased with the school, the teachers, and the response time from the teachers. If I see my son having problems I will leave messages and the teachers respond quickly with deep concern. My daughter went to Dodson Jr. High and I wish I had enrolled her in Dana. You have mean kids no matter where the kids go today, but so far Dana has had control over the potential problems. I am very pleased with the school overall.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
I have two children going this this school. I have never been so concerned about my kids well being. kids are mean and the teachers are no help.

- submitted by a parent
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Richard Henry Dana Middle School
1501 South Cabrillo Avenue, San Pedro, CA  90731
(310) 241-1100
Last modified Richard Henry Dana Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Richard Henry Dana Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 59 reviews. Top