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6-8
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Sherman Oaks, CA
Students enrolled: 2,180

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5041 Sunnyslope Avenue
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

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(818) 528-1600
(818) 990-7651
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December 10, 2014
Millikan is touted as one of the best public middle schools in the Valley, but this is true only for accelerated math (Math Academy), the Science Academy and Performing Arts. In all other areas this school over promises and under delivers. Extremely weak English department with little to no writing required, and no analytical skills developed. History is not much better. The class sizes are shameful-- 40 and more--- with teachers who rarely or NEVER return parents' calls, and do not seem to care about their students, particularly if they are having struggles. The administration does not hold its teachers accountable for failure to communicate with parents, nor insist that teachers have transparency in grades and expectationsIt's 2014, and there is no excuse for teachers not to have ALL their assignments, and grades, online. Most other school districts in Orange and San Diego counties, do. If you must deal with Special Ed --- you have been forewarned. The head of this department is unknowledgeable about the rules of IDEA and FAPE, and you will have a tough time having your child's needs met in a professional manner.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2014
I have mixed emotions about this school. I did graduate this year on June 4, though I hadn't had the best time at this school until the eight grade. If you are bringing your child to this school, advise them to choose the right friends. Unfortunately I didn't listen to my mother when she was telling me my friends were bad influences on me, instead I stayed mixed in the crowd that the whole school used to call " the ghetto's" . I was mixed in with all of their drama, and they used to be complete bullies to everyone except the people in their group. The summer before eighth grade I told my mother I was going to choose new friends, ones that would be good influences on me. After that decision, my life at Millikan was the best . The teachers were all amazing, the students were kind, well most of them, and I won my intelligence back. This school isn't perfect, but what school is? This is definitely a better middle school compared to most of the ones in the LAUSD School District.

- submitted by a community member
June 18, 2014
I switched my daughter from this school because she got accepted to a way better school. This school induces bullying, the children receive it from not only their fellow students but their teachers as well! Don't be fooled by how this school seems like it has an amazing performing arts academy but they don't! My child was in the regular schooling because we live in the area but we still receive the same activities, but the classes are in different places.The children here have FILTHY mouths! I'll just leave it at that. Once again though don't be fooled by the hoax this school puts off.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2014
For the most part, I think that millikan is the best school I have been too so far. They have many academies, like Math, Science, Performing Arts, Cinematic Arts, And environmental studies. I thought some staff are just rude to the students and staff, but I liked it a lot. It was a lot of fun.

- submitted by a community member
May 23, 2014
We love Millikan Middle School. For the first time, my math/science loving kid also enjoys reading and social studies. Because the school is large, it can have all sorts of specialty programs from visual arts to film to robotics. Large isn't for everyone, but a Millikan, they are making it work. The faculty and staff are wonderful, staying after school to make sure they succeed!

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2014
Millkan has a lot of hype for Performing Arts and other academies, which are strong but are only electives. The core curriculum here is not enriched, it is more mediocre than small charter middle schools. The English department is weak, there is little/no essay writing or book reports, nor critical thinking encouraged, no wonder kids can't write!! Teachers here eschew communication with parents unless practically stalked. Some fail to grade tests/HW for several weeks, are are not held accountable. Administration gets a "B" but hard to be effective with 2,200 students. The school is dirty, kids are foul-mouthed and inappropriate clothing/behavior tolerated. Millikan needs a serious overhaul. Who can teach or learn in a class of 40+ kids? Your neighborhood parochial school or LAUSD charter is worth investigating. Don't buy into the marketing hype of Millikan. My child, btw, is an "A" honor student, I worry about being prepared for college with the education she is getting here.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2014
Be very cautious. My experience at this school showed me that most of the teachers are only interested in taking trips that are paid for by the parents of students (FYI they don't pay for their trips, you do) and their pensions. My child learned next to nothing here and I am thrilled to be moving him to another school. There is a lot of bullying (students and teachers), drugs, and other inappropriate behavior going on. Nothing will happen if you complain. I don't know how this school is rated at an 8 because it's not worth a 2. I could not, in good faith, recommend this school to anybody.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
Millikan is one of the best school experiences of my life. It definitely molded me to become the person I am today, and I am so thankful for that

- submitted by a community member
February 10, 2014
We are very happy with this school. We have found the perfect school for our daughter and we couldn;t be happier. My daughter finds the teachers to be very helpful and willing to assist with projects etc. Keep in mind that this is middle school, not elementary school so the kids are expected to be more independent and focused. All around-a great school!

- submitted by a parent
December 22, 2013
I think this school is overcrowded with students, it allows bullying, the teachers never call you back, teachers use old school tactics and make the whole class write over and over how bad they are, some teachers go the extra mile to get to know your child if the are extra lucky! Too many kids, too large of classes it is sad to walk down a hall where no one smiles, acknowledges each other, this is not the kind of world I want my child to think is how the world works. I think, if we are on camera in every part of our daily lives, so should this school be, to show what is happening! Not any accountability....some good programs if you have the money to add to those programs. If not your child will feel left out.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2013
THIS IS THE BEST SCHOOL EVER! Everyone is so nice! It's bright, colorful, creative, and it has an AMAZING performing arts magnet.

- submitted by a community member
November 18, 2013
The worst...Students bully each other any given day in front of the STAFF and they don't care...Teachers only care bout CST results not students...and finally staff at the main office take forever to answer a phone call and when they do, just don't leave a message...it will never be delivered.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2013
The school is relatively safe, it doesn't have the bullying issues many nearby middle schools deal with. However, my child has told me that there is quite a bit of drug use in the school among the general population. My child is in one of the small academies and has all honors level courses where there is apparently little or no drug use. Some of the teachers such as math teacher Mr. Rosenthal have been amazing! Other teachers especially in English and History have been quite disappointing. I feel that honors level students should be able to write a straight forward book report or essay. Instead, they ask them to do silly childish reports that look like a newspaper or Facebook page. They skip chapters in history and science textbooks and do not come close to completing the entire text book. The classes are quite large with over 40 students. My child is happy and has many friends.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2013
My son is in the Cinematic Academy. He wasn't happy at first to go to a new school, leaving his friend behind. Every day I would ask how his day went and it was OK. Now he is in love with his new school. He has made a lot of new friends and even a old friend from his elementary school. All his teachers are awesome especially his film teacher. My third grader can not wait to attend Millikan.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2013
We have a daughter in the 6th grade, and she just loves this school! She was selected for the performing arts academy and we (and her) could not be happier! Her teachers are caring and the academics are challenging. We could not have selected a better school for our daughter!

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2013
3 words. worst school ever. there are so many students and yet its such a small school. the teachers do not care. at all. maybe a few. and the staff are rude. i just want to take my son out of this school. its terrible. i dont recommend it. just go anywhere else but here.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2013
This is my last year at Millikan Performing Arts Middle School and I could not give up the opportunity to say how much I have enjoyed and appreciate all the teachers, staff, fellow students and parents who have made my years a memorable one. As a performing arts student, this school has definitely helped me get closer to achieving my dreams of becoming a dancer. We have one of the best science, math & civics academies as well. A couple of things that I would change about my school are the lunches and the janitorial services. I would like our school to follow the LAUSD school lunch & breakfast programs as they are healthy rather then having bean burrito almost every morning. I would also like to see the grounds and especially the bathrooms cleaner. I hope I win the $5,000.00 prize for my school. It would be a nice way to give back to my school and to say, thank you for all they have given me over the years like knowledge, confidence & friendships which are priceless.

- submitted by a community member
August 11, 2013
I love this school it is awesome. There is everything.all of the teacher are very sweet and they just have exciting new lessons to share to the student. I think everyone should go here.

- submitted by a community member
August 08, 2013
Let me share with you my son's CST scores in Math starting from 2nd-6th grade: 2nd Grade: 334 (Basic) 3rd Grade: 430 (Advanced) 4th Grade: 421 (Advanced) 5th Grade: 445 (Advanced) 6th Grade at Millikan: 347 (Basic). You do the math. Notice the HUGE DROP of 98 points from 5th to 6th grade. I might add, in 2nd grade my son was stuck with a subpar long-term substitute teacher. My son had a good math teacher at Millikan but he was grouped with a low performing group but the counselor did nothing about it. The pace was slow and my son suffered and did not learn as much as he was capable of. Shame on you Millikan. He's since left this school - and for good reason. And if anyone tries to say it's because middle school math is that much harder - they are wrong. That sort of change is a concern. It's not normal.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2013
The TEACHERS at this school were allowed to bully my child. If this is what you are looking for then you have found the right place. It doesn't help to complain because the district won't do anything about it.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2013
I love Millikan! And can't wait to be back for seventh grade! Though the food does suck sometimes so I would recommend bringing your own lunch. It's really cool and all these people don't know what they're talking about! The teachers here are amazing a encourage you to do your best! I love it here and I deffinately recommend coming to this school! I learned so much!

- submitted by a community member
June 19, 2013
Robert A Millikan has the worst teachers . They don't care about their students (well at least the math teacher my child had in 7th grade) . As a parent i never had a chance to communicate with her and discus my child's progress. I think that the school has to pay more attention to the parents opinions .

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2013
I have just finished my first year at Millikan. I had a very pleasant experience. I'm in the Performing Arts Academy, but not the major programs of Drama or Musical Theater. We have a great band and orchestra, and are always looking for more players. But this school is much more than just performing arts. There's a Math, Science, Environmental Studies, Civics, Film, and other academies, so there is something for every kid. I'm in honors classes and I feel like I have great teachers. Some teachers stay in at lunch to help kids that don't understand concepts. This school is huge but I still feel at home here. I have many classes with the same kids, so it helps to make the school feel smaller. There is a dress code, and you should definitely stick to it, but that's not that hard. I'm very much looking forward to next year. Go Turtles!

- submitted by a community member
May 31, 2013
Our kids went to Millikan and really enjoyed the experience. They were in the Magnet and took Performing Arts courses, so I can't speak for the other school programs. I strongly recommend that you network with other parents to get a sense of who the better teachers are. I agree that Mr. Bacchus is a terrific counselor. When our daughter felt that one of her teachers was not engaging enough, he promptly reassigned her to a better class. One thing to understand is if your child gets into Musical Theater or Drama Production, there is usually a lot of down time throughout the school year, and then it gets real crazy in the weeks leading up to the production. But there is such a sense of camaraderie amongst the cast members - and a feeling of accomplishment after putting on a show. And there are so many talented kids who attend this school. All the classes seem to encourage self-expression and creativity - and any shy and inhibited students are bound to be more outgoing by the time they leave for high school.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2013
I am a student in Musical Theatre at MIllikan Middle. I came as a new student in seventh grade from a tiny private school. So far, this school has exceeded HIGH above my standards for public schools. Most academies and teachers are great, funny, and will talk to you when you have a problem, need help, or just need a friend. My counselor, Mr. Bacchus, is the COOLEST guy. I don't understand any of the other ratings with their complaints. Most of the kids are really cool, and with 2300 kids, your child will definitely find some friends. The kids cuss sometimes, some kids (that you almost never run into) own drugs, but so what? Children will get to grow up, know what life is like. The school isn't extremely clean, however, and the system runs into problems with attendance and etc. Overall, however, I find it to be a great school, and hope it gets more money, because I LOVE IT HERE! Send your kids to Drama Production, Musical Theatre, and Drama Lab. Strive for them to get in honors. My old school had a mere 90 kids, so on the first day, I wasn't entirely comfortable. Second day: I made friends and was fine. SEND YOUR KIDS HERE!!!!!!!!! (I would give my rating a 4&1/2 if I could.)

- submitted by a community member
May 11, 2013
This school leaves allot to be desired. Some of the teachers are passionate, some are bullies, and some just don't care and are on their computer instead of teaching. There are all sorts of kids here and real world situations, like kids talking about drugs, sex and lots of bulling. Generally if you are in the Magnet the class size goes down to 25-30 kids per class which is more manageable. However if you are in general the sizes run more like 40 per class. There are defiantly some teachers who have lost their desire to teach but if you work with the councilor you can navigate the system to get the best teachers for your child. The biggest disappointment is the amount of time you are able to perform for the parents is twice a year. Musical Theater is too big for all the kids to get a chance for a bigger part and there is favoritism. If you are chubby watch out you will be knocked down and teased. So if you have a thick skin and are a hard worker this is the school for you.

- submitted by a community member
April 04, 2013
My daughter is an SAS student in 6th grade. She's also part of the Performing Arts Magnet program. If you're looking into Millikan for your child, it's very important that you understand the difference between SAS, Magnet, Accademies and school for residents. Our experience so fas has been great. My daughter has dance instead of P.E., her core classes are honors and the teachers she has had these two semesters have exceed my expectations. Ms. McLemore and Ms. Harris are awesome. They are passionate about teaching, enthusiastic, caring an involved. The administration is doing a very good job even with all the budget cuts.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2013
GREAT SCHOOL!. Whether it is performing arts or Academies, Millikan Middle is the BEST school. My son is in 7th grade now and I found that all the teachers/staff here are very good and encouraging. They never let any student fall behind in any activity. P.E is also great at this school. We have great PTSA and great parent involvement. I highly recommend this school to any parent who want their child to have a better career.

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2012
Millikan Is an amazing school. I am in the 6th grade. My classes rang from 30-40 kids. My dance class is really small and I love it. Dance is a great way to teach us and differrent cultures. Its a great school and you should send your kids there.

- submitted by a community member
November 16, 2012
If your child is in the magnet or academy programs, maybe this is a good school for you, but if your child is just an average "normal" student who gets good grades and works hard but doesn't necessarily excel then he/she will be looked over and ignored. The more affluent your family is the better you are treated at Millikan which is so very sad. If your child isn't a superstar dancer or actor/actress then he or she really isn't of any value to Millikan. The staff is only somewhat helpful, the teachers are horrible to communicate with and don't follow up or respond in a timely fashion per my experience. I thought the environment would be so very different since it was after all "Millikan" which has such a great reputation...not the case, filthy campus and worse, very filthy mouthed students. The cussing and topic matter you hear in passing is worse than most schools I've been into. I thought they did do amazing drama performances but that was really the highlight...very disappointed over all

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2012
We toured many schools before we knew Millikan was the school for us. We are an SAS/Performing Arts family. Millikan is divided among the Performing Arts Magnet, and a Performing Arts, Civics, Science, Math, and a few other academies. Take the tour to understand the application processes for each. We chose Millikan for their ability to blur the line between the academic and the creative. I have a musician who excels in Math and Science. She needs both her orchestra and a challenging curriculum. Dance instead of PE for the Performing Arts kids is a nice plus. So far, we like the teachers in the honors track. Homework has been manageable, but the increase from elementary is noticeable. Assignments vary and do not feel like busy work. I wish more teachers would be accessible by email, rather than just phone. Voice blasts do go out to keep families informed. It is a little frustrating that there's a lot of turnover in the administrative offices, but that's this district in this economy. Middle school is the toughest school segment for most families, and we really feel like we made the right choice. My daughter can't say enough: Turtle Pride can not be denied.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2012
I went to Millikan for 2 years and I had a great experience there. Some of the best teachers I've ever had were at Millikan. I made a lot of lifelong friends that I still keep in touch with. However, I didn't feel like the academics were challenging enough. I was in the SAS program and took honors classes, yet most of the work was just busy work. In some classes, the teacher just showed us videos without actually teaching us anything. My class sizes were huge, with 50 or so people in one dance class with one teacher! There were some cliques and bullies, but I never had a problem with that. Millikan does have it's flaws, like any school, but compared to many public schools, it is a great school.

- submitted by a community member
May 28, 2012
I am a parent of a 7th grader in the Math Academy. I am very pleased with the academy. The teachers are very passionate about their work and caring towards the students - Mrs. McGuckin, Mrs. Yamasaki and Mr. Rosenthal. My daughter loves the school. The music department is also very good. She has had Ms. Gold for both years in the Senior band and she loves it. Like most public schools, the budget cuts has affected the school with regards to personnel, but not the quality of instruction. There are also many programs and activities for the youth to get involved in. I highly recommend Millikan. I hope that going charter next year will bring about more positive changes.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2012
In response to the 5/11 post, we do not live within the blue line nor did our daughter get in on magnet points. We followed the process detailed online, she auditioned for Musical Theater, was accepted then we applied for an SAS permit based on her grades. She is now approaching 8th grade and loves her school. Sadly we've lost so many clerical people due to budget that it's difficult for anyone to be in a pleasant mood with the workload. We will hopefully be approved as an affiliated charter allowing more flexible funds allocation. So yes, you can consider it as an option if you really want it.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2012
Ms. McGuckin is one of the most passionate and caring teachers I've ever met, and I've met a lot of them with four children in the public school system. She has high expectations of all her students, even those struggling the most. She's no pushover though. She's direct, straight forward and will call a child out that disruptive. The children respect her and she's funny also. She gets results and goes out of her way to get what the kids need. Overall, Millikan is a great school. There's a place for everyone; just be yourself and stand up for yourself and you should have no problems.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2012
What is all this bull?! I LOVED MILLIKAN! I went there all three years and am now a sophomore in High School. All these are parents that expect too much. Parents write reviews like they are the ones going everyday. No. I did. And I was in Musical Theatre and I loved it. The shows are perfectly appropriate and even of you think they aren't, chill out, it's just acting! I may sound like a rampaging 15 year old (which I am...) I just hate seeing such reviews for such a great school. You're more likely to find "snobs" in a private school so if you think that you're kid is too good for here, leave. Send your kid here. Thank you. xx

- submitted by a community member
August 20, 2011
I love this school,its so big! I think its much better then walter reed, my daughter wanted to go there because some of her friends were going there but its not good as millikan,millikan is way bigger! When i went and took a tour, my ddaughter saw some kids that go there that she knows they said they also wanted to go to walter reed but when they saw millikan it was much better! i am so glad my daughter is going to this school!!!! :D

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2011
The performing arts academy offered wonderful opportunities for my daughter, and she felt part of a positive group all three years. great kids here. There are some persistent academic problems, though, at least in the SAS program. Teachers do their own thing, and except for 6th grade, the English department is very weak: one teacher doesn't have kids write at all, the other has peer editing and literally never critiques or writes comments on papers! 8th grade honors science:book only, no hands-on. Excellent history teachers across the board, some fantastic math teachers who stay late to help students. Principal most focused on CSTs.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2011
Great, loved the math academy! The whole staff really cared about character in the kids, not just their scores and that is hard to come by sometimes!

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2011
After visiting Millikan for a school tour some three plus years ago, I was confident that it would be the right place for my daughters. Fast forward three years and I can state that Millikan was the best decision I ever made in regards to the education of my daughters. The program, teachers and administration at Millikan have provided my girls with an enriching and nurturing academic experience equal to or better than a private school....and I had my girls in very expensive private schools for years. The dedication and commitment of the vast majority of the staff goes far beyond that of their individual job descriptions. To any incoming student... Millikan will be the school you remember for the rest of your life. To any incoming parent..stay engaged and be active in the Millikan community. With all the proposed cuts, your help is needed to maintain such a high standard of excellence....and while no school is perfect, Millikan is as close as you will ever find.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2011
Our daughter just completed 6th grade in the Performing Arts Academy and SAS program and overall we are impressed with the school, teachers and principal. We've always been active in the PTSA wherever we are but in a school of 2200 kids it seemed to be the same 30 parents showing up. We work full time too but it takes the commitment to make things happen. There was one math teacher who berated the kids and created a negative learning environment but she was 1 out of 6 teachers our daughter had this school year and we discussed her conduct with the administration. Communication is sometimes a little difficult with all of the academies and programs but it's an excellent school!

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2011
I have been at this school for three years now and it is the best school any one could ever attend! It has a magnificent performing arts program and teachers who personally care! They only want the best for you and that is why this school succeeds as the best of all schools in the district. Due to budget cuts many from all our amazing teachers are being layed off and this school is in need of money. This school will still be it's best as it always is!! I highly recomend this school to any serious student who is looking for the best three years of their life!!!!!!!

- submitted by a community member
March 22, 2011
Millikan is a huge middle school with over 2000 students in 3 grades. We came from a small town and a small school and found it to be a bit of a shock. The teacher to student ratio is around 40 to 1. The students vary in their interest level and it seems many are earning below average grades. The teachers are varied as well. Some teachers should have retired or sought other employment outside LAUSD. Other teachers are excellent, they really do care about teaching. The performing arts program is what attracted us to the school and my daughter really enjoys it. We have had to stay on top of what goes on over there and rectify a couple of situations. The staff is stretched beyond belief. Any more cuts could lead to disaster. I am sure that we will have to switch to private school for High School.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2011
The entire campus is a very great school. However, due to the school budget cuts that appear every once in a while, the school begins to lose it's shine. The Performing Arts Magnet is a beautiful way to enrich your daughter/son's interest in Musical Theatre, Stagecraft, Costume Design, and other programs that are available. The teachers are so-so, but some provide the best quality education. As a former student teacher's assistant and now ready to enroll for 8th grade next year, I do hope that the school is prepared for what is going to happen next.

- submitted by a community member
March 21, 2011
Robert A. Millikan Middle School is phenominal. It's teachers set a great example and try the best that they can to make us the great people of the future thay believe we were born to be. It's an amazing school and Community and everyone is extreamly nice. You would be blessed to attend this school.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2010
The performing arts program is a joke. Ridiculous choices for shows, completely inappropriate but the teachers like them. Dont let your son or daughter think they will get a part in a show either unless you, as parents, volunteer heavily. Talent doesn't matter, its the amount of work parents are willing to do. Education is fine, I would not recommend anyone apply for the arts program who is talented and willing to work hard, doesn't matter, unless you as parents are able to be there constantly volunteering. Truly don't know how this behavior is allowed by "teachers".

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2010
My daughter graduated from Mr. Lauchu's science academy. She is now a sophomore in high school, has posted straight A's since the beginning of her freshman year, while carrying an honors/AP load and cheering. She credits Mr. Lauchu for inspiring her to become the best version of herself, her phenomenal study habits, and Millikan for making her middle school years productive and fun. Millikan makes believing in LAUSD and the public school system a breeze! Our family thanks Millikan's staff and teachers--we cannot wait to send our younger kids there as well.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2010
This is one of the worst middle schools in the valley. The education my child is getting is awful and the teachers are too overwhelmed to care. I don't know how the magnet is, but the regular school is failing miserably.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2010
The 6th graders are called "Scrubs," the 7th graders "Toilet Cleaners," the 8th graders, "Kings and Queens of Jail." Nice way to encourage respect, compassion, and an educational atmosphere. Does nothing to discourage bullying and put downs. WAKE UP Millikan. You have a real problem on your hands when even the "good" kids buy into this!

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2010
Really disappointed in the perfoming arts program. Education is good, SAS teachers really qualified and dedicated. Perfoming Arts specialty? Teachers obviously have favorites and it shows. The shows chosen are inapporopriate, Pippin for middle schoolers complete with sexual inuendo and skimpy costumes. Next up, supposedly, Spamalot, again, sexually charged and a contender because a teacher liked it. 12&13 year olds dont even know Python's humor. How about Millie, Wizard of Oz, Godspell, Putnam County Spelling Bee, so many to choose from. Weeks of auditioning a joke, only 8th graders get parts yet 7th are included in call backs,etc. Just be honest and dont waste the time until 8th or choose based on those who deserve the part. Mean and competitive kids, teachers ignore the behavior. Happy with education but the neighboring middle school excels in the arts completely and only as an after school program.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2010
Becuase my daughter is doing well and likes it. The teachers are good and helpful.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 24, 2010
Great school with great community/parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2010
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- submitted by a student
no rating March 18, 2010
This school is great thanks to Mr. Lauchu. He really is the jewel of the school, and has the best program any child would be lucky to be in.

- submitted by a student
March 03, 2010
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- submitted by a student
no rating March 02, 2010
I don't know who wrote the review posted on 27 Jan 2010 but that's the biggest load of rubbish I have heard about Millikan! It is not full of snobby kids. In fact, the children are incredibly inspired, very talented and the teachers really care about the students. My daughter has been in the performing arts academy and honours program for 2 years now, and she totally loves this school. I am very impressed with how the students do well academically and how focussed they are. Millikan is a great middle school for kids that want a team spirited school.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2010
I love this school! We can do dance or P.E. and we can see so many shows and performances!! P.S. They have great teachers!!!

- submitted by a student
February 07, 2010
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- submitted by a student
January 27, 2010
My daughter attended the honors program a couple of years ago. The curriculum was appropriate but the population of the school consisted of many spoiled, snobby and label obsessed middle school students. I felt that the campus wasn't kept clean and that the security around the school was extremely lacking. At times, I worried about the safety of my child since they were very few after school patrols and kids were everywhere without supervision.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2010
i am a student at millikan middle school and from the 7th grade civics academy. this is the best school ive ever been to and i get up early to go. i love civivcs i recomened it for anybody who is intrested in goverment, politics, global impact, enviroment, and so much more. last year we went to Obamas inguration and that was a life changing excerince. Ms.Huff and Ms.Tanguay are the best teachers ever ! i love millikan

- submitted by a student
January 24, 2010
i am a student at millikan middle school and from the 7th grade civics academy. this is the best school ive ever been to and i get up early to go. i love civivcs i recomened it for anybody who is intrested in goverment, politics, global impact, enviroment, and so much more. last year we went to Obamas inguration and that was a life changing excerince. Ms.Huff and Ms.Tanguay are the best teachers ever ! i love millikan

- submitted by a student
January 16, 2010
This school is amazing in academics&talent. It's just crazy he good it is.! I am very lucky to go I hat school. Even tho I'm leaving this year.! I still don't wana leave. Don't forget the teachers are just the best. I mean for me They make it so fun to learn.!!! I love it.! The teachers don't make it boring.they make u want to learn even more. They intrege you.!(: The friends u meet there are even better every kid there has a great heart.. Has re brains..and talents.! Some just have a great personality. & the crazy thing is that it's a public school.! That makes it even more impressive. Anyone who wants the 3 beat years of there life & want to make something out of them selfves must go here.!!!!! (; U will build memories & friendships that are unforgetabl3'e!

- submitted by a student
November 15, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2009
My wife and I couldn't be more proud of our son or more grateful for the energy and dedication of his Science Academy teachers like Mr Lauchu, Ms Huff and Ms Woolford, who've taught him what it takes to be the best student he can be. Thank you Millikan.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating October 03, 2009
The faculty and administration at Millikan Middle School are striving so hard to accommodate all the different needs of their students, while absorbing huge cuts and faculty lay-offs

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
no rating September 17, 2009
Millikan creates amazing programs for students such as Dance academy, drama academy, science academy, civics academy and more. Millikan provides a safe environment where the students are encouraged to become self-reliant and disciplined citizens. Millikan also promotes academic and character development as they foster individuality, creativity, and teamwork.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2009
This school was terrible. Many parents say it might be good, and me being a parent disagrees. I worked a lot with the school and I usually was a teachers helper. The teachers were rude, disrespectful, and took the students as idiots. The people in the offices were terrible. Honestly do not send your kids here, she had a horrible time, and I hated her being there.

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2009
Our son just culminated from Millikan. He began in Drama, but quickly found his heart in the Civics Academy. While teachers did have to fight the chatter of adolescents in the classroom (something I blame on parents not teaching their children how to behave), they demanded the best from him as did his other teachers. Result - he tested into Honors Biology and Geometry classes at his soon to be high school. This school earns its API scores and the California Schools to Watch distinction.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2009
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- submitted by a student
June 08, 2009
This first year at Millikan has been a great experience for my child. However, I feel that there is a bit too much leniency in terms of following appropriate policy and procedures. The teachers seem to be able to do things their way instead of following a protcol. Curriculum and classroom policies seem to vary greatly depending on the teacher. Some teachers assign a great deal of homework while others, teaching the same subject, assign very little. Some teachers respond very quickly to parent questions and concerns,others do not respond at all. Therein lies the problem. There needs to be clear and consistent policies and procedures that teachers are expected to follow, and administartion enforces, with regard to classroom policies, appropriate parent follow up, etc. This would make things easier for all in the long run. PS. My child was indeed given 8 projects to complete in one month during testing.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2009
My kids are getting a superlative education at Millikan after having uneven experiences in both public and independent schools. Communication is terrific, the administration is extremely supportive, there are plenty of fun after school activities and the parents that I know are very involved. Bullying is well-managed, not brushed under the rug. The teachers and other staff seem to honestly care about our kids. The school doesn't feel as big as it is.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2009
My daughter is in 6th grade @ Millikan. She has had a wonderful experience this year.Her academic scores are high and her Performing Arts Academy experience has been great.The curriculum has been challenging and my daughter as well has had several reports/projects due duing the school year.However,I would find it hard to believe that a teacher would assign 8 projects for 1 student to turn in within the same 1 month or assign 8 projects amongst the 4 core cirriculum subjects to be due within the same month especially during state testing. Testing being done mid May, most reports/projects had already been assigned previously and are now coming upon their due dates being that school ends June 19.Communication has never been an issue.I have received email responses,phone calls,have sent notes in with my child and received responses w/out taking time off from work.These kids are the same as all their ages!

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2009
Yes, Millikan may be a good performance arts magnet, yet I had trouble with getting some teachers to respond to my concerns in a timely manner. I never got a call back from one of my daughters teachers. I would have to agree with the last parent review. My daughter also was assigned about 8 projects due in one month during state testing. Grade B-

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 17, 2009
To be honest, Millikan is only good performing arts-wise. Education-wise, you can barely learn a thing since none of the teachers are able to properly control their class, which is normally overcrowded and filled with unfriendly students. I say this an former student; there may be few worthwhile teachers there, but you really shouldn't bother with this school.

- submitted by a student
April 27, 2009
I loved this school because the teachers and students were amazing! I learned so much, and it was a terrific experience! Turtle Pride!

- submitted by a student
April 04, 2009
My son graduated from Millikan's Performing Arts Magnet and Academy and loved every minute. My younger son is now there in the drama program. They encourage parental participation so I am in touch with the teachers and staff all the time.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2009
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March 22, 2009
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March 10, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating February 23, 2009
i go this school and its the best teacher are very dedicated to what they do. principal and assistance are very kind and helpful, makes me feel like i knew them personally

- submitted by a student
no rating February 17, 2009
I go to Millikan Middle School, and I think it's a great school. The PE department is good, along with great teachers. I don't know if it's just because I'm in the science academy, but we get a very good experience. I'm in the middle of my *th grade year now, and for the first time ever, I'm dreading the end of school

- submitted by a student
January 20, 2009
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December 18, 2008
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December 10, 2008
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- submitted by a student
November 23, 2008
I am a student at Millikan Middle School. I am in the civics academy and it is wonderful! We are going to the inauguration in January and I am very excited. I was in performing arts academy and i hated it. They put all their focus in the people that believe have amazing voices. If you go into Musical theater the same kids get the main roles and the rest of the people are back up dancers and singers. I would recommend this school for any one who is serious about performing arts.

- submitted by a student
November 21, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2008
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- submitted by a student
November 08, 2008
I went here and it was an AMAZING school, i learned alot and graduated with a 3.7? gpa. I learned so much, and made so many friends. It is a big school but it is truthfully amazing. I would not have my middle school experience any diffrent. Listen if you want your kids toi go here DO IT. I went in completly alone not knowing ANYONE. I'm completly serious, but the teachers and pupils were friendly and i made A TON of friends. The counclers are always there, but sometimes to busy, the only problem i had was someone stole some money, but the administarion didnt do anything. So dont let your kids go to school with alot of money, but thats it. Great school, wonderful enviornment, and hey! Starbucks is right around the corner.

- submitted by a student
October 27, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2008
What ever you do do not send your kid to this school. Even though i had some good experiences i still dislike it. The classrooms are over crowed, to much homework and also the the teachers don't care if you do bad and they also cuss at you. Also p.e is to strict. I was there for 2 years and in 8th grade i moved to hesby oaks school it is a great school.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 06, 2008
My daughters were in the Science Academy as 7th graders at Millikan Middle School. We entered middle school amidst roomers and with much intrepidation about the safety and quality of the teachers and school. The bottom line is that Millikan provided one of the finest educational experiences possible. The curriculum is rigorous (perhaps too much so) and the p.e. teacher my daughters had, Mr. Kahn, was dedicated and inspirational. My twin daughters (and I) absolutely love Millikan. It also offers a great KYDS afterschool program for homework and sports. My advice to the newcomers is to push through the first few weeks of chaos, settle in and you and your child will feel blessed to be at such a great public school.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2008
I have to disagree with yesterday's review. I just transferred my 7th grader from private school because Millikan offers so much more. The curriculum, especially the science academy, seems to be challenging and exciting. After 3 days, my child loves this place. Of course, time will tell, but we are very optimistic! You get out of school what you put into it. Private schools aren't better than public, they're just different (and frequently, they are worse)

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2008
First Impression: Over-crowded and run-down. We are scrambling to get our child out of Millikan. The classrooms have 35-40 kids per class! The school is run down and severely overcrowded. This is at least in our case not a place that is conducive to learning. Our child is in the performing arts program, but our impression is that the class is no more than extensive PE, with disruptive students that prevents others from learning. The teachers apparently do not have any authority to stop the behavior. Now with a $450,000,000 LAUSD budget cut things are getting to the point where the school system is collapsing. We are now trying to get our child into a private area school ASAP where the focus is on individual learning.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2008
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- submitted by a student
August 27, 2008
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August 08, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2008
as a student id have to say i have had the most wonderful experience there=] I'm sad to leave and graduate the environment is very easygoing NO CLIQUES and safe; the teachers are unique and are not mean the teachers show there real personality with you they try to get a good relationship on a teacher to student basis. . .the performing arts performences are spectacular!!

- submitted by a student
June 11, 2008
This is a great school with immensly awsome teachers who are very strict because they are preparing us for life. there are great teachers like Mr. Lauch, Ms. Wollford, and Ms. Huff. science acadeny is the best

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June 06, 2008
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May 26, 2008
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May 24, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating May 07, 2008
This school is the worst. The teachers don't teach they dole out two to three hours of homework nightly, kids are expected to learn and study on their own because teachers are busy grading the homework during class time. Teachers are rude and tend to treat the kids as if they are idiots.I regret having my child in this school

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2008
Its a good school to go to but there is a lot of mean teachers.

- submitted by a student
March 29, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating March 24, 2008
My daughter entered Millikan in 6th grade after attending a Private Jewish Day School from pre-school through 5th grade...The Honors(SAS) adademia was challenging for her, the diverse 'real' student community was enlightening and welcomed by her. The teachers (by and large) really did show up every day to teach those who were intrested in learning. It is a 'difficult' job to put it mildly to be a teacher today in the LAUSD with overcrowed classrooms, less than appropriate funding and students from such a diverse population that it is apparent that they are 'not all there to learn', I must say, however that 'that is REAL LIFE' and if you have a student that is intrinsically motiviated to achieve they will do very well at MIllikan. Like anywhere else the humans that show up everyday to educate our children are MOTIVATED and maybe even EXCITED by students who WANT TO LEARN....

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2008
I believe that the Performing Arts Academy is a one-of-a-kind opportunity in L.A. public schools. The musical theatre program has been very strong overall. Students who have had the privilege of being taught by Mr. Leo Krubsack have received an amazingly varied education. With only one or two exceptions, thethe faculty has been average to above average. Roughly 20-25% are outstanding, which probably mirrors educators nationwide and probably exceeds the general society.the Any academic concerns I've had have been addressed promptly and competently. Class sizes are horrific - some at 42, to my most recent knowledge - but this is LAUSD's doing, not Millikan's. Sadly, about 50% of students seem to lack the most basic social manners. The school is in a pretty good area, and the arts academy ensures a relatively high level of parent concern and involvement. An intrinsically motivated student can receive a very good education at Millikan.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2008
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- submitted by a student
February 03, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2008
MY 14 year old goes here and loves it! This school offers the best education for students. Thank You Millikan!

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2008
Its a asome school to got to and i have fun every day.

- submitted by a student
no rating January 18, 2008
This is a great school! My child loves it and wants to spend all her spare time at school! I recommend this school to anyone in the area! Go Turtles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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December 24, 2007
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December 07, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating December 06, 2007
I beliene it is a great school. It is secure and right for everyone. I really like that they have the Science Academy wer they teach College level material.

- submitted by a student
no rating November 16, 2007
I am knew at this school, I am lovin it...It is so fun, and fair, its the perfect school

- submitted by a student
November 14, 2007
The school is only good if you want to attend the performing ats program. The Drama Production program is out of this world amazing! Mr. Hughes s awesome! You willmake friends who will be like your family!

- submitted by a student
October 17, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 17, 2007
The Best Scool for middle schoolers

- submitted by a teacher
October 16, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2007
it is a good school with lots of options and programs to meet your child's personality or style. They have a lot of good academy's or performing arts no other schools have.

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August 21, 2007
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- submitted by a student
no rating July 24, 2007
Millikan has its plus' and minus'... but the Science Academy is definitely a jewel in the rough--the most excellent academic program in the country. Visit Mr. Lauchu's class, it will astound you!

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2007
Millikan is overrated as a top school in LAUSD. They have plently of funding and programs. However, the academics are not what they proclaim by there test scores. The performing arts academy is not up to par with other performing art institutions. The administration is the reason why the kids and teachers are unfriendly. My child went as a 6th grader for the 2006-2007 school year. She will not be returning.

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2007
There are excellent programs at Millikan, but the administration has no effective discipline at the school-wide level to back up the teachers and protect the learning environment for well-behaved students. The school has is no effective way to keep troubled and disruptive students from interfering with the education of students who are trying hard to learn. While it is popular to blame teachers, in reality teachers must have full cooperation of family and especially of administration to solve this ongoing problem. The school is coasting on the high scores of the students the previous principal attracted. To keep our scores up, parents should insist that administration do its job in managing the uncooperative students.

- submitted by a teacher
July 05, 2007
Over half the students get in on test scores or performing arts talent, and the rest are drawn from what's a pretty high rent district in the southern half of the Valley, so you avoid most of the urban problems besetting the typical LAUSD school. We found it superior for our child than the $7k per year Laurel Hall Lutheran school in North Hollywood, which isn't bad by any means. Dr. Isaacs and star math teacher Mrs. Aldritch have left to found CHAMPS charter high school. Science teacher Mr. Lauchu is still there. He helped our child get a top score of 5 on the high school Biology Advanced Placement test as a 7th grader!

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2007
Many Millikan Middle School students have been under my guidance for math for the past year and I have been in constant contact with teachers and parents. The students are normal LA pre-teens:), families are concerned, and the teachers are caring. They could use more of us to volunteer at the school. What is your expertise? Share it! Have you seen the beautiful student murals, the pond, and the gardens? Lots of care is there.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2007
Quite frankly this school is nothing special. The performing arts program is mediocre, the academies are disorganized. The school is overcrowded. The majority of teachers and administrators are aloof at best. The majority students both in and outside the magnet are unfriendly. Not recommended. I went to Millikan hoping to escape an unfriendly environment, only to find a much worse one. In retrospect, I should have gone to the nearby Madison Middle School which is much efficiently run. In fact, I would recommend any other middle school in the valley in favor of Millikan Middle school.

- submitted by a former student
May 10, 2007
My daughter is in the Performance Academy and the Honors Program classes and she loves her teachers. I feel they do an incredible job and she loves to go to school. I read the review below and was disappointed to see a parent pointing out its a 'dirty school' and teachers lose papers. We have never had this experience. Go Millikan!! We think you are great!

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2007
My daughter is currently in honors classes with 48 children! Her teachers constantly lose the childrens work. The school grounds are shrewn with garbage. My daughter is in the performing arts academy, and she too did more in Elementary School. I was told that there would be a civic's academy, and found out only two weeks into the school year that they dropped it! I am not sending her back. This school is falling fast from it's once 'Schools to Watch'!

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2007
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February 01, 2007
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February 01, 2007
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- submitted by a administrator
January 23, 2007
Joining the Science Academy was probably one of the best choices I could've made. Not only did the material that I learned help prepare me for high school (I'm currently enrolled in an AP Biology class with two other former Science Academy students, and we easily have some of the highest grades in the class.), but also the way that Carlos Lauchu teaches is a lot like the way that classes are run in high school. Although it was difficult while I was there, once I entered high school I realised how much Millikan had helped prepare me. -Nadia R.

- submitted by a former student
December 30, 2006
I'm an 8th grade student this year at Millikan Middle school. I'm going to miss it so much. It is so great. The teachers at this school try and understand all of their students and work around their needs. I'm in the performing arts academy and sometimes it can get overwhelming but if teachers know that you have a performance or have a show they try and lessen the work. This school has so much to offer. There is the science academy, robotics, civics, drama production, musical theatre, dance department, instrumental department, and so much more. There are also after-school enrichment programs. Overall, this is a great and also safe environment and I am proud to be part of the 'Turtle Pride'!

- submitted by a student
November 06, 2006
My daughter is in the science academy at Millikan and it is really great. The science academy learn biology, phisics, and chemistry, and they are only in 7th and 8th grade. They also have a wonderful oppurtunity to take the advanced placement (AP) exam for biology. I must say I agree that Millikan isn't the best program, but the science academy is way above the standards.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2006
Forget this formerly great school. The robotics teacher has left and been replaced. The science academy is a shell of its former self. The civics teacher is pregnant and leaving. There is no high-honors academy. I pulled my child out three weeks into the school year because I couldn't get any straight information from teachers or administrators. Who needs this for their kids! We're totally done with this! Buh Bye!

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
I have found the academic programs to be underwhelming. Teachers were not interesting and resorted to yelling constantly because they didn't have any way to control the over crowded classrooms. My daughter told me she couldn't concentrate during the state testing because kids were running around and chatting the whole time. They are very slow to answer emails if at all. My daughter wanted to go to Millikan to perform, however, she did more at her elementary school. Very few get the musical and theatrical electives and it seems skewed toward those that already have agents and experience. For a school of this size, upwards of 2,000, it's very sad to go to PTA meetings with only 20-30 parents present.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2006
I am going to be an 8'th grader this coming year at Millikan, and I love it! I have gotten straight A's on all progress reports and report cards so far, and the teachers are understanding, yet stern, so you really learn. I am also in the musical theatre program (performing arts) which is amazing. I love it. Mr. Krubsack, Ms. Lappin, and Ms. Neveu make it great to learn. Especially while you're learning your passions and hobbies. I love Millikan! It's a great choice for your middle schooler.

- submitted by a student
May 07, 2006
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- submitted by a student
May 06, 2006
My daughter Jodie loves Millikan and I must say so do I.She loves the civics academy and is in the performing arts(dance,music)Ally Miller is wonderful, very caring and much involved.The classes Millikan offers is as if my daughter is in a private school and I hear there is a waiting list to get into Millikan.My daughters grades dipped a couple of times and the teachers were on the phone with me immediately to get her back on track.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2006
I had a wonderful experience at Millikan filled with great oppurtunities.

- submitted by a student
March 29, 2006
My daughter is in Millikan Science Academy. The school offers different opportunities for the students. All honor's classes she took were highly organized and well taught. The Science Academy extended her interests and prepared her for the high school.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2006
Millikan Middle school is in the middle of a neighborhood in sherman oaks. It's really nice and they have a great arts program.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2006
The sas program is exceptional the only problem is that the school is over crowded. More and more students are coming from outstide areas to receive millikan's education. The academy and performing arts program is also great if you have no problem with a overcrowded school

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2006
Academic programs are good, but teacher accountability is questionable. Limited options to take SAS curriculum plus art, languages. Availability of extracurricular activities.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2006
Millikan has an excellent theater arts magnet program. There is a lot of diversity among students and teachers.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2006
This school has a great theater arts program. Parent involvement is high.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2005
It is a wonderful school that cares about their students. Great teachers and friendly staff. Their Magnet Arts Programm is one of a kind!

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2005
I am currently in the 7'th grade at millikan, and couldn't be any more happy! i'm getting staight a's in all honors classes, as i did last year, and my teachers and great and i've learned so much! i'm in the performing arts academy. I'm in advanced dance, and the dancers in my class are simply amazing! i am also in costume design this year, which is extremly exciting and always fun! next year i am hoping to be in musical theatre, which their shows are breath taking, especially when you hear these student's voices. I love it there, and if you child loves performing or science academy, then she him/her to millikan middle school! my family and i are very, very pleased with it, as i am sure you will be too.

- submitted by a student
November 28, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2005
Since the new principal has arrived, things have changed. We miss Dr. Issacs as it felt like a small school. With 2,300 children attending it no longer feels this way. The music program is very good. My son has excelled and is becoming a great Sax player.

- submitted by a teacher
November 10, 2005
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- submitted by a student
September 27, 2005
This is the best school my child has been in. The teachers are excellent--academically rigorous but supportive and encouraging. There is strong leadership on campus and children's behavior is better than I have seen in my child's other schools. The administration is quick to respond to problems. The teachers excel in inventing interesting assignments. I couldn't be happier with the education she is gaining there.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2005
My Niece went to Millikan Middle School and loved it so much that my daughter is now going to start in the fall. The academics are wonderful, and are taught in a fun way that kids are interested in school. The teachers are well qualified. There are many different courses to chose from also. My niece was so pleased with this school she almost hated to leave. She graduated and is so happy that Millikan paved the way for a brighter future for her in her next school. Thanks Millikan!

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2005
This school is wonderful if you are in the robotics academy for sixth graders. Other than that, good luck.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
Millikan was one of the best in our area, but is riddled with problems from overcrowding to budget cuts. Parents; stay vigilant be assertive! You have to really push to get what is in your childs best interest.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2005
This is the one of the best middle schools in Valley.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2005
Very happy with the quality of the academics. The sixth grade Science Academy in particular is excellent. Basically keeping the same kids together for all their classes made the transition to a large Middle School fairly easy.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2005
The classes are great, teachers great, low amount of fights, and an extraordinary science Academy resides at Millikan. For more information come and visit.

- submitted by a student
April 13, 2005
I attened this school years ago. I had great teachers and good experiences. There are good music and art programs there. I believe that the teachers there are well prepared and excellent teachers.

- submitted by a former student
March 31, 2005
Millikan is a great school for children intersted in performing Arts. The teachers are fantastic and the students are all really comitted. I would definitely consider it for any student.

- submitted by a former student
March 31, 2005
Millikan Middle goes beyond the arts. It blends agriculture, computers and more along with being a Fine Arts School. Overcrowded as most schools in Los Angeles, it needs financial support and teachers are good overall. If your child is out sick, the school calls that day. The principal speaks to the kids as human beings and the counselors are very good. Make an appt. and teach your child that he/she is not the most important person in the school and it is okay to speak up for themselves. Discipline is strong.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2005
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- submitted by a staff
December 31, 2004
Good Middle School, but very very crowded. They supposedly have plans to build a charter on the campus which would creat an even large population. They have an amazing Visual Art Program, as well as a pretty decent music and Theatre department. If your child will be applying to LACHSA (Los Angeles County High School for the Arts) this is definetly the place to enroll for middle school. Don't be surprised about certain prejudices or 'bratty' attitudes from either the parents, students, or even teachers though.

- submitted by a parent
December 23, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2004
There are fights nearly every day. So far, this year, the school has been broken into twice,and valuable equipment and money was stolen. Tagging is also a constant. I don't feel my child is safe here. I find the people in the attendance office intimidating, and rude. Not at all up to their 'Character Counts' motto.

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December 06, 2004
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December 02, 2004
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November 19, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2004
So far my daughter really enjoys Millikan and really loves all the programs they have available to her.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2004
I had a son there in 2001 for 6th grade. There was little acaademic learning and considerable racial tension. I did not feel the school administration had things under control. My SAS child had an Agriculture elective where he had to pick up trash for Period 1 and keep a notebook/log on what he learned each day from his garbage collection activilties. Transfered him to a private school the next year.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2004
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- submitted by a student
August 04, 2004
One of the last few half-way decent California public school. Administration is a bit flakey but overall a good choice for your child.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2004
My son is enrolled in Millikan's School for Advanced Studies and the Magnet Program. The SAS has been very unchallenging - taught by seemingly unmotivated and uninspired teachers. The Performing Arts Program lacks leadership and many of the drama and dance teachers seem frustrated at the expense of the children. We are disappointed that this school is not more about excellence and challenge.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2004
I am somehow disatisfied with this school, the academic program for the gifted child is poor, totally unchallenging. Part of the problem is the disorganization. Teachers should assess their students in the first week to know if they are all at the same academic level.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2004
When considering middle schools for my daughter to attend, location was a primary concern. All my daughter's friends were going to Millikan and Sherman Oaks is supposed to be one of the more affluential parts of SFV; unfortunately instead of blossoming at Millikan my straight A student took a turn for the worse; this school is more geared towards performing arts and magnet students of same interest. It's ethnic diversity does not make it any different or better than other schools in the same vicinity, sad but true.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
My child has blossomed socially at Millikin. The teacher's are responsive to the parents. My daughter's homeroom teacher, Mrs. Baumann is especially insightful about my daughter,and this has helped with her discipline needs.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2004
I'm very saisfied with the art program, Mrs. Michel is simply a genius. the honors classes are just as great, and there really is some good teachers out there.

- submitted by a former student
November 29, 2003
I made an incredibly bad mistake by sending my child to Millikan, I now regret sending him there. Everyday he tells me about a fight during lunch and worry about dropping him off everyday. Please don't put yourself under stress and don't send your child there.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2003
The music program is simply outstanding. The teachers instill motivation and discipline in their students. We couldn't be happier with the music academy. Keep up the good work!

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2003
The school is located in a very classy subarban area called the San Fernando Valley. It gives me relief knowing that my child attends school in such a safe and professional environment. Keep up the good work.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2003
I'm not a parent, but an alumni of the year 1999. My I would like to thank all my teachers including Mr. Alexander.I now attend Grambling State University, and I thank all those who helped me get here.

- submitted by a community member
October 16, 2003
This school offers a variety of superb small special interest academies and magnet programs for gifted, talented, honors, and other students interested in an enriched learning environment in math, science, music, arts, robotics, performance, and humanities. Because it has many small learning environments, the school has a small community feeling even though it is a large campus that is a part of an enormous school district. The school outperforms every other in the state for its demographic, and is a California Distinguished School.

- submitted by a parent
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Robert A. Millikan Middle School
5041 Sunnyslope Avenue, Sherman Oaks, CA  91423
(818) 528-1600
Last modified Robert A. Millikan Middle School is a Charter school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Robert A. Millikan Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 188 reviews. Top