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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
THIS IS THE BEST SCHOOL EVER! Everyone is so nice! It's bright, colorful, creative, and it has an AMAZING performing arts magnet.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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