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6-8
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Sherman Oaks, CA
Students enrolled: 1,354
Before care: No
After care: Yes

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5435 Vesper Avenue
Sherman Oaks, CA 91411

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(818) 267-5900
(818) 909-7274
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December 08, 2013
Congratulations Valley Environmental Academy (VEA) teachers and families. Your Holiday Pot Luck Celebration last Thursday (12-5-13) evening was wonderful! The capacity in the cafeteria is 245 and it looks like your attendance was well past that number. Parents... the food was delicious! Thank you for all you do for Van Nuys Middle School and our community.

- submitted by a teacher
December 06, 2013
The IEP team and the special education help at this school is wonderful. They really made me feel like they care about my child and have his best interests in mind. I received so much good information from the team and they seem to keep getting better. I have never found this type of help at any other school.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2013
My son was a student of Magnet program in Van Nuys Middle school, and we felt welcomed and taken care of during all of 3 years being there. True, all teachers (and students) could not be at their best at 100%, but I realized that it's up to a parents to bring all the concerns to school management. In my experience I never had any problem with meeting teachers/counselors to discuss and improve whatever problem my child would incur. Good school with a great potential.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2013
Don't be fooled by some of the great comments about this school it's a low achieving school look at the test scores they speak for themselves they are not good especially when you compare them to other area schools numbers don't lie. Teachers and staff might be nice but that won't get your kid to college they definitely need to look in the mirror and ask themselves why the scores are so low. No excuses staff your not getting the job done!

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2013
My oldest daughter graduated from VNMS in 2011 and my youngest daughter will graduate this year. There are incredible teachers, staff and administrators, and quite a few who have been at the school for many years. I live across the street from the school and I have seen nothing which supports some of these negative comments. If you are going to accuse all of the parents who send their children here as some of the worst, then you should be willing to sign your name. Posting truly negative reviews and disparaging the entire student body as an anonymous parent is cowardly. I am sure there are students who bully and are bullied...it is an unfortunate and serious issue in school settings. However, there is a strong anti-bullying policy in place at VNMS and I know the staff works hard to make sure the students are safe. No school is perfect, and I don't imagine there is a school anywhere that is immune to dealing with children that need extra disciplinary measures from time to time. Send your kids here or don't, but posting such reviews is hurtful to the kids and families that are having a positive experience there. Happy to sign my name...Jennifer Howe

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2013
My son is in 7th grade at Van Nuys Middle School. So far we've found the staff and teachers to be nothing but compassionate and caring, as well as accessible. When we've contacted the magnet coordinator, he's responded immediately. The music teacher seems to be amazing at garnering resources for his students. The science teacher has animals in her classroom and the library is well-stocked.Plus, the campus is lovely. My son is happy. Yes, he is aware of racial disparities, but he's learning what it's like to operate in a diverse environment, which exactly mirrors the city in which he lives.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2013
I agree with the bullying comment. The anti-bullying policy does not work as I hear about it on a weekly basis. My child is being bullied at this school as well and I am working on another school for next year. The staff is willing to help, but, the stories I hear at this school is "off the charts" this problem is bigger than the staff can handle and I don't see an end to it. The children are rude, mean, and have no sense of morals whatsoever. The parent's of this school must be some of the worst to raise their kids to treat others as they do. I've heard about fighting, punching, name calling, stealing, intimidation, racial slurs, gangs, and the list goes on. Kids have to watch their back at all times while trying to learn- unfortunate. This school needs to do much much more to keep children safe and the district needs to get involved. I have heard how bad this school is before we started and it has lived up to its reputation - hands down.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2013
In response to the below statement. I hear You! my son was bullied as well. He has an IEP. However, we worked with the school staff and they were more than willing to follow through. Listen, life can be a challenge, especially in middle school, but we need to teach our kids to persevere and not to back down. My son is now at VNHS...stronger than ever, and I attribute much of this to VNMS and their dedicated staff. I am sorry you and your son had this experiance though...best of luck...somewhere out there, everyone has a match..Mom

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2013
The bullying at this school was off the charts. The school's anti-bully policy was a joke and gave the power to the bullies. Even most of the girls were rude. The Dean was no help, and even made matters worse when he did attempt to correct the situation. Do not send your son and daughter into this antagonist atmosphere, they will lose their self-esteem and drop their grades. It doesn't matter if the teachers at the school are good. We removed our son and he is now being homeschooled before this school inflicted more damage. We know magnet students that hid in their rooms at lunchtime to avoid bullying; at breaks, our son sought out teachers to hang around so he wouldn't be picked on, shoved, and cursed at. The rave reviews are misleading. There is something horribly wrong in the school system and the culture on campus. If you can't homeschool, find a good private, religious school, but at all cost, stay away from Van Nuys Middle School!

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2012
I went to this school from sixth to eighth grade and am in the class of 2012. I couldn't be happier with this school. The teachers are awesome, the programs are great, the campus is beautiful, and the kids are the best. I don't know anyone who went to the school and wasn't happy with it. They have an award winning PE program and many programs such as Valley Enviormental Academy, AVID, honors, math/science magnet. Test scores keep going up for th entire school. Like in 2011 the magnet scored over 900 in the CST's. I highly recommend this school for anyone.

- submitted by a community member
August 11, 2012
The Magnet program at VNMS is a MARVEL!!! The magnet teachers and the staff are amazing mentors to the students. They really focus on producing intelligent and courteous students.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2011
I love the change of demeanor from the top with our new principal, from last many years to this. Thanks to Mr. Del Cueto!

- submitted by a teacher
April 05, 2010
Van Nuys middle school is a really good school. The teachers are nice and they make you earn the grades. Im in the AVID program so the teachers make you strive even more. So i like this school im going to graduate this year but its a really good school.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 01, 2009
I think this school is a good school for all kids. My daughter went to this school and she was a very happy child. I constantly checked with her teachers to make sure and kept getting updated. I think that as a parent, we all need to make contact with our child's teachers.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2008
i think this school has an excellent magnet program. theres obviously going to be one or 2 bad teachers but for the most part all the teachers are great. very helpfull and the staff is very active and involved with the students

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April 01, 2008
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March 09, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating July 09, 2007
My son was in the honors program, and I was impressed with most of the teachers, the low crime, and the upbeat lunch time music! My daughter is to be a student in the fall of 2007.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2006
My daughter attended this school and I found overall my daughter's education was sub-standard. The after-school KYDS program was great.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2006
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- submitted by a student
December 15, 2005
Is a wonderful school with great teachers and friendly staff!

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2005
good school, great tutoring, very helpful teachers and school staff.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2004
this school offers best teachers, lots of activities, students, and etc. I really recommend this school. It has 90% many hispanics, so some parents think it's not a good school, but it is a good school and you should concern about putting your child to this school.

- submitted by a student
January 27, 2004
My daughter has been going to this school for 3 years now. She is graduating this year. She has met the best kids you can imagine. She is part of their family now, and the prinicipal knows her by name. When she first started attending there, every morning the prinicpal would be in front of the school greeting the students, as a parent, I loved that! Their honors program has magnificent teachers who truly care about the progress of their students, and the mainstream teachers are just as dedicated! This school is the best kept secret in the San Fernando Valley! In the beginning, many of my daughters friends chose not to have their children attend because of their own biases, I however am acutely aware of the diversity of the population in the LA area, and tehrefore was not detoured by bias from sending my child there! Thankfully, my instincts were correct and her experience there has been very positive! Contrary to popular thought, this school is not overrun by bad kids! The children here are gems! They shine through their kindness and achievements! Walk around on campus and go meet the kids! They are respectful, productive, intelligent children!

- submitted by a parent
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Van Nuys Middle School
5435 Vesper Avenue, Sherman Oaks, CA  91411
(818) 267-5900
Last modified Van Nuys 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.
Van Nuys Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 25 reviews. Top