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6-8
Public
South San Francisco, CA
Students enrolled: 789

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116 Romney Avenue
South San Francisco, CA 94080

(650) 877-8797
(650) 877-8824
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April 09, 2014
If I could give this school a 0 out of 10. I WOULD. I went to that school for 2 and a half years, and my last year second semester I transferred to westburough middle school. Granted I had bullying issues through elementary, it was the WORST at alta Loma. And whenever I took it to the office. They wanted no part of it. Too me, they are all lazy, and the teachers/staff are no use. In 8th grade when the bullying got to it's worst the cops got involved, and the school TALKED the cops into saying everything was my fault! The school admitted to doing nothing to help me because they were "lazy." I left that school with PTSD, severe depression, and high anxiety in all aspects. I do not recommend this school to anyone!!!! If I could continue on with everything that school put me through, I'd never end. Now I am a sophomore at elcamino highschool, and although things aren't as severe my past at ALMS haunts me. Sorry, not sorry.

- submitted by a community member
January 11, 2014
Principal prefers fundraisers people and because of that he ignores their bad behavior. It's sad and wrong to let people like that being involve with children education. This is the beginning of ALMS problems!

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2013
I am an 8th grader at Alta Loma Middle School. I have to say, this school isnt really bad. I mean like, yes we have a ridiculous dress code but hey, you save a lot of money. The teachers there are great, some bad. Also I think so far the past two years ive been here the school has supported me a lot. They didnt expose me from this school after all the stress and stuff i put the staff in. Honestly this is the school for your child.

- submitted by a community member
April 05, 2013
I am currently an 8th grader at Alta Loma. This school is terrible the students here are out of control, which is fun for some students, but it bad for students in classes who want to learn. The students here lack spirit or pride in this school, and it is basically seen as a jail. Some of the teachers here are quite terrible, and Alta Loma is known for hiring terrible teachers, and then not firing them. Their are some decent teachers here, but the cIasses are so full students do not receive enough one on one help. I would not recommend this school to a student who wants to get a good education, but for a student who just wants to mess around, Alta Loma is the school for them

- submitted by a community member
November 04, 2012
My daughter got a top quality education at this middle school. Sure there were days she complained about the uniform or that she felt like she had a lot of homework, but that's normal stuff. In the end I'm impressed with all the knowledge she gained and also I can see that wearing the uniform taught her to carry herself & to dress herself respectfully. Now she's in high school with excellent grades, has grown in her self-confidence & is wearing clothes appropriate for a young lady. If you want your son or daughter to have a good education and to learn self-esteem, you'll be happy with ALMS. Kids might complain, they always do, but this is one of the best schools around!

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2011
Thank God my daughter is out of that place. The principal is horrible, the security guard yells at the kids through a bullhorn and the uniform rule is ridiculous. They treat the kids more like inmates rather than students, then as a parent when you confront them on issues they either avoid you or pass the buck. I give one star for the sports program which I think is actually run by the SSF Rec. department

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2011
i have gone to ALMS for my 6th 7th and now promoting from my 8th grade year.But the school doesn't let everyone " Walk stage" meaning that if you receive a F in Math or Language Arts you are ineligible to cross stage! this year 60+ kids are not crossing due to being put into algebra classes without the mathematical knowledge. Think about it is it the student, teacher, school, or the district's policies? on top of not being able to cross stage the school takes away the ability to enjoy the 8th grade dinner and dance, great america, and you are seated in a room while the rest of the students practice for promotion. I believe this is really unfair and cruel. I can see the school take some of the acticities like great america and the dance to students who do not even try to raise there grades up in the WEEK'S notice the counseling office gives kids in Danger of failing. Crossing Stage should not even count AS AN ACTIVITY. Don't let your children feel like they didn't acieve something. Thats how the 60+ kids feel like we haven't done anything for the past three years. I hope you consider this. THANK YOU

- submitted by a community member
March 21, 2011
I am a student at Alta Loma and now graduating from there this year. This school has had goo and bad times. I think it's some of the students that go here that show how bad the school is. Although last year 7th grade alone got 12 expulsions, I still believe this is a good school. They have teachers that are good and bad, and students who really have problems. All in all, Alta Loma isn't too bad.

- submitted by a community member
January 10, 2011
My daughter is now in the 8th grade here and has had hard times with teachers and students. But also good times, she has has a great language arts teacher who seems to give her inspiration. But to tell you the truth I think that most of the teachers here are ''gossip queens'' and talk about their students to much even to their own students! (Thats what my daughter tells me). Plus some of the kids that go there are bullies (what my daughter tells me) and they are still accepted there after so many referals! And I just can't wait until my daughter graduates from this place! Think twice before you send your kid here becuase I think this school and their staff need to grow up and be mature.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2010
I withdrew my child from Alta Loma because they showed an *R* rated movie without parental permission and they told me there was no 'rule' in the teacher handbook which stated what types of movies they can or cannot have children view.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2010
I am a student at alta loma and in my two years that i have been here there have been good and bad times. The things i hate are some of the teachers think they can boss us around like there our parents. One of my teachers yells at the class just for writing on our hand he threatens us with referrals and has anger issues. Or thats just what i think!!! and they never submit grades!!!

- submitted by a student
December 09, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2009
I think the uniform rule is to much my daughter can't wear a red rubber band in her hair? The school and teachers should focus on teaching our kids rather than raising them. Also I don't like the security guard bulling my and yelling at the kids thru a bullhorn I would like to take that thing and put it right up to the principals ear and scream!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
Alright. The dress code is really ridiculous and some of the teachers at Alta Loma are really really terrible. But majority of the teachers ae great, there is lots of clubs, and there 'special homerooms' (leadership, yearbook, multicultural, peer assistance, and jazz band) are great things for high achivers. And for those who think free dress is too distracting. GET OVER IT! It really doesnt make a difference because there are kids who look better in 'free dress' then uniform

- submitted by a student
September 04, 2009
I am very pleased, as I have been for the past 2 years (my son is now in 8th grade) with ALMS and pleased with the dress code. Some of the reviews I've read wonder why a parent isn't notified when a child receives detention!? This isn't elementary school, this is MIDDLE SCHOOL, and the students are expected to have responsibility for their own actions. This is not the school where the student can run to mommy or daddy and think they can get out of trouble. The dress code is great, and it does save a lot of money. The after school crossing guards are fantastic at keeping the students safe, and the traffic flowing. If you want your child to enjoy school while getting a good education, send them to ALMS.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 03, 2009
I Love the dress code. Not only did it save me a ton of money it keeps kids focused on whats important. Their attitude and education is far more important the having the latest fashions. I also think its a team effort between the kids, parents and teachers. If children have a bad attitude the parents should be dealing with it first. Its my first child and year here but so far I am very pleased with everything!

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2009
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June 03, 2009
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- submitted by a student
April 13, 2009
This school has a ridiculous expectation for the dress code, as a mere untucked shirt can easily earn you a detention - which quickly adds up into referals and suspension. Not only do a majority of the students have bad attitudes, but staff does nothing to improve them. The education recieved there is satisfactory but the overall environment is mediocre and needs to be fixed.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2009
Its excellent is really safe and i like it because they use uniform code.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2009
I am a teacher at Alta Loma and I must say that all of the teachers are here to support their students. The principal and administration does a fantastic job in running a disciplined school. The students wear uniforms and the administration and teachers expect the students to have good behavior. Alta Loma teaches their students how to work hard and be respectful so that they can be successful in life. I hope that my message here helps give some perspective to some of these other comments.

- submitted by a teacher
January 17, 2009
I am a seventh grader at Alta Loma and for the last two years that I've been here, my experiences have been pretty good. Most of the teachers are above average and the extracurricular activites are awesome. But, like many other reviews have said, our principal doesn't get involved much at all. From a student's point of view, we just see him as a guy who stands around in dress shoes with high heels all day and has nothing better to do than chat with staff in the main office and yell at kids to tuck in their shirts. Our principal should definitely be more committed to, well, being the principal of our school! Overall, Alta Loma has been great, and if you're a South City parent reading this with a child in fifth grade, I think this school might be for you. :)

- submitted by a student
August 19, 2008
I went to a private school K-8, primarily Filipino (very little diversity), and so when I went to high school, I was shocked. I did not understand cultural diversity. Now as a mother, aside from academics and extra curricular activities, I look at the environment my children will grow up in. Alta Loma, so far, has been a great school which provides a good education, activities, and diversity. My daughter got mostly A's, occasional B's. She participated in track and basketball and enjoyed both. The kids had good sportsmanship & showed excellent team spirit. The negatives- I have heard of occasional fights at the school (but I think every middle school can experience this.) I am very surprised to see all the bad remarks about the principal. I have not interacted with him and can not give my opinion. I know the asst. principal through Junipero Serra and was not impressed.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 24, 2008
I am overly disappointed with Alta Loma and the leadership. The principle is barely involved with anything but suspending students for the littliest thing. My child had been in private school making only A's and B's and since coming to Alta Loma he has been treated like a criminal from the principle on down. And the hallguard has been very rude and disrespectful to my children. The principle has yelled at me while I was trying to talk to him in his office very disrespectfully then going into the main office area and discussed my business with another parent and staff member thinking I was fully out of the building. The assistant principle seems to be more involved than the principle. The principle is very cocky and rude. My son who has also gotten great reviews from his former teachers but has had nothing but problems with this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2008
this school is fun, they teach u all different things, i go to this school. 7th grade,

- submitted by a student
February 07, 2008
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January 25, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2007
teachers are great and are very helpful to my child.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2007
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- submitted by a community member
no rating September 27, 2007
Not impressed whatsoever. My child went to Alta Loma for two years and from the principle(who is nowhere to be found!) on down, I was disappointed. Teachers are mediocre at best, except for one great english teacher and good office ladies.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2006
My second child is at Alta Loma, my first is in high school and had a great time there and received a great education. I've seen a lot of progress since the current principal took over the school and has put together a great faculty. Thank you all at Alta Loma for the great work you do.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2006
We absolutely love this school! Had we known how good they were and how this Principal runs a tight ship, we wouldn't have wasted 2 years adn thousands of dollars at St. James in San Francisco! More importantly, our son loves it!

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2006
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- submitted by a student
August 15, 2006
Bad experience. I'm glad my children are no longer there. The principal is the worst. His priorities are very far from being the right ones. And communication with the school (main and counseling offices) is close to none. Every time you call you get an answering machine, and almost never return your calls. On the other hand the attendance & vp office is very efficient. the vp is very good & professional. Only counselor last year-was not accessible to students-teachers good considering poor leadership from administration. Librarian, excellent.

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2005
This is a great school lead by a great principal and assistant principal and great learning teachers.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2005
Mrs. B - the librarian is a rare jewel on the campus. She gives 110% of herself to her job and the students.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2004
Do not expect the school administration to readily respond to your concerns. My experience (based on 2 children in this school) is that you have to be persistent to get through as the concern here seems to be focused on protecting the school and the district rather than on resolving any problems you might perceive. One of my children spent every lunch in a room with a teacher to avoid being bullied or worse yet, suspended for trying to protect himself when the teacher/monitors ignored the bullying.

- submitted by a parent
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Alta Loma Middle School
116 Romney Avenue, South San Francisco, CA  94080
(650) 877-8797
Last modified Alta Loma Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Alta Loma Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 41 reviews. Top