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2100 Avenida De Las Flores
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

(805) 492-3538
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3 stars
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May 05, 2013
LCMS is a rare school where high academic expectations are balanced with other opportunities. LCMS doesn't so much push students, but rather it offers opportunities which inspire learning, and enhance leadership, character and performance skills. Test scores are not the goal but you wouldn't know it from the results. For example, my student had a project that required a report. Her group inquired about making the report into a video. Mrs. M consented, Mrs. P sponsored the group, Mr. K gave up his lunch hour to supervise the production. All this in a one day turnaround. This is just one small example of the extraordinary efforts by staff at LCMS to empower students. The music programs demonstrate that engaging leadership can work magic. Mrs. H's musical had over 200 performers, who performed with precision and poise. The 4 choirs each recently won the highest ratings. She makes incredible personal sacrifices to bring success to 1/4 of students in the school. Mrs. B works wonders with her orchestras and gets standing ovations from students. Her students give incredibly nuanced and professional performances. Even average students become passionate performers.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2013
I will be happy when my student leaves the campus! We have had bad teachers, bad administrators, and an overall negative 3 years. On all accounts, the staff has their "favorite" students and then the students they tolerate. If your student is not a "favorite" you will be in for a rough ride. The discipline procedures are not applied equally amoung students. It is also important to note that students called to the office for discipline reasons do NOT get to have a parent present. Parents are informed AFTER the meeting has taken place and sometimes not at all.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2013
I completely agree with the dishonesty of some of the teachers and Dean. I had encountered a situation where the Dean's story kept changing. Yes, the school is average but my daughter likes it. She's never been very academic so the school has been fine for her.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2013
As a parent and an elementary school teacher I value honesty in interacting with children and parents. The Dean at LCMS lacks in this area. The school overall is mediocre. If I had the money I would have sent my children to a private school. There seems to be a true lack of knowledge and compassion for children with special needs of any kind.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2012
Superb staff and amazing Principal. Our daughter is a happy girl, with good grades. The teachers and counselors REALLY care!

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2012
I just came upon this website and had to speak up! I have one child who has just completed Los Cerritos and moved on to high school, one who is currently there and another on the way. I have been thoroughly impressed with the school. I have very unique children that vary tremendously in their 'needs' for a good fit at school, and Los Cerritos seems to be meeting all of them. From the high academic classes to the RSP classes my children have-- and continue to be treated with respect, care, and genuine concern for their well being. I am proud to say my children come from Los Cerritos. Strongly encourage your children to try their music programs--ALL are beyond excellent and will significantly add to your child's experience at LCMS.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2012
I will never forget, how on the last day of school, my daughter (who prefers texting to talking) got in my car and thanked me for sending her to LCMS. Many of her friends school-choiced to Colina, but due in part to my laziness, I made her go to the school down the street LCMS. She said, Mom I m really glad you made me go here because I have made the most amazing friends and this year was AWESOME! I love being a leopard! I would have to concur. She has had terrific teachers who were responsive, thoughtful and helpful when I had questions or concerns. The teachers kept her interest and motivation high throughout the school year, both in subjects that I knew she would find interesting, and in subjects where I was frankly surprised by the interest the teacher was able to generate because they are not her cup of tea. Some of her friends who school-choiced are disappointed not because they did not have an academically rigorous program but because they had no joy in learning their academics. As a parent I would say that LCMS has the best of both worlds tough academically but administered by a genuinely caring staff and in a delightful atmosphere.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2012
our son promotes out of LCMS this friday. we chose to send him here instead of colina and are very happy with our choice. he has met a much more diverse group of students and the learning he received from his teachers cannot be faulted. with dr. castro taking over as principal, the school became even better. as with so many things in life, your child will receive only what he (and his parents) puts into it. pay attention, be involved, check their homework, use zangle and yourhomework.com. that extra step really goes a long way to help a child succeed even in that minefield known as middle school.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2012
This is my daughter's 2nd year at LCMS. I have nothing but good things to say about the faculty and staff at Los Cerritos Middle School. My daughter has excelled academically. In addition, she loves her Chorus class and teacher. The PE program and teachers are great as well!

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2012
I am very concerned about a 7th grader who has ADHD, this young man has been suspended numerous times for the most insane reasons & is being singled out to be made an example to the other children I suppose. He has absolutely no control of his actions & his mother has not filled his RX from his doctor since Dec. 19th 2011. So how can a school suspend a child whose mother is completely ignoring his medical needs? Please help him

- submitted by a community member
June 12, 2011
My daughter has been at Los Cerritos for two years and is now doing better academically than she ever has. She loves school and has terrific teachers; the teachers and administrators make it fun and exciting to come to school. This is important at an age when a lot of kids lose interest in school. The Choir program is amazing. Band and strings strong too--as is ASB. Dr. Castro has really improved the school--night and day difference.. He has endless energy and enthusiasm and is always available. We're very happy at Los Cerritos

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2011
Great leadership skills in all grades in the middle school. My son a graduating senior decided to write a thesis about how he became a successful student and accredited LCMS and particularly one math teacher for his 'career' as a student. He is a straight A student and is going to USC with an accademic scholarship. Great music program--chorus, band and strings. I hear the new principal is improving what is already a great school

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2011
This is an exellent school. The students here have very good manners, there are awesome extra curriculum activites. They have very effective ways of learning that don't bore the kids. THey have plenty of clubs so they are never lonely or bored. The teachers there actually have feelings for the children, not just view them as money. THe principal participates in a lot of activites, and supports the kids. There is a lot of parent involvment, and i just have to say, THIS SCHOOL IS THE GREATEST!

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2011
Great 6th grade experience at Los Cerritos. All the teachers were caring, involved, and responsive to parents & kids. My student had great support. He sought it out., as did we. In other words, when he had difficulties, or when I thought he might be having difficulties, we spoke up and were well received. LCMS is great for music, academics, and sports. New principal has made all the difference. Great opportunities for parent volunteerism & involvement.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2011
The principal is too concerned about protecting bad teachers. The school would be a better place if administrators cared more about protecting students and seeing that policies were fair and even-handed. We've had problem after problem with one teacher beginning with an assignment that my son felt was inappropriate because of sexual content. He complained to the teacher and she dismissed his concerns. Finally we had to write a formal email to the teacher and threaten to contact the district if she continued to ignore his concerns. Only then did she deal with the issue. Very sad because some of the teachers are excellent. You just can't ever get rid of the bad ones.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2011
3 of my children have gone to this school. Sad to say that they just can't seem to ever get rid of the bad teachers. Two of my kids have had the same English teacher and she is horrible. When we had a complaint about some unprofessional behavior by one teacher in particular, she showed up for the meeting with her union representative. It seems as though we weren't the first parents to have complaints about her.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2011
Our 6th grader is doing really well at Los Cerriots. So far we are really pleased.

- submitted by a parent
December 31, 2010
We have had two children at Los Cerritos. Let's face it, middle school can be challenging. Los Cerritos has done an amazing job of balancing rigorous academics, extracurricular activities, and social adjustment. The school does a beautiful job of easing 6th graders into their new environment. Increasingly, the 6th grade program provides challenging academics as well. The 7th grade honors program was QUITE challenging for our oldest who always found school "easy". The PSST/ASB leadership retreat is an unbelievable life experience! Dr. Castro, in his first few months as Principal, has demonstrated that he is passionate about increasing programming for all GATE students, providing a positive environment and listening to parents concerns and ideas.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2010
All three of my children attended Los Cerritos and my youngest is currently in 8th grade there. Both of my older kids were very well prepared at Los Cerritos for the Honors and A.P. classes they took at Westlake H.S. I was impressed by the quality and dedication of so many teachers at LCMS, specifically Mrs. Mergen, a top-notch, 7th grade English teacher who pushes the students to become better than they ever thought they could be, and Mr. Hansen, the wood shop teacher who encourages individuality and creativity and who knows that students will remember their wood shop class for the rest of their lives.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2010
There s a great deal to be proud of at Los Cerritos. My son has received a solid education, endless opportunities and a sense that he belongs. My boy is a smart offbeat 8th grader. In the 2+ years he has attended Los Cerritos he has found more than a few great teachers that have helped him feel, well, good in these awkward years. We think the bullying reputation is largely undeserved. Any problems he saw were resolved by the administration with the students themselves learning to utilize great conflict resolution tools. I volunteer in the front office quite a bit and I find Dr. Castro, the new principle to be very parent oriented. I believe Los Cerritos is a school on the rise - the positive energy is obvious when you walk in the door.

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August 04, 2009
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- submitted by a student
June 16, 2009
My daughter graduated from LCMS a few years ago and is now thriving in a local private high school. My son, who just completed 6th grade, was treated like he was in the 3rd grade. From having to sign a homework calendar every night to doing puppet 'book reports', everything about the curriculum was straight from a 'How to Teach 3rd Grade' manual. 6th grade science is a joke! 4 assignments graded for an entire trimester, 3 of which were done in the last week! I'm not a disgruntled parent whose child failed everything. I'm a concerned parent whose gifted child was never challenged. He received A's/B's in all coursework with quite literally no effort! Elementary school was far more challenging. Several 7th grade parents tell me it doesn't get any better! It's time to make some noise and tell Los Cerritos to stop watering down the curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2009
This school leaves much to be desired. The Gate program is non-existent, and the school has developed a reputation as 'the bullying school.' Love and Wing refuse to accept there is a huge problem with student victimization at this school because it is easier than dealing with the problem. They make false promises and do nothing. Many students transferred to other schools in the district this year because of bullying. It is quite sad that what is supposed to be a happy time for children is instead a miserable experience. I don't care that the school looks like a prison but I do care that it is ran like one - survival of the strongest. The leadership at this school is deplorable. Consider yourself warned. If your child is in anyway different he/she will be targeted and the school will do nothing.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2008
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- submitted by a student
October 05, 2008
My child graduated from Los Cerritos and had a wonderful experience all three yrs. But the most important part for us was that he was prepared for increasingly more difficult classes @ the high school. His writing and math skills consistently improved and he is excelling in high school in the hardest classes. People ask us where did he learn such great study skills and we give all the credit to Los Cerritos. DON'T BE FOOLED by superficial things such as the school 'looking old' or 'not having windows.' it is the QUALITY of EDUCATION that matters, and as a parent w/ children now @ higher levels of education, our children were more than prepared by Los Cerritos and unfortunately, their friends from other middle schools in the area, public and private, didn't always have the same skill training.

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October 05, 2008
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August 27, 2008
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- submitted by a student
June 24, 2008
I feel Dr. Love is an outstanding principal. She is NOT like an elem. school principal--invloved at the micro-management level, monitoring all students and teachers daily, and schmoozing with the parents. She can't. It's a big school, and she has a lot of responsibilities--some of which are at the district office--hence why she is often out. I believe a lot of the parental frusturation comes from parents who are used to the elem. model of a principal--and middle school is very different. I feel Dr Love is outstanding--because she gets out of your way and lets you do your job. She supports and encourages innovative programs: like PSST, YoYos for Africa, Connection Club the music program, etc. Los Cerritos has a diverse population--and a lot of kids. I feel it does a great job of meeting most needs. As for the teachers who are lame--talk to the union--not Elly's fault.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating April 29, 2008
Very dedicated staff. Outstanding math department, admin treats students as individuals.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2008
From first entering as a 6th grader to his final year right now as an 8th grader ('08), my son has benefitted from the excellent leadership and teaching staff and the opportunities made available to him in student leadership and sports during and after school - including ski club! I was worried because we came from a private school background and this was our firts public schol. My son has enjoyed several opps to be active in student leadership representing the school, mentoring other students and overall great experience in just being a regular kid. I have found staff including counselors who really know the kids to be highly responsive and to assist students in working through solutions in the classroom and with each other in highly constructive ways. He has grown tremendously, the school deserve 5 stars!

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2008
I am a student that graduated from Los Cerritos Middle School in June '07. I do agree with many of the statements about Dr. Eleanor Love, as well as the comments about how the school needs more extracurricular activities, that it needs more or ANYTHING for the GATE/brighter kids, that the good teachers are few and far-between, and that the classes and administrators usually only cater to the slowest students. Having gone three years to this middle school, even though it was the best time I'd ever had friend-wise in a public school, I thought it did need a lot of improvement academically and socially; the 'popular' kids usually got the most attention from the teachers and got into the yearbook more often than anyone else NEW who wanted to get in and have their legacy recorded amongst their peers for their life-long memories. Good school, needs improvement, and looks like a prison...which makes it feel that way sometimes, too.

- submitted by a community member
February 16, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating January 10, 2008
Teachers need to meet the needs of each individual student, not just the smart ones who don't even need the teacher. Leave no child left behind!

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2007
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October 23, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2007
Los Cerritos Middle School suffers from poor leadership. The kids deserve better.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2007
Los Cerritos Middle school is the definition of 'Average' in every way...not bad, not good, just average. It does what's it's required to do and a little more, but not much, and not very well. The principal is 'weak' both in presence and in leadership. Electives should be increased, after school and lunch activities are greatly lacking, there is no drama class or program, but the basic requirements are met and individual student's problems can be addressed quickly and sufficiently. There are many caring teachers.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2007
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- submitted by a student
August 17, 2007
The Principal at Los Cerritos lacks leadership. She does not have the students best interest and is extremely rude to parents addressing concerns. The school has tons of problems stemming from racial tension and poor curriculum. There are a few good teachers but the the bad ones out weigh the good ones.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2007
Los Cerritos is a wonderful and teacher-parent involved school. The administration is great; some teachers, however, rely on tenure and maybe don't have the students best interest at heart.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 03, 2007
I am another student going into 8th grade here. Our school is a 'distinguished school,' but has more problems than good things. Honors teachers are good, and so are standard teachers, but the C.P. kids are left behind, being 'just in the middle.'

- submitted by a student
no rating August 02, 2007
I am a student going into 8th grade here. Out curriculum needs emprovement by far. The pricipal is very unknown, because although she may be a certified 'principal' she does not inneract with her fellow staff or students. She leaves most of the concerns of students, staff, and parents to be consulted with the VP. Isn't that the principals duty? Overall, los cerritos needs much improvement and help from the district. Health and safety is a major concern from parents and students. When asking the principal to help this, why can't she? Is it too much to be asked of the principal of a 'great' Middle School?!

- submitted by a student
no rating August 01, 2007
Our school is great overall. Yet I do agree that it is an unstable atomosphere. Our school is a 'distinguished school,' but why?

- submitted by a student
July 12, 2007
I am currently a student going into eighth grade at Los Cerritos Middle School. It is pretty hard to get a great teacher here. Dr. Love is a good principal when she is around, which is not often. We have a great music department at our school, and this years musical was spectacular. People were talking about it for weeks! The principal is usually in her office, and is rarely out in the lunch area.

- submitted by a student
March 28, 2007
They completely cater to the slowest learners so they can fulfill their 'No Child Left Behind' duty while completely ignoring the needs of their brighter kids. Forget GATE kids - there are no extracurricular clubs for them or opportunities for differentiation within that first year. They are all lumped together and tread water. 6th grade has been a wasted year for my son there despite pleas with the teachers and staff. The principal does not even know what's happening at her own school.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2007
Los Cerritos is a great school. It just needs a new principal who will relate to the children and the parents. Eleanor Love is a self-serving principal. She shows up to take credit for the successes of the dedicated teachers. She will listen to a parent's concerns and tell them what they want to hear; then, she does what she wants which is usually nothing at all.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2006
Eleanor Love is doing a great job. Academics that meet California Standards are above average, but Los Cerritos must provide their students with a fair and just opportunity to enroll into exploratory courses.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2006
Exellent school. Enough said.

- submitted by a former student
September 15, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2006
The teachers and principal of this school care very much about providing an education of high academic quality. They work hard to ensure that all assignments are standards-based, and that students are getting the education they need in order to meet requirements for moving on effectively. In addition, there is support and opportunities for GATE students as well as those who are struggling. Children have lots of extracurricular opportunities available to them, including languages, music, art, and wood shop. Because it is a middle school, parents are encouraged to allow students to have some independence and responsibility, but there is opportunity for parents to check on student progress on line or by requesting grade printouts from the teachers. Teachers are also available for conferences by arrangement. The school really encourages students to learn to be prepared for the autonomy they will need in high school and beyond.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating January 11, 2006
I believe this is a great school. My child is involved with ASB and she just loves Ms. Domingos. The energy that this new teacher brings to the classroom is amazing. It's cheers to the administration for bringing her onboard.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2005
The principal is a significant disappointment, being unresponsive to special needs students, safety issues, bullying and campus life, etc. This school would be greatly enchanced by a leader willing to get involved with the students, to show caring, relating to early teen issues with positive solutions, expanding cultural experiences, and discipline programs that strive to accentuate the positive and make logical sense, rather than humiliation. Some of the teachers are this school's greatest asset. Again, attitude's are set by the leadership, and the individuals that are strong are commended for their courage in a setting of weak leadership.

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May 27, 2005
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March 16, 2005
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- submitted by a student
June 05, 2004
The principal is not responsive. Very hard to even get her to talk to you! I have three kids at the school, and there are teachers that are not qualified to teach their subjects! Very disappointing for Conejo Valley School District.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2004
My second child is about to graduate from this place. The principal has the tact of a herd of elephants and some of the teachers should have been removed from the classroom years ago. You must fight hard to get the good teachers which are few and far between. The staff will do what's best for the staff so be careful!

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 03, 2004
My son was new to the school in the fall(6th gr) from a private school. There was no orientation for him, no buddy system. First day, didn't know where the bathrooms were etc. Wish the teachers were better, some quirky staff that are accomodated at the children's expense. Math and science teachers' joint goal is to finish the 'unit' by June instead of the goal being to have the kids understand the 'unit'. Typical of survey learning; no depth or understanding- but the topic was covered. Hard to know what's going on, newsletters a month old (Jan/Feb sent end of Jan). Back to school night flyers went home the day of. No parent-teacher conferences set up....public school.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2003
This will be my childs second year at Los Cerritos and my son graduated from there 3 years ago. I am very pleased with the school and feel they provide a stable preperation for the kids to move on to high school, I only wish that the class sizes were a little smaller.

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Los Cerritos Middle School
2100 Avenida De Las Flores, Thousand Oaks, CA  91362
(805) 492-3538
Last modified Los Cerritos Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Los Cerritos Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 60 reviews. Top