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Torrance, CA
Students enrolled: 750
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5038 Halison Street
Torrance, CA 90503

(310) 533-4495
(310) 972-6401
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March 24, 2014
In my opinion, this school is the best. I went to this school In sixth grade and I got an average amount of homework. I'm certain that your mistaken if they give you like 70 - 90 amounts of math homework everyday unless you were taking advanced math. This school has an after school program that you can take if your really behind. They also have a counselor if anyone feels like they are being harassed. But anyway, this is an amazing school and I hope you go to this school.

- submitted by a community member

November 08, 2013
For 3 years know I have lived with a walking zombie. The amount of homework that the staff at this school gives is WAY TOO MUCH!! My daughter is up until 10-11 at night and is still not done. I have to wake her up at 5 to finish. Then there is the weekend homework..REALLY?? Do these kids EVER get a break? 70-90 math problems in one night? A good teacher understands that if a child does not understand or know how to do the first 5 then the rest is just a struggle. If your child participates in any after school sports good luck. There is no time for that. I think the staff should be forced to watch the video "A Race to Nowhere" and learn from it. I am truly happy that this is our last year but sad that I have 2 more coming up. Online education is looking better everyday. The principal really needs to fix this issue. I am sure there is a district homework policy that is being ignored somewhere. It also amazes me that a student can score A's on tests yet still fail a class due to class participation. Here is a tip to teachers..If a child raises their hand call on them!! tired of hearing...Well, alot of students just shout out. Then instill classroom management.

- submitted by a parent

October 29, 2013
I concur with all the 2013 reviews. My eldest son just graduated in June. He liked the challenge of Bert Lynn and was always an honor student. However, the homework from 6th-8th grade caused him to stay up as late as 11pm. I drew the line at 11pm. Because of his experience, I braced myself for his brother. Sure enough, my second son struggled a lot. He has a 504 plan and the teachers do accommodate him with extra time and not penalize him. Total time for homework averages 1-4 hours. It is ridiculous. This son is in sports and time management is imperative. Other middle schools that we know kids who are attending at do not have this kind of homework load. It is stressful on the whole household. High achievers will rise to the occassion. Just know that tutoring will be almost essential to ensure your child makes it through Bert Lynn. At least some teachers offer after school help and West High students offer their services for free...so all is not lost. Just be very supportive of your child and understand Bert Lynn is not the norm for middle school homework!

- submitted by a parent

August 08, 2013
What is wrong with Bert Lynn? 6th Grade math - Lowest % proficient/advanced in 4 yrs. 6th Grade english - 2nd Lowest in 4 yrs. 7th Grade Math - Lowest in 4 yrs. 7th Grade English - Lowest in 4 yrs. 8th Grade Math - 2nd lowest in 4 yrs. 8th Grade English - Lowest in 4 yrs. What are teachers and administrators doing wrong? Some assign several hours a week for homework, which goes against every credible study and recommendation. Teachers are not on the same chapter, let alone the same page when teaching the same class. Administration and teachers cater to the tiger mom culture of a few vocal parents at the expense of student well being, family time and now, as we see, learning. Homework should be no more than1-2 hours per night TOTAL. Any more leads to loss of family time, extra-curricular activities, sleep deprivation, and poor student achievement. The families at Bert Lynn place a high value on education and are very supportive. These are some of the best students in the state. These 2013 CST results are a wake up call. Administration and staff need to do some serious soul searching and fix this or the district should step in and do it for them.

- submitted by a parent

August 01, 2013
I'm a student at Bert Lynn and I can honestly say that i hate it. When I got to middle school I thought my life would be terrible because of back stabbing friends but it turned out to be the staff that made my life miserable. They put way to much pressure on the kids. Yes we are the best school in Torrance but it comes with a price. From the beginning of 6th grade i was staying up until midnight trying to finish the 70 problems of math homework I had. A lot of the kids I know are still struggling between the balance of extra-curricular activities and homework. A lot of them have had to give up a lot. I think there are only a few teachers that understand that kids need this balance. Because if a student only gets to do homework every night and a project every weekend they aren't going to do it anymore. I would say it's a competitive school. so be prepared for that. The only good thing about this school are the teachers who really make you think and not just academically but about everything else in the world.

- submitted by a community member

June 10, 2013
I cannot comment on the way things were at this school when the latest review was written over 4! Years ago but I can tell you a little about the current culture on this campus. There is a complete lack of accountability from all staff and administration - Teachers may be as many as three chapters different from each other at any given time. Some teachers may not have covered critical topics prior to STAR testing. The homework varies greatly from teacher to teacher - some may assign as many as three hours per night while others may assign none or 30 minutes. The transition from elementary is absurd. Many parents have either given up on extra-curricular activities altogether or expect their children to stay up as late as 1:00 AM to complete all homework. Teachers are mostly out of touch with current research, which indicates a preference to good teaching reinforced by something such as an exit ticket followed by a few homework problems to reinforce the concept vs. assigning 30+ problems which may reinforce bad habits if the student did not understand the lesson in the first place. More to follow...

- submitted by a parent

September 18, 2009
I am extremely pleased with my son's school, Bert Lynn Middle School. The curriculum is challenging and very well planned. The teachers are strict enough but compassionate to students' needs. The office staff is wonderful and very willing to help in situations that may arise. I would definitely recommend this school to anyone looking for an academically achieving school along with a warm environment.

- submitted by a parent
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September 16, 2009
The faculty and staff do an outstanding job of creating a caring atmosphere in which students are provided the tools and encouragement to excel.

- submitted by a parent

April 11, 2009
My daughter is in 6th grade this year at Lynn Middle school and really likes it. The teachers are great and I really like how they have an intervention program after school for the students that are struggling a little. Office staff very nice.

- submitted by a parent

July 31, 2007
The parent involvement is one of the many aspects of the outstanding school. Bert Lynn Middle School has a dedicated staff who act in the best interest of the students at every level. Outstanding programs include an exceptional mathematics department and music program. We are also aware of the support programs available for children.

- submitted by a parent

March 20, 2007
Dedicated and caring teachers like Mr. Childers, Ms. Blair, Ms. Parke and mostly Mrs. Thomas really make a difference for students who do not necessarily fit into the 'box' of middle school rigors. They assess the student's individuality; making adjustments in learning style vs. teaching style and possess a genuine interest in individual student success at a very 'interesting' time in their development. Personally, I am not impressed with the current principal, but thankfully, there are several outstanding teachers at many grade levels who make this a good choice for students living in the South Bay. The PTSA is very active, as are the majority of parents in this West area of Torrance; at the elementary schools, middle schools and high schools. Your involvement as a parent is expected, and almost is used as a measure of your student's success (or failure). Not sure I agree totally with that philosophy.

- submitted by a parent

February 25, 2007
Mr. Nadel, Mrs.Tucker, Mrs. Masai, Mr. Conner,Mrs. Irwin, and Ms.Blair are great teachers! They make students feel comfortable!

- submitted by a student

October 22, 2006
I think that Bert Lynn is a great school. We have awesome teachers like Mr. Marx, Ms.Blair, Mrs. Parke, Mr. Caporaso, Mr. Sanders, Mrs. Baldwin and many more. the school itself it fun, the students are great, we have a great PTSA, and well yeah as a student attending as an 8th grader this year i can tell u first hand we're just a great school!

- submitted by a student

September 10, 2006
Academic programs at Bert Lynn Middle School are outstanding. Mathematic pacing is challenging, but many of the teachers provide additional assistance after school.

- submitted by a parent

August 24, 2006
The teachers are highly skilled and work hard to bring out the best in each child. The principal is kind and knows each child by name. She is a great example of a leader and I will miss seeing her everyday as my daughter graduates this year.

- submitted by a parent

April 28, 2006
excellent preparation for high school

- submitted by a student

February 28, 2006
One thing I really like about the school is the level of parental involvement. The PTSA works hard at supporting teachers as well as students and provides a way for many parents to stay involved. New principal is working out well too!

- submitted by a teacher

July 07, 2005
Dr. Barker leads a great team of teachers. I have 3 successful highschool students through his leadership and caring that will become wonderful adults. Bert Lynn is a great place for the norm to the spec ed.

- submitted by a parent

August 31, 2004
Dr. Barker is one on our top 10 list of Principals. He truley cares about his students and it shows.

- submitted by a parent

October 01, 2003
What a difference from Victor Elementary School! My daughter is in the chorus program and is very happy with it. She says she feels so much better and the teachers and administrators, unlike Victor, are actively involved with the kids and they actually listen to them and us parents. The principal for Victor just recently retired, which tells me she was plain burned out and just putting her time in for retirement. God be with those good kids that go to Victor, our prayers have been answered with Bert Lynn.

- submitted by a parent

August 22, 2003
Bert Lynn has the best music program in the district thanks to Dr. Richard Miles. We have been to four Forum Music Festivals and his chorus has won the gold every year.

- submitted by a parent

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Bert M. Lynn Middle School
5038 Halison Street, Torrance, CA  90503
(310) 533-4495
Last modified Bert M. Lynn 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.
Bert M. Lynn Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 25 reviews. Top