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Lakeside Middle School

10 reviews
3 Lemongrass
Irvine, CA 92604
(949) 559-1601

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I have to agree with others who seriously question the Math program at this school. I will start with what I have experienced, what my child has reported to me, and finally offer information that has been shared with me by other parents (and could just be rumors and speculation). When we attended the 7th grade parent orientation, the advanced math teacher told all of the assembled parents that this was the year where your great math students would likely not get an A and that many kids are just incapable of dealing with the high pace and should transfer out. My overall impression was that they aren't interested in making kids successful in the advanced track. If the kids are motivated enough and can get the help necessary (many have after school tutoring), they can hack this program, but don't expect help from the staff. I cannot believe that as early as 7th grade, this teacher was telling parents that many of their accomplished kids just weren't cut out for STEM. My child reports that most days they are sat down and given worksheets with examples and told to work it out. They are afraid to ask the teacher for help, who regularly repeats the mantra "You know, if you are having trouble with this, maybe you weren't cut out for Advanced Math". There is very little actual instruction, and (as noted above) my child must get most assistance from us (parents).Other parents report to me that there is a general sense at Irvine Unified that all the kids are going to after school tutoring anyways, so it isn't an emphasis in their programs. One parent is also fuming mad because the Advanced Math teacher seems to single out her child in class, often with those magic words "Maybe you aren't cut out for Advanced Math". Our child is making the grade in this class, despite the lack of help from the teacher. It is absolutely mind blowing to me that in this day and age, when STEM is important for so many job areas, that this school is so uninterested in getting kids to Algebra 1 by 8th grade. At most, they act as if they tolerate it, but they certainly do not encourage it. This attitude must change if we are going to train the engineers and scientists of the future.
Posted by a parent on 3/11/2019
Great. I met a ton of new friends.
Posted by a student on 1/15/2019
I'm kind of on the fence with this school. There is a lot of good there, but also a LOT of things that need attention. The Math department is a disaster. When you have really bright kids coming from different elementaries, who all cruised through Math with no problem then failing at the advanced level you have to ask yourself - is it ALL them? Or is there a problem with the teaching? These questions are being asked but NOTHING is being done. I am appalled at the way the ASB teacher - who heads a group that should be holding themselves to a higher standard - bullies and demeans certain students she takes a dislike to. I hear of a lovely girl I know well being reduced to tears several times in one day. This is NOT acceptable! Despite the numerous anti-bullying messages around the school, I hear of more bullying by teachers than I do students! That said, many of the teachers are exemplary and more than make up for the other issues. Pang, Orosz, Granado, White, Seydowitz, Rohrs, to name a few. If the rot can be cut out of this school it really could become excellent. As is, I have to say it is the upper end of average.
Posted by a parent on 10/25/2017
The teachers are top notch. I am throughly impressed with the dedication and support from my son's teachers. Just a couple incredible instructors Mr. Pang and Ms. Garcia worth special mention. Truly believe my son is being prepared for high school.. Have attended a couple school plays, talent show and found the students to be most enthusiastic towards their peers. I think the diversity in this school helps each individual show respect for each other. Really impressive. I have received unsolicited positive comments about my son. Great group of students and teachers.
Posted by a parent on 8/16/2017
All I can say: please do not send your kids to this school
Posted by a parent on 5/18/2017

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Irvine schools - Lakeside Middle School is located at 3 Lemongrass, Irvine CA 92604. Lakeside Middle School is in the Irvine Unified School District. Lakeside Middle School is a Public school that serves grade levels 7-8.

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