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Mission Hill Middle School

9 reviews
425 King Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 429-3860

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Horrible. This schools location has an impact on my focus, and the teachers are just as bad. Grades are diffucult to achieve, but teachers might support you a little more. I dont recommend this school for succesful striving students.
Posted by a student on 1/6/2020
My son tried MH for 2 years. It was difficult for him to find good friends having transferred from out of district. He was bullied a lot both years. I was blown off by the principle, but the counselor was very pro-active. This was an ongoing issue both years, and my son has become hardened by the awful experiences which went unnoticed by staff 98% of the time. He had wonderful Core teachers both years, but the math was mediocre at best. Strictly by the book and no imaginative deviation to bring it to life. The science classes were ok. Both teachers had condescending attitudes towards some students that were openly displayed; very unprofessional. Lots of Bill Nye videos in lieu of cool classroom experiments. Mediocre work is considered acceptable. The Music and Art programs are good, and lots of opportunities for Sports, but you have to stay on top of School Loop for info, or you'll miss deadlines for try outs. Not enough supervision during lunch period, which was when much bullying went on for many students. It's a big school, so don't expect any warm fuzzies; and your child will be stressed by the social conditioning that is mandatory in order to fit in.
Posted by a parent on 6/14/2014
My daughter had attended Mission Hill for 2 years, and in that time she has encountered wonderful teachers, a strong and positive administration. She has grown academically and socially because of the opportunities she has had at Mission Hill, and the consistency among teachers has been helpful. The school is very safe with a welcoming climate, created mainly by school administrators and their team. My daughter has had the opporuntiy to be in several clubs, and the principal and vice principal often visited or even supervised the meetings when teachers were unavailable. I have not seen that level of commitment by in administrators in other schools. It is my sincere hope that my daughter's high school experience will be an extension of her time at MHMS...it is, indeed, a great school.
Posted by a parent on 6/12/2014
My child graduated from this school last year. The administration at this school was mediocre, unimaginative and sometimes "If you don't like it then too bad." There are very strict rules and codes of behavior. One thing they do pay attention to is bullying -- they work hard on that. Most of the teachers, on the other hand, have been really amazing, particularly the core and science teachers. They are thoughtful and responsive and have great curriculums, the projects my daughter did were creative and concentrated on research and critical thinking. The math program was particularly plodding, and was untracked, which didn't work AT ALL. The curriculum was mind-numbing and undifferentiated (although once again, the teacher was responsive and kind). PE: some teachers were great, others horrible. One teacher taught them about oxygen delivery, body mass index, and personal best -- but another gave her C's because she couldn't throw a frisbee and wasn't good at team sports, even though she tried hard. Lastly, the art program at this school is life-changing. I would recommend the school just for this program. My daughter's two lovely mosaics are permanently installed on bridges.
Posted by a parent on 5/1/2014
I haven't been very impressed this year. My child is a 6th grader. The communication has been poor on what activities are available and what the school needs as far as volunteers. The school is looking to improve it's communication with parents right now, so I will try and stay optimistic about this improving in the future. My bigger concern is unmotivated math teachers tackling a difficult new math program and safety during lunch time. There are not enough tables or positive activities for kids during lunch. My child has mentioned bullying and negative interactions between students during lunch which are going unnoticed by the few staff monitoring the lunch hour. The amount of students is too great to have only one lunch hour. However the school is reluctant to consider a lunch A and lunch B group split or a 6th grade separate lunch etc.. It doesn't appear to the parents I have talked with that administration is open to make any changes to make this school better. I hope we are incorrect and that administration does care more about these matters than we realize.
Posted by a parent on 4/30/2014

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Santa Cruz schools - Mission Hill Middle School is located at 425 King Street, Santa Cruz CA 95060. Mission Hill Middle School is in the Santa Cruz City High School District. Mission Hill Middle School is a Public school that serves grade levels 6-8.

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