School Details

San Elijo Middle School

1600 Schoolhouse Way, San Marcos, CA 92078
(760) 290-2800
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 1499 students 28 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

89%
78%
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69%
55%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • San Marcos Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

100%
92%
86%
83%
72%
60%
76%
70%
52%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • San Marcos Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

83%
76%
50%
82%
76%
57%
61%
50%
31%
100%
83%
85%
81%
70%
52%
84%
81%
67%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • San Marcos Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

San Elijo Middle School is a public middle school in San Marcos. The principal of San Elijo Middle School is Douglas Hall, whose e-mail is doug.hall@smusd.org. 1,499 children attend San Elijo Middle School and identify mostly as Asian; White, non-Hispanic; and Filipino. 4% of the San Elijo Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 21% of the 1,499 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at San Elijo Middle School is 28:1. Valley Christian School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 8% 5%
White, non-Hispanic 65% 39%
Filipino 3% 3%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 3%
Hispanic 19% 47%
Multiracial 1% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.9% %
Pacific Islander 0.9% 0.7%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.8% 0.5%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.8% 19085%
Unspecified 0.1% 1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 21% 41%
Limited English proficiency 4% 23%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    In the realm of Academia this school seems to have a good grasp on providing a rigorous yet fair program for its students. It is technically advanced and has a beautiful campus. However as far as student life and quality of the education experience...this school is missing the mark. The short time allotted for each period the overwhelmingly large student body and the lack of personal attention affects the child's potential in getting a individualized support/planning and a guided path to higher education. I wish this school was able to downsize and provide my children with the education they deserve. It's beautiful on the outside but it's the internal quality that counts

  • (1 year ago)

    San Elijo Middle School is a rigorous school with high expectations for all students. The teachers are caring and dedicated.

  • (1 year ago)

    San Elijo Middle School is an excellent middle school with strict rules that are followed through by the teachers and administration. Middle schoolers need these rules! 2 of my children have gone here and have only had great experiences. Almost every teacher we've had is amazing and willing to meet with kids before or after school for extra attention/help. Both of my kids are straight A students who never get in trouble so maybe that why we've had such a positive experience? Work hard and you are rewarded!

  • (1 year ago)

    I went to San Elijo and I have to say this school is absolutely horrible! The asst. principal and supervisors are the rudest staff there. They care more about dress code and no gum. The asst. principal is strict and just ridiculous. There were cops and sniffing dogs the principles check the student's social media. There is yelling and cussing inappropriate words and slang. Bullying is also a main problem the "club" doesn't even help. If you go to Albertson's you can see how fed up the people are. I wouldn't recommend this school as a student.

  • (1 year ago)

    I don't get the negative comments. Both of my kids are happy with this school. I have personally met with all my kid's teachers and can only say good things about their dedication and work ethic. Both my kids are straight A's and I suspect that the negative comments are coming from parents whos kids tend to get into trouble or put being popular ahead of acadmeic achievement. As far bullying this is an issue in all middle schools and this school has a zero tolerance policy. Just report it and it will be dealt with. Also when many schools have found the need to drop music and art this school has managed to have a flourishing band program headed by a terrific teacher who has many volunteers helping the students. They have won many band competition awards and have an end of the school year concert at the Center for the performing arts in Escondido. The art program is also going full steam and one of my daughters looks foward to that Class daily. The other daughter is in the band and loves it. In summary SEMS is a really good school and your children will get a good education. They just need to put in the effort and parents need to stay involved.

  • (1 year ago)

    As an eighth grader And knowing this school pretty well. It is a terrible school even my mom says so she says it has bad teachers supervisors etc. and I agree 100%! One day I came in late and asked the supervisor at the desk what period it was she told me ending of first i said thanks have a nice day! Her answer was "Sure whatever." For crying out loud really? C'mon no wonder my school and not so pleased to call it my school has terrible reviews and I have a sister who hates this school aswell. The Lunch is extremely unhealthy my teacher slept on the job teachers yelling and cussing occasionaly at students i couldnt have gone to a worse school. The students here ( girls ) who are popular pick out he girls with the smallest difference and bully them i had MANY girls pick on me for my looks just because I couldnt wear makeup or have the in style clothes or perfect looks... I am actually picked on OUTSIDE of shool aswell on my way to albertsons two girls from my school that I ended up getting in their face about why they kept talking about me were pointing and laughing this school is the worst I hope it rots and never comes back.

  • (1 year ago)

    Some of these negative reviews seem like they are written by a flunking 8th grader or parents who are a little behind the times such as not wanting to teach kids about conservation or evolution (BTW the standards are set by the state and not the school). SEMS is a very good school in an average school district. Several factors contribute to this - SEMS student demographics are better than San Marcos average the school is relatively new and the teachers do a good job of teaching. API scores prove how this school compares to other similar schools. Every place has some drawbacks. San Marcos is not La Jolla or Carmel Valley and the demographics do have some impact - it's all relative. Class sizes have increased to 32-36 kids. Bullying is a sign of pre-teen kids but is managed at SEMS as well as anywhere else. Finally San Elijo Hills is a new neighborhood and there is a fair amount of turnover. Rest assured that it is not because of SEMS. If anything people want to move to the area due to the schools. Good Luck.

  • (1 year ago)

    The teachers have no control over their students at least they aren't trying to do anything about it. Kids in the classrooms use crude language disturb the class and are a real pain. I have gone to the school counceling office before about a disturbing video in science class that went against my religion in the realm of evolution and they said they would 'look into it'. WHEN?! How long am I supposed to wait before something is done about the insanity of this school. It seems that instead of the faculty running the school the kids are. They say that they have bully prevention programs that they are conducting. If that is true then why do I hear kids telling other people to 'go die in a hole' or 'no one likes you' and even 'why are you even alive? You should go hang yourself'. And even though they might think that it doesn't actually affect others it hurts anyone who endures such horrid violent words. The only time the school will step in is when there is a physical problem. They won't do anything when someone is being verbally abused. I am a seventh grade student and I KNOW that there are many things that need to change at my school and this is just the start.

  • (1 year ago)

    I do not understand why Mr. Hall is hiring the rudest parents as supervisors. I don't feel safe for my children.

  • (2 years ago)

    Another good year at SEMS! Child number two is currently in 6th grade. Although not as strong academically as my oldest I so appreciate the excellent communication with the teachers. They always respond so quickly to my inquiries. Recently my son had an issue with another student and I thought it was handled very well. The teachers work their tails off to provide these students with a rigorous education. I feel my oldest was SO prepared for high school. Thank you SEMS!

  • (2 years ago)

    I don't quite understand all these nasty critcisms here. As a former student my experience was fulfilling and my academics soared. I moved mid-term at around 7th grade (for financial reasons) and started at a new school. This school has very kind social and smart kids and is not very different from SEMS. SEMS does i admit have a bit mroe of a bullying problem.... Honestly bullying is something that everyone faces no matter which school you go to (private or public etc). I for one have been a peer ambassador and helped many kids with their social life. You must learn to ignore and just rock on with your indivisualism and be proud of it. Take pride and don't care about what others think of you (it may be harder to do that said). But everything should work out fine. Point is the bullying is pretty bad (just a tad but worse than the school I am now attending) but I think it can be worked out.

  • (2 years ago)

    Very impressed with staff and teachers.I have two kids attending each child on the opposite spectrum regarding needs. My honors child is fully supported and challenged by the curriculum. My struggling student is getting the extra support that didn't exist in our previous hometown. Not only are the teachers doing a great job but the staff is perceptive and looked out for adjustment issues when we relocated to the area mid 2011 school year. Normal Jr. High bologna aside it's a well diversified school fully supporting it's students. Just wish there were sports teams.

  • (2 years ago)

    I don't get all the negative comments here. This school is awesome. My son has not seen or been the victim of any bullying. He knows of no one who does drugs. And he is not one of the "cool" kids I guarantee. I think if you are looking for problems you will find them. My son is in band and all honors classes and loves school there. Every time I have had a question it has been answered immediately.

  • (2 years ago)

    This school is HORRIBLE as a student that attended 2 years ago i can honestly say this school provided the worst experience of my life. The bullying issue is HUGE if you are just a tiny bit different expect to be bullied by the "popular kids". The supervisors and the vp's are the worst my friend held up a sign that said "clap if you support japan" shortly after the earthquake everyone started clapping but they pulled my friend aside and threatened to have her arrested for causing a riot. If i were you i would go to a private middle school because san marcos high is great. I experienced the tyranny of this school first hand and i can honestly say i hope it ROTS!!!

  • (2 years ago)

    5 families that carpool with us and 3 other friends who have kids attending this school all very satisfied with this school. Do not go to a school that never expel any students.

  • (2 years ago)

    There's a reason behind why their's so many for sale signs all over town. People know sems is bad and are leaving by the boatload

  • (2 years ago)

    I hate to admit it but the negative comments posted are true for this school. We live in the SE and have expressed to our children to stay away from the crazy principals teachers and bullying surrounding them every school day. We dont know what to do with our upside down house but would leave immediately if we could solve this problem.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am a student at SEMS and this is an amazing school! I have no complaints and I am very surprised at all the horrible comments about it. Last year I had 2 amazing teachers one that I will remember for life. I have not had and problems with bullying and I think the staff is amazing. They do have rules but they need rules! Some teachers are hard but they all do it for the greater good and try to prepare us for the future! This is an excellent school

  • (2 years ago)

    This school sucks. Top to bottom the staff is incompetent. Take a stroll into the Albertsons after school and ask any student what they think of the school. Our home prices are dropping because people who do just a little bit of research will find bullying is a huge problem at this school. In fact you might be lucky enough to witness the asst principal confiscating private student property. There are less and less people wanting to move here because of the rumors which are TRUE. Thanks SEMS.

  • (2 years ago)

    It is interesting to read people post things that have very little to do with the school (home prices) and then when they state their facts they are incorrect. People not paying their mortgages and the overall state of the economy is why your home prices are the way they are. Rumors about a school drive the housing market over job loss and overextended irresponsible buyers? Interesting theory. The Principal is not leaving until he retires and the Assistant Principal is retiring (she is over 60). It is interesting how you use leaving instead of retiring. That's the measurement you use to rate schools? Due to enrollment increases the school hired more teachers and the only teacher retiring is also over 60 years old. I do not know what you mean by admin staff but no classified staff is leaving. I am sure that if your child made a mistake you would be ok with the district going outside State law and expelling him to court school forever but this district has more compassion than that. You should really call the school if you want the correct information.

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