School Details

Robert E. Peary Middle School

1415 West Gardena Boulevard, Gardena, CA 90247
(310) 225-4200
3

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 1811 students 18 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

46%
49%
60%
44%
46%
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
  • Los Angeles Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

90%
80%
86%
41%
47%
60%
42%
39%
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
  • Los Angeles Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

19%
41%
50%
35%
44%
57%
0%
19%
31%
65%
78%
85%
40%
43%
52%
51%
57%
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
  • Los Angeles Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Robert E. Peary Middle School is a public middle school in Gardena. The principal of Robert E. Peary Middle School is Marva Patton, whose e-mail is marva.woods@lausd.net. 1,811 students attend Robert E. Peary Middle School and identify primarily as Hispanic; Asian; and Black, non-Hispanic. 15% of the Robert E. Peary Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 82% of the 1,811 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Robert E. Peary Middle School is 18:1. Magnolia Science Academy 3 is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 64% 73%
Asian 4% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 27% 11%
Filipino 2% 2%
White, non-Hispanic 2% 9%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% %
Pacific Islander 1% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.9% 646343%
Multiracial 0.3% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.3%
Unspecified 0.1% 0.7%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 82% 75%
Limited English proficiency 15% 32%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is not a bad school even though most people think it. Some of the kids are bad nut besides that the teachers and staff are doing a great job teaching the kids.

  • (2 years ago)

    Honestly I know a lot of parents think this is a bad school but I think it is above average. I will be in 8th grade for the 2012-2013 school year. It really isn't that bad. There are a lot of bad kids but as long as you avoid them and pick the right friends you'll be fine. I'll never forget my Peary days once I'm in high school.

  • (3 years ago)

    My son is just a 6th grader but he's doing quite well! His grades are very good!

  • (3 years ago)

    I believe the staff at Peary M. S. Teachers and especially the Administration is doing a great job in educating and guiding my child. I say that especially for the principal who is always deeply involved with most of the activities there. Great Job

  • (3 years ago)

    As a parent I feel they are taking all necessarty steps to improve students learning curve and sometimes and in this case they fell short. Everyone is responsible for the outcome and I am convinced that they will improve and surpass the PI. It's possible to progress with adamant lesson plans and academic heights.

  • (4 years ago)

    Peary Middle school have changed lot over the three years I have been. This year I'm an 8th grader. I enjoy being at this school because the teachers are great teacher. They really care about your education. The students may say that oh Peary middle school is not recommended but this school is highly recommended beacuse teacher and administrators always reconized all the achiving students by giving them ceromonies for you and parents. This school is the best!! The education is very high. There are students that want to achive in life and think about the future. This is the place to start!!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    This is a school with highly incompetent Teachers Administrator & Support Staff. About 50% of the students are Special Education & Mentally Challenged. The parent participation is virtually zero. Just take a look at the test scores - 3 to 5 percent of the school is proficient meaning that they are about C average - the rest are failing. The feeder School is Gardena High School - which it self is rated TOP 25 WORST schools in California. This information can be verified through the State Statistics & Department of Education. If you love your children - stay away from any school that is a part of the Los Angeles Unified School District. A concerned Parent...

  • (4 years ago)

    Being that this school is being rated by mostly students I understand why it has three stars. This is the second school year for my son and so far his experience and mine has been HORRIBLE! The staff here is uneducated and GHETTO. Want answers? dont bother asking. For open house Mr. Potts had a power point presentation for the parents to read and instructed us to let him know if we had questions after reading it. Are you kidding me???? What ever happened to interaction? Are the students given power point presentations during class while he sets up his Dallas Cowboys decoration? Open house was certainly an eye opener. The teachers dont even recognize their own students. How can this be? I know there are major budget cuts but a there are many things a school can do to excell in times like this. Peary choses to FAIL!

  • (4 years ago)

    I have been Teaching at Peary for 4 years and am excited to see the progress that we have made throughout this time. We have an AVID program starting this year for 6th graders and continue to help students excel by offering entering 6th graders with a bridge program that introduces them to many of the concepts they will learn in the fall. This love and support given to students by staff and administration will make entering 6th graders' transition into middle school an easier adjustment. I am proud to be a teacher at Peary because I am helping students achieve mastery of standards that will allow them to be successful through out their academic life. Ms. Watt

  • (4 years ago)

    Dr. Garrett is the best Principal she cares about her students and staff. Me and My wife as parents have always felt welcome to the school. My daughter and son both attended Peary and had a wonderful learning experience.

  • (5 years ago)

    I'm sorry but as per thinking this school is a school that cares is far from what I've been seeing. Only time this school cares is when you bring District 8 in the picture. not only was I told from a teacher that she will teacher her students how to have manners and respect. My comment is that Manners and respect start at home and teachers are there to teach not baby sit. this is my second year at Peary and I've never experience the rudeness from a teacher. Until I came to Peary

  • (5 years ago)

    Robert E. Peary is a school that truely cares. Most teachers care for our children and are always available when I need to talk to them.

  • (5 years ago)

    this will be my last year at peary and im really going to miss the way teachers here at peary teach. their way of teaching is unlike any other.the campus is very clean andstudents are very curteous. they offer a variety of stages from regular classes to advanced studies and even a magnet program. i am in advanced studies and love it. peary is one of the best middle schools in this area.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school has made tremendous progress over the last 3 years. This year looks especially promising. Students have become more respectful and the overall environment is more calm. Teachers are very caring at this school and want the best for my children.

  • (5 years ago)

    I've been a teacher at Robert E. Peary Middle School for about 25 years. I've seen administrators and teachers come and go along with many many students. Peary has an outstanding staff right now. We're under the leadership of one of the best administrations I've ever had the privilege to teach with. We have leadership discipline a plan and teachers with the ability and drive to accomplish great things in our classrooms. We have more parent support than ever but we still need more involvement. Our students and teachers are really doing great things in our classrooms. Our scores are coming up and we intend for them to keep climbing. Keep one eye on your children and the other on us we're moving upward and onward. Peary Middle School is home for me there's no place better . WE ARE FAMILY! Mark D. Richter NBCT

  • (5 years ago)

    Peary middle school is a great school!! The teachers here are great they are loyal. I am a student here at Peary and i love it. this is my last year and i am certainly going to miss it here. I have met a lot of great people here. This school is awesome if you come here you will really enjoy it. People say this is a bad school but it depends on the person and the types of people they hang out with. so anyways this is a great school i have learned a lot this year things i will never forget

  • (5 years ago)

    Robert E. Peary is a great school. It has many interactions with the teachers and students. You can form bonds and friendships with other students every year you attend. You can go to any supervisor for help. Dr.Garrett rules!

  • (5 years ago)

    As of the 2009-2010 school year Peary has demonstrated exceptional standards in all categories. (Leadership Teachers Extracurricular Activities Safety and Discipline and parent Involvement.

  • (5 years ago)

    I think Peary Middle school is the best school ever. They really care about you succeeding not just in middle school but i high school as well. All the teachers at school are really nice and so is the staff

  • (5 years ago)

    i think peary is an ok school. The teachers are great. The provide a great education for us. The enviroment here is not as great but if you makes friends with the correct people you will be able to succeed in the school. I recommend students to go here.

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