School Details

South Lake Middle School

655 West Yale Loop, Irvine, CA 92614
(949) 936-6700
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades 7-8 558 students 21 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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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
  • Irvine Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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81%
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31%
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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
  • Irvine Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

South Lake Middle School is a public middle school in Irvine. The principal of South Lake Middle School is Bruce Baron and can be contacted at bbaron@iusd.org. 558 students go to South Lake Middle School and identify mostly as Multiracial; Unspecified; and Black, non-Hispanic. 8% of the South Lake Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 22% of the 558 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at South Lake Middle School is 21:1. Rancho San Joaquin Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 7% %
Unspecified 6% 7%
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 2%
White, non-Hispanic 40% 38%
Asian 34% 41%
Filipino 2% 3%
Hispanic 13% 8%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.6%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.5% 28104%
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.4%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 22% 6%
Limited English proficiency 8% 13%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    This School Is Horrible the principal is really cheap and abnormally rude my daughter hates it here more than you can imaging the students are always talking about the bad stuff you wouldn't want your kids involved with

  • (8 months ago)

    Southlake is not a bad school but it is not what you expected it to be. Vice principal is so harsh on students and almost nobody like him. The principal is rude and unwelcoming and overall administration is horrible. Some teachers are good and some are bad. Your child would be lucky to get into a good class. It is better than some public schools but it is not a big deal! Not every teacher help you. Their 8 grader math teacher quit her job in February and left 8 graders without a teacher because she was old and not energetic enough to do her tasks.

  • (1 year ago)

    the best school i have ever gone to. every teacher helps you if you ask for help and the teachers make sure you suceed

  • (1 year ago)

    It is an OK school. My son loves this school and even on weekends he waits for school to be opened. the principal does a good leadership. The math teacher is not good and she is old but overall the school has a good quality.

  • (4 years ago)

    Couldn't be more pleased with our experience this year. Great leadership and high expectations.

  • (4 years ago)

    We could not be happier with our experience at South Lake. Our daughter began the school year late but the teachers and staff went above and beyond to ensure that she made a smooth transition. She has been challenged without being overwhelmed there is great teacher communication a reasonable workload and my daughter feels like the staff actually cares. On a side note we were extremely concerned about teenage drama bullying and mean girl attitudes but my daughter has yet to encounter that due in large part to a staff that has made it abundantly clear that it will not be tolerated. The Vice Principal is highly visibly and actively engages the students. All in all this school is highly recommended!

  • (5 years ago)

    I go to south lake.... I think it its a great school but some of the staff arent that nice.... If their is an issue they say oh yeah we'll fix that right away but you have to wait for awhile until you actually get help.... But some of the staff on the other hand..... They are awesome!! they keep it fun but your still learning!! ]

  • (5 years ago)

    My child entered South Lake one year ago as a special needs child. The school helped her deal with her learning disability and moved her out of the special education program. With personal attention like she has never had before the teachers and staff supported her in ways that we could not have imagined. Her grades steadily improved and her confidence grew. Last week she brought home a grade report of all A's and one B+. I cannot say enough good things about this school. If only all schools were this great we would have a much better world. Thank you South Lake!

  • (5 years ago)

    I have been attending this school for a while now. I find this school very interesting. It is not a very great choice. While there are no gangs or bullies the staff and some other people are very.... unlikeable. Don't get me wrong some staff and teachers are great but the others are types of people that you share a problem with and they act like they care and that they will get right on the problem. But once you turn around they don't care. And they problem WILL NOT be fixed.

  • (9 years ago)

    Our children are happy in this school. So far (in 1 year) we had no problems.

  • (9 years ago)

    My children are very happy in this school teachers are friendly and strict enough. Overall we have a good impression.

  • (9 years ago)

    South Lake Middle School is a California Distinguished School and my daughter attends 7th grade there. We have been impressed with the quality of her teachers; her understanding of math and language has improved. (We moved here from Northern California where she had attended a private school.) While she says there are no bullies or gangs or mention of drugs. She says the students are well behaved in and outside of class. We approve of the friends she has chosen there and notice that their parents are highly involved in and supportive of their children's education. Also the office staff seem to know all the students by name and have a warm relationship with them.

  • (9 years ago)

    Excellent! Teachers really care about the kids. Music & sport programs are a high priority. Parents seem to attend school events and be very involved in their child's education. Had a very good experience at this school.

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Overall score

(based on 17 ratings & reviews)

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