School Details

Venado Middle School

4 Deerfield Avenue, Irvine, CA 92604
(949) 936-6800
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades 7-8 652 students 21 student/teacher

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.
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  • Irvine Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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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

Venado Middle School is a public middle school in Irvine. The principal of Venado Middle School is Keith Tuominen and can be contacted at ktuomine@iusd.org. 652 students go to Venado Middle School and identify as Multiracial, Unspecified, and Asian. 5% of the Venado Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 21% of the 652 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Venado Middle School is 21:1. Lakeside Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 7% %
Unspecified 5% 7%
Asian 45% 41%
Filipino 4% 3%
White, non-Hispanic 30% 38%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 2%
Hispanic 14% 8%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.8% 28104%
Pacific Islander 0.6% 0.4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.6%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 21% 6%
Limited English proficiency 5% 13%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    I am a former student who can attest to the first-rate quality incredible dedication and sincere passion of Venado's teachers. They really stand out above the rest (not just among other middle school teachers but high school too) for going above and beyond. One of their strongest features is setting high expectations for students which in turn elevates both our beliefs about what we can do and our actual achievement. While I was a student many years ago I still fondly remember many stand-out teachers who made learning come alive esp. the many who developed creative interactive programs with real-world applicability that generated such excitement and engagement. Venado is truly one of the best middle schools.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am a teacher AND the parent of students who attended Venado MS prior to attending Irvine HS. I have always been grateful to Venado's staff for preparing my own children so superbly for high school. They learned the discipline AND the work habits AND the knowledge necessary to make all their school years successful and gratifying to them. I could not have asked for anything more. G-d Bless Venado's fine conscientious administration and staff for making their school a role model from which all other middle schools could learn!

  • (2 years ago)

    This is by far the best middle school in Irvine. The principal and vice principal work very hard and create a positive school climate full of well-behaved mostly hard-working kids. I am glad they keep the expectations high and the ne'er-do-wells out. Most of the teachers are seasoned and experienced - with some bright new ones coming in - and the departments all work well together to create a balanced curriculum. They receive honors every year for their music chorus and theater programs. The science department is outstanding with this being home to the district Teaher of the Year. If you can get your kid into Venado by all means do it!

  • (2 years ago)

    Venado is an excellent school although one of the general education humanities teachers gives way too much homework and I've heard her classes are really monotonous and boring. In woodshop you have to be careful because he favors some students and hates some of them and he has a short temper. So DON'T put your child in woodshop unless they have really good time management skills. Otherwise the new p.e. teacher the gate and science teachers (7th grade) are amazing. To the parent who submitted a post about the gate program being too much stress it's only because most of the class procrastinates. A LOT. And that's coming from my own experience as a 7th grader at venado. Your child will need to learn how to manage their time wisely for middle school dividing the work in projects into chunks.

  • (2 years ago)

    We heard mixed comments about the school before the school started so we prayed a lot and hoped for the best. On the 1st day of school I was actually a bit anxious but then I saw the principal firmly and kindly (with sincere smile) correcting some kids' behaviors.. ( 2 kids were standing on the flower bed after the principal had announced not to; 2 girls wearing shorts that were a bit too short..) Another day after school I saw a kid tried to take a short cut climbing over a fence the principal paced over and advised him not to using the same firm and kind attitude. He really showed his care for students. He is the kind of principal that I would like my kid to have. Starting from the 1st day my kid has been loving to go to school everyday. He likes all his teachers and enjoys being with his friends. From our observation his friends are all nice fun and hard-working kids and the teachers are devoted to their jobs and to the kids. I heard the dress code is bit more strict compared to other schools and that's another thing we like about the school. Generally we love the school and it has been a great experience for my kid.

  • (3 years ago)

    I enrolled my daughter at this school in February 2010. At first she did not enjoy the school but as she gave it the time she started to enjoy it. But as she went into her 8th grade year things began to change. On top of the new principal and vice principal she had brought to my attention about the way kids were acting and dressing in the school. She had told me that a large group of so called "popular" 8th grade girls began to dress in very "showy" apparel. She said this was embarrassing to be going to school with girls like that and the principal seemed to do nothing about it. This really annoyed my daughter because she claimed that the principal and vice principal seemed to favor the "popular" kids over the not so popular. For example my daughter and her best friends began to get verbally bullied by some of the "popular" girls which had gone one for several weeks. When I had brought it to the principal's attention he said to the other girls to "be nice" and told my daughter to leave THEM alone when THEY were the ones causing the problem! If you think that your child would enjoy being in an embarrassing rude and stressful environment then Venado is right for you.

  • (3 years ago)

    I wish I knew more about this school before I enrolled my daughter. In two short years she went from a child that loved school to a child that hated school. There are a few great teachers but to say there are mean spirited teachers is putting it mildly. I would definitely choose another school if I could do it over again.

  • (3 years ago)

    Although there are some seemingly mean-spirited teachers there they are just trying to do their jobs. I am in my second year at Venado and rather enjoy it. The teachers all love their job and most are experienced and passionate in their work. Students are encouraged to do well on tests and in all work but are not pressured to the point of exhaustion. Homework varies from teacher to teacher but overall it is caround three to four hours is challenging and promotes deep thought and critical thinking. Students may be slightly dastardly but teachers and other staff do their best to keep them in order. As long as your child does their homework and is not disrespectful to any teachers their experience at Venado will be pleasant.

  • (4 years ago)

    Do not... i repeat DO NOT put your children in this school. My children went there and to mine and their detriment. There are many subpar (putting it nicely) teachers there actually some downright nasty and mean spirited ones - there are better middles schools in Irvine - for your childrens education and emotional well being - choose one of the other schools

  • (4 years ago)

    Excellent school. The GATE program is awesome. The science teacher is amazing. She deals with the most delicate topics with ease and also educates the kids with do's and don'ts in life. The same thing with Leadership Histroy LA and Math. Awesome teachers awesome school excellent discipline too.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is horrible teachers hate us when we are inside including the library and the principles (including VP) don't help instead they get you into more trouble and most student will harass your kid. Don't go to this school I have moved to Lakeside after this.

  • (4 years ago)

    Good GATE program but too much stress on kids because of the high amounts of homework. The student have at least 5 to 6 hours tof homework each night. Many of these kids sleeping 5 hours the most day of the week. Do you think this is correct?

  • (5 years ago)

    Yes the homework load might be a little strenuous but the results speak for themselves! The staff truly cares about our kids!

  • (5 years ago)

    To much stress on kids because the high amounts of work and homework. Worst school I'll ever register! Lakeside is so much better

  • (5 years ago)

    the homework had my child up very late at night. there are some good teachers but still many bad ones.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school was in me and my husbands opinion the worst school we have ever been to. The homework overwhelmed our child; and the students picked on him but if your child likes being picked on and worked for many hours then venado is the right school for you.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a parent of a child at Venado and I think that it is the best school that I have ever been to.

  • (6 years ago)

    Amazing school. My kids went there and they gained excellent study habbits.Try It

  • (7 years ago)

    I have had two children attend Venado and my experience with this school is if you can find another middle school do it! I will say that their resource program is great with great staff. As for the teaching staff while there are some good teachers it is surprising how many poor teaching staff are there.

  • (7 years ago)

    From my experience with my 2 years at venado I was very happy. It is an excellent school with great programs and excellent teachers.Dont get me wrong the school is not perfect. If you are going in as a 7th grader be lucky becuase the best teacher at the school just moved to 7th grade. I would recommned teachers such as Mr. Angel Mrs. Delvac Mr. Loyd Mrs. Johnson (the science teacher) The homework is alot! and the school is challenging....but the best middle school in Irvine! -a former happy student )

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