School Details

Terra Cotta Middle School

29291 Lake Street, Lake Elsinore, CA 92530
(951) 253-7380
6

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 1315 students 24 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 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
  • Lake Elsinore Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

52%
57%
60%
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52%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 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
  • Lake Elsinore Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

91%
69%
50%
53%
58%
57%
59%
42%
31%
41%
39%
52%
62%
62%
67%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 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
  • Lake Elsinore Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Terra Cotta Middle School is a public middle school in Lake Elsinore. The principal of Terra Cotta Middle School is Sarah Arredondo, who can be contacted at sarah.arredondo@leusd.k12.ca.us. 1,315 children attend Terra Cotta Middle School and identify primarily as Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 7% of the Terra Cotta Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 76% of the 1,315 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Terra Cotta Middle School is 24:1. Elsinore Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 68% 50%
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 5%
White, non-Hispanic 22% 37%
Multiracial 2% %
Asian 2% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1.0% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.8% 0.7%
Filipino 0.6% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.5% %
Pacific Islander 0.5% 0.6%
Unspecified 0.08% 2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 76% 49%
Limited English proficiency 7% 18%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    AVID Demonstration School TCMS is our newest AVID National Demonstration School! Congratulations to Terra Cotta Middle School officially certified today as an AVID National Demonstration School! This distinction lasts three years which is the highest that can be awarded to any AVID demonstration school. Of the thousands of AVID schools in the nation only 147 have the distinction of being AVID National Demonstration Schools.

  • (1 year ago)

    Both of my children went to this school and I would say it was a huge change from their Elementary school Luiseno to the middle school Terra Cotta because of the change of demographics. I would say there was only one horrible math teacher that graded my son not passing in Algebra 1 and his star testing results scored him advanced and on target. My son had to redo the class in highschool. This teacher is retiring this year so now the school is great in teachers!

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is horrible! My Daughter was there for two weeks and was already bullied and threatened because she was white and the advice she received from the school was " just ignore it" and her being bullied because she was white they said " has been a problem here for years". Nice! I do not recommend this school. I removed my daghter from the school and she is much happier.

  • (3 years ago)

    My son's experience has been absolutely wonderful. As an educator I can say first-hand that this school has some really great people. The administration has always been very receptive to my concerns and have always helped me find solutions despite how minor they may be (they were not made aware of my profession) and the teachers always reply to my emails and always find ways to help my son should he require additional assitance. Although the school and surrounding neighborhoods are socioeconomically disadvantaged which can be seen with the clientele who attend the school we've been lucky in selecting a good circle to avoid facing any of the problems that sometimes accompany that type of demographic. We've had a wonderful experience and give praise to the entire staff. Two thumbs up!

  • (5 years ago)

    I recently took my grandson out of Terra Cotta because of the lack of communication between the teachers and parents. He was failing in all his classes and snap grades and homework assignments on the computer in all of his classes were at least 2 weeks behind. We were told 'by middle school it was the students responsibility to know their assignments and get them turned in'...Well first year of middle school is difficult for some of these kids if we could have looked things up on the computer it would have solved alot of problems. Papers not turned in he would get to spend the day sitting in the office. Thats not what I call an education. He is now in private school. 'No child left behind'. Huh????

  • (5 years ago)

    I have 4 children. My oldest went to TCMS for his 6-8 grades. He is graduating this spring from Temescal Canyon High School. His first day at TCMS was a real shocker. The girls dressed like hookers and the boys looked like gang members. As I left him on campus I went back to my car and cried. With that said his experience there was a good one and he excelled due to the fact that he was in band which the school is a magnet for the performing arts. Son #2 and daughter are now at TCMS. TCMS has dealt with the dress code issue but the students are still an issue. Yes there are a FEW good teachers & Yes it is a strict school IF they are able to catch the offenders. We are moving after this summer and will not be sad to say goodbye to TCMS!

  • (5 years ago)

    Great School! Very high API Score great music program and dedicated teachers.

  • (5 years ago)

    I haved moved here since the first day of school from l.a and my old school was to small for 300 students.but terra cotta has lots of space for all of the students and all my teachers are really funny and nice.so thank you terra cotta for a great new school year and for all the teachers. From Ruiz Flores Destiny

  • (5 years ago)

    I find this school a great place to learn and raise a kid

  • (6 years ago)

    i love this school it has great classes such as avid and way much more!!

  • (6 years ago)

    I just want to say Terra Cotta is a great middle school. For the parent that says it's all about what you have and where you're from- you are soooo wrong. It's not like that at all we are in Lake Elsinore for godness sake. There is a great team of counselors teachers and the office staff is awesome. A nice group of smiling people ready to help. The main problem is that parents do not let our children's schools do their jobs without us interfering if you take a step back and let the team do the job you will see it is amazing. Believe it or not the workers at the school probably know some students better than their own families. Please be happy with what you have and just let them do their jobs and you do yours.

  • (6 years ago)

    Staff does not always show a compassionate and caring attitude toward the students.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am really glad to see some parents stepping up and supporting Terra Cotta. I have taught at a private school in San Bernardino and now at Terra Cotta. This school is by far the best that I have taught at. When a student has a bad experience at a school it normally has something to do with the attitude towards the school....at likewise for a student that has a positive experience. I know that the kids in MY classroom get a really good education not only in academics but also in life skills. Terra Cotta is a really good school and my son will go here when the time comes!

  • (7 years ago)

    I been to this school its excellent when teachers see that your failing they help you prove.i love this school

  • (7 years ago)

    My son and I recently moved from Las Vegas back to California and I was terrified to enroll him at Terra Cotta after reading the scathing reviews on this site. My fiance and I decided to go ahead and send him here and to our surprise we are thrilled with his progress. The school is strict supportive helpful and he has a stong B average. In Vegas he was getting C's and D's and always visiting the Dean this year he is being praised by the teachers and his self esteem has soared. Terra Cotta is a great place give it a chance

  • (7 years ago)

    My kids transferred to Terra Cotta this year. My son is in 7th and my daughter is in 8th. We have been pleasantly surprised at the staff the activities progress tracking and teacher feedback. So far it has been the best and most supportive academic experience my children have had. The school is tough and there is definite student accountability. However our child is kept involved and with close monitoring of assignments at home they are both doing very well. Fellow students are kind and were welcoming. I think it's a great school that has made excellent progress. I encourage anyone to research this themselves. I kept my kids away and shuffled them elsewhere because of the feedback I read... this was truly a mistake. If I had done the research sooner it probably would have saved our family a lot of stress.

  • (8 years ago)

    Everyone is right this school is a disgrace. so if i was you i would be worried about having your children in that school. i tried to complain and to organize a meeting with the vice principal. I thought children come first.

  • (9 years ago)

    I am a frustraded parent! My son also never had a problem until Terra Cotta. So far our experience has been terrible. Our son is a 6th grader and I have to agree that there are a few teachers in this school who should not be teaching. This is a new generation on kids that need encouragement and enthusiasim from their teachers. My son attended a strict school with zero tollerance before we moved here and he wishes he could go back. This goes beyond the teaching methods. We do not even get a notice to let us know what is going on. What are we teaching our kids?

  • (9 years ago)

    Terra Cotta has been a rather disappointing experience for my 6th grader. She is the youngest child of 5 we've raised so we have a bit of parental experience on the subject although in another school district. While some teachers are wonderfully inspiring and handle students beautifully other's we feel really shouldn't be teaching.Parents are made to feel completely helpless and frustrated with only minimal 'band-aid' solutions being offered. Imagine how the child must feel!

  • (9 years ago)

    I must disagree 100 % with the other parents review regarding the schools lack of effort and support for children that may have a problem. Our experience at Terra Cotta was completely different. When my son showed signs of struggling in an area he had never had a problem with the school was quick to act with regard to my concern and insured that not only his teacher but his councilor and the principal were aware that I saw a potential problem. The teacher of the subject in question then volunteered his own time for after hours tutoring. It is my understanding that this is not a one off occurance either there are other teachers that have done the same. We have been very happy with this school and so has our son.

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