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About This School

Pacoima Middle School is a public middle school in Los Angeles. The principal of Pacoima Middle School is Marcha Hamm. 1,836 children attend Pacoima Middle School and identify mostly as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Filipino. 29% of the Pacoima Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 41% of the 1,836 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Pacoima Middle School is 18:1. Mary Immaculate Elementary School 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

    • Latin
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Field hockey
    • Football
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 94% 73%
White, non-Hispanic 3% 9%
Filipino 1.0% 2%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 11%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 0.3%
Asian 1% 4%
Unspecified 0.2% 0.7%
Multiracial 0.06% %
Pacific Islander 0% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 646343%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 41% 75%
Limited English proficiency 29% 32%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is a great school if you are a part of the Magnet program. Otherwise students are not treaed well at all. Those who are not a part of the magnet program are treated as second class citizens while those that are in the program are provided with dance drama and film courses. The system the school implements seems unjust.

  • (4 years ago)

    This is a great wonderful amazing & educated school I ever been..I think the teachers are great the principle is awesome. And I just say that it has great activities that I ever seen before . So if I were you just attend Pacoima Middle School if you want too!!

  • (5 years ago)

    the teachers are so fantastic!!!!! you should enroll your kid their its awesome everyonone takes care of kids and they help them suceed! good job!!!!!@ montague eexxccccelent!!!!!!!!!! #1 best school!!!!!!!

  • (5 years ago)

    i had the best time in pacioma my life seemed better after i went to pacioma sur i miss it becasue it was a great school but i don't know why people think it's bad when really its really great i had a great 8th grade year i especialy love the magnet program they provided

  • (5 years ago)

    Well that lady at the bottom is rong because any child would get crazy in any school. This school Pacoima Middle School is a great school. Im a student there.What I could say is that Im really suprise how strict this school is cause of the deans and the new princibal . Every one should trust this school. Trust it and its nice. So far Im getting straight A's by the teaching of some of the new teachers. And inpressed me how magnet is cause u get in to drama classes and other kinds of stuff!

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter has been in the Performing Arts Magnet for 3 years. I had my misgivings because of the location of the school but many people I knew recommended this school as opposed to Mount Gleason (my neighborhood school). It was the best move we made. My daughter objected at first ('I want to go with my friends!') but I told her to try it and could transfer if she didn't like it. She is so happy we encouraged her to go to Pacoima. The neighborhood is what it is; it is low income but it is mostly single family homes. The school itself is on a cul-de-sac and has been no problem for us. She is part of Musical Theater and loves it. All the magnet classes are GREAT and you will be impressed. We have enjoyed our experience there.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am now in high school and can say I really learned a lot from Pacoima. I was not apart of the resident program but was in the Performing Arts Magnet and the Musical Theater Program really changed my life. I would absolutely recommend it even if it's not in the best neighborhood because you really become a family in that magnet!

  • (5 years ago)

    i am a graduating student from p.m.s. my experiences at Pacoima were very interesting. it was kind of difficult for me to grasp a subject because i have adhd. the teachers there were so amazing and nice. they helped me with certain things i didn't quite understand and i improved tremendously! i was also in the performing arts magnet. you see i have always loved to sing! so i was in musical theater. i had tons of fun learning the dances and the songs. i did however have slight problems with some students and the teacher. but my experience overall was great! i will miss the school very much and for the parents there is something called p.t.a. (parent teacher association) this is for all you parents that want to be involved. trust me parents you and your child will love this school and have a blast with it!

  • (7 years ago)

    I am a parent there and had my daughter in that school. I honestly didn't like that school at all. There is also no parent involment in that school. The dean is totally not strict. The people there look like they don't even are about the kids. I just ended up moving her to portola middle school. I even had to move from my house. I rather have a crazy day moving than have a crazy daughter.

  • (7 years ago)

    Im not a parent im a student there im going to seventh grade and i love it there its the best!I know people say its not a good school!But it is its the best!I never want to move from there that is until i go to high school!

  • (7 years ago)

    This is a wonderful school for students with the confidence and self discipline to make friends and achieve. I have been a parent in the Performing Arts Magnet for the past two years and my child has loved the experience. She has been achieving straight A's and feels good about her teachers and classes. I hope that her test scores will reveal that the level of education she is receiving is as good as her grades indicate. I think that many of the teachers are highly dedicated although there are some who lack good communication and organizational skills which can be frustrating. The written communications from the school are nonexistent the phone messages regarding minimum days are helpful but in general the school lacks an overall focus and way to share one ( if it exists.) It is left up to the parents and individual student to ensure a successful experience.

  • (8 years ago)

    I had my doubts about sending my kids to this school. But I am glad that I did the Magnet office treats the kids with great respect. They have programs to help kids to keep them on the right path.

  • (8 years ago)

    Quality of academic programs and parent involvement is below par. This is the second go around for pacoima to be a program improvement school. Parent consultation relative to budget matters and single plan does not exist. Staff is allowed too much to dictate what is needed to improve the school rather than involving all stakeholders. Even the maganet program lacks due to the courses not being geared for college prep.

  • (8 years ago)

    The quality of the staff at this school is excellent. I have had children at six LAUSD schools and this one rates highly. The Theatre Fine Arts Magnet is exceptional with very dedicated teachers and some highly talented youngsters who attend this school. I only wish there were more parents envolved in the activities but with time maybe that will grow also.

  • (9 years ago)

    I feel that the Performing Arts Magnet at this school is great although not every child in the magnet is able to get into the production class they want in 7th grade. My daughter became discouraged as a result of this happening but tried to make the best of her remaining years at the school. The students have wonderful opportunities to learn things they would not be able to learn otherwise at other middle schools.

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