School Details

Van Nuys Middle School

5435 Vesper Avenue, Sherman Oaks, CA 91411
(818) 267-5900
4

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 1354 students 16 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
  • Los Angeles Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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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

35%
41%
50%
46%
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57%
9%
19%
31%
67%
78%
85%
49%
43%
52%
67%
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

Van Nuys Middle School is a public middle school in Los Angeles. The principal of Van Nuys Middle School is Anita Barner. 1,354 children attend Van Nuys Middle School and identify primarily as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 28% of the Van Nuys Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 76% of the 1,354 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Van Nuys Middle School is 16:1. Children's Community School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 82% 73%
White, non-Hispanic 8% 9%
Asian 6% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 11%
Filipino 3% 2%
Unspecified 0.5% 0.7%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.3%
Pacific Islander 0.07% 0.3%
Multiracial 0.07% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 646343%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 76% 75%
Limited English proficiency 28% 32%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Congratulations Valley Environmental Academy (VEA) teachers and families. Your Holiday Pot Luck Celebration last Thursday (12-5-13) evening was wonderful! The capacity in the cafeteria is 245 and it looks like your attendance was well past that number. Parents... the food was delicious! Thank you for all you do for Van Nuys Middle School and our community.

  • (1 year ago)

    The IEP team and the special education help at this school is wonderful. They really made me feel like they care about my child and have his best interests in mind. I received so much good information from the team and they seem to keep getting better. I have never found this type of help at any other school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Outside of poor test scores VNMS has racial slurs and fighting. Most of the kids here are Hispanic. My grandson is constantly called "white boy" and is constantly threatened. He was pushed on the steps as he was coming out of school one day right in front of me. A boy constantly taunted him as we walked home together. I have talked to the staff often and they assure me that things will get better but they have only gotten worse. Now he was ambushed by two boys during school and there were no teachers in sight. Teachers only showed up after he yelled. How did these boys get out of class in the first place? Why were they wandering around campus? Where were the teachers? Why was my grandson sent out alone? Teachers say that they are not babysitters. Strange thing is we trust our children to them. Yes they are babysitting our kids from the time they start school until the time they leave. We expect them to be safe at school.

  • (1 year ago)

    My son was a student of Magnet program in Van Nuys Middle school and we felt welcomed and taken care of during all of 3 years being there. True all teachers (and students) could not be at their best at 100% but I realized that it's up to a parents to bring all the concerns to school management. In my experience I never had any problem with meeting teachers/counselors to discuss and improve whatever problem my child would incur. Good school with a great potential.

  • (1 year ago)

    Don't be fooled by some of the great comments about this school it's a low achieving school look at the test scores they speak for themselves they are not good especially when you compare them to other area schools numbers don't lie. Teachers and staff might be nice but that won't get your kid to college they definitely need to look in the mirror and ask themselves why the scores are so low. No excuses staff your not getting the job done!

  • (1 year ago)

    My oldest daughter graduated from VNMS in 2011 and my youngest daughter will graduate this year. There are incredible teachers staff and administrators and quite a few who have been at the school for many years. I live across the street from the school and I have seen nothing which supports some of these negative comments. If you are going to accuse all of the parents who send their children here as some of the worst then you should be willing to sign your name. Posting truly negative reviews and disparaging the entire student body as an anonymous parent is cowardly. I am sure there are students who bully and are bullied...it is an unfortunate and serious issue in school settings. However there is a strong anti-bullying policy in place at VNMS and I know the staff works hard to make sure the students are safe. No school is perfect and I don't imagine there is a school anywhere that is immune to dealing with children that need extra disciplinary measures from time to time. Send your kids here or don't but posting such reviews is hurtful to the kids and families that are having a positive experience there. Happy to sign my name...Jennifer Howe

  • (1 year ago)

    My son is in 7th grade at Van Nuys Middle School. So far we've found the staff and teachers to be nothing but compassionate and caring as well as accessible. When we've contacted the magnet coordinator he's responded immediately. The music teacher seems to be amazing at garnering resources for his students. The science teacher has animals in her classroom and the library is well-stocked.Plus the campus is lovely. My son is happy. Yes he is aware of racial disparities but he's learning what it's like to operate in a diverse environment which exactly mirrors the city in which he lives.

  • (1 year ago)

    Think about the comment by the parent below "The children are rude mean and have no sense of morals whatsoever. The parents of this school must be some of the worst to raise their kids to treat others as they do." I am not sure who or why a parent would make such a statement disparaging all students and their parents but I hear the emotion. I can assure you that very few students are having a negative experience at VNMS and I defend the many wonderful families of our community.

  • (1 year ago)

    I agree with the bullying comment. The anti-bullying policy does not work as I hear about it on a weekly basis. My child is being bullied at this school as well and I am working on another school for next year. The staff is willing to help but the stories I hear at this school is "off the charts" this problem is bigger than the staff can handle and I don't see an end to it. The children are rude mean and have no sense of morals whatsoever. The parent's of this school must be some of the worst to raise their kids to treat others as they do. I've heard about fighting punching name calling stealing intimidation racial slurs gangs and the list goes on. Kids have to watch their back at all times while trying to learn- unfortunate. This school needs to do much much more to keep children safe and the district needs to get involved. I have heard how bad this school is before we started and it has lived up to its reputation - hands down.

  • (1 year ago)

    In response to the below statement. I hear You! my son was bullied as well. He has an IEP. However we worked with the school staff and they were more than willing to follow through. Listen life can be a challenge especially in middle school but we need to teach our kids to persevere and not to back down. My son is now at VNHS...stronger than ever and I attribute much of this to VNMS and their dedicated staff. I am sorry you and your son had this experiance though...best of luck...somewhere out there everyone has a match..Mom

  • (1 year ago)

    The bullying at this school was off the charts. The school's anti-bully policy was a joke and gave the power to the bullies. Even most of the girls were rude. The Dean was no help and even made matters worse when he did attempt to correct the situation. Do not send your son and daughter into this antagonist atmosphere they will lose their self-esteem and drop their grades. It doesn't matter if the teachers at the school are good. We removed our son and he is now being homeschooled before this school inflicted more damage. We know magnet students that hid in their rooms at lunchtime to avoid bullying; at breaks our son sought out teachers to hang around so he wouldn't be picked on shoved and cursed at. The rave reviews are misleading. There is something horribly wrong in the school system and the culture on campus. If you can't homeschool find a good private religious school but at all cost stay away from Van Nuys Middle School!

  • (2 years ago)

    I went to this school from sixth to eighth grade and am in the class of 2012. I couldn't be happier with this school. The teachers are awesome the programs are great the campus is beautiful and the kids are the best. I don't know anyone who went to the school and wasn't happy with it. They have an award winning PE program and many programs such as Valley Enviormental Academy AVID honors math/science magnet. Test scores keep going up for th entire school. Like in 2011 the magnet scored over 900 in the CST's. I highly recommend this school for anyone.

  • (2 years ago)

    The Magnet program at VNMS is a MARVEL!!! The magnet teachers and the staff are amazing mentors to the students. They really focus on producing intelligent and courteous students.

  • (3 years ago)

    I love the change of demeanor from the top with our new principal from last many years to this. Thanks to Mr. Del Cueto!

  • (4 years ago)

    Van Nuys middle school is a really good school. The teachers are nice and they make you earn the grades. Im in the AVID program so the teachers make you strive even more. So i like this school im going to graduate this year but its a really good school.

  • (5 years ago)

    I think this school is a good school for all kids. My daughter went to this school and she was a very happy child. I constantly checked with her teachers to make sure and kept getting updated. I think that as a parent we all need to make contact with our child's teachers.

  • (6 years ago)

    i think this school has an excellent magnet program. theres obviously going to be one or 2 bad teachers but for the most part all the teachers are great. very helpfull and the staff is very active and involved with the students

  • (7 years ago)

    My son was in the honors program and I was impressed with most of the teachers the low crime and the upbeat lunch time music! My daughter is to be a student in the fall of 2007.

  • (8 years ago)

    My daughter attended this school and I found overall my daughter's education was sub-standard. The after-school KYDS program was great.

  • (9 years ago)

    Is a wonderful school with great teachers and friendly staff!

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