School Details

Walter Reed Middle School

4525 Irvine Avenue, North Hollywood, CA 91602
(818) 487-7600
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 1661 students 19 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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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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41%
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57%
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19%
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95%
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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

About this school

Walter Reed Middle School is a public middle school in Los Angeles. The principal of Walter Reed Middle School is Donna Tobin, whose e-mail is dtobin@lausd.net. 1,661 students attend Walter Reed Middle School and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 7% of the Walter Reed Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 55% of the 1,661 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Walter Reed Middle School is 19:1. Bridges Academy 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

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 9% 11%
Hispanic 46% 73%
White, non-Hispanic 30% 9%
Asian 13% 4%
Filipino 1% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 0.3%
Unspecified 0.6% 0.7%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.2% %
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% 646343%
Multiracial 0.06% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 55% 75%
Limited English proficiency 7% 32%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    No stars at all! I chose this school for my eighth grader because I heard it was a nice school. It was an awful experience from the moment we stepped inside. In the office everything was disorganized staff was laughing and talking and ignoring the long line waiting to be assisted. The teachers had a bad attitude with my eighth grader. There were kids screaming inappropriate names at the teacher yet the teacher chooses to ignore them. Classes were filled with more than 40 students! My eighth grader was kicked out of two classes because there was not enough space and kept going back and forth between the counselor's office because the counselor kept saying to go back to class. Since the first day some Latino kid came up to my eighth grader and began to say inappropriate names. We talked to the counselor and security about it but they did nothing. Also another kid offered my eighth grader drugs and there were plenty of kids passing them around. What a shame. Worst school EVER! My eighth grader did not even stay a week at this horrible school. I tried to talk to the principal but I was told he was never available. I don't recommend this school. Parents listen to your kids!

  • (7 months ago)

    I have a 6th grader in the Humanities Honors SLC. After hearing such great things about Walter Reed I am sorely disappointed in the school and the SLC program. I think the program is designed around overloading students with projects and other homework that doesn't significantly enhance their learning. The amount of homework assigned assumes that kids pretty much only do homework after school and don't pursue any outside activities or interests. My message to Walter Reed is "you don't have to raise my child for me at home". Perhaps my sentiment is skewed to the upper end of the socio-economic ladder but I think I have rights too. There definitely a drive toward parent participation for fund raising but definitely not a willingness to take feedback on the curriculum. I understand that this is public school and funding is a problem but if you take the family sponsored fund-raising money you should be willing to take feedback on the curriculum. Getting anything out of this school is just like any other public school (especially LAUSD); just a big machine. If I had this year to do over I'd not choose Walter Reed. Run as far and as fast as you can.

  • (8 months ago)

    The IHP program is amazing! My son is a 7th grader in the IHP program and is no longer bored at school. He finds himself constantly learning and being challenged to work hard in this program which excites him. He is very happy at Reed and I think his teachers are both remarkable and inspiring. He has also met nice friends outside the IHP as well. I am only sorry that our music director Mr. McDonough is no longer teaching here. He was another one of those demanding and inspiring teachers.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am a student in the 6th grade humanities academy and if your looking for a great school you are in the right place. I have enjoyed my year with helpful teachers and kind students. Middle school can be hard at first but with the teachers helping you the year for most kids is wonderful. Walter Reed is one of the best schools in not only Los Angeles but the best in California. Having your kids experience this fantastic school will be fun safe and unforgettable. At least I know it will be for me.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am a sixth grader in the Humanities Honors Academy. Reed MS is a wonderful school. They have a great music department. I think of all the academies Humanities is the best. This academy has a lot of fun projects and tons of field trips. And it is very easy to make friends at this academy since everyone is so friendly. Also the teachers are wonderful. They are nice respectful and very smart. They always help you if you are in need. It is true that there is a lot of cussing in this school but all you have to do is just ignore it. Walter Reed MS is the best!

  • (1 year ago)

    this school is always perfectly clean inside and outside and all the staff is respectfull and helpful!

  • (1 year ago)

    its very nice i like it very much my child fits in well and made very many friends quickly everyone was nice and welcoming I'm glad I chose this school for my kid

  • (1 year ago)

    As a parent of Walter Reed I have to say that I am very happy with all the Parent groups that are on campus. They all seem to be getting more involved and making a big difference. In almost 4 years Carol has made such a huge difference not only in bringing in parents closer to work as one team but financially has made a big impact on campus in offering more funding for all our current programs. As a new parent coming in I already see that other parent leaders are also jumping in. I know that our school is already great but I can't wait to see how much better it will be thanks to the parents that are looking for the missing dollars.

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter just started sixth grade and this nice girl helped her through the school and have her a tour. So sweet . My daughter loves this school! The teachers really are Caring. I can't wait to enjoy the rest of walter reed with my daughter .

  • (1 year ago)

    I had two children go through the Individualized Honors Program and we could not have improved on their education. They are now both thriving in academically rigorous high schools thanks in large part to the IHP and Walter Reed Middle School. Principal Donna Tobin is terrific!

  • (1 year ago)

    Walter Reed Middle School has seen great transition over the past several years. Providing quality education to students through memorable meaningful experiences deepens their levels of wisdom and makes learning fun. We are creating a variety of instructive opportunities throughout the specialized learning communities at Reed. We have a dedicated teaching and administrative staff and continue to develop our parent and community volunteer base. Each year a new team of volunteer leaders channeling efforts from the elementary schools into the middle school help our student proficiency grow in State testing numbers. We are proud of the community we serve and fortified by the support of our friends and neighbors. We look forward to a great year ahead unified for our children's education and developing community.

  • (1 year ago)

    We are parents of a child enrolled in the IHP program which was launched in 1971. According to Time Magazine IHP is perhaps the most successful junior-high curriculum in the U.S. "The Reed prescription has been almost deceptively simple three excellent teachers bright kids parental backing and tough-minded adherence to some of the eternal verities of learning." As parents and volunteers we found that the reputation is well deserved. The administrators are top-notch and the teachers are great. Everyone pitches in to help each other including the wider Walter Reed community and the other small learning communities. We are very satisfied with the education that our child receives.

  • (1 year ago)

    Walter Reed Middle School is a part of the Los Angeles Unified School District in the North Hollywood/Studio City/Valley Village area. It is a title1 school. The school offers a variety of programs the Individual Honors Program the school for Advanced Studies the Humanities Academy the Technology Academy the Environmental Academy the Culinary Academy Bilingual programs and Cadet program. The students come from diverse backgrounds. Fifty percent of the school is Hispanic. Walter Reed offers many opportunities for enrichment. There is an amazing music program. They also have clubs such as Spelling Bee Math Counts Robotics Cooking Camp and Model United Nations. The teachers are dedicated to helping students succeed. They often stay after school to help students with homework.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am a single mother of two children attending Walter Reed middle school. my daughter has had a wonderful experience at this school however my son has not. As a mother of two my experience at this school has been a pretty good one.I do not believe that Walter Reed is to blame for the atrocious behavior of some students. you have to understand that schools have their hands tied because they're always getting sued. if you want to stop bullying then you need to address the problem personally.My son has been a victim of bullying but I am one of those no BS kind of parents. I do not bother the school with complaints of bullying if you want to stop bullying you need to be able to take off the gloves.When my son has been bullied I let the parents know that there darling little angels are really demons monsters! I believe most parents are unaware of their children's awful behavior. Overall Walter Reed has been very good to me -) We as parents need to address issues by talking to one another. Personally Walter Reed overall has provided a good education and decent place for my kid's to attend school.

  • (1 year ago)

    I couldn't have asked for a better middle school experience. At Reed I haven't only been gifted with a high class education but also with a community that excepts and believes in me. What I really like about Walter Reed is the fact that we're in seclusive environments "the academies" that become really close and tight knit. At the same time though we experience a more general population which really prepares us for what the world outside of middle school high school college will be like. While we like any other school have quirks I can say that the time I've had at Reed has been throughly enjoyable.

  • (2 years ago)

    As my father used to say "It's just too bad". Meaning this school could be great if it actually delivered on anything it promises. I'm not as concerned with the bullies as that's hard to control and the reality is we all grew up with it but if your child is not in IHP good luck! Even the other "Honors Academies" are not really different from the gen-pop (jail reference very appropriate). After a few months of believing a few teachers when reviewing our son's progress (not good) we learned from some other parents that what our son was telling us was true -- that two teachers in particular just don't like some of the kids and don't treat them well. It got so bad that we had to take our son to a different school. We remain incredibly disappointed as we had such high hopes for this place. Our son is "back to normal" and excelling at the new school he's at which is why I feel comfortable making these statements. But if your child gets in the IHP program go for it! You'll be fine -- otherwise get outta Dodge fast!

  • (2 years ago)

    I am a student in 6th grade. So far the only plus has been that I have some good teachers. But a warning for parents there are lots of bullies at this school. The year just started and two kids have already spent a night in juvenile hall. Also the kids here say awful mean and terrible things. If you do go here just make sure to stay away from these bad kids which make up 95% of the school. I'm part of the good 5%. Also if you go here make sure to either be in IHP or an Honors SLC. This school has a HUGE bullying problem and today at the movies with my mom I actually burst out crying.

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughter is in the Humanities Academy and is in 7th grade. I do not like this school at all. The administration is rude do not care and are always to "busy". Some of the teachers are good. Fortunately my daughter has a very good math and history teacher but her other teachers not so much. They really don't teach them anything and they overwhelm our kids with too much projects when they haven't even learned anything. My daughter has also been bullied by this group of kids since last year when she was in 6th grade. They started cyber-bullying her threatening her and even hit her. The kids at this school are very rude mean and all they like to do is put others down. The administration doesn't make things better by just sitting down and drinking a cup of coffee. I do not like this school at all. If you like this school then good for you this is just my opinion. This school is also filthy. The only really good thing about this school is its music program but even that- one of the music teachers is really rude and always puts kids down. I would never ever in my life recommend to send your child to this school. I am looking for new schools for my daughter now.

  • (2 years ago)

    My son has been yelled at and humiliated by one of the teachers in the academy. I am in process of filing a complaint.

  • (2 years ago)

    I couldn't have chosen a better middle school for my son. I have experience great leadership from all the administrative staff welcome parent center and great teachers who have high expectation from our kids. We've been there for almost 3 years. My son will graduate this year! Thank you Walter Reed! Home of the Wolves!

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