School Details

La Entrada Middle School

2200 Sharon Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025
(650) 854-3962
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades 4-8 688 students 14 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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72%

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
  • Las Lomitas Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

92%
92%
60%
91%
91%
65%
90%
90%
57%

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
  • Las Lomitas Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

91%
91%
60%
90%
90%
55%

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
  • Las Lomitas Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

100%
100%
86%
96%
96%
60%
87%
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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
  • Las Lomitas Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

82%
82%
50%
93%
93%
57%
100%
100%
85%
89%
89%
52%
96%
96%
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
  • Las Lomitas Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

La Entrada Middle School is a public middle school in Menlo Park. The principal of La Entrada Middle School is Shannon Potts and can be contacted at spotts@llesd.org. 688 students go to La Entrada Middle School and identify as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Unspecified. 6% of the La Entrada Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 4% of the 688 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at La Entrada Middle School is 14:1. Hillview 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
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 9% 8%
White, non-Hispanic 73% 69%
Unspecified 7% 5%
Asian 15% 14%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1% 1363%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.7% %
Pacific Islander 0.7% 1%
Multiracial 0.5% %
Filipino 0.3% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.08%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 4% 2%
Limited English proficiency 6% 8%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    La Entrada has been an excellent school for my daughter Bella (7 grade). We moved from Chicago a year ago and everybody was so welcoming and helpful. My daughter was challenged in Math so the school (Mr. Ortola math teacher) inmediately designed a peer tutor for her. Mr. Costello also helped her a lot. All teachers were sensitive that She was new and everybody helped making a smooth transition for her. i would recommend this school to any parent who is looking for great quality teachers and excellence.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am a seventh grader at La Entrada. La Entrada is a great school because each teacher really cares about his/her students. All of the teachers are truly amazing at what they do. La Entrada also has some very special courses like black and white photography including a darkroom to develop photos in which most schools don't have. Also every single 6-8 student has their very own iPad along with tech support to help them if they need. There are also two gardens where students can grow many different plants. The science program is amazing. Today in class we had the opportunity to dissect worms. We have also done many assignments on different creatures' biology. The teachers really go deeper than just giving the answers to questions- they make us think critically and go beyond the information in the textbooks. To sum up La Entrada is a gem as far as middle schools go.

  • (1 year ago)

    Fine but not great like its sister school Las Lomitas. If only La Entrada could learn from Las Lomitas then it could also be a wonderful school. It is a missed opportunity.

  • (1 year ago)

    The school is not bad it is just a little old fashioned and bit limited in creativity. The motto here is work for the sake of work. Learning is mainly memorizing the study guides that the teacher gives you which need to be regurgitated on the test verbatim. If your child is truly gifted in an area then they might find the environment here rather stifling. It is surprising to find such a rigid and old fashion environment in the heart of Silicon Valley which values the innovative and creative.

  • (3 years ago)

    I love La Entrada. La Entrada is the best school ever. This is because any other school can't beat La Entrada

  • (3 years ago)

    I attended LE from 4-8th grade and was one of the best decisions of my life. The teachers are very thorough and prepared me immensely for highschool -- even the PE classes are more rigid then those in high school. Excellent school although the administration is a little off-color at times.

  • (3 years ago)

    It's interesting to see all the mixed reviews here. In Menlo Park it is known that the Las Lomitas School District (Las Lomitas and La Entrada) is THE school to aspire to In Melo Park ans surrounding towns. The new(ish) principal and vice-pricipal are well regarded by students and parents. With all the cuts in the CA budgets families have been asked to step up their contributions to the education foundation. In 2010 the foundation raised and gifted $2.4M to help keep class sizes small and to keep Arts language and Physical Ed in the schools. The community is one that cares about education and is very involved . I have three kids in this school and we have been happy with the education that they have and are receiving. And yes some teachers are better than others but overall the quality is above average.

  • (4 years ago)

    Typical public school in an affluent area with alot of emphasis on family involvement. Families are expected to contribute alot as if the school is going broke which I suppose is normal since all public schools are facing budget cuts. Seems bureaucratic since there is only two little schools in the district so it's admin heavy and lacking in special needs (gifted arts music disabilities).

  • (4 years ago)

    Our family moved to the area for a job in silicon valley so my kids have been in schools in another state. This school might be great for standards in CA but it doesn't compare to where we came from. They only get around 11K per child so we didn't expect much but still this is supposse to be one of the best (by API standrds) in CA. Lots of emphasis on test taking and academics a good thing for SAT's etc. but social skills creativity and arts is average.

  • (4 years ago)

    I find it hard to believe that this school received a few negative reviews. This is the third year my daughter has attended La Entrada and I have no complaints. They have plenty of extra curricular activities available including foreign languages sports and music programs. They offer math programs to suit each child's needs from the most basic of classes to an advanced class that puts them on track to complete geometry beofre the start of high school. They offer tutoring after school which is run by parent volunteers. I think some people will never be satisfied and expect teachers to teach their children everything and hold them responsible for their child's failures when the parents should actually take some accountability. Teachers can only accomplish so much in 8 hours and the learning should continue at home.

  • (4 years ago)

    The quality of teachers here is all over the place - some are excellent while others are completely "green" (not the eco-friendly kind the new and inexperienced kind). Getting any kind of additional help for your child if they are struggling in an area such as math is challenging and the tutoring program is lacking guidance and any kind of feedback mechanism. Parent involvement is excellent - but almost to the point of feeling like you're in high school again - it can be very cliquey.

  • (4 years ago)

    Very disappointing. Our kids have encountered a couple good teachers. Administration and specialists generally unfit for positions some shockingly so and in fact scarily aggressive and/or bureaucratic to the point of being harmful and/or ineffective. If you child is gifted or has any differences (likes special sports or activities has personality and is outgoing wants to work on own anything that sticks out) find a better school where they can enjoy and perhaps learn something worth remembering from middle school. Otherwise computer would teach a student better with less overall harm.

  • (4 years ago)

    My child has attended 4th & 5th grades so far and I'm still not very excited about this school. Anyone who can afford to live in this district is fortunate indeed because while many schools have lost their funding for programs like art and music in these financially challenging times the parents who can afford to make hefty contributions in order to preserve the quality of education they've come to expect . The school is well-equipped with the latest technology of smart boards and PC's and there are many great programs and features about the school but it definitely falls short in special ed services and they don't "teach" math at La Entrada. The students bring home their homework and the parents are expected to teach them. Lots of pressure on both teachers and students to perform.

  • (5 years ago)

    I love La Entrada because we are the La Entrada Leopards because I graduated from here and my Daughter because of how they try and bring out the best in each of their students and because it means Entrance-Entrance into a successful education-

  • (5 years ago)

    Special education services are poor to nonexistent. Resource program is unorganized. Children with special needs are not being served.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is continually working toward continuing their vision of excellence. The teachers are amazing and the Assistant Principal who has been there 9 years is the glue who holds the school together. As a leader she is professional and an excellent communicator. She has initiated so many programs that have benefitted the whole child.

  • (5 years ago)

    La Entrada was an incredible experience for both my children and the entire family. LE gave them both the background they needed to succeed After graduating from Menlo-Atherton one is now a senior at UC Berkeley and the other just admitted to Stanford. The teaching quality is terrific the school has a caring administration and overall La Entrada offers the perfect blend of nurturance and challenge to young students. An A++ school!

  • (6 years ago)

    I went to La Entrada and graduated last year. I was constantly engaged in extracurricular activities. In 4-7th grade I played basketball on the La Entrada team and claimed 2nd place. All of the teachers are very energetic and excited to help with any issues that a student my need. They stay extra to make sure you grasp the concept. When i attended La Entrada it was amazing since it was like we were all a family. When graduation came along there was nothing but tears from teachers and students. You create such a bond and when you move on to high school it is like leaving your family. There is always a 'family' established at schools but at La Entrada everyone makes sure that you are involved in every activity. After your 5 years at La Entrada you will never regret any opportunities experiences and friendships.

  • (6 years ago)

    La Entrada is a great challenging school for your child. It extra courses like geometry are great . The parents help out alot and the new principe is great.

  • (6 years ago)

    The school is not a great program for gifted kids. They say all kids are gifted. Give me a break. They are not that great toward kids with LD either. Great facilities. Parent donate tons of $$$. Perfect school for a normal average upper middle class kid

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