School Details

Dorothy McElhinney Middle School

35185 Briggs Road, Murrieta, CA 92563
(951) 304-1880
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades 5-8 744 students Unknown student/teacher

Test Scores by grade

78%
71%
60%
64%
64%
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
  • Murrieta Valley Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

97%
92%
86%
81%
69%
60%
56%
48%
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
  • Murrieta Valley Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

49%
73%
50%
76%
70%
57%
42%
51%
31%
48%
72%
85%
68%
64%
52%
76%
79%
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
  • Murrieta Valley Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Dorothy McElhinney Middle School is a public middle school in Murrieta. The principal of Dorothy McElhinney Middle School is Garrett Corduan and can be contacted at gcorduan@murrieta.k12.ca.us. 744 children attend Dorothy McElhinney Middle School and identify primarily as Multiracial; Black, non-Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 22% of the 744 students here have subsidized lunches. Bella Vista Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 7% %
Black, non-Hispanic 6% 6%
White, non-Hispanic 49% 49%
Hispanic 26% 23%
Asian 12% 4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.6% 22745%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.4%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 22% 20%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    Best school...hands down!! Our daughter was falling behind last year and was even threatened to be held back by a teacher that was lazy and immature. We moved just so our daughter attend McElhinney for 6th grade. She has a 3.8 and we couldn't be happier with the school staff the great kids and wonderful teachers!! This school offers her a variety of classes and teachers that are truly inspirational ) We are excited to see the changes and proud of all her efforts!! Keep up the good work DMMS I still have 2 more kids that are coming soon.

  • (1 year ago)

    I went to this school in 6th and 7th grade and I am currently in 8th grade here. The band program is the best and the other schools don't have a band teacher like ours. She is very nice and you can learn so much. The only problem I have with this school is that there is a horrible issue with bees and wasps. We live close to farms so it smells weird sometimes but the bees will never leave you alone. I got stung twice when I didn't even do anything to bother them. Overall this is an exceptionally well school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Our children will be attending Dorothy McEhiiney this fall. The staff at DMMS has made the transition and transfer to middle school a smooth transition. Professional and very knowledgable as well as helpful in every way. We are looking forward to a great school year!

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is a wonderful school great staff teachers and students. This school has wonderful extra curiculum such as band choir dance art ect. They have lots of clubs. I would suggest this school to anyone.

  • (2 years ago)

    Thought it was better here than Warm Springs. Came back to Warm Springs...much better or at least as happy. Both schools are great I should say....but Warm Springs has some new great things going on for my younger child to experience that DMMS doesn't have. WSMS is doing some innovative programs and scheduling! Commute makes alot more sense too!

  • (2 years ago)

    Love the school. Love the staff. My kids have loved their middle school experience. How many parents get to hear that!! As far as the parking difficult but staff is always trying to improve it. All it takes is patient parents. Looking forward to another great school year at DMMS!

  • (2 years ago)

    This is an amazing school the students are very close knit. I am currently a student here and I would suggest this school over Warm Springs by far.

  • (3 years ago)

    I'm very happy with this school and would highly recommend it compared to other middle schools in the area. I enjoy having both the elementary and middle school at the same "location" although different campuses. I have enjoyed the teachers my kids have had and parent involvement is good. I feel as if the middle school stays a bit more innocent because of that.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am familiar with the various middle schools in the valley and am pleased to have a school like McElhinney in Murrieta. It is a fairly new school with lots of opportunities for a good education and extra-curricular activities. Our son has settled into middle school nicely and has found the whole experience encouraging. This is noteworthy due to his sensitive nature. As one who observes the parents and students during pick up and drop off it is apparent that these students come from good families. The curriculum has an art focus offering a well rounded education. The teachers communicate well via email and the grades are readily available through the Aeries system. All of my interactions with the staff teachers and the principal were professional and cordial. Beginning in 6th grade homework was very time consuming. After my son was accustomed to the teachers and the expectations the time involved diminished and he became more efficient. School parking lots can be very challenging. I didn't notice anything out of the ordinary compared to other schools in the district. Many times we were early and had no wait at all. The new schedule will eliminate some challenges.

  • (3 years ago)

    My son has attended McElhinney for all 3 years of his middle school education. I can't say enough about the staff and the students that work at and attend this amazingly higher AP score school. This is not your ordinary public facility this is a higher learning institution that is arts focused. The staff are among the elite in all surrounding counties the students are of the same magnitude. If you want to truly change your son or daughters education and take it up a notch enroll them in this Avid Honors core curriculum offered at this public school which acts like a private school. From a proud parent with a son headed to college his way has been paved with a good attitude set by the staff and teachers at LJM & McElhinney! GO COLTS!

  • (3 years ago)

    The school is new Teachers are good as well as the staff....but kids are kids. I sent my daughter to this school because I heard there aren't the fights bullying inappropriate language that you hear goes on at other middle schools. Wishful Thinking. Kids are kids......

  • (3 years ago)

    The traffic in and out of the school is horrendous...sometimes taking me as long as an hour! I found the curriculum and overall school environment no different than Warm Springs. I transferred my son back and he has adjusted beautifully and is happier being with his friends.

  • (3 years ago)

    I'm a student at Dorothy Mcelhinney Middle School and this school is the best school i've been to! The teachers are really nice and encourage us to do better in class if our grades are bad. One of my teachers usually has a talk with us to be thankful for our education and take it seriously. Not many kids in my class talk and we all pay attention. The traffic is a bit of a problem but they're fixing in and most of the time the traffic isn't that bad when you drop us off early. The staff is really polite and helpful. The band is amazing and since our school is a performing arts school one of our electives is dance! We're the only school in the MVUSD to have that as an elective and we love it! I highly recommend this school and i gurantee your child will love it there!

  • (3 years ago)

    Moving out here from Orange County and transferring our daughter to MVUSD has been the BEST thing EVER! I have seen a HUGE improvement since my daughter has been attending Dorothy McElhinney! All of her teachers stay in touch with me and give me updates via email! Out of 970(rough estimate) students about 600(rough estimate) made the Honor Roll and that's between 6th-8th grade! How awesome is that?! If you live in Murrieta/Temecula I highly recommend Dorothy McElhinney Middle School! AND.... If your child has special needs or is Autistic they do NOT treat your child as a "labeled" child! They will challenge them to get the best out of them!

  • (3 years ago)

    Dorothy McElhinney is probably the best public middle school in Murrieta . The teachers are exellent ! They are always willing to take time & help there students . No child at this school feels "unwelcome" or bullied . They are a very spirited school . & They do prepair your child for Highschool . Although there is a lot of traffic in the mornings . They ARE working on making two lanes . So traffic flows faster . It is worth taking the time & dropping your child off at this school . Because they are a Performing Arts school . There are many different elective actives that are exciting ; Dance Art Drama & Computer Arts . And also the Physical Education teachers are great ! GO COLTS ! (

  • (4 years ago)

    The traffic is a problem but they are working on it. The school should have known that having Lisa J. Mails next door that this would be a huge problem. This same thing happened last year at Mails. Now add 600 more kids - major traffic. This could have been prevented if the administrators would have paid attention to all the signs instead of being in a hurry to open a new school. Now they say that they are working on it. I have yet to see anything happening to remedy the situation. Now as for the school itself and the teachers. Its been wonderful. The school is still small enough for the teachers to know my child's name and the communication between the staff and teachers is excellent. My boys love it there and my youngest can't wait to go there next year.

  • (4 years ago)

    After a month of horrible traffic and trying to get in touch with teachers as well as the principal I had to remove my child from McElhinney Middle School. I am rather dissappointed at the teachers and administration for the at the way the talk to the children and the disrespect for parents.

  • (5 years ago)

    The best school ever! The students are respectful the principal is approachable and the staff cares about the educational and emotional needs of their students. The curriculum is taught with passion. I love this school. My daughter is very happy here.

  • (5 years ago)

    this school is exciting and fun for our children they have great teachers go colts!

See all reviews on GreatSchools

Overall score

(based on 23 ratings & reviews)

  • Teacher quality
  • Principal leadership
  • Parent involvement

Nearby

Nearest Elementary Schools

Nearest Middle Schools

Nearest High Schools