School Details

Olive Peirce Middle School

1521 Hanson Lane, Ramona, CA 92065
(760) 787-2400
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades 7-8 828 students 22 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 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
  • Ramona City Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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67%
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31%
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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 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
  • Ramona City Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Olive Peirce Middle School is a public middle school in Ramona. The principal of Olive Peirce Middle School is Pauline Leavitt and can be contacted at pleavitt@ramonausd.net. 828 students go to Olive Peirce Middle School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 11% of the Olive Peirce Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 45% of the 828 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Olive Peirce Middle School is 22:1. Mountain Valley Academy is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 58% 64%
Hispanic 38% 31%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 1%
Multiracial 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.7% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.5% %
Filipino 0.4% 0.6%
Asian 0.4% 0.9%
Unspecified 0.2% 0.7%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.1% %
Pacific Islander 0.1% 0.5%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 45% 37%
Limited English proficiency 11% 15%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    My son goes to this school. What I like about this school are the afterschool sports programs that keep the children busy and they attend competitive meets. The academics part is not bad somewhat challenging. No complaints so far.

  • (1 year ago)

    There are teachers at Olive Pierce Middle School who are allowed to bully students..just google the Channel 10 News audio of a teacher from Olive Pierce verbally abusing a student. This was not an isolated incident. There was another incident involving another teacher a special education teacher who ridiculed and bullied an autistic child in her classroom last year. Unfortunately the administration protects the teachers not the students. With all of the media regarding bullying in schools and zero tolerance for bullies in schools you would think that this would apply to teachers bullying students too especially when it is a special education teacher bullying a disabled student.

  • (2 years ago)

    Agree with earlier post. The thought seems to be that if all of the kids get "A"s that they will be interested in school. We moved to another district and realize how poorly my kids were equipped. Everything seems geared to scoring high on API; writing instruction is horrible. Elementary schools were fine in Ramona but Middle School is terrible.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is just okay. The good -- They have a great student-led closed-circuit TV stream every morning which is excellent for involved students. Mr. Sclar is an awesome teacher who is very caring and involved in kids' lives. The not-so-good -- Counselors are a joke. The assistant principal and principal are despite a great deal of public "face time " unapproachable. This is a public school though so expectations should be aligned with that in mind. If you don't expect much you won't be disappointed.

  • (5 years ago)

    Any school with Bonnie Ingalls rates tops! See her Union-Trib comment of 5-13-'10 on page B6. Nelson F. Norman Ph.D. History Emeritus SDSU

  • (5 years ago)

    Great school...teachers are the best great sports programs great in class environment. If i went to a jr. High like this I would never want to leave!

  • (5 years ago)

    i go to opms it so fun and cool the teachers really care and all the staff are nice and cool!

  • (6 years ago)

    This school was ok. I found that the principal. Mrs. Solis at the time was anoying and could talk forever. There were some good teachers though such as Mr. Sclar (request him) and the librarians were awsome. other than that the rest of the school needed work especially the PE program

  • (6 years ago)

    I went to OPMS for 7th and 8th grade and I love it. It was the best two years of my life. The teachers were great. I learned so much there and am now doing great in high school. The councilors there really care about the students and all of the staff is very nice. OPMS is a safe and caring environment.

  • (6 years ago)

    some teachers dont explain well my daughter and i are very upset with some of the teaching styles

  • (8 years ago)

    My stepchild came to this school from a out of county 'fancy smancy' yuppie environment school. There he had trouble with academics trouble with social issues the 'no tolerance policy' was overlooked and the biggest problem was mini vans and BMW'S clogging up the student pic up line. The first week my stepchild started OPMS he informed me that he felt these teachers actually cared. He will now be entering into Ramona High w/ a braggable grade point average a will to learn and go to school each morning a feeling of safety from the community sports to keep him motivated/busy and help when it's needed. The staff also is quick to inform of any worries about a child and include parents in the resolution. The staff is always smiling and friendly. It's not a new school but it's got heart. Thank God for OPMS.

  • (8 years ago)

    As the parent of a freshman who attended Olive Peirce Middle School and the concerned parent of a current student I feel I should in good conscience give a review. OPMS has a wonderful mission statement their attention to behavior and social issues is good however I find their math department to be lacking. Their graphic arts department seems to be more interested in producing copies that original works and grades accordingly. Their computer staff seems to be top notch and their athletic social science science english departments have been describe by my son as a blast. The teachers really try to incorporate real life experience in the class room. Kudos! The after school program provides tutoring by qualified teachers as well as interscholastic competitive sports. Sadly however without the after school program my son may never have learned Algebra. Perhaps academics should be the school focus not social issues.

  • (9 years ago)

    Great office staff and counselors!

  • (10 years ago)

    On Friday June 3 2005 I attended A Tribute to Souza presented by the combined bands of Olive Peirce Middle School and Ramona High School under the direction of Mr. Daniel James. It was a outstanding presentation by all the groups that Mr. James teaches. While many districts are cutting these types of programs I am so very pleased that my grandsons who are Ramona residents continue to have the opportunity to participate in such programs and enjoy the benefit of such a fine director. As a retiree of a neighboring school district I know personally what type of committment this takes. Ramona Unified School District is to be complimented on maintaining such a quality band program with excellent teacher leadership. Thank you for the fun experience for our family this year; a wonderful evening Friday and for caring about the kids of Ramona.

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