School Details

Miraleste Intermediate School

29323 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
(310) 732-0900
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 964 students 19 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

92%
90%
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85%
55%

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
  • Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

88%
89%
60%
84%
86%
52%

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
  • Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

90%
91%
50%
86%
86%
57%
71%
62%
31%
86%
88%
52%
93%
95%
67%

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
  • Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Miraleste Intermediate School is a public middle school in Rolling Hills Estates. The principal of Miraleste Intermediate School is Kevin Allen and can be contacted at allenk@pvpusd.k12.ca.us. 964 children attend Miraleste Intermediate School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Filipino; and Black, non-Hispanic. 3% of the Miraleste Intermediate School students are "limited in English proficiency." 5% of the 964 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Miraleste Intermediate School is 19:1. Rudecinda Sepulveda Dodson 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

  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 58% 58%
Filipino 4% 2%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 2%
Multiracial 2% %
Hispanic 17% 6%
Asian 15% 27%
Unspecified 1% 4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.6% %
Pacific Islander 0.6% 0.3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.5% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 5% 1%
Limited English proficiency 3% 7%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    The new principal (Mr. Allen) is LOVED by the students. My daughter is in 8th grade. Though I'm disappointed that she won't be around to see some of Mr. Allen's plans for the school come to fruition I'm thrilled that she has experienced his leadership and commitment to students. She loves school again thanks to Mr. Allen. Keep doing what you're doing sir. The kids appreciate it almost as much as we parents do!

  • (1 year ago)

    Principal is on it!! Moving in a positive trajectory. Great opportunities for enrichment. Algebra in 8th grade is the norm 3 years of foreign language 3 years of instrumental music pretty common. Some odd defensive behavior on the part of teachers in response to an abundance of tiger mom's riding the teachers about grades. I feel protective of the teachers. I wish I could do something. Good efforts to quell "popular kid" style bullying -- "think mean girls" and other middle school drama. No phone and no backpack policy enforced assigned lockers. These all add to the peaceful transition between classes.

  • (2 years ago)

    You are right this is a good school. Api cst and all stardardize test are great. In my opinion what would make this a great school and not just a good school would be to offer a progam for advanced studies for qualified student on a limited bases. All i see is another school that reminds me of the days of segegation with a separate school district and a new kind of segegation economy. The poor parent.

  • (3 years ago)

    We moved here from Orange County where we were very pleased with their educational standards and practice. I was concerned about the move out of my child's comfort zone in grade school where she thrived; living in a completely new area seemed a bit daunting. However the quality of instruction and peers administration and parent involvement is outstanding! The transition to Miralieste was seamless and we love it! We pay a price to live in this area/district and it is worth every cent.

  • (4 years ago)

    Miraleste has some very dedicated teachers but there are a handful that should be removed. I feel if there was a good principal these problems would be addressed. Miraleste needs a leader with good people skills and compassion for the children. until they replace the principal there will be problems.

  • (5 years ago)

    Miraleste is challenging yet has not burt out my son. He looks forward to going to everyday. What more can I say?

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a 7th grader here at Miraleste and I really enjoy this school. There are so many wonderful kids and teachers. I made so many friends my first year here in 6th grade. I have a bunch of friends and I can garentee that any kid that comes to this school will have namy memorable years.

  • (5 years ago)

    miraleste i have to say its a good school unlike l.a.u.s.d the teachers actually care in my 6th grade year i had some troubles but now im in 7th and i love it!

  • (5 years ago)

    This is a great school! its great for students but very protective parents may get worried there son/daughter might get lost during breaks. But the teachers are nice and we get a great education there.

  • (6 years ago)

    Excellent school. We are impressed with the school's standards and the education our son is receiving. We are so fortunate to live in Palos Verdes and have such an outstanding level of education from a public school. The school environment is excellent and my son has always been happy there. I wish I could have grown up with a high school like this one. I'm jealous!

  • (6 years ago)

    This is THE best school ever! Ms. Wood ROCKS! This is better than P.v. And Ridgecrest and PVIS combined! (Even if I'm supposed to go to Ridgcrest!

  • (6 years ago)

    Miraleste is a good school but the classes are quite large and unless the children are highly self-motivated they do get lost in the cracks. We are moving my son to a different school next year. We think that due to the upcoming layoffs and resulting larger class sizes the problems will get worse.

  • (6 years ago)

    Miraleste is the best school ever! I especially love Mrs. Kieft! She is the best.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school is the best ! My favorite teacher is Mrs.Ernandes. She always has something for us to do.Every morning we have a funny or sad morning wake up story. I am learning a tremendous amount from her. )

  • (7 years ago)

    We get alot of extra activities and have more choices for classes and electives. Miraleste is a good school but now that im in 8th grade im glad and sad to leave. I love miraleste! mr c is cool i love mrs leibfried!!! whoever thinks that there r drug problems you are dead wrong. There have been incidents in the past but we have a zero tolerance policy and i feel my school handled it well and i feel very safe on campus. Anyone who thinks otherwise is crazy. I couldnt have gone to a better middle school. And thanks to my very hard pe teacher mr stack i am now in my school's track meet doing the 440 relay. Im also doing track as my sport in high school. Thank you mr stack!!!

  • (7 years ago)

    I go there and it is a really good experience. The principal and vice principal are very organized. It's amazing. There isn't any other school that I would want to go to besides Miraleste. The school is very large because it previously used to be a high school.

  • (7 years ago)

    Being a former student at MIS it was some of the best years of my life. yes there were drug problems but the staff handled them just fine even if one of those kids was my freind and the teachers are awesome. My favorite was the one and only Mr. Snodgrass and Mrs. Leibfried.

  • (8 years ago)

    I'm a little disappointed in the school. Overall the teachers are engaged and interested in the success of the students (only a couple bad apples). The Assistant Principal is more involved and available for the students. The kids love Mr. Califano. The Principal is a little checked out. There is a great deal of parent involvement ... mostly good but some bad.

  • (8 years ago)

    My child had an incredibly horrible time at Miraleste Intermediate. I am incredulous at the drug use and alcohol found on their campus. My child and I do not feel we are missing anything by having put our child in a new school.

  • (8 years ago)

    Miraleste in a wonderful school! Miraleste has none of those cliques. Mr. Lecter is always there for the school. The teachers will come to school early or stay later if asked. Sports and activities are at the plentiful. Parents are involved with so many volunteer activities. A freedom of dress is there but it does have a very strict dress code. No hats no bellies bra straps or boxers very strict. Bullies are a less than >.000000001% it isn't even a blimp of the populated school. Everything about this school exceeds everyone's (and myself's) expectations. I cant't believe how wonderful this school is. On a final note this school has something totally unique and all of its own student involvement! The students have major school sprit! One or two people don't dress for school sprit days one person doesn't dress for Halloween. It is amazing and wonderful! Best School

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