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Marian A. Peterson Middle School is a public middle school in Sunnyvale. 936 children attend Marian A. Peterson Middle School and identify as Unspecified; Black, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 17% of the Marian A. Peterson Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 25% of the 936 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Marian A. Peterson Middle School is 20:1. Silicon Valley Academy is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • Cross country
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Volleyball
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Unspecified 7% 8%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 4%
Multiracial 4% %
Asian 38% 22%
White, non-Hispanic 30% 25%
Filipino 3% 7%
Hispanic 23% 31%
Pacific Islander 0.9% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.8% 15248%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.5%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 25% 41%
Limited English proficiency 17% 33%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (4 months ago)

    As a student who is currently enrolled in this place some call "school" I have to say although challenging this school has a large assortment of activities for you to participate in. I call this a "school" because I feel it's more of a fun social experience rather than a place for learning but don't get me wrong this school can be tough if you don't stay on top of your work. GOOOO PIRATES - LeDeau

  • (1 year ago)

    I`m not a student yet I`m going to be next year though. At my grade school people think "The Nerds" at school only go to Peterson. Or "Only lucky people go to Peterson" Well...a little offensive and some people think that this school is full of smart people. I think there`s more smart people in Peterson than Cabrillo. A lot of people say that Peterson is a excellent school. I looked around the whole school once and I thought this was much better and cleaner than Cabrillo. Peterson looks like a great school. I think everyone should have the same opinion.

  • (1 year ago)

    You know there are a lot of reviews on this site about "the teachers are bad" and "I have no friends " but that's really a personal issue none more. Everyone has their own interpretation of others not all students can be open-minded an accepted by others. Everyone is given a chance time after time at Peterson and it's just up to the student to choose to take it. Those who don't won't have the best experience and those who do will come out and love the school. I had a wonderful time at Peterson and thought all the staff members were wonderful. You may believe they are rude and unassuming but you didn't get to know them for three years. You can't generalize off of a ten minute encounter. And every teacher is great it's one hell of a job. You have to love what you do very much to be able to put up with some of the students. You won't like a teacher if they don't like you and if you're a rude lowly reproachful student you're not going to have a good time. But that's on you not on the teachers. --Peterson Graduate of 2013

  • (1 year ago)

    This is one if the best middle school's ever. The teachers are great and so are the students!!! GOOOOOOOO..... PIRATES )

  • (1 year ago)

    I am currently a student at Peterson. It is an amazing school! The staff is ready to help the kids no matter what the problems. The nature center makes science easy and more more fun.

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter and I love this school I can't believe that my daughter jumps out of bed at 6 20AM just to make it early to school she made a lot of nice friends is challenged by the educational program and above all she is SAFE there is no bullying. The Peterson + program for 6th grade was very challenging they have honor classes for 7thand 8th grade and an extremely competitive after school math club. The school offers so many electives to choose from and about 15 after school clubs. The principal is involved in every little detail she's always around campus and knows the students by their names she's always available to listen patiently to both parents and students and helps students feel loved and safe at Peterson she's doing an excellent job. The teachers are wonderful the administration staff are so professional and organized and the counselors are so knowledgeable. The PTSA is amazing and shows how much parents are involved at Peterson. I'm so looking forward to my younger daughter joining this great school.

  • (2 years ago)

    This is the best school I've ever been to. The teachers are wonderful and so are the students. Supervision is excellent they even have surveillance cameras. The library is huge and has a variety of books. The principal and vice principal are very active and very involved. There is absolutely no bullying. The curriculum is very challenging. I Love my school.

  • (2 years ago)

    I love this school! It has so much to offer our students and parents ~ with teachers and staff modeling a strong work ethic. The students are happy to go to school each day and that is rare for middle schoolers! They did a very good job during the lockdown situation last Fall and I'm proud to be part of such a great school community.

  • (3 years ago)

    We don't know where this school's attitude from. The office staffs are always so rude never have smiles on their faces never seem to be patient enough to answer parent's questions. We talked to at least 3 different staffs in this school and none of them seem friendly at all. The arrogant mandatory orientation without admission admission and lottery system are complete disasters for both parents and childres! My son goes to another middle school with even high API in the neighborhood middle school. They don't have lottery and mandatory partent meeting. Office staffs are super helpful and friendly. Just remember the school API has a lot to do with the students themselves and parent's involvement. If teachers and staffs in the school have this type of attitude please rethink of another choice such as cupertino and sunnyvale middle! Your kids will involve with the same or better quality of group of kids and not exposed to rude staffs like Peterson. Peterson middle school has some serious operation and attitude problems!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    peterson middle school is one of the average schools in sunnyvale because they give awards to everybody in 8th grade.I thought only me will get the award but everyone gets the award.it's really awesome for other students but not for me.As i was working hard day & night for doing homework & learning what the teachers give me for reading so only me will get the award not everybody.As with me in lunch nobody talks to me because everybody are doing their own work i just like talking with others as i learn about different cultures.i already graduated this year from this school but i don't have any friends.so i will make new friends in wilcox high school.i recommend everyone to think twice before you/anybody enroll for this school.Beaware of jolliff james is just not a good/nice teacher.i hate him & he is always giving trouble to everybody in each or the other way.

  • (4 years ago)

    The teachers and staff are wonderful I have my 4th child in 6th grade at Peterson My older 3 went there as well and have all since graduated from high school and started college. There are teachers there that still remember my kids!

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is great and is improving constantly. My son loves everything here.

  • (4 years ago)

    im a student in the 6th grade i made alot of friends and im happy and teachers help me improve my grades thanks peterson teachers!!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a student in 7th grade at Peterson and it's a great school. There are 2 pools a nature center good teachers interesting clubs lots of sport activities and good electives. They are currently remodeling the school to make it even better )

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a student here at peterson middle school. It is a great school. The electives are great we have Culinary Arts this year with Ms.Villareal and she is an outstanding teacher! This year keeps on getting better and better the principal is really into spirit week and the teachers are rally outstanding! The leadership has great activities during lunch. The staff and students are really nice. Culinary Arts is really fun escpecially when we are in the kitchens. I am sad i only have 2 years of peterson left i hope my last two years will be the best experiences of middle school.

  • (4 years ago)

    i hate this school it was absolutely horrible the teachers are all very problematic except for heidig mckenzie and joliff thats it all the other teachers need to go back to college and as for the principal and vp well they should be fired they dont do theyre job and they wonder why we students rebel and dont follow the rules cause they nag about everything i am so glad i left this school when i did. the only thing that i miss is my friends thats it and the 3 teachers i listed above. i would never send my child here. cabrillo middle school is a much better school for the santa clara parents who have children going into middle school.

  • (5 years ago)

    i am a current 7th grader here at PMS> I really lve this school except for the principal. We have a lot of new activities class is really fun and interesting sometimes. most teachers here are the best but only some are ok. the principal is new to us this year so many rules change and most don't agree to it.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a student at Peterson middle school when I found out that I got accepted to this school i was mad at my parents for even registering me at the school now i am about to graduate 6th grade. I definetly love this school. I have improved so much this year. I learned a lot from all my teachers. This school is like my second family. The staff is really nice and so are the students. What I like most about this school is the staff. There is a pool and nature center. Swimming is very exciting. I love this school everything is just great!

  • (5 years ago)

    Overall this is a good school. Some of the teachers are OUTSTANDING while there are a few that probably shouldn't be teaching. Parent involvement is good.

  • (5 years ago)

    Peterson is a great school. The teachers are understanding and are always willing to help. Recently Jack O'Connell the STATE SUPERINTENDENT came to see our Nature Center. Peterson is also a great way to prepare for high school. I made sooo many friends there!!! =]

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