School Details

Madrona Middle School

21364 Madrona Avenue, Torrance, CA 90503
(310) 533-4562
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 717 students 23 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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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
  • Torrance Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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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
  • Torrance Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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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
  • Torrance Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Madrona Middle School is a public middle school in Torrance. The principal of Madrona Middle School is Ronald Richardson and can be contacted at rrichardson@tusd.org. 717 children attend Madrona Middle School and are mostly Filipino; Multiracial; and Black, non-Hispanic. 13% of the Madrona Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 25% of the 717 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Madrona Middle School is 23:1. First Lutheran is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Filipino 7% 4%
Multiracial 7% %
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 4%
Hispanic 30% 18%
Asian 29% 31%
White, non-Hispanic 20% 33%
Unspecified 2% 9%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1% 24081%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.9% %
Pacific Islander 0.9% 0.8%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.6%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 25% 19%
Limited English proficiency 13% 14%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    School overall not focused on the academics. Teachers seems to be demotivated at all the time( not sure what is the problem is now because we all used to the economic crisis ). Many kids are not achievement oriented becoming burden to the class and to the teacher holding back kids eager to learn and teachers wanting to teach more.

  • (11 months ago)

    Unused how to rate Madrona they have couple terrific teachers & staff ; However they also have teachers teaching by intimidation students are afraid to ask questions I personally went to speak to the 7th grade Social Science teacher and she was one of the most unprofessional teachers I have encounter; she behave like a teenager with an attitude. Some teachers are not able to explain at the student level or the quick answer is to ask your partner which to me is not teaching. They do have an Outstanding Counselor and Speech Pathologist they are both professional that have a great interest and caring for the students.

  • (1 year ago)

    The teachers lack teaching skills at this school. They lack the energy it takes to teach children and when questioned by the student to "explain in a different way because I don't understand " the teacher turns on the student and does not explain what was not understood Needless to say I took my child out of Madrona and into another school where he flourished. The principal also left the school because he could not tolerate the parents' complaints about the teachers.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school used to be run with the precision of a nuclear submarine. With the take over by a new principal it's more like Captain Jack Sparrow's frigatte. If you have options go there.

  • (3 years ago)

    I have two children here now 6th and 8th graders. We've had a great experience here and both kids just love the choir/band teacher Mr. Lewis -- he's a favorite teacher that we hear high school students talk about! Some of the teachers are so involved in the school and lead the after school activities and other programs that boost the morale of the student body and build their school spirit. It seems like some of these really involved teachers have all managed to have babies in the past year or two and can still juggle all this extra work! We feel very fortunate to have our kids in this school and really appreciate the quality of education they are receiving. I am disappointed that the PTSA isn't more visible. I see them doing lots of fundraising but the only program I see is Adventures in Art. Maybe they are providing more than that to the school but not getting the credit for it. I hope that's the case.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is okay. I just finished 7th grade here and the teachers are really nice but they don't really challenge you. I barely get any homework which can be good and bad but some of them don't even know what they are teachings. At school like Bert Lynn they give loads of homework. The PTSA isn't involved all and their are almost no student activities. Some teachers are really mean and some are really nice.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a sixth grader at Bert Lynn middle school I visited this school and i liked it very much. Bert Lynn is very competitive and has very strict teachers. Also you might want to wach out for the teachers. Some of them just plain hate me. They pile on the homework to unlike Madrona.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am currently an eight grader at Madrona. The education is very nice compared to others but being a student of color at that school is difficult. People and teachers often stereotype abundantly. Especially if you are an educated student of color. Most of the teachers and staff have prejudice remarks in invisible ink. There have been many situations where their maybe a conflict between a black student and a white student and they put all the blame on the black one. As if they started something. Don't be surprised because they don't know how to handle an educated student of color. But thats life. I hope you take this into consideration.

  • (4 years ago)

    A spiritless school and the teachers don't have much enthusiasm when teaching. This school has a lot of students who are not wearing very happy faces. You can just see it as you walk on to campus. I am not sure how this school is California Distinguished. After having my daughter attend one year here we are taking her out to attend either Bert Lynn which is the best T.U.S.D. middle school I can find or we wish to send her to private school. Madrona is a very poor school that no good child like mine should attend.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is a low leveled school.

  • (6 years ago)

    The principal and assistant principal are kind fair inspirational out and about (visible) supportive and enthusiastic. We are very happy with all of the teachers counselors and front office staff. They pull together as a team and support kids and families. They encourage pride in the school and community service and maintain high standards. Achievement scores keep improving -- this is a 'California Distinguished School.' The school is safe -- very few conflicts between students -- and parent involvement is strong and growing.

  • (6 years ago)

    Despite the growing challenges that affect this district and school the teachers continue to reach all of their students and promote high levels of learning. I've had nothing but good experiences with the teachers and administration. If I had to choose which school my child attend for middle school it would be Madrona!

  • (6 years ago)

    This school fails in comparison to all the other schools I have attended before after just moving to Torrance from Arizona. The students here are very merciless and many of the teachers are very very poor. The environment is also extremely low-quality in my opinion. Overall this has been the worst school I've ever been to.

  • (7 years ago)

    My son enrolled at Madrona as an eighth grader this year--the first time he has had to change schools. After a bit of a rocky start as he tried to fit in he is doing extremely well. His teachers have provided great support as well as academic challenge. With their help he has matured as a student. I am particularly pleased with the principal and staff who have always been genuinely warm caring and helpful.

  • (8 years ago)

    This school is the best school that has ever been made! All of the staff cares greatly for the school including all teachers and the vice principal and principal. The students are well-behaved and have manners. This school is the greatest school that I have heard of!

  • (9 years ago)

    Outstanding teachers! All teachers seem to have a passion for teaching and the students they teach. Lots of activities for your child to be involved. Good parent involvement - not overboard!

  • (10 years ago)

    My child attended a private school before entering Madrona Middle School. I find the level of academic learning to be excellent in strength. The teachers are among the hightest quality and especially strong in caring for students well being and learning behavior. I am very proud to have my child attend Madronna he loves his teachers and loves going to Madronna.

  • (10 years ago)

    This school has some excellent teachers for 6th grade but unfortunately lacks good teachers in 7th and 8th. School is somewhat dilapidated and in need of repair.

  • (10 years ago)

    Vastly underfunded the Torrance School District offers little if nothing for the advanced/precocious/gifted student. Dummy-down curriculum; obscenely large class size. No athletic teams few (if any) extra-curricular activities. Having the kids sell candy just won't cut it.

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