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About This School

Yorba Linda Middle School is a public middle school in Yorba Linda. The principal of Yorba Linda Middle School is James Hardin and can be contacted at jhardin@pylusd.org. 896 children attend Yorba Linda Middle School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Filipino. 3% of the Yorba Linda Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 12% of the 896 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Yorba Linda Middle School is 24:1. Heritage Oak Private Elementary School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • P.E. classes
    • Track
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 60% 50%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 2%
Filipino 2% 1%
Multiracial 2% %
Hispanic 19% 34%
Asian 16% 10%
Unspecified 1% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.2%
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% 25758%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 12% 29%
Limited English proficiency 3% 14%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    I initially came to Yorba Linda because of a transportation issue. I didn't not know anyone and unfortunately I had a hard time making friends. Most of the kids there did not have the same interests as I did. Some of the teachers there have made an effort help me to connect with others. The staff was very nice and encouraging me to pursue a higher education. In addition I didn't feel like I was challenged intellectually. I would finish all my homework in an hour and I would get 100s on my tests without studying. Most students here don't make an effort to study and learn and many teachers don't encourage improvement. After middle school I went to Valencia High for the IB program and found that the students from Kraemer were more driven and loved the challenge of a rigorous education. It was difficult for me to keep up with them. In addition I was able to connect the Kraemer students because we cared about our education and our future careers. All in all if you want to be intellectually challenged going to Yorba Linda would be a waste of your time.

  • (3 years ago)

    My son in in the 8th grade this year and it has been a pleasure to have him in the YLMS. The school has very knowlegable fun and easy to communicate with teachers. They care and are very understanding and work with parents very well. Their music program is excellent also they have Honors and GATE programs. Teachers challenge the children to grow and succeed. School has afterschool activities 3K run fundraisers and also Boys and Girls Club on campus for afterschool care. We will miss you next year YLMS!!

  • (3 years ago)

    My son is in 7th grade at this school and he is flourishing in every way. I cannot be more enthusiastic and positive about everything available at this school in every aspect- Music Academics Activities and Student Leadership activities. The principal is amazing. He is there in his 3-pc suit until very late each night and is seen DAILY shaking kids hands greeting them BY NAME opening car doors in the mornings and actually participating in most events from the 3K Run to PTA meetings. I have contact with almost all of my son's teachers and get responses by the end of the day. Also there are huge strides made to accommodate ALL levels that students are at- from struggling to advanced in all areas of academia. Our scores speak for themselves....

  • (3 years ago)

    The teachers are nice enough but it doesn't seem that they know what they are teaching. My daughter was assigned a book to read that was far too mature for her age. When I tried to contact the teacher I could not get a response. Then I couldn't get an answer from the administration and had to go to the district level. I finally had to put in a transfer to another school in the district. At that school their test scores refelected their commitment to the standards and the teachers actually assigned reading from "approved" lists of the district. The sad thing about this school is that they have decent kids but don't seem to help the kids grow. As far as activities it is basically non-existant.

  • (5 years ago)

    I was worried about my daughter attending 6th grade at a middle school but she seems to have adjusted well. Although she enjoys it I have my own concerns. I don't think the kids are challenged. There seems to be very little homework and my child is finished quickly. I don't believe in overwhelming kids but i do believe there is a benefit to 'good' homework at least until dinner? I do not see any academic challenges for my child and I hope she does not get lazy. When asked about the safety issue (no gates surround the school) the answer I received was nothing short of letting the parents know that it is our responsibility to teach our kids how to handle different situations which arise. All I want was another deterrant to avoid some (not all) 'situations'.

  • (8 years ago)

    YLMS has some very good academic programs but I have personally seen students get lost in the shuffle and left behind. If your child isnt a very bright quick study count on spending lots of time outside the classroom teaching them what they didnt absorb during the school day. Many students also end up having to use private tutoring services to work on math and writing skills to pass the required achievment tests. Therein lies a problem. Too much of the curriculum is directed toward 'teaching to the test' rather than emphasizing student learning. In all fairness some of this is due to Federal and CA state standards imposed on the teachers. There is also a lot of social pressure on students to be popular to have more and do more than other students particularly in the 7th and 8th grades which complicates the academic environment.

  • (8 years ago)

    The campus is an open campus that needs to be gated for the safety of the students. The campus is also in need of patrolling by a staff member.

  • (10 years ago)

    I've been going to YLMS for two years now and I have to say that I'm impressed with how wonderful the staff is to us students! They treat us maturely and give us a say in what happens in our school. I feel really safe here and never feel the normal peer-pressure teens usually go through during this age. Students here are responsible and want to make a difference. The staff at YLMS recognizes our potential and through peep rallies and programs like the Unity Workshop they show us how we can make a difference in the world around us. Thanks YLMS!

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