• Dorothy McElhinney Middle School8

    Murrieta, CA | Riverside County


    March 11, 2015

    We have a strong sense of family and community at Dorothy. McElhinney middle school. Our campus is interactive and promotes student involvement. The school has the visual performing arts piece throughout the grade levels which makes this school very attractive to kinesthetic learners (especially boys) having this type if learning going in has taught my boys that learning can be fun. I have seen this school grow and I am proud to be a DMMS parent

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    February 17, 2015

    This school is wonderful. My daughter had to transition from private school to public school since we moved out from another state. Being her 1st public school, she has been part of school JV volleyball team and #1 again this year. Dorothy McElhinney has been positive and exciting environment for her. She enjoys going to school everyday and very pro-active with her academic, sports and art. She is now doing class for her second semester and loves it. I have little contact with the teachers and staff because my daughter is doing excellent at school and informative when new events comes up. Great School!

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    May 9, 2014

    The school lacks student envolvment and could use a little work, the teachers aren't really friendly, I moved to another school because of teacher issues and my grades sky rocketed I don't really suggest this school.

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    March 9, 2014

    Best school...hands down!! Our daughter was falling behind last year and was even threatened to be held back by a teacher that was lazy and immature. We moved just so our daughter attend McElhinney for 6th grade. She has a 3.8 and we couldn't be happier with the school staff, the great kids and wonderful teachers!! This school offers her a variety of classes and teachers that are truly inspirational :) We are excited to see the changes and proud of all her efforts!! Keep up the good work DMMS I still have 2 more kids that are coming soon.

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    August 9, 2013

    I went to this school in 6th and 7th grade, and I am currently in 8th grade here. The band program is the best and the other schools don't have a band teacher like ours. She is very nice and you can learn so much. The only problem I have with this school is that there is a horrible issue with bees and wasps. We live close to farms so it smells weird sometimes, but the bees will never leave you alone. I got stung twice when I didn't even do anything to bother them. Overall, this is an exceptionally well school.

    August 5, 2013

    Our children will be attending Dorothy McEhiiney this fall. The staff at DMMS has made the transition and transfer to middle school a smooth transition. Professional and very knowledgable as well as helpful in every way. We are looking forward to a great school year!

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    August 4, 2013

    This school is a wonderful school great staff, teachers, and students. This school has wonderful extra curiculum such as band, choir, dance, art, ect. They have lots of clubs. I would suggest this school to anyone.

    September 7, 2012

    Thought it was better here than Warm Springs. Came back to Warm Springs...much better or at least as happy. Both schools are great, I should say....but Warm Springs has some new great things going on for my younger child to experience that DMMS doesn't have. WSMS is doing some innovative programs and scheduling! Commute makes alot more sense too!

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    August 13, 2012

    Love the school. Love the staff. My kids have loved their middle school experience. How many parents get to hear that!! As far as the parking, difficult but staff is always trying to improve it. All it takes is patient parents. Looking forward to another great school year at DMMS!

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    August 12, 2012

    This is an amazing school the students are very close knit. I am currently a student here and I would suggest this school over Warm Springs by far.

    August 16, 2011

    I'm very happy with this school and would highly recommend it compared to other middle schools in the area. I enjoy having both the elementary and middle school at the same "location", although different campuses. I have enjoyed the teachers my kids have had, and parent involvement is good. I feel as if the middle school stays a bit more innocent because of that.

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    August 8, 2011

    I am familiar with the various middle schools in the valley, and am pleased to have a school like McElhinney in Murrieta. It is a fairly new school, with lots of opportunities for a good education and extra-curricular activities. Our son has settled into middle school nicely, and has found the whole experience encouraging. This is noteworthy due to his sensitive nature. As one who observes the parents and students during pick up and drop off, it is apparent that these students come from good families. The curriculum has an art focus, offering a well rounded education. The teachers communicate well via email and the grades are readily available through the Aeries system. All of my interactions with the staff, teachers and the principal, were professional and cordial. Beginning in 6th grade, homework was very time consuming. After my son was accustomed to the teachers and the expectations, the time involved diminished, and he became more efficient. School parking lots can be very challenging. I didn't notice anything out of the ordinary compared to other schools in the district. Many times we were early and had no wait at all. The new schedule will eliminate some challenges.

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    August 3, 2011

    My son has attended McElhinney for all 3 years of his middle school education. I can't say enough about the staff and the students that work at and attend this amazingly higher AP score school. This is not your ordinary public facility, this is a higher learning institution that is arts focused. The staff are among the elite in all surrounding counties, the students are of the same magnitude. If you want to truly change your son or daughters education and take it up a notch, enroll them in this Avid, Honors core curriculum offered at this public school which acts like a private school. From a proud parent with a son headed to college, his way has been paved with a good attitude set by the staff and teachers at LJM & McElhinney! GO COLTS!

    Submitted by a parent

    June 8, 2011

    The school is new, Teachers are good as well as the staff....but kids are kids. I sent my daughter to this school because I heard there aren't the fights, bullying, inappropriate language that you hear goes on at other middle schools. Wishful Thinking. Kids are kids......

    April 27, 2011

    The traffic in and out of the school is horrendous...sometimes taking me as long as an hour! I found the curriculum and overall school environment no different than Warm Springs. I transferred my son back and he has adjusted beautifully and is happier being with his friends.

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