• Erle Stanley Gardner Middle School9

    Temecula, CA | Riverside County

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    August 8, 2014


    One of my children just finished GMS and I have another one starting there. We had a wonderful experience and are looking forward to 3 more years there. Teachers are helpful, respond to concerns/questions quickly. My child was not afraid or intimidated to approach staff. The principal has been easily approachable and encouraging. This is a school you can be proud of.

    Submitted by a parent

    February 5, 2014


    Extremely poor training of teachers and academic aides working with ASD/LD kids in the classroom! TVUSD won't allow contracted ABA contractors/ therapist to work with students on campus in the classroom! This is a disgrace! Proper support and appropriate accommodations for ASD/LD insufficient within the new Common Core standards! Common Core not working for special ed and RSP student body! Quality of Speech and Language SPL providers extremely poor! SPL won't share data or notes/logs with parents! Assistive technology is available but not properly integrated into students IEP there is no training/support for student or parents, very limited and restrictive software options! Making iPads/tablets/laptops virtually useless!

    Submitted by a parent

    November 29, 2012


    I am very disappointed with the school. I transferred my son from another school district. My son was transferred match classes without anyone in the family knowing. The principal then just said it was a mishandling on the staff part and she will talk to them. A week later, they wouldn't let my son into school because he vomitted in the morning. The school and the district would rather have a child miss a day of school then teach them to be tough and strong. The very same incident shed the light on the staff at the school. The staff including the counselor was slow and poor at handeling the situation. The school has made decision about my child without my approval and informed me afterward.

    August 4, 2009


    I love GMS. It is a great school. The teachers there help the kids like me to choose better choices and they also make learning fun in everyway. Even my worst subject, which I don't like very much, was fun.

    Submitted by a student

    August 4, 2009


    I love GMS it is a great school. Except for the staff. They aren't too great. The only real people and teachers that are great there are Mr. Flesuras, the principal, Mr. Appel, a teacher, Mr. Matthews, a teacher, Mrs. Onstott, teacher, and Mr. Portis and Mr. Stroud. Both of them are P. E. teachers

    Submitted by a student

    April 2, 2009


    I am now a sophomore at Great Oak, but 2 years ago I attended GMS. The school was fairly safe, but many teachers displayed favoritism, and the administrative staff was awful (particularly the vice principal). The only teachers I ever really felt inspired by were Mrs. Nuoffer, Mrs. Dominguez (no longer teaching), and Mr. Matthews. Other than that... I could take it or leave it.

    Submitted by a student

    January 8, 2009


    The teachers at GMS are great. I have emailed my daughters teachers over the weekends, and at night, and I usually get an email response in a matter of hours not days, as with Redhawk ES. Some teachers have a great vision of using technology in their classrooms. It has really opened my daughters eyes to the many realms of education. For the first time ever, she looks forward to going to school. I look forward to her remaining years at Gardner, I hope her 7th and 8th grade teachers are just as great.

    Submitted by a parent

    August 15, 2008


    I have been very happy with Gardner Middle School. After a miserable experience with Vail Ranch Middle School, I moved my kids to GMS and am so glad that I did. Vail Ranch had some very nice teachers, but the front office staff and especially the assistant principal were exceptionally rude. They treated the children and parents like thorns in their sides with a 'them against us' attitude. At GMS, the teachers and administration are very helpful and friendly. The counselor assigned to my kids is one of the nicest people I've met and a great resource. The health clerk is very kind, also. Every school will have some personality differences between teachers and kids or issues with some kids behaving badly, but I feel Gardner treats any issues very seriously and with fairness.

    Submitted by a parent

    February 17, 2008


    Many teachers have moved to middle school from elementary schools and do not seem to be able to teach the students up to the California standards. The counselors and principal are focused on a few general problems and seem to have forgotten they are there for ALL students, not just the ones who cause problems.

    Submitted by a parent

    January 6, 2008


    I'm very upset with the teachers, not only do they ignore my e-mails during my hospitalzation, they did not give me any make-up work. It's no wonder why I'm failing 8th grade. Please do not look at this review as offensive, But the communinty is very low class, and lots of gangs go to this partiular school. I'm now in the process to get homeschool to get myself out of this quicksand. Please consiiter this review and look at other schools.

    Submitted by a student

    January 6, 2008


    This is the worst school ever. The assistant principal is the worst I've ever delt with. SHe assumes all kids are 'bad' and rules like a warden in a prison. I took my son out of there this year and he is so much happier and doing much better. Students who have a parent as a teacher at the same school shouldn't be allowed to have them in their class. If you are white - forget it. No one at this school will listen to you. Too much favortism going on!

    Submitted by a parent

    September 22, 2007


    We came from San Diego. After reading the neg. comments, I was concerned to have my daughter attend. She has been there since August 20th, 2007 and has done very well. I am not sure what happened to the other parents in 2005 and 2006 but I am sorry for their experiences. Maybe since the was new, they were still working out the bugs. I think the teachers and administration staff is nice and friendly.

    Submitted by a parent

    September 5, 2007


    My son came from a private school and is loving GMS. It is exciting to see that they have a wonderful music dept when so many other school have eliminated music. For a newer school, there is a friendly atmosphere when I visit the school. I always feels that the administration keeps me informed of school activities as well as my son's work. I think that more parents should come and help out at school and they too will see that what a great school we have at GMS. I want to also mention Mr Simmons, who really inspired my son. He is truly an awesome and dedicated teacher.

    Submitted by a parent

    August 11, 2007


    I'm now a sophmore at GOHS but one thing I have to say to all parents is that GMS is the best school I have ever been to. I learn so much. I love my teachers especially Mr.Matthews. He was an amazing teacher. He always push us students to try our best. I got 4.0 GPA. I was part of the video production. That helped me out so much because my freshman year was not hard. Rather easy. Cuz i knew how hard I need to work to be the best.My teacher helped me out when I needed it. The principle is out of the world. He cares about each an everyone of the student. Thanks GMS. I love that school. So I recommend the school to the students that would like [to] be outstanding

    Submitted by a student

    March 20, 2007


    This school is the worst that any of my children have attended. There is little for the students and it shows in their attitude towards the administration. The morale of the students overall is extremely low and leadership is the cause. I have thought about transferring my children out, although it would become a grave inconvenience for us as parents. It is a shame that the district allows this administration of this school to continue as it is.

    Submitted by a parent

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