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Horace Ensign Intermediate School8

Newport Beach, CA | Orange County

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June 21, 2014


I would give it negative stars but it is not option. I went there and so did my kids. Some of the teachers are very responsive some are not. It is very hard to get EVERYONE on the same page. Some of the administration don't deal with children the correct way and just assume kid is lazy or bad rather than trying to understand what is going on especially one that needed special education and I had to get an advocate to get him tested. When I went the bullying problem was horrendous, and when my son went it was even worse. SOME of the administration don't know what to do with the problem and with the kids who are doing the bullying. The anti-bullying campaign they are using isn't working and they need to find another way to address the problem other than turning it on the victim or just blowing it off. The two worst years of my life were there and the two worst years so far of my son's life were there. You would think something had improved?

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May 5, 2014


I hate going to Ensign. Eighth grade honors english is ridiculously pointless, because I am learning the same concepts as I did in seventh grade with Mrs. Cross, but in a worse and far more confusing way. Honors english teacher is unorganized and I notice she is often asking us "Is this helping you?" as if she thought of the lesson five minutes before class. I have a friend who once TA'd for her in a separate period from her own. She said that it was like a whole different class between the two (in the same day). Few good teachers, but some include Ms. Rain, Mr. Harrell, Mrs. Rush, Mrs. Cross, and a few more that I have heard about, but do not have myself. Very disappointed with atmosphere here. I myself fall victim of being too self obsessed at times but most white kids have psychological issues with being too confident in themselves. Programs developed to "end bullying" do not help atmosphere at all. In fact they just draw attention to a dying epidemic (I'm hesitant to even call it that) and waste students time. Renaissance program to reward good grades is not motivating at all. Most teachers either unenthusiastic or annoyingly overenthusiastic. I have hated my time here so much.

October 25, 2013


The staff and teachers at Ensign are dedicated and very inventive. We like the Life Skills Class for 7th grade elective. The chior and all of the clubs are great too. Wonderful school. My daughter is doing very well at Ensign this year.

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March 4, 2013


My son has always done well in school however, math was an issue. While math is even harder this year, being in 7th grade, he is getting an A!!! In fact, he is excelling in every class. I love his teachers, they are attentive and challenging. So far, this school has been very good to my son.

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August 22, 2012


My child attended both 7th & 8th grade here. While the teachers were decent and some were great there is a huge bullying problem. In addition to the bullying issues the administration, on the whole, handles issues in a very unprofessional manner. I can't name names here, but you will quickly learn which VP is effective and humane and which is on a power trip. Sadly despite being in a wealthy area with financial resources this school is only average, largely do to it's poor social policies and not so much the intentions of the teachers.

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July 24, 2012


The teachers are constantly paying attention to students and trying their best to give them a perfect learning experience. Any student that fails is not trying their hardest to get an acceptable grade in their class. Sorry.

April 2, 2012


My son is thriving at Ensign! The teachers have shown awareness of his abilities and needs and have been responsive to my requests. A very good middle school!

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April 20, 2009


Absolutely fantastic! Excellent and challenging learning environment. Steve McLaughlin, the new principal is incredible, and the teachers are outstanding. Our daughter is an eighth-grader, just about o graduate and go on to Harbor High. We've had two fantastic years at Ensign - couldn't imagine how it could have been better. she's learned so much!

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April 18, 2009


grat school.teachers are very good vat getting the point to children

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April 14, 2009


My child attends this school and it has helped her go from a D- all the way to an A+ she transferred from Tiwinkle located in Costa Mesa. She loves Ensign!

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April 1, 2009


And you are correct to say that. But the main problem is not the teachers. They are bombarded with apaperwork and forms to fill out due to the principals goals to self achivements. So many programs like ' Champs' and etc, are not working related by the teachers. If the teachers show no support to the students it is by the abundant of forms and reports introduced by the principal.

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March 26, 2009


This is the best school ever. My son was a drug abuser from CDM so we transfered him to Ensign Intermediate School and his grades went up from d's to b's. 10 out of 10

Submitted by a parent

August 26, 2008


principal very involved, works well with parents and is liked by students. our son excelled here last year, and my daughter will begin next week.

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August 14, 2008


My child, who has always been a good student, starting failing half way through the school year. Once this was brought to my attention, via progress report, I immediately started contacting his teachers. Only a couple responded, but we worked together with the counselor and vice principal to change classes around which seemed to solve all of the problems and ended the year with a 3.5 versus the 2.0 he had months before! My only advise to parents is that if your child is having a problem and the teachers are not responding, go directly to the counselor and vice principal. They will work to take care of any issues!

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May 25, 2008


Teachers show little or no interest in student's progress. Teachers not responsive to studen'ts needs or parents requests. In general, this school is a 'sink or swim' environment!

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