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Valley Middle School is a highly rated, public school located in Carlsbad, CA. It has 1,043 students in grades 6-8 with a student-teacher ratio of 25 to 1. According to state test scores, 61% of students are at least proficient in math and 67% in reading.
Address
1645 Magnolia Ave
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Telephone
(760) 331-5300
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Valley Middle School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
67%
Percent Proficient - Math
61%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Cost of Living
    D+
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    C
Median Household Income
$102,722
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,918
National
$949
Median Home Value
$713,600
National
$184,700

Students

Diversity
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Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,043
Free or Reduced Lunch
25%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
25:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$82,146
Teachers in First/Second Year
8.5%
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I went to this school myself. I found my best friends here, and experience great things and awful things. The teachers are nice overall and can be understanding. There are a lot of options for students to do here, including a ton of electives. Recommend this school for students who need learning support and who aren't as STEM-focused. This doesn't mean that this school wouldn't maybe appeal to them or be good for them, but for STEM-focused kids that prefer science over visual and language arts, then maybe Calavera will be more suited for them.
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Valley has incredible music and choir programs, and that is why my child is there. Another positive is that kids, overall, are nice and there doesn’t seem to be much bullying. However, the the instruction is sadly behind the times. Teachers rejected becoming an IB school, which would have been incredible. Instead, the school adopted “Thinking Strategy” curriculum, which is mind-numbing boring and has taught my son to hate school. We will likely leave next school year- I can’t take another year of writing a sentence for each of 20 vocabulary words about why that word is important. Now that kids have chrome books, they do their worksheets in a digital format. I’m done with it and looking for other options. I’m sad to leave the music, but my child needs more than just music.
My kids had a very good experience here. Instruction is well above average, and the teachers take interest in their students. The campus is safe. Would recommend to families in the area.