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Newhart Middle School10

Mission Viejo, CA | Orange County

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April 21, 2014


This is an excellent school because of the student-focused teacher, principal and staff. I had one child here from 2003-2007 and another from 2011-2014 and both have had fun, engaging teachers who stretched their limits and cared. They were both FULLY prepared for the rigors of advanced high school classes. The principal is one of the two best we have ever encountered. The anti-bullying and not to drugs programs are practiced ongoing, not just preached. Sadly we will be leaving this school for the last time at the end of this year. I give Newhart Middle School the highest recommendations! Thank you, to all Newhart teachers, staff and the principal!

Submitted by a parent

February 11, 2014


My child attended Newhart for three years and is currently in high school. Newhart MORE than prepared her for high school and she is doing extremely well. In her three years, she never saw a fight, drugs, alcohol, or pregnancies. There may be small traces of this there, but those are not the crowd she associates with, so she never saw evidence of this. Mr. Jones is a great principal and most of the teachers are very strong. Newhart is a great school with great kids and I highly recommend it.

Submitted by a parent

November 20, 2013


This is an excellent school overall. The fundraising programs are well organized, and I am learning a lot every day. There have not been any serious violence issues (just a few "horseplay" incidents) that I know of, but there has been a drug issue that the staff is very strict about. The anti-bullying program is great; anonymous ways to report bullying helps a lot. The elective choices are great. Some teachers are better than others, obviously, but overall they are all very good. Go Panthers!

September 2, 2012


This is an amazing school with great teachers and students! The drug and violence issues the previous parents spoke about are minimal and honestly, those types of issues usually start at home. Newhart provides an outstanding education for my kids - as the test scores prove! My kids have found great friends and lots of opportunities to be involved in school in positive ways! You can tell the teachers genuinely care about their students.

Submitted by a parent

September 15, 2011


Great teachers at this school. Unfortunately the kids here are very bad. There is a lot of violence and drugs at this school and I don't believe it's a very safe learning environment.

Submitted by a parent

December 18, 2010


This school is only good for its academics!! I am schocked at the profanity and drug culture this middle school has in a middle class neighborhood.!!! If your child wants to have friends he has to be a part of this party scene! I can't believe I actually sent one of my kids here in the 2008-2009 school year. He now goes to Serra Catholic along with other coto kids!!!!!

Submitted by a parent

October 9, 2010


highly educated teachers, motivating classrooms, ZAP program (zeroes are prohibited - an after-school program where students finish their assignments not turned in so they do not get zeroes & therefore fail classes), very strict & anonymous bullying policy, fun lunch activities, excellent staff!

Submitted by a parent

August 18, 2010


As a teacher at Newhart for five years, I can say that this school is an amazing place to teach our students. The teachers I work with are collaborative, educated, caring, and student-focused. When teachers are free to thrive in what they do (which is to teach) this helps students also to thrive academically, socially, and physically. I love Newhart!

Submitted by a teacher

May 5, 2010


Its a cool safe school. Mr. Knights (the principal) is fun spirted but knows how to keep a school in place

Submitted by a parent

March 17, 2009


I see lots of positive changes going on at Newhart. The school is large, but the staff is very good. My son's classes are about 30-32 kids, except band, which is larger. Would I like them to be smaller? Sure, but in today's economic climate in CA/CUSD, I am glad they aren't really big. Great music program! Teachers care about making sure that students are learning and not letting them slip through the cracks. As a member of the PTA I am on campus a lot and the biggest thing that I notice is students that are having trouble get mandatory extra help at lunch and support from teachers & the admin. My son has never been turned down by a teacher when he has asked for help and teachers have made extra time to help him before, at lunch or after school. He really enjoys going to school.

Submitted by a parent

June 9, 2008


Newhart is a great school because of the parent involvments and teachers. Yes, it probably does not have the smallest class rooms and not all kids will get individual attention. However, it is a school most kids will flourish and gain the knowledge to succeed in high school.

Submitted by a parent

November 6, 2006


Academically it is an average school. There are some excellent teachers but my complaints to the principal about specific teachers fell on deaf ears. Gate classes are generally well behaved. Both of my children dropped out of band after 6th grade because too large classes didn't allow for any individual help. Both of my children experienced problems in getting electives they wanted. The afterschool drama program has been well received. The PTA is active and is open to parent involvement.

Submitted by a parent

March 2, 2006


Newhart is a great school. It is looking better and better from previous years. It is a very comfortable environment for students. I felt totally comfortable sending my child to this school.

Submitted by a parent

January 10, 2006


Music program -- outstanding. Even has a woodshop which 3 of our kids have all enjoyed -- a highlight of their middleschool years. Strong focus on preparing for high school and college.

Submitted by a parent

October 25, 2005


Good middle school with mixed review for the teachers. Orchestra is excellent and well regarded. Academics are good overall with some extracurricular activities and mixed parent involvement.

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