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Welcome to Palms Middle School!

Palms Middle School is the best middle school in Los Angeles. We're a neighborhood school, a School For Advanced Studies, and a Gifted/High Ability Magnet School. Please read our Principal's Message and explore our website to learn about Palms Middle School.

We are proud of our academic program and the education we offer, including our Academic Performance Index (API) score of 878, our State Test Scores, our many cultural, artistic, and other programs, and our friendly and safe atmosphere. Each year since 2011-2012, LAUSD has recognized the Palms Middle School Magnet as an Excelling Magnet or an Achieving Magnet (the top 2 categories) based on the School Performance Framework (SPF).

Ten reasons your family should choose Palms Middle School!

Elementary school parents: Palms administrators can visit your school to speak to a group of parents and answer questions. Have a staff member or parent representative call Palms if you are interested in the Palms Roadshow.

What's Happening

Wednesday January 28: Garden Tour with Dr. McKenna

Friday February 6: ELAC Meeting

Tuesday February 10: Friends of Palms/PTSA Meeting

Wednesday February 11: Palms Drama Ensemble Performance

Friday February 13: SSC Meeting

Monday February 16: No School (President's Day)

Thursday February 19: Education Town Hall Meeting

See the calendar for all upcoming events.

What's New at Palms

7th and 8th Graders Can See "Selma" for Free


Business leaders across the country have funded SelmaForStudents, which offers free admission to the movie Selma to 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students. Selma, nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, is about the 1965 civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama organized by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Students can show their student ID or report card at the box office at these participating Los Angeles theaters for a free ticket, while supplies last:

  • AMC Burbank 16
  • AMC Del Amo 18
  • Cinemark Rave 18 + IMAX
  • Cinemark Rave Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza 15 + Xtreme
  • Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26 & IMAX
  • Pacific Lakewood 16
  • Pacific Winnetka 21
  • Regal L.A. Live Stadium 14

Be sure to check that Selma is playing at the movie theater you plan to visit. For details, see the SelmaForStudents website.

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 1/27/15

Garden Tour with Dr. McKenna: January 28

sixth grade gardenThe Motor Avenue Improvement Association has arranged a tour of westside school gardens for Dr. George McKenna, LAUSD District 1 board member.

Parents are welcome to join any of the tours, which will take place the morning of Wednesday January 28, 2015.

The schedule:

  • 9:00am to 9:30am: Overland Avenue Elementary School
  • 9:40am to 10:10am: Palms Middle School
  • 10:20am to 10:50am: Palms Elementary School

Principals, teachers, and community members will be there. The Motor Avenue Improvement Assocation hopes that the tour will help build a more cohesive community within their Urban Garden Network.

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 1/27/15

Cheer for Palms Basketball: January 27

basketballThe Palms Basketball Team will play WISH Charter Middle School on Tuesday January 26, 2015, at 6:15pm.

The game will take place at St. Jerome Elementary School, 5580 Thornburn Street, Los Angeles, 90045.

Come out and support the team!

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 1/26/15

Former Palms Students in Hamilton Academy of Music Show

Hamilton Academy of Music Drama title

Former Palms students Maggie F. and Wendy R. will be performing, along with their classmates, as the Hamilton High School Academy of Music presents their Spring Musical: Beauty and the Beast.

The show will run from February 5 through February 21, 2015.

Download the poster

You can find more information and a link to buy tickets at

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 1/23/15

Town Hall Education Meeting with Dr. George McKenna: February 19

LAUSD logoLAUSD Board Member Dr. George McKenna will host a Town Hall Meeting at Palms on Thursday February 19, 2015, from 6:00 to 7:30pm in the Auditorium.

You'll have the opportunity to:

  • Connect with Palms neighborhood community partners.
  • Learn about LAUSD tools and resources.
  • Enhance the student learning experience beyond the classroom.
  • Hear about the latest efforts to empower parents and help students achieve and thrive.

Dr. McKenna will hold similar town hall meetings at 3 other LAUSD schools in January, February and March.

Download the flyer in English or Spanish.

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 1/23/15

Spring Drama Performance: February 11

The PDE presents

The Palms Drama Ensemble (P.D.E.) will present a one-night program of theatrical fun with monologues, scenes, skits, songs, dance, Shakespeare, and more.


The P.D.E. Presents "It's Time!"

Wednesday February 11, 2015

6:30pm, Palms Auditorium


Bring your whole family and your friends.

Donations will be welcome. Please support the arts at Palms Middle School!

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 1/22/15

Dining for Dollars at B.J.'s Brewhouse: January 21

BJ's Brewhouse logoWe hope to see Palms families at B.J.'s Brewhouse on Wednesday January 21, 2015, for our Dining for Dollars event. B.J.'s will donate 15% of your meal payment to Palms Middle School.

You must bring the Palms flyer: click to download

This is a one-night event so you have a good chance to see other Palms families you know. Don't miss it!

B.J.'s Brewhouse is at 6000 Sepulveda Blvd. in Culver City, south of Jefferson Blvd. near Fox Hills Mall. You can use the coupon from 4pm to 11pm. You can check out their website or their menu for further information.

Try to save room for their famous Pizookie dessert!

Posted by: Neil Cuadra
Published: 1/21/15

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