This school is has been ok so far. My son is currently in the 7th grade and will be going to the 8th grade next year. I believe that the new principle is really trying to improve the school. I also believe that all schools need parental involvement in all schools in order to help them to assist our children to be successful.
(NOTE: This is a choice school, meaning children who live in the poorer areas of Huntsville are able to choose to go to this school, despite not being zoned for it.) This school is horrible! Theft is a major issue here. In two years at this school, my two children have had ear buds, gym clothes (assigned w/their names on it), 2 jackets, 4 lunch boxes, an ipod, a sweater, and a glasses case, all stolen. Fights & bullying are a constant problem, as is general misbehavior. Last week two 7th graders were caught with alcohol in Gatorade containers when the teachers realized, by the end of the day, that the kids were intoxicated. Last month a "weed ring" was found to be operating in the school. One 6th grader was selling weed, and the children who had bought it from him that day were named & caught. All kids in the incidents are still attending. We're only 2 months into the school year. The new principal seems to be trying, but she is the 3rd principal in 3 yrs, so that tells you something. We are moving to a new home specifically to get our children out of this school.
JE Williams has had its share of problems, but once again parents want to blame the teachers for not caring or giving up. I challenge a parent to sit all day once a semester and see the challenges the teachers have to deal with. The problem stems from home life. I honestly have seen my son's grades decrease, but my observations is - the teachers have more to do than just teach. There are some real bad kids at the school. In my estimation, the 5% of kids that are disrespectful robs the other 95% of kids that truly want to learn. So if you are unhappy with the school, start with your kid and make sure he or he is not part of the problem. Try home schooling your kid and then determine if he or she is deserving to be sin public school or JE Williams.
This school and adminstration has been nothing but problems., kids cannot get what they are suppose to and from what I witness there is a lot of favoritism that goes on at this school. My family members that are enrolled here has had nothing but trouble. They are still not officially enrolled, although it has been almost two weeks. No laptops, no student ID#, or anything else. Despite many protest from my family and others. The kids are told in library that they are not getting a laptop yet??although most kids have theirs. Although gym is required...big joke. All anyone does is sit on their laptops, this includes the coaches. No work outs for the kids at all. This school has really turned out to be a major disappointment thus far. Before the cheerleaders of the school speak out....This is not about your kid(s), but about those not being served.
Not sure how a parent new to the area can rate this school before they have even had any real time dealing with school or issues that arise. Another new principal this year, I hope they take charge of the school and bring in the necessary leadership, accountability, and discipline to help shape this school for the better. BTW I am a parent of a star studded high caliber student, and fully support school education, last year was not a great year here! Goodluck hope this year is better!
We are new in the area and did A LOT of research for our children's educational futures in the Huntsville City School system. I have to say, I believe a lot of the parents of the star studded, high caliber students are not taking the time to rate this school! Students that go to this school go to Columbia High School and have VERY high college, military enlistment and graduation rates, with great scores and grades. I'm not sure if this is racial bias or angry parents feel the need to warn other parents, but we found our dream home in Madison and upon visiting the zoned schools for our children have been very impressed once we got in to talk to the administration, teachers, principals, security and other students! I'm very excited about the school year, plan on continuing to be involved in their educational goals, school board and town hall meetings. It starts at home. If my opinion changes, you can be sure I'll come back and let you know about it.
This school is awful. Where to begin? They have huge racial and bullying issues, the teachers do not do their job and seem to act like they just don't care. The school has changed principals three or four times as far as I know,and the laptops were a complete waste of time. Fights happen constantly,the security takes forever to get the situation under control. The academics and learning is soooo very low, many students nearly failed or have failed. The Huntsville School Board and Media should really take a look at this school!
School needs better teachers most of all needs to just be in regular clothes not in uniform. I moved to another home just so my son can go to a better school system
This is THE WORST SCHOOL EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My child has never been bullied so much. My child has never been below honor roll, now hes failing. When you call to talk to the principal, no matter how many times a day or week, she is ALWAYS IN A MEETING!!!!!! Never returns messages. I only got one reply from a teacher. I have complained many times. And the bus driver????Dont get me started. I am pulling my son out this week. I put him in this school as a reccommendation for his gifted status and was promised technology class. He got band. I have never seen a more horrid school than Williams. I will be making a complaint to the school board and may even to the media. This school is a circus that doesnt care about their students at all.
I have not had any involvement with the principle but I guess that is because I have raised a great child who possess both manors and good behavior. He loves the school and compared to most of the public middle schools in the area this is one of the tops in Huntsville. I suggest to the other parents who posted look at what has changed within their family or other external factors that is causing your child's behavior issues. I guessing that with your blaming the school that you will be able to admit to your short comings.
WMS was the worst mistake I made when i moved to this state. the principal is rude and will tell you your child is bad and you as a parent need to talk to them and figure out what is going on. My child's grades have dropped,her attitude has changed, skipping class~this was not my child at her old school. The teachers(well the majority)don't seen to care, just let the kids fail. I have been in contact with my child's teachers this year and they always say we will work on it and it's nice to have a parent that cares but then there is no action on their part after. the bus is another issue. My child got dismissed from her bus for spilling food was told to get off the bus at school (no call was made to me). My child was missing for 1 1/2 hours due to the school. The kids get left alone outside after school when the buses leave the teachers and school locks down so kids are left alone at the school with no way of contact if they have no cell phone. I feel bad as a parent I left my child in this school for the whole school year. She might have to repeat this grade and the teachers do not care about that. And the principal~as long as you are on the PTA and volunteer you are golden!
Where to start. The Principal does not like to respond to phonecalls or emails. She is beyond rude, and always turns the issues into a bashing by saying "Your child is rude" or "Your child is disrespectful" or my favorite "This is the first time I have heard about this issue or complaint." She is quick to "ban" a parent from the school, if you dare disagree with her. Onto the teachers. One teacher, has made many crude comments to the kids, in front of the class, very inappropriate, but apparently that's allowed. The boys P.E. coach, terriable! This man goes out of his way, to bully certain children, or will threaten the boys that if they dont do what he says, he'll have them removed from certain sports teams. Try to complain, the Principal tries to turn isses around. Security is a joke. Fights happen constantly. When your child gets hit, you wont find out about it for hours after the fact. If your child gets hurt at school, during a class, you wont find out until your child comes home. All around, with the Principal and staff there, I suggest trying to find another school.
Horrible principal, poor security. My kid who used to love school, now dreads it.
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