Students enrolled 1092
School leader Mr Derrell Brown

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1216 Jeff Rd
Huntsville, AL 35806

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(256) 430-4499
(256) 726-0230
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4 stars
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August 22, 2014
My child attended MMS for 7th and 8th grade and it was a horrible experience. There are some teachers (Math, in particular) that simply don't belong in the classroom. The principal was not at all supportive when we approached him with our concerns and basically sent us back to the teacher. My child is in a different school environment now and simply flourishing. The entire school team - principal, guidance counselors, teachers - are so much more supportive. Avoid MMS if you can.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2014
Our son is attending the 8th grade at MMS. This is his first year at the school, and the transition was quite easy. We were warmly welcomed by councelors and the pricipal. We liked the offerring of many pre-AP classes. But even with taking three pre-AP classes in science, math and English, our son has hardly any homework that he is doing at home (most of it is done in school). Overall we are pleased with the school, but would have loved to see a more challenging curriculum. Also, no foreign languages are offerred at this school, but I think this is very common for Alabama.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2013
This is my 8th grade year at MMS and this school in my opinion is one of the best. The teachers are great especially one of the 8th grade history teachers. the amount of work is increased from elementary school but thats normal. Also the dress code is strict not to terrible. there are many activity you can do and the band is great. plus you are aloud to be in as many clubs as you want.I'm in scholars bowl, band, and football. all in all i think MMs is a really good school and I'll be proud to graduate from it.

- submitted by a community member
August 18, 2013
Monrovia middle is the best school any student can have yes they are strict but its for your child's best intrest the care so much about the students that you would have to do nothing my sixth grade year was amazing and I can't wait for the next so please send your children here they will love it

- submitted by a community member
July 20, 2013
6th grades ok there the teachers can be way to tough or strict at times. Once you go upstairs and meet all the great teachers in 7th grade you just may have the best time of middle school with friends. it just seems brighter and happier upstairs the teachers treat us nicer.

- submitted by a community member
June 10, 2013
This School is is more like Monrovia mental school, the school pushes for there students to success but the teachers lack the material and knowledge to teach the students (You Just end up watching movies). The administration focus on intimidation to scare students. Also the teachers insult the students (Or from what I've experienced.). I must say my best year was 8th grade where teachers left you alone and all you did is watch movies. If you do chose this school, Good Luck to you.

- submitted by a community member
March 31, 2013
The year is almost up and I'll have to say MMS was a pleasant surprise. My child is in 6th grade, and I found the school to be well balanced between discipline and education. The principal genuinely cares about the kids and does and excellent job ensuring they are prepared for the next level. I also find the faculty to be nurturing as well. I can see how some parents would find the rules a bit strict. For example, if assignments are not turned in on time, points are deducted until they're completed. What a great idea as kids are there to learn and not play. I believe my child will be as (or better) prepared for high school when compared to kids from other middle schools.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2013
With all the tools available, most teachers show a lack in being creative in teaching students. Furthermore, there's a huge focus on discipline (more punitive than corrective). My child is currently in 8th grade. If I had it to do over again, I would have pulled my child out after 6th grade and sent him to a private school. My child's interest in education dropped after the 6th grade.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2011
My child is now starting her 7th grade year at MMS. I can say that she absolutely loved her 6th grade year. They wisely keep the 6th graders isolated from the older kids, something that us parents who went to 7th & 8th grade "Middle Schools" can appreciate. She really liked most of her teachers and really enjoyed band. The Band director is a shinning example of what we wish all our educators aspired to be. 7th grade has just started for her and so far she has no problems. So, educationally I give this school pretty high marks. I also give it high marks "discipline" wise. They have a zero tolerance policy that has made some parents bristle ... but then again, most bullies have parents who think their little angles are always just misunderstood victims. My child follows the rules, gets good grades and so far, I feel safe about her there.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2010
I have a child at MMS now, she is in the 7th grade and so far loves it. I will say while reading the packet, rules and regulations I was questioning the focus ratio of education to conduct. While my child attended a middle school last year about 7 miles from MMS and I was very much displease with it. I look forward to seeing how this school year may go. One thing I seen that was great is that all the students looked like the belong to a middle school not a night club. They did not have huge earrings or 4" heels on.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2010
I have one child going to 7th grade. I am considering removing him from the school and placing in private school. There are a number of post already here as to why: too focused on discipline (perfect children) Subar teaching esp in PE, Social studies & Science. My childs SAT scores fell dramatically after testing this year. STI is a joke. 2 out of 7 teachers would submit info timely. So when you notice something missing it was already 3wks late and they wouldnt allow to make up. EAET is a joke (notice for missing HW). Teacher told me they dont use it because the more they do the more they have to also work the Saturday make-up day. I wish more of their energy was used to acutually teach and care about the outcome. Principal defends poor teaching habits. Needs new leadership to hold staff more accountable.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2010
I think that monrovia middle school is so focused on discipline that the kids dont learn anything

- submitted by a student
July 01, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating June 05, 2009
I'm was a sixth grader at monrovia middle school and am very happy that they did not let the sixth graders join anything because I wouldn't be able to manage everything when i was just starting a harder grade with more responsibiltes . And I am in the band which has got to be the highlight of my day . Mr.Dowdy is the best and really loves the music.

- submitted by a student
no rating March 11, 2009
The education at Monrovia is 1 Dimensional. Too much focus on discipline and consequences and not enough on developing a well-educated, well-rounded student. Principal has been there way too long and needs to be replaced with new leadership with fresh ideas to develop high caliber students and teachers.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2009
Monrovia Middle School just started a program called 'Every Assignment, Every Time'. What this program essentially does is if a child forgets their homework, they fill out an EAET form and can bring their homework in the next day for 75% credit. If they fail to bring in the completed assignment the next day, they will attend Saturday School(school on saturday from 8:00-12:00) and complete the assignment for 60% credit. If they do not attend they will complete two days of Saturday School instead of just one. Mr. Brown approved this plan because over 90% of the failing students would not be failing if they had completed their homework. Students can also be given Saturday School for discipline reasons.

- submitted by a student
October 24, 2008
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- submitted by a student
September 16, 2008
It's safe, enjoyable and has nice teachers

- submitted by a student
no rating August 30, 2008
As a proud graduate of mms, i can honestly say this is the best school i've been to. The teachers at monrovia are all very involved and well educated. The administration are always out in the halls helping students, and to me, that is one of the most assuring things i can see when i'm at school. Safety is mr. Brown's number one concern, which he reminds us of constantly, and i always felt safe at school! many people are complaining that sixth graders cannot play school sports, but i have to side with the administration on this one. The first year of middle school is the hardest! when you come from only having one or three classes a day to having seven, the workload is shocking! sports for only seventh and eighth graders is for their own good :) go hawks! mms is a great school overall!

- submitted by a student
no rating June 11, 2008
I am a 8th grader at MMS and I love this school. Some parnets are mad about the extracurriculars here at MMS. Parnets at MMS why 6th graders only can be in the band the first year of school is because the teachers and Mr.Brown think the first year of middle school is one of the hardest. This is when the students are getting use to the seven classes and the seven new teachers which they only have one hour a day. In the year of 07-08 MMS let 6th graders tryout for the golf class, for tryouts you were to write a letter to Mr.Brown saying why the student should be in the program. This year 21 students in total from 6th-8th grade were allowed in the program. With the letter the grades of the students were put first, then the students teachers would have to agree that the student

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April 06, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating March 11, 2008
We are parents of a 6th grader in Monrovia Middle and are very disturbed that as involved Parents we try to stay on top of his progress via the STI web site.Only to have some Teachers that will not post grades for weeks,or even months at a time.Our Emails with some Teachers go unanswered for weeks or sometimes not at all.We get very frustrated!We hear that Parents are not involved enough with there Childs Education only for it to be difficult to have some teachers not doing there part so we can be involved.Come on teachers keep those grades posted current to-date.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 12, 2008
I am in the seventh grade and I love my school so much. We have some of the best teachers in teh country. They could do some more explaining but beyond that they are perfect for me. The teachers are so diverse and always help the students no matter who they are. They have great extra-cirricular activities for students like me. It is a safe enviornmanet for your kids. So parents if you live or are moving here, I suggest that you come because the kids can have fun with their friends and learn a lot too!

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January 30, 2008
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December 18, 2007
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December 06, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2007
We are new to Madison County schools having come from out of state. At Monrovia middle I am frustrated to find out there are little to no 'high-quality extracurricular' activiites for 6th grade. Even an adminstrator told me personally that there isn't much beyond band for a 6th grader to sign up for. Now we must wait a year to retest and attend advanced classes again. Before we registered I picked up a brochure at the county district office regarding the 'gifted program' for middle school and no where does it state advanced classes are for 7th and 8th grade only. Parents beware of misleading information.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2007
I have really enjoyed this school and most of the teachers have really shown they care, but I have hit a confusing point. My 7th grader is failing math this year and does not understand the material. I have called the school to get him some help from their math Enrichment tutor and was told he wasn't eligible to get that help because he scored too high on his SAT's the year before. Am I the only one who doesn't understand this logic? I am not sure what to do now.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2007
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- submitted by a student
June 28, 2007
Excellent school with great teachers (there are always a few exceptions). Mr. Brown spends all day dealing with parents. He also ensures that MMS is a safe environment. A huge percentage of the students are involved in high-quality extracurriculars. The kids are learning a lot and really preparing for high school. Social studies teachers at MMS are the best of the best -- they use the book very little because they already know all the information and teach it in an incredibly engaging way.. Finally, it is quite normal for a teacher to give brief lessons on how to write different parts of a research paper. Students are responsible for compiling all these guidelines when writing the paper.

- submitted by a teacher
May 20, 2007
The teachers need to give better instructions on research papers and give all required material up front and not give it to the throught out the project,this makes it very difficult for them to complete a good paper. PE is suppose to be about physical education, not just hitting a volley ball around, they need to be learning the rules and getting to know how to play the game not just standing around walking. They need to learning and taking test on the rules. Doing something to get in shape and be more active. Social Studies needs to be more interesting, they need to discuss the subjects in the book not just take notes all day. Get involved in the event that takes place. Learn what it is about and not be bored. Learning should be fun. PE is not fun when are not running and neither is social studies.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2005
I have one child in her second year at Monrovia Middle. So far, I think this school is doing a good job, especially considering that the population in this area is growing exponentially. The academic programs are sound, and the advanced academic programs truly are advanced (in some schools, they are not!). The band program is excellent, I can't say enough good things about Mr. Dowdy! There is a good range of sports activities for children to participate in, too. Mr. Brown and the assistant principals do an excellent job with discipline at the school, and are very good about supporting teachers when there is a problem child in a classroom. Parental involvement isn't encouraged as much as it was at the elementary level, but parents are excellent about attending PTA meetings and supporting the extracurricular activities in which their children are involved. A very good school!

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February 19, 2005
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Monrovia Middle School
1216 Jeff Rd, Huntsville, AL  35806
(256) 430-4499
Last modified Monrovia Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-9. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Monrovia Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top