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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I think that monrovia middle school is so focused on discipline that the kids dont learn anything
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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!
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.
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