Very impressed with the Band department. That seemed to be a strong point of this school.
Willis Jr. High moves its students forward by teaching them to think critically and act on those thoughts. The teachers in general work hard to ensure student understanding and student success. There are numerous after-school programs, such as a reading club and community-sponsored activities. The band is excellent and has earned high ratings in competitions, as well as has the choir.
My daughter attended the 7th grade last year and will be attending 8th grade this year. She likes her teachers and her fellow students. She is involved in the music program and plays soccer. I attended every parent teacher meeting and found the teachers to be informative, knowledgeable, competent and caring.
I had heard that Willis had improved, so we gave it a try. I am active in PTO (as are all the half-dozen or so parents involved in PTO - does that tell you something?)The school has been a disappointment. The Principal cares a lot. Some of the teachers do also. Others are completely burned out and should quit. The calibre of learning will not prepare students for high school. The teachers have no choice but to lower their curriculum to the level of the lower-performing students, as there are many low performers. The daily ASP list is usually two pages long. The most disturbing thing for me has been that my child has lowered his level of work to match his classmates.
Willis Jr. High has good and bad qualities. The good quality is the band. The band is awesome and that is the only reason my son attends Willis. The problems include bullying by students and a few teachers. I am a concerned parent. I may not send my son to Willis next year.
We have been pleasantly surprised by Willis. We were very skeptical at first because it didn't seem like there was much positive feedback available when our child started here. However, we've found the teachers to be very caring and available to the kids and parents, the communication we've received has been timely and useful, and the staff is helpful. We've enjoyed the junior high experience at Willis and feel well prepared for high school.
My daughter was recently pulled out of this school, due to her teachers lack of respect and due to Willis kids. There are many bullying cases and the teachers take no action. The teachers at Willis, are irrisponsible. I tried calling 3 times to one teacher and she didn't have the respect to call me back.
We have recently enrolled our fourth child at Willis. Every year this school gets better and better. The band program is second to none, with a teacher who truly inspires. I have seen my junior high students commitment to learning and motivation improve. Our high school children are both motivated honor students, in part because of the commitment of the staff at Willis. It's a fine school, with a no nonsense principal.
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