I really enjoy the ASPIRE program at Connolly Middle School. The gifted learning is top notch there! The dress code is a little much though.
I am a seventh grader at Connolly and I really like this school. The teachers give homework but there are always fun things to do in class. This year, we went on a field trip to the Arizona desert, looked at Jupiter through a telescope. We had a Stargazing Event. It was so much fun. There are super electives too. I love FACS. We get to cook and sew. There's music, PE, computers, Spanish and more. I have so many friends at Connolly and we do fun trivia during lunches and the social dances are a blast.
Connolly provides so many opportunities to all students on campus. The ASPIRE program is one program at Connolly. The music department, electives, and academic departments provides a rich, full experience for all students. Connolly's AVID program is nationally recognized and it brought the college-bound focus to their campus. Connolly is a national demonstration school for the AVID program. I find it difficult to read that a parent considers classes on the main campus for slower students. There are many, many gifted students on the main campus that do not choose to attend ASPIRE. I wonder if this parent is involved in BOOSTERS or PTA at Connolly? I wonder if this parent volunteers for field trips? I wonder if this parent gives kind words to teachers and staff in support of working with teenagers?
I feel bad for a few of my daughters friends in the slower classes. You can see it hurts their self esteems and they call them selves dumb. My daughter is in honors classes not aspired but feels that her school doesn't recognize all the hard work done by the schools majority. Aspired kids receive special treatment. She wants to test for program, she will prob. Get in (teacher recommended she test) but I still think it's terrible for a school to make it students feel like you don't count unless you're in this program and only these kids are college bound. Other than that I find the school to be average nothing that sets it apart or makes me feel it is awesome or terrible in my experiences. Just a school near my house. Wish I could say I loved it. Loved her elementary school and teachers. I Grew up in tempe so familiar with how they run their programs. Would really like to see this school make all kids feel like they matter and are happy to see them. My guess the slower kids will be more likely to drop out and hate school later because they've been made to feel unimportant
This school is a hidden gem. My daughter is a student in the Aspire program and she is just thriving. She loves ALL of her teachers and comes home from school saying that she has never laughed so much. The academics are outstanding with amazing teachers. She is also in the orchestra program which is equally impressive. Personally, I think that the only reason why this school is rated 6/10 and not 10/10 is because it draws from a lower socioeconomic area and 70% of its students are on free or reduced lunch. If this school were located in a wealthier area it would be held up as one of our nation's best schools. I like that my daughter is being exposed to students from all cultural and economic backgrounds- it's representative of real life. I don't have anything negative to say about Connolly. We are super impressed and very happy with this school. The Aspire program is amazing as it Connolly's music program.
I am a current student at CMS, and it is great. The teachers care and focus on each student as if it there were their own child! I started there in the middle of 6th grade, and it took about a week until I found very good friends who I can be myself around. Sure my friends and I aren't the most popular people, but everyday is amazing. The science classes are very hands-on and you hardly notice you're learning, and the same with the Social Studies classes. Math and Language Arts are very teamwork-based, but you must be well organized, as it is easy to let your grades slip. There are some things that are a nuisance. The school is fairly large, so you must memorize the map and make it to class in 2 minutes or less. There is also a uniform policy that is a little strict. You have to have your shirt tucked in at all times and wear a Navy Blue, Yellow, White, or Purple polo with Blue/Black jeans, Navy blue, or Khaki shorts/ pants/ skirt/ skort. For more info, go to the Connolly website. To clear up any confusion, there are no gangs or anything like that at CMS. I hope this helps in your decision for choosing Connolly Middle School for your child. Go Connolly Crusaders!
I was a student at Connolly from 1978-1980. In these reviews I hear echos of the same problems that plagued the school then: 1) Inability to provide a safe learning environment while ironically imposing fairly pointless rules. At the time I went, the school was infested with a gang called "LVL" -- not something kids this age should have to worry about. 2) Inability to retain good teachers. My drive to learn science and music were not met by this school, but fortunately I found other avenues. 3) Obsession with sports, creating a hero culture and caste system around physical prowess. Now that I am a parent, I will not allow a place like this to touch my children. I do sympathize with teachers who have to deal with the demographic issues here (as one teacher here wrote in code: the "challenging student population"). As a child, my parents couldn't or wouldn't take my complaints about this school seriously. As a parent, I now realize I should listen to my children and take action when it's best for their development.
This is my daughters 1st yr in Connolly (6th grade) and in a Tempe School district...I was a little worried because I went to Chandler schools so i wanted my kids to do the same since i knew some of the teachers schools, etc but we moved so they were not to excited about going to a new school but my daugh loves it, she likes the teachers, students, everything. I ask her to do you want to back to Chandler and hes SAYS NO I like it here NOW!!
I'm a student at this school, and I have to admit, it has definitely been a mixed bag. The teachers are mostly decent. Some are good, and some aren't so great. The teaching methods and curriculum are constantly advertised as being revolutionary and fantastic, but in reality, they are just average, and in some cases, slightly below average. The student population is pretty diverse, but if you're different in any way, expect plenty of bullying, especially in your 7th grade year. The only way you'll avoid bullying is by being popular, and you have to be a certain way in order to be accepted as popular. If you're not attractive and/or athletic, you should be prepared to have a miserable time at many parts of your time at Connolly. There is definitely a caste system here. In addition, some of the rules are RIDICULOUS! You have to sit in a certain order at lunch due to a "fire safety code", you can't wear a sweater around your waist, and you have to conform to a strict dress code that makes you look like a dork if you don't wear the right sweater or hoodie to cover the dorky polo shirt off. In all honesty, I wouldn't reccomend this school. But it's not terrible....
Connolly is a great school! After working there for many years I am shocked to see so many negative reviews here. We have made a lot of progress with the challenging population that we serve. We have some of the best teachers in the district and a lot of amazing students too. Not to mention all of the programs and interventions that are available to the students. Come visit Connolly on a regular school day if you really want to see what it's like.
Connolly Middle School works very hard to encourage students. I find it simply amazing that a parent would call a school stupid. Probably a parent from a school where students run around and do whatever they want. I want rules for my child. I want teachers who engage students. I want my child to find something interesting in everything they attempt...not just say it's boring. I find it hard to believe that a parent with any education would not support their child's school. Get involved. Volunteer. Connolly encourages parents to connect with the campus community. Every student on their campus uses AVID strategies. Cornell note taking, Socratic discussions, many skills my child will use in the future. CMS is a college-going community. Wouldn't you want that for your child? I agree that all school have challenges...even the most EXCELLING schools in Arizona have issues. You're kidding yourself if you think that different. But the teachers, staff and administration at Connolly care about my child. Encourage my child. Have high expectations for my child. Success comes from the effort you put forth! Make Connolly a choice for your child. You'll be pleasantly surprised.
This school is awful. There are bullies everywhere, the school rules are incredibly stupid, the dress code is obviously disliked by the students, and my kid finds the method of instruction really boring. I advise you don't go here.
This school is pretty bad. It feels like a prison, and there are wannabe gangsters everywhere. Most of the teachers are fine, but none of them are great, and they don't do much to motivate students, (unless you're in the AVID program). This school is definitely not a good choice.
Connolly Middle School is GREAT!! My family moved to Arizona at the start of the 2011-2012 school year. As a parent, I was very concerned after reading all of the bad reports about AZ public schools being poor performers - especially since I have an honor student. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Connolly has teachers who are passionate about learning and school leadership that supports that passion . . but you HAVE to be an involved parent. Have a question? Don't understand a rule? STOP BY THE OFFICE, ASK THE TEACHER or TALK WITH THE COUNSELOR. As with most things in life, you will get as much out of Connolly Middle School as you put into it. Our experience with the school has been excellent and I am glad we chose Connolly for our honor student.
This school is disappointing. I am a student here and I had multiple science teachers because they all quit. The rules are silly and the students are violent, disobeying, and unwilling to learn. Out of all the teachers i had only 1 good teacher, maybe 2. The subjects are boring and there is no challenge to them. The principal hasn't done anything for the school, and many kids are expelled from either ditching or fighting. I know 9 or more kids who ditch, more than 10 kids who got in a fight at school, just in my grade alone. Overall this school is very pleasing or fun. It makes you not want to go to school, opposite of what it should be.
It is sad to hear that we have an educational system that allows good children to be placed in the same learning facility as juvenile delinquents. I am a Gen X parent and I know first hand what these children face. It is like a deep scar that you can not cover up. My wife and I chose to get our child on the list at a school in Kyrene that had an AZ learning label of Excelling. I am sorry but I am not willing to scar my child at schools like this. I realize we cannot forget about the hoodlums, but it would be nice to put the good children with good children and the delinquents with delinquents. I realize that it is mostly due to bad parenting that we have to deal with these types of kids. Can you really blame a teacher for wanting to quit? Wouldn't you leave if you had children that caused problems in your class everyday. How sad! It is truely a test of darwinism at schools like this.
Connolly Middle School is an outstanding school full of endless possibilities. The staff is amazing and supportive, whenever you walk by you are bound to receive a smile. Connolly offers many after school activities that are designed to help a student in need. If they see a child receiving below average grades they request your child to participate in an after school homework help club. There is no reason to be failing at Connolly Middle School for that exact reason, as well as the wonderful teachers on campus. Elementary for me was the bullying estate, but now in middle school, especially Connolly Middle School, bullying is rare. To back this up, there is even a bullying report box in the Library. Every single thing that can go wrong in middle school has a solution at Connolly Middle School. I went from a C student to a straight A student, I owe the school for that. It's great to know and see my own progress over the years, I'm proud of myself, I am proud of Connolly Middle School.
If you have the option of home-schooling, I suggest you take it. This school has nothing but bullies. the teachers don't do anything about it. The staff has a silent witness program that does not work. They want the kids to tattle, but when they do, they are subjected to even more ridicule. Nothing good to say about this school at all.
Lousy educational facility. It's more like a training camp for future inmates than a school
I am former student of Connolly, I love every thing about this school. I am a mother now and have spoken to my children about the school. I'm always comparing the schools that my kids go to, to connolly. The teachers were helpful, the classes were great with note taking, and the x-tra class like home ehc, and shop were fun just awesome. Thanks for the GREAT memorys.
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