Great school all-around. The KMS TV program allows 'techie' students to learn and improve their computer skills at the same time.
KMS is a god send! I love this school and all of there staff. This school is one of the best that I looked at for my children. They proved me so right! Kids at KMS should fell very lucky they have the teachers and staff that will go above and beyond for all of them that attend this school.
Too many students in class and poor communication between administration and parent.
My child is in his second year at KMS and is doing extremely well, with great teachers, and honors level work. We travel 50 miles a day to attend KMS. The principal is very visible, available, committed and no nonsense. The rules for safety and discipline seem very clear cut. I feel safe having my child attend KMS. The neighborhood is quiet, the setting pretty. The changes this year to electives seem wise to us (we are an artist family)and we think that it is enough to have our child have orchestra and Spanish every other day because there is so much in this type of study that needs to be done at home before a next session is needed.
I am finished with the Kyrene District. There is total disregard for the needs of kids, with test-score hysteria and poor fiscal planning driving the cutting of arts and Spanish language instruction. Kids need balance and a sense of community and citizenship, and they need to feel successful and joyful about school. This school strips what is joyful out, substituting worksheets ad nauseum for good teaching and lifelong learning. If you think of your child as a learning machine responding well to Pavlovian punishment instead of shared enthusiasm, send your kids here. Otherwise, look elsewhere.
Academic programs OK. Teachers AWESOME. New scheduling and lack of exploratories paired with 68 minute classes is very disconcerting. Behavior is not the best - disruptions make it difficult for teachers. Principal is close-minded, not a lot of communicating with parents, PTO is small group that doesn't attempt to communicate with community of parents. Sadly, even with the great teachers, not a good choice for open enrollment.
'Administrative Nightmare' sums is up. Very inflexible, and now cutting programs to make way for testing, testing, testing.
Administration is rigid; doesn't think of all students when making decisions, scheduling for next year in electives is vague due to district changes; electives of Family & Consumer Science, Art, Drama, and Technology are in a wheel - students sign up for these but only get two of them and they do not get to pick which two. Spanish has been moved to an elective. PE is only every other day. Total of two semester electives for year is too low. Teachers are awesome! Not sure how they can be effective with 68 minute classes and so many cuts.
My daughter attended KMS and she loved it. I did not like the drug problems and the fights but, they weren't all that frequent. The only sport that I ever really heard about frequently was cheer, but overall it is a good school. The teachers are great and very helpful.
I think the school has a lot to be desired. I'm upset about many things the administration is doing to segregate our students.
I was first introduced to Kyrene Middle School two years ago and have been suprised at every corner. The Principle cares about her students and desires that teachers also care equally. It has been a pleasure to be involved with Kyrene Middle School, it is a model school for learning, arts and personal developement for students.
KMS is great! I love the interaction between the teachers and my student. However, with the recent changes to next year's currculumn (2005-2006), with 68 minute classes and fewer choices for courses such as band,Foreign language, P.E., arts and technology, the whole dynamic of the educational structure at KMS will change. I know that this is being done to help better prepare the children for AIMS testing, but there needs to be an equitable balance - which has not been met with the current school booard's decision.
Kyrene Middle School staff is the best in the country! They are so willing and nice. Have great extracurricular activities for the children and great academics!
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