Our daughter attends Black Diamond and is doing really great in her studies and also is enjoying all her teachers and class time. The atmosphere is friendly and team oriented. Students help one another and get along very well on a daily basis. We truly could not be happier with Black Diamond's staff as well as fabulous teachers that genuinely care about each of their students and it shows.
I'm wondering if other parents are finding BDMS having very low expectations for the students? My children in elementary school have harder spelling, vocabulary, reading and science assigments than my BDMS student. I fear that when my student moves on to high school, they will not be prepared. Two months into the school year, and there has yet to be an assignment of an essay, report, project, research and/or presentation.
School is really bad. They really won't help the the student but they will just said the stuff out of the textbook and the textbook doesn't mean anything. Teacher has to do the work to show how they do it not just follow the direction in the book.
I praise the terachers for working together with the students and the parents, I was happy that this style of team teaching continued from teh 6 to the 8th grade. In the 8th grade when ever the parents need to meet with a teacher, the whole tam of teachers meet, this was helpful to my son because he still struggled with so many teacher and classes compared to elemantary. If you want anything done at this school talk to the VP. The best and most dedicated teachers were in english and history.
Its a cool school.I went here in middle school. Kinda miss it,kinda don't. I don't think the school is that bad right now. My sis attends currently and I dont hear alot of complaints.
Black Diamond hired a new principal in 9/06, and he had turned the school completely around. He takes discipline and accountability seriously. There has been a marked improvement in students' attitudes and respect towards one another. I am extremely pleased with my child's experience this year.
The school has some highly educated teachers but very little money to work with. There is only some programs before and during school for music and only some sports after. The parents seem to only care if their child is failing or is an overachiever.
While the facility is impressive, the school is overcrowded, discipline is lax and it seems that much of the teaching staff is inexperienced.
Some major problems exist in the 8th grade Special Education (Resource) Department and BDMS. The teachers and administrators should be the studen't advocates but the children are not being given the tools they need to be successful and they are not being supported. The students seem more like a problem to the teacher instead of the students in need of extra help that they are.
I am very disappointed in this school, and its lack of attention to our students needs. This school tends to pass on failing students, with minimal or no effort in helping them achieve better test scores and more positive learning.
This is my son's first year and its been rough. I agree that teachers take no reposibility for anything and that includes the principal. When will they realize that there are problems that need to be addressed? When Black Diamond Middle becomes another Columbine or when a child kills theirselves because they are not getting the additional attention that is needed when they are at school. As parents we can only do so much. the teachers and the prinicpal are w/ our children more than we are. I pray that the day doesn't come when I have to make them partially responsible for the welfare of my son.
I have had problems in the past with the principal. I have been familiar with her for over 10 years now. She seems to lack the responsibility it takes to keep kids from not only bad behavior, but also physically threatening behavior. Like in all schools I've dealt with, if you or your child has an issue with a teacher, there seems to be a tendency to downplay situations or to back up the teacher on most issues without investigating, even when others have complained. The staff tends to deny there's a problem under most circumstances. Hmmmm.
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