This school is great. The anti-bully thing is really working and #icanhelp is too. This school is really pulled itself out of the ground. I'm very impressed. Great job Excelsior!!!
Excelsior has turned my above grade level student last year to a failing student at Excelsior in 6 short months. They have refused to work with her shortcomings (she has ADHD) and insist on punishing her (sometimes unfairly) to the extreme extent possible. Trying to keep up with homework is impossible as most of the teachers do not update their online system until an assignment is overdue. After many parent/teacher and parent/administrator conferences, nothing has changed at all. We are now looking into other options to provide my child an education as we feel this school has failed her. If you have a special needs child please look elsewhere.
I am very pleased with Excelsior middle school. I have a daughter who is in the sixth grade and is receiving straight A's she has to work extremely hard for her grades and the teachers are helping her every step of the way! Challenging her and preparing her for high school and college. Whenever there is a conflict with another the student the teacher and administrative staff are on it!! What more could a parent ask? Please note that there is a new Byron school superintendent and a new vice principal at EMS. Together with the principal you can feel the change in the air.
This school has a horrible bullying problem. Aside from allowing the sale of shirts the administration does nothing to resolve conflicts. Leadership students are supposed to resolve conflict not create it and get away with it because they are from the chosen few. Not to mention the pesticide ridden GMO corn field that surrounds the school. Do you people think this is OK to spray pesticides literally next to the school grounds?!?!? When I mention this to the staff they looked at me dumbfounded, I am sure you want to keep your job but at what cost? Glad to be leaving the district.
This Middle School gave my daughter a wonderful foundation to build her self confidence, provided a supportive enriching learning community which allowed her to score both proficient and advanced in all categories of STAR testing and allowed her to try many new things such as leadership, Spanish, the theater arts and soccer (to name a few!) Loved it and now excited for her to move on to high school for which she is fully prepared thanks to this school!
So glad I got my daughter out of this school. To have a straight A student dislike going to school,b/c majority of students were not there to learn, but to socialize was frustrating. She would come home from class regularly telling me about 30 minutes wasted of not learning anything b/c that is how long it would take for teacher to get class on task.Also, any kids not doing well on tests were allowed to retake to get a better grade. How can they do that! So my daughter worked hard to get her A's, but someone else can get F's and retake the same test to get an A?? This school is setting up kids for failure, by not holding them accountable. The only teacher that holds kids accountable..Mrs. Long.. is the one that gets the most complaints from parents. Wake up parents! She is the only one that is holding your kids to high standards! 80% of kids at this school are rude, disrespectful, and feel entitled to follow their own rules when it comes to education and personal character. Material things seem to be more important than RESPECT at this school. SOOO glad to be out of there!
This school has a major bully problem that the administration refuses to address. I have spoke with the superindent office to and they also refuse to look into it stating that those problems are left to the principal yet when I applyed for an inter district transfer for my son to get him away from the problem the district refused stating finacial reasons. Otherwise they wont keep him safe but he cant go to a school that will because they want the money for him. And this bullieing happens right in the classrooms!
Is it smelly? YES. The gym smells like dirty feet and has since my oldest son started there in 2001 but the programs available (not sure what will be available NEXT year) and the education they get is very good. My 13 year old son can watch Jeopardy and do very well thank you. Are the teachers all equal? Of course not, some are nicer, some take no crap at all, not a word, not a late paper, so there is no 'administrative policy' but if your child does his or her work and doesn't ever speak out of turn, it's a good school. I know because other children (not my outspoken ones) are doing well after middle school!
This school is improving every year, and the teachers are outstanding. There are programs for kids who need help, and the Art, Music and leadership groups are outstanding.
I'm going into my 8th grade year at Excelsior and it is wonderful!!! TEAM really helped me and the fun rallies made me want to improve even more....The sports teams are great ive been doing volleyball for 3 years now and it has been great because they incourage you to strive! The teachers are great because thay work with you if you have a grade problem, or even a friend problem...Rumors are just making you think that this is a horrible school but i'm telling you that ive been there and experianced it and it is the perfect school for and student! I'm very happy for next year!!!! Thanks, Ashlee
I love this school. TEAM has really helped my son. His teacher checks his grades with him every week and calls me when there is a missing assignment. He loved the play Annie! He is really becoming a nice young man and Excelsior has made a major difference in his life! I love going to the rallies where they award all of the perfect attendance students and 3.0 or higher kids. He really worked hard to be recognized in GOLD (3.5+ GPA). This school is perfect for us.
excelsior middle school is amazing! it keeps improving every year. almost all the teachers make you feel like you have a place at school. i absolutley love it. I am going into my 8th grade year and i am cerinaly looking forward to it.
This school was horrific. While I was being bullied day after day by a good portion of the school I felt as though the administration was doing nothing to help me. It is rare when you find a kind, loving and respectful student in this school; I heavily advise for you to send your child elsewhere.
This is the worst school my daughter has ever been to! Shes had horrible, mean teachers and horrible teaching as well Im so glad my daughter is going to a diffrent school. Shes only in sixth grade!
This school is great. There are only few problems with the teaching staff but alltigether it is a very safe place.
Great school. Being new in this school, they have performed more than my expectation since my kids joined. No regret so far.
I've had two kids graduate out of EMS, and I'd say that it's the best of the BUSD schools. Very concerned about the kids progress, academically and emotionally. What to do after middle school is really the problem for me. A bit too focused on [state] test scores and test taking, in my opinion. Parent involvement is definitely lacking. A great middle school experience overall.
I love this school! Tight knit community, well organized and friendly office staff, outgoing administration, dedicated teachers, altogether EMS is a fantastic place for my daughter.
I have seen my grandson go from above average to below average for his first year at this school. I hope we never have to make him attend school here again. The lack of concern shown for such a talented student is inexcusable. There is no conflict resolution to prevent problems. I have two daughters and a son that never had to deal with the conflicts my grandson has had to deal with at this school. [This] school needs a great deal of improvement for its students. Doris J. Smith
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