This school is perfect for average students. It isn't designed for those who have gifts or are exceptional. Gifted students find themselves bored, frustrated and seeking alternatives. Having had 2 children attend SRTMS, my experience was adequate, not great. The teachers and principal are committed to their jobs however the skill level of the teachers vary greatly. From a technological stand point, if this is a technology magnet, we have a lot to be concerned about. This may be the best that the public school system has to offer which is why I moved my kids to private school. They can release incompetent teachers, have a more diverse program (including a real language and music program) and can meet the needs of gifted students. So sad for the truly bright students who are there through 8th grade.
I am absolutely disappointed with this school. My child attended about 1 1/2 and what not so smart decision we made when we decided to put my child in this school instead of her home school. They are rude (specially the older lady in the front office) who is never helpful, and it seems to rule everything including the over hyperactive Principal who is nothing but a yeller and self centered individual. Many parents are involved, some of them seem rule the school and get special treatment over other families (specially the ones with less money) from teachers and faculty. It was frustrating to talk to a teacher who never followed through with anything. I am so happy to have found a better school for my child, and I feel bad for those who are sold into the whole "rating" thing. ITS NOT WORTH IT!!!
My 3 children all attend - K-5 so far. They are excited to be going back to school, learn an amazing amount - not just subjects but character as well. The teachers are motivated, the parents involved and the Principal is seemingly everywhere at once. I'm shocked at the negative reviews here. We've had no negative experiences, and it's one of the top performing schools in the County (test scores). I have no doubt my children will be very well prepared for high school and for life. They are all off to a great start.
Excellent School. Best start anyone's children can have. Teachers are excellent. The communication between parents and teachers is owesome!
My child graduated from the middle school program and is having a very difficult time writing essays in high school. The writing program is particuarly bad even though your child might receive high grades in English Language Arts and perform well on STAR testing. The main problem with the school is the tiny middle school teaching staff since you have the same teachers for 2 years in a row for ELA and History and electives, too. The technology program really did significantly improve our child's computer skills. The middle school program is worse than the elementary school program due to lack of teaching staff. The SRTMS families are motivated and involved.
We couldn't be happier with this school! Excellent leadership, excellent teachers and challenging and interesting curriculum. We opted for this school instead of the larger middle schools in Camarillo and our child is thriving. I couldn't disagree more with previous negative comments regarding technology and teachers. My 6th grader uses her Netbook constantly for schoolwork, including using Google Docs & Calendar and loves her teachers. She is fully engaged in learning without the distractions that go unchecked at some of the other schools. This school has a lot of parent involvement, engaged teachers and a principal who is 100% tuned into the kids. EAGLE PRIDE!
I have two sons at this school and this is the 2nd year they attend SRTMS. This school has provided my sons with an academically challenging environment and it is well worth the drive out of our area. I am especially happy with the middle school curriculum. I have compared other schools and did quite a bit of research before deciding to register my sons at this school and have not been disappointed thus far. I have found that my 7th grader uses his laptop at all times and submits majority of his work electronically. He has been able to take advantage of electives such as French and Robotics, I have found very limited choices at other middle schools for electives due to budget cuts. The Robotics class this year is introducing a programming language called Scratch. i feel that the laptop fee is a small price to pay when you consider the advantages at this school. To this day i don't recall having to pay for any of the field trips. My 3rd grader has a great teacher this year and is doing great as well. This school has provided a safe, non bullying environment for my sons to learn.
Unfortunately, this school is billed out as a technology magnet. The kids from grades 6 to 8 lug around a laptop that they use for email and word. Occasionally they use the internet for research. They charged the current class $500 a year ($1500) for a laptop worth $200. They have finally changed for a netbook. Which will be much better because there is not a thing "technical " about what they do!!! The PTA recently used designated "laptop" funds to make an $80,000 dirt track. So if you send your child here realize that technical and computer savvy are not what you are getting. Academically, they score well -but we will see when they enter High School how well prepared they really are.
All of my children are happy to go to school and happy when the day is through!
We are new to SRTMS. The curriculum is exactly the same as all PVSD schools as they all follow the State of California's guidelines. That is where the comparison ends. The DEPTH at which the students learn the aforementioned curriculum is much greater here. My son was bored stiff and frustrated with students at his previous PVSD school. In just his first week at SRTMS he was challenged as never before. Additionally, his workload has increased as well as the expectations placed on him. He is now in a class with many students that are high level achievers and is forced to pay attention to keep up. To the person who wrote that this school is better because it is affluent, you are nuts! Camarillo is one of the wealthiest cities in California. Most kids in any school here can afford those programs.
The teachers and curriculum are definitely average, and there are some terrible teachers at this school! So, why is the API higher than other PVSD schools? MOST of the families at SRTMS are supplementing the public curriculum with Kumon or some other private academic enrichment program. The families of SRTMS students are affluent and able to financially provide supplemental programs. Without this, the school would be no different than any other PVSD school, and quite possibly worse. Don't be fooled by the API scores!
My child went down over 100 points from 6th grade on his star score. Pleasant Valley seems to place the teachers it cannot place anywhere else -so just beware. Some grades are better than others,
Had two kids attending SRTMS and left for many reasons, some not b/c of the school itself. While it is impressive how many parents are involved, some of them seem to rule the school and get special treatment over other families from teachers and faculty. In my experience, principal seems to put teachers first, then parent, then student - a bit backwards and quite frustrating when you have a real issue to deal with. There are many great teachers there and some not so great. And no matter how many complain, the not so great ones seem to always get a pass. Principal seems to be a better fit for Middle School than Elementary. Pretty good academic school but for a technology school, lacking a bit.
We are a K-8 school that cares deeply about each individual student. One School, one family.
I think Santa Rosa Tech Magnet School K-8 is the best because although it's a small school compared to the much larger student body count of other schools in the same district, the staff is friendlier, closer to the students and parents. The kids don't get lost in the shuffle. Each and everyone of them is noticed and cared for. The parents are very involved and kids from all over the county come to SRTMS to be a part of the SRTMS family.
I believe the best way to improve the public school system is to provide alternatives and allow parents to choose. The many parents that drive their kids MILES to SRTMS is testimony to the superior program offered there. From its origins as a one-room school house for Norwegain farmers to the only MS in the state to offer integrated lap-top learning, you'll find a quaint yet serious learning environment championed by Mr. Holtke a powerhouse of energy and talent in wrangling elementary thru pre-teens. I'm in ... SRTMS Pride!
i love santa rosa it is awsome and we get our own laptops at santa rosa!!!!
This is a good school overall. The staff really cares about having every child be successful. The principal is great and is very involved with all the kids and the kids are pretty nice there. There is a lot of parent involvement as well. Since the middle school is so small, they don't really offer honors programs for students who need more than just the regular classes. But other than that, it's a really good school academically, highest in the district for 2008. The extracurricular activities are a bit scarce, but as far as the school overall goes, it's a great school.
The laptop program in my opinon is not fully needed. The teachers are great but we have learned many other things about computers already. Send your kids here for the curriculuim not the computer program. Great School!
SRTMS is a great school. The parents and faculty are very involved and everyone from the janitor up seems committed to creating a great environment for the kids. We debated pulling our kids out for middle school but have decided to stick with SRTMS. There are too many good things going on at that school. Both of our kids are gifted (in the GATE program). Both are challenged and being taught above grade level. I am not sure what the other parent was referring to with respect to gifted children.
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