I just pulled my grandson out of Barrett 7th grade. What a mess! Bullying is rampant and the assistant principal and some of the teachers I dealt with were unavailable and not interested in helping. I can't say enough about the chaos in that school.
I am shocked at the negative reviews of Barrett. I have a child in 7th grade at Barrett and I'm very pleased with the education my son is getting. His English and history teacher has been very helpful and he loves history now! The science teacher, Mrs. Book is excellent too. My daughter went there four years ago and we were happy then. If I had to choose over again, I would choose Barrett. Regarding the complaint about no nurse, no school has a full time nurse any more. They haven't had full time nurses for 20 years. It's a sad fact, but not the schools' fault.
This is one of the worst schools I have ever seen... NO support at all for parents. If your child suffers from a medical condition do not take your kid to this school at all.. NO communication. No calls back ever from principle and or counselor from day one... They don't know much of about how where to go to get help and even when you produce Doctors information they act like it means nothing at all and are rude and not understanding of a condition they no nothing about. The STAFF is about as uneducated as I have seen in a long time for being a school or they just act like they don't know what they are doing or just don't care...NO NURSE AT ALL.. even my doctor was shocked and upset that they had no Nurse at ALL... If you need to budget cut that bad don't take away the nurse who is the least cost and most needed OMG really...It's a traveling nurse that goes from school to school really be smarter ...WORST SCHOOL EVER... IN bad area as well to many calls warning about predators following kids who have records and been seen before. STAY as far away from this school as you can if you love your kids..
My Children went to Barrett. I am very unhappy with this school. I had to remove my daughter and home school her. First, the office secretary is rude. Every time you speak with her she acts as though you are bothering her. When my daughter started Barrett she had A's and B's and went into HA. When her grades started falling I tried moving her into a regular class and was told no. The counselor never returned my calls or emails. She had multiple incidents where she was bullied and threatened and the vice principal was not active in ensuring that the bullying stopped. Finally after repeated days of calling and trying to get the to address the issues I pulled out my daughter. At which time, they now refuse to give me details on how they are dealing with the girls that bullied her because they say it is confidential. The staff at this school need to get the bullying under control or someones child is going to get hurt. I am glad I removed my daugther....please don't consider this school it is not a good place.
Barrett has some outstanding teachers. To name a few, Mr. Bisquara, Ms.Mcenroe, Mr.Stroble and Mrs.Danzinger and Ms. Smiley. i have had all these teachers since coming to Barrett and all of them have made me a better person. the two that have inspired me most are Mr Biquara and Ms.Smiley (my PE teachers)
I find it appalling that both a parent and teacher at Barrett is so illiterate and can t spell. It tells you all about the problem of getting the children to learn if the teachers are no better. One would only have to read the message of I am both a parent and teacher at Barrett Posted May 27, 2010 and it tells it all. I guess this parent and teacher also speaks well English. LOL However Barrett does have a problem and I guess they can t seem to get a grip on the bullying taking place there. NO child should be subjected to this.
Blaming the students? I find that appalling, and yet a very old story. The posts blamed students for Barrett being "past its prime:" "I believe this is due to the influx of students coming with behavior problems" and "but the students have a lot of behaviors that prevent you from teaching and others to learn"? All of our schools should be flexibly equipped to work with every kind of student, no matter the background, experiential differences, or behavioral and processing challenges. Rather than blame children for a school "going downhill," why not work and advocate for sufficient resources and teachers per classroom to effective meet and support each and every child who enters those halls? Every student, teacher, and community member will gain from such an approach.
I am so glad to read that other families & staff are finally seeing that Barrett is long past its prime, and is highly overrated. For years it had a very strong reputation, but in recent years has gone downhill. I believe this is due to the influx of students coming with behavior problems and from the lack of enforcement of school rules. There are some great teachers at Barrett, don't get me wrong. The principal seems to be pretty good, too. I agree that the language commonly heard on campus and the non-enforcement of dress code is pretty bad. But the drug use and daily fights that go on are very alarming, and most parents aren't aware of it. I am also upset about the frequent showings of movies in class that waste teaching time. My kids have all seen their first nudity/sex scenes in movies the teachers didn't edit!
I am both a parent and teacher at Barrett. There first of all is a great staff, but the students have a lot of behaviors that prevent you from teaching and others to learn. I find it to be alarming, Also, the dress code needs to be inforced. I think no bagging pants, sweats, or athletic short in addition to not having graphic tees that they get by with wearing. In being able to dress so casually at times enhances ones attitude. There are many middle schools to choose from that are much better than Barrett give them a try before sending your student here. There is only so much a teacher can do with the high level of problems coming to the school. Even with the wonderful principal to many things get to slide by. Also, the language you here when you are walking down the hall is very saddening.
We just moved to Carmichael from El Dorado Hills and we came from great schools there in EDH. What I really like about John Barrett is the communication the school has with the parents. They don't let anything slip by without informing you about it. They really care about their students. We rarely got this in the EDH schools. My daughter has made wonderful friends and the homework load is not overwhelming so far. The teachers are also wonderful. We also like Barrett's small town feel. So far we are very happy with Barrett.
As a teacher at Barrett, I can tell you that the teachers really care about their students. I teach computers, and for electives we also offer performing arts, art, band, government, and media.
I live in Las Vegas, but I have talked to some of my kids teacher and principal, they are always very helpful. My son loves the school
The teaching and office staff are great. They are always with a smile and a pleasant comment about your child. My child has not been the easiest at testing their patience but they always prevail. The IE program is awesome and they exhaust every avenue. The only problem I see is how they handle policy violations. Any problems are handled internally and many times without parent notification. When a district/school policy is violated all parents involved need to be notified. Outside of that for a school of it's size it does a good job.
Quality of education is very good. The teachers are well versed in their fields. There is diversity and the school is small enough to have a warm small town feel.
My daughter attended John Barrett middle school a couple of years ago and I was not pleased with the dicipline of the school.
This school is wonderful! I have had kids in this school for the last five years. There has never been a time in the last five years that the office staff or administration has not been available any time I need to ask a question or voice a concern. The sixth grade program is fantastic and I will have my 3rd child entering into it in the 2005/2006 school year. The teachers and principals could not be better. The 'wheel' elective was great. It gave my kids a little taste of each subject and let them decide what they were interested in. For example: Spanish, French, School to Careers, computers, and art. One of my children discovered that they loved Spanish and art, while the other loved 'School to Careers' with Mr. Wright. (I think that is his name.) Thanks and keep up the good work Barrett!
My child is in the Excel program at Barrett which is in between the standard curriculum and the high achievers program. I couldn't be happier with the level of instruction my child has received, nor with the quality of the teaching staff. It is just too bad that the Excel program isn't offered at other San Juan Unified middle schools. I have found the school teaching staff is very accessible via e-mail, and there is zero tolerance for anything that compromises the childrens' safety. My only complaint is the exploration elective that is offered. It is a pass/fail program that all 7th graders must take, and basically it is just a waste of time. I think a more challenging or interesting elective such as woodworking, autoshop, or home economics would be far more valuable.
I am not real happy with the office staff nor the time anyone takes to speak with parents when questions arise. I think that they could and should do better. There is also no nurse.
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