I love this school it is amazing, the cooking elective is wonderful, overall I am amazed!
Our experience at Lawson has been ubstantially below expectations. We move regularly due to my job and this school has been possibly the worst our kids have been to. Academic ratings are very high, not because of superior performance from the teachers, but because most students extensively use private tutoring after school. Some teachers are good, but many are not and really don't care for the kids. We also had some bullying episods happening to our kids, which have been reported but nothing really changed. Overall, I would not recommend this school. For the money that you will spend with private tutors to compensate for the shortcomings of the teachers, you may as well send the kids to one of Catholic schools in the area, where they will be cared for properly. By the way, this is exactly what we are doing next year. Very disappointing.
This is the 3rd year @ Lawson for us. Not all teachers are great; some are below average and it depends on whom you get. I guess, CORE subject teacher ( Math,Science) is much better than SS & LA teacher. Also, kid on an average spends about 3 hours on homework/project assignment etc. Lot of emphasis on wiki, blogs etc. Most of the time, parent need to catch up with the kid to manage time, concept connection etc to maintain good grades @ school. Not good school, if the kid is not super super super intelligent/smart. Its sad to see that average or above average kids can't fit in this school without parent intervention to make them successful at school. No wonder why there're so many drop outs...education is made tougher instead of eliciting motivation to students.
In 7th grade now, and I've noticed they are helping us prepare for the real world. A lot of the things they are giving us, includes the use of the internet, and in real life everything is more of technology. But it really depends on which teachers you get, I was lucky enough to get some of the best teachers, but of course with any other school there are going to be those teachers who don't even seem to be helping. Last year in 6th grade the SS and LA teacher taught nothing in LA, my writing was worse than at the beginning of 6th grade. This school is great, but your child's eduction mainly depends on which teacher they get.
I was a student of Sam H. Lawson Middle School. This school is truly amazing, and found a place for all the kids there. I'm noticing a trend here, where all the students give stellar reviews, and some of the parents don't give very positive ones. I can really assure you firsthand that your child will LOVE it at Lawson. Everyone makes an effort to make every kid involved, included, and happy. If you are considering enrolling your kid in the CUSD district, choose Lawson Middle School! It made my experience in middle school incredibly amazing, and I will never forget the difference this middle school made in my life.
Lawson middle School! I am now currently in 7th grade finishing my 6th grade this year! Overall, I thought that this was a fantastic school! The teachers are very nice with the students! The education system is awesome! I don't think this school needs any improvements in behavior, academics etc. This school deserves a 10/10. I still don't understand, why people prefer Kennedy or Miller! Whatever it is, I think Lawson is a great middle school!!!
The teacher makes 20% effort and the remaining 80% is students plus their parents. Don't be fool by the high api scores. Don't waste your money in buying a high price home in Cupertino school district. The school have nothing to do with your child's intelligence. If your child is average to below, these schools aren't going to make them any better. It is a scam to justify higher price homes and wasting your money......................................
I used to go to Lawson and it is the greatest school in the world. There is a fun learning environment and was one of the best times of my life. Both teachers and students are welcoming, and the classes are not too hard. The only thing I wish I would have been taught at Lawson is time management and how to handle the heavy workloads in high school. My writing skills were unsatisfactory as I entered 9th grade, and I think Lawson should focus more on this issue. In addition, I don't feel like I had enough homework in Lawson. Teachers should give more homework in order to prepare students for high school. Overall Lawson is a great school, but a focus on time management and test taking skills would complete a student's middle school education.
Teachers never responded when we have a questions. My daughter tried to contact her counseller and she didn't succeed to get proper response from any of the staff members. Not sure how this school is rated 10?
Truly, no one can give a better review than a student. Coming from Lawson, I'll tell you that a school can't get any better. Everyone's friendly, fun, and great at teaching, so don't hesitate to get to know them. They get you mentally, physically, and of course academically prepared for the world. They show you that everything will be okay. The best type of schools are ones you can talk about forever and will remember forever. And I will NEVER EVER forget Lawson :)
I absolutely agree with some of the newer reviews. Mediocre teachers (with a few notable exceptions), too much emphasis on blogs, wikis, etc., with no real knowledge imparted on core subjects. Most of the math learning for the two years my child has been at Lawson has pretty much been done at home or on his own. All the talk about young and energetic teachers there is completely baseless. The sports program is average. The wood shop elective was pretty much the one period my son has really enjoyed in all of seventh grade! The amount of time spent in doing homework, assignments and projects has been way too much... but then since they don't teach core subjects adequately at school, we also end up having to catch up on that at home. So, on the whole a very disappointing middle school experience.
This school's test score will satisfy most parents especially Asian parents. When it comes to my kid, a not very social but shy and careful student, it is not very good. We can feel the teacher's preference at the orientation when we try to talk. My kid spend lot of time for homework. And the teacher told us all kids should have done most their homework at school. But I never see this is true for my kid. Not all teacher seem to know the status of the kid when I was talking. My understanding is that Lawson fosused on high performance students which is the majority of kids. The sad thing is Lawson doesn't want to put a little more time on none high performers. I know I can't change Lawson, I have to change myself. My kid didn't learn much this year. We'll have to help my kid during this summer for a better start next year. Hope my comments can let those parents who want to spend million dollar to get into this school attendence area take more time to think.
I love this school, I'm a 7th grader now in Lawson. The only thing that's really bad is how the students treat each other. I mean most of the kids in this school are nice, but there are mean kids. They tease nice people, and really its annoying. I wish the teachers or the principal will try to stop it.
This school is so great. I came as a sixth grader and I never felt nervous you are warmly welcomed
I am totally disappointed with this school. School programs are great on paper only. Core subject teachers wasted one academic year spending time on wiki pages and generating blog pages for their homework. Math teacher focused on creation of wiki pages and other stuff and he didn;t teach any math in the class. Language Arts teacher spent good time in writing and no effort in improving Reading comprehension. I have to stretch myself to teach my kid at home. If our American teaching is like this then no wonder why asian kids are so good at maths and science. I expect teachers will provide good foundation to the core subjects.
this school is AWESOME!! i'm a former student from lawson and i cannot tell you how lucky i feel to have gone to this school. The teachers here are GREAT. ok enough caps.... the thing is: this school actually cares about the students and how they are doing. the staff is wonderful and they just want you to feel safe and just enjoy school. i will never forget the teachers i had from Lawson. Plus i have made many friends from this middle school. the music program here is also pretty good - especially when their teachers are awesome and very engaging with the students. besides all the fun and the education here is also pretty good and will definitely prepare you for high school. the tech stuff here is also plentiful (MACS!!!). 2 computers/laptops for every student in lawson. and this place has like what? a thousand students? by the way, this school has a principle with great principal leadership. So, the school feels really united. An actual student wrote this.
This school is amazing... simply brilliant. I do not understand how people in the town of Cupertino are so bigoted towards Kennedy and Miller Middle school. I was a former student and my education did not differ from my friends at Miller and Kennedy. If anything, I learned to become a well rounded person and learner, rather than a student that is drilled only to recieve grades, not an education.
We all are extremely happy with Lawson for many reasons. Excellent teachers, great admin staff, supportive principal and Vice Principal, lots of after school sports activities, positive support for various projects done for school and outside school, PTA is amazingly hard working, parents do feel encouraged to participate, safe and secure environment, staff is watchful of preteen activities, my kids are sad to move to highschool as they love this school and feel it's too short period in middle school.
Wonderful teachers, great administrators who care for the children's needs first. My girls won't let us move out of this area as they don't want to go away from Lawson.
Lawson is a great example of a wonderful combination of great teachers, administrators (go Karl!!!!) and a philosophy that allows kids to excel but still be kids!!! The school gets kids ready for high school and they then excel there too!
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