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1700 Pork Chop Hill Street
Fort Irwin, CA 92310

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Develops empathy: Strongly disagree
May 23, 2015
We have seen no evidece of this whatsoever. No "put yourself in another's shoes," Again, this starts from the top.

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Develops respect: Disagree
May 23, 2015
The obvious thread of this review is the lack of consistent rule and policy implementation. When teachers allow disrepect to them, it fosters an atmosphere of disrepect for all. However, it could be that the teachers have no recourse or no administration support. The adminstration can also be disrpectful to students and parents.

- submitted by a parent
Develops grit: Disagree
May 23, 2015
This school's environment discourages students from trying their best by the failure to implement their own rules and policies on a consistent basis. When disruptive students are not held to behavioral standards it prevents others from learning and from wanting to learn.

- submitted by a parent
Amount of homework: Not enough
May 23, 2015
In our opinion coming from a highly rated school, the amount of homework is minimal and not challenging in every class. But this does depend on the teacher and what a family is used to.

- submitted by a parent
Teacher effectiveness: Somewhat effective
May 23, 2015
Like most schools, some are better than others. The effective could be improved if the rules were consistently and fairly applied.

- submitted by a parent

May 23, 2015
Consistency in rule implementation is a hallmark to an effective learning and behavioral environment However, there is a lot of talk, talk, talk at this school on following the rules, even taking the first few DAYS in every class to go over rules, but the follow through is selective at best. This creates an environment in which the kids who are prone to disprect and misbehavior flourish in their leanings and in which the well behaved, polite children are not able to be challeneged in their academic pursuits and do not know what is allowed and what is not. After a year here, it is our belief that everything begins at the top. While we were pleased with most (but not every) teacher our child had, all classes are academically intergrated. Therefore, if you are coming from a GATE program, your child will likely not be challeneged. While there is a verbalized assurance that lesson plans can be individualized, the reality is that if a child has already mastered material, what amounts to an independent study will be a liekly course of action. An incoming family's perception of athletic opportunities and development will depend on what you are used to. There are more sports for girls than boys. There is no football here. Currently for boys and girls there is: cross country, soccer, basketball, and track and field. Additionally, girls can try out for volleyball and cheerleading. There are other extra curricular activities for the non-sporting types to include drama, academic pentathlon, and an additional after school band. The school is centrally located on post so most children walk to and from school. There is a fence surrounding all but the front of the school and one must enter through the front office after the school day has begun. THere is no SRO. Students must cart around their books as there are no lockers except in gym class. The library is the smallest we've ever seen for a school of any size. Many parents we know have had issues on some level, whether it be from teachers or the principal. This school, in our opinion, is dead-on average. There is potential here but it would require professional leadership and vision. Communication is an area for improvement, Again, this is a factor which begins at the top and is leader lead. The office staff has always been helpful and friendly to our family.

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Neutral
May 23, 2015
If kids already are honest kids, they will, of course, be honest. It seems that poor behavior is often overlooked or there are excuses validatiting it.

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August 10, 2013
This is a great school the Teachers and staff know what they are doing. The test scores have improved. You can tell that the Teachers are dedicated and are always looking at ways for my child to improve. Great Job Fort Irwin Middle School.

- submitted by a parent

February 10, 2011
Sorry I have to post a star. I had students in 8th and 6th grade until this year. I removed my children and now homeschool them. My daughter told me that swearing in school around and at teachers was common. Disrespect and bullying go on daily. The prencipal was removed early in the year with little change during the school year. Being on a military installation they could bring to bear the power of the military chain of command to help resolve some issues but they choose not to. Best example I can give of the issues here is that last year with an enrollment of around 400 students, over 60 were removed from the school and were put into homeschooling. I would think this would raise a red flag for the school board or commissioners. Looking forward to next duty assignment so my kids can enjoy attending a quality school

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March 07, 2006
My child has done well at this school. Most of the teachers did an excellent job of providing an enivornment condusive to learning. I knew my child's teachers not only professionaly but personally. They took interest in my child't well being and when we needed help they were able to provide it. One trouble this school has is difficulty in maintaing subs. Parents are quick to complain but I often didn't see them volunteering to help out at the school.

- submitted by a parent

February 21, 2006
The teacher's are not acedemically any good, they are so behind the power curve, they don't have hardly any extra sports and things for the kid's and there are no elective courses (such as home ec, typing ect). This is by far the worst school my daughter has ever been in.

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October 04, 2005
FIMS is a very good school. The administration welcomes parental involvement. There are plenty of extracurricular programs for the kids in the arts and in athletics. The academic standards are high and there is a focus on reading skills through the accelerated reader program.

- submitted by a parent

June 28, 2004
FIMs has the potential to be a very good school. However, budget cuts and the school's inability to retain quality teachers is hindering its progress. Advance programs and extra-curricular activites suffer because of the above. The school doesn't have sufficient funding for music or art classes, but offers gym several times a week. My child participated in several (non-sports) activities this year that required her to sacrifice a lot of her free time. Many of these activities were not even recognized at the end of the school year with a simple event like a party, trip, or a group picture in the yearbook. I know that the State of California's budget shortfall is not helping things, but I believe more could be done by the school to improve the above situation.

- submitted by a parent

April 26, 2004
My son has attended this school the past four years 4-7. My daughter has attended one, 4th. Both will continue one more year. The school has a med. to high acheivement rate however the down side is the transient faculty. The distance of 35 miles to Fort Irwin from Bbarstow is discouraging to most. On the up side this is a military installation so the kids are held accountable at a higher lever. I would say it is a good school but the lack of experience with most of the teachers is apparent in the higher grades 6,7 and 8.

- submitted by a parent

April 25, 2004
I don't think that the school cares about my children or their education. Though I do believe that the teachers honestly care about the children, I don't think that the administration supports them or the students. There aren't very many extracurricular activities after school, or at least ones that really challenge them intellectually. I don't understand having the 4th graders up to 8th grade in the same school, though I know that they are separated it just isn't enough. I also don't agree with the half days on Wednesday! On the whole, the people who work at the school are very nice, but academically they are lacking.

- submitted by a parent
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Fort Irwin Middle School
1700 Pork Chop Hill Street, Fort Irwin, CA  92310
(760) 386-1133
Last modified Fort Irwin Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Fort Irwin Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 20 reviews. Top