We are new to this school. My kids adjusted very quickly and in general, love East Avenue. However, we can't get over the apparent lack of interest of several of their teachers in their jobs. We have an honors teacher who routinely loses homework hand-ins and gives 0s for it. We have had to chase her down and make her look a little harder to find my child's work multiple times this year. And I hear this is common. We have a music teacher who is borderline verbally abusive to some of the students. Does she think the kids don't tell their parents what she says? And then there's the honors science teacher who reads from the text book and shows videos to teach the material, and doesn't pay attention to the class much of the time. My child does her other homework in this class. Fortunately there is a wonderful 6th grade honors english teacher and a great 7th grade honors science teacher, but it's been hard coming from a great school with teachers dedicated to helping their students succeed to dealling with the above-mentioned teachers. I certainly hope the 8th grade won't be the same.
We just transferred to East from a neighboring city. The teachers and students are very nice. The facility used to be an elementary school and the exterior and "yards" have the look of an elementary school more than a middle school. The dress code is similar to schools in the area; however, unlike the majority of schools in the area, East is very strict about enforcing the dress code, a bit over the top in my opinion but if you are new to the school, make sure you review the dress code before doing any shopping. Nice traffic flow for student drop off and pick up.
The best thing about East Avenue Middle School is the 8th grade teacher, Mrs. Riolo. Two of my kids have had her and she really got them ready for high school. She is the perfect 8th grade teacher, especailly if your child needs that extra kick. My kids adored her and so do they all. If you have a child in 8th grade make sure they get Mrs. Riolo. The other 8th grade teachers are not nearly effective as she is.
Horrible principal!!! This school does nothing about bullies!!! My son went to this school and got bullied by the thugs...when I brought this issue to the principal, she told me that, "Boys will be boys" and left it at that. This is the kind of attitude that allows bullies to continue their reign of terror!!!
I have had 2 sons go through this school. EAMS does a terrible job of protecting the students from bullying and crime. It has been an issue for all of the years that we attended.
This school just won the California Distinguished School award and it's well deserved. The staff is great to work with and they are very committed to the kids. In my opinion Mrs. Ze and Mrs. Riolo are the best teachers on the staff. Both are tough, but really prepare the kids for the future. I would recommend this school and these teachers in particular to any parent who has a 7th or 8th grader.
This is my 5th year at EAMS. It has been a wonderful experience. The office staff is wonderful and the teachers are great. Both my girls have had great experiences here. The teachers really care for the students and strive for excellence.
All of the teachers are very committed to the students. They are very approachable and willing to work with you on your childs development
Ive been going to East Avenue Middle School for 2 years (6th & 8th) and it is the best middle school I have ever been to. The teachers and Administaitors are very nice and there is no crimes.
We have been at East Ave three years. I bekieve the principal and vice principal are great. They have been super helpful and made us feel like they really care, and they do.I think we are very fortunate to have people who go above and beyond their job.
I have nothing but great things to say about this school, especially the staff. Of all the teachers my son has had, his 8th grade Core teacher (Mrs. Riolo) was the best! She was tough and demanding but related well to the kids and although my son complained, he really adored her. I truly believe that high school has been much easier for him because of her and the other super teachers he had at East.
We've been at EAMS for two years now. Overall, it has been good. The girls have two families (we are divorced). Only one parent is contacted for parent teacher conferences or if there are disciplinary issues. We had to argue to get them to accept two emergency cards (one from mom, one from dad)! The teachers are great. The school participates in a wonderful online program called SchoolLoop, which emails us the daily homework, monthly progress reports and provides email links to teachers and administration (the teachers always respond, the principal and vice principal have not). The teachers have even provided the girls with dual textbooks - one for mom's, one for dad's.
We completed 3 years at East Avenue Middle School this past year and with all the changes through those year, this year it does seem that the school is back on track. The only complaint is that the principal and her staff this year are not friendly or easy to deal with. The teacher's are pretty good, just the office needs work. Low crime rate in the school as they are mostly good kids.
East Avenue Middle School has been going through so many staff changes and it appears to be hurting student morale. They have dropped their ski program. The yearbook club has been taken over by parents instead of students, which is odd since the parents won't know the students as well as the students would. There are just too many changes, too much staff turnover. You shy away from going to the office in fear that you will be scowled at as a parent.
Our school is going through many staff changes this year but all are eagerly up to giving our students the best quality education and school experience.
I just finished my first year at East Avenue, and I find that it is a great school with excellent adminstrative staff and superior teachers. The Principal and Vice Principal are both very good, though the Vice Principal generally deos more of the 'dirty work' than anyone else. The teachers and staff are very supportive, friendly, and truely care about the students and their grades. I am always comfortable talking to the staff and teachers. They are very good at solving problems with students and parents and parent involvment is very high. I am very satisfied with the education I have gotten so far at East Avenue Middle School.
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