My son went through the the Arts and Tech program, it was challenging but overall a good fit for our family. Most teachers were personable, approachable, encouraging and engaging. Most classes were enriching and my son enjoyed producing videos and acting out historical skids at the Renaissance Faire. English class in 7th grade was the only negative experience for my son. Though young and energetic the teacher's approach was rigid, militant and simply missed the point of teaching the joy of learning. She failed to help my son when he was struggling, but focused on strict formalities at the cost of crushing his spirit. Overall the Arts and Tech magnet is a great program, however I wish leadership would support parents more when a problem with a teacher arises.
Gifted Arts and Tech Magnet is an amazing program and unbelievable as it sounds, every single teacher is amazing, dedicated, approachable, engaging. The Admin is great, the counselor is terrific. It's a feel good, happy place from the top down to the kids, a really great environment.
The Environmental Studies Magnet is the best! I just graduated and I miss everyone already! The ESM teachers are all great and I recommend it to everyone. I have learned so much - I am so happy my parents sent me to this program. The kids are nice, there is no bullying in the ESM, and the teachers are all warm and caring. I wish I didn't have to leave.
i hate this school its the worst whenever u have a problem they just make it worst
The Environmental Studies Magnet here is wonderful! My daughter will be graduating in June, after three years in the ESM and I couldn't be happier with my choice. The teachers are amazing.
I am an 8th grade student attending this school right now. I love it so much here and it's going to be hard for me to say good by. The teachers and staff expect so much from us here and they really push us to do our best. This is the place to send your child.you won't regret it.
Wow, the switch to all-magnet really took the school to a whole new level. My son is in 6th grade, at the GAT magnet, and he loves it. Project-based learning, a nice, open campus that is being cleaned up bit by bit. The teachers are excellent, and the curriculum challenging. I am amazed at how many of the magnet kids are coming from Franklin, Ivanhoe, Wonderland, and the Los Feliz arts charter schools. I think King got a bad rap 10-15 years ago and it just stuck.
I have 2 kids at this school and it has the best organization in place that I have seen. I get informed of every detail that's going on at the school. Campus is clean and students and staff are very courteous. Teachers take every child's needs individually to offer the appropriate help. THere's plenty of supervision, including parent volunteers. My questions are answered and addressed right away. My kids love it and so do I. One thing i wish could get improved is the parking access to parents for events at the school.
I have an 8th grader & a 6th grader in the gifted/arts/tech magnet and am reminded every day what a great school this is. Starting at the helm with the administration, you have a group of people who are extremely approachable, sharp, warm and reasonable. They have a camaraderie that clearly extends to the amazing teachers - they all seem to genuinely like each other and have pride and a team passion, if you will, towards the school and teaching. This in turn extends to the students, who soak up these good vibes in their dynamic classroom settings. The kids are all challenged and not only "taught to the test" as we've been hearing, but inspired every day, pushed and encouraged to think critically, to consider other perspectives, and strive to achieve their best, all while utilizing tools at the forefront of technology and the arts. Socially, the kids feel cared for and supported by the adults, and any discord between students is handled seriously and with the same familial warmth. It's a middle school experience that is unheard of! To top it off, check out our API scores from year to year, now at an impressive 843. Pay attention, you will hear much more about this great place.
King Middle School has changed a lot over the passed 6 years. It has become a better enviroment for the students and more strict staff. I like the fact that things are more together here and I feel comfortable having my child attend here. The Magnet Program is fantastic and I have no complaints once so ever !
My daughter and our family are thrilled to be a part of making this a true "neighborhood school" that we can be proud of. My daughter had a fantastic academic experience in her first year of the arts/tech gifted magnet program with some fantastic teachers. She was challenged in way that she never has been before. We are all excited about the fact that this is now a 100% magnet school so that EVERYONE in the community has options like never before. There is a strong parental base of involvement, excitement you can feel and forward motion only.
I'm so proud to be a parent here at King and even prouder that my daughter goes here. Because of quality teachers, great staff, hardworking, involved parents and above all, a great group of young scholars, this school has made leaps and bounds of progress and we've only just begun. The movement, started a few years ago, has mushroomed into King's evolving into the "middle school to be reckoned with", and I'm so excited to be on board to witness and assist this transformation. It does indeed take a village and the King community of parents, teachers, staff and enthusiastic student body...along with the enormous support from our surrounding community, will soon be seen as the premiere middle school in the district. We Love King!
This school has been said that it's bad, a horrible evniorment but in reality this is a great school. The magnets are wonderful! They are filled with wonderful teachers. Although I had a rough start at first I got to know the school and Iust say it is wonderful. This school also offers great afterschool activities!
I am a parent to two student who are attending the new environmental magnet program and I am very pleased how they have attributed the environment in their studies. They have helped a lot and is one of the first school to ban Styrofoam lunch trays. I have a well communication with the teachers through their Edmodo website and Jupiter Grades. I receive emails constantly regarding notices through friends of king (http://friendsofking.org/). I receive their grades through texts and if there is any changes in their grades and what homework or assignments they have missed. Parents are very involved in this school and also volunteer their time to the school. For example we help out with fund raisers, activities, field trips, and volunteering our time during nutrition and lunch. The teachers are excellent with communication which is why I fell in love with the school. The size was overwhelming for me at first and the fact that I didn't get good reviews from previous parents but I am very happy I made the right choice for my boys who are in 6th and 8th grade.
I am a 7th grade student in the Gifted Arts and Technology Magnet. The teachers at this school are great and they have lots of electives and clubs at lunch. They also have an Environmental Studies Magnet and a film magnet coming next year. Some parents might be scared because of the size and worried their kid won't get personal attention when they need it but the teachers and staff really care about the kids and put a stop to problems like bullying quickly. My only problem with this school (a big problem) is the lack of supervision during break times. There are supervisors, but with 1500 kids and a huge campus they really don't have enough. I don't see serious fights or drug use but kids swear a lot and shove each other around. All in all it is a great school and kids and parents who might end up at this school should not be turned off by its size.
This school is fantastic. The improvements the teachers and principal have made to ensure the quality experience for every student have been very effective. Whenever there has been a problem, the school has made every effort to correct the situation and maintain contact with the parent in order to ensure that the problem has been resolved. The magnet and LACER program have offered my children opportunities that will lead to healthier minds and ambitious goals. Great job King Middle School!
This school is awesome. My child is in the magnet program and is being challanged in every class. She comes home everyday excited to be around a group of friendly children. To add, the office staff is parent friendly. We look forward to 7th and 8th grade.
i think that this school was okay, well not really alot of bad influences i think that moving schools was the best thing the happened. Then again the teachers there are GREAT! But still i wouldnt recommend anyone to go to this school unless they know what they are doing ?
I have been in the magnet program for tow years, and all I can say is that these have been the best years of my life! I have 10 favorite teachers there, but I think that it is a little overcrowded. All I can say is that I will never forget Mr Abee, Mr Piumarta, Ms Turcios, Mr Purdy, and all the other teachers that I have met in this school. My parents had a hard time deciding which Middle school I should go to, and I shall never regret the choice that my parents made: sending me to Thomas Starr King Middle School. King MS, YOU ROCK!
This school is very responsible and has a very beautiful garden! they are environmentally awesome!
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