I choose Palms after touring the school twice, what wasn't clear was that the only classrooms toured were the Magnet classes. My child is highly gifted but did not get into the magnet. The SAS classes offer very little in terms of curriculum and homework consists mostly of worksheets that are very easy for my child. The English class has zero outside reading although my son loves his teacher. The only thing keeping us there this year is Mrs. West, the music teacher who I must say runs an incredible program keeping the kids engaged and focused. The school offers zero outside enrichment. There is one after school care program, but there is no way for the kids to connect outside of the classroom. Sadly we will not be returning and implore you to ensure this is the school for you if you do not get into the magnet program as the general education offers no challenge for the gifted child.
Palms Middle School has excellent hard working teachers. It has an AMAZING band and orchestra! Ms.West is the best instrumental teacher ever! Im currently a 7th grader and I'm in Gold Band and i started in winds the band theres Blue and Gold band and stings and Orchestra. The office is a little unorganized but out of all that its a great school. If you put your child in Palms you wont regret it. The NEW principal Dr.Dereck Moriuchi is an active principal who gets involed and does'nt stay in his office all day. Im being serious sign your child up for Palms Middle School!!!
I think Palms is an amazing school. I've just recently graduated from this middle school and I have been accepted in Mira Costa High, one of the best, high ranking high schools here in California.
This is a horrible school... teachers are uneducated and takes their frustration out on the kids. They never return calls and allow kids fail without getting parents involved.
This is a great school! The teachers care about the kids, the staff care and the kids care about each other! Middle schoolers kind of lose their minds around this age and think they can skate by with limited effort like they did in elementary school, so it takes a lot of patience to guide them into learning skills like organization and time management. My kids still don't have it down but they're learning at a great place. Palms is terrific, and I'm sorry for the complainers who are not having as good of an experience! Any time we've had a problem it's been addressed right away. No matter where you are - parents need to be involved with their own child's education.
Worst school to send your kid !!!! they only care about score,and MONEY<MONEY. thats it.your kid will be a stadistic only.no personalized at all!! it took us a long time to meet the principal and she rushed us out of the office....... reserch better do not be fooled by looks and reviews go and watch their interactions ....be smart do not send your kid there
My son just started 6th grade. Already, we are experiencing problems with the staff. We never received information regarding 6th grade orientation called "Camp Palms". Registration materials were supposed to have been mailed last June. When we asked about it several times, the office staff either said "Oh, the person you need to speak to is not here." Later, we heard "Oh, it's too late. You should've registered." At parent orientation, the tone was also dismissive and condescending. The principal did a lot of finger pointing, saying "Check your child's backpack!" "Make sure your kids are not tardy!", "Don't honk your horns!", etc... Excuse me? But most parents already know this! The second day of school, this morning, I was walking my son. 50 feet in front of the main entrance, by the street, one of the office staff was literally "shooing" parents away. For now, I will wait to see how things turn out academically, with my child and his teachers. If things don't turn around, I am seriously considering transferring my child to another middle school.
Coming from a rated 10 elementary school with a 955 API score and coming to this school that has an astonishingly horrible 857, I was very dissapointed, well actually not really because I didn't really think it was going to be great but I expected it to be at least better than what I got. I basically didn't learn any English in my class and I learned little new things of math. Now that I look back, I think, "Seriously?" I don't think the teachers here are nearly as talented as the ones I had in my elementary school that allowed me to stay in the 550's or more-always in my CST's
I like this school and some of the teachers. Some of the teachers are a bit stubborn. But they show effort to teach the students. Palms Middle School is a safe enviroment and has a great music and drama program. The only real bad point is that it may not always be the most sanitary school. In all Palms Middle School is a great school, and I enjoyed my time there. As their slogan says, "Palms Pride".
My 14 year old twins are completing the 8th grade this year. Our experience at Palms has been exceptional. My daughter fought me on attending Palms at first, but has since repeatedly acknowledged that it was the perfect choice for her. She loved every minute of it. Both had Mr. Kravetz for Algebra in 7th Grade and Ms. Kavicky for 8th Grade Geometry. Other standouts were Mr. An, Ms. Garrett, Ms. Eddington, Mr. Santana and Ms. Igarashi. Stage crew was phenomenal. Last, but certainly not least, I want to give a shout-out to Melinda Price. spectacular. She plans on visiting him as she congoing to this school
I love the fact that students get to experience honor classes based on their grades in their previous coursework. My son's first year experience was up and down, which is fairly normal, considering he came from a small elementary school to this large population. This year, for his 7th grade, all of the teachers have been wonderful and helpful. It has been most helpful, when the school decided to upgrade their website and include a way for parents to email their child's teacher. Communication has improved tremendously!
We picked Palms because it was our home school and they had a gifted Magnet. Their API scores were close if not better then the other schools we looked at and it was close to where we live. LACES goes to 12th grade. Some people see that as a plus, for us, it wasn't, I wanted my son to have the experience of being an upper classman more then once. Paul Revere was too far with basically the same test scores and the same education. New West Charter was too small. We couldn't be happier at Palms. All the schools are basically the same. You are not going to get a lesser education or better education, no matter which school you choose. Also, remember: They are not seven year olds anymore. Don't over protect them, let them fall and get up, let them experience. Palms has been a great and exciting adventure!
My daughter graduated from Palms last year and my son is currently in the 7th grade here. Both of them have enjoyed their experience. Is the school perfect? No. Is any school on the face of the planet perfect? No. However, my kids have enjoyed their time at Palms and I have had only positive interactions with the staff and the Friends of Palms parent organization. Some of the excellent teachers I have encountered include Ms. West (Band), Ms. Garrett (7th grade History), Ms. Bourman (8th grade History), Mr. Kravets (Algebra) and Mr. Ambriz (Counselor).
well i use to go to this school last year and its the best school that you can think of!! im serious! they have really great teachers and there always understanding.they make school and classes fun! they make palms so diffrent from other schools and the teachers there actually "teach" in a fun and easy way! shout out to mr. nicholson (my old history teacher) but yeah its really great and fun in a way that makes the students there including me wanting to go to school each and everyday, with enthusiasm:)) BEST SCHOOL EVER! PALMS ROCKS:D
Palms Middle School is an excellent school. The majority of the kids are well behaved and the teachers are so caring and very involved in the children's wellbeing. Some standout teachers are Ms. Wallace (Math), Mr. Scott (Science/Health), Ms. Calpin (English) and Mr. Nicholson (History). My son loves school due to these wonderful teachers and I applaud them.
I go 2 palms and it is the best middle school in the world!I love playing my trombone in the school's gold band!the teachers there r funny, nice,caring,and dedicated 2 teach.I've been there since 6th grade and my teachers then were so caring and nice 2 me.The students there r very funny,nice,and caring! I love my school!
I am a proud student of Palms Middle School.This school has many great and friendly teachers and staff.Amazing electives for students and great education.This school teaches a student a lot!!
My older child went to Palms; my son is there now (both in the magnet). The academic program is very strong, teachers and admins are dedicated, there are nice kids, and the parent group is very active. My daughter is at at a public high school with a very rigorous academic program, and I know that Palms prepared her well. Is it perfect? No. But I've compared notes with other parents on Revere, Webster, and LACES, and I have absolutely no regrets about choosing Palms.
well im going to 8th grade and palms is a great school some teachers are very strict and set you straight while others are like your friend and make u feel comfortable and welcome palms has the smartest kids ive met and there all very welcoming ive been there since 6th grade and sixth grade was great teachers welcome u and teach u how to ..be in middle school :)
Palms Middle Scool is the best school in the District because most of the 8th grade students scored high in state tests and as a student of Palms I think you should send your child there.
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