This school is absolutely amazing. There is no other description for it. Anyway, I am a student at paul revere and i love it. I am in the sixth grade high honors class. The homework is reasonable and the projects are very fun. All i can say is that this school is amazing and i highly reccommend it.
AMEN to this strictly monitored site. If your comment isn't "rainbows and lollipos," it will be deleted by Paul Revere. Heaven forbid that the school has a comment that is not positive. After all, Paul Revere is simply perfect. Yeah - just perfect!
My son has been in the charter program at Paul Revere since 6th grade and will be graduating this year. Even though I have heard good and bad comments about the school, I am very pleased with it. My son's overall experience has been positive, only one issue with a teacher, that was resolved. Their academics, drama and music program is outstanding. My son is involved in the music program and the PEP program and he loves it. If I could change one thing about the school, it would be an easier way to be able to meet with the teachers and counselors. I know they have a very large work load (over 2,000 students) this makes it really hard to make appointments with them, but they do their best to respond to emails as quickly as possible. All I can say is with any school, stay involved, let those teachers and administration know who you are, email,call and go up to the school if you need too.
We bypassed our neighborhood middle school to attend Paul Revere as we felt it had most of the programs and qualities in place that we were looking for. Our children have been very happy here and after so much pondering over middle schools, we have been pleased with our choice. The teachers have been excellent and the work has been interesting and challenging. The electives and the music program both are outstanding and the physical education program is top notch. Our children have also enjoyed the extras - such as lunch clubs, charity drives, PEP, and so much more. Many children from our out of area elementary school attend Paul Revere, but our children have also easily made new friends. There are lots of involved parents and administration responds very quickly when contacted. Very happy at Paul Revere!
Our daughter just completed 6th Grade and had a good year. She started in the regular program and moved up to honors after about five weeks. She actually liked her math and science teacher much better in proficient than in honors. Her math and science teacher in honors was a terrible instructor, and assigned too much homework, much of it "busy" work. When I mentioned the excessive amount of homework, the teacher suggested our daughter should go back to proficient, despite her getting As and Bs in her classes. That seems to be the usual response to parent complaints about the amount of homework. (And some of the homework is really pointless and time consuming.) In terms of discipline problems and bullying, when another child threatened our daughter, the deans and counselors acted quickly to address the issue. This school does not tolerate bullying.
14 teachers at this school were handed pink slips. Many of them were 6th grade teachers. In my opinion, Revere has an excellent 6th grade staff of educators. My son and daughter both had a wonderful and challenging 6th grade year. The teachers are top-notch! Sadly, many of them may not be in the classroom this September. Shame on LAUSD for making the cuts in the classroom and against the children!
My son just finished 6th grade honors at Revere. He has had an amazingly positive experience both academically and socially. It's true that he had an incredible amount of homework, but he really thrived particularly with all the special projects. It was an effective way for him to learn. His teachers challenged and supported him. He also made great new friends who also cared about school and were also in the music program just like him. And, I really liked the fact the kids had P.E. everyday to stay fit. Overall, our son enjoyed his time and is looking forward to next year. I am impressed how well the staff manages 2100 kids coming from a variety of backgrounds. The teacher and administrative staff are extremely dedicated and hard-working. I supervised during the lunch hour from time to time, and can say that there is no tolerance for questionable behavior and anything that comes up is handled quickly and appropriately. Given the budget restraints, this school makes miracles happen everyday. The key to making this school work: make sure your kid goes to school everyday, does the work.... and gets into the music program!
I consider this school to be a well run state penal institution. BUT considering that there are 2300 kids, I think they do a very good job. If your child falls into the middle of the bell curve then you are in good hands. That is, if he/she is self motivated or closely watched over by a parent then they will do well. The teachers care and are for the most part very good. If, your child is NOT a good student, or motivated, or has any learning issues, then you will have a difficult time here. There is an extreme overload of busy work home work, over which the teachers have no control. It is state mandated with very little thought other than high scores for the school which related to funding, however much needed. Bathrooms are filthy, and the place is run down for a lack of maintenance funding. Remember that these are traditionally difficult transition years for children, somewhere in the 12-14 years old zone, so it can't be any easy job managing an crowded school like this one. As far as alternatives go, I can't say that I've found the private schools to be better, and for 10-30 thousand dollars a year, from experience, I'd say your money is for the most part wasted. Good luck!
My son, now finishing his second year has had an excellent time at the school. On balance, some truly outstanding teachers ( two duds in 2 years...) but he has grown both academically and emotionally. A recent review by a another parent read like private school shill, hitting all the fear mongering marks one could imagine... I rated the school a 5t, though it's probably a 4.5... still room for improvement in some areas... tho parental involvement is huge here... not sure what the parent who posted before me is referencing re: not being allowed to see what's going on... contrary to that it's easy to get involved, and/or meet with teachers... or email them.... large class sizes not really a problem unless the child has a hard time focusing
As a student at Paul Revere, a large amount of the reviews I have read have made Paul Revere out to be a school with drug dealers, endless bullies, horrible teachers, and no regard for students' safety... That is the exact opposite of what I have seen. In my homeroom, we have gone over our planners' section on bullying, drugs, violence, etc., so please do not say the administration doesn't educate the students on those subjects. I encounter at least 150 students a day in classes, and none of them have been bullies or appear to be selling or using drugs. My teachers are incredible-- they go to the far ends of the Earth to enhance our courses and make sure we understand what they are teaching. They have NO tolerance whatsoever for talking during class or suspicious behavior, and will pull you aside if you seem depressed, angry, etc. Though my class is high honors, my teachers also teach regulars, which is about 70% of the same stuff (we just go into more detail and have more work.) My friends tell me that their teachers are phenomenal and that they have never been bullied at Paul Revere or offered drugs...
Yes, bullying is a problem; however, the solution is not punishing an identified perpetrator. The solution is taking a hard look at school culture. Children are impressionable and there are effective programs that address creating a culture of respect and caring. These programs require a head-on commitment from school leaders (not occasional rallies), time investment and change in classroom management by teachers, effective use of homeroom to do more than take roll and make announcements and parents who want to help build character for all members of the school community. This won't be implemented if the emphasis is on punishment. We have to model caring and compassion. The comments about racial (and class) bias are correct. At Paul Revere, in a Darwinian environment where each parent is out for their own child and class time is spent talking about the last trip to Europe, this will be a challenge, but we can do it!
Unfortunately I have to agree with the parent who posted on November 11, 2010 in regards to the bullying situation. I'm totally in favor of excellent academics, exceptional, caring teachers, what parent wouldn't?--don't really care too much about a farm being on campus, a farm....really now?? But, in this day and age, safety and protection is #1 on my list! I agree 100% that PR has a SERIOUS problem with BULLIES that is not sufficiently addressed. How can you address bully problems with a "no suspension rule". If a student does something to harm another student, whether it's physically or verbally, that student should be disciplined accordingly. A "no suspension" policy to me means that if the suspended student is not in school for the day/those days, then the school doesn't get the $$$. for the day! Total BS!!! Question for PR, Principal, Deans: Which is more important to you? MONEY FOR YOUR SCHOOL, OR A CHILDS SAFETY. Parents, I pose the same question to you for you and yours????
Great school when it comes to course work. However, I have to say there is some racial bias at the school. If your child is of color they assume they are in the wrong most of the time. There also seems to be a bullying problem that seems to be overlooked by the staff.
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I d like to share our family s experience with regard to regular and honors track. Our daughter started sixth grade in a regular track class. We felt that a mistake had been made in her placement and met with her teachers who reassured us by saying that they also taught honors classes. Our daughter was given supplementary homework which was similar to that given to honors classes. She was recommended for honors track for seventh grade and did well, scoring at the advanced level in the CST evaluations. Although our daughter s sixth grade class did have several students with discipline problems, it did not prevent a successful academic year. It would be a mistake to write-off regular track. The teachers are competent and caring. Unrelated comment: The bands and orchestras of the music department are amazingly good.
Im am a student at Paul Revere some people say that there a drug problem well there a drug problem in every school and it not the school fault it the kids fault there try as hard as possible to get rid of that and it located in a very nice area and i feel safe at this school.
Paul Revere has very nice teachers and an amazing principal that cares for all the students at Paul Revere.
I loved it.<3 it was the best 6th grade year ever! :D! you should go there! the teachers are nice and really help you!
It really gets tiring hearing some of the negative things said about Paul Revere. Here is the truth. We are so lucky to have this school. My son is finishing up his 8th grade year and my daughter will be attending the school next year. It has been an amazing school for my son. He has had teachers that have consistently blown us away with the levels in which they teach. I have absolutely no complaints about the education he has had or about the school in general. I can't imagine a finer middle school, even at the private level. The other great thing about this school is that it teaches kids to learn to navigate themselves within a big system. Sounds a little like real life, doesn't it?
I believe candy coated is the term you were looking for... Every school tour promotes the positive aspects of their school. But to say Revere is the worst possible middle school for any child wanting to learn is ridiculous. My son (in the Hoors program) is bright, but not a particularly motivated student and his teachers have been great. His 6th grade Eng teacher has been working with him through out his 8th grade year to get him ready for high school. I call that dedication!
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