I hope to see more comments and review for this school. My child is suppose to attend this school next year (2014-2015). Please provide your feedback. Much appreciated! ~ Future attending parent
This school is terrible. Some of the teachers don't even grade the assignments and just leave it there gathering dust for a long time.
We have a 6th grader at PDCMS. We've found the school to be very good in many ways. The teachers are great, most will take extra time during lunch or after school to help. The frustrations with the school have been: 1. Our student had a serious illness that made him miss about two weeks of school. Even though he had a Dr. note we still got a letter home stating that any more missed school will not be excused without a Dr. note every time. It would have been nice to be contacted by the school prior to getting the letter. This brings me to my 2nd complaint. There is not sufficient office staff. Unless you are able to do everything online, you'll have a very hard time communicating with the school.
This will be year #3 for us. My daughter first year was susposed to drop in grades (that what most say) and she did so well I was so surprised. I am pleased witht he teacher involvement and they really care about MY kid.(and your kids) .MY daughter quickly got involved in the Colorguard group and was able to march with the Band and participate in the Winter guard competitions. I couldn't be more proud of the young Lady she has become and this school really helps develop a childs desire to be part of a community as a whole. I agree with the parents comment on the band program every time we go out I am amazed at the level in which our kids perform. They are completely impressive. If there is a way you could get involved with the school its needed. Volunteering once a day once a week or even once a month.
My daughter transferred from another school district last year, where she was in the "Honors" program at another "9" school. She keeps in close contact with her friends at the old school, and she can not believe how far advanced she is in all her classes, compared to the honors class there. More important to me is how all her PDCMS teachers in 6th grade focused on teaching her learning skills...such as organization, time management, and assertiveness...and did so effectively. The extracurriculars are great, and some of the events parents put on outshine anything I've ever seen at a high school. We moved here FOR the schools, and I'm so glad we did.
My child has been at PDCMS for 2 years and I have to say this is the best I could have hoped for in a middle school. The administration is responsive and fair handed. The teachers are involved and most of them are putting in many extra hours before and after school to give the kids extra practice and help. The Band program is under a new director this year and although it is a transition year this program is second to none. Comments from spectators usually include the phrase "This is a middle school band!" The elective band program is not for the faint of heart. It is challenging and not only improves the music talents of the students it also focuses on responsibility and team involvement. My child has learned to be on time and well rehearsed as a result of this program. This affects all aspects of the overall education experience as that translates to my child being more self sufficient in all classes. I have heard some complaints about how difficult some classes are at this school. My experience is that I feel that my child is getting a high quality private school like education in a public charter school. If your child is going to go here be prepared to get involved. Volunteer!
My son just started here in 7th grade in the middle of the school year. He came from a school that was rated as a 10 on GreatSchools. I have to say, though, that both he and I think that PDCMS is a better school. He loves the teachers and says that the kids are really warm and welcoming. On his first day, the principal even came up to say hello to us. Other than the band program, which is way behind his other school's and is somewhat ridiculous (the top level band is a required-marching band, the band concert apparel makes them all look like dorks, the band director springs mandatory extra after-school rehearsals on them with two days' notice), the classes are wonderful!
Well, I think this is a great school. I went to every single one of the Panther Dance Teams' preformances, last year, and I happned to think that the dancers a great! Amazing dance coach! Yes, drug issues have happned, but that stuff happnes at every school. PDCMS has the best test scors, and an amazing dress code! I love the robotics teacher, he is absolutly hilarious, and down to earth. Ms. O'malley, Mr. Harvey, and Ms. Mclaurin great ones too. PE teachers, are doing a great job. I am a very proud parent of an 8th grader at PDCMS. =]
I love the fact that the school has a uniform policy but definitely needs enforcing. Too many times, I've seen girls wearing their skirts way above the 4" in requirement and it doesn't seem that this is being addressed. I think this policy should be enforced since many or most of the students are in a pubescent age. I've spoken to other parents and they feel the same way. If you're going to have a uniform policy, you have to stick by it. I've even called the school complaining about this and all they tell me is that they can't get them all and they can't police what every kids is wearing. My answer to that is, yes you can. Each of these kids have several different teachers that can report them. You can't solve the problem if you don't take action. Other than that- The school is GREAT!
In response to the May 5, 2010 posting by one of our students, the information is not accurate. We have the best students and staff and we do have problems to solve. We have the best team to solve the problems. If you witness someone doing something they should not be doing, please report it and you can help us make PDCMS an even better school. Thanks, Mr. G.
I am a student in 6th grade here at PDCMS. Its a good school, with nice teachers. But, there is a lot of drugs and physical violence. In almost one month 4 kids have been suspended for having fights and 9 were busted from smoking marijuana! The education is good, but the kids aren't!
I have been at this school for three years. It's an excellent school! I had threes years of great teachers and will always remember middle school! Thanks PDCMS! You rock!
This is my sons finally year at palm desert middle and I can say that it has been a joy. I look forward to when my youngest son starts to attend after two more years at carter elem.
Our child will graduate from 8th grade in a few weeks. Our experience at PDMS has been exceptionally good. The teachers have been competent and have each accomodated our special needs in kind and generous ways. Their communication with us has always been excellent and they have encouraged and challenged our child to become a more serious and confident scholar. We are grateful to the staff, administration and teachers of PDMS. We have absolutely no complaints or criticism.
i love PDMS! i am an eighth grader and have been attending for 3 years. i love everything, why wouldn't I? The parents are really involved and the staff overall is really great! i definetly recommend it.
This is the best school ever. My child had a great year at PDMS she made so many friends. I recomend it.
I have found that the teachers at this school are very dedicated when in constant contact with the parents. The teachers are very accessible via email, and correspond on a daily basis if necessary.
Overall the quality of the teachers is fair. Most appear to be burnt-out and merely putting in their time until retirement. Maybe the large class size(35-40 kids) impedes their ability to connect with more than a few of the higher achieving kids. It is a shame because we all do better with good coaches! and they are our future. Parent involvement is consistent with elementary and high school with the same parents generously devoting their time.
The teachers have been great. Both of my boys wen to this school. Academically it is one of the best middle school in the valley. The Marching band is excellent.
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