Flamson is a wonderful middle school. The principals leadership is reflected in the staff. Students are constantly being challenged and given the opportunity to prove themselves both personally and academically. The campus is well cared for and maintained.
If there was 1/2 star available, I would have chosen it. The "counselors" do not hesitate to say (in front of the child), that by having a 1.07 GPA nothing will happen. Except for non-participation in th grade graduation & extra activities. Most teachers do not respond to a parents inquiry. E-mail from parent to teacher is automatically dumped into the teachers SPAM, & it's up to the teacher to retrieve it. The District advances kids who are obviously NOT equipped to enter High school, yet expects them to perform at the average level the following year. Paso Robles School District will NOT retain (hold back) a failing student. If failing in HS, they are sent to a "Continuation school", which awards the student for merely being in their chair. The next generation of Walmart, Jack-in-the-box, and McDonalds employees are being schooled here. One counselor even suggested "parenting techniques", ALL of which we had already done. i.e. Taking away video games, TV, computer/game time. Only 1 book is required and then the "test" is 10-20 questions on a computer, no book-reports are done. Dr Suttle is the ONLY admin there worth talking to about your child's performance.
Our school has been through a major earthquake, back in 2003, and we have yet to move into our new building. The students and staff have had amazing patience and tenacity in putting education first, regardless of the classroom conditions. We have persevered and put up with portable buildings, holding classes in the gym, cafeteria, and even outside at lunch tables. Our motto has been to 'move ahead, and learn' in spite of the disadvantages we have faced. George Flamson Middle School in Paso Robles, California has not lost sight of what education is all about, even in adversity!
Flamson is a wonderful school from my perspective as a student. It's everything i always wanted in a school. I have learned a life lesson throughout my three years of attending Flamson, the appearance is not what makes our school it's the heart of the the students and staff. I love Flamson!
Flamson Middle School has come a long way in a short time. The old reviews (written in 04) may have been accurate then but they are certainly not accurate now (2008). Flamson is a remarkable school with remarkable students, staff and parents. My daughter has had the privilege of learning under some very innovative teachers. The Principal is very high profile, I see him every time I am at the school, he is on the ball where discipline is concerned and communicates clearly with parents. The office staff is friendly, helpful and caring. The parents have the opportunity to be as involved as they want.
From the outside, Flamson does not look good by most measures (this will soon change). The beauty lies within, if you look on the inside to the teachers, staff and students, this is where the quality of the content can be seen. On the inside it relflects dedication, compassion, excellence in education, diversity, tolerance and appreaciation. It reflects life in the real world. My three children have been very happy at Flamson. As parents we have been more than pleased with thier educational progress as well as the development of their character.
Overwhelmed teachers is how to best describe this school. Big classes, mediocre-at-best teachers, and an earthquake to destroy many of the main buildings forcing students into portable classrooms all combine to bring this school the low rating we gave it.
While I think this school is of top quality, I would call it rather poor. Not enough school supplies and other necessities are provided and I just think that it's really not suitable for children to go there. Trouble makers, ect.