I was a student a Pleasanton Middle School for 1 year, my 6th grade year. I was in the laptop program and I can safely say that now I am still 1 year behind in science. They barely had any supervision over computer games, so much so that my friends and I were able to play Minecraft for almost all of our laptop classes. I almost got kicked in the chest during passing period and the principal I talked to basically said that he couldn't do anything about it besides put more supervision in the area. On the bright side, I had a great year in math (course 1) in the "flipped" classroom and I can say that I am positive that Math is the best thing.
For all my 3 years at Pleasanton Middle School, I am glad to say I am finally getting out of here. The teachers for the most part are mediocre especially all the math teachers I had the misfortune to have. The lunches that are served are often very soggy and greasy and for the most part, unhealthy. I didn't struggle with grades even with poor teachers, because I understand the materials (mostly thanks to the textbooks and Internet) but for someone who struggles, the teachers are not at all willing to help out. The counselors and secretaries are moody and I tried to change something in my schedule and I was received with a resounding groan each time. Unless parents are involved, the activities are unorganized and poorly managed. I took Spanish 1 and I was lucky enough to have a good teacher but I know that all my other friends who had the other teacher did not learn any Spanish because the teacher was too busy with her other classes. The years of middle school are messy and very unorganized in this particular school.
Good teachers and stuff, but the yard duty people at lunch, especially the dude, all have their own "cliques" that they let getaway with everything. For example, when I go to stand in the lunch line, a HUGE group of guys cuts the line and the dude yard duty doesn't even care! He just talks to them about sports and lets them do whatever including pushing the people around them! Not to mention when the guys were making rude remarks to me, he just laughed! Honestly, I wish you would fire that guy or something because he doesn't do his job! I have to go into the counseling office every week because of the damage those guys have left when he was looking. Please either train them on how to be helpful when another person is being bullied or don't have them at all.
Counselors are top notch but unfortunately the school psychologists' priorities are more in line with the district's (of not spending money, which is shortsighted because they end up spending on litigation), than on putting the child first. Biased assessments/interpretations leads to delays or refusal of needed supports. Some teachers are cooperative and embrace individual learning needs, some aren't - very inconsistent.
At registration I was treated badly by people working there as a low income mom. We got a loaner laptop from PMS, but it was old and we had to keep turning it in to the office to be repaired. It also could not use some of the programs that the teachers required. The teachers, when we could even get one to listen, didn't care to hear about it or to give us options. I completely agree with the April 13, 2010 reviewer. The teachers were the worst. Horrible attitudes. This was a confusing, chaotic experience.Zero organization.My kid went from happy As, to upset Ds & Fs.We're going to Hart.
If your child needs any sort of help, forget it. I can count the good teachers my son had in 3 years on one hand with fingers to spare. They have a math teacher whose reputation is soo bad the high school math teachers know they will have to spend extra time with your child to teach them the things that should have been taught in PMS. Most of the teachers are just putting in their time and going through the motions. Half of them don't have a clue what's going on in their classroom. I lost count of how many times homework checked off by the teacher as completed would then show as missing on the progress report (make sure your child hangs on to their homework so they won't have to re-do it for partial credit)
PMS has extraordinary teachers, administrators and staff. The staff really cares about each student. Distinguished and blue ribbon school that really deserves the recognition!
PMS is awesome!!!!! There are many clubs, the food is great, and the teachers are the best in the world. Some can be pretty strict but overall their really nice. This has just been my first year but I really love PMS
I was surprised about this school. This is my first year at PMS. My first year at middle school, actually. All of my teachers are great. They are nice, but strict. It was tougher than I anticipated, so I didn't work too hard. When my first grade update came along, I had a C. I talked to my teacher and she gave me some advice. And it worked. I'm a straight A student now. The food is awesome, the staff are awesome (especially Mr. Whitney). The clubs are awesome. And the laptop program is awesome! The laptop program is really worth it.
Overall Good school. Although I think that they need to look on both sides of the rope with the whole Biology thing. As a Christian Student, I have my own Beliefs and feel they need to be respected. The Politically correct History and Biology and what not needs to be viewed with both perspectives. Other than that it is a fine school, Awesome food, Good teachers... The lunch lines need work.
Despite the higher API scores etc. I have been disappointed with many of the teachers. Some, clearly burnt out or unmotivated, have actually turned my child off to subjects once loved. 'Higher ups' clearly on the side of the teachers and unresponsive to the concernsof the parent.
this is da best school ever! all sorts of clubs, awesome food , i highly reccomend this school!
The teachers here are passionate about the children's learning process. There is a great deal of parent involvement in the school.
PMS overall is a very good school although they allow teachers to provide a somewhat politically slanted curriculum and do little to control these type of discussions in the class. This would be fine except the teachers involve their own views and this is never acceptable. There seems to be no ability to control this and it does impact the students. Other than this the quality of the learinging environment is quite high and the availability of extracurricular activities appears to be on par with other similiar schools. As with any school parental involvement is a double edged sword there is a high level of parental involvement and this has implications both positive and negative. This is a relatively affluent community and the parents who participate tend to be towards the upper end of the stratum and the do wield influence.
Pleasanton Middle school offers good educational environment for students. The level of parent involvement is quite high. I found the sports facilities very good. I found most teachers to be very competent and good at what they do. I highly recommend this school.
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