BAD SCHOOL. Grades are based on coloring and arts and crafts, not on knowledge. Middle school that is more suitable for entry into 1st grade than high school. No depth to anything. The bulk of the science teaching is simply copy the text exactly from a handout to a paper doll like flipbook. At least in eighth grade they do use a text book, albeit for the purpose of copying the pictures to the paper dolls. They are subsequently told to color them exactly as they are in the text. I guess I really don't know why this school district even wastes the money to buy textbooks. There are lots of good pictures on the web.
I guess the take away is if you want your 7th or 8th grader to get real good at copying and coloring then this is the place for you.
BTW, they are all stuck in their ways so no hope of getting them to change.
Very very bad.
My son goes to this school. What I like about this school are the afterschool sports programs that keep the children busy and they attend competitive meets. The academics part is not bad, somewhat challenging. No complaints so far.
There are teachers at Olive Pierce Middle School who are allowed to bully students..just google the Channel 10 News audio of a teacher from Olive Pierce verbally abusing a student. This was not an isolated incident. There was another incident involving another teacher a special education teacher who ridiculed and bullied an autistic child in her classroom last year. Unfortunately the administration protects the teachers not the students. With all of the media regarding bullying in schools and zero tolerance for bullies in schools you would think that this would apply to teachers bullying students too especially when it is a special education teacher bullying a disabled student.
Agree with earlier post. The thought seems to be that if all of the kids get "A"s that they will be interested in school. We moved to another district and realize how poorly my kids were equipped. Everything seems geared to scoring high on API; writing instruction is horrible. Elementary schools were fine in Ramona, but Middle School is terrible.
This school is just okay. The good -- They have a great student-led closed-circuit TV stream every morning, which is excellent for involved students. Mr. Sclar is an awesome teacher who is very caring and involved in kids' lives. The not-so-good -- Counselors are a joke. The assistant principal and principal are, despite a great deal of public "face time," unapproachable. This is a public school though, so expectations should be aligned with that in mind. If you don't expect much, you won't be disappointed.