This school was just terrible. The teachers were awsome, they helped my through the curriculum, but the environment. Imagine trying to study Algebra, and many kids make the strangest noises possible, for attention. I would compare this school to a free baby sitting service, becuase acedemics is worth zilch there.
Parkside Middle school in San Bruno is a school led by a incapable principal. Mr.Cheever is not willing to know your concerns. He is a perfect fit to a title Principal Non-Response. The academic scores is very low and the school is not focused on future improvement. All in all, it is a school you can put your kids in only if you have no other option in this area. It is better to learn Spanish before entering the school!
Parkside is an OK school -- not great, not horrible. Rumors about the violence and gangstas is overrated. My kids felt safe there, and as a parent volunteer I felt comfortable there. Academics are not a strong suit at this school. Some of the teachers are great and prepare the students well, but most don't hold the kids to high standards and just let them slide. If your child is motivated to do well, however, s/he will do fine there. Principal means well but she makes too many decisions based on emotion and reaction to a situation -- she is not proactive and strategic. I think the school could be a lot better under more dynamic and smart leadership. Just being caring isn't enough. But socially it's a decent school -- and fitting in with friends is so important to middle schoolers.
I am surprised for all the bad reviews. My son has a learning disability and I have only kind words for the counselors, special ed. teachers and teachers in general. This school is good and it's sad that our own community is the one putting the school down. Instead of complaining get involved and make the difference.
I don't understand the bad reviews of Parkside. My daughter is in the 7th grade there, and she is having a wonderful experience. The teachers are involved and caring, and they are getting great performance from my daughter. It is an excellent school!
I would not recommend this school to anyone. This school failed to teach my daughter and when I approach the school with my concerns, nothing was done. It seems that this school district is failing to teach alot of students. Charter school is the way to go. After this school I had to do my own research on public schooling. I recommend viewing a documentary called "waiting for superman". You will find alot of answers there.
The current principle and vice principle is doing a wonderful job. I am, however, disappointed with a majority of the teachers. There are only a select few that are worth having your children go to Parkside. It is unfortunate to these amazing teachers that the rest are not up to the challenge of preparing and nurturing our students.
Parkside prepared my son well for high school. He's taking pre IB classes. The physics teacher is impressed with the knowledge they learn from Parkside and proven true by my son's perfect score in his science STAR test result in 8th grade. The principal and staff are very supportive.