The teachers at this school need to improve on its communication with the parents. Last year, I though my child was doing well in her elective. Only to find out that she went from an A first semester to a C+ in second semester. Not once did her teacher notify me of her decline in grade or how she could improve it. There was also a bullying issue that I brought to the attention of the vice prinicpal that I was never updated on. Lucky for my child, that it resolved on it's own. There are some positives I do like about the school. Uniforms is a great idea. The after school program is wonderful. The connectED automated calls work well. I also liked the Coffee with the Principals once every month. I just wished there were more parents attending. Academically, the school has improved as seen in the 2008 API.
This school is horrible, very unorganized. I had to go back 3 times to register my kids for school, because there were always too many people, and when I did get them registered, I stood in line for almost 3 hours. When I asked questions about bus transportation or uniforms, no one had an answer for me...in fact I still don't know if they offer a bus to pick up my kids. My kids are having a very hard time adjusting due to the fact that it is very cliquish. There is no tables for the kids to eat lunch at and no supervision at lunch time. What is wrong with this school??? I feel like it is at the bottom of the barrel. Save yourself and your kids the horrible experience of having to go here. I am trying to get mine out.
I didn't like the fact that my son had to go to this school. Everyone said too many bad things about the school. Now that the school was changed to a middle school 6-8 grades and that the students have uniforms I don't hate it as much. My son likes it and he likes most of his teachers.
Bell Middle School is a great school. There's many activities and I never get bored.
its fun here, but i don't like the uniforms, and sometimes there's fights
This School is know Bell Middle School, about 4-5 years ago students made bell have a bad reputation. When changed to middle school principles have more leadership with 3 vice principles and 2 co principles,students are also now advocates.There really trying to improve.Bell is a great school!
This school has made a 180 degree change in the last year. Uniforms were put in place. I thought this would not make a change, it did! Students behave better and High School students can no longer come on campus without being easily identified. Class sizes were reduced. Vice Principals were put in charge of discipline instead of counselors. this reduced poor behavior dramatically. 28 private tutoring companies for H/w help. One provides free computers. An after school program called 6 to 6 provides addition after school help as well a sports program (football and soccer). I can finally teach every minute of every period. Two years ago this was not the case.
I went to this school for three years and it was overall an odd experience. There are definitely better schools, but if you're involved enough you can make the best of your education. This school is known to have a bad reputation due to its students. However, I must disagree when it comes to the teachers. There are only a few that are very careless. Look into honors classes and you'll be much more satisfied. The music and drama department are the school's strongest points. The drama club is famous for it's 'Lilac Theatre' and the music classes (especially orchestra) are award winning and create some beautiful sound.
I went to this school about four years ago. It was okay. Luckily I was involved in the magnet program so I got the best education I could out of the school. Overall I would not recommend it, there must be better schools around.
I currently attend this school and it is awful. The teachers could careless about how you are doing in their class.
This is not a good school at all, the teachers have no control over the students, this is a school that needs a lot of improvement as far as how the campus looks, there is a very limited amount of school sports , my child was sent to this school because we moved to here in the middle of the school year and the high school was to crowded to accept her even though she excelled academically.
this school is excellent I mean the teachers are great. The vice principal is the only person I have a problem with though because she does not know how to connect with the students on numerous occasions she has talked down to me and other parents like I did not know anything. I think that bell does have alot of positive things going on for itself such as their drama program. It is like a real live theatre Mr. Maher really pushes my daughter and son to do their best. Under his guidance many students have gone on to do professional acting in the community. The academics at this school are fantastic and I really feel connected to all of the teachers and know how my child is doing. When my daughters grades started to slip I automatically knew about it and worked to get them back on track together.
I used to go to this school and let me tell you that this school is awful ...there is always something bad happening...the classrooms are not nice and the campus is not too pretty. Please save your kid the time of going there.
Bell Junior High has an excellent academic program. Also, student clubs such as FHA go to great lengths to also include young men, which helps the parents to raise well-rounded young men. My son, Pascual Lomeli Benitez, went to Bell years ago. He was well-prepared for Morse High School, which in turn prepared him very well for Southwestern Junior College and San Diego State University. He graduated with a BA in Criminal Justice two years ago. Also, the teachers at Bell and Morse were just wonderful. They still had too many students in the classes, and that is a shame. You shouldn't do that to such fine teachers! Anyway, thank you to the teachers at Bell Junior High and Morse High. You did an excellent job for my son, Pascual Lomeli Benitez. Sincerely, Marta Lomeli parent, community resident, & author of Cuentos From the House on West Connecticut Avenue
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