Get invested in this school and it will give back to you the way it should - but don't blame the school when you are not invested and it doesn't. The school and/or teachers can't do every parents' job as well. Our experience has been outstanding and my son has never been happier.
The administration is invested and has handled all "middle school" issues with respect for my son and the parties involved.
The (newer) administration is also the most caring and educated I have ever seen. They want this school to be good, to have funding, and they go WAY beyond to see that happen.
All of the teachers my son has had were very good and the seminar teachers are spectacular and caring - even if we wish there was a little less work/stress involved in that program. But, they definitely know what they are doing. The ONLY negative I agree with is that "common core" dilutes the effort of the teachers... Otherwise, amazing and caring administration, facility is improving and very nice thanks to administration and committed ASB and community members, and the teachers are great too! Go Cougars!
If your child struggles with any academic subject, do not send them here as they will fall further behind. Students are given A's and B's on assignments when the completed work content is a 2nd or 3rd grade level. In math, all students are given an A if they complete their homework on time, even though all answers are wrong. Math teacher considers the A to represent credit for completing homework. Good luck getting any support from teachers, as their attitudes are "I have 170 students". Recently, my son's friend left at the beginning of January to go to a different school because his parents also share my same concerns of poor education offered at this school.
While there are some bright spots at Correia, most of the teachers my two children have had there are medicore. One refused a requested meeting when my child was not doing well, but the counselor would not get involved because we had not spoken to the teacher. Another teacher talks to the class about politics and religion, although it does not pertain to the subject he is teaching. Music and PE are great, the ASB does a good job, and their nurse is very good! As with all schools in San Diego, the class sizes are just too large for kids to do as well.
The new principal is hard working and very responsive. I went to him with a concern a few weeks after he started and he already knew my son (for good reasons). He always finds time to listen and tries to solve problems. While not always solved to my satisfaction, he makes it work out. The seminar teachers are caring, intelligent people that make learning fun and are the cornerstone of the school. The science teachers and PE teachers are also great. The only problem with this school is the same problem with all public schools . . . common core watering down the learning.
The staff here is mostly poor, from the teachers all the way up to the principal. They lack objectivity and are quick to shun any student and/or parent that they do not agree with. The students are out of control most of the time. There are teachers that are playing both social and academic games with the students lives. Do not send your child to this school. Pay for a private school or find an alternative in a different part of the city for the 2 years that your child could be subjected to this chaos.
I just graduated fron Correia. Hello, I have read some of the reviews on this site complaining and bantering about Correia Middle School. But to be honest, it isnt the bad of a school! It has quite a few student, of all sorts, so your child can easily make friends if need be. But the teachers are very nice, some more than others, just like any school but I had a great connection with my teachers and they were always there to help over E-Mail. I just dont know why everyone doesnt like this school, but it isnt that bad of a school. I had a very positive two years tgere and I promise you will too.
Where to begin? Correia falls short in so many ways. Too many students attend this campus. This is the only middle school for the entire OB/Point Loma area. If your student is already strong in academics, then there probably won't be many issues. However, if your child lags behind or needs more one on one instruction, forget about it. Office staff is less than helpful and often downright rude. Forms/paperwork turned in often go missing or never make it to the necessary party. There are limited clubs and student organizations, and no sports offered. Everything about Correia is poorly organized and run. For example, this past school year, the open house was rescheduled at the last minute because of rearranging of teachers/classes (due to staff reduction, I believe) and my son's schedule (and other students) was changed 1 month into the school year! After being in school for a month, kids are starting to get familiar with routines and teachers. This past year was not my first experience with Correia, I have 3 kids all of whom have attended Correia over the years. It has NOT improved one iota in the last 10 years. It has gotten worse. Sadly, I cannot recommend this school to anyone.