This school has a Three Strike & You re Out rule.(A punishment program regarding unfinished homework assignments) and the staff are forcing students (who did not complete and/or turn in a homework assignment or packet) to make a phone call home (while school is in session) and read (from a script written by the school staff) a VERY HUMILIATING speech to their parents; (in short) telling them how sorry they are for letting them down & not living up to their standards and expectations, & so on. By the third (strike) time not completing a homework assignment, the student not only has to make the (humiliating speech) call home, they also must have a meeting with the school s VP 5 days of lunch detention or one day of Wednesday school. This happens even if the student has been out sick and has quite a bit of homework to catch up on. I m sorry but, What s Up !! Is this practice of student humiliation REALLY necessary; I think NOT ??!! But then again . . . Who am I to question this school s disciplinary actions; I m just another parent; right ?!
i like this school im a six grader there i love it just some thighs i dont like lets start with PE i dont like chaging i front of the other students i try to go to the rest room and it turns out we are not aloud to chage i the rest room my math teacher mr withers is awsome he can get a little rasit ad ms danilso she can get racest too mr marcus is the awsome teacher he is a music teacher and mr weedmark is awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Standley Middle School is by far the worst school I have ever been to. The school is very poor and unorganized. They say that it is not their fault they are poor but because the funding is bad. However, they spend their money very poorly spending money on textbooks and other things that are almost never used throughout the year. The schedules are also very unorganized, and are always wrong and have to be changed 2 or 3 times. The staff and teachers also fail at controlling the kids and most of them are very racist and constantly say inappropriate things. The school is very unsanitary, as there is gum all over the floor, under the desks, and even under the chairs. The principal does not even accept parents' requests for changing their kids' classes. The cafeteria lunch menu is also poorly designed because they are limited to each item to often vegetarians starve. I went to Standley for an unfortunate 3 years. Take my advice and do NOT go to Standley.
There is so much racism at this school from the Principal to office staffs! They are unkind and ignore students and parents.
There is quite a bit of racism at Standley Middle School. There also seems to be a problem with bullying that the administration tolerates. It appears that the staff has difficulties controlling the behavioral problems of the students. My child has been bullied repeatedly at Standley and the staff chooses to look the other way.
This is the most awesome school i ever seen even my kids are very smart and the GATE program helped them to go to higher level classes so I say that this is the best school I ever seen
I think Standley is an awesome school. I sent both my kids to Standley after they attended private school. Standley challenged and supported them both! Principal Lyon and staff are the best! TK
Academics at this school score badly relative to the UCcluster elementary and high schools and are also poor relative to comparable student populations in the SD District. Science is only given as an option for 1/3year in 6th grade, so less important than PE, Social Studies.. Lunch and external activities are minimal. Many teachers seem incapable of managing their web materials or email. The main school focus appears to be tracking petty disciplinary issues. Management and planning is poor - now even worse then the previous Principal - this year 2/6 grading periods were almost done (Thanksgiving!) before the back-to-school night explaining class expectations was even held. Office staff typically ignore you and one counselor is notoriously unresponsive. There are good reasons many UC cluster parents skip the kids out from Standley for the middle school years and come back for UC High later.
If I understand the official mail I just received, this school is in year 2 of an Improvement Program after having failed to achieve proper scores in basic standardized testing for the No Child Left Behind act. Whether this reflects poorly on the school itself or suggests GreatSchools.org is a scam for ranking it a 9, something is misaligned with all these stats and ratings. The very scary thing about this San Diego Unified School District letter, by the way, is encouragement to apply to other schools with no cost bussing for my son.
I recently graduated from Standley and I really enjoyed my time there. I was in the Seminar program and the teachers were really helpful and often challenged us to go further in our studies. They helped us do our best for tests and were very supportive!
Standley Middle School is a very good school that does it's best to serve all students. The GATE classes are offered in English and Social Studies for each of the three grades (6th, 7th and 8th). For math, all students are tested and placed based on the test results. All other classes are taught by capable and better than capable teachers and consist of a mix of all students. Students have excellent elective choices in addition to the outstanding band/orchestra options. Anyone who thinks the teachers and staff are only interested in GATE students has not spent any time at the school or talked to any of the dedicated teachers and staff. These are people who have tirelessly been doing more with less for years and will likely continue to do given the current budget outlook. How many of us would be willing to do the job they do under current conditions? In the two and a half years that she has been at the school, Principal Lyon has changed the culture dramatically. According to my child, bullying is at an all-time low. Her consistent zero-tolerance position has had a pervasive effect. I am looking forward to having my next child start there in the Fall.
This school only offers good resources (math classes, etc.) to GATE children. If your not in GATE than sorry but your going to basically learn the same stuff from 6th to 8th grade. So of course some comments (made by GATE kids) are thrilled with the school. They're actually LEARNING! There are also 43 ratings made by teacher/staff members ,which they all gave 5 stars, no surprise they all want to keep their jobs. Why don't they get a degree and start teaching! Why do kids come to school if their no getting anything out of it! It is a waste of everybody's time and when they get to high school it's gonna be a heck of a lot harder. GOOOOD LUCK!
My child currently attends Standley. The only positive thing I can say about this school is that it has a great band program. Other than that this is a terrible school. Children are constanly being bullied and not much if anything at all is being done to controll it. My child will not be returning to this school next school year.
I just finished my first year at Standley, and I am very pleased with how the year went. The teachers are outstanding: challenging but offer lots of help when you need it. I was in the GATE program and learned a lot throughout the year. Highlights were English, in which I learned many things and also did nice projects. I also enjoyed having PE every day. The coaches were supportive and challenged you to always push harder, but never forced you to do anything completely against your abilities. I made a lot of new friends, although the behavior of some kids could be better. I am overall very happy with my first year at Standley and can't wait to start again!
best school ever. the band has been an award winning band for almost 10 years and the teachers are phenominal.
There are a lot of racism in this school. Especially its very difficult to meet the principal as a foreign parent. The assisstance of principal is very rude and disrespectful. When asian parents spoke to her, she never tries to listen. Most of the teachers are good.
I've been to this school for all three years and I have definitely learned a lot. The Seminar, Cluster, and GATE programs are the best opportunities. The advanced classes were tough, but they really shaped the students for high school. The teachers open up time in their schedules for before and after school tutoring. The teachers are very helpful in all of the subjects. Standley has an outstanding Band and Orchestra program. We play very good music and get to play in competitions and special parks, like Disney Land and Six Flags Magic Mountain.
This is my daughters last year at Standley and we couldn't be happier with the seminar program she has been fortunate enough to benefit from. The teachers are exceptional, varied and all bring something to the table at about the right time. The homework load is hefty but seldom busy work. The kids that are attracted to this program are amazing. No school is perfect nor are teachers but I think Standley has the best of the best as far as seminar teachers go, not to mention their music program which compares to none. The P.E. teachers are great as well. Science is weak with the exception of Mr Pearson, he is in a league of his own. Overall, great seminar experience!!!
My dtr is starting her 3rd year at Standley. I struggled all last year to communicate with her teachers and one of the two counselors at the school, with little effect. I think the teachers are, by and large, excellent and quite committed but the school culture is so very traditional. A small group of very vocal parents seem to be the only input that the administration seeks, resulting in highly performing kids receiving the bulk of the attention and resources at the school. If your child doesn't test well into the GATE program, forget any individual or specialized instruction and prepare for 'teaching to the test. Prepare to provide your own enrichment program at home.
I am sorry to say but this school could do so much better. First my child is very smart and they put him in all the lower classes...He also told me that in his English class he has learned nothing! Then the extra-curricular classes/sports are very poor. There is barely any sports in this school. I look at other schools and they have sports but his school has barely over 5 sports. Overall i rate this school a 4 out of 10...
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