Standely, like every other middle school, has it's challenges. However, our family has had a positive experience. Their seminar track was very thorough, however my 'non-seminar' children really enjoy their experience at Standley too. With the exception of a couple, my children enjoyed their teachers. My children were choiced in so friendships were more difficult. However being a middle school student is a tricky time in the best of circumstances, and they over came this. I was not a fan of the principal last year yet she was a vast improvement over her predecessor. Over all this school is solid academically, has caring teachers, and a supportive community of parents. We've been happy here.
This school was absolutely terrible for me. I have ran into a bunch of bullying issues, and the counselor and teachers have done nothing about it. Even though the teachers were very kind and helpful I hated everyday I went there. I have been to six different schools throughout my entire education and that one school was the worst by far.
As a parent I am very discouraged with Standley. The teachers do not return emails. The communications between the VP and counselor leave a lot to be desired. The right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing. I wish I would have pulled my child in December and sent them to another school. The school is a joke and a total waste of time. The only thing they care about is the paycheck... Think long and hard before sending your child here!
This school has very competent teachers and a high parent involvement. The focus is not only how students do well but assisting and guiding them to help them reach those goals.
This is school have a lot problems each class have 40 kids at less, kids come from all over San Diego , there is no parent involved and the principal ?
I have to chuckle at the reviews. Most if not all of the teachers are quite accessible. Parents have good accessibility to both school staff and the district office. Principal Lyon has worked hard to reduce campus student population to a reasonable "by design" size over the last several years. Both of our children have attended Standley. Both children have developed great friends as well as solid academic relationships with instructors.
Stanley uses the the GATE b cluster approach which means it is the luck of the draw if your student will get a GATE class. 25% of all classes are GATE students. (9 out of 36) The administration states that they are all GATE classes but designates only some classes GATE Cluster. Seminar is still tracked together so that is still a good program and where all the high reviews come from. The overall test scores are 4 out of 10 for like student population. They administration is CLOSED to students changing classes to give them a better teacher for their learning.
I AM A STUDENT OF THIS SCHOOL. And I would like to say that this school has its ups and downs. It is culturally diverse and has almost no bullying issues but, the principal is horribly incompetent, some teachers have no control over classes and there is very little teacher-parent communication. The only way my parents can quickly access my grades is through a website only introduced this year. And the staff is mostly burnt out. I often feel depressed when I leave school because the teachers have no control over classes and I can't recieve the full lesson nor can I fully understand it. I would not recommend this school to parents who want their children to truly strive in school.
WE feel a desperate need to get out of this school! Its such a scary feeling to know our son goes here. His English teacher didn't assign a book to read until December. Then she assigned a Christian-based book. I read a few paragraphs and realized, besides the [small] non-secular problem, that this is not well-written literature. If he emulates this, he will be writing long 1 sentence paragraphs...! Since the 8th grade testing is not being done this year, I think the English teacher is slacking, a lot.
Standley middle school is a horrible school. The education is ok but not very good. The teachers are fine but only a few are good or extraordinary. It's a very boring school and they have made some unnecesary changes in the past year. They need to make a better administration. The principal is not very good and quite annoying. The vice principal, Mr. Pearson, is to concerned And makes false accusations. However the new vice principal, Mr. Lee, is awesome. He is verry friendly and makes sure you are on a good path. If I ever had any problems I would go to him. These are the reasons I'm rating it one star. The only good part of the school is Mr. Lee.
I agree with some of the other reviews about poor administration. My child is in eighth grade and throughout all three years they have not managed to determine the number of kids they will have enrolled come fall. This results in a constant change of schedules, teachers coming and going, and a "back to school night" that doesn't occur until the end of October. I spent many hours volunteering at my child's elementary school and enjoyed it immensely. Due to poor administration the principal has managed to disenchant the parents to the point where we don't want to volunteer. They seem more concerned with dress code violations and squashing any individuality at the school that education quality. Stanley Middle School is the weak link in an otherwise wonderful UC school experience. A new principal is desperately needed here.
My daughter just started the 7th grade here. In comparisons to her previous school, this place is hands down a breath of fresh air! It feels so good to see my daughter happy to go to school. Bullying was a major problem in her old school and here there is none, at least not for my daughter. The school is culturally diverse which I think is a good thing. What I don't like is that they have changed her schedule numerous times, the teachers do not grade my daughters work...they only check that she did the assignment but she gets zero feedback. I think this can hurt her in the long run especially during tests. The tardy policy is very strict but I suppose that is a good thing. Overall the school is good but I see room for improvement.
41 kids in a classroom? Really?? This same thing happened last year. Kids had to run to class to get a seat. Not a good seat. A seat. Standley's so called leadership solved the problem by issuing all new schedules to every student several MONTHS into the school year. You know, with all the planning days, half days, conference days, vacation days, and a three month summer, I think the administration just learns to duck it's responsibilities. In the end, the only truth is the god given right to be lazy and ineffective.
Poor management and administration. This school could not get all the students in their classes on the first day of the school. Many students could not get their schedules on time. Both Parents and students had to wait hours just to get their schedules. Parents and students were deeply disappointed by the school due to poor management by the school.
My cousins say this used to be an awesome school. I go there, this is not what it is now. We call the principal Tyrant Lyon, cuz that is her. This principal has taken away the fun, being with your b.f.f.'s, Valentines Day, Halloween, Boomers & Dances. She doesn't understand us or like us. She took everyone's valentines stuff away and put it in her office. She HATES us!
The teachers truly care for each student and demonstrate their concern by offering individualized tutoring and communicating well with the parents.
My family like Standley Middle School. My son graduated from the Seminar program and he enjoyed the helpful learning experiences. Thank you to all teachers and staffs!
Standley Middle School has nice teachers and comfortable environment. Although the school is facing lots of difficulties at this time, but we can see all teachers and staffs are putting their best effort.
From conversations with other students that go to Standley it seems as if the only good part about this school is the GATE/seminar program. I am in it and so far it's been great for me. The teachers have helped me very much throughout the years. If your son or daughter doesn't make the GATE/Seminar program, although, I advise you not to send your son/daughter here because it seems like the non-GATE students have a bad time dealing with the teachers and feel like they're surrounded in an uncomfortable environment.
An exceptionally dysfunctional school. The principal is not competent and not trustworthy. I had a private conversation with the principal criticizing a staff member and the staff member then repeated the conversation to me verbatim. Teacher quality is highly variable. Teachers have 4 classes/day out of 6 and a significant population of teachers are burnt out. Many are not specialists in their subject (e.g. teachers with an English degree teaching science). Struggling kids are neglected and fail. When I met with teachers, they knew my child was having problems completing or understanding the classwork, but never relayed the information. Even during scheduled parent-teacher conference weeks when these are supposed to rectify this, rarely do teachers contact parents. They often do not show up for their tutoring time or alert students when they have meetings during their tutoring time, especially mornings. Some teachers have very poor websites and the principal or VPs blame the teachers union rules for being unable to make the teachers fix or learn how to do so. Kids must wear their IDs around their necks all the time, a misguided time wasting rule instead of focusing on teaching.
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