We couldn't be happier with Presidio Middle School. We were on the fence between transferring to private school because of the false premise that public middle school would be full of 'tough kids.' We've met nothing but good kids, all from different backgrounds. The Academics are very challenging, but we feel that the challenges are preparing our child for what lies ahead in high school.
I just graduated from Presidio in June and I think it's an awesome middle school to be at. I can honestly say that I'm so glad I went here. There are a lot of different electives for various interests among the students. The teachers are what they're there for: to teach kids. But sometimes, students build what are like...teacher-student friendships. The teachers and counselors there help and support you. To the parent who gave Presidio Middle School two stars on May 28: I was transferred into honors classes. Yes, sometimes the homework may take a while. But if this is your child's first year, it'll seem like a lot of homework compared to elementary school. I got homework on weekends and, yes, it did take sometimes a few hours. But you're getting homework from different classes with different teachers, not just one class with one teacher. Presidio Middle School is amazing.
Parents beware. Although this school prides itself on its rigorous academics, Presidio can wind up giving your child and first year. Even during the STAR tefamily more stress than it can handle. My child went into honors classes, which was a mistake. The over-emphasis that was placed on test scores, grade point averages, making the honor roll, and inordinate amounts of homework (2-3 hours daily, often on weekends). All this has made for a very distressing and disappointing first year. Even during the STAR testing week, my child had another regularly-scheduled test in one of her classes! There doesn't seem to be any balance to this school, and the arts and sports get the short shrift.
This school is awesome!! There may be a lot of kids that attend but in all of the core classes (math, science, language arts, social studies), its really easy to learn and understand. Gym and your elective is really good also. They have many electives such as Band, Orchestra, Dance, Spanish, Japanese, Computer, Art, Drama, Home Ec., and many more. Its really a good school.
I think this school is great, because there are a lot of people to support you there, great teachers, counselors, and best of all, if you have a problem with anything, you can talk with your counselor and they will help you out a lot.
The previous review is spot on. If your kid is in the GATE program, they will be challenged. I feel my kid -- with the possible exception of english fundamentals -- is getting a superior education.
In all, Presidio is a good school and a better choice than private school if you are interested in good fundamental ed. and you want your child exposed to ethnic and economic diversity. It has lots of interesting smart kids with really different backgrounds and points of view. I also has a great drama program and library and Aftercare program(free too!) There are lots of opportunities for sports and clubs. The problems are a few burned out teachers and classes that are way too big(34,and 36 in my kids' class)and there is very little support for the kids...there are so many of them they get treated as a mass rather than inviduals. But I have to say that my child is blooming there and that is what counts.
Presidio is a fabulous school. Mr. Dea, the principal, leads by example, and the work ethic among teachers is superb. The school has some amazing extracurricular activities that complement its academic focus: band, orchestra, jazz band, many sports teams, even a coed wrestling team! The drama club puts on a show each year in conjunction with the orchestra, chorus, and dance troupe that exemplifies all the wonderful cohesion and coordinated effort found at Presidio. Yes, the student body is large, but the teachers and counselors usually have a good grip on individual student needs. One note of caution to parents: the school can be quite challenging academically, and you'll need to keep a close (but not hovering) eye on little junior's homework. In short, Presidio is an ideal school for children who thrive in a large and challenging environment and do not need too much crutch-support from their parents.
This isn't a very good school. I used to be a student, and hated it. It's overcrowded and you can get lost easily.
Our family has been disappointed by Presidio. There's quite a bit of hype (test scores are not everything, curriculum is traditional -memorization and regurgitation) and it's overcrowded.
All the teachers are fantastic!The curriculm is tsught by games to make it more fun!teh students are nice.You can really live to be an important person when you learned from Presidio.
Wonderful PE program. My child learned alot. Right now, he's on the wrestlign team, and he's doing great.
Big school but great administration and teachers. Excellent music program.
I am an 8th grade student curently inroled in this school. We have a lot of different sports teams, and clubs. We have a great mathcounts team, and an amazing drama department too. Our school has great teachers that really listen to what we have to say. All in all this is a great school and everyone feels welcome in it's halls and classrooms.
Presidio has been a great middle school for us and our child. A terrific principal, committed teachers, excellent discipline, and terrific music and sports programs. The honors classes provide a solid grounding in language arts, math, and social studies for high school, and the band and orchestra classes show the results of excellent and dedicated leadership by their instructors. As well, the school is safe and 'bully free', with a low tolerance for any kind of schoolyard problem. Mr. Dea, the principal, and his assistants all know us and our child and are very welcoming and supportive of parent involvement. More parents could involve themselves, but those that do are very friendly and helpful to newcomers.
This school has exceeded all our expectations. We selected PMS for its academics, and the fine teachers (many of whom have their own children at the school, an indicator of its quality...) The academic program is very good. For three years, my son has also enjoyed the rewards of a great after-school sports program, and an excellent band music program.
My daughter is now in her second year (7th grade) at Presidio and absolutely loves it. She's once again in Honors classes and while it's overpowering at times, we feel in the long run it's a good precursor for high school. Overall, a great school she was extremely fortunate to get in. The only negative is that there is no choir.
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