This school is much better than its local reputation. Because of the advanced math program, my son was able to take 3rd year high school math in 9th grade and he is currently getting an A. The foreign language program is excellent and he is in 2nd year high school Spanish. My wife who teaches advanced High School Spanish at a different school was very impressed by Ms Undeen's performance. My son previously attended a local private school and the students from that school that joined him in HS are far behind him. The instrumental music program under Mr Williams is outstanding and the robotics/technology program is also outstanding. The campus is well managed and the principal is very approachable. It's no wonder the API is growing.
WGMS is making great gains. They raised their API 22 points this last year. This year they are focused and doing fantastic things for kids this year. The staff is awesome, and the new members this and last year had added to the school climate. We are excited our two boys have another year at WGMS. We are looking forward to even better things to come!
As a parent and teacher at WGMS, I was surprised in reading the school deserves and F posted 5/21/2008. The school had approximately 400 sixth graders in the 07/08 year. All the 6th grade teachers I interact with are teaching to their respective 6th grade standards. You may find the CA Standards online and confirm this fact. Teachers do not have choices about the grade level standards, only how they are presented and taught.
I think that the school is getting way better. The track coach is awsome. The PE teachers- outstanding! School has uniforms, free dress days every two months (about). The Language program is great. You can take French, or spanish. I took the intermediate class in half year spanish half year french, and was really fun, and I learded a lot. Yes, I have to admit, there have been about a fight every month, but my friend who goes to Vally Cristian says thesame thing happenens @ her school. I take 7th grade math, when i'm in 6th grade, and that works out wel.. There are 4 other sixth graders in my class, the rest 7th graders. Overall: Teachers are great, I learn a lot. Homework - usually a good hour a night. Sports - Excell!
I am in shock that someone who has stayed at WGMS for any period of time is giving the school an F. The staff and administration have been very open and engaging. I know any parent had expressed this to the administration, they would take this very seriously and work with the family to make the child's experience a positive one. I have met several times with the administation regarding my son and have always felt satisfied with their prompt actions and intervention. If we work together with the school as team, rather than against them, our children will be the ones who benefit. And really, it is about the kids.
I am an excited past and soon to be parent of a Willow Glen Middle School student. Part of my excitement comes from what I have seen of and heard about the energy and commitment to kids that the new principal and assistant principal have brought this year. I am equally excited about the two additional new administrators that will be added next year. In my opinion, Willow Glen Middle School is headed for bigger and better things and the community and the new administration will move Willow Glen Middle to become an even better place for all kids.
I have very mixed feelings as I write this review. My child is excelling academically at WGMS, but comes home and tells me that he doesn't feel safe there. Bullying is rampant, and the principal and vp of discipline appear powerless to curb it, and seem to spend a significant amount of time 'putting out fires'. Too bad - the school has potential, but the vast majority of students do not appear interested in their own educations.
WGMS gets a F with our family. Academics teach to the bottom. Fighting & bad language is out of control. Not recommended. 600+ students in 6th grade doing 4th grade level work.
Although I was thrilled with my oldest child's WGMS experience, I am online today searching for an alternate school for my youngest. I think our new principal and AP of discipline are both in way over their heads. Neither had much experience with this age group, and they don't seem get that they need to treat MS students differently than elementary kids. In my opinion, they don't have the respect of the student body, and thus are ineffective. Bottom line...when my child comes home complaining that they don't feel safe during passing periods and at lunch, then it's time for a change.
I think Willow Glen Middle School is great. If you look at the rating of 5 you might think it is just average but it isn't. My son is in 7th grade and really likes all the teachers there and there are plenty of opportunities for kids who want to learn. So far he has participated in robotics, botball,STRUT,math club, volleyball, drum corp and that is only a portion of the activities available to everyone.He took art in 6th grade and really liked even though he is very artistic. Everyone is very friendly and there is alot of diversity so it doesnt feel like you are living in a vacuum yet still is a neighborhood school. We are very happy we picked Willow Glen and kept our son in the neighborhood.
WGMS is a great school that has wonderful neighborhood support. All 3 of my kids went there- they went on to be very succesful in High School as well as in college and beyond- A wonderful school and a wonderful community.
Willow Glen Middle School is an excellent choice for anyone--high achievers, low achievers, average kids, kids from all backgrounds. Course offerings are interesting and teachers are (mostly) committed and energetic. We have a brand new dynamo of a Principal, Erin Green, and she is great with the kids and immediately responsive to parents' requests. Parent involvement is very high, with a surplus of volunteers for most events. Thanks to the staff, students, and parents, the campus is greener and more beautiful than ever (despite the mostly-unpopular mid-century modern architecture). The PTA is vibrant, and the Willow Glen Foundation most recently donated roughly $8,000 in Accelerated Reader books to the Library/Media Center. Construction on campus continues, and includes the just-completed 'Mickey Long Center,' which includes a community room, TV studio, multimedia lab, and art gallery. Innumerable sports give kids at every level a chance to shine.
I used to go to WGMS but my parents and myself were not pleased. I didn't like how they taught different subjects. It was all too easy for me. The school itself isn't that great either. The school mainly focuses on their athletics not on what's more important. I don't reccomend the school and I was a student there. So if the student doesn't like it, don't you think that's a problem? You tell me.
I had heard so many negative things about WGMS school so, I checked it out carefully before sending my child there. I was impressed with the tour given to prospective students and parents. I liked the mix of students (it was a fair representation of California's population) and was very pleased with the teachers that I observed. My child started school there last fall and loves it. He has had wonderful teachers and made many new neighborhood friends. I was pleased to see many neighborhood families we knew from preschool and youth sports.
I was very impressed with the caliber of teachers & administrators at WGMS. I always felt they had my son's best interests at heart. I was always kept well informed of his progress; whether positive or negative. The staff acted quickly when there were issues. I was especially please with the teachers ability to be fair & caring towards my son. I would highly recommend this school.
My child previously attended Christian School so we were both nervous when she made the switch to public. We are both happy and there is a wide range of opportunities for the students personally and educationally. There seems to be parent involvement but it needs to continue to grow.
great school. All my kids have had a great education and wonderful parent involvement and community. They have wonderful staff and having a child with dyxelia they have been wonderful.They have great staff.
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