I am a 6 th grader here. For being my first year at middle school, I say that this school is the best option for any kid who has the opportunity to go here. They have lots of fun opportunities. The only reason they give out homework is because, you do not finish the work in class. This school has a high learning criqulum. Many things have changed over the time. I really recommend this school.Middle school was my best opportunity i have had.
After being a teacher at this school, I would not recommend the South Tahoe Middle if you have a choice. The discipline issues are constant and I believe the principal is far too permissive. There are some good students there, and some quality teachers, but this has been one of the lower achieving schools I've worked at. I felt very unsupported at times as I did my best to educate the student population.
South tahoe middle schools main focus is to satisfy state requiem to ensure teachers have a job for next year. Being a transient town student numbers fluxuate and state and federal funding are dependant on enrollment. Parents involvement is the main reason the school rates high. School leadeship is influenced by whats poular this week, month or year and sadly that is what is important to them not the individual students needs. They are very quick to classify a student as a bully, or send them to detention or ocr ( on campus retention) because it involves little investigation or work on their part. Everything will be fine as long as your student or you ( the parent) give them absolute power.
I don't really like the school. I'm in 8th grade and the new 6th graders are just plain stupid. They're already talking about having intercourse and a lot of the ones that go on my bus fight. The teachers are okay, but some of them are really mean. I've personally never seen any rats in the 3 years that I've been going there. The music program is actually quite good since we were able to get a gold rating at the Anaheim music festival.
I go to STMS as a 6th grader, and feel that the teachers are good enough, but there is a lack of smart kids, challenging material and a lot of the kids are inappropriate. However, this is the only school in the area, so there aren't many options unless you go to Incline Village or or Reno. The orchestra and band program is quite slow and the more advanced students are constantly bored. I wouldn't recommend the school, but if you can't go somewhere else, definitely try for advanced classes and as many electives as possible.
Looking forward to a brand new 8-classroom 2-story facility to replace the old 6th grade portables. Ground-breaking started this week. Thanks to the community, a bond was past to support this upgrade. More dramatic upgrades have been going on at South Lake Tahoe High School that are quite impressive - even featured in an architect design magazine. The middle school already has a state of the art tack and field complex built from community donations. Nice to have a community that supports the schools!