I'm a student of travis ranch, so I know first hand what it is like. I'm a straight A honors student and have never had a problem with the school. Travis ranch is the kind of school that rreally cracks down on bullying and the problems in that area are very few, but the math department is really weak. Here is a list of whats weak and what is strong sci.=super strong Lang. Arts=strong Math=super weak Social studies= strong they also have these for middle school elections. Tech music art home Ec ( font know if I spelled that correctly) Computer sci.
This school is falling like a lead balloon. There are a group of teachers using the privacy of their classrooms and the captive audience of young children to promote their personal political feminist agenda. If you have boys, then you have two choices. Do nothing and let them fall behind or fight for an equal education. You'll have to fight the teachers, principal and the superintendent. Keep a log of facts because they will do their best to cover it up.
My son is happy at Travis. I am thrilled with their science department. The writing instruction is barely adequate. He wrote more in 5th grade. The math instruction is subpar. I tutor him every night. To quote him regarding the math videos he is required to watch, "The videos teach it better than the teacher."
My son is a Junior in High School and my daughter is a 7th grader at Travis Ranch MS. We have been thrilled will the academics at Travis. Both children have been in honors math and language arts/social studies. Travis Ranch MS prepares the children well for high school. My son was well prepared to take honors and AP classes and excel in them. Great administration.
It speaks volumes about the priorities and heart of this school when a teacher passes away and they choose to inform parents only by the monthly e-mail newsletter more than a week later and as third billing after their achievement of being a Distinguished School and reminders about state testing.
Having had children attend schools in two other states plus one other district in California, I can attest that this is the most satisfactory teaching environment that we have yet found. The classes are challenging, the homework is substantial, and the honors classes deal with timely topics that get the kids thinking about things that they have not before considered. I am certain our 8th grader will be well prepared for high school next year after his experience at Travis. He also has had the chance to be involved in interesting and fun music and extracurricular activities.
This is a great Middle School under great leadership, all staff are caring individuals that work together to help students to achieve their highest academic potential. I can certainly state ,that my children attended 7 years in this school ,and these years were the most happy of their school years. They had great opportunities to thrive in the areas of academic,art, music, technology, and social activies, but yes, I do agree, not in foreign languages. This is a great well balanced school, My last child graduated this year, and this school will own our most treasured good memories
My daughter started as a kinder gartener this year . She is doing great . She hasn't complained about anything . Her Teachers are great . They are very supportive and approachable .I am happy that she is going there .
Forthe most part the middle school teachers have advanced degrees, especially in science and math. They do have limited foreign language teachers, thus limits the number of children that can be enrolled. Parent participation is very competitive, but keeps the adminstration and staff on the ball. Music program has declined over the years. Overall the teachers are dedicated professionals who are enthusatic to teach.
Considering the quality of education in CA compared to the schools back East where we're from, I'd say Travis is doing a fairly good job with the students. My son is an average student and the course-work there is extremely accelerated, as dictated by the CA School Board, which, accordingly to most teachers I've spoken with, hasn't a clue what reality is. But Travis has a wonderful middle-school guidance counselor and teachers who do care enough to help students out when they need it (i.s., staying after class and helping before school). The students at the school are very homogenous, which has its good and bad points - if you want your child to meet children from different walks of life, it won't happen at Travis. Overall I'd say for a school in the state of CA, it's as good as you'll find.