This school is very badly organized, and as others have pointed out, appears to play favorites. They are not interested in your child's education or in developing their potential. Instead they appear to "work to the metric" and ironically the relatively poor outcomes on the school metrics reflect this. This school needs stronger leadership from the top.
Daughter attended 7th and 8th grade at Mountain Ridge. We actually moved here so she could get into their IB program. IB is an awesome and challenging curriculum, which prepares students for the global world with high level academics and community involvement. Science teacher, Mr. Kastelic, is a very passionate educator and really got my daughter interested in inquiry, the scientific method, and biology. I loved that Mountain Ridge allowed all kids to participate in sports, regardless of level. They do have some competitive levels as well, for those higher skill levels. I found the administrators to be very friendly and caring, and overall our experience at Mountain Ridge was awesome!
The administration at this school is absolutely terrible. The 7th grade assistant principal and the principal are unfair and rude. The way several issues with my student have been dealt with have left me with the intention to switch middle schools.
As a parent, several teachers have expressed concern for the well being of their students and have clearly stated that the administration plays favorites and will not do anything to help the teachers or students.
The 7th grade resource teacher is extremely lazy and does not even check in on my child. The speech language pathologist is demeaning and acts like she is doing me a favor to work with my student. And the Social Worker falls into the same categories....Rude and Lazy.
This is supposed to be a District 20 School. Look at the reviews and do something about what is going on in your middle school!
My child has been there since 6th grade, there has been the basic problems, as any normal school would have with kids. We came from a charter school and going in to a big school, has challenged my child. The teachers have all been good and there to help, they respond fast when emails are sent. I only wish there were more clubs and more athletic team sports. They have wrestling? why nobody really does that sport. Soccer is more popular, Cheerleading, Tennis,, lets focus on those. thats why i rated the way i did.
This administration has no respect for parental concerns. The female social worker for 6th and 7th is abrupt and rude. She is bossy and will intentionally go against your wishes. This administration is on a power trip. Overcrowded school with 1/2 the amount of space needed for 1100 students. Beware!!!
Garbage school. More than 1000 students that share lockers. The place looks nice until you realize the amount of drama and bullying that goes on. The rich and sweet have preference even in the light of irrefutable evidence of misconduct. The counselor and the Principal I would put in the bully category as well. This has been my worst middle school experience ever. click, click, click. Entitled parents make it hard too because if you aren't rich and stuck up you won't be invited to stay at the birthday party. Absolute mean garbage.