Kinard is a difficult school to rate. In some ways it is a great school. The facilities are great, the principal is awesome, and they allow for a number of extracurricular activities. However, my concerns about Kinard include the following: 1. They are very much focused on memorization and repeat testing. By the 5th week of school my child has had 4+ tests in each class. If students do not score a 3 (equivalent to a B) or above they have to retake the test. For students who do better by "thinking" instead of memorization-- Kinard isn't good for them. 2. Some of the teachers use a "public shaming" method of correction. If a student forgets their homework (which they have EVERY night) the teacher often embarrasses them in front of the entire class. 3. Some teachers will tell you explicitly that they do not award 4's (A's) to students. A student must be "truly exceptional" to receive a 4. However, what is defined as exceptional is questionable at best (usually it involves repeating in writing EXACTLY what the teacher told them). 5. The school does not foster creativity or flexibility.
I graduated from Kinard last month after attending for three years, and I feel that I have nothing but good things to say about it. I had a rough time in the revolving elementary schools and always felt like an outsider. In Kinard that is no longer a problem. The atmosphere for students is very friendly, and I started making new friends from my first day. The teachers are amazing, friendly, and helpful, making class enjoyable while you still learn so much. I must particularly compliment English teacher Mr. Steven Ray Parker, from whom I learned so much. At Kinard, I recommend enrollment in Honors courses regardless of your current confidence. They are not particularly harder than regular classes, and in fact they are much more rewarding, and go more in-depth into the subjects being studied. The Honors classes can lift up a struggling student and help the most intellectually gifted student through its engaging atmosphere. Overall, I give Kinard 5 stars. My experience was amazing, and I will look back on my three years there with fondness.
I attend Eaton Middle School and I would do anything to transfer to Kinard!!!!!!! I'm still trying to convince my parents to let me!!! I would recommend this middle school :)
This school is rated the best academically preforming school in thedistric out of middle schools
Its the best school ever! It beats all the other middle schools in this area. Preston, Webber, Blevins, and Boltz don't march this amazing school! It also is able to make people happy and laugh. I will never have a middle school like this one.
Kinard is an amazing school! As a student who recently just finished 6th grade, I can say that I really enjoyed all my classes and teachers! It is not true that teachers do not go out of their way to help kids because all of them are so helpful! If you ever have a problem, they are willing to encourage as will as help you! The discipline at this school is not extremely enforced but it's still there. The teachers will still enforce rules. Don't judge Kinard just because everyone thinks we are so gifted and wealthy! We are like all average students and even though some students there are wealthier than me, I don't find it affecting me or my learning. Send your kid to Kinard and I promise you will find it a success!
I have very mixed feelings about Kinard. The kids and the teachers are all nice, the test scores are great, there are a lot of extracurriculars available, parents are involved... There is a lot to like. On the other hand, having had children attend other local middle schools, I am left with the impression that the high test scores at Kinard are largely a product of drill and not depth or creativity. The focus on memorization, sentence diagramming, etc. hits very much on my child's weakest areas. In some ways that is good -- forcing focus on something that would otherwise be weaker. In some ways it is not -- not developing real strengths in abstract reasoning. My older children who attend the high school Kinard feeds into have noticed much of the same: the kids who came there from Kinard are some of the weaker students in the pre-AP classes in terms of depth of thought and synthesizing material not just repeating rote learned information. There are some good teachers at Kinard, though, who hopefully will have more to offer than drill as my child progresses through middle school.
As a student at this school, I have one thing to say, excellent. You can't walk down the hallways without noticing how nice and helpful the teachers are, no matter how difficult or big the problem is. The principal is great, always knowing how to talk to and control the kids. When it comes to testing, its hard not to like the scores. So basically to sum it up, if you want to find a great school, look no further
What an amazing school everybody is so kind and helpful. Its welcoming and the students academic performance is outstanding.
It is a great school, the teachers are so helpful and do so much for their students, the whole staff is wonderful. They have so many wonderful programs to help the students.
We have found the administration at Kinard to be difficult to work with. Very little follow-through when approached about a concern or problem. Teachers don't let the kids fail - not always a good thing. My son is behind in academics and despite repeated conferences, meetings, 'interventions,' etc., nothing has changed. Not impressed.
Although our daughter loved her teachers, the academic expectations were low. At her elementary, the expectations were high and she learned time management with homework. At Kinard she took all the advanced classes- got straight A's- and still rarely had any homweork. High school is a challenge since the skills learned in elementary weren't used for three years. In a recent conversation with other Kinard parents, my opinion was shared by everyone. When our other children go into 6th grade, we will seriously look into Preston instead.
Ausome school. Everyone juges us because we are so wealthy,so what?that's a good thing,and it's a great school.
Having just graduated from Kinard. I thought it was a great school. The band program is excellent, the teachers are for the most part very compassionate, and there is always someone you can go to if you have problems. The school also teaches at a high level, and I really recommend doing all honors classes if you are a motivated kid because they help you to excel and if you score above average, in the normal classes you'll be bored out of your mind. It's true that the disipline is kind of lax, but I never really found it a problem; I mean, nothing ever got out of hand. It really depends on the teacher. I'm kind of sick of everybody judging Kinard because it's so whitebread. Yeah, most of the kids there had more money than me. It didn't affect my learning at all.
As a parent of a dyslexic/ADHD student who floundered through elementary school (I used to say the idea of jr high game me hives), I was not sure Kinard was a good choice for us. The first parent meeting was terrifying with an enormous number of uber-competitive parents (how will my gifted child be challenged, etc. - they were so smug and self-righteous.) Yet, when I talked with staff and teachers, they really wanted my son - they wanted kids who were challenging. We ultimately did choose Kinard and I am so glad we did. My son is now at or above grade level in all subjects. The teachers would not give up on him. In addition, the high standards sort of rubbed off. Yes, there are still a lot of annoyingly 'per fect' people, but we managed to find some great parents too. Glad we chose Kinard.
Kinard is a great school. Just because it has a bunch of wealthier families does not mean it is any worse of a school. Kinard has a great facility and the staff are great.
while this school offers great opurtunities, it is offten viewed stuck up and many of the students are way over protected and sheltered.
Kinard is a fair school. I do agree with the other parent that it is best for self-motivated students. The classroom discipline is poor in terms of expectations and consequences which is not always the teacher's fault. The head principal used to be a counseor, so he is a too lenient and tolerant on behavior and overly passive in academic performance. (Teachers are not allowed to 'fail' students; they are given numerous chances to make up the work. This is unfair to those students who really earned their grades.) Core curriculum is not stressed. High staff turnover in the special ed. department.
This school is the best one I have yet to attend. (I'm class of 2012.) They have a wonderful faculty and a grand selection of extra-curricular activities. However, this school is best for self-motivated students. The discipline is poor, but drugs or gang-related activities are not tolerated at all. The school building is fairly new, I believe three years as of 2009?
Great school if your kid is a self learner! Most of the teachers do not go out of there way to help a kid learn if he/she is having trouble. They have a great staff of teachers, but they will not go out of there way to help a struggling kid! I can't speak for all of them, but for sure most of the 7th grade teachers.
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