The school overall is pretty good, the teachers are nice and willing to offer help. However the Dean Mr Walker needs to get off his high horse and realize he doesn't need to have a power trip with parents and especially the students. Treating children as if they are liers because they have attendance issues (that are medically documented) is absolutely not ok. My child doesn't even want to go back to school because he feels bullied by the dean and the teachers every time there's an absence. He can't help if he falls I'll I have explained this to the school and if they have an issue they need to contact me not harass the students. The Deans behavior is as if he is dealing with a thug/punk kid and he's not. My child has never misbehaved in a way for this man to need to be aggressive or angry with kids. Perhaps his tactics would be better in a high crime city like Chicago! I'm not very impressed nor does his power trip scare me in the least bit.
This is my daughter's 3rd year at Fountain Middle and I couldn't be happier. She enjoys going to school, and there are plenty of advanced classes to challenge her. She is involved in multiple sports which cost me little to nothing, and there is bus service for kids after practice and after school programs. There is tutoring offered after school every single day. For such a large school they have the kids organized in a way that it is not overwhelming for them and they work with the same group of kids and teachers for their 3 years at Fountain Middle. I do agree that communication with parents on school events is lacking. All in all, great school, we have had a great experience.
I would have to give this a school good rating based on the fact that my son loves going to school everyday. As a parent I don't feel like the school keeps us well informed and at times the staff seems a little unorganized. However my son loves middle school. He takes advantage of the after school activities and seems to enjoy the majority of his teachers. A good school but still has room for improvement.
I recently switched out of Fountain Middle for 8th grade to go to Janitell. Fountain Middle doesnt allow the parents to be very involved, and the administration as well as counselors simply dont do their jobs. Some of the teachers are good but some are bad, the school lacks leadership and I do not reccomend going to this school.
FMS is a great school. The teachers truly care about the students and do anything they can to help the students with their academics. I have a very open communication with the teachers and I have 2 students there. Not once have I had trouble reaching a teacher with a quetsion or concern.
Programs are average, after school activities very limited. Administrative staff is not good. There has been a high turn over in administrative staff. Teachers try hard but lack the leadership to make the school better.
I think that the quality if acadmic programs are second to none in this school. The teachers truely care about the students and where they are headed in the future and do all they can to help the student succeed in meeting their goals. The teachers in Fountain Middle School are highly trained and skilled in the areas in which they teach. There is a great music program at Fountain Middle School headed by Laurie Poffenbarger. She is outstanding in her conviction that any child can learn to play an instrument. She is very patient and caring and gives great incentives for helping a child learn. The sports program is also excellent, they offer football, track, baseball, and basket ball. Parental involvement at this age is hard to come by. Parents do show up for parent teacher conferences, as well as perfomances given by their students for band and choir.