in the last week
School was all great and good until they decided to mess everything up recently, they run it like a prison. Students can't sit where they want at lunch, they have to exit and enter through grade specific doors, they can't even go on one side of the building. I believe they think that the best way to keep kids out of trouble is too make them feel like they are in trouble, which is a horrible thing to do, and much worse for those kiddos who don't get in trouble. The lunch situation is the worse, what do they have against kids socializing witg there friends? I heard they allow kids to use there phones in exchange, but what about those who don't have a phone? They are just left feeling upset that they have nothing to do. I feel they value sceens and texting over basic human interaction.
I would not send my child here unless it was my only choice. Overall I'd rate this school a 3/10, the teachers are okay but the administration is just plain garbage.
The administration has completely changed twice in a year and a half. Other reviews prior to my child's attendance are similar. Unfortunately, leadership has been toxic and the district is desperately
trying to remedy the problem while students and parents patiently wait with unstable leadership.
Some teachers lacked communication and were mediocre instructors. I'm sure there were some other good ones, like the 6th grade teachers my child had, but at least 6 teachers from the 7th grade were disappointing. My student consistently had daily complaints about the science teacher's ugly, sarcastic attitude towards her students, which brought the class mood down as well. The language arts teacher barely challenged the students and provided erroneous teaching concerning core writing skills. The elective teacher played favorites when grading, and the math teacher sent home one-sided worksheets once or twice a week. Unacceptable! I also saw little feedback on graded assignments. Parents beware!
My child has attended Fountain Middle School for the 6th and 7th grade. The short review is Fountain Middle School is a bit below average I think because they are in transition and from my mixed feelings with my child's learning experience. Overall, education is lacking in content, little to no homework even for advanced classes, some teachers are absent with communication, common core, quality of instruction from some teachers is questionable, administration is new, occasional bullying and fights, and lots of disorganization.
Now, for a little more explanation, if you care to read further....
As implied, classes are not demanding, and my child's current teachers do not communicate well. There is online access to assignment titles and grades, but without explanation of details concerning what was taught or the objective. Usually, there's just a grade without comments. Parents must be proactive, but it would be helpful to have a partnership with the teachers that I don't personally find at this school. I think email is relied upon heavily. Handouts and conferences are becoming more scarce necessitating the need for parents to reach out if not hearing from teachers about your student.
There is an "enrichment" class which is a pure waste of tax payer money. The children make paper airplanes, drop eggs, and recently, stack notecards for class lessons! I was thinking maybe there were useful concepts being taught alongside these activities, but no, just a waste of time.
On average, there are 3 nights a week without homework. The school has student ambassadors and a National Junior Honor Society chapter that is about 3 years old. There are other clubs and electives like choir, industrial tech, art, and drama. I was surprised there is no PTA, PTO, FCA, booster club, or any similar parent involvement group.
The administration and around 12 teachers left who were at FMS last year. I'm not sure why the drastic change in staff. This 2016-17 school year has a new set of principals, 1 head and 3 assistants, one of which is the former dean, Mr. Walker. Perhaps it will take time to turn everything around for the better.
Hopefully, this review has been helpful. God bless in your search!