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!
There are some great teachers. There are also many who are not so effective. They don't seem to expect much from the students, or had indicated that they intended to do one thing and have since changed their minds.
Most instructors tend not to do any homework. One class is fairly consistent, another does homework maybe once a week. It could be a lot of the homework is being done in Enrichment/study hall without me seeing it.
For the second year the "Enrichment" classes have devolved into a study hall. The computer classes have been marginally valuable at best. Core classes have been hit or miss. There are some great teachers here, but there are also many that are not so great. This is the third principal in as many years, and a number of the other administrative staff have issues as well.
The School and teachers are Great, Whoever The Dean Mr. Walker has some type of problem with the kids and the kids can not do anything wrong because instead of him helping them he critize and tries to punish them. He is not a good role model for the kids so I do not know why he has this position. What he should do is a prosecutor for the court.