My daughter is in 7th grade at MRMS and I am basing my review (partly) on simply her happiness level there. She loves it, which is thrilling for me both as a parent and as a person that had a fairly horrid middle school experience, back in the day. I am also a teacher myself (not at MRMS) and I recognize mighty and creative teachers when I spot 'em. MRMS is bursting at the seams with impassioned teachers. My daughter has received superb instruction from them and, as a result, has gained the confidence to dip her toe into a host of activities (sports and clubs)...it has all come as a very great relief, to be honest. I'm shocked at the 7 out of 10 rating here on Great Schools - I'd joyfully and confidently give the school a 10.
We are so pleased with Mountain Ridge Middle School. The teachers are upbeat, available and professional, the administration is supportive and the parents are involved without being overbearing. My husband and I are very happy with the integrated use of technology, as well as the collaborative projects and practical application of new concepts. We also like the way this large school divides the students into teams or "pods" of 150 or so kids who stay in their designated area of the school. This allows the teachers and the students to have the advantages of both a large school and a smaller learning environment. More important than our satisfaction is that our child is happy at Mountain Ridge, too. Of course there are grumbles; it IS middle school after all! Still, our 8th grader comes home eager to share the day's experiences and with very few complaints. Three of our student's favorite things are: (1) the ACCESS program (2) the lunches and (3) the use of smart-phones for research in class!
My kids have thrived at this school. It's true there is little communication between parents and teachers, but that is how it should be in middle school! I am glad that my kids are learning to take responsibility for their own schooling, and not rely on me to tell them when their next project is due. The parent portal provides detailed information on schedules and assignments so parents can be as hands-on, or -off, as they want. My kids' teachers have always been responsive when I email them if I need further information. We love this school!
I continue to hear wonderful comments about the students, programs, activities, and staff! I find it odd that the community does not support school funding! Who supported them during their educational years? The staff should be commended on making the AYP year after year, but with class sizes increasing this might change. Celebrate your success and plan for the future needs!
The real picture in this middle school is there is no communication between the school and parents. The counselors need better training for 'today's kids'. There is not enough supervision after school, so there tends to be lots of student fights. The office help borders on rude. Judgements are made quickly towards students and parents. Do not recommend.
Really good school. Challenging, positive, safe and fun! Would be a five, but we have problems with communication with one teacher. Also, the parking lot design is terrible for pick up time after school.