I am a graduate of Ken Caryl, and I was not impressed. The staff isn't responsible or respectful. The principal didn't care what students thought, all he worked on was torturing us at lunch with his gosh-awful "singing voice" and humiliating kids with the Happy Birthday song which had sent me into tears. I was in the GT program, which could have been better. I have a 504 because I have dysgraphia. The GT counselor was somewhat lazy, my parents and I thought we had a 504 officially typed up like the counselor said she would do, until the end of the year, when she said "Oh, we still need to do that." What really bugs me is that the principal essentially uses empty threats. He always makes ridiculous claims and then never enforces them. At the end of 7th grade, he told me he was going to arrest me, but never did, leaving me traumatized for over a week, to the point where I had to go to a mental hospital. I would not recommend this school. Unless your child is a straight A+ student with amazing tolerance, don't waste your time here. Also, they were really cheezy. They ruined the yearbooks (Which were $40, by the way) with the "#hashtag" stuff. Overall, it was a very depressing 2 years.
This school is doing a wonderful job at preparing kids for high school. The teachers are good and the principal is fantastic. Mr. Sandos is out with the kids in the halls and outside greeting parents at drop off and pick up everyday! Teachers are engaged and supporting kids along the way. I was worried about my daughter going to middle school more for social issues than academic, but within a month I could see I had nothing to worry about. THANKS KCMS!
This school is terrible, there are one or two teachers that are phenomenal, but otherwise they are judgemental of the students, and provide no extra achedemic help. The principle makes the school like a prison, and us rude and stuck up. The conselors provide no help to a student getting bullied, and ignore any pleads for help. The homework load is huge and the sports and gym program are very poor. I CAN'T WAIT TILL I AM FREED FROM THIS HELLHOLE!!!!the school lunches are very disappointing, my best friend once got a sandwich with mold on it, and carrots with pillbugs on it. There are so many health code violations, and the AC and heating goes out leaving this place unbearable.
I can see how the person that made the comments about if your child is not succeeding in this school how it would not do good for them as I can see the teachers, councilors, and principles are always out with the kids walking around making sure that everyone is happy. Its tough to be in two places at once and I agree that they should at least return a phone call because that is irresponsible. However, if your child is in GT it is amazing and mine is. He is happier now then I have ever seen him in school. Their GT program places emphasis on who they are and allows them to be the leaders that they are. Its amazing how much of a change going from a terrible school in TX to an incredibly amazing school with tons of great teachers and students who are not allowed to bully kids who are intellectual. The technology program far exceeds expectations and the kids are way above grade level. There test scores are not what I expect coming from what I see my child learning. He is algebra 1 and in 7th grade and doing an amazing job. The GT teacher is there for him and other students when they need help. I am proud to bring my child here. Thanks to all of you for making him so happy.
Once I pulled my son out of this school, everything turned around. He went from barely passing 8th grade to Honor Role once out of this school. If your child is not having any issues, then you are probably ok, however if he/she is having issues, do not count on the guidance counselors to help out or get your child back on track. Emails, phone messages, voice mails were all ignored and never returned.
This school is the best one i have ever been to. the principal is a lot of fun and Mrs. Coyne is the greatest teacher ever. The only problem is waking up so early to get there. I heard that this school may close next year all suport is apreaciated greatly.
Ken Caryl is the best middle school i could have possibly gone to. The teachers are creative and hands on and the administration is amazing! The teachers at Ken Caryl couldnt have prepaired me better for high school.
This school is asolutely amazing! My daughter is in love with going there! Although, she does have some problems with waking up so early to walk there. Overall, principal Pat Sandos is great for the kids, and the teachers are always friendly!
I love this school sooo much. the princapal and the vice princapal are soo funn and cool and the teachers are really nice. they hav good lunches here. and at our school we treat everyone like famliy, the other kids there are really nice. so really i just never want to leave this school, but sadly i hav to move on some time. =)
I love the improvements they have made on this school over the break! Not only did we get new bathrooms, and terrific lockers, we got an amazing principal! Mr. Sandos is hundreds of times better than the previous principal! He is extremely involved with the students. I feel like I am learning so much in my 8th grade year compared to last year in 7th grade.
Mr. Sandos is an excellent principal for this school! we are happy to have him!
i have always had exellent feedback from my childs teachers all you have to do is ask and also my child has had problems in school and the guidance counselors did everything possible to help her the academics could be more of a challenge and with the new phys ed teacher the sports should be now adequate to say the least with all due respect i have had nothing but a positive experience in the 7th grade year at ken caryl and recomend the school
I feel this school is very below par. I had many problems with the guidance counselors when my son was having problems. Not responsive at all.
KCMS does have an aveage academic program. The most disappointing thing is the lack of teacher feedback. As a parent I have requested several times for some honest feedback about my childs progress. The result has always been that the teacher just agrees with what ever I say. I want a professional opinion about how my child is doing and afte 1 year and 1/2 I have yet to get it.
This school has a lot of problems between teachers and students. They don't teach the students how to deal with problems. The sports are not adequate. There is not much parent envolvement.
I have recently pulled my child out of this school. I have had nothing but problems the year and half he has been attending. We encountered many issues that the staff and principal did nothing to help resolve.
I was counting down the days until my child was out of Ken Caryl. It was a long 2 years. The teachers for the most part are not impressive at all. The principal has no spine. The staff there is very judgemental of the kids there. It is sad. I will not be sending my next 2 kids there, even if I have to transport them myself.
I have been extremely disappointed with Ken Caryl Middle school. The school did not meet my minimun expectations. I was disappointed with the principal as well as the teachers. I am a firm believer that a schools personality and performance start at the top and this is where I believe the problem resides.
I believe this school is very good but there are a few drawbacks to it. For one thing I believe this schools teachers and staff judge the children by there friend and attude. If you are a bad kid they always blame everything one you and your friends and pick one you. However the good kids can get away with anything and it was not fair! If I had a child I would not send my chld to this school. For the most part the the teachers teach the correct skills you need to know, but the bad part is not a lot of teachers are willing to try to help you if you need extra help. When I went to this school I needed a tutor to help me understsand everything. This is what I think of this school.
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