The teachers are excellent, it'll be hard to come by such a great group of people again. However, the school administration is terrible. They want you to believe that they are "proactive" but they find excuses to single students out for discipline. They also have assigned seating for all the kids at lunchtime, which is ridiculous. Would be a TERRIFIC school if the administration was replaced with those who didn't have a hidden agenda. Communication is fairly decent, although it could use some work. I wish my child has had a better experience, but the school administration has made the transition 10x's harder for these kids than necessary.
A very good school. My child likes his teachers and there is respect from others.
I have been so impressed by Mandalay this year. Administration listens critically to parent concerns and works to resolve issues. Teachers are working hard to make sure my student has everything she needs to succeed. They started a remedial math class upon realizing that a regular math class with extra support wasn't meeting the needs of the students. They have been working to employ literacy strategies school wide and have started to recognize students for their achievements in this area. Teachers have changed the way they teach from my last child to attend (3 years ago) to now. Most teachers are working to make sure kids are talking to each other and learning from each other. Most notable is that teachers are asking kids to think at deeper levels. There isn't as much memorization and busy work as their used to be. Teachers are giving up vacation days to take a group of students to Washington D.C. No school is without issues, but Mandalay seems to be working hard to resolve theirs. One thing that would help to make Mandalay stronger is if more parents were involved on a regular basis!
No communication when there is a concern with our children... But plenty of communication when the school is requesting money or funding..... Whats worse false allocations on two different occasions...
Not a good school I do not recommend it . No communication, No support. Unsatisfactory!!!!
I think mandalay middle school is a wonderful place with a great staff.
This shcool is great! If you want to get involved with a sport all you have to do is sign up with the counslers. The parents aren't that involved.
All cirriculum is at or above grade level. Parents attend all functions. Music, drama, art and sports are available as are many clubs.
Mandalay is a good school that struggles with communication with it's parents. I have left messages several time with Teachers and Administrators with no returned phone call. My son was decent student at Castle Rock Middle school and has really struggled at Mandalay. The Teachers and Administration are very set in their ways and don't like outside suggestions.
We love this school! AR time challenges kids to read and most importantly comprehend what they read. The Principal is actively involved, as well as the Vice Principals. One VP is assigned to 7th and one to 8th grade. The grades are then divided into teams which become like a family within a family. What I love most is that Mandalay strongly believes that Middle school is not only academic learning, but there are physical and emotional aspects of a Pre-teen that they feel are just as important. I feel comfortable in the fact that they are helping my child to be a well rounded person who is expected to care for their fellow students. You get what you put into a school, if your actively involved you can notice how involved the teachers and staff are. Teachers provide before or after school help if needed.
My three children attended Mandalay, each for the full two years. The AR program seemed to be a failure for my household. And the school was over populated by far. While my youngest attended, there were problems with fights as well drugs. The musical program was wonderful, and the academics limited.
Mandalay is a good school for the 'mainstream' student. My son and daughter were both diagnosed with ADD. This school does not know how to deal with Children that are not mainstream. They don't have the time or the capacity. If your child can do well in any other school they can do well here. If they have special needs that are not apparent I suggest an alternative.
I appreciate the team approach this school takes in directing education. The leadership in this school is phenomenal.
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