We are just so happy with this school. The teachers are great; the curriculum is challenging, and there is a wealth of extracurricular activities. My son is in sixth grade and by January he's had the chance to be in a play, learn algebra and play in a holiday concert. He's really thriving.
I do not understand the need for teachers to give assignments during vacations. Adds up to no vacation. A vacation is a vacation and may allow one's brain to take a break from structured learning and apply what was learned more freely, allow for natural instinctive response to our world, and frees one to allow for creative exploration. I do not understand how Milford schools function not allowing children to go outside daily.The fresh air is a human need. Stimulates senses. Revives and reminds us of our natural environment.I also do not understand why reading time is taking place at school.Teaching should be taking place.More effective if reading is completed outside and during school hours there are discussions about what was read.Literacy circles. enrichment can be for all.It allows experiential learning and most likely all students benefit and grow from this.Not sure why it is limited.I question how students are placed.Clearly not authentic and misses the boat. Teaching should be creative enough where different levels are orchestrated in the classroom making room for all differences and celebrating.This gives everyone a boost. Outdoor break during all weather conditions please.
We love this school! Our teachers are top notch and dedicated; the curriculum is very challenging and truly up to date---I am so proud to have a child who is able to take Algebra I in 8th grade and I commend the Milford Board of Ed for challenging the students at all of our schools and giving them the opportunities to be in advanced classes as High School Freshmen. We could not be more satisfied with our choice to send our kids to public school here in town and would recommend these schools to all families.
With so many school choices in this area it might be confusing to pick the right fit for your family and for your child. We are so fortunate that the choice we made for our kids has turned out so well. We are so happy with the Milford Public School System and feel that our children are receiving a very high quality education while learning to be part of the real world and learning to get along with children from backgrounds and learning styles much different from their own. Our children have learned to be respectful and caring---the morals we teach at home are reinforced by our teachers and staff at school. We love Harborside but feel that all the schools in Milford offer an excellent learning environment for children whose parents choose to send them to publc school.
This is a great school with an excellent music department, exceptional art and humanities teams and such an excellent,dedicated and highly educated faculty. The curriculum is very challenging and global and we could not be happier with the opportunities to be involved as parents. We feel very secure with the atmosphere and the zero tolerance procedures regarding disruptive students and feel there are systems is place to keep our children safe. We are so satisfied and proud to be parents at Harborside Middle School.
Harborside Middle School has an outstanding music and art department. We are so proud that our son is a member of the instrumental band and we are so amazed at the level students have achieved when we attend one of the school's concerts. The visual art classes at this school are also excellent and are taught by very talented teachers and it is wonderful for us as parents to have the opportunity to view our children's work at the annual art show in town. We feel very secure with the safety guidelines in place for the school and feel confident that the zero tolerance for bullying or harassment of students is taken very seriously by the administration.
We also transferred our daughter to Harborside from a Catholic School in Milford and were so shocked at how far behind she was as a sixth grader compared to her peers at her new pubic school! The curriculum is more challenging; a great deal of the responsibility is placed onto the child...this teaches them so much and encourages maturity; this was definitely not the case at our old school. I am happy to say that now that she is in eighth grade she is excelling with the help of many dedicated teachers over the past three years and she is an honor student. She loves the excellent art, math, and music classes... She has been accepted into a wonderful private school she has wanted to attend since she was a little girl and we could not be happier. We are so relieved that we finally took the plunge into public school...
Thank goodness we moved to Harborside when we did. Our son left a local Catholic School in town; he had attended that school since Pre-K. The curriculum at Harborside is much more challenging than at the Parochial Schools and thus, our son was miserably behind in most classes, but particularly in Math. The teachers have been so supportive and have helped our son come up to speed, although he still has a way to go to be at the level of his classmates. I cannot imagine what would have happened had we waited until high school to send our children to public school--it would have been much harder to get them to their class levels. The school has a very involved parent presence and we are very happy with the zero tolerance regarding troublemakers and bullies. We are very happy at Harborside and so is our child.