When kids can finish their homework in the classroom while the unfortunates are trying to catch up, and they NEVER bring homework home, and they get As, there is a deep problem. They don't believe in "tracks" either, so your smart, high achiever is being taught at the same rate as the slowest of the unfortunates.
They are rewarded with grades that are calculated on the curve, which makes the students way below par of other districts. The "children" get a false sense of accomplishment when really, they are not being prepared for the real world. It is very sad to see what has happened to this school in the past 6 years.
There is no example of respect being shown to the "children". The principal treats the staff with extreme disrepect and contempt, unless they are her minions. That creates unhappy teachers who will ultimately take it out on the "children".
At the age group of the students, it is too late to instill qualities that should have been shown to them and taught to them in early childhood development. All that can be done is discipline. Save your tax dollars and put them all into making the school safe while the "children" are housed til they go home to their terrible homes.
I am a student at BDJMS. I am in the STEM program. Overall, the school is great. My STEM teachers are REALLY nice. There are a lot of opportunities for the STEM kids. However, the school needs some work. There are not a lot of electives. There should be things like Woodshop. The students are out of control. There is not a lot of discipline when people are being bullied. I also think that we should have more field trips and more oppertunities for the non STEM kids.
For example only STEM students got to go to Rhode Island for the sail boat race. There also should be more pep rallies and fun activities for students. Also us students shouldn't have to pay to attend dances or get a yearbook. Overall BDJMS is a good school but if improvements were made, it would be worth five stars.
From the New London District plan, published in the 2012-2013 year. These numbers do not lie. There is a serious problem with the leadership ruining this once adequate school: High Staff Absenteeism & Turnover contributes to inconsistency of instruction. o 20% of teachers had more than 10 absences; 67% of teachers had 5 or more absences o 43% of the staff is new to the building since Jan. 2010. (22/51 teachers)
All locals gave this school bad reviews but unfortunately since its the only non-lottery middle school in New London, my child had to attend here. The staff (except for the secretary) are all rude. The principal and teachers and guidance counselor have no patience, training or compassion towards kids with learning disabilities. When I addressed a bullying issue to the guidance counselor, he just strongly suggested that my child was just depressed! Ask the locals, there is definitely a reason why everyone dreads having their child attend this school.