Overall, the school has good quality of academic programs. Availability is of extracurricular activities is broad enough. I have noticed that the level of parent involvement is not as high as I would expect. Teachers are on top of the student progress. If they notice a decline in performance, they set up a meeting to discuss issues. They are also open to communications. I send questions on my kids agendas and I get responses. On the performance meetings, I've communicated to them that I'd like to have some sort of periodic notes on the kids performance instead of just being called to a meeting once a quarter to be notified there are problems with my kid's performance. I am more involved now with him and his progress due to a commitment I made in those meetings and his performance has improved a lot.
Wisperingpines elm, is a good school overal but i think the staff could be a littel more personable.
We've been pleasantly surprised by CSMS. This year the school boasts a new principal as well as some new programs and improvements. 2005 is the first year in many that the school has had an orchestra program. My daughter thought she might like to try and has loved it! She started the academic year as a true beginner with the viola and has become quite a confident player. Academically, my daughter is doing well - being challenged without being inundated. Class sizes are manageable and administrative response is suberb. Our only real negative concerns the GEM (math) program and the teaching strategies of the assigned teacher, but I think many of those problems are county-wide. Overall, we are quite satisfied with CSMC.
Overall the school is not bad; my 7th grader has nice friends there. But kids have so many classes and every teacher has a different policy, homework rules, etc... They should have some consistency - a poor 12 year old needs things a bit more structured, and not structured 6 different ways. There is not enough interaction between parent and teacher on child's individual progress, I never hear from them, even when she's missing assignments. We do like that there are no uniforms! I'd heard about problems at CSMS before my daughter went there - mostly racial issues, fights and such. I need to know she is in a safe environment.
My son is a 7th grader at CSMS. The school has a new principal and she seems to be proactive in dealing with problems. I would say that there is a problem with bullying (physical and verbal) and also some students disrespecting teachers. Foul language is commonplace for many students, more so that when I was in middle school. The teachers are decent, no problems there.
My daughter is enjoying a wonderful social schedule, loves her teachers and got straight A's last marking period. However, she gets virtually no homework each night and rarely has any tests so how do the teachers get the scores to give her an A.
Very good teachers. Discipline could use some help, it goes from too severe to too lenient depending on who is handling the matter.
This is my son's first year at this school. His teachers are exceptional but he is also in advanced and gifted classes. There is an after-school sports program but if your child somehow doesn't hear about try-outs, he won't get a chance to play for the whole year. Discipline seems to be good, and it needs to be. There are some rough kids at this school, but for the most part they are neighborhood kids that have grown up together so it is pretty low-key. All-in-all it seems to be a good school where my son is learning and is comfortable and happy.
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