Most teachers are not effective at this school. One female computer teacher for 7th grade is downright rude, and clearly burned out. She gives the students a hard time and never returns phone calls.There is a 7th grade science teacher that is very caring and clearly there for the love of teaching and also a male 8th grade social studies teacher that too is caring and makes the lesson fun and interesting. But most of the teachers just don't really try to teach the lesson which is frustrating for both kids and parents.
The teachers are frustrated that they must teach what is required, that being said,should not allow many of them to come to the classroom with bad attitudes. Many of them do not teach and expect the kids to figure all of the work out themselves. The teachers are terrible at communication. Never return calls or emails. The administration will take calls, so atleast you can get through to someone. They do take a great stand on bullying from what my child has told me,so I commend them on that!
This school used to be the gifted cluster site, and still claims to be though they have absolutely no gifted education whatsoever. As per another parent's post, teachers no longer teach, but only hand out test packets and tests, and students are expected to teach themselves, and prepare themselves for the daily tests that comprise their grades entirely. It's a punitive environment for children, and not conducive to learning or the love of learning. It's difficult to discern which are school, district, state or Federal policies, but the end result is children suffer, and their education is destroyed.
Before 2009 when my older child was a student here, the school had a different principal and most of the teachers were awesome. Under the current principal, the quality of the school has really gone down and many of the really good teachers have left the school. The quality of education is really bad now and there is no parent involvement.
Switzerland Point Middle School is an excellent school. We have 14 years experience with three youth who have attended. Our two oldest were well prepared for their high school experience. Our youngest is enjoying his middle school years and is growing academically. The teachers and leadership are excellent and dedicated to student progress and learning. We continued to be very impressed with St. John's County Schools. I know some folks had issues with academic changes in the system but our 14 years have seen continued improvement in an already excellent system. I am sure the school will continue to progress and develop. Some programs like the band program are well supported by parents even though the county has cut funding. All in all the school is one of the best. Education in general needs to continually evolve to promote individual growth.