I was a student from last year and looked at the reviews on this site only to see there aren't many posted for this year or the year before. So here I am ;). Whether you're checking this site because you're a parent or thinking of attending, you should always keep an open mind. As I've already said, there really aren't many recent reviews. So if you came here to see what the school's like, you won't have much luck. So what you read here should have only a little bit to do with your judgement of the school. It all depends on what YOU or your child makes of it. Of course, for me, I'd say that when I was an 8th grader last year, the best thing were my teachers. The best will try to educate you, have fun with you, and try their hardest to be there for you. I was lucky enough to have amazing teachers from 6th-8th.(Pssst, I was in gifted ;) ) But, if you want your teachers to be great, you have to at least be a good student also. Now, I'm not exactly talking about good grades, but you really need to get involved and be respectful. All in all, I enjoyed my time at Tradewinds. I go to Suncoast now ;D and so do about 8 other TMS kids. Go Bucs!!!
The school was awesome when my eldest attended under the leadership of Dr. Howell. However, now that my second is attending under this other principal, I feel the quality of leadership has declined somewhat. The teachers are all still wonderful but they could use better support from a more attentive principal.
I went to this school for 3 years, and for those of you who said Dr. H ran it like a boot camp were entirely wrong. He treated the school as if they were all his kids, not accepting it if any of us steped out of line. Where as Mrs. S, she has all her A.Ps do all the discipline for her. I would say since she took over the school it has gotten worse. This school however has teachers that are very understanding and amazing. I am now entering h.s with all college level (ap) classes. If i could have anything when i enter hs this fall, is that the teachers are as good as the ones at tradewinds.
My child is in the 6th grade and is on the honor roll in advanced classes. My family is low income and minority; which I only mention to advise those that believe low income equals low self esteem and education. My child thrives here amongst a very diverse student population. I turned down Carver's IB programme to keep her away from the belittling attitude of Boca/Delray's unaccepting attitude toward minorities.
The school is basically a 9-4 daycare. The majority of the students do not want to learn. The majority of students have no respect for themselves, staff, subs, or teachers. The root cause is attributed to being a low- income SES school; uneducated parents, etc. Student misbehavior is rampant, and the students do not care. To be fair, there is a small minority of students who want to learn. Unfortunately, those students are outnumbered by the students who just don't care. What a shame. In the end, Tradewinds Middle School does a big disservice to the community; take a clue from the NY School System. Students who don't want to behave should face expulsion. Lets place the blame where it goes.......
The principal (Dr. Howell) runs the school like a boot camp. Kids must act like robots, or the teacher is viewed as unsatisfactory. If you break the rules (even having your shirt untucked) you will not be allowed to participate in any after school activities. This makes many students feel negative about academics and they get a I don't care attitude. Middle school is hard enough hormonal wise, and adding more negative feelings is not helpful.
i love tradewinds because of our assistant pricipal Mrs J Smith. I love her so much nd i hope she'll come tis school year of 09-10. I u mrs. Smith!!!!!
Speaking as a student who has talked to my parents about this, I do not like the way the school handles situations. When drama begins and the school intervenes, they ask for statements from other students who were not involved, which makes sense, but the administrators don't understand that some students may lie to get others in trouble. Besides that, tucking in your shirts when they are a reasonable length does not make sense to me, and I shouldn't have to wear a belt if my pants fit correctly. The academics are poor, in my opinion, the teachers teach well for the most part, although they have to stick to a certain teaching plan, they should be allowed to teach what they have to teach the way they want to teach it, for example, doing more hands-on things or contorting projects to mould to how the students learn best and fun.
even though we do have fights, Tradewinds is an awsome school it is very fun and we hav a staff that tries to keep their studentshappy w/ dances and other creative ways.|TRADEWINDS IS AWSOME PERIOD|
I went to this schol for two years and i had a great time a met some great people and the teachers were great they were like having a parent a school you could talk to them about any thing -----Go Bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I graduated from that school this year. 2008, I was there 6-8 && i miss more than ever, the teachers are awesome, the experience was incredible, and dr.Howell rocks (the principal), i've had my best memories there. This school really prepared me, i would recommend any student to go there. I loved every minute of it!
My son loves the school because it is very safe. The principal is visible and accessible to all parents and students and this is the first time my son enjoy going to school.
this is my son's first year at tradewinds,so far I feel he has learned a great deal. therefore I'm very pleased.
I am very pleased with the beginning of this school year. The teachers and the new principal have worked hard to provide a well organized and safe opening. This is day 5 and my son is already in the swing of studying and completing homework. He is also trying out for the baseball team in the evenings. You would think that he has been a middle schooler for a long time but actually this is his first year.
I was very unhappy last year. Parents who are involved with their children don't get the responses necessary to improve the child's academic achievements.
im sorry to say that my daughter absoultely hates this school. she attended tradewinds for only one year. and while the administors did listened to everyones problems, they did nothing to make the school a better place. i strongly urge other parents to consider sending their children to better schools, so that their children can get a better education.
My daughter attends Tradewinds Middle since 6 grade, we relocated from NY and I must say that this is one of the best schools. I am there every day to pick up my daughter and never see anything out-of-order. I love the teachers and this school, I will recommend this school to any parent who wants to send thier child, no regrets....excellent school
My Daughter came to Tradewind from Brooklyn New York she attended for a year and a half , Tradewindes middle school is a wonderful school. She misses Tradewinds and was doing very well , with her studies. Tradewinds is highly recommended my me 100% they are for the students and parents by far the number one school in palm beach county and this is coming from a New Yorker, who has been in the public school system for 20 years. staff /teachers and Principals are dedicated and and made me and my daughter feel at ease they are the best that Palm beach county has to offer number one
I think this school is great my daughter loves it there and is excelling high in her studies everyone there is kind hearted and generous and will be there to support you all the way through
The School is very good but I think they should have absolutely a tiny more freedom. My son likes to wear a colored t-shirt inside, which I think fits him perfectly, but then I heard he could not do that. But the rest is very satisfying! The school is very nice. Oh and the electives should have a variety for the students to have!
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