Our experience at MMS has been very positive. The school has 1800 but class sizes are around 20.They do not offer very many clubs but the general education has been very good. The teachers care and problem students are dealt with or removed. Adv classes should be held for students in the areas they achieve and regular for the ones they don't. Not an all or nothing attitude. Too bad Florida doesn't do away with FCAT it is a bad way to evaluate students.This what is used for advanced classes, come on its one test! Safety is not an issue at this school. Very positive experience.
We have found this to be a pretty good school despite what some said a few years ago. The teachers are concerned about the students and do well with what they have. These early releases and having to constantly teach 'Passing the FCAT' is ruining our children's education though. Also, to discuss your child's progress, having to meet with all the teachers as a group is not comfortable, therefore avoided.
Well-run, over-crowded but every school in any city of any size is these days.Teachers interact with students and the community. Excellent program for physically/mentally challenged.
We are very pleased with Mandarin Middle School. My son has attended MMS since 6th grade and is currently in the 8th grade. He takes advanced classes and has had a wonderful team of teachers for all his years here. He plays football, basketball, and baseball for MMS. They also offer swimming, soccer and volleyball. Our son has many friends that are in the honor society at the school. We have known many parent volunteers. The school also offers a morning and afternoon homework assistance program.
I'm very disappointed with MMS.There is no guidance as far as principal and parent and teachers w/parents. My son is two grades behind I've asked for help so many times I can't remember and do not know what else to do. The assistant principle is very unknowledgable when it comes o knowing what is best for a student . I'm at wits end and have a daughter that is just beginning there. If your student doesn't make straight A's they could care less. I'm wanting to move because of this.
Mandarin Middle school is extremely overcrowded. This makes for many discipline problems. Communication from the school to parents is very poor. Parents are not notified of incidents, usually end up reading about them in the local newspaper. Seems to be poor morale among teachers - overcrowding may have a lot to do with this.
This school is terrible and we should have researched it more before moving to the area within this district. This school offers very limited Art and Music electives. The teachers do not seem to be concerned with the children's education, more about the children's physical appearance. Teachers do not send letters home or even contact the parent if there is an academic problem, and sometimes do not even notify you when there is a 'behavior' problem. Good thing my daughter is in 8th grade and the year is almost over.
This is a large school serving this area. The academic program were better than most in the city with availability of music and art classes for your child. Teachers are caring and provide students with a sound learning environment.
We moved here from NC and based on statistics and local info had been told this was the best middle school in Jacksonville. What a disappointment. The 8th grade curriculum is terrible. No computer classes, no foreign language. This is a very large school (approx. 2,000 students) and very few teachers seem inspired. Some of my child's teachers seem like they are just passing time until something else comes along. Also, there seems to be more safety issues than at other schools we have been involved with. Not enough communication with parents as to school happenings. No regular newsletters. We cannot wait for this year to be over - just wish we had looked in surrounding counties before moving into this district.
Excellent quality of program. Great parent involvement. My son loved it.
Despite the size of this school, there is a 'can do attitude.' Many of the faculty have been at MMS for years which adds to the stability of the school. Wonderful 'Gifted' program. Very active PTA and volunteer programs.
We had a very unsatisfactory time with Mandarin Middle. I put my child in private school. The bullying at this is school is unbelievably bad. The administrators need more training in how to handle this situation. If you have child at this school be sure you stay involved and aware of what is going on. They even had my child in class for learning challenged when he had never even been tested. When we were finally aware this was going on alot of time had been lost. They apologized but it was a mistake that was hard to correct. It is not easy to afford the private school but we are glad we did.
As a parent, this is my first intro to Mandarin, my other children went to Magnet schools. The school is kept very clean, I love the day to day messages on Schoolnotes.com. PTA has a lot to offer for parents to be involved in. Office personnel were friendly and my son is happy.....
A nice school in a nice area. A lot of veteran teachers and experience counts.
Mandarin Middle School has committed teachers who deire to give their students the best education possible. THe PTA is very strong and provides many opportunities for parents to participate. I have had two children attend Mandarin Middle School and was very pleased with the quality of education.
Mandarin middle is a great school. I have had two children attend and looking forward to my third child atttending. All of the teachers that my children have had were devoted to making sure that they achieved their potential and received any extra help necessary.
Excellant teachers and an outstanding PTA. The only problem with this school is over crowding. Duval county must start building some schools in the southern portion of the district
Too big. Halls are gloomy/ kids look very unhappy there. The lunch line is too long, the kids don't get a chance to finish their meal. Schedule is too confusing. A day B days, 1, 2, 3 4, 5 days!!!
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