My son is in his second year at Kirby-Smith, and I have been very impressed with the school during his time there. The principal's enthusiasm and leadership seem to be an inspiration to all her teachers and staff, and I found all my son's teachers to be dedicated and wanting to be the best that they can be. I volunteered regularly so I had an inside look at the school and I found it to have a positive atmosphere and never saw anything negative. Their electives are amazing - my son has taken Video Game Design, Art and Robotics, and been in the Computer and Guitar Clubs after school. I would not hesitate to recommend KSMS.
I am speaking only on behalf of the advanced classes of this school I never attended any standard classes. I can easily say this was the best school I've ever attended. It was one of the more nerdy schools Iv'e been to but that's a good thing nerds like to learn. the classes where great and most teacher followed the you can lead horse to water but you make them drink philosophy not saying there lazy or anything they'll try and help there students but they'll alway's be more into the kids they can see are activily trying.
I love the Teachers and the Students are so well behaved. you should let your children go to that wonderful school.
We are very pleased with the experience our daughter has had at Kirby. Middle school is the hardest time for many children but we are very pleased with everything at Kirby Smith. Our daughter started in the 7th grade when we we highly unsatisfied with the school she attended in 6th grade. She finishing 8th grade and has been accepted into the IB program at Paxon next year.
My daughter attends here in 6th gr. I wish I could say that I am happy here. The building is old, carpet terrible. Field trips are expensive.
Middle School-The stories we were told, most of them frightening, were all laid to reast once my son began 6th grade at KSMS. The 6th grade team of teachers were awesome! They all used schoolnotes as a way of keeping the communication lines open. My son learned everything plus more that a 6th grader should be learning. He's now back for 7th grade and everything he learned in 6th is coming together nicely. Doing very well in 7th. We love the school overall. The teachers and staff all step out into the hallway between classes, and I believe their presence helps to keep students orderly. Like all middle schools, the students have their disagreements, but the discipline policy is enforeced appropriately. I highly recommend this school. Parent involvement is as good as any other middle school. The principal is a great leader.
Super hi-tech electives! Advanced and gifted teachers are really good.
there is no doubt that middle school is probably THE most difficult time of a child's life. Having experienced 2 different middles schools - 1 inner city magnet, 1 at the beach, with 3 children has been eye opening. The years my son went to KSmith as a gifted student were bad years for him scholastically. The teachers and students were a FAR cry from what he was used to, and I made several trips down there. Teachers that threw lipsticks and erasers at the students - 'to get their attention', others called them names, others locked themselves in their 'rooms' and let the kids 'teach' themselves, students that had no discipline, a militaristic principal that focused on appearance, not performance... I was not impressed. When my son went on to Paxon magnet, it didn't get any better. I'm so sick of Duval county Public Schools - I'm homeschooling now.
I thought we were blessed when my son was accepted into the Magnet Program at Kirby-Smith. Much to our surprise, it was no different than any other of the below average middle schools in Duval County. There is a very rough crowd there and my son was harrassed constantly. The education there is poor because the teachers are too busy trying to control the kids, which proves useless, instead of teaching. I did not witness a level of concern for the safety and well being of the kids. I did not feel it was a good environment for any child to be in, so I removed my son and home schooled him the remainder of the year.
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