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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