I would have to strongly disagree with the previous bad reviews. This is a great school with an outstanding principal. My child has been attending this school for several years now and yes the workload is high, but you want your kids to be educated and not just handed a diploma right? They have a FFA/ Agriculture program, sports (not a lot of middle schools have extracurricular sports) such as soccer, volleyball, basketball, and even flag football. The teams are quite good as well. The teachers have always been responsive and their use of technology is great. I have only had an issue with one teacher that seemed quite a bit on the harsh side at first, but I soon realized that it was just that she expected a lot more out of the kids, especially since it was an honors class.
Parents need to realize that they are the ones ultimately responsible for their own children. When the parents have a tendency to be bullies and aggressive themselves (such as trolling these sites to leave scathing reviews based on unrealistic expectations or a lack of understanding of how to be a parent......) the children find that normal behavior. While schools do play a role in shaping a child's view of what it means to be a respectful contributing member of society, it is not the school's responsibility to teach children how to behave. Instead of using your thumbs on your iPhone in between Facebook posts to make a good school look bad, perhaps parents should get more involved with both the school AND their own children?
My child has never been bullied or even seen bullying. Most of anything I have ever heard about was after school while walking home, someone grabs a backpack and run off with it or throws it in the someones yard. Again, its up to the parents to teach their children how to be respectful of others. The school only reinforces this behavior and HELPS to teach them how to be contributing members of society. If the parents are aggressive, combative, unrealistic web-site trolls, it is not the school's responsibility to counter what the child learns by observation in their own home, and it only makes it tougher on the rest of us. BE A PARENT.
Again, parents have a responsibility to their own children. Teachers have a lot of pressure on them not only from the state with the reinforcement of the "teaching to the test" mindset or you don't keep your job, as well as pressure from parents with ridiculous ideas that their child is the only one in the school and all attention should be paid to them only. I find it much more effective to monitor my child's progress through the effective tools the school offers and then when I see a problem or something that needs extra work, after speaking with the teacher, I PROVIDE the supplemental help or if it is available, request extra help from the teacher. If you think the school is a place to dump your kids and expect them to learn everything they need to know in life, expect everyone else to think that way as well. If that is the case, how much time do you think the teachers actually have to make sure 2,000 students understand everything in school with no homework or help on homework from parents? If you don't know a subject, the teachers have great ideas on where to get supplemental help online.
I don't understand "leadership is a joke" comments. This does not help people looking at these reviews and only reinforces the fact that unfortunately a lot of these websites only have comments from trolls while the people with good experiences don't feel compelled to leave reviews because there was no problems. In fact I find it useful to see that there are very few reviews on this school relative to the amount of students attending. If it was truly a bad school there would be hundreds of bad reviews, not just a few from parents with unrealistic expectations and a lack of understanding of what constructive criticism means. They feel as though this is an outlet to strike out rather than a means to inform.
As far as the leadership is concerned, this school has a great principal who is very interested in the well-being of the students, as well as a resource officer who is very approachable (retiring this year unfortunately) and a staff that has always been helpful and eager to respond. Of course, I have always been respectful in my dealings with them so perhaps this is the reason for my review being such a contrast to a few others?
One for instance....Veteran's Day. The principal takes it upon himself every year (with the full support of the teachers and staff of course!) to put on an outstanding Veteran's Day event where the school invites the veteran's and active duty military, police, fire, and first-responders to attend. They put a lot of effort in to teaching the children how to be respectful, contributing members of society.
Very approachable, use technology well, and always interested in the child's well-being. It goes with most things in life, you reap what you sow. If you are respectful and communicate effectively, you get the same in return. Even with unrealistic and ridiculous parents who feel that their child is the only one this school should be teaching (in this area there are more of those than I would like to admit), the teachers and administration have shown a lot of restraint and respect in my eyes, because they know that dealing with an unruly parent in a way that most people would REALLY like to, does not benefit the child.
Edsby is a great tool for monitoring your child's progress. It almost lets you see in real-time what assignments your child has and what their grades were for each assignment. My only issue is that a couple of the teachers seem to be slow at updating the assignments. There are times I question my child for having a zero on an assignment when it was simply that the grade took a week to be entered.
As far as one of the reviews complaining about a science project every 9 weeks.....really? One of the great things about this school is the actual education. Yes they expect more out of their students, but you do want you child to have an education right? Or perhaps you just want them to be handed acceptable grades so they can move on and move out? I don't understand the "too much work" concept. Anyone with this mindset will not be prepared for any college worth attending.
My child was bullied from day one. I reported it to vice principle and absolutely nothing was done. No policy regarding bullying was followed, instead my child was basically told to suck it up. His teachers were mediocre at best. One math teacher, supposedly practicing for 25 years, constantly yells, doesn't answer questions and doesn't make sure the student understand before moving on. This school breeds the cliques, even reinforce the cliques. I hate this school, my son hates this school. My daughter hates this school, and we are moving to another zone very soon. It can't come soon enough. If your child isn't the mouthy, popular type, who is an airhead, they won't survive here. If you have a smart, sensitive kid, protect him or her by sending them somewhere else!