This is probably a great school if your child is a self-motivated, above average learner and you love to let them walk to the bus and walk home at the end of the day...no involvement and no worries. However, if your child has any special needs, gets bullied or has an IEP, this school is a nightmare. They simply wont deal with you or the situation. Also, traffic, parking, drop-off and pick-up are the worst I have ever seen.
This is my son's third year at Palm Harbor Middle and every year it gets worse. The principal is rarely on premises and when she is she refuses to attend meetings or return phone calls even when my son was attacked by other students! In the three years my son has been attending this school she has never once returned a phone call or shown up to a meeting even when she was scheduled to attend! I am absolutely appalled at the lack of leadership and common decency this woman shows. The few teachers here who actually care, are few and far between but there are some. The main office staff is absolutely rude beyond belief. We are currently looking for a new school. I would ABSOLUTELY NOT recommend this school to anyone who cares even the tiniest bit about their child's education.
My son likes it there. He has made new friends. There was a bullying situation but the 7th grade assistant principal handled it right away. My son is no longer bothered by the kid. Office staff is friendly. Teachers seem receptive and willing to help. I like that they provide after school tutoring for kids who are struggling.
Staff are rude, teachers don't care, behavior is out of control. This school has no leadership whats-so-ever.
The staff is very rude and the teachers are arrogant. I guess this use to be a good school but I don't see signs of it now. They are to arrogant to allow parent involvement. Watch out for health class they show a diagrams of a penis and a vergina in a mixed class. No notification given to parents so we can decide to opt out.
This school is terrible. The kids hurt and make fun of one another and the teachers do not care.
My son has been very happy at this school. He has asperger's and tourette syndrome and is treated very well by all the teachers and students. He feels loved and accepted by all! He even had kids from this school ask to come to his birthday party. The teachers all tell me he's a wonderful boy. They have wonderful programs for kids with Autism and kids with Aspergers. They are separate and offer appropriate classes and help for each group. I love all the teachers and most all have experience with special needs kids. I am blessed to have him in this school.
This is an exceptional school! As an educator myself, in another District, I know first had how effectively it performs & how dedicated is the staff in this middle school . They have very high standards & an incredible staff! This school has been consistently high achieving-I've watched it since my own children were too young to attend (neighbors/relatives told me of its successes) and I see it now with my 7th grader attending (& a 10th grader who went through it & is now in an Engineer high program.) What troubles me is that this rating is based reviews dating back to '03 & '04-penalizing Palm Harbor Mid. for class sizes- which is not a fair accusation . Our "class size amendment" was not in effect until 2010 when it was decided 22 students was the class cap & PHM did EVERYTHING is had to & is currently in compliance in all its 'non-elective' classrooms. In response to the parent saying the school was crowded even w/ "Choice"...the fact that this school is so coveted & popular is testament to how great it is! Just like a crowded restaurant is usually indicative of how great the food/service! Kudos to all the PHS staff-keep up the great work! Thank you!
PHMS is a great school. They offer a great variety of programs from the Autistic to the AP & gifted. Megsss/Imast and are also under the same roof. The comparison to the Fundamental schools is unfair because they have half the gifted and twice the reduced lunch population at PHMS. They also have three time the population. Overall PHMS is better learning place and preparation for high school, college and the " real world "..
There are excellent teachers at this school, however not a great place for children with medical concerns or 504 plans. The 504 plan was overlooked for 4 months and it has been difficult to get the necessary people on board. The school nurse was excellent in helping with the medical issues once she was involved- it took a while to get the right people in place and was frustrating and exhausting for me as a parent.
I am a parent of three children who have attended this school. I can say that the music program and particularly Mrs. Cavanaugh, are outstanding. The advanced classes they have taken are challenging and fun so thank you to those teachers for all you do. As with most schools in Pinellas county, the teachers and administration only want you involved when they want you involved, otherwise they want you to butt out. This is understandable since many parents don't know there should be respect and boundaries with teachers and school administrators. On the other hand, some teachers don't even use parent connect so some parents are left in the dark about their children's progress. Part of a child's education includes learning how to deal with different personalities and becoming responsible and sometimes parents get involved when they should let their child handle the situation. I would recommend this school to anyone.
My daughter is currently in her second year at PHMS. Unlike the previous reviewer, I have found ParentConnect to be very helpful and the teachers responses very timely. I also work full time and have to do most of my communication this way. My daughter is in 3 advanced classes and this is the only way to keep her occupied. I'm happy that these courses are available for her. The choral and Ms. Cavanaugh are stellar. I have has some issues with the way they grade P.E. and the lack of understanding when a student isn't feeing well. Other than that.... definately an A!
My daughter loves this school. I am very proud of the success she has been able to make while here. The staff is always willing to address whatever issues are brought before them..
Great school and the majority of the teachers are great too. The Music program is the best I have seen. Lots of opportunities for kids to get involved both in school and after school. The PTA is very involved which is nice to see. My only issues is with some of the teachers. They hold the students to a very high level of accountable; which is great; however, they (the teachers) are not held accountable for what they should be doing. A perfect example is keeping ParentConnect and SchoolNotes current. Returning emails and/or phone calls from involved parents is also an issue. If you are an involved parent, you are viewed by a threat to some of the teachers which makes for a tough three years for your child. Once you get past the few 'bad apples' the school and the majority of the facility make this a great place.
palm harbor is a great school and my daughter feels like the teachers encourage her to try her hardest to do well in school.
My granddaughter really enjoys Palm Harbor Middle. The curriculum keeps her challenged. I feel that most of the teachers really care about their students education. Her teachers keep me informed with her progress. Even though I work full time, I try to do my part in helping with fund raisers. I give the school an A.
The academic programs are great. The music department including band,orchestra,and chorus are outstanding. Kids in the music,academic and extracurricular programs have a high level of parent involvement.
My child attended this school for all three grades 6-8. I found it very good in the sense that it does help and support students which excel easily and are quick learners. However I did notice that the school does not have an adequate program for those students which may need more hands-on or may learn at a slower pace. Also, there is a severe lack of discipline for students and what they are allowed to do & say to each other within the halls. Academically I think the school is great, but could use a more variety of programs. When it comes to discipline & respect, they have a long way to go.
My son is is advanced classes. The classes are will organized and teachers are able to give him the help he needs. I do wish the class sizes were smaller or each class had another adult. Tutoring is available if needed. Overall it has been a positive experience for my son and me.
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