Awesome school and staff. Just a word of advice to make your child's experience more enjoyable, AVOID GEM MATH! It crams 3 years of math in one year and the amount of homework is outrageous. My child has been up until midnight finishing up the GEM MATH homework and that doesn't include the homework that she has in any other classes. There have been several classmates that have left the class after destroying their GPA's taking GEM (which you need to maintain to stay in the magnate program). Many parents I have spoken with regret their children taking GEM math.
The staff here are aware that three years is extremely short in your lifetime of about 100 years, so they make the best out of it. They go on MANY field trips to theme parks, museums, cities, and even to buffets! The way they discipline the kids is if they do one bad thing, they go straight to B.C., which is an in-school-suspension instead of going to your normally scheduled classes. Instead of favoritism at some schools, the grades you get are the ones you work for. Little things make this school honorable!
I have both of my kids in the International Affairs and Business program. I am so happy with the program! We have had wonderful teachers. The magnet coordinator, Mrs. McCrary is the best! Always helpful! Highest quality education!!!
I can see why our school was featured on NBC6's "Brag About Your School" (Google It!) We have an amazing principal, Ms Sabine Phillips as well as 3 dedicated assistant principals...Ben Reeves, Shaante Collie and Dr. Tiffany Peterson! There are so many clubs and activities for students to enjoy. Also, their field trips are out of this world!
OUTSTANDING MAGNET PROGRAM!!! My child attends the International Affairs and Business magnet program at Crystal Lake. We have experienced an amazing group of dedicated educators. Now wonder there is always a waiting list to get into this program. Middle school can be a scary experience but don't listen to the negativity especially if you are looking to place your child in a well established,well run magnet program.
This school is amazing! This has helped my kids throughout the past few years. They have amazing teachers that care about your child and have an amazing Magnet program. They have a language program (Spanish, French, Chinese) that extends into high school and gives many high school credits, and a science/technology/engineering program which is amazing, too! They even have a Civil Air Patrol, where you do military drills and even learn how to fly a plane! The hallways are safe and clean, and the staff are responsible. They answer your calls/emails/letters and take them seriously! My kids have attended this school for every year of their middle school education! Better than the elementary school I teach at! :-)