I am a parent of a (soon to be) former middle school student at Channelside. After a good experience during elementary school, we were VERY disappointed in the middle school. It is basically just extended elementary school. There were zero electives offered, no art or music, and PE was changed to "Career Research and Critical Thinking" for the second half of the school year. There is no guidance program, even though the public middle schools have programs to get students thinking about college opportunities and how to plan at this level. We were told that the school "does not teach to the test", but 6th grade students were placed into one of two classes based on their FCAT scores from 5th grade. I do not think that the administration or most of the teachers know how to handle the issues that come along with the physical and emotional changes that middle schoolers are experiencing. Many of my child's classmates are not returning to this school next year, and the general opinion is that this school is in no way preparing its students for transition to high school. There is just not enough opportunity to grow and develop here. I would not recommend this middle school.
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