This is a very large public school where kids with 504s and IEPs are lumped together by people who do not have any education about best practices for various learning disabilities. Kids are tracked by FCAT scores so that if your child earned As and Bs in class but scored a 2 on an FCAT, they are placed in low level classes (the school claims they don't do this and yet, first block Math is designed for those not passing FCAT in order to give more time) There is no understanding of varieties of LD (dyspraxia, dyscalculia, dyslexia, visual processing d/o, auditory processing d/o....In Florida, one does not need a master's in special ed or counseling to be in charge of 504s and IEPs. If your child does not test well on standardized tests despite good classroom grades,you can expect your LD child to be placed with juvenile delinquents and making bad-influence friends despite all the love and hard work devoted to your child. Common-Core will increase the standardized testing in public schools--your child will be better off in a good private school such as Tampa Day School or Holy Names. Our child left this school with IBS after being a happy go lucky kid.
Half good teachers/half not so great/good counselors/APsinneffective...syllabus in each class is not a course description and schedule but a behavior expectation sheet. So, this sets the tone of punitive instruction rather than the joy of learning from day 1. If you have a "gifted" child (one who is left-brain dominant and has a great memory) they can go to the special "Dreamcatcher" program where they will be celebrated and loved. If your child is a normal kid (gifted in other attributes such as art or acting or sports) ...they will go along with the herd of kids. If you have a child with learning disabilities PLEASE go to another school...there is no education on the part of most teachers in public school Florida...ADD or dyslexia will be misunderstood and your only "accommodation" will be to have the child sit at the front of the class and have longer test time (a joke among professionals who understand best practices). There are a few gem teachers but not enough to swing the character of this school in the right direction. Student culture here is harsh but not unusual for public middle school...if you have a sensitive child, go private or charter...many in the area.
very rude teachers, I can only agree. My child is in 6 th grade we never had such a bad school! Lots of mobbing from teachers and students. Can't wait to move. If you have a choice - stay away from this one!
Worst. School. Ever. The teachers are hostile. Its really hard to learn like that. There are bullies everywhere and about 2000 people. The only reason its 9 out of 10 is because its new.
watch out!!! teachers are rude and aggressive lots of mobbing going on and very very poor education!!!!
I am a new parent at the school, but already the office staff seems so inviting and friendly, as well as professional. The teachers are all very involved and anxious to give/get feedback about each child. Cannot wait to see how the year unfolds!
parents are not involved the staff are kinda rude and stuck up the school has way too many students sure the school looks nice and everyone will feed you a bunch of info on how the school is so great but i have never seen anything i really liked about the staff or overall the school in general the teachers dont keep control of the students my son has trouble with learning he says because the class is out of controll and is run by the students there was one time i walked into the school and i didnt seem like the kids were very happy not that kids like school most dont but i have seen schools where the students felt maybe a little more happy to be there its like a giant building of white walls and terrible staff surrounded by a bunch of boring farm land it makes me wanna go to sleep
I've had children in this school for the past 6 years and can tell you, it's a fantastic middle school. Yes, it's huge...1650 students thanks to rezoning to bring the number down a few hundred. You would think this is an impossible number of students to handle. But the teachers and administration have a set of standards in place that really keeps the kids on the right track. They don't tolerate bullying and have procedures in place to deal with it. The kids know exactly what's expected of them, including dress code, behavior, attitude and academics and they really do walk the straight and narrow. Of course, no school is 100% problem free. But overall, I couldn't imagine a better environment for my kids to grow. The only problem I have found is communication is sometimes difficult at this level. You have to be an involved parent to keep up with what's going on with your student. It's not like elementary school where the teachers sends home notes with the kids. But thanks to eSembler, parents have 24 hour access to grades and assignments as well as an open line of communication to the teachers so we can keep on top of things. I would recommend this school to anyone.
My child came to DJLMS in 7th grade. I read the excellent reviews and the high rating of this school and I was convinced this school would be a great move, I was wrong. First, the middle school has close to 2000 students which make it impossible for your child to get on a sports team or club because of the number of participants. The students are very clicky and do not go out of their way to make friends with new students. The Administration has rules that no child is allowed to ride the bus home with another child, even in an emergency. This is also due to the abundant number of students at this school. My child felt bullied and was called names by classmates on a weekly basis. My child was not impressed with the teachers besides the math and chorus teacher and she was in advanced classes before. The counselor was great but the principle's secretary and nurse were just plain rude and unfriendly to me, a parent. I was not impressed at all. The reason they have a 9 rating is because the school is still very new not because it is a good school. I wish a parent would have written a review like this. I would have chosen another area to live.
My daughter is in 8th grade, during the three years she has been in the school she has had great teachers, I haven't heard cases of bullying, they tackle misconduct immediately , they have various clubs based on the students interests. Given that is the largest middle school in the county, I think the organization is fantastic.
We just moved from MD and registered our son in July. Today is the first day of school and his schedule is still not complete. He has 3 classes but then he is sitting in the office the rest of day as they frantically try to work out the schedules for him and some other unlucky students. This doesn't sound like great organization or leadership skills to me and I'm pretty frustrated so far. They tell me they hope to get it worked out today but no guarantees as they are overcrowded and have staffing isssues.
JLMS is a good school and i would tell any parent to send there child there for a good middle school experience i use to go there my 8th grade year was so short it was like the first day of school and the next day school was over the 2009-2010 year flew by but anyways the teachers are helpful and they want you to succeed shoutout to Mr.hernadez,Mr.Thomas and the whole bandits staff we all miss yall i miss jlms and i look forward to visiting it back when i have kids one day. CLASS OF 2014 ALL DAY
This past year was my daughter's first year at JLMS and I was a bit nervous. I'm a teacher in Hillsborough County so my children have always followed me. This was my first experience with Pasco County Schools. My daughter is in the gifted program and I was incredibly impressed with this school. Positive referrals from the AP and top notch teachers that care about their students. Communication was awesome and my daughter really blossomed! I look forward to sending my youngest to JLMS for his first year of Middle School! I have friends in Hillsborough trying to get their kids into this school! Administration is on top of it all and enforces the school rules and dress code which really makes a difference in the school culture.
This school was named after my father. I only hope that it is bringing joy to as many children , parents and teachers as he would have loved and hoped for.
My journey through John Long was okay. A lot of the teachers did not have enough a background in education to be teaching at that school. If it wasn't for the 8th grade assistant principle I would not have been able to make it through the school year. Also the our teachers did plan for the year, and we ended up being behind and having do 5 projects the last few weeks of school.
This school was good in some of the educational parts, but some of the teachers did not know enough about the topics they were teaching. We actually had to help our language arts teacher pronounce and spell words. Also, this school has no lockers, making it, literally, a pain in your back to carry around all your things.
Pulled my son out of John Long after 7th grade, wish I had done it sooner! Administration wouldn't switch my son's science class after many complaints; zeroes on assignments that the teacher had written on and handed back to him. Poor teacher control in many of his classrooms, and kids very concerned with social issues instead of school.
my son did 2 chapter in math in 6 month (and he's in advanced math) , had open book tests in geography!?!?!, and had word search test in history , his teacher truly had no care about TEACHING , i am very sad to say that he has learned absolutely nothing this year , what a waste
This is the best school ever! My daughter is in 7th grade, and she loves this school. It has great teachers!!!!
This school is great my daughter loves it alot..............this us her second year!!
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