Gotha has turned a new leaf this year! Great new principal in Mrs. Knowles and new assistant principal as well! Principal is very engaged in school operations and manages the children well. She has encouraged the parents to get involved and volunteer at the school. The first day was a great experience from the beautification of the front entrance and the greetings from the staff! The kids are so far having a great year!
My children love Gotha. I have two children that are currently in the 8th grade. They have attended all three years. My children are taking honors classes and receiving all high school credits this year. They have also scored 5's on the FCAT. The teachers are very supportive and provide extra help through email and before and after school. The music program is outstanding. My son has taken 3 years of guitar lessons as an elective and 2 years of Sax and Jazz. My daughter has taken drama, musical theater and chorus for 2 years. I have to say the teachers have given 110% and love what they are doing. Their productions were outstanding. Mrs. Young is a phenomenal teacher. She is a great role model for her students. She is upbeat and has a positive attitude. She is one of my daughter's favorite teachers. My kids have a great group of friends that are into doing well in school and have great goals. I was very nervous when my kids started school here because they were small for their age... But no worries. The school seems safe and bullying, drugs and fighting are not tolerated at this school. I would Highly recommend this school.
im curently at gotha.... gotha is a great school.. but the principle mrs.godek is very rude she does not inforce the rules.. to certian people for example when my friends psp was stolen we know who did it and told her and she told use she cant do anything about it... but my had an arguement with another parent and a few words were said and i was suspened for the actions of my mother because girls that where there said i said the things other than that teachers are great there are great ways to stay out of trouble like the YMCA with ms. rosie
I am strongly considering taking my daughter out of Gotha. The school has deteriorated since my son attended 2004..I do not think they instill discipline or values here. Some teachers are good & some not so good . The principal seems apathetic & not a leadership type..Go elsewhere if you can, I'm considering a move to winter garden & hear much better things about Lakeview.. My daughter had her back pack invaded & there have been students caught with drugs in school ..
I LOVE Gotha Middle School. My daughter has attended since 6th grade and is in her final year. She was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in October of 2009, although she has had issues bc of her disease all of her teachers and the staff and I have worked together to get her to continue to excell, ESPECIALLY Nurse Daria! We have had only 2 issues with certain teachers which were taken care of quickly and my daugher has always been an honor roll student...through all of her difficulites. And also she has participated in many extracurriclar activites. As far as you people out there blaming the school for the 'thugs and sudents with bad language' you probably need to contact the parents for all that behavior starts at home!!
I withdrew my daughter after two weeks. The students' language and behavior was out of control. One of her teachers cursed in the classroom, laughed about it, then denied it when I emailed her and the principal. The principal didn't reply at all to my email! The secretary was rude when I went to complete the withdrawal papers on top of everything else. Don't let the school's grade fool you - it doesn't reveal what's going on day to day!
Schools gone way down.Ms.Godek is a horrible principle.A lot more fights, lots of thugs, it's horrible.
mr.axtel is a great principal who makes sure things are right and okay for students
My son is currently an 8th grade student- has attended all 3 yrs. He tells me that he is glad he goes to Gotha Middle School and that it is a good school. This is coming first hand from a student that attends the school, I am sure that counts for something. As a parent, I observe my son enjoying his school days, and for a parent that is very enjoyable, I hope it continues. My son does however, have a complaint against the early schedule of his school day and he feels that most of the students do not like the new schedule and most are very tired throughout their day.
It is a very excellent school. I will recommend this school every body i know.
i'm a current student at gotha. it's a wonderful school with alot of stuff to do...............
My daughter attended Gotha Middle school last year and will return this year as a 7th grader. I can't say enough good things about Gotha. The teachers go out of their way to make classes fun and exciting for the students. The gifted program is second to none. Mr. Axtell, the principal knows almost every child by name. He has good relationships with the parents and has never been too busy to talk to us when we've needed to speak with him. The kids respect him as well. My daughter had an excellent teacher for Language Arts. Ms. Henderson always goes above and beyond and treats the kids with respect. Ms. Lamson was another favorite. She teaches science and always managed to keep her kids' interest. Ms. Trew, for math, always had time to help my daughter if she was having trouble. The PTA is spectacular! So many involved parents!
My daughter attended Gotha for her entire three years of middle school. What an awesome place to be. The teachers are wonderful, their adminstration is top notch and with the high parent envolvement they have maintained an A school for six years in a row! Gotha rocks!
I attended Gotha alll three years of middle school and was not satisfied at all. The education was lacking and the security of students is jeapordized because teachers and staff alike have no control. In the year 2006, the school filled up the entire four court outdoor basketball courts with over 13 portables right near the 'satalite lunchroom.' Fights have become commonplace. The administration does nothing to combat misbehavior and punishment is rarely followed through. Do not send your children to this school
Gotha Middle is a great school. I had one child who is now a Freshman in High School this year that attended Gotha for her entire middle school years.Because of great teachers and an excellent concerned principal Mr. Axtell she continues to excel in her academics and remains on the high school honor roll and has decided to attend college and major in Business Administration.I have another daughter that is a 6th grader this year at Gotha who is also doing well academically and already knows she wants to be a Pediatrician.Thank you Gotha Middle an A school 5 years in a row.You have had a big impact on our family lives more than you could ever know.
It rocks. They have great entertainment and more. The teachers help all students so yeah.
My straight A daughter left Tavares Middle school after sixth grade year to enter Gotha. Seventh grade advanced math covered what she already learned in sixth grade at Tavares. Home economics is not available and only one language class is offered. There is a wonderful guitar program, but in the 'wheel program' with Gotha she was disappointed when she ended up repeating the study of photosysthesis for two of the three segments. Her third segment teacher only showed up for class three times due to scheduling 'responsibilities' Schedule changes were not effectively announced to students; there was a lack of overall organization within the school. Chaperoned trips I attended were total chaos. I struggle with the fact that my shy, straight A daughter who once loved school is absolutely dreading her return to Gotha.
Gotha has gone down hill this year. It is not the school it once was. There are way too many kids at Gotha. There are more kids behind the school in the portables then are in the main buildings. There is no way Gotha will maintain it's A rating from the state come July and that is very sad. So many have worked so hard over the last couple of years to make Gotha a special space but that is all changing. Many teachers will not be back next year for this very reason. Gotha has been an A school the last two years but that streak will soon be over. Teacher morale and student discipline is at an all time low.
This school has performed phenomenally in the past... however one can only hope that they can continue to do as well as they have since its enrollment is now 1,988, not under 1500 as this data indicates. There are 160 teachers with parking for 120 and the class size for 7th grade pre-algebra is up to 32 for the 2004 term so I doubt that the school average classroom size is at 29. We have a core group of teachers and staff members who along with the PTA and the SAC are working very hard to motivate students, to encourage the teachers and staff and to recognize students for positive efforts. The biggest issue is the Orange Cty School Bd needs to realize that they have the potential of schools being in serious crisis if they keep transferring A / B students enmasse to a single school that is already over capacity.
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