I had a child at Sutton from 6-8, and my second child is in 7th grade. We have had an excellent experience all-round. My children have both been in the accelerated program, which is an entirely different experience than the mainstream program, or so I hear. I am glad for the diversity. Kids need to know how to relate on all levels, and this school certainly gives that opportunity. The only downside, really, is that there is a very large economically underprivileged element at Sutton, mixed with an almost-equal number of kids from a lot of privilege. There is an enormous divide, providing a perfect storm for some bad behavior. That's not a reason not to go. And not everyone from an economically challenging background exhibits bad behavior anymore than Buckhead Brats are all mannerly (and they can be the WORST). So it's a FANTASTIC school. You just have to learn some 'duck-and-dive.' But I highly recommend. It is an excellent private-school alternative. My 9th grader is at North Atlanta. So far, so (very) good.
We have an eight-grader who loves Sutton and has performed well there. He is involved in clubs and sports and enjoys his classes and teachers. He is in all accelerated classes and has been challenged academically each year. I can't speak to the standard classes or to any disciple problems b/c we have had none. The student body is very diverse, which we love. He has met friends from Italy, Portugal, etc and has been exposed to life outside of this "Buckhead bubble". Take a tour and see if it's right for your child.
I'm an 8th grade student at Sutton, and the school is very average. The teachers there are for the most part good, but if you end up with a teacher that you don't like, i would recommend you do your best to switch class as early as possible in the school year. the administration is great. But when it comes to students, it's absolutely awful. It's a mix of superficial 'preppy' kids, and ghetto kids. There are few to none of the 'normal' ones. unless your child is going there from the beginning (6th grade), don't send him there, because it is really hard to adapt. Although this is an 'average' rating, i'm on the verge of rating it below average. Other than that, Sutton just moved into the old North Atlanta building, which is a really cool building.
I am a 7th grade student at sutton my year so far hasn't been great the teachers are really fantastic but most of the Kids are ether a bully themself are being bullied. I have issues with bullying this year 2 times the first time the assent principles did suspend the kid but the second time the teacher they called in made it fell as if it wad my fault and so the assent principles did nothing. Now if I have another billing issue I don't know wear to turn. So if you don't have to please don't inroll your child in sutton
I'm a student a sutton in 6th grade and I absolutely hate it! I'm in 6th grade and most of the kids are ghetto. No joke! They all cuss and do inappropriate things. I do love all the teachers there's not a problem with them but the students are terrible. I love the staff as well, Mr. Hudson, Mr. Cone, Ms. Miller ect. I would really wanna leave this school but all my very close friends go there. Also before you say I don't believe you with the whole "ghetto" thing then here's a story that happened a couple days ago. I was walking to carpool with my friends when all the sudden this kid runs out of his classroom with his teacher chasing after him, the student slaps the teacher and says many cuss words to her. Honestly, DO NOT put your child in sutton, they can get bullied, or even jumped. Again I love the teachers and the staff but the students are terrible
I'm a student that goes to Sutton, and it's a very good school! The staff is super kind, and I made all kinds of friends! Wherever you look, people are there for you and willing to help.
My child is a studenthere at SMS. I would not recommend your kid here. Most of the teachers are great! But the students have no class, and most of them are ghetto. Random kids get jumped and bullied. There is a lot of drama here. The "principal" and administration care less about the students and more about their reputation and budget. Many of child's my friends have been in a situation where they have been bullied, harassed, and threatned and the bully said they were being bullied. Both of them were told not to talk about it ANYMORE. Now, the situation could get worse. If a kid can't get advice from their friends, what's the point? In conclusion, don't waste your time with the administration and go straight to the police or courthouse.
My son attends sutton currently (7 grade) and really likes it. He is in challenge classes and although I don't really feel that he is being challenged to his highest potential he is still learning a lot. The band program is great! Mr. Denson (the band director) is wonderful. I have heard good things about the orchestra and chorus/guitar teachers as well. I am disapointed that we have to move.
The administration is absolutely terrible here. It makes it nearly unbearable to teach. It's unfortunate as the students themselves are terrific, but whenever there are discipline problems, the administration doesn't want to deal with it. One particular administrator seems to enjoy randomly choosing teachers to harass and then making them so miserable they are forced to resign. It is never a good sign at a school when there is as much turnover as there is at SMS. I can't wait to get out.
Two kids at Sutton with one graduating. I have been overall pleased with the Principal and the staff. Their are plenty of opportunities to involve yourself in the school and the day to day operation. Sutton has been a excellent experience and if APS can get the new North Atlanta off of the ground quickly things will continue.
My son has had 3 great years at Sutton. He found his niche early on. Our second son is excited to join Sutton next year. All the teachers know our child by name and even the Principal knows us all. For such a large population, we feel it is truly a neighborhood school!!
I have a child in 6th grade and it has been a very difficult year so far. I am very disappointed! Some the teachers have no control of their classroom. Nothing like elementary. Very difficult to reach the principal.
It is a great school filled with fantastic kids and wonderful opportunities!
Really love the School and the Diversity. Glad to have my child attend there. The Staff is Wonderful.
This DIVERSE school has ALLf the trimmings of a well run private school. Also, the parent participation as well as community leader's participation puts Sutton Middle School at the top of any school list!
I love the interaction between parents, teachers, and students. They have excellent programs. Helping hands were parents volunteer there time to come and help the teachers and staff. Also hall monitoring. The have Wellness embassier for the student. That is on a student to student level. The school is just awesome! Everyone there has an important role that has been done well!
It's given my son every conceivable opportunity to learn and grow as an intelligent young man.
Sutton Middle School is filled with diversity with an international approach to teaching. I am proud to be a teacher in Atlanta Public School.
My child is a 6th grader at Sutton and loves it. The diversity is terrific among students and faculty. Ms. Sofianos is an outstanding principal. The PTA is incredibly active and involved through volunteer time and donations. This is a wonderful public school and I am so glad we are a part of it. My child gets a great education and we only have to pay once for it ... through taxes, not tuition.
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