So my student started 7th grade here & is now an 8th grader. We were skeptical at first but thought we could definitely give it a chance. Every child is different & learns differently. I have to admit the first year was a challenge I'd say for my student & for myself as a parent. I knew though going in that I would definitely have to get involved just like I have ever since my kids started school, so I could get to know the admin & teachers & know what is going on in my child's education! I could tell the school definitely needed to make a lot of changes for the better & I was hoping I could help with that as much as I could as a parent b/c I want these years to be a great experience for my child! My biggest issue was the lack of communication b/w the school & parents & I have voiced my opinion many times by volunteering, attending SCC meetings & coffee hours with the principal as well so that I could voice my opinion about it. As the year went on I realized I would need to do more, so I volunteered to be on the PTSO board for the following year & brought a couple of other parents along. I have to say it's been the best thing we could have done. Starting this year we learned we would have a new principal & he is wonderful & I like what he is about, change for the better for our students & teachers!!! I could tell from the first time I met him that it is all about the kids!! He's so supportive of the PTSO & things we are doing to make it fun & exciting for the students. We have been able to recruit parent volunteers for different events, etc & even the teachers & staff are so involved & ready to help. It's been a great year so far & I expect it will continue! My child is doing great & enjoys all their teachers. I can tell a huge difference from last year, but I also believe it's the parent involvement that contributes to that as well! Middle school is hard enough on our kids & so we want this time to be memorable & fun for them so they can look back & say, yes I really enjoyed middle school & had great teachers who cared! Change doesn't happen over night, but I do believe this school will thrive & become a great school again, it's already on its way, as a parent I'm getting to witness it!
I can only speak on my child's teachers. Although my child doesn't have a lot of homework, what they do bring home is important & is challenging! They are expected to have it finished & turned in for a grade. They are given time at school sometimes to work on it or bring it home. Some homework/projects are shared so students have to work together which is great!
Our school has been changing since last year. We have a new Principal that supports the students and teachers. He has gone around campus to clean it himself! He is purchasing technology for all classrooms to have. I know there are bad reports but we are doing great this year! We have smaller class sizes compared to our closest middle school. For our military parents/students we have a transition center to help you transition to a new school. Teachers do care about their students. I'm a proud teacher of AMS! #GoPanthers