Well my child is supposed to be attending this school next year so I contacted the office today and spoke to a really rude office lady. So I decided to read the reviews and there you have it a terrible school I figured that out in the first thirty seconds of the conversation.
This school is awful. My kids were forced to go here from Christine Donnell School of the Arts because the stopped having 7th & 8th grade over there. My kids are straight A+ students, and are not in any way academically challenged here. My son has under 15 mins of homework a day, and that is looking at flash cards and some simple math. He reads for fun at home as he is not challenged at all. The students dress like slobs or like Britney Spears - parents don't seem to care about modesty, and the faculty doesn't seem to mind either. My daughter has about 1 hour homework tops, but it is all so easy - she was doing this stuff 3 years ago. Both my kids are bullied on the bus. My daughter is bullied in her class. The foul language that is used by students is offensive and attrocious. Home school kids hang out at this school and cause trouble after school. PTA is not good...they do little to involve the parents. There is very low school pride. Not the brightest students, faculty that doesn't raise the bar, limited time between classes, sprawling campus, huge lunch lines, little to do on the playground - send your kids somewhere else if you can.
If you, or your child, has any intelligence you will avoid this school at all costs - - if I could give it a zero-star rating I would. They are rigid and inflexible to the individuality of children's rate of maturity and learning. My son is transferring there in 7th grade and is not allowed to take band or orchestra because first year is only taught to 6th graders and they won't allow seventh graders in first year band or orchestra. In his previous school he had 5 years of spanish, but they still make him take a mandatory 'exploring Spanish" class with a curriculum that he followed in first grade. There is only one honors program in the whole school, and thre are no options for advanced math - even if he was performing 1-2 years ahead of the current 7th grade curriculum at his old school. He has had three years of typing and types over 30 wpm, but they won't let him take a computer course because he has not taken THEIR keyboarding class... really? are their keyboards somehow special???? This school is all about cookie-cutter education standards with no regard to student individualtiy or real learning AT ALL.
We moved here last year and my son went to Lake Hazel. It was horrible he was called names and in one class the kids would throw things when the teacher wasn't looking. My son said one of his teachers wouldn't even teach he would just sit at his desk on his computer. I hope to move before my daughter gets in middle school or I will see about transferring her to another school. Lazy staff at this school.
I can't begin to list all the bad things about this school. I would just recommend that you do not ever send your children to it under any circumstances.
This school is very lazy. There are a couple teachers that try but the others are there just for the money. there is alot of stealing going on and the school doesnt even know. the kids dont know how to keep their hands to them selves and not hit other kids or take other peoples food or money. very poor school. Very unwelcoming. P.S im a student so I get to expierence all these things first hand.
This school is horrible. I came here for seventh grade and fell into a great depression from it. The teachers here are not fair or welcoming. They are always choosing favorites which are always the popular mean group. Also they wont help you if your new to middle school in seventh grade. Before, in sixth grade, I was in the Boise school district, so i went to an elementary school. When i moved here though, The teachers expected me to be familiar with the lockers and period and other differences that i wasn't used to. They were also very cold towards me, immediatly marking me as "trouble" because of how i dressed. The students were just as bad, if not worse, the meaner, richer ones being part of student council and teachers pet. This school drove me to self harm, which made the teachers hate me even more. I wouldn't even give this school a star if i didnt have to. I would strongly suggest to avoid this school if possible.
So far I haven't seen any suport from ANYONE to help my child in their low grades, and when I've tried to get involved, nobody wants to help me or give me any time at all... Very FRUSTRATING!!... Unless your child have "F"s in every class, most likely you are on your own, I have sent emails to the teachers trying to help,and I hadly every get a answer, the staff is not FRIENDLY AT ALL!... Thinking about moving my child somewhere else...
I've gone to this school for two years and it is not very good. The extra cirriculars are very unorganized and they don't offer many oppurtunities. The teachers are very closed minded and don't give much credit. The staff is unfriendly and the school is depressing.
Have my 3rd child in this school and, in comparison with the time my first son had entered this school, the school, thanks to their teachers deducation, is gettin better all-the-time !
There are some bumpey spots in the school, but it has great teachers and staff! If I were to pick the best middle school around it would probably be this one.
in my opinion this school has the worst teachers excluding two teachers. Mr. custener and Miss. Lake.
Lake Hazel Middle School is a school that needs help although the extra curricular activities may be excellent the academic portion of this school lacks resources and fundamentals. Although lake Hazel has ordinary Drills such as fire and lockdown. I do not see it as a safe and well guarded place for my child to go to. The teacher staff is great but the the units that they are teaching do not have fundamentals to relate to the topic. The children are treated like they have no purpose and the teachers do not go to any extent to go beyond the subject and explore there teachings.. I believe that every child should have the chance to learn and self explore. without individual books for each child they can not have that opportunity. The sharing locker situation also bothers me. kids needs there own space to put there own stuff.
This school is not given enough credit. Most people just think of it as ghetto when it is really a great school. The sports opportunities are awesome and the punishment for students is fair. LHMS also has some of the highest ISAT scores in the district. This school also has the highest number of student population while it also has the smallest campus. The Gifted and Talented workshops are very opportunistic as well as the Special Education areas. Lake Hazel is Truly a good school even though most people make fun of its bad looks and amount of money. This is the best school!
I feel the teachers do not take time to help the students that are struggling to learn. I do not feel there is very good communication from the VP with the parents when there are problems at the school. I am not at all happy with this school!
Many of the teachers are not nuturing at all. They tend to treat every child as a deliquent and are not flexible and attentive to individual children. Perhaps they are trying to maintain respect and control by intimidation, but for the students who like learning and want a relationship with their teachers, this has a big negative impact. I have heard of very few parents who have had an encounter with the 8th grade pricipal who were satisfied.
The academic programs are the very best that I have ever had! Extracurricular activities are great, this school, of the whole district, comes within first or second in everything! Art and music is very oppurtunistic! I love this school better than any other school (of nine!) that my child has been to.
This school has the best extracurricular activities of all Meridian schools! It also has great teachers that are very involved and dedicated to their education and work very hard to ensure that every student has the best learning experience possible.
I think this is a wonderful school. I have had so much support from the staff.
I love this school! Especcialy David Abela, I miss him! And I miss Johanna Lim and Meagan Frisch and Nicole Kopzyski!
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