This school is not a great choice for students. There are various issues in the school that are never resolved. The staff claim they resolve it, but they usually don't, or there "Solution" is actually worse then before. One example of this is I was getting bullied at my lunch table here, and the "solution" is to put me with the lunch detention kids (Where kids go if they are not acting right in lunch, or if they are not prepared for lunch.) which are worse then my lunch table bullies.
When staff are having a bad day, they take it out on the students, and most of them don't know how to teach outright. They claim they can deal with various types of student disabilities, but it just seems like they watched a 2 minute youtube video on how to deal with a temper tantrum (Because they try to talk to your child for about 2 minutes calmly, then if they don't respond, they start treating the student with a disability as a normal one, and they will call the office and put your child in detention.) and they are classified as a teacher that can teach students with disabilities. Some of them just treat students with disabilities as normal students, which is NOT the proper way to deal with them. The school bathrooms are also not safe for your child, because if you tap a stall door like you would with a smartphone's screen, the door unlocks wide open, and bullies will bully your child while they are going to the bathroom.
I am still trying to talk to higher authorities to resolve various problems with this school, but so far I am not having any luck.
Below is a 1 to 5 scale of the school's offerings. 5 is best, 1 is the worse.
Staff: (Includes Teachers, Aids, ETC)
Helping Normal Students with Obstacles:
Helping Students with Disabilities with Obstacles:
Positives about this school:
1. The principal, Rita Sparks, seems devoted to the children and in attendance at the extracurriculars at the school.
2. The school hosts a Veterans Day event that is poignant and teaches the kids about service to our country.
3. The school hosts Rachel's Challenge, a touching challenge to the kids to choose kindness and be good to others.
4. The school offers a top Choir that has placed in the state. They practice before school at 7:30 am, which is great because this means kids can also participate in sports after school.
5. The school also offers band, track & cross country (that is a "no cut" sport), boys/girls vball, soccer and basketball.
6. The school culture has been a positive and happy place for my kids. I was pleasantly surprised by this.
7. The school PE is terrific. The kids have a fitness room where they learn how to weight lift and use cardio machines, much like they will do when they are adults and working out at a gym. They also do lots of sports and square dancing.
8. They offer music and art classes, although only one quarter of the year. These are highlights.
1. My kids were shocked by the language they hear. My daughter expresses that when kids are swearing around her she doesn't feel as safe, although there isn't really a threat to her.
2. They do not level their classes. In other words, the advanced kids are in the same classroom as the slower learners. There are a lot of slower learners, based on test scores, so this doesn't create a rigorous environment for advanced kids.
3. The staff believe that kids in middle school need to learn more responsibility and this trickles down to just about no communication with parents. It is always thought to be the child's responsibility to let parents know what's going on.
4. They don't offer tons of electives. For example, foreign language is first offered in 7th grade. If you want a school that offers courses such as "rock band" or "cooking" or "sewing" or "movie making" this isn't the district for you.
5. The school does not have its own fields, play ground, track or anything like that. So all of that happens off campus. We have a gym used for vball and bball.
6. The reason for 3 stars and not more than that is because the academic rigor isn't high enough.
Compassion and respect are both taught and expected in this school. I'm not sure all of the students are respectful or compassionate, but that's probably to be expected anywhere. We haven't had any problems with bullying or disrespect (except I find foul language disrespectful to everyone, including the person using the language)
We don't have homework very often. The kids do have an advisory period that is about 20 minutes long and they seem to finish their homework then. Otherwise there isn't much homework. A lot of work is performed online in google classroom on their chromebooks at school.
to ask a mother to send her child walking 30 minutes to school because the taxes we pay don't cover busses nor longer lunch times the children have 20 minutes to get there food eat and clean up . this is a poorly run school district.
Central is a well rounded school we have lots of sports, clubs and activities. The teachers mean well and the work meets individuals level. We have celebrations, awards night and movie nights. This is my last year at CJHS and I will miss it so much.-8TH GRADER