The education opportunities are what drew us to Jackson Creek Middle School. The principal, Mr. Pillar, played an integral role in bringing the foreign language program back to the middle schools and started the Chinese Language Program which both of our children love. Second year foreign language students may obtain credit in which they have the option to transfer to high school. That same option is available for higher level math courses as well. The music and arts programs round out the students core requirements along with many school clubs for extracurricular activities besides sports. The school encompasses curriculum designed to address all students from the advanced student to the special needs student. The counselors work earnestly to help you get the best educational experience for your child that is available. The staff is courteous and helpful. My wife and I are now in our third straight year with a student at Jackson Creek Middle School. We commute approximately 40 miles (one hour) each way to school because we feel that strongly about education and the value that Jackson Creek provides.
Excellent principal, teachers, and staff. I remember my middle school experience as a very negative - with administrators who expected the students to be bad and spent most of their time yelling at them. My daughter's experience at Jackson Creek has been completely different - Principal Pillar sets a positive tone, treating students with respect and inspiring them to treat each other well and take advantage of all the exciting opportunities - academic and extracurricular - that the school provides. Great school!
The teachers, the head of school, and the staff of Jackson Creek Middle School have made the transition to middle school a wonderful one for my son. They have done this with their kindness, with their energy, with their understanding of the wants and needs of this age group, and with their obvious knowledge and love of their specific content areas. The team approach, or school within a school model, has given my son the ability to be with same group of kids and the same teachers each day for half the day which has created a real sense of community...his teachers know his name and his personality. Its obvious they care about his well being (go JAG team! :) ). What is most important is this: My son gets up each morning and...seriously...is HAPPY to go to school with his friends! I couldn't have asked for a better 7th grade experience for my son. Thank you JCMS!!
I couldn't be more pleased with the middle school experience for my kids at JCMS. One is in 8th grade and the other is in high school now. Both have had very positive experiences there. Both ran Cross Country and that was a great way to make friends (and it's for everyone, it's a no cut team and everyone feels valued and welcome). Academics have been strong and there aren't the bullying experiences that I remember from my middle school days long ago. Teachers and administrators are approachable and friendly and Mr. Pillar is doing an outstanding job! For a larger sized school, it feels "smaller". It is a good transition from elementary to high school with the block scheduling approach. Students are part of a smaller block in a much larger school Highly recommend!
JCMS is the perfect size with active, friendly administrators and teachers who have the confidence and leeway to elevate their classes far beyond standard middle school stuff. Our son is in his second year of studying Chinese, participates in the new speech team and has played football for two years while learning great study and social skills. Just walk into the school and you can see, feel and even smell how different and special it is.
I'm a little perplexed by all the negative comments about Jackson Creek posted on the same day, August 2, 2015, which was the day BEFORE school started this year. My son is in his second year at Jackson Creek and this hasn't been our experience at all. I remember middle school as an absolute horror: bullies, negativity, cliquishness. Certainly there are 'in crowds' at Jackson Creek like at any school, but my son (not a 'popular kid') came home after the first week of class and said "I never knew I had so many friends." The students are kept so busy there's not really an opportunity for the kind of mayhem I remember. He ran cross country, which included a cross-section of 'popular' and 'less popular' kids, and everyone was nice and positive. He had a truly transformative music class with Mr. Donnelly. And he is two grades ahead in math and does substantial math homework every night. No school is perfect but I can't think of anything this one is doing wrong, and there's tons they're obviously doing right. Thanks Mr. Pillar!
My son quit doing his math "homework" because it was never checked or collected; similar to other classes. At the 7th-8th grade level, students should be preparing for the higher grades by doing at least a little homework during the week.
This school has been a huge disappointment; it isn't all that people say it is. Building is nice, state of the art feel, ect., but overall I've been disappointed in this school. If you aren't already "in the know," then it is difficult to get or stay in the loop; the communication is sub-par at best. What responses I've gotten from the Principal have been short, curt, and rude. Their are a few great administrators, the counselor and receptionists for example. My son is bored, the lessons bear little creativity as far as I have seen in the year we've been here. Kids get little, if any, opportunity to express their strengths, creativity, and individualism. If they aren't good at sports, they'll be overlooked in a heartbeat. I expected more from JCMS, in fact we bought our house in this district because I heard it was a "top notch" school. Should have saved money on the house and explored other schools.