I pulled my 6th grader out halfway thru the year and homeschooled the remainder of the year. He'll go to private school next year as I tried to enroll him into the other middle schools to no avail (citing that we are "out of district"). This school was on academic probation until a few yrs ago. I've had 2 children there and disliked it both times. Chaotic, too many students, they can't carry book bags, can't go to lockers after each bell, teachers unprofessional, NO ACADEMIC REDIRECTION. My child learned more in homeschool in 3 mo than the whole first half of their school year there. I started him over to day one 6th grade math and we'll be finishing up with math in the summer. A whole WEIGHT was lifted off of me and my child when we left this terrible school.
I have visited the school during and after hours for school events, only to be amazed at the unprofessionalism and lack of guidance from the staff. Children wildly run the halls, cursing, and inapropriately touching each other. There are scheduled weekly fights in the bathrooms, to which the staff has yet to place a hall monitor to prevent such issues. The kids are packed in small classes, with some teachers that do not interact with the students, give out worksheet packets, and ask that the students remain silent while they check their facebook accounts. The students are not allowed to bring some subject textbooks home and share lockers with other students, for funding issues unknown. Don't expect to be able to review much of your child's classwork, due to no homework being sent home. However you will get an email notification of classwork, that you will never see. This has led to a very stressful enviroment and the teachers have been known to speak in very harsh tones to students. Yes, even a guidance counselor. If you can afford or have the opportunity to apply for private school, please do. If possible, commuting to other local schools would be a good option.
The behavior is very bad. And the discipline is VERY unprofessional. Last year a teacher was hired who had NO control what so ever over her classes. She then forgot to give the placement test for Social Studies. A falculty member was recently fired for no reason and replaced. The vice principal last year has a reputation around the school for harassing students mentally. There have been stories of students going home crying or breaking down in class because of something he said to them. An 8th grade teacher I must say is great and prepares students for high school she is tremendous and should be somewhere better than this place known as a "School". Although she can be quite rude and closed minded. I also need to add that if you want your child to stay innocent, don't come to BGMS where the PDA is as high as the kids caught smoking weed in the bathroom last year.
This school's classes aren't very diverse. The the school is way overcrowded and some teachers even have to share rooms with others. There is hardly any parent involvement and the behavior is pretty bad. Academically, the school is pretty average and students in the gifted program are hardly recognized at all with a meeting only once about every month and a half. It's an okay school overall but I wouldn't say it's the best I've ever been to.
I love working at Bluegrass. I have traveled the country and worked in several different school districts, but the Bluegrass faculty cannot be beaten in terms of their committment to student success. Teachers here know what a precious commodity they are entrusted with and treat that responsibility seriously and are honored to spend the hours at school with your children. They have high expectations, and do everything they can to get students to meet those expectations, including countless professional development hours beyond what is required. At Bluegrass, it really is all about what is best for students.