We moved from out of state and sent out two children to Gray Middle School for the 2011-12 school year. We found the school to be very behind in their technology and curriculum as well as an oppressive environment for both the students and the teachers. While there were a few good teachers, most of the teachers were terrible and appeared overburdened, not dedicated and as though they did not enjoy their job. Additionally, if you have a child in special education, I would highly suggest looking at another school. We found Gray Middles School to be inflexible and terrible to work with. When I asked his special ed teacher to review his homework assignments to see if accommodations needed to be made, she said "I can't do that...I have to teach and it really isn't my job". Throughout the course of the year, I had requested several meetings to modify his IEP, assignments and classes, they did not like this and his special education teacher began taking it out on my son in the classroom. Maybe with the new principle things will change, however we opted not to send our children back there.
Good school however the focus seems to be more on the state testing at the end of the school year than the education of the children. My 7th grader has at least 7hrs of homework everynight, this is not a lie. It's sad to think that at 12yrs of age she will be working this hard the rest of her life. Education should be more than throwing papers at the kids. Teachers need to focus more on teaching than the testing and the funding they get from the state.
Gray middle school is a very good school to go to.. Why exactly? Well look at our test scores. Do you think the student is just doing that by themselves ? No! The teachers help us succeed in everything. That's why this middle school is 2nd in nky!!!
I would venture to state that Gray Middle school is not as great as some might suggest. You have one poster below that cannot spell which indicates a poor level of education quality. The principal does not respond to communications and the staff is rude beyond belief. They make you go through female students who are on break before you get to speak with the office staff. The principal has walked out of his office right past parents without greeting them let alone identifying himself. Boone Co. schools forget that they work for the tax payers and not the other way around. There is no joy in knowing that my child attends school in this district. Boone Co. has a great many children that are home schooled for a reason.
I agree with the review that many of the teachers perform less than adequately when informing parents of a student's failing grades. My son failed one class each marking period without so much as a word from the teacher of the class. I DID check the IIOD/grade portal to observe the progress, but there was no information there as far as grades were concerned. If there is a 504 plan in effect, please don't expect it to be followed without continuous, consistent input from you, the parent. While there ARE some wonderful teachers, some seem to disregard the students who follow a different learning style than the general population, regardless of the IQ of the student. If your student learns differently, for the most part, you may not receive the best education here.
I'm going to be an 8th grader at GMS this fall, and i have to say this is the best school out of every other middle school in the district. As a member of the GMS volleyball team, when we travel to other schools to compete, I've noticed that GMS is the cleanest, brightest, and most well run school out of the other schools. And as far as favoring the rich and athletic, thats b.s. The GMS sports teams are the only people that are allowed to wear sweatpants on their game days. Deal with it. If you want to wear sweatpants, try-out and make a team. Do something. The Volleyball team, Dance team, Basketball team, Choir, Wresteling and all of the other teams earned it. Thats one of the values you learn here at Gray. If you want something, earn it. If you want passing grades, earn it.
I am a 7th grade student at GMS and all I can say is WOW! Everything is fantastic! Not just the academic scores, but the Wrestling Team that I am a proud female member of, and the Gray Middle School Concert Choir that I am also a proud member of! I am a proud GMS student and in my heart, I will always be a GMS GATOR!
I'm an 8th grader at Gray Middle School and i have been going to this school since 6th grade and i love it here. We also have amazing test scores and great athletics. We are an all around great school
As the parent of two students who have attended Gray Middle School, I would like to say that it is an excellent school with many positive qualities. Most of the teachers and staff are extremely supportive and are willing to work with parents and students to ensure the success of the child. My one complaint is the fact that there are several teachers who take weeks to post grades on the IIOD website, making it very difficult for those parents who wish to monitor their child's progress. I take exception to the complaint by one parent on this website who said the school is only for those who are rich or athletes. My family is far from rich, and I have one child who is a superb athlete and one not involved in athletics at all. However, both children have been treated fairly and consistently. If the child works, he succeeds.
As an employee/parent of student(s) attending Gray, I can't say enough about the education they are receiving. They also learn discipline, respect for others as well as self, and continued preparation for the real world. Parents are the first educators and should be working together with teachers,not against. School is not a babysitting facility. The teachers, administration, and staff take great pride in their achievements with all their students and only push themselves harder with their continued success. It's time parents become accountable for their child's continued discipline problems. Stop enabling by using other excuses. The school district is great, GMS is excellent. Do yourself a favor and take time to educate yourself online about this school and its continued success. Also, be thankful to be able to have your child(ren) attend a school with employees who are sincere in their jobs as educators. That's why my child attends GMS!
As a parent of two children, one junior in high school and a past student of Gray, and a current seventh grader, I beleive Gray is one of the best middle schools in the district, if not the state. Students are adequately challenged and encouraged to perform their personal best. My oldest flourished in advanced-level classes and now as a junior in high school continues to do so. I believe the great quality of edcuation at Gray enabled her to be fully prepared for her high school career. When my youngest child's grades started to decline, the teacher called us at home to let us know what was going on, share her concerns, and offer support. Because of the great communication, my child was able to bring the grade up and perfom much better.
Gray Middle has done nothing but mistreated my kids. Before they came to this school they had good grades and didn't get in any trouble. The teachers favorites students based on athletic ability. Also the dress code favorites the athletes. I do not recomend this school to anyone unless they are good in sports and rich. But the sports teams aren't even good. And the pricipal is a rude, mean man. But Mrs. Wiggins is great with my kids.
This is my third year at Gray. When I was in the sixth grade,I was intimitated at first but that was just fear. Now that I'm an eighth grader, I love Gray. Parent involvment is based on how much the parents want to be involved. My parents are involved in almost everything! A program called IIOD lets parents and students look at their grades. Teachers post grades on this everyday. It may seem like the teachers dont post grades for a while but, it also takes a while to be updated. The music department is very knowledgable. They are also very skilled and talented. Teachers at Gray care about the learning process and do everything they can to increase the students knowledge. If students need help, most teachers will let them stay afterschool for help. Gray is a GREAT school and I'm sad to be leaving next year.
I was a student at Gray, until I got redistricted to Ockerman Middle School. I found that mostly the teachers were very nice and helpful. I think that this school is more concerned about the students grade level and will work with you as far as puting students in honnor or advanced classes than most other schools. I was involved in band and was on dance team. These programs both taught me and I thought that these programs were very helpful. This school is very helpful and is my favoite in the county.
This school is one of the top with Mr.Hummel as the principal. There is a lot of parent to teacher involvment.
Gray Middle School isn't the absult best school I ever been to but it's very good! The teachers are great and the over all condition of the building. It is very clean and Healthy. The band/music cirricullum is awesome! But, I don't think the level parental involvment are very good. There aren't very many extracurricular activities. There can be more though.
i think gray is a really good school for young learners. the principal there is verry, verry, strict. he lets the students get by with absolutely nothing. the overall quality is good i recomend this school to any one!
Nice clean new school, but no feedback whatsoever from teachers or counselor. My child had a 20%, two 40%'s, a 54%, and two 70%. None of this raised concern for the teachers to contact us. This is a big big problem.
Good school, but very poor feedback from teachers and principal.They seem to ignore situations rather then responding. Some teachers are very slow to post grades on the internet, while others are up to date.
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