The Teachers and Staff do not work with students. They often make assumptions about students without effectively communicating the student and their parents. The principal will oftentimes only consider the teacher's side of a situation and dismiss the student's version, even when many other students are providing proof in the students behalf.
As many other parents have stated, it is very difficult to get the attention the secretaries. They sit and gossip openly about other students and staff members, while you are waiting to speak to someone. My child has also experienced this also when asking to call home due to illnesses. So many times he has come home angry with me for not caring about him because he assumed that they called me. Plus, the principal seems to care more about his staff and not the welfare of the children. When showing actual evidence of a teacher's mistake, he refused to acknowledge it and still suspended my child. After going to the school board, I was able to get it reversed. There is also a huge lack of communication with the parents, unless your child is one the "golden children". Yes, this school is a good for those group of children who are your typical popular children. So, if your child is not this type then there will be issues.
This school has gone through some ups and downs as far staffing but in the last few years the teachers and administrators have improved immensely. This is one of the best junior highs in Slidell. Lots of parental involvement! Small school with family atmosphere.
The asst. principal here is lacking any and all social skills.... This woman is disliked by not only her students, but also by her students' parents, co-workers and peers alike. It's a shame because the principal seems to be intimidated by her as well and he really is a nice man, however, the atmosphere generated by this overwhelmingly strong, uncaring personality of the asst principal dominates and has a very negative affect on this facility. Could this be "the rude person" that was supposedly moved from the front office according to another posting? If so, she is unfortunately still there... However, it does seem like retirement is long over due for her.
I agree with the previous parent about the math teacher, although she will be moved down a grade she still will be attempting to teach our children. She does not grade fairly if she grades your child's paper at all, she is so unorganized that she loses the work fairly regularly then gives you a zero for it. The list can go on and on... Bottom line is this teacher needs to go back to school herself. As far as the administration they need to retire and let someone who is fresh and ready to handle the faculty and students fairly.
Much improvement over the years. The rude person in the office was moved to a new location in the school. Teachers are excellent and very approachable. Sorry to see my last child leave this year. His test scores have improved remarkable with each year. One of the best PTA programs ever!
I have been a parent off and on for the past 15 years and have seen the school go through many changes. I think the parent/teacher communication has greatly improved. As for the comments regarding the appearance..it is an old school. I believe several awards have been won for cleanest school. We have had some wonderful and supportive teachers through the years
I have one child that has been attending here for 3 yrs now and another that will be going there next yr. My child has to walk to and from school on a daily basis bc there is no bus route for her bc we live so close to school, but is still a good distance for a walker. She and many others have to walk through the school yard to get to school which most of the time is overgrown with high grass or too wet like a pond on rainy days. I have asked and spoke with the principal on many occasions about getting these kids that walk a sidewalk put through the school yard so they can get to and from school without getting muddy and wet or having to walk through tall grass, but nothing seems to help on getting a sidewalk yet! PLEASE HELP!!!!! concerned parents in northwood
As a parent of a 4th grader I was very nervous about my child attending school with 8th graders, but they are in a completely different hall. They do switch classes several times a day but the classes are directly across the hall from each other, there are only about four 4th grade classrooms. The teachers and staff care about the kids, they just have a lot more students to handle than in their elementary school. Overall my child likes the school and so I.