I think some of the staff try really hard to make a difference but there is not enough caring staff members to make a difference with the type of diversity they have. The bully issues are out of control for one and too many bad apples and not enough staff to stay on top of it. Parents need to do better raising their children so I can't blame the school for that. My child is in a 504 plan which requires teachers to work a little harder but some don't. Some teachers I feel just really don't care. If you are not a star student with some of these teachers, they will just give up on the child and that is not acceptable. The homework club is a joke because the kids don't get the support needed. Boys and Girls Club is ok but wanted my child to get some help with homework and that wasn't happening. When the staff member running the club found out my child had bad was struggling and had bad grades, she embarrassed my child by telling all the other kids so that was the end of that. We had nothing but issues so I am not a happy parent. I do not recommend this school at all. I don't Frederick offers much in the way of middle schools so we are planning to move. I wish the good staff members the best of luck trying to make a difference.
I am quite surprised on the reviews for Monocacy. I wish more parents would go on here and review this great school. Ofcourse like any other middle school there is a bad crowd ofcourse but the staff does a great job managing it all. I have a son here and was very uneasy with all the negative reviews, but I have been very impressed this year. They have an engineering club,chess, club,debate team, spelling club and the list goes on. The testing scores are low at this school but given the diversity of the school and many children that are learning English isn't that to be expected until they get caught up which they eventually do. Monocacy won the Samsung of Tomorrow challenge for their trout program and won 20,000 for their school recently. I was very nervous about the transition of middle school but the teachers have been awesome correspond daily weekly via email with tests coming up concerns etc. The counselors work very hard to address any problem. So please check the school out first before you make opinions about it. It is a very tight knit community that cares for our kids. With over 700 kids parent involvement is critical to your child's success. Great Job Monocacy staff!!
This school kicked me out because i was not the best behaved student but the teachers never helped they have some good ones and some bad ones i was showed how to do the work they gave us a packet and told us to do it and if you talked back they kicked you out of class there are gangs and drugs in there school too
I had two children at this school. Teachers and Admins absolutely play favorites. Child one was well loved. Strangely, this was the child constantly in trouble. Given a pass to leave class when he was "stressed", truth was there was a conflict with the teacher. Student and teacher should have been made to adjust. Child two was terribly bullied. Even though other students went to the front office, and complained. Nothing was done. There were pointless investigations. To the point where this child was accused of doing things to herself. Students who are favorites are given passes and excuses. I can say this fairly since I had one child who was a favorite, and another who wasn't. FCPS has all these wonderful bullying posters up everywhere, and they do not do anything to back it up. Other parents and staff have commented on this.
The school is poorly run, bullying seems to be abundant, and the goal seems to be solely getting kids up to proficient on their MSAs then shoving them to a corner to focus on the ones that are still struggling. The school leadership does a good job at lip service and gives out a lot of As to keep most parents molified. The school seems more concerned about 'looking' good than actually attempting to achieve excellence.
This school is horrible ecspecially if you are not pretty or handsome or cussing all the time. Really,cussing i have found is part of what makes you fit in even though i do not participate. You shouldn't have to be perfect just to have freinds,and that is what the kids at this school have been demostrating. They call you names that they know you're insucure about,yeah it hurts. And then they set up these stupid ccp classes that talk about whay not to bully and how to avoid them but honestly there are more bullys than you think. Also my sister has come home crying because somone told her that nowon liked her and that they were just pretending but they had codes that were inside jokes about her.I hate that school.And so does many people i know. The teachers never ever catch the real problems,and every kid knows it!
I have a child who just went to this school for three years. I also have one going into it. My child got a great education. He took two high school classes this year and is in the top percentage nationally. The only problem I have is with the redistricting that was done a few years ago.
Horrors that lurk around the corners?! C'mon... I also substitute at this school -- everything from honors to special ed. I have never seen the chaos described by this reviewer. I agree that I have seen problem kids allowed to have their own 'show' and these issues should be dealt with more head on. Counselors should be more than a place to get out of class. Parental involvment is important. Squeeky wheel does get the greese. School is not daycare, and Middle School students still need parental involvement. I agree that some of the administration lack...something - connectedness perhaps. The majority of the teachers are excellent and engaging, and should have more say since they are 'in the trenches' I see school spirit increasing. Kids can be involved with as much or as little as they choose -- everything from debate team to reading rally to visiting authors to sports teams.
This school has got major issues that I would like to address. I am a student here, and what I have seen makes me highly displeased. I see fights almost every day in the halls, and most of them get away with it. I have also seen lots of very uncivilized, preposturous behavior in the school. You'd be amazed at what horrors lurk around the corners at this school. Most of the students here act like animals. They scream for no reason, they act up in class by dancing on top of tables and chairs, and sometimes they try to destroy things. Unfortunately, that isn't all they do. When a substitute comes around, it's complete chaos around here, and when the teacher comes back, the only punishment is that we don't get a reward. My mom was a substitute there once, and she came home crying. Your kids deserve better.