this school is terrible, I am an 8th grader at deer park and the principal (Mrs. butler ) is NOT a good principal at all. My mother works at a city school and I would rather go there. I recommend Sudbrook or Franklin. The teachers are amazing, and so are the assistant principals but mrs. Butler takes all the fun away from us and it very rude to her staff. I take place in some clubs and she was very disrespectful to us and our club teacher. everyone including a lot of teachers want a different nicer, but still strict principal. deer park was amazing before she came and she's ruined my middle school experience. If you love your child DONT let them come here!
When I look at the recent accomplishments, I find it extremely encouraging! The Administration, Faculty, Staff and Families are working together to get the best results from the Students. The school, however, is still not completely wired for technology and that's the reason I give it 4 out of 5 stars. But with the continued support of all stakeholders at DPMMS, the school will get the wireless infrastructure our children deserve.
This was my daughter's first year. The school plays are outstanding, students are very talented. The teachers promote excellence in students, and my daughter enjoyed the North Bay trip. I am happy with everything so far. I wish that all public schools would consider educating all boys together and all girls in classes together. However, I am happy with the school.
I was very nervous to send my son in the beginning. There has been situations where the cops were there as I dropped him off and that went unexplained by administration. There weren't any letters or phone calls that went home. I would learn about the bomb threats and violent assaults from students on other students (sometimes using weapons) from my 6 grader when he came home from school. I do think that they are trying to turn the school around, but it will be a slow process. The teachers were well equipped to manage 20-30 kids per classroom and my son has managed to stay on honor roll. My concern for the teachers is that they don't always email/respond to me in a timely matter. But I would say 70% of the time I would get a response. My son would also complain about the horrible lunch and the filthy bathrooms, which I witnessed myself and also complained about. The best thing about the school is the magnet programs. My son loves his Mass Comm class. It has brought him out of his shell and he isn't as shy as he once was. He's excited to learn everyday and that's all I can ask for. I'm not sure that were going to continue at Deer park but on a scale of 1-10 I would give it a 7....
I do not agree with the older posts. This school has been turning around and is amazing. I was very nervous to send my child there but I am very glad I did.
This school has taken a turn for the worse. Once a top notch magnet school, has now become a disappointing school. The bullying issues are not well addressed and there is a great lack of communication from the staff to parents.
Ms. Martin is DEFINITELY missed. The new assistant principal who thinks that silent lunches are effective needs to go back to remedial training. I'm not sure she's ever worked with children if she thinks that 12 & 13-yr olds can go all day without having some outlet to talk to friends. This places undue stress on the instructors who teach the late classes. Those teachers have 30 students who haven't been able to release any energy all day. Utterly ridiculous! This results in an escalation in the number of frustrated kids.
I agree with some of the other posts in that the transition that the school is in is horrible. The administration is unorganized and VERY hard to work with. They have no control of the students and I agree they do NOT address bullying as they should. Instead of controling the kids and working with them they toss them to the side. One teacher actually told me she has too many kids to give any attention to just one. Then you need a new career cause this one isnt for you. I wish they would get it together before its too late for my child. The school is not what it used to be at all.
Overall the 2010-2011 school has year has been in transition from one administration to another in which I give the transition a 2 even out to a 3.5.
This was a decent school last year, but this year it is absolutely horrible. The principal and some of the faculty are not in control of this school. They don't address the bullying issues appropriately, AT ALL!!! They don't address many issues appropriately. I feel the school board needs to step in and investigate!!!
Deer Park was the absolute BEST. I got promoted from this school this year and i know what it is worth. If you send you your child to that school you know they WILL get the education that they deserve no matter what Principal is there. The school, the teachers, the parents, staff and administration ALL have a great part in our school family. We thank Ms. Penelope Martin for everything she gave us and taught throughout our years of being at Dpmms. She was the Best and we will miss you. The school is overall GREAT.
Deer Park Middle was the best school ever. I know the school may not stay that way because it will be under new leadership starting this year. There is no one in the world like ms. penelope Martin and she will truly be missed 2 deer park. No one can run it like she can.
I Love This School !...This Is My Second Year At This School And Even Though Some Of The Teachers Are Very Annoying And Consided And Should Retire Or Be Fired ! It Is A Great School ! Ms.Martin Is The Absolute Best !!
In response to the february 3 post, we have the best administrators there are. We may have inexperienced teachers but each teacher was inexperienced before they became experienced. The principal is the best. She has an inexorable faith in her students and teachers. I know from personal experience that she will push you to do your best and wont stop until you do. If deer park was under any other leadership it would not be such a great school. Also we wouldn't have the many oppourtunities that we have because our wonderful principal Ms.Martin makes them happen with the help of the teachers. Our administration is the most approachable people I have ever met. The people in the front office do a great job. They treat each adult and student with great respect. I am a student at Deer Park and dont find any of these complaints to be true. Gps
I am not pleased with this school at all. I graduated from Deer Park 25 yrs ago and have seen and experienced significant changes within the school. i currently have a child that attends the school and have found the administration to be very condesending and demeaning both toward students and parents. Although the school has far too many inexperiend teachers I find that these teachers are willing to develop academic relationships between the child, teachers and parents. These teachers would benefit under new leadership. The adminsitration is not approachable and this does not foster a good relationship in the community. Visit... and watch the looks that you are given when you enter into the main office. Parental input clearly not wanted here!!!!
This is absolutely hands down the beest school i have ever sent my child to. The principal ms.martin is wonderful andshe is very strict with the students. Most of the students are well articulated and overallthe environment is great
This is my child's first year attending Deer Park. At frist, I felt a very welcoming atmosphere and got a good vibe from the administrators. However, it was long that I experienced the rudeness of staff and administrators. I would call concerning important issues to speak directly with the Prinicipal and would get the run around with no returned call. It was interesting to me how other staff members were able to call and go back and ask questions of the principal but I could not get a actual call from the principal myself! I noticed that they can look down upon certain individuals (parents) at times and be so rude and nasty towards you.
This is the absolute worst school year that my child has ever experiienced in his whole life. He begged me to not send him to this school next. Those children at that school are crazy, rude and ghetto. Those children need the Mr. Clark (Principal from the movie Lean On Me). That's probably the only way they will understand. Sad...
The atmosphere in this school, the majority of the time, is very stressful. All three of my children hate it there and love that they are being transferred this year. The adults/teachers are, at times, just as rude as the children. How can we expect our children to be better individuals if these teachers are setting the wrong example of treating others they way you would want to be treated? With that said, there are a few fine teachers at that school. I may have had the pleasure of meeting one. I have never had a pleasant experience anytime I came to visit. As soon as you walk into the office, you are greeted with roudness and are dismissed as soon as you open your mouth. I hate that my children are moving from the friends they have made since moving to MD, but I am certain Im making a great
This is an excellent school. The principal, Mrs. Penelope Martin, does an excellent job. Most of the teachers care about the students. The curriculem there is tough to make well-rounded students. Not only is it a magnet school with different magnets like Earth/Computer Science, Mass Communications (media), Dance, Drama, Orchestra, Chorus, Band, Spanish, and Visual Arts, it also has alot of programs and activites like GT (Gifted and Talented) programs, Family Studies, and many after School Activities. I am in the 7th grade and I love this school. Deer Park Middle Magnet School is the BEST!
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