I understand why the enrollment & overall quality of East Detroit School District is failing. I have seen advertisement on the side of DDOT buses as well as signs in some of the worst Detroit neighborhoods. It clearly reflects the overall district attitude. Many teacher in this District don't care; it's just about the check to them; there is a lack professionalism and censorship on the kind things to say in front school age children regarding their classmates. Furthermore, student safety isn't clearly enforced so the anti-bullying policy are a joke. The parent involvement is generally low but most teachers seem thankful that parents aren't active. The student body would probably cause a culture shock to the average incoming sixth grade student; that's not use of dealing with violent attitudes and gestures on the regular basis. Bullying is everyday life for many children with very little help from administration. The expectation is the annual anti-bullying rally; great picture opt for the school. Overall, I'm in the process of removing my child from District. I suggest you carefully examine your options before enrolling your child.
My daughter went to this skl for 8th grade. I would not recommend this school to anyone. The main focus is on behavior, not on academics. (Behavior is important) The schools has little to no extracurricular activities. There is no 8th grade graduation and there was only one parent/teacher conference. In my opinion that is absurd. In order for me to meet teachers I wld have to make appts with each individual teacher. My daughter also complained about the social studies teacher who mostly showed movies opposed to teaching the children different lessons each day. She also says he refused to do a Black History Project because he did not believe in Black History Month. While Eastpointe is a great neighborhood, the school district sucks as a whole. I have no intention on sending my child to the High school. Kelly ranked in the 6 percentile of statewide schools, while EDHS was in the 3 percent range. (https://www.mischooldata.org) Kelly needs better leadership and new plans on how to run the school successfully.
I am a former student at kelly middle schooI. I think kelly middle school is a excellent school. The fighting part is actually true but on the other hand most teachers are very helpful and caring they do teach you the things you need for highschool. And all allegations about bugs and other things i think are really untrue.
I really love that school but threre is a lot of fighthing so before u go there learn how to fight.
they charge u for books and then you never get money back when you leave the school and not in that area anymore. teachers seem to not care or help with my son.
Kelly is an amazing school. I went there for 6th and now 7th. I was on student council both years. I pleayed basketball and volleyball and was the wrestling team manager. I have all a's I think the school is amazing i love all my teachers and the kids are great. its a good school so send your kids here!:)
They don't give much help for children that are in special ed. math. Two of my kids had the special ed. math and didn't excel or learn much at all. I had 3 different teachers single out my daughter! One of them had her suspended for writing on another students arm, which he asked her to draw a horse on. Her special ed. math teacher called her ignorant 7 times in a row right in front of the entire class! The school was notified of this and did nothing about this harassment. That was very humiliating and embarrassing to my daughter. These teachers are there to teach, not harass the students. The computer teacher called her into the hall to ask her why she was wearing makeup! The woman who runs the front desk is rude to the kids. The school bus is cram packed with kids who have to sit 3 to a seat and the bus stinks very bad. Also, one of my child's classes had a mouse in it and another class had bugs up in the light that looked like roaches. My child also had problems with some other students bullying her and that was never taken care of. If your child is not a teachers pet then they will get treated pretty badly. I would NEVER recommend this school to anyone.
I am now sending one more child on her closing journey threw Kelly with the start of 8th grade. This is about,9 years worth of Kelly education, I have seen some fantastic teachers leave along with their programs. In all schools there are things that need to be changed ,Kelly is no exception, But get real its all in the money. Are meep scores are not where they should be. That is my concern. And by they way my kid has had purple hair and carried a 4.0. Its not in the dress code.
I went to Kelly for 6th ,7th and 8th . I go to the high school this year.this school is a very high learning plan and never gives up on the teens.. The teachers love and care for each one..And Mr.Hamden is so sweet..And most think that kids get in fights well they do but not as much as the high school.
I went to Kelly Middle School for my 6th and 7th grade. All the teachers are nice but most of the students are not! But i have to say that Mr.Hamden is a great principal, and was always there when i needed to talk to him
My child attends Kelly Middle School currently I am very happy with Mr. Hamden and his staff and have found that many of the negative statements are not true. The biggest problem I see is parent involvement and wonder if the parents that are complaining are the parents that do not get involved in their children's education. Teachers and principals can only do so much- parents need to work with their children too and be involved in their educational success and take the part of the blame for the failures. The academics at Kelly are in line with my nieces and nephews that attend South Lake and Fraser schools. And his football team was undefeated. Kudo's to you!
My child has attended Kelly for 6th and 7th grade and this is her last year there. I have been very happy with her teachers and she has done well there. I do not know how the curriculum measures up with other schools. I wish the district had more money to put into the athletic department. I was not happy with her 7th grade coach, but we will see what happens this year. I think I like Mr. Stevenson, the 8th grade girls basketball coach.
Two of my daughters have attended Kelly Middle School, they have both gotten phenominal grades in the two years they attended there. Mr.Hamden is very kind and treats all his students equally and as if they were his own children. He cares about their saftey and well being. There are many diverse teachers there, and they are all very kind. In fact, my daughter has brought home reports about her african american substitute, and her asian teacher. I would very strongly reccomend this school to anyone who lives in the Eastpointe area and wants their child to attend a great public Jr. highschool.
Let's start with the administaration the principal (Mr. Hamden) is a very nice man and stays in his office and keeps to himself. Kelly is ran by the Assistant Principal and often the students. The administration is very unfair in disciplining and dress codes. This being a diverse school, obviously skin colors plays an important role of the entire staff! Their are no diverse staff employed at Kelly. The teachers care more about pay than the education being taught. I would not reccomend Kelly to anyone with an intellagent child. You may as well send your child to a Detroit Public School! The dress code stated in the guide is appropriate but do they follow they guideline? No! Kids attend school with outrageous colored hair and nails (boys and girls). Parking is a jam everyday!
My daughter has attended Kelly for 2 years - the teachers have zero effect in disciplining. The students are out of control. I'm trying desperately to get her out ASAP. If you are looking for a school to put your well behaved, intelligent child in - this is not the school for you.
My daughter has went to this school in 7th grade. The principal is well dedicated to his job but the students are out of control I would not recommand this school to anyone their meap scores are felling the kids are behind in 3/4 of their subjects. The kids are not discipined to do any thing right.
My daughter attended Kelly all 3 years and loved it. I met the Principal (Mr. Hamden) several times at events and he seemed very well liked and respected by all the students. All of the teachers were very dedicated to their students and were willing to work with them when they were struggling on something. The sports program there is also something to be proud of. The coaches really care about team spirit and it shows!
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