bullying happens right under the staff noses, and no one addresses them. They come up with anti-bullying slogans and posters and tshirts and whatever...in reality, bullying happens all the time. Kids are left out especially those with special needs.
If your child has special needs, good luck on getting appropriate IEP. The schools is a big bully. There are staff that are awesome, but they are few. Special education teachers and social workers need additional training in ADHD and autism. The school does not really want to give out any type of services. It is like pulling teeth just to get the bare minimum.
This school is horrible with special needs children. Our child has ASD and ADHD. The schools response is calling suspending the child, sending home rude letters for missed time, and the latest calling CPS because our child must be acting out due to "Household Problems". STAY AWAY from this school if your child has special needs.
This school is fantastic! It is a warm environment for students, the staff are very caring and truly care about their students. I am looking forward to the rest of my children to be a part of the special middle school experience.
Our oldest is now a freshman, and our middle child is in fifth grade. We were extremely happy with GBWMS, and are excited for our next experience beginning next year. The management team is very strong, and the teacher teams are renown for being the best. My oldest isn't academically gifted, yet was consistently encouraged and pushed to achieve. The kids seemed far more down to earth, and not as clique-y. Bullying was targeted and dealt with. Basically, a very good middle school.
If your child has ASD this school's solution is to suspend them and then send truancy letters berating you for keeping them home. Some very good, caring teachers. Too bad the adminstrative people don't know how to deal with special needs children. Isn't that what the extra money is for?