If you care about your child's education and well being, you will not send them to this school. It is NOT SAFE. There is gang activity, drug use and sales, fights and bullying, physical and verbal threatening, theft, and property destruction. Students and even teachers don't feel safe at the school. The associate principal allows a certain group of students to get away with bad behaviors with no consequences. He is a horrible administrator who is rude and unprofessional, and has no control whatsoever over the student body. These students are pretty much running the school and creating a horrible learning environment for the ones who are actually serious about their education. The teachers there are great at what they do, and genuinely care, but they get no support from administration. They spend all their time trying to discipline students, and the "good" students are largely ignored. There are so many out of control things that happen at the school - do whatever you can to send your children elsewhere.
Metcalf JHS is a safe and well run junior high; many teachers are very good and a few are mediocre. Schools in general are underfunded by the federal and state gov'ts and that is un American and corrupt.
I am both a parent of four children as well as a 7th grade teacher at Metcalf Junior High in Burnsville, Minnesota. Metcalf has had an excellent academic tradition for 30 or more years now. Declining enrollment, budget cuts, and non-funded federal and state mandates have impacted our school negatively the past 5-10 years. Our community has also been changing with older families moving out and newer families moving in. We have a more diverse student population as well now. I love this school and the community. The elementary schools that feed Metcalf are also excellent. Metcalf has a won national championships in chess,has excellent soccer and danceline program, and much more. We recommend Metcalf.