They don't adhere to their own policies. Bullying is off the charts while administration looks the other way, teachers leave in droves, front office staff is beyond rude, and parent participation is not received well. None of this is conducive with a learning environment. Terrible experience, if your military choose somewhere else.
LBMS does not inform parents about what is going on at the school. The front office staff frequently ignores parents and other adults who visit the school (as in, they continue to work while an adult just stands at the office window for several minutes.) This is extremely rude and embarrassing. Parents do not feel welcome at the school. The administration does not like to be questioned about policies and procedures. Things are done certain ways because "that's the way they do things in Long Beach". Many administrators and teachers are connected to one another by family or marriage, and nepotism is very apparent in this district. This is good if your child is one of the "favored" ones but not so good if your family is not in the "inner circle."
Long Beach Middle School has been voted one of the best schools nationally and has grown tremendously despite the enormous hardships the physical plant as well as the staff and students have experienced and are still experiencing since Hurricance Katrina. They are all to be commended for their excellence.