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Long Beach Middle School2
Posted October 23, 2014
- a parent
Long Beach Middle School is a disgrace. I have had experience with the High School with no issues. Dealing with the administration between the High School and the Middle School is much like dealing with the kids from High School and Middle school. The office staff is so rude, I dread going in there. There is zero communication and they are in no hurry to do their jobs If you bring up the fact that something has not been taken care of they will pass the buck and blame it on anyone instead of simply saying it was a mistake and I will take care of it. The new assistant principle is very accusatory and assumes all teens are hoodlums and all parents lie for their children. There is a lot of bullying in Long Beach and there have been 3 suicides in the last couple of years. They state there is a no bully policy, yet they protect the bully and do not abide by their own policy. There are not enough books in the classrooms and if your child doesn't happen to get the book needed for the assignment they will get a poor grade. I am assuming all these issues have something to do with leadership since there is not the same issues at the High School level.
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.
Long Beach Middle School is an excellent school. As in any school their are exceptional teachers and teachers who need some work! All students can join several clubs as well as an after school campus life group that has many different denomination churches involved in it and do many different fun activities. Tryouts for middle school level sports have always been very well monitored and well run. As for the cheerleading tryouts, they are not predetermined before judging. The judges come from completely different districts. This year Ocean Springs. I don't know anyone who even knew who they were! No school is perfect but I feel like the middle school is on its way constantly making improvements!