I have had a child in this school for 6 consecutive years and there has been major restructuring changes every year as the school attempts to try to improve their standardized test scores and remove themselves from being a school/district in need of improvement. Curriculum is notably weak and teachers employ strategies such as "busy work" as a means for behavioral control. The principal has attempted to address weak teachers, however he is leaving and there will be a new principal next year. The assistant principal does not present professionally. The communication between parent and teacher varies widely depending upon the teacher, and teacher/parent conferences in the fall yield no real information about your child's learning.
My son is in 5th grade. The math and reading teacher are scattered and disorganized. It felt like I had to do their job for them. I would send emails and constantly did no reply or help with what I requested. The other teachers helped and were very organized. The main problem with this school is the Principal and Vice Principal!!!!! They are never there if you call, I have left many messages and they NEVER returned any of the messages. They don't want to deal with any issues. The vice principal acts like a goofy adult to try to relate to the children that spills over to the way she talks to the parents. She needs to cut out the "comedy act" and act like a respectable adult.
Barrington's multiage configuration for grades 6, 7, and 8 works to teachers' and students' mutual benefit, as the relationship developed over three years allows more individualization of instruction and greater rapport.
Although I fought the multi grade system with my first son, once settled in with the Greenhill team, he excelled. It has its faults, sometimes old material bored him, but sometimes he had a better grasp the second time around, and was very comfortable with the teachers by 8th grade. The team especially inspired creativity in my sons, allowing individuality. These teachers are warm and savvy with kids at this difficult age. Ladder math requirements in the Barrington system confused my kids and set them up for failure.
All the teachers I had were great. They were always wiling to help me with any problems I had. Band was a bad experience but chorus and drama was lots of fun. Art was fun but the class was repetitive and sports were loads of fun and they have a great variety. I loved my coaches but the weren't all great. Middle school was so much fun for me.
I have two children who have recently completed 8th Grade at BMS. We loved the mixed classes (6, 7 & 8th) and both our kids had a fantastic experience at BMS. We found the teachers accessible and encouraging. The music program has one of the most dedicated professionals I have had the pleasure of knowing. We recently moved from Barrington but would recommend the School System k-8th to anyone interested in a school system that encourages parental involvement, provides a challenging academic experience and great sports/musical and artistic opportunities. I understand Mr. Warburton (BMS Principal) has moved on and I don't know the new Principal.
My son has always had problems in school. However I do not feel that the IEP is working and I do not find any other ways to make it so that it will work. I also find that there is alot of confusion with the teams and there is a lack of communication with the parent. I give the school a rating of a d-f.
Barrington Middle school is a new structure and has a great classroom layout, the problem is that my daughter hates the 5th grade, although she has loved school until moving to this school. Her 5th grade teacher refuses to discuss problems that are affecting my daughter and has requested that her mother no longer contacts her verbally or by email. I do not know about the other teachers or administaters, but so far I would have to give Barrington Middle a low 'c' minus for working with my child.
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