I am new to this area and have been very please thus far with Barrington Middle School. When I enrolled my daughter, I was pleasantly surprised at how friendly everyone was. My daughter was initially petrified to start at BMS, but quickly adjusted. Ms. Rothery went out of her way to make my child feel welcomed. I know middle school can be an extremely difficult age, so middle schools usually get a bad rap just because of that. As far as middle schools go, this one gets two thumbs up from me.
I have had children go through this school and have seen a few changes. That being said, the changes seem to be moving the school in the right direction. The staff in the office, both secretaries and administration, are probably the friendliest and most accommodating I've ever seen. They are always willing to help, with a smile on their face. The assistant principal is always smiling and upbeat and the new principal seems to be a good man. They are all "real" people. I have always had a good relationship with staff. I can't imagine that someone wouldn't think this is a great school.
GREAT school. I've been very pleased with the staff and administration. They are friendly and hard working. Even when I haven't agreed with a decision, I respected their intentions. I love the Red team! I agree with one of the previous comments, your assistant principal is always positive. Since she started working there, the school is more approachable and community friendly. Just to add this, I wish we had a high school. I like the choices that we have, but I wish our children could stay together. I know, it's about the money.
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.