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Patrick F Healy Middle School2
Posted March 30, 2015
- a parent
There are some really good teachers such as Ms Wilson who really care about the kids good or bad and she demands respect from the kids. Now you have others who call you if your child blows their nose the wrong way. I understand pre-teens are a handful but if the teacher cannot control students in their class maybe they need a new profession.
Keep your children away from this school. The children are so bad. Sorry it is what it is. Lack of guidance. I really don't know what the adults in the school are doing. So many fights, cops around there ALL the time. Bad enough they do not respect their own school, they go to other schools and cause problems as well. Yesterday the kids from the Hart Middle School complex were throwing ice at peoples cars in front of another nearby school. I was looking right at them. Last month, kids from Hart Middle School complex were challenging cars to hit them. Just walking in front of the cars, daring cars to hit them. Where are their parents my goodness! It is so crazy what they do. Parents if you can, send them somewhere else, don't send them to these schools.
This school was very an educational learning institution ... the principal is very conceited and stuck up but other than that the teacher are engaged in students .. And the end of the year activities were awesome..
The current principal, Dr. Monica Burton, has trashed this school. Students have the worst NJASK scores in the state (lowest 5 percent). Instead of working with the teachers to make a difference, she fires ALL who question her non-ability to lead, inspire and raise student achievement. ?Dr. Burton has had over 50 percent teacher turnover/replacement in the last 3 years - and the school is still failing. This points to lack of effective leadership. This is a Priority School and the RAC of Essex is considering a charter for this site. Dr. Burton had a prior bad reputation at Washington. The students do not respect her because she puts more focus on painting hallways than putting money into teacher copy machines, paper and supplemental reading material in classrooms. Avoid this school at all costs. Children leave this school less educated than when they arrive.
They frequently have a new principal, which can be a downside. While there are some quality teachers who inspire their students to succeed, schoolwide test scores are very low. The current principal seems more committed to improving the office decor, updating powersuits and designer heels, descending the office tower once every few days to check on teachers. Form over function, all talk no substance. "If it looks good..." Safety at this school is also a concern, students fight constantly, and most are unmotivated. Parents, this is not a good environment for learning, if that is what you hope for your child.
This is our first year at Patrick Healey Middle, as my daughter is an eighth grader. Two days into the new school year, she is excited and I am pleased with her schedule. I optimistically look forward to the upcoming year.
I've worked at the school for many years. It's a horrible place for anyone who is committed to quality education. Under the previous principal, there was evidence of positive change. There are some talented teachers still there who are hardly recognized for their dedication and genuine desire to help the children. Gifted students go there and turn into unmotivated out-of-control youngsters, and the school is becoming more and more unsafe. Teachers are depressed and overstressed and the principal is a poor leader. Students fight each other and assault teachers too. Parents, do whatever you can to send your child elsewhere.