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6-8
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Albuquerque, NM
Students enrolled: 962

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6100 Paradise Blvd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87114

(505) 880-3744
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December 12, 2014
The principal from this school is a lunatic !!! Disrespectful person who doesn't listen to a parent concern! Fire this guy! Several parents complaining about this individual. He apparently has no business been a principal. What a shame have an administrator like this one. Vernon Martinez you should go back to school yourself to learn serious manners ! I never in my entire life met an administrator so negative and an office staff extremely rude! What a shame !

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2014
This is a awful school. Principal is just a bully. I want communication from the teachers about my child's progress. Principal did not want to hear about it. They send 10 emails about cake auctions fundraising etc but nothing on my child. The school needs a new administrator and one that cares about the students not just the money.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2014
JMMS is an excellent school. Principal Martinez runs a tight ship and has high expectations for staff and students. He responds ina timely and respectful manner to parent concerns and he (or Ms. Sichler, the great Assistant Principal), attend all the home and away athletic games to ensure positive behavior and good sportsmanship. Every teacher my sons' have had have been excellent communicators, provide challenging and innovative curriculums, and demonstrate support for struggling students. The office staff is courteous and efficient, the cafeteria staff is super, too! The PE program is phenomenal, with opportunities for all students to succeed! The PTSA provides numerous opportunities for parental involvement, as well. Even the custodial staff is friendly and keeps the campus in pristine condition; a true relection of school-wide pride. I am very pleased with JMMS and the education my children are recieving there! Go Rators!

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2013
James Monroe is a great school. The teachers strive to give students the best education possible. The school works to teach students appropriate self-discipline and accountability as well as a rigorous academic curriculum. There are always going to be times when a student, a parent or a teacher encounters a problem; but in those cases it is important for all parties to try to work together to come up with a solution. The students are learning and making progress and there are many positive opportunities for students and families to be involved with the school.

- submitted by a teacher
December 21, 2012
i substituted at this school quite often. the students are manged well and it is not chaotic. the difference in the classrooms is what is alarming. the gifted rooms are like being at home with all the luxuries and the special ed classrooms were quite depressing and nothing to stimulate so if you have a gifted child they would definitely love it..

- submitted by a teacher
August 03, 2011
This school is not a pleasant working environment. I see some parents on here have complained about their child being bullied. I am not surprised - the administration allows teachers to bully other teachers, with no consequence so I imagine it's the same with the students. The administration is not concerned with the students learning - just discipline. However, the majority of teachers are not supported when the students misbehave. Somehow it becomes the teacher's fault that the student does not complete their assignments or behave. The school is more interested in entertaining and not upsetting the students rather than actually teaching them.

- submitted by a teacher
July 17, 2011
My son had a horrible experience here. The math special education teacher was very unprofessional and unqualified for the position, yet administration protected her regardless of her actions. My many concerns were not addressed. Studies have shown that a bad teacher can do much damage...putting students "years" behind. What makes things worse is a school unwilling to make changes in favor of student success.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2011
This has been the worst school experience that my family has ever delt with, there are however, some good teachers. The top admin. not so much. My child will not be returning to James Monroe next year. By the way, my child has straight A's. I have a great deal of respect for the few teachers that have made a difference. For the most part, I wouldnt wish this school on anyone.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2011
This school is very well orginized and is a great place to be if your a student but, bullying really is a problem and I would take it to hand if I were you. I used to attend James Monroe Middle School I would still but I moved so. But the teachers at the school are super nice if your child is a well behaved student and students can be rude and jerky but thats only a matter of how your child reacts to this. The principle is all in for tolerence and knows what to do when needed to be punished. For all those critics of this school JMMS can be a realy harsh place but, If your having problems talk to the councler or any of the other adminastartive staff. They always helped me.

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 03, 2010
JMMS is a very bad school, the teachers are very poor quality. My child was treated like an unimportant number. Not just bad teachers who don't really care for teaching our children, but a complacent administration who just want to do enough to get by. The teachers and administration don't like involved parents. Needless to say we are fed up parents and are taking our child out of that horrible school and enrolling him elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2010
The bullies rule this school! The child that is getting bullied is the one that gets into trouble. I would not send your child to this school! My child does not feel safe at this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
I strongly belive that James Monroe middle school has a serious problem with bulling.If not addressed it will only lead to inocent children getting hurt physicallly,emotionly,and thier education will suffer to a great extent. Please take time to analyze your policy on bulling so that children can be enthused about attending school with out being harmed.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2010
Children are only a number at this school. City of Albuquerque is happy to collect property taxes and collect federal funding and could care less about children wanting to do well in school. There is no leadership at this school. Children who harrass other children have all the rights. Don't send your children to this crummy school.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2009
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- submitted by a teacher
June 06, 2009
Special education services are and will be offered at Hillerman. The previous writer has been misinformed. The principal who has been selected will do an great job and has been in the education field for several years. She is highly qualified or else she would not have been selected.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2009
i think its a good school and is a safe place for children!i hope to keep my chiled in this school untill 8th grade!good education to and very good teachers!!

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2009
It's my first year a JMMS I came in at the middle of the year and I have had my ups and downs at the schhol mostly downs but overall its a good school every staff member is great

- submitted by a student
February 20, 2009
This school has ruined my 3 kids! They are now in another school district, and boy what a night and day difference. They all actually love school and are making great grades. James Monroe needs to learn how to focus on teaching, not worrying about missing buttons on shirts!

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2009
My child started at James Monroe last year. Some of his teachers were very nice and willing to work with him since he has ADHD but one of his teachers was rather useless. When he did not turn homework in, she acted as if she did not care one way or the other. No questions were asked from her and no comments were made either. Last year my child started out his school year at Eisenhower Middle School in Albuquerque. He loved that school and I did also. They have a program called Grade Book Wizard that keeps parents up to date on daily progress of their children. James Monroe said they were getting a similar program in the fall but it is now winter and no program yet. A major disadvantage for the school is that they seem to be over crowded compared to other APS middle schools.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2008
My daughter started there last year as a Special Ed student. I was very very happy with James Monroe!

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2008
I was formally a student at this school. I absolutley loved it! The school has high expectations as for discipline! And as for the dress code, yes it is very strict but have you seen how some teens dress? Public schools do there best and James Monroe does excedingly well!

- submitted by a student
December 14, 2007
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- submitted by a student
November 14, 2007
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- submitted by a student
October 30, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2007
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- submitted by a community member
September 27, 2007
My daughter is in her second year at James Monroe and she has no problems at all. She has teachers that truly care. I have no problem getting in touch with her teachers when I need to. I was very concerned about the overcrowding, and the dress code did seem a little overboard. I do think the dress code help the kids because there is no pressure on dressing better than the next kid, they are all on an equal playing field. Overall we are very pleased with the education she has received, she is in advanced classes and works very hard. A new principal would not hurt though.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2007
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- submitted by a student
August 15, 2007
My daughter started school there in the middle of 2006, because we had moved to New Mexico from California in the middle of the school year. The administrative staff had a student walk her to her classes and they were extremely kind and sensitive to her situation. I think the teachers challenge the students and the dress code in middle school really helps the students stay on task.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2007
JMMS is quite overcrowded, not due to lack of attempts to try to remedy the situation by APS. The parents on the westside are all yelling about the overcrowding and poor quality of education and JMMS, but when the rubber meets the road, they are unwilling to have a boundary change that may affect their child, even temporarily. It's not the best school, admittedly, but it's not the worst either. I feel the principal does not have a feel for the pulse of the community and he rules by intimidation. He doesn't seem to like kids. The VP is a great guy and seems to enjoy being around kids. Expectations of parents need to be realistic....

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
May 21, 2007
After two years at JM, we pulled our student out during 8th grade because the school lost sight of academics and put full focus on discipline. The core courses became filling out paperwork with not meaningful instruction, because teachers complained about not having enough preparation time to deliver quality instruction. In comparison to middle schools other relatives were attending, course work (using NM standards) was completely watered-down and in some content areas (LA/Math), presentation of standards were at least a quarter behind (if not more). Teacher feedback was minimal as to what the students' syllabus during the quarter was, the assessments (not a variety)used to ascertain the letter grade, etc. was not very clear to parents nor to students. Many teachers seemed to have a hidden agenda and 'graded' on their own subjective criteria rather than on the standards. Its too bad, JM could be a quality school.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2007
This school is terrible! Not enough teachers. . . . No discipline! Our daughter is going to private school next year. Just the worst!

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2007
I agree wholeheartedly with the other parents review about this school. I have never seen such an uncaring staff from the top to the bottom.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2006
I have two daughters that attend this school. This school is very overcrowded and the academic quality is very poor. The school administration is more concerned about enforcing their dress code policy than implementing high academic standards. As a parent, I am more likely to receive notification of my child's untucked shirt or shirt with no buttons, as opposed to receiving word that my child is struggling in classroom. It is unlikely that this situation will change soon, but we sure do need a new Principal with real vision.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2006
My first son attended JMMS 3yrs. ago and it was a decent school. Now my youngest son is in 7th grade and it has been the worst two years of our lives. We get no teacher feedback/help when asked for. My son struggles on a daily basis and the response I get from teachers ,if any isn't very helpful.The teachers seem more concerned about themselves then the quality of teaching they are providing for our students. I have tried more times than I can count to connect with teachers and staff and its always the same 'WE ARE SO OVERCROWDED WE ARE DOING THE BEST WE CAN'. Well since I have to drag my child out of bed every day because he hates school/teachers, Your best isn't good enough!We are leaving the westside in hopes of a better school within the APS district.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2006
As said in the other reviews i have been very disappointed with this school. It seems that all the principal and the teachers want to do is discipline the students not teach them. The dress code is completely out of control. My daughter who has a 3.3 Gpa has had a terrible time with teachers wanting to give her lunch detention for her shirt coming untucked. The principal does not listen to parent imput what so ever! overall the children live in fear of the staff like they are in boot camp not middle school. I too cannot wait to get my child out of there and into a school where she can be proud of herself and her accomplishments again.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2005
As was said in the other review students are too worried about what rule they might disobey next. This does not provide a secure enivronment, there is too mcuh stress. The school expects more from its students then it does from it's own administration. The school is beautiful and has wonderful facilities. Perhaps getting a better principal and some newer teachers can change things. I'm looking forward to our moving soon.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2005
I am so dissappointed in JMMS after 3 yrs with my daughter attending and now with 2 sons. This school has a principal who sorely lacks a vision for education and learning. They are so consumed with disciplining kids that they have lost site of what education and learning should be. The kids are disenchanted to say the least. I can't wait to get my kids into another school where they can stop worrying about whether they have broken another 'rule' and can get excited about learning again. The kids seemed bored as do their instructors. Minimal extracurricular activities and no school spirit. It's a shame because the school is a beautiful facility.

- submitted by a parent
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James Monroe Middle School
6100 Paradise Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM  87114
(505) 880-3744
Last modified James Monroe Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
James Monroe Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top