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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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
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!
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.
My daughter started there last year as a Special Ed student. I was very very happy with James Monroe!
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!
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.
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.
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....
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