Honestly when I met the principal Vernon Martinez he has a low level of manners and has a bad attitude. You will never see him smile (for future students) and he ignores many complaints. So be aware of the negativity that stays there
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 !
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.
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!
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.