Chaparral Middle School is full of highly qualified teachers that work extremely hard to teach our culturally diverse students. We try to find different ways to teach our students. In addition, we have professional learning teams that study and utilize the best teaching practices. We need all members of the learning community - students, parents, and teachers to put in effort in order to achieve success.
Math and Language Arts are the focus areas for the school as they try to increase student achievement in accordance with the No Child Left Behind Law. Chaparral Middle School did not meet its AYP goal in large part to Special Education students who are required to take the Standards Based Assessment at their age level rather than their ability level. There are many fine students and dedicated teachers, but generally speaking, the majority of students are from homes of low socio-economic means. Many families do not provide books for their children to read, they do not take vacations to increase their child's experiences of the world, they only speak spanish to their children at home rather than encourage the child to practice the language that would make them successful in academics. Students are only allowed 3 years in a Bilingual program, afterwards they are taught and tested in English.
The review just given is, sadly, true. Not only have there been many fine teachers lost, the principal turnover has been just as frequent, with an ever-worsening skill level, each one over the last 5 years getting progressively worse than the one before him or her. This parent holds very little hope for any of the striving parents who must live in our very poor community, and maybe that too is the problem. Pity our children.
CMS has been unable to recruit and retain qualified teachers. My son who is in 6th grade has had 4 band teachers just this year. There is absolutely no opportunities for brighter children as the entire school day is centered around 'catching up' all of the failing children. Discipline consists of in school suspension only because the school cannot afford to send children home because they will then lose out on the government funding. The school has also announced that as of next year, the few extracurricular activities they do offer will no longer be available as the 'core' requirements are being doubled onto the students course load. I absolutely do not recommend this school however there are no other schools in the area to attend. I will soon be moving to a new area just so my son can get a decent education.