6th graders are expected to mature too quick. The principal put this rule in place that parents are to refrain from dropping off even a forgotten lunch. That rule I broke once or twice as 11 year olds in middle school are adjusting to big changes in 6th grade and need to be cut a little slack time to time.
That said, my daughter enjoyed middle school and adjusted quickly with curriculum. She did well and can't wait to do sports in 7th grade.
I can't speak much to the way it is now, but this place was a dangerous zoo during the 1980s. I get some "vibes" that not much has changed. A knife fight in front of me while waiting on line in the cafeteria was not an unexpected occurrence. Terrible bullying from both teachers and students and the teachers and administration didn't care. And the favoritism showed towards those who lived in Oakdale - and prejudice against those who came from Bohemia - was criminal. Also, as far as many in Administration were concerned, you were either a football player, a cheerleader or not worth their time. Yes, it was *that* bad.
never could figure out what the heck the Principal did all day either. never knew his name and I'm pretty sure he didn't know 90% of the students. He was practically a fictional character who basically didn't exist - total no-show.
I enjoy this school. Some teachers do pick favorites, though, and when the school plans to hold an event such as No Bullying or No Alchol not very many people show up. Also, I know people who have had problems with other students at this school and when the guidance counselors were notified they did nothing. Otherwise, this is a good school - they have many assemblies and extra-curricular activities. There are many sports to choose from and it seems as if there's a club for everyone. Overall, this is a pretty average school, and I would suggest it to a new face in town.
This school does have some good teachers but the vice principal always makes her own story in every incident. They have a disciplinary problem. I have been teased and down right tortured at this school and even though I have alerted the school they have done nothing. Many of the teachers are very nice and are very good at what they do. A few play favoritism. this school is a fairly good place but is nowhere near perfect.
OBJH has some great new teachers that keep my daughter's interest! My kids feel safe most days and enjoy going to school. I think that the administration could a little stricter with a few policies, but overall they are doing a fine job. However, many of the children have way to much freedom and privileges. To many parents have the 'not my child' mentalitity. Alcohol is a big problem in our small community. The parents of OBJH need to get their heads out of the sand. Wake up moms and dads, our cheerleaders just got busted with vodka in their Poland Springs water bottles!