Middle school is a challenging time for kids and I think Maple Ave does the best it can. There are many after school activities for kids if they want to take advantage of them.
This is among the worst schools in New York State. Bullying and tormenting run rampant and nothing is done about it by the teachers and especially the administration. My son had the misfortune of having to go through this school and the situation was so awful that I had to pull him out of the district. The principal, Stuart F. Byrne, doesn't have the leadership and organizational skills to run a Dairy Queen let alone a school of 1,500 children. This school needs reform and needs it fast.
I am in 7C (columbian, 7th grade) I Love this school as much as a kid likes school. Columbian spring doesnt get to go on a lot of feild trips but we do get to do a lot of fun projects rather then sitting in a class room all day. The food is better then most and the staff is exceptionally nice. If the a student needs more help in a class teachers stay after on Wensdays and Thursdays and buses are availble for after school transportation if someone is unavailble to pick up a student.
The school is by no means perfect, and as an institution does a very poor job in regards to parent communication. However, my son is challenged (in both enriched and regular classes) and has terrific teachers who are very responsive to my inquiries. I check edline and the online grading site on a regular basis and stay in contact with teachers via email. I have yet to NOT get a response from a teacher. I have been invited to participate in classes by teachers and have issues and concerns resolved quickly and effectively. Overall, it has been a good experience.
If your child is in need of special education I say - stay out of this school and start finding your own resources. My child has been plagued by lack of resources and by teachers not qualified to work with special needs children all the way up to the superintendant level. While we have encountered some rare quality teacher - mostly 6th and 7th grade suppport, the majority of the teacher are rude and unhelpful. In no other industry are employees allowed to treat cllents the way that unionized teachers are allowed to hold on to theri jobs despite poor performance. My child is now in the 8th grade with consistant low 2 on regent exams. We have had to supplement his education continually at our financial cost. I wish I could do it again. I should have sent him to a private school. Did'nt think we could afford it but it has cost us beyond private school with little return. Now, how do we fix it?
If the school principal of Maple Ave can not properly recite the pledge of allegiance over the intercom to the kids he is leading, I have to ask, why is he still the leader? Hello......... Very large school, as a whole, the teachers do a pretty good job. If you excel academically you will do well at Maple, because there are lots of programs for you. If you need help, that's another story. If your child is in Excellsior Spring, forget about them going on any trips. Due to an incident 3 years ago on a field trip, the teachers are still punishing the students by limiting their trips. The other springs attend many more trips. I addressed this with Excellsior team/teachers. They refused to address it and gave me a lame excuse to shut me up.
My son is in the 6th grade there and we have been in the school district since he started school. I honstly am not happy with the school at all, most of the staff that I have encountered there are rude and not helpful. I have looked at moving just so my other son does not have to go there.
It took me 3 years to realize that it was not my children but the teachers and an incompetent principal that is the schools problem. When you hear many parents tell you Maple ave is bad but the high school is better they are not kidding. Also anything will better after your experience in Maple Ave. You have a few hard working and caring teachers but there are more teachers that ride on tenure tails and don't even do the bare minimum. It is very disappointing. The ratings in this school district are high because you have a large volume of educated and make up for what is lacking in school at home.
This is my 3rd year at Maple Ave as a parent. Parent involvement here is limited to edline. Each year the I believe the quality of teachers has deteriorated. The expectations from teachers is minimized where the ones that want to work the least get away with it. Sadle the principal has very little control over this situation. In addition their accelerated programs are ot weighted where kids loose out on the only advanced course, earth science. How many kids from accelerated math program made it to earth science? Makes you wonder if there should be more union free schools.
Not sure what house you were in but my Son was in red. Fabulous teacher base! The entire team did all they could to help keep him organized and motivated.
I have been very disappointed in the school and the level of work my child has been required to do. I suppose it is a function of what very little funding the public school has to work with, but he coasted through with very little effort.
Great teachers and great teaching methods. Very clean and sastisfactory lunches. Love, love, love this school!
The teachers in the Excelsior House do a fantastic job of being involved with the children, and not only helping them succeed with school work, but also at life. They genuinely care about the children and want them to learn and do well.
My daughter is a 7th grade student at Maple Ave. Though it is the only middle school serving ever increasing number of students in Saratoga county, they still do very good job organizing students classes and subjects according to student's ability. My daughter is taking advanced Math and now entering Earth science. Teachers are well qualified and councellors are very helpful in assisting students. I hope they can keep this up with increasing number of students each year.
Academic standards are relatively high. The school is big, but the administration does a good job at turning the kids' experience into that of a 'small' school. The only negative side is the lack of enrichment programs, with the exception of earth science. That particular one is good, but the school is big enough to be able to offer other programs as well.
The teachers seem to do a great job inspite of an unqualified principal. Standardized exam scores are up. When some of the dead wood is cut out [or falls off] our school will be unparalleled.
I feel that the administration of this school is very poor The teacher quality is equally poor and that there is no request for parent involvement.
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