We are overall impressed with the school. I believe if you were to rank Middle schools in Wake County as to quality of education, Lufkin would be at the top. This being said, we also have to acknowledge that Lufkin does have its faults. Most of the faults can be attributed to the Wake county system as a whole. Yes, teachers do teach to the EOG test. (Of course they do..their salaries depend on it.) Yes, there are different disciplines based on the child's cultural background. Yes, teachers do assign too many useless projects where we feel the students would get more out of class room assignments. Yes, the staff is wonderful, with a few exceptions. Unfortunately, Wake County allows these exceptions to continue being 'exceptional'. Yes, the athletic programs are under supported and the facilities are less than other Middle Schools. These problems exist in Wake COunty as a whole!
My son attends Lufkin. My concerns are the project assignments given in some subjects, where daily work may have more impact on the student learning and retaining. With only one elective class allowed, some students miss out on music and art due to meeting other academic requirements. I'm also concerned with inconsistencies in disciplinary procedures. Some teachers are great at communicating, yet others don't communicate at times when it would help to be an informed parent.
Lufkin operates on a year-round schedule with a 4 track system. Track 4 has been consistently overcrowded and the quality of education suffers. Teachers and administration are often more concerned about meeting State EOG testing standards than about challenging students. The administration does little to effectively support sports activities and facilities are substandard. Discipline is uneven with different standards applied to favored minorities vs. the majority population.
Overall, I think it is a quality school. The teachers are extremely dedicated and caring. The entire staff seems have it together.
Excellent school! My son attended 6th grade there, and we have since moved from the state. We really miss Lufkin! The teachers are first-rate and have high expectations for their students. I've never seen such a caring group of teachers ever before. They give 100%! What I would give to go back and be a part of this school again!
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