I am a student at SCMS and it is an oovrall great experience. You get a great education and we are lucky enough to have things like a big library and lots of computers. The teachers at SCMS are very kind and I felt welcomed on my first year. Going to South Charlotte is a great experience that you would not regret. I have first hand experience with going to SCMS so take my advice and come to our school.
I think this school has a great acadimic courses but could lighten up on there dress code.
I was a student teacher at SCMS and will be on staff next year. I would challenge any criticism that the staff is not concerned with the individual students and doesn't welcome parent involvement. That was not at all my experience. I witnessed many 'surprise' visits to the school by parents, even into individual classrooms for observation. When a school is willing to allow for 20-something other students to be distracted by one student's parent, for the sake of one student, that is individual concern. Our neighborhood middle school is Robinson, but I am more than happy that my son would like to attend SCMS. I believe that SCMS will be an excellent fit for him. As far as homework, as long as the assignments are quality reinforcements of the in-class work, the more the better! That is how mastery is achieved.
While South Charlotte Middle School may be strong academically I believe they discourage parental involvement.
This is my sons first year at this school. It came highly recommended but i must say i was very dissappointed. my son felt like a number it was very hard for him to catch up joining the school in the 8th grade. He was always an A student but found himself very overwelmed. I thought it was a bit ridiculous to have projects every month . The amount of homework was ridiculous. My son was spending 4 to 5 hours a night on homework. Dont get me wrong i want my child to have a great education but he need to be well rounded. He found it nearly impossible to play a sport and keep up academicaaly. I really dislike this school.
South Charlotte Middle School(SCMS) does have a large number of students who regularly score high on standardized tests. However, I have been very disappointed in how little the administration and teachers focus on individual students. Test scores drive all decisions, often without explaination to parents. Parents are discouraged from getting to know and working with teachers and staff to ensure childrens success. Only very few parents are offered even one parent teacher conference a year. My children are not always challenged appropriately. The school groups teachers into teams so if a student is able to handle a very high level literacy class, they may not get it if they are grouped with students in lower level math classes. The CMS Talent Development Program is not supported although they routinely list the number of students who are TD. SCMS does not offer any Talent Development services. Students EOGs dictate class placement.
As a teacher at this school, I must sing the principal's praises for consistently holding high expectations of her staff and students. The school is extremely well organized and safe, while academic rigor and critical thinking are strong emphasized.
My daughter attends South Charlotte Middle School, and we have been very pleased. The academic focus is great, the workload is reasonable, and the teachers are strong. Although Community House Middle School opened nearby, we were pleased that our daughter was staying at South Charlotte, as it has been a great experience for her. She is enjoying art, music and dance. The sign ups for extra curricular activities was not clear, and we would have liked for her to have taken keyboarding, however, she was happy enough with her schedule, so we did not rock the boat. Elective sign-ups should be clearer, though.
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