We just moved to Charlotte from Phoenix and I was shocked that this school doesn't even provide a math book for my seventh grader. Furthermore, he can't even take his workbook home. His homework isn't graded and we have no idea if he's making any progress. The teachers seem to be trying to help, but they spend more time disciplining the kids than teaching. Please help me find an alternative. I'm ready to move out of this district immediately or place my child in a private school.
The staff is good, the extracurricular activities are great and the school is trying very hard to improve the safety, but what the heck is going on with the lunch prices? In order for your child to get a nutritious meal, the parent has to pay approximately $5.00 per child/per day. With my two children in this school, I am paying $50.00 a week for lunch. Is the school board aware of this? Because we are new to the system, I gave my kids $2.00 a piece on the first day (which is what the pamphlet says). They had fries and a drink for lunch. Without a good meal, you cannot learn. These ridiculous prices need to be amended in a major way!
The faculty is wonderful. There is something for everyone as far as student needs or acedemic ability. Orchestra and art are excellent. Safety and behavior is a concern. It may be improving.
Like the previous parents said, the racial bullying at this school, and bullying in general is a big problem. The students behave wildly, the teachers have given up and don't seem to care, or they know there's nothing they can do. There is an tremendous amount of violence at this school, and the school is overpopulated. The only thing I can say that is positive about this school is that the Principal is good. He tries his best to make James Martin a good school, he can't do too much when the students in general don't feel comfortable in their environment! This scool is like a lock down for our children - not an environment for learning! We just moved here and I've pulled my student out of this school and put him in a private school where he's in a safe environment and is not scared everyday at school.
As you can see, this school is really overcrowded. I don't see how they expect my child to get an education with that many people in the school! The reason why there are so many behavior problems is because of it's population problem. But besides that fact, the teachers here are horrible! My child is forever complaining about how the teachers handle situations badly and stereotype a lot of the kids(but not her personally). My daughter comes home every afternoon and when asked what she learned in school, it's hardly ever anything new because of teachers' inability to teach and behavior among her peers.
Like the previous parent said, the racial bullying at this school, and bullying in general is a big problem. The students behave wildly, the teachers have given up and dont seem to care anymore, my daughter has yet to take a field trip and I havent heard about any plans to do so this year, there is an unrealistic amount of violence at this school, and the school is overpopulated. The only thing I can say that is positive about this school is that the Principal is good. He tries his best to make James Martin a good school, but hey, you cant do too much when the students neither their parents dont seem to care about their education! My daughter has gone from a scholar student, to failing 2 of her classes! She feels very discouraged by her teachers and peers education wise. I dont recommend this school to anybody!
We recently moved here from out-of-state. The racial bullying at this school is absolutely horrible. We have had nothing, but problems. We have taken our concern to the administration, who have tried to handle it. However, my child every day faces some sort of racial bullying. Advise to parents who are moving into this school district -- don't enroll your child into this school. On top of all everything, the academics are horrible. The teachers try to teach, but the students totally out of control.
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