As a parent, i dont believe in teaching by punishment, fear or public humiliation. Happens from the top down. Stay away if you are considering moving to the area for this school. Not a positive learning environment, for straight a students and for kids that need help. All kids need to be taught, not disciplined, and not taght by computer.
I have two children at Bailey. One has always been an overachiever and as a result ends up staying up until almost 1:00 am every day finishing her mountains of homework, unfinished classwork and online learning. She gets good grades, but is always tired and moody and is unable to enjoy being a kid on weekdays and some weekends. The other one is a lot less organized and not as dedicated. I have literally begged his teachers to help me get him on the right path and it has fallen on deaf ears for months. They just continue to berate him (in front of other students) and punish him -- ISS, silent lunch -- instead of TEACH him and help boost his confidence so he can do it himself. There are way too many standardized tests given. Their discipline system of giving "signatures" for infractions is too subjective. There are clear favorites among the teachers. The population is too large to accommodate any kind of individualized learning when the students need it. I feel like it's all about having high test scores because they are only being taught to score well on tests. They're not being taught for the simple sake of learning. It is a shame that people are drawn to this area based on the school's "scores" here on greatschools, only to learn that Bailey isn't so great after all.
Never Go to this school. How do they call teaching sitting on a computer all day. I recommend not to go to this school if you want a future . They also treat new students horribly. Some teachers are not welcoming and make you feel stressed out.They send you to a different classroom if you don't know an answer.They tell you that your answer is incorrect if you use your own strategy(your strategy finds the right answer) to find a solution. I used to be almost a straight A student but now I struggle just to get a B. All we do in class is worksheets and sit on the computer. Even though the tour may seem friendly, some kids are not friendly. If you are thinking about going to this school, I urge you not to go . This school puts you in a terrible and negative environment. If you have goals and a future don't waste it. Go to a real school, in a positive learning environment, and where you'll strive to learn and be challenged in a positive way. I hope you take my advice, as a student who came later in the year. I now don't like going to school and I used to be so exited going to school, that I would get sick.
I you have ADHD, and possibly learn slower, or forget a lot, this is not the place for you! I have witnessed Teachers yelling and humiliating kids because they cant solve a problem fast enough. In class we half to do a warm up in 8 minutes. If the teacher calls on you and you don't have the answer than you get sent to another teacher. It can be humiliating to these students when they half to cry or self destruct in front of 35 other students.
A 5 year old could take the role of some teachers at this school. All you half to do is tell the students to go on google classroom and complete assignments. Some teachers send you to different classrooms if you don't know the answer to a question, so know you can feel humiliated. They make you stressed out . They make new students feel unwelcoming and uncomfortable. Take the advice from someone who knows what schools are like outside of this school.
Kids and parents all together being bullied by staff? Yes, it does happen at this school. This school is all about test grades, end of story - not about getting an education. The teachers will discriminate based on their likes and dislikes. Do not get fooled by school rating, its only a facade.
If your kid has any issues in school, run.
This is not a place for any kid to have issues. The teachers will let your kid in class just stay and do nothing.
School is about what money can get from federal and local government not about teaching, preparing kids for life.
Run, an horrible school to be at!
The school is all about grades and what money they can get from local and federal government.
If your kid has any issues in schools, run. They will not help your kid at all, as they are not equipped with necessary tools nor they have the understanding or desire to deal with any issues.
They will go to the extend to let your kid do nothing in class rather than correct any issue.
So a grade 10 for this school feels and is fake.
More appropriate would be a 4, you as a school you failed your students.
Our son is in his third year at Bailey (and we've got two more who will be there soon). We are very happy with Bailey Middle School. The teachers and staff are smart and professional. There are many extracurricular opportunities. The curriculum is challenging and my son will be well prepared for high school. Principal Thomas is caring, professional and the students know he has high expectations for them. Yes, there are more kids per class than a private school. But the students are separated into teams and each team has their own teachers. The teachers know how to manage the class and they also offer help times outside of class so they get to know the kids. And the students learn to be independent, responsible and get help when they need it. These are life skills that translate to future success. On to Hough next year and we are excited! It is disheartening to read unbalanced negative critiques thrown out there for all to see which are unfair and skew the rating, IMO. More parents need to submit a review and express what a great school Bailey really is.