I have found JMA to be an overall positive experience for my child. The current principal, Ms. Richardson, is quite attentive to the needs of the school. She is very attentive to parent concerns while still weighing out what is best for the overall school. JMA offers many after school activities for students that are both challenging and fun. With the addition of the IB program at JMA the academic opportunities are numerous. Academics appears to be the main forte of the school. The building is old and lends itself to seeming to be overcrowded but in reality it is an average sized middle school. We have found JMA's dance teacher, Ms. Clinard, to be very approachable and great for kids. Parents who have had issues with the school have not given the staff adequate time to deal with their problems in my opinion.
Awful, awful awful. We are taking our son out and putting in a nearby private school. This school is completely out of control, run-down and overall not fit for any child who wants to learn. We are fortunate that we can afford (barely) to send our child elsewhere, and we feel for those of you who are stuck with this school.
I have been attending this school since 2010 i have seen major improvements in the educational system. Sure its crowded but i hear they may build a need school. Overall its an 4 atar school.
The school had some problems the year before I cam. I am a formal Davidson IB student. It's no longer overcrowded however I find the mass is punished for the few a common problem. The school is just ok but I think the principal Dr. Karney will help
i am a student a this school and i believe that this school is old and run-down teachers are way better than the school. i also believe that they should tear it down and build another one. Some people don't know that the year of 2011-2012 Davidson IB will be moving into there so more students=less teachers and less teachers means less supervision so i believe this isn't the best school.
I use to go to that school and it is alittle bad every now and then, but it`s alright
the bathrooms are gross and the school is just real old and run down. i cant wait to go to ridge road middle school i will be in 8th grade. the teachers at JMA are awsome though.
I think this school is very over crowded with kids and there's not that many teachers to provide supervision.
I think this school is overcrowded I do agrre this school is not as well as i thought
Personally I really like my school JM Alexander! The people are really friendly and i have made over 5 friends already in the past two days! Its awesome!
My son started developing behavioral problems this year, and I have gone to Alexander to sit through classes with him and observe the environment. That place is a circus! You cannot even hear the teachers when they are trying to teach and much of the class time is spent trying to discipline students. The students talk through class and ignore the rules. I am getting my son out of this school as soon as possible.
At lunch students sit at the same table everyday, not allowing them to mingle w/other kids in the school. If you child is bright and knows how to pick friends, this can be a good place for them.
This school is definitley something to write about, i mean c'mon. I go here it is beyond ridiculous. The classes are noisy and completely out of order! Some of the teachers are too busy screaming and then the rest could honestly care less about the us succeeding. The administrators are way too focused on suspending students, more so that it's at the point where the smallest thing could send your child out of school. They claim to be enforcing discipline but in all reality, this hurts the student's fair shot at an education; if they're even getting a fair one at this school! The lunch is ridiculously over-priced; you may as well bring your child to the local McDonalds. And that's what's real.
Alexander was at one time a decent school. My daughter graduated from there just 3 years ago and we loved it and I found the staff and administration to be in control and the school well run and caring. Now the school is a nightmare. The kids are out of control. Teachers no longer teach, they are crowd control. My son's attitude toward school and authority has been negatively changed by the lack of discipline and consequences.
Many, many problems....overcrowding is an understatement! Bad exposure and numerous problems abound at JM Alexander Middle School The school is SO overcrowded. The district has not mentioned the building of another middle school to serve the rapidly growing suburban area. The school has over 2,100 students and 4 years ago had a mere 900. Many 6th graders are housed in an elementary school building across the street from the school. All of the 7th grade students are housed/taught in mobile units on schools' property. 6th grade students can not participate in any sports. Lunches are poor and VERY overpriced. Students witness and experience divisive practices. My child attended for 6 months and will never again.
J.M. Alexander is the worst school I have ever encountered, classrooms are over crowded. The teachers are substandard with absolutely no control over the students. How the parents have allowed this to go on for so long is a mystery to me. I am new to the area and wish I had opted for private school. Also the school is filthy and unkept. Just all around horrible. Lunch is overpriced.
I know all schools in Mecklenburg are faceing a growth problem. Charlotte is growing, and fast! Nevertheless, I find that the teachers and principal of the JM Alexander Middle school are doing an excellent job in working with this growth and at the same time keeping education levels above national levels. I love this school and it's fine educators.
My daughter is in 6th grade.This school is over crowed ,bus schedules are horrible.Staff and Admin has no control, they show no interest in the children's education.You have teachers using profanity during class oh wait its gets better,teachers returning to work with memory loss. Have you ever!You have Asst.Principals who are unorganized and don't return phone calls or address issues at hand.I wouldn't send a dog here to be trained. Parents if you don't have to enroll you child/children hear DON'T. I wish I'd did my homework and read this site before I let My daughter attend. They do everything in their power to remove children through suspension.This is their underhanded way of dealing with the overcrowedness.The only one who affected at the end is our children because they are cheated out of and education and good teachers who really care. Beware this is just the beginning.
My daughter, for her entire life has maintained her place on the honor roll list. She still was able to do this but with great obstacles. She was constanly distracted by other students who were out of control, disrepectful and harassed her because she is intellectual. Her bus was over-crowded and the school did not seem concerned. Her attitude changed towards school and she did not want to go at times.
I have a daughter who is an A/B student, has always enjoyed school for the most part. Attending Alexander has been a nightmare. We immediately began driving her to school because the bus was out of control and didn't deliver her home until 5pm. Children are unruly, out of control and disrespectful.
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