I would like to say that my son had a so so start at first but that could have been normal middle school transition. He is in seventh grade this year and truely loves his classes. The school offeres many rigors classes that other schools do no offer. He has a great relationship with his teachers and feels safe and supported at school.
The school board or state needs to do a complete review of the procedures in this school. I have never seen anything like it. Most schools love when parents are involved in their child's education this school not only doesn't give out information but they ignore you as well. Teachers do not respond to emails or take weeks to respond when you inquire about challenges your child is having. Not just one teacher...many teachers. This is highly unacceptable especially when a child is having trouble in class.
Is it possible to give a school zero stars? This middle school doesn't even deserve one star. The standards and expectations of students at this school are so low it is scary. A majority of the teachers are not preparing these children for future success in their education. As some of these children advance through their school years it will become more difficult for them, especially since the school seems to lack being able to teach these kids fundamental skills. I know many parents who have fought with the county to have their children go to a different school, parents have decided to pay for private school, and have taken the home schooling route. I completely understand why now. I would avoid this school at all cost. To the parents who can't I just hope their experience is better than mine.
Thank the lord for my child getting into New Bridge Magnet school! I wish I would have known about magnet schools before I moved here because I would have tried to get them into Clyde Erwin.
This school is terrible. I would imagine this is what prison would be like.Also I'm fairly sure most computers are older than me.I made this review since there are no recent ones. Update: Nothing has changed.
Just moved here from out of state and my kid received a wonderful welcome from the teachers and staff. I haven't had any issues with staff .
If you can avoid sending your child here, plese do. There are some good teachers, but they will not stay long. they cannot be good teachers in thsis environement. The administration will say whatever they think you want to hear, and do nothing. If your child is a strogn student they will be bullied and no one will care or they will say your child participated. If you child struggles academically, they blame it on behavior. Children are treated like little criminals with more rules than I could remember. There is no positive reinforcement for good choices and the kids feed off the negative energy. My son had no Science or History homework because they were not allowed to bring books home and the teachers are not allowed to make copies or print wokr sheets due to the cost of ink and paper. You cannot make this stuff up.
Dito! Honestly...I too have had such a negative experience that I just want to move as far as possible from this area. My mind has already been made up due to the defective system I've been exposed to. It is sad and I honestly don't know if it'll ever change here. Sounds like New Bridge gets the best of the best students there unlike the ones were're forced to deal with on a daily basis. I just can't teach here because the second I try to help one student out who wants to learn, others start screwing around in the classroom within seconds. Basically it's just babysitting and the students who suffer are the ones who actually want to learn. Our system is dumbed down to the lowest 25% of students just to pass them. Then there's a huge lack of support from parents. Some haven't even shown up for conferences yet even though I've sent home letters, packets, made phone calls, etc. Most of the time parents just schedule and then cancel and never bother to sign up for another one until we call them and then it's just more of the same. I'm sure the good students here at JCMS tried to get into New Bridge but weren't lucky enough to get picked by the lottery system. I almost can guarantee it.
Honestly, DO NOT...I repeat DO NOT think you can come here and turn anything around. The system is defective, and by defective I mean the administration is one of the worst in the state if not the nation. The teachers here try to do the best they can within the limits of a broken system. And the sad part is the kids pay the price. The students here learn terrible examples because there is a TOTAL lack of authority and they will test every limit...and they usually get away with it because administration just says don't do it again. So when these same students mess up again do you think they get in trouble, nope, just another slap on the wrist and another verbal warning. It's pretty sad when after a year or two teaching here you realize it's hopeless and just want out.
JCMS is an absolutely terrible place to send your child. Simply put, this school brings the worst out of every student. If he or she is on the bubble of going down the wrong road, like many youngsters are in middle school, he or shee will be corrupted by some group of others. It's just pretty sad when all you hear is how bad the administration is and how they have no idea how to run a middle school. This last line I just wrote should be enough for any parent to consider every other option possible before having no other option. Even then I'd move far away from here.
I truly wish I could send my son to a different school. I don't think there is anyone in this school that truly cares about the students. If you have a straight A student, they'll do fine. But if they require any special attention you might as well forget about it. I think it is unbelievable that when you call the school, you get an answering machine.
Coming from out of state meant pushing for gifted testing once again, finally accomplished for 2nd semester; our 7th grader likes her teachers and is learning new things. Each grade has it's own hall so students are kept fairly segregated. I am disappointed in the lack of literature being read and discussed. Teachers are helpful when our child approaches with questions. Joined PTO but never hear from them for activities or help wanted.
I have taught in several states in the last ten years and this school is the worst experience I've had as a teacher. I had really good collegues for the most part but the admistration is truely the problem. They want things to appear as nice as the school on the outside no matter the cost to the actual acadmeic success of the students. I would never send my child to this school.
There are many issues with this school including bullying which is not adressed fairly by the administration. These pst two years were the worst of my sons life. He is doing quite well at another school and his seld esteem has changed dramatically. The school looks nice and brand new on the outside but it is probably one of the worst schools in the area.
My daughter just completed her 8th grade at JCMS. This has been the worst 2.5 yrs of her education. The Teacher's don't care of the students learn anything.. The Administration doesn't even know what is happening in the school. If you are looking to move into the Commons area, plan on enrolling your children in private school if you want them to have a good education.
This school has a problem with bullying and teasing and has a reputation for being a 'tough' school. Where other middle schools address bullying with proactive programs at teaching students empathy and insist on respectful student conduct, there is no preventive plan at Jacksonville Commons Middle other than ISS to combat student aggression. Music, art and other programs are available and appear to be wonderful opportunities for students to grow in these fields. Academic programs appear limited in scope compared to other States we have lived like Virginia and New York. Subjects like science, history and social studies are weak areas for this school.
Very caring teachers and many programs tailored to the needs of specific students. Wide variety of extracurriculars available. JCMS's choral director is one of the best anywhere. Guidance counselors are great! Wonderful annual career day. Excellent relationship with nearby elementary and high schools. Weakest area is lack of parental involvement. There is a core of supportive parents, but too many limit their involvement to complaints, which are often unfounded.
Problems are not dealt with in a fair manner and it often takes outside school involvement to get results. Student safety in not a priority in some cases. If you have a child that needs help with problems you will have to chase down those you need to contact.
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