This school is driven by the haves and the have nots. There is a constant plea for money. Before school even started there was a newsletter sent out that was about 7 pages long, over half were asking for money in some way. One of the ways the school asks for money is to make a straight up donation. I know of no other school in the Wake system that does this. With certain donations you get a sticker for your car for the "Blue Jacket Club" and your name on the wall in the gym. There are students that can't afford lunch and it's necessary to have families names posted on a wall because they donated over $1,000? I kid you not, this is an amount. There is no mention of where this money goes. I am all for a Fundraiser maybe twice a year, but donations as if it were a college or a private school is unfair. Not only are the student cliquey, the parents are just as bad. The ITB families make the others feel bad for not being like them. When picking up Fall Fundraiser items, the PTA ladies were rude, barely spoke to me and definetely never thanked me for supporting the school. I am giving the school 2 stars only because my student has so far had great teachers she likes and challenge her.
My son started 6th grade at Daniels this year, and I've been impressed so far. The transition to middle school has been seamless. His teachers are very good and there have been no concerns about safety, discipline, etc. The students at Daniels seem to be a great group of kids. The homework load is adequate but not overwhelming. We are very happy there!
We have been completely underwhelmed by this school. Our daughter has not been challenged academically. She is supposed to be in AG classes, but the school has not scheduled her for any. She keeps getting scheduled for the same electives because "there is nothing else available." Really? Everything from simple communication to parent conferences have been disorganized, and nobody seems to care about doing things in the best interest of the students. Even when going into the school to pick up my child, the office staff sighs and rolls their eyes as though I am ruining their day.
I was a student here for 3 years I just left in the 2013-2014 school year here is a brief view of daniels middle school: bad teachers (and I was in all advanced classes), students are split up in 2 groups (preps,and ghetto), did not have good grade principals (epically the 8th grade principle), school did not know how to spend there money, teachers don't know how to control student, and will pull you out of class for an hour to tell u to walk around and get money for the school instead of studying, and it will be hard for you to fit in if you arnt the Carolina country club type.
So far I have finished 6th and 7th Grade. Academics are exactly what everyone explains great. But really if I had a child I would NOT send them here. You are judged by how rich you are, your clothes, and the size of your house. If you don't wear Lilly Pulitzer and Nike socks and shorts you mine as well commit social suicide. Yes I have friends and they are great friends but if you plan on sending your child here the first thing you should worry about on the first day of 6th Grade is what they are wearing. I am already looking at other high schools besides Broughton where everyone in my grade is going. I love the teachers, sports, and electives but the students make middle school exactly how it is in the movies, clicky.
I am very disappointed with my son's first year in Middle School at Daniels! I have always been a very involved parent since my kids started school. When I first walked into the front office at Daniels it was so cold and the front office person was not friendly at all. I understand that in 6th grade the staff expect the students to be more mature and independent, but there is almost no contact with the teachers unless you initiate it. I emailed my son's team leader about scheduling a conference and it took almost a month to get it set-up. I can honestly say that I am not at all thrilled with this school so far this year.
This school is a ITB, clicky school, and huge so for someone that needs a smaller community and surrounding i do not reccommend this school but overall, the teachers are okay, could be a little more challenging, the electives are great along with sports, but the surrounding of people is definately not the best..
I have had two children at Daniels, which is best characterized as an elite, inside the Beltline neighborhood school. (It is no longer a magnet.) We transferred in at 7th grade and found the school to be superior to our other magnet choice. Our child was challenged academically and given support when struggling or challenged to take more advanced classes without our having to ask. Classrooms are orderly. Problem students tend to be removed from class so learning can continue. Quite a few male teachers here, rare these days. Teaching expertise varies here as anywhere. Our second child has had engaged teachers with high expectations and at least one who gave credit for merely turning in homework regardless of accuracy. Counselors have been accessible and excellent, although I can say that transitional counseling to high school is heavily weighted toward Broughton, for which Daniels is a feeder school. Overall, Daniels is a superior learning community. An involved parent can advocate for their child and get results. Extracurricular activities (sports, fine arts presentations, student recognition programs are high quality. Your experience here will be what you make it.
My child attended this school for sixth and part of seventh grade. The low academic expectations, poor administrative leadership, and lack of respect adults showed children of all backgrounds was very disappointing. We have since moved schools and the curriculum is a good year ahead of what Daniels offered (despite my child being in the top academic courses at DMS). We are surprised that an Inside the Beltline school demonstrates only mediocrity at best.