We've had three children go to this school. There has been quite an administrative change in the past two years. The school has gone from a small gifted and talented exceptional school, to one that is rigid and overcrowded. Leadership is weak. The principal is not supportive of the parents or students needs. The staff is very punitive. This school used to encourage creativity and unique thinking. We are not finding that any longer. Sadly, detention is a favorite tool to teach a child. With the exception of the music and theater program, we are sorely disappointed.
They offer a CA class. That is it. They do not implement IEPs adequately. You can fight, beg, and cry, and they will act like they are going to address the issues but they won't and you won't get help from the District, either. We learned the hard way and lost 2 full years with failing grades for both before we gave up. Private school will save your child's education. Kids with needs get the worst electives that are so irrelevant to their educations, it's laughable. The gifted kids get the more down to earth electives that would really be of benefit to the students with special needs (art, cooking, etc).
I went here for half of 7th grade and all of 8th grade. This school is nice. It's known for it's Visual and Performing Arts which is excellent except for there Dance team which in my opinion is horrible, there not together and all over the place but the Chorus, Band, Orchestra, Drama, and Arts program is excellent. The only thing negative I would have to say is that 8th grade year when I was in Chorus, I had paid for a chorus dress and didn't get it all year, and the chorus did not show any concern towards the issue so for the whole year, I had to wear all black pants and shirt. On the LAST day of school, the teacher gave my mom a refund and he didn't give it to me right away, he was signing year books and made me wait! He did not care at all! But overall, I had a great 1 1/2 years here at Martin Middle School. Pro's: The school is newly renovated. Great Visual and Performing arts program. Great Teachers Challenges Students Strict Teachers Teachers know how to handle bad behavior Con's: Nothing I can thing of.
First year in , here's our experience: Student with 3's in elementary comes home with straight A's. Totally motivated by teachers who are young, lively and creative. Ginormous list of electives to choose from each quarter. No bully issues, at all. Absolutely no Middle school transition blues, just complete sense of school pride. Savvy, smart, and fun leadership. Tons of parental involvement. If you can enroll your child here jump at it. EXCELLENT school!
I love martin middle I have had 2 sons and 3 daughters went through this school now my 1 is on her first year I think this school has improved much since my first so went there now 20 the administration got better I highly recommend martin middle to anyone.
My son is starting his second year at Martin, and we have been very happy. The school offers a plethora of electives - art, language, music, PE, you name it. The principal is wonderful. She is very involved with the children - she attends many sporting events. Overall, we feel like it is a safe place where my son can flourish. My only complain is the French department. I think the children could learn much more!
We were so pleased with Martin the first year, but this second year has been a disaster for our daughter. Bullying and teasing runs rampant at this school, and the administration does little to address this other than lump all the kids together, and blame the victim as well. We have heard this from numerous other parents as well, who are frustrated. There is poor communication between teachers and parents, lack of response to emails from parents, and poor behavior on the part of the teachers, who have modeled immature behavior to students and, in my opinion, reinforced the bullying that is taking place.
Both my daughters go to this school 6th grade and 8th grade. This school is very good.
I cannot begin to tell you how disappointed I am in this school. Parents! Middle School is so very, very important to your child's overall functioning as an adult, but unfortunately no one at Martin gets this, no matter how many times they tell you the reason they do what they do is because they "care about kids." This is a loosely jointed, harried example of a public school, not worth the cost of purchasing in the base district and probably not worth your child's transportation time to the school. Despite strong beliefs in public schools, the Martin experience drove us into private schooling. Our child's future is worth that to us.
If your child has special needs, FORGET IT! They target special needs kids at this school for bullying and the principal and guidance staff do not care at all.
Im am a student here and I love this school! I have met very good people here and its great!!
Our son attended Martin this past year. Our home school is Leesville. Martin is atrocious academically and as a positive learning environment. If this is truly a magnet school based on merit than the Wake County school system is REALLY in trouble! The teachers at Martin are a colossal, calamitous combination of incompetency and indifference (3 of our sons teachers spoke mostly of their imminent retirement plans!). We tried to pull our son back to Leesville but were put on a waiting list (despite being < 1 mile from the school) -- why, because Martin has unfilled openings -- hum!? This school is so bad they even swapped principals mid year! Take our advise, steer clear of the Martin mirage!
I went to Martin for my sixth grade year and it was great! The teachers were great and helped me when i needed it. When i was applying for the electives that i wanted, i was shocked. There were so many!. I had an A in modern dance, even though i couldn't (and still can't) dance to save my life. Overall, this school was terrific!
Martin is a great school that combines the best of a neighborhood school and a magnet program. My daughter is in her first year there and thriving. She has options for many diverse electives. But more important is the interest that her teachers, principal and the whole staff show in the students. We live in walking distance of Martin and love the community feel. We could have chosen from several magnets farther from our home but we chose Martin for its solid academics, its electives and its staff. For us it is a winning combination.
overall, a very good school. As in any school, you will see power-hungry teachers and teachers that should have retired long ago. The drama teacher is fabulous! The orchestra teacher is also really good. The principal is very good - he really does care about the school.
Our daughter attended Martin Middle School. She is now in college and still talks about the great education she received at Martin. She thrived in the academic and social environment. Martin does a beautiful job combining the interest of the child along with strong academics. This school may not be the school for everyone ,but if you have a child who is looking for more, this school will not let you down. Thank you Martin MS. Proud parent:)
Martin Middle School has an excellent band, but the academic preformance isn't as good as Ligon Middle School. Ligon Middle School is the best school for your child.
MMS used to have a great reputation. My child has attended for three years; unfortunately the school is a big disappointment. It had been known for creativity and high academic standards;in our experience, this no longer applies. Each year, my child has had one or two excellent classroom teachers out of six or seven horrendously mediocre ones. They seem to do the bare minimum. I rarely see a teacher bring anything extra to the table. I also do not see a very diverse staff or much attention paid to diversity in terms of material and atmosphere. The school seems to have lost its way. The new principal is trying; however I do not sense a clear vision for what Martin can be and will be. I would love to see a dynamic, creative, school, with high academic and teaching standards, where everyone enthusiastially embraces a common vision and mission.
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