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Winston-Salem, NC
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1400 Grant Avenue
Winston-Salem, NC 27105

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(336) 727-2775
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June 23, 2014
This Paisley teacher and supporter of IB applauds the June 22 student posting in which he/she likes "the IB program." MYP at Paisley comprises grades 6 - 10. The student values Paisley academics. But a third of H S students also participate in sports at Parkland H S or residential schools. Paisley H S teachers prepare students for IB Diploma , the 2-year program at Parkland Magnet H S. Many educators consider Diploma more rigorous than AP. Martha Allman, admissions dean at Wake Forest University, calls IB Diploma the "gold standard" of college prep. Although limited numbers are selected for the last two years of MYP, which is pure magnet, this fall Paisley will welcome its largest Year Four class of 72 students. Paisley high school classes are not "just like a repeat of middle school." Paisley humanities students routinely exceed expected growth as do English 2. Math / science students appreciate in college what they learned at Paisley. Of 29 Parkland 2014 Diploma candidates, 24 are Paisley grads. "Not staying?" The student should shadow H S classes before losing a valuable opportunity in Paisley's IB program.

- submitted by a teacher
June 22, 2014
Paisley has multiple ups and downs. I am a rising 8th grader at Paisley, and I think it is an average school, if you balance out the academics and the students. The academics are great, and most of the teachers are exceptional. However, there are really bad teachers that simply cannot teach! My Algebra class last school year had 32 students and the other one had 23! I believe that is uneven, and out of control of how in equal class sizes are at Paisley! One student attempted to steal my cell phone in March 2014, and that was dumb of him. However, administration handled it beautifully, and he was assigned out of school suspension! Kudos to the Assistant Principal! However, I am not staying for High school because, I like the IB program, but there are not very many people that stay behind, and you can't do sports, and it's just like a repeat of middle school, and they don't offer the same classes as other high schools do, so this is my last year at Paisley. If you send your child here, please only do it for middle school (grades 6-8.)

- submitted by a student
April 26, 2014
Paisley is not a pretty school, but the academics ate great. This school offers a higher level of math for each grade, and uses discussion to help solve problems. Another benefit is that you will fit in with some group most of the time, because many types of people go to Paisley. As a 6th grade student, you might hate the school, but the sixth grade is the worst, as you are the youngest in the school and get less privledges. Paisley is also the only school in the area that offers Space Camp, which is a great experience. If you do happen to stay until 8th grade, I recommend staying 9th and 10th to finish out the middle years program. They also teach not only for the test, but to help you with skills you will need when to leave school and step into the real world. However, if you are in grade- level classes the stufents might be a bit more disruptive and the teachers will not be as good.

- submitted by a community member
March 08, 2014
This is a magnet school in a lower income neighborhood which brings its own challenges. As the mother of a magnet middle school student (6th grade), however, I would say nearly all positive things about the school. The principal, Dr. Cone, won best principal in the district this year. He seems to be approachable and definitely concerned about the students. The PTSA is really dynamic and involved. Teachers for the most part are strong. My daughter really enjoys German the best by far with all the fun opportunities for cultural involvement and language learning as well as Math with Mr. Loftis. Glad we sent her to Paisley. Would highly recommend.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2013
Paisley Middle School is an IB Programme magnet school in Forsyth County. Dr. Gary Cone just won Principal of the Year in FC. I believe this was largely due to his leadership skills. At any given time, you can find him in the classrooms; visiting with students & teachers. Paisley is located in an extremely poverty stricken area of Winston-Salem. 49% of the students receive free/reduced lunch. Financially, the $5,000 would help so many students & teachers. Forsyth County teachers have not received an increase in pay in 5 years; yet at Paisley, you would never know this based on attitude of teachers or students. They remain positive, active in the community and willing to help students. In such a low income environment, parent involvement is low. Our PTA works hard to raise funds but the school has so many needs - new equipment, school supplies, tissues, paper, pencils and more. It's sad to see students who want to learn struggle because of inadequate supplies in classrooms. Please help Paisley by granting the $5,000. Thank you Lori Middleton-Sizemore A mom

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2013
Paisley IB Magnet school has brought out the best in my 7th grader. I am happy we made the decision to go for an IB education.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2013
Paisley IB Magnet is a great school and better potential to make students more well rounded individuals. I believe in their strive to serve the community and giving the students the ability to learn abou the world that surrounds them. Paisley is very good about keeping the Parents in touch and highly involved in their child's stuent life. I feel my child feels more at home here having to share with kids from many different schools and backgrounds. Very diverse! Love that! My kid is challenged at the academic level and is encouraged to give his best! Thanks Paisley!

- submitted by a parent
July 04, 2012
Overall Paisley has been a very good school. My daughter's own experiences at Paisely have included being challenged, encouraged to step out of her comfort zone, and improve her own sense of responsibility to her work. There have a been issues with one particular teacher, but when those issues were addressed to the teacher and to the administration the problems were quickly cleared up. Her 6th grade class sizes ranged from 25 - 30 which is on par with other middle schools in the county. The very negative reviews dated May 21st and 14th do not represent the majority of experiences at Paisley. The IB program is designed for students who are willing to put in the extra time and effort to learn and not be spoon food or taught to a test. I teach at a nearby college prep private school that has had public middle school students attend our high school program. Of ALL the middle schools in Forsyth county, students coming from Paisley are the MOST prepared. This includes comparing Paisley students to kids from the Hanes HAG program. The Hanes students are "programmed" and unable to think out of the box the way Paisley students can. Paisley is a good school for self motivated kids

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2012
My experiences at Paisley have been nothing but positive. My student has had a wealth of experiences that he would not have had any where else. I believe children are children no matter where you go and it is about how active you are as parent in the school. Very diverse in student and faculty population.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2012
I have had two of our three children attend Paisley for the entire Middle Years Programme (6th - 10th). The program was not around for our oldest. The teacher connection to students is incredible! This is a school that really reaches to teach every child - they push the top and challenge the middle, and work to bring up the bottom. No certification is needed there, and yet they have the same math that another area school has only for its highly gifted students. The broad international scope was wonderful for our two children, and the teachers are the best they ever had!

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2012
I enrolled two of my children in Paisley last year after swallowing the whole "IB Magnet Program" marketing info hook, line, and sinker. I thought my children would be in an environment where they would be challenged to accel and be surrounded by teachers and students who were interested in the same. What I found this year was far from the truth. The classes are overcrowded, there are MASSIVE behavior problems, and the teachers get little to no support from administration. The few good teachers are overwhelmed and the system at Paisley is quickly ruining them. Worse yet, the biggest problem we've had has been bullying - by a teacher! Paisley may have had a good program in the past, but it is far from that now. After getting through our first year there, seeing and hearing what goes on there I feel like I sent my child to penitentiary. We will NOT be returning next year, and I would encourage any parents who care about their children to steer clear and not buy into the line of BS that the district feeds everyone about Paisley and the IB program. This year has been a huge step backwards in my child's education.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2012
My son is finishing his 1st & LAST year @ this school. He is failing most classes, & his teachers show little interest in helping him to succeed. My son says 5 police officers patrol the school, & he witnessed an older child get handcuffed/escorted out of the building. He says in many of his classes, the students are so disruptive, that he can not focus on his work, so he leaves & goes to his homeroom(homebase?) teacher who lets him stay in her class(he is ADHD & has a modified schedule). Unfortunately, whenever he leaves the class to get away from the disruptions, he misses the assignments w/no recourse. When he complains to the teachers about the distractions, they make excuses, or don't do anything about it. We've had two instances this year with bullies-one was physically abusive to other students. My husband had to go to the school & make a fuss because no one did anything to rectify the situation. This is supposed to be a "magnet" school & the children are supposed to be intellectually challenged? His teachers have done nothing to make this school a learning-friendly environment. Sadly, this gives him absolutely no motivation to even try. I want to give them 0 stars.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2010
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- submitted by a student
December 31, 2009
This school does have its problems dealing with the surrounding area but inside of our school teacers are fun, they accect the ideas offered by us and care about us in and out of school. the clubs we have the chance to join make the school more fun for everyone. yes it is a great academic challenge but it creates a better future for us all. Go Panthers!

- submitted by a student
September 01, 2009
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- submitted by a student
February 17, 2009
Paisley is an excellent school and the teachers help the children excell. I had heard a lot about all the homework, while it is challenging some of the teachers allow time at the end of class to work on the assignment. I feel my child will be more than ready for high school.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2009
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- submitted by a student
July 30, 2008
Paisley is an outstanding school. If you want your child to get a good education, then you need to send him or her to Paisley. The staff cares so much about educating the students. It is a rigorous curriculum, but I do not want my child to attend an 'easy' school.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2008
Great group of teachers. Excellent parent involment Very active principal and assistants. The best IB coordinator

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2008
This school has kept its appearance good in both inside and out. I understand that this school may have a bit too intense on education, but I was one of the lucky ones that did not have any trouble. Although Homework is given almost every day, I still feel fine. The clubs are a great addition to this school. The cafeteria food is also GREAT, although more expensive than most schools.

- submitted by a student
January 10, 2008
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- submitted by a student
September 16, 2007
Our son has studied there for more than a year. Our impression is positive overall. The teachers are devoted and dedicated, making every effort to make their subjects interesting and relevant. We like the quite rigourous workload our son has to comply with. A lot of work, but that's the way to develop the student's intellect and his work ethics. If any, Paisley suffered from a serious lack of leadership. The previous principal was on her way to retirement and showed very little -if any- interest in the school affairs. Yet, nobody else was able to make a decision on anything. As a result, nothing could happen at Paisley. More than once we tried to initiate projects at the school that required just a little more than a nod from someone without success. The red-tape was incredible. Dr. Cone, the new principal, has the chance to make a real difference.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2007
Paisley is a WONDERFUL school. The teachers are fantastic, some better than others. I attended Paisley 6th grade through 10th and received my IB Middle Years Diploma. Any parents/students who say they don t like Paisley, I am sorry, because Paisley was great to me. I ve been to Europe, Space Camp (Huntsville, AL), New York City and Washington DC, and received an excellent education. I STRONGLY recommend the IB program to any parent/student. I am a poster child for it. I have passed all my exams with flying colors, and most of that credit should go to the help of teachers from Paisley. The workload is not as difficult as some students/parents say (certainly not 30+ hours a week), but you have to manage your time and make school a priority. The IB Programme is not easy, but it s worth it. Paisley is a wonderful school with a wonderful staff/faculty.

- submitted by a community member
no rating August 08, 2007
I like Paisley and I think I learned a lot more than if I was a different school. I am so glad we got a new principal! Now I recommend this school.

- submitted by a student
May 27, 2007
I attend Paisley and I am in the 8th Grade, personally I feel that the cirriculum at this school is terrible the teachers really could care less about the students. The only thing that i have gotten out of Paisley in the past 3 years I have attened the school has been the Washington DC Trip and the Europe Trip, other than that Paisley has dissapointed not only me but my family and many of my friends at Paisley. The principle is the main reason this school has dissapointed us because she could care less. I would never reccoment this school to anyone!

- submitted by a student
December 27, 2006
This school is probably fine for those families who have one parent who can dedicate their time in tutoring their child at home, because if your child cannot 'get it' the first time, it will not be explained again. Don't let your child get left behind.

- submitted by a parent
December 24, 2006
My daughter attends this school. She's in the sixth grade. I enjoyed the open house and tour,however, this school has not lived up to it's potential. My daughter had some kids bullying her, and I contact the school on numerous occasions, well it finally took for me to contact the administration offices before something finally was done. I thought this was a great school. But I found out some of the teachers don't care for the students and the principal seems to always have something else to do, than to assist parents and students. My daughter will not attend this school next year!

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2006
Paisley is a great school with wonderful teachers. The use/availability of technology is outstanding!

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2006
I am a student at paisley and in the sixth grade. It has been tough at the beginning but soon I caught up. Paisley is an excellent school and I love all my teachers. There is a lot of homework though but if you pay attention in class homework will go bye like a breeze. I disagree with some of the parents comments. I think that the food is very good healthy and warm also Ms. PC is a wonderful principle. What really stands out at Paisley is the encore class robotics. This is my favorite class because you re basically playing with toys while you learn. We build cars out of legos that run on a motor, build robots, program cars and build house plans. The fun part is racing your car. This is a great school!

- submitted by a student
December 16, 2005
It was a rough start to the year. However, after meeting with the principal who offered options and help, we were able to resolve our problem. My daughter loves it here...the students are bright and are independent thinkers. Paisley fosters the student's ability to think, reason and find resolutions. Yes their course load is heavy, but it is nothing that ambitious middle schoolers aren't capable of managing. I would rather my child focus on their academics than fall prey to the vicious social scene that so many parents worry about. I think Paisley is not for everyone. Like most things it is a choice. Overall, I believe that the IB program is offering something good. I was a student in school overseas and my course load was more than students here, but it made for a well rounded education. The school is good if given the chance.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
September 28, 2005
Paisley Middle school is now officaly an I.B. School meaning if you attend Paisley Middle 6-10 grade, then attend Parkland High School 11-12 and recieve your IB Dimploma, and Middle Years Certificate you can recieve as much as 2 years off of college! This is a great school, that challenges students, it is clean, well balanced, and full of caring helpful certified teachers thats only goal is to teach students and advance there knowledge. I don't know when these other parents kids went to Paisley but as of now Paisley is a great school worthy of 5 STARS!

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2005
I feel that: This school is overrated. Emphasis is placed on the parent teaching versus the teacher, given by the amount of homework given. Each additional grade level adds more and more homework to the point that the student has little if any time to work on any extracuricular activities. Homework can account for over 30hrs/week (more at times). There are 2 different teams. The administration holds that the teams are the same, it doesn't take too keen of an eye to see the obvious differences. My child will not go to this magnet school next year. I also echo the previous comment that I believe the principal is unresponsive to parents concerns, that has been my experience.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2005
Im a parent at the supposedly Paisley 'Magnet' School,Paisley is supposed to excell in international connections, we do have VIF teachers but not all student get to experience their teaching perspective if any. Instead the overcrowdness sends talented students to a inexperienced teacher who has no knowledge at all. The overall hygiene is absolutely unacceptable. The food is 97% of the time undercooked or cold, the principal doesnt care about the student approaches to learning. This is coming from a parent who clearly learns more efficiently in the afternoon, but when an important math class is assigned in the morning there is an issue. When a request was put to change the class the principal said 'and,what else is new'. SO do they really enforce ALL the elements of the 'IB' program?

- submitted by a parent
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Paisley Middle School
1400 Grant Avenue, Winston-Salem, NC  27105
(336) 727-2775
Last modified Paisley Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-10. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Paisley Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top