This school teaches to the tests. The teachers are young and very nice, but the teaching methods are garbage. My son is being forced to draw pictures in math when a simple formula is all that is needed. This pulls down his self esteem because his teacher will not let him use his brain. My other child was given an 'A' on a writing assignment because it was full of detail. The problem is it was full of misspellings and bad grammar. Not sure if that is acceptable in high school or college. More time is spent on preparing for tests then actual learning. There are not very many sports, no soccer, and all the schools share a baseball team. I do think the Orchestra teacher puts forth lots of effort in working with the kids. I hope that gets recognized.
Amazing. Simply One Of the Best Schools My Kids Went To. They have a great community and great teachers and teaching quality. I simply love it!
With minimal interest in academic achievements beyond the state's minimum testing requirements, the school is steadily lowering expectations with regards to student's preparedness for a higher education or employment requirements in a globalized competitive job market. The school administration is always comparing staff s salaries to those of the neighboring districts. Unlike those districts, there is absolutely no vision and no support for academic after-school clubs or enrichment programs. There are no incentives to raise pupil s interest for participation in science or other academic disciplines. Student s participation in academic competitions is almost nonexistent. While some of the teachers may wish to bring improvements to the education process, any attempt to change seems to be blocked by an administration frozen in the past, unable and unwilling to adapt to an era of constantly evolving education needs.
Great school, fabulous and dedicated staff, hard-working students! Couldn't imagine a better place for kids to grow and learn!
I'm a parent of a student that attends GMSW and this school is not excellent it actually STINKS! The principal is not in control of the students, because the principal is not administering strict discipline. Some of the troubled students are repeating the same bad behaviors and they get a slap on the wrist and they return to school. The language of these students is unbelievable (cursing) and some of the attire is inappropriate for young ladies(they look like grown women with exposure of the breasts and the short skirts) this is a bad representation of the school. I'm not impressed with this school at all. This school is definitely "URBAN."
I was very surprised by some of the reviews that have been posted to this website regarding GMSW. Being an individual who grew up in the Gahanna Schools system, I attended both GMSE & GMSS. GMSW has always been referred to as the "Ghetto" school of Gahanna. Having a daughter that has attended this school last school year (2010-2011) and is presently a 7th grader at the school this year (2011-2012) I have nothing but good things to say. Being a student that struggled throughout Elementary school, my daughter has not had any issues at all during her time at GMSW. Additionally, she has never witnessed any fights while in school. She not only recently played as a member of the Volleyball team, but is currently trying out for the Basketball team. In addition to these activities, she plays in the school band, is an honor student (won an award for being on honor roll all year last year), is in accelarated math, and is a part of the schools Art Club. I have had nothing but an excellent experience with the principal, teachers, and even other students at this school. It is obvious that GMSW should be considered a great school, and is one of the best in the GJPS system.
I was quite surprised to see the negative comments about GMSW on this site. I recently attended a program at GMSW that honored students for their display of excellence in academic achievement and various service clubs. The auditorium was standing room only which tells me there are great things being achieved at this school. I am a parent of a student attending GMSW. This was his first year in the Gahanna school district after attending 6 years in private school. My experience has been nothing but positive with the principal and teachers. My first parent/teacher conference was most impressive. The personal knowledge each teacher provided about my son proved to me they truly cared and are dedicated to their profession. The teachers have gone above and beyond to help my son adjust to his new surroundings and provide him work and opportunities to keep him challenged. GMSW has students from all walks of life and his exposure to diversity is a great life experience in itself. If parents teach their children to follow the rules at home and support the rules and disciplinary actions sometimes required at school, all of our children will get a better education.
My kids attend this school but, we hate it we plan on moving next year. This scxhool is "GHETTO". My kids come home saying "there was a fight today" and thats like almost everyday. And kids also go around cursing teachers out. People might think the sports teams are phenominal and thats all the schools really think about i agree with the student below "This school is horrific it is very terrible some teachers try there hardest some dont i can name ten or more that dont try their hardest.Teachers can even come to school very angry. And here at GMSW if i was rating student 1-10 i would give the student a 2 seriously speaking.i would rate the Principal and staff members 1 if we were rating 1- 10.I believe teachers dont try their hardest at all. Students can be rude but teachers still need to try their hardest and not give up on us the students of GMSW." Sports dont help you in life the EDUCATION does so why not help the kids insted of messing around it doesnt help all the teachers want is the money. MY kids and i are getting out of this place for better education
This school is the worst school I ever attended. There are always fights and cursing. In other words this school is the definition of "ghetto". Just b/c the sports team is amazing doesnt mean this school is great or all that. Last time I checked the academics help you in life more than the sports. Personally this is a "ghetto" school.
I rate this school in the top catigory. Due to the staff, principal, and the team work that has been available for me and my family. My son recently became a member of his community, after 10 years of being in a program for autistic children. He has been included with typical students, and is doing very well. I want to take the time to thank the GJPS system, staff, and the love, and suport they offered to us. He was in need of extra support, and I cannot thank the team for not just thinking about them selves. I want ot give a special shout out to the principle as well as his team who has been WONDERFUL. I can not thank the intervention specialist enough. She is an angel here on earth. I must say. Transitioning our son back has been wonderful. He is totally a different child.
I am a parent of a student attending GMSW and my son was in a private school in Westerville. My son loves the middle school in Gahanna and enjoys all the opportunities the school offers. The principal is very personable and professional as is all the front office staff. The teachers are very talented and communication has been the best I have ever had with a school anywhere. I have been pleasantly suprised by the welcome we have received and would recommend this school very highly.
I know Gahanna West has been known the so called 'Ghetto' schools in Gahanna I know this because my son went to East and South (re-districting) but it has gone beyond that name to being one of if not being the best middle school in Gahanna. Their sports teams are phenominal not only on the feild but also educationally. their school test scores have risen up from the past 3-4 years and now it has turned into the nicest, safest, and plain out best public middle school in gahanna right now.
Middle School West receives federal aide to educate students with 'behaviors'. During the three years that my SED child attended GMSW, (we live in the GMSE district), he was repeated suspended for fighting and/or use of profanity. As a single parent, I experienced great anxiety knowing my child was at home serving a 3-5 day suspension while I was at work. The YMCA Juvenile Justice Program, offers an alternative to suspension with it's PALS (Positive Alternative Learning for Students) program. The PALS program provides individual/group counseling and intensive behavior supervision. The community benefits from the YMCA PALS program because youth are kept off the streets during a suspension period. They are provided the opportunity to continue their academics in a supportive environment and interact w/trained staff who help them improve their attitude/behaviors. I only recenty became aware of the PALS program. Shouldn't the school(s) parnership w/the YMCA to promote character building?
I am currently a student at Gahanna Middle School South and this school is excellent! We have great programs that help each student. For students that fall behind catching up is simple. For students who excel in some acedemic areas we are able to be challenged. The extracurricular activities are also wonderful. There is not one teacher that is not involved in the learning process at our school. Our principal is one of the greatest I have had. The saftey and discipline is well taken care of. Overall this is a great school, and I should know because this isn't the first middle school I have been too.
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