Communication is key. Some teaching teams are great in leveraging homework, while in others it is apparent that the team teachers need to be aware who's giving homework when. The principal has been open to rectifying the situation.
The school develops compassion and empathy in the community programs it offers to its students through various charitable fundraisers, participating in the community, and how to think from a global perspective, all a part of the IB Programme.
The Middle School, like its counterparts within the district, uses the mission statements of the Interbaccalaureate program to promote honesty, integrity and fairness through its curriculum and the expectations it has towards its students.
My older daughter is in 8th grade, and doing very well.
A normally introverted student, she is thriving academically and socially. For gifted students, the academic challenges are high.
The music program is rigorous, and provides a great discipline and artistic outlet for students who participate. Unlike my own school district, Shaker Schools will even freely loan instruments to students who cannot afford instrument rentals.
No system is perfect, and the Middle School has its challenges, but overall, the parents, and a new, engaging principal are making strides to improve the school's weaknesses. Teaching adolescents is tough, but Shaker is taking a proactive stance to make improvements.
My daughter had a fabulous experience at Shaker Middle School. She is currently a freshman at Shaker Heights High School. Academically and socially, the middle school prepared her well for high school. She went from being rather shy and quiet in 6th grade to blossoming and thriving socially at the middle school. She participated in field hockey, lacrosse, swim team, flute choir, band and science olympiad. The classes at the middle school are quite rigorous- she earned Spanish 1 and Algebra 1 high school credits while at the middle school.
My 8th grader is having a great experience at Shaker Middle School. Her teachers really seem to understand what kids need at this difficult age. They are truly compassionate, have a good sense of humor, and find ways to keep the students engaged by meeting them at their level, while challenging them to do their best work. My daughter has really enjoyed the band program, loves studying Latin, and has taken advantage of a lot of after school clubs - swimming (even though not a serious swimmer), Power of the Pen (creative writing), Flute choir, Latin club, and the fall play. There seems to be no limit to the amount of interest things the kids can do, and they are all encouraged to try something new.
I am currently a 7th Grader at this school and this is the worst year i've had.......There have been so many fights and arguements and all they do is suspend the students, they need to EXPELL the students....And when there is a fight all the teachers do is get the sercurity guard......The kids are so mean....I probley have the best teachers in this school right now because they actually care about me getting out of this grade and passing the OAAs and yet the students here are disrepectful to these teachers i have. Other than that the Music Program is very excellent......and they give us very good study habits and work but the students are just........Terrible they make the scores go down thats why were not in the top ten anymore shaker has lost its motivation......Shaker can become the golden school again if they make the effort to try. I'm not trying to Bash Shaker....I love my City but....it's just falling apart now to me.
Great bands and music, good extra-cirricula activities yet still a middle school with hormone-challenged students. Instruction options are excellent if you can keep your child engaged and focused. I wish the office was a little more welcoming to parents and more responsive. Some great teachers who really engage students.