To be honest Athey Creek Middle School has a BIG vibe, I mean Manilal Gandhi gave a speech there as-well as Minnijeann Brown-Trickey, etc. There is a very small variety of classes/teachers at this school & that is a bad thing because I and 73% of other students only learned from 1/6th of the teachers here, Literally! speaking of minority rates here it definitely didn't prepare me for high school, I mean when I first realized they were black people here I was scared till 1st quarter until they became my friends.
And in academic/bullying experience the only year i was popular was in 6th grade which I was able to manage C's and B's. In 7th and 8th grade hell was rising. I was bullied physically and verbally by 16-35 people per day. I told the top school authorities and it took 13 times for 3 out of 7 of the ringleaders to stop the madness.
This school definitely "prepared me for high school(sarcasm)" I am a freshmen and thanks to this school my graduation time is backed up to a year. If your an out of stater(I'm from NY) beware unless your child is popular then he/she will do O.K. I mean even though I only passed 1/3 of my classes. on top of that this school has no form of special education support, let alone this district. So now I'm a late graduate and i'm looking for schools to transfer to such as LOHS. Please DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD HERE!
Athey is an amazing school, in my time here I have made memories that I will treasure forever. All the teachers and staff do their best to support all their students. They put in their best effort to inspire their students to want to learn, and to do well in school and in life. Athey is unique in the opportunities that they offer. I can't imagine any school quit like it. In my time hear I've met some amazing souls who had traveled from afar to inspire young people to make a difference. I would highly recommend this school
My daughter is in her second year at ACMS, and she's grown to love it. And I agree. Her teachers are all experienced, well-knowledged people. However, the cliques at Athey are another thing entirely. Children are catty and rude, as well as entirely inappropriate, and the teachers and staff don't see it going on. As a child, I was picked on, and thank goodness that my daughter is much more popular than I was, but it's horrible, especially since when I listen to other people (Who do not attend ACMS) tell stories about what they've heard from it, I feel like my heart is breaking. Bullying needs to get cracked down on. Other then that, she's having fun, doing well, and has a bucketload of friends. What more could a parent want?
I'm an 8th grader at athey, i love athey but i have to admit 6th grade was awfully stressful. The amount of work was unbelievable and the teachers didn't relate too well. But there are some beyond amazing teachers, and I've learned a lot, and I also feel like I'm well prepared for high school, 8th grade is great :)
I am a former student at Athey Creek in the 7th grade, and I think it is a great school. The library and overall layout of the school is amazing! Although, I thought that 6th grade was a huge disappointment. The amount of homework was unbelievable, I could not keep up with it. In fact, I'm sure who could! It was beyond excessive. And the teachers really weren't that supportive. However, 7th grade so far is really fun. The 7th grade teachers are extremely helpful and nice and the amount of homework is just right. I'm not sure but i've heard 8th grade is harder with much more homework...this school confuses me a bit but overall its a nice school. I can definitely tolerate it.
Athey has served me and my little brother well. We both enjoy school here. The teachers turn into friends quickley most the time, and the school has execelent school sports and clubs. I could have not asked for a better middle school
This school apparently performs well on state testing, but in my experience, academic quality is actually disappointing. The testing that is done is 'adaptive' and children retake the test repeatedly if they get low scores, so it does not really show what they know. My son managed to pass the state tests but in reality understood very little, especially in math, and needed a lot of extra help at home to get through homework. The homework load is excessive in 6th grade and then drops to almost nothing in 7th grade, so it's hard for a parent to see what he is really learning. Although the staff and the principal are very open to communication about my children, curriculum decisions are made at district and state level and parents have little say.
We have been so happy with our daughter's educational and extracurricular experiences while at Athey Creek. The staff supports students, taking an interest in their lives, in and outside of the classroom. The arts and athletics programs are the best, thanks to the dedicated teachers in charge!