My child attended SMS for the 6th through 8th grades. Academically,teachers are not consistent and thus my child received an inconsistent education. Sure they focus on extracurricular activities but shouldn't the principal be concerned with academics? Bullying has been an issue and according to other parents, incidents are squelched. There is a group of children that are not being held accountable for their actions by the school. The hallways are full of students and my child was pushed when classes were released because no one has enough sense to allow the younger students to pass in the hallway and teachers are playing traffic cops. It is a large school a lot goes unnoticed and no one ever knows everything that happens. My son experienced a significant amount of bullying and there is no one to blame but the principal because she is the one who creates the culture at the school.
My child attended SMS for the 6th through 8th grades. Academically, Springhouse is a 5. My child received an absolutely excellent education! For extra curricular activities, I would also rate it extremely well. I'm pleased to see the arts haven't been taken completely out of this school system. The teachers overseeing this activities are EXCELLENT! I cannot say enough good things about them. The vast majority of the teachers are excellent! I have to agree with many of the posts about bullying. There is a group of children that are not being held accountable for their actions by their parents or the school It is a large school, and difficult for teachers to notice everything that happens. My son experienced a significant amount of bullying in the 6th grade, somewhat less in the 7th grade. Moving to the GHP classes in the 8th grade seemed to significantly reduce the amount of bullying, and becoming involved in activities such as music and theater have provided a solid group of kids to be friends with. I do think the school realizes the bullying problem and has taken some steps to address it this year. However, there is more work that needs to be done in this area.
We purchased or house in Westbury based on school rating for SMS much to my disappointment kids are dedicating rude and snobby noticed my son acting the same way for the first time ever in Florida never had issues with him being a snob and acting like he is better than the next person I think this speaks to the culture of the school. Also have witnessed bully first hand at lift and learn after school activity which has nothing to do with learning our house is on the market. Seeking a better education for our son and daughter
My child had problems with sexting and the principal plays favorites. If you're a cheerleader or have money there is definitely biased outcomes. There is a lot of bullying that goes unnoticed. We didn't have problems with our son when Mr. Troutman was the principal, but the school and its leadership have definitely changed for the worse. Grades aren't updated in a timely manner. After school help is not always given and our daughter wasn't noticed until it was almost too late. Where is the equity in this? I would definitely consider Orefield Middle School as it appears to be more blue collar and the staff and administration is more approachable and personable. My sister's children attend the school my sister agrees that there is a disparity between the two schools. If I could have done it over, I would have purchased a house that is in the sending district of OMS.
Spring house is a very good school to be at if you are enrolled there. The teachers are great you are learning what you are supposed to and sometimes it doesn't feel like your at school. I read one of the reviews about spring house saying that it was a school for rich and snobby kids well I can tell you that isn't true you don't have to be rich to go to spring house and really no one acts like a snob at this school if it was for rich and snobby kids I'm pretty sure you would see everyone in uniform. Then there is the issues with bullying yes it happens sometimes and then people say that the principal doesn't answer them but when your a principal of a school you are very busy and you have a lot of things to do and honestly I can say I was on Team Sharks and nobody really bullied anyone Team Sharks was probably the best group of teachers I have ever had in my school career. Honestly overall I can say that I really miss going to spring house it was probably the best school I have ever gone to. The teachers the kids the classes I miss all of it. I wish that I could go back someday just to see what's happened since I left such an amazing school for some school in Palm Bay Florid
I went to spring house until I moved to Florida and honestly I enjoyed it. Yes there was bullying problems and other "issues" but it was still an enjoyable place to go and the old principal is the assistant principal so he is still there.
This is a school with an excellent educational rating... above the 96 percentile. If there were systemic problems with the principal, the school moral and safety of students...the students would not be excelling across the board. There's always a dissatisfied few in every bunch. A 10 out of 10 rated school can't have an unhappy student body or a disinterested principal. Obviously these complaints are isolated incidents. Parkland is an excellent school district, with highly motivated parents, teachers and students and it shows- with test scores, awards for excellence and high participation in extra-curricular activivities, including the Arts which are highly supported by the district and the students. I specifically chose this district when relocating to the area because of the educational opportunities and scores. It was the best decision I made for my 2 children.
We transferred to Springhouse mid 7th grade year, from another state. I actually picked our apartment based on the ratings of the school. Much to my disappointment. Now I can't blame the teachers or the principal for this, but the kids, as a whole, are very mean, and rude. My daughter was very hurt that she couldn't seem to be accepted by any of her peers. The girls were so mean, and so rude to her. We quickly realized it seemed to be a school for rich, snobby kids. I was stunned at some of the things that were going on at lunch. Needless to say, we've moved, bought a home and GLADLY in another school district!