Our son was bullied and principal Minotti did nothing about it. She's more worried about her social life and it is obvious because phone calls are not returned in a timely manner. You're better off going straight to the top because you will only get lip service from her.
I have attended SMS since 6th grade, I am currently in 8th grade, and I have found that attending SMS has been one of the best experiences of my life. The teachers are excellent, with a few exceptions, however, they all provide the support which one needs, no matter how academically advanced. The chances of doing some extracurricular activity are always open. We also have a great fine arts program, one of the best in the state, earning many awards in band competitions. Finally, the administers are great, despite what many people have said, they DO actually care about students, and DO make sure that everything is going well with them. The only issue that I can report is of minor bullying, and, truly, it isn't bullying, as much as inconsiderate people goofing around, however, the student body IS always changing, and may have been, or will become greater, or worse. So, SMS is an excellent school, alongside all of its Parkland counterparts.
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.