This school is only great if your child excels academically and is low maintenance. If your child is average or needs special assistance forget it. They try to avoid 504 and IEP and will actively try to take your child off them to avoid issues with Adequate Yearly Progress associated with state testing (historically there are AYP issues in these groups for the district). Would not recommend this district or school.
The school does a great job and the teachers are excellent. Kids work really hard and learn a great deal.
iam a student at lionville middle school and i moved there recently , i started out being an awesome school when i started towards the end of 7th grade but now im in 8th grade it driving me crazy. The teachers really have to work together and some of them have to actually teach a little more. The school is very crowded but is in a fine condition. The people there are a bit scary sometimes and it can get intense and picky being a new student, its hard to find a spot, a spot that you really fit into but i hope high school will be a new start for me. Overall as a student i think the school is all right, and definitly needs to be organized a bit more school wide
Downingtown is a great school district. The kids are expected to WORK. In my opinion school is not meant to be publicly subsidized babysitting. Downingtown kids are expected to work at being students. They get homework daily, my 7th grader gets it on the weekend too. When he needs help from me or my wife he gets it but we don't DO IT for him. How can you expect your child to learn to apply themselves and achieve results if they are never challenged? Does the district do its' job. Look at the test scores...
The teachers don't provide the extra help to students in need. Their homework assignements too long and involved. My daughter just completed an assignment which discouraged parental involvement and she failed the project. If your child is having any difficulties, good luck hearing from the teacher.
My son just finished at LMS this past year and unfortunately we've found out the hard way that kids who need a little additional help are not given what they need. In our case homework issues were turned around and said to be disiplanary issues instead of looking or testing for the underlying issuesof homework difficulties. He is now at Huntington Learning Center to bring him back up to his grade level.
This school and district seem to be going from bad to worse. Students who are drowning academically are not given help, parents are discouraged from being involved. Several students in my daughters class, 8th grade brought alcohol to school. It is very overcrowded and is going to get worse because they are not building a new Middle School. This district does not have the best interest of the students in mind.
im an 8th grader at lms, and i have to say that i have had an amazing 3 years here. i do not want to leave and go to high school next year, because it will be too hard to leave my school and all my teachers. :)
As an eighth grader, I am pleased to say that I have had a wonderful three years at LMS. The teachers are wonderful (for the most part), the administrative staff are always around to help you with any problems you have, and each student is given careful attention.
My child is finishing 6th grade this year and is happy with the school. She has fit in this year very well socially and especially academically.
Happily, our experience at this school has been completely opposite of recent posts. 7th grader has had a terrific experience academically & socially. 6th grade team-building efforts were comprehensive. She is quiet but involved. Solid music program, several clubs available if you take initiative to join. Strong sports programs. class size usually around 22-26, responsive movement among math class levels (up & down depending on student need). New district MS opening in 3 yrs will relieve overcrowded halls. like anywhere, there's pressure to fit in but seems relatively mild (uggs, not drugs!); she made transition from local parochial school w/ no problem
Very disappointed in the school district in general. If you are an average student you will be overlooked. The classes are to big, teachers are overwhelmed and parents are discouraged from getting involved.
My daughter has been completley overwhelmed entering 6th grade at LMS. I have spoken to teachers, guidance and principal. Recommendation homework club. I feel as though she is a number. She does enjoy the music program. To many kids for her to even have a chance to be involved in anything else.
My son is entering 8th grade. He's done well here and we're happy with the school. The one thing I see in private schools which I wish we had is earlier regular foreign language study. Only advanced English students can start a foreign language in 7th grade. The normal path is to take the sampler, French, Spanish, and German in 8th grade, and decide on one of those for 9th. I really think the district should be doing serious language education in elementary school.
Its an overall good school! It is very easy to get a good education here!
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