Meadville Middle School is a GREAT school! The teachers go out of their way to meet the needs of their students. They work together to make learning fun. MAMS offers an advisory program for every student so they each have a mentor to go to for any reason. The school often participates in community activities to model giving back. MAMS promotes positive leadership among their student body. One of the best things about MAMS is the way it's set up in Pods. There are two 7th grade pods and two 8th grade pods. The pods are a home base for the students. They each include a social studies, science, math and English classroom. In addition, a learning support classroom for those who needs supports. The special ed teachers push in and co teach with several of the other teachers to allow the students to feel a part of the pod as much as possible. We believe in pushing students to strive for the best by challenging them to their highest potential. Our school could always improve, as with any school. Funding is always an issue. There are supplies that could make learning more hands-on. Technology could always be updated. Over all, we make the best of what we've got as a poverty school.
Just a clarification, Crawford Central School District does not have the highest average paid teachers salaries in the state. After getting on the site for PA put out by the government on teachers salaries, I found that the average teacher salary in PA is about $55,000 and the average for Crawford Central is about $52,000. The highest average salary in PA about $92,000 a far cry from the $52,000 for Crawford Central. The lowest average was about $30,000 which was in charter schools not public schools. While it is important to share information, it is also important to be sure it is accurate.
This middle school has Pods! They are currently named; "Visonaries, Seekers, Explorers & People Movers". What is a pod anyway? It is "Ability Grouping" which is a sneeky way to "Track" academic ability. It is a well known fact that "tracking" is only good for the "brainiacs & gifted" in a school. If your child is not a straight A student & not competing in the top 10% of his/her class then he/she will not prosper in this type of education system partly because the expectations of these students are low so the teachers don't challenge them the way teachers should. Also, the AP classes have the better, more experienced teachers while everybody else winds up with the "newbies" & "paycheck teachers". The schools would be better if they quit spending all the money on the teacher's salaries, benefits & pensions. Crawford Central has the highest average paid teachers salaries in PA while it has one of the lowest per child spending rates. Most of the average & below average students don't even have books to bring home while the AP students do. Look up "Ability grouping" & "Crawford Central School District" at Wikipedia & you will learn tons more about it & the overall effect.
The Meadville Area Middle School has earned "School to Watch" two times. The administration, faculty, staff, parents and students are working very hard to show how successful they are becoming in academic achievement. Respect for self and others is another focus. It is an ideal climate for learning and growing.
Academics and discipline are both poor. An appropriate precursor to the low expectations and lack of discipline at the high school.
I go here and it ain't all that great. the food is bad there are a lot of fights so. disiplin is terrible.
This school has undergone many changes in the last decade, moving from the old, historical downtown school building to a modern campus near the high school just out of the small town. Plus, MMS is now just 7 & 8th grade versus the former 7-9 configuration. The quality of academics has slid steadily downhill. This came with a new principal in the mid-ninties. While it used to be a strong prep school in terms of preparing middle level students for high school or the voed, academics now seem to have sunk to the mixed group, teach to the middle-end. Another problem is that there are quite a few elementary schools, disjointed and separate, and then the children are thrown together in this huge mix. Since the school is next to the high school, I assume the physical move means extracurriculars are available, but i know of too many teachers who transfered.
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