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Brentwood Middle School5
Posted April 15, 2015
- a community member
As a current student here, I believe that if your child is not ready for the workload and pace at this school you shouldn't enroll them here. If they can handle it and need a challenge, do it it's a great school! Also bully free with tons of helpful, friendly staff. The fact that people are saying that there is a drug problem here is insane.
I completed all three years of middle school here and am now in 9th grade at the high school. Here is what I will tell you: Don't think that just because you are in a blue ribbon school that drugs are not accessible. I don't do drugs nor do I hang around the crowd that does, but I know places to get them if I wanted them. Every year there are at least two kids expelled for selling/buying drugs in the 8th grade boys bathroom. In 6th and 7th grade combined I only had one extremely stressful class. In 8th grade, every single class was extremely stressful. I had over three or four hours of homework a night and for the first time in my life, I did not make straight A's. I know 5 kids who developed anxiety and/or depression due to the pressure during 8th. Three of them attempted suicide and now go to private schools. I have ADHD and need extra time on writing and math tests, so I need extra time on writing and math tests, yet even with doctor and psychologist recommendations, I was refused a 504 plan. Because of that, I had to miss lunch at least twice a week to finish tests and quizzes. I have a lot more I could say, but these are the most important things.
Best scores, best leadership, best school--we visited all Nashville area private schools and BMS was the best in every category. We are beginning our 2nd year this Fall and are extremely pleased with the faculty and students as well as the academic challenge and progress of our son.
When I first entered BMS, I was excited for a great experience, and all I got was three years of quite possibly the worst school experience anyone could recieve. The teachers have no interest, the administration doesn't care about how you enjoy school, yet if your grades are high or not. I do not recommend this school to your child, and the fact it claims to be the best middle school in the country is absolute nonsense.
I have to say that we have had a wonderful experience at BMS. Dr. Kendrick was amazing. She kept order in the school and held each child responsible for their behavior. This is something I have found lacking in many of the parents of the students who required her attention. I know that Mr. Harlin will continue to maintain the high standards we expect. My daughter is academically gifted and she is also comfortable in social settings. She had many opportunities to join a variety of clubs, groups, and sporting teams. I am so impressed with BMS and would highly recommend it to any family. If you want an environment where your child's independence will be encouraged, jump in!
I am a seventh grader at BMS, and my experience is not as bad as these parents make it out to be. some say it is not exciting, well it is a school, you go to learn, not to go treasure hunting. If you want excitement, go to metro, where there are gangs and severely below average test scores, everyday will be and adventure! The teachers are really nice and the system is adapted to your pace of learning. There are many after school programs and no, sports is not the main focus, not even close. Some of the field trips are a tad boring, but your supposed to learn, not have and exorbitant amount of fun. No, the teachers are not mini hitlers and the rules ar not harsh. Those who say BMS is average have been spoiled by brentwood, go anywhere else and see how it's much above average.'also'the'test'scores'are'amazing'and'if''you'are'looking'for'agood'education'come'here'i'am'using'apostrophes'because'of'the'150'word'limit'
Brentwood middle school is okay it has great acedemic opportunities but the school is kind of boring we do not have anything fun at the school. My son has attended this school for all three years and he has never really told me one fun thing he did. He also said that all the field trips were pretty bad he said the only on he really enjoyed was going to treemont in the sixth grade. If you want just a ordinary go to school go home, kind of middle school experience come to this school but if you want a middle school experience you will never forget do not come to the school.
I agree with the parent who commented that the Principle of BMS is cold. I must also say that the female vice principle is not any better. I have witnessed disturbing & degrading comments from her to students. There is no reason for that! As for teachers, we've been pleased with all the teachers my child has had over the past two years at BMS. I'd give BMS 4 stars....because of administration I can't give 5.
As a parent of a 7th grader, I have been very disappointed with the overall experience. The political correctness in ridiculous. Being 'selected' for sports teams is very not objective and appears unfair and the principal is a dictator. A good number of parents in Brentwood send their children to the public elementary schools, skip BMS and then return for the High School. That is how bad it is. Many of the teachers appear to be more interested in 'policing' than teaching. Demerits are the order of the day for the smallest of offenses. It could easily be confused for the British Navy, circa 1800. All the field trips since 6th grade have involved Black History month and making pilgramages to Atlanta and the Civil Rights museum. Of course the kids were basically 'color-blind' and did not care until the do-gooders had to inform them that they were all racists!