It makes me disappointed to see the degrading reviews for this school.I am now a freshman and looking back i really miss pretty much all of the teachers that I had! I have no clue what school you/your child went to if you are saying the teachers don't care, i love the school because the teachers honestly love what they do and love the kids.The dress code is neither unreasonable,nor ugly,although i will not miss polos.And, for all those putting down the wonderful and terrific principal,she is now retiring so happy day for you.Schilling Farms does have rules and doesn't accept bullying.If you/your child has a problem with that I would make sure yoour child is not a bully him/herself. I LOVED being in the band,and it helped me out in school. Mrs.Mclain,Mr.M.Jones,Mr.Beadle,and Mrs.Coudriet are all amazing and helped me to love their subjects. I had fun at this school,I learned to better person at this school,I grew up at this school,and I will always miss this school. -Clark
This school is by far the worst experience my child and our family have ever encountered. Do not expect any teacher to care about your child. Do not expect the principal or vice principal to respond when you have problems with any of the teachers etc. If they do respond, it will be put on you as the parent or the student. This school is like a culture shock coming from ANY elementary school in Collierville. My child went to an EXCELLENT elementary school (Bailey Station - it is the BEST!!) Coming to this school is like a nightmare, do not expect the teachers to communicate, they will not call you back, they will not email you back. Apparently they send every email through the headmasters before they will reply to you. Very sad they care so little about the students as individuals.
This school has incredible leadership and student enthusiasm!! The parents are involved and the school encourages their participation in all aspects of the children's learning experience.
The parents complaining about how their children are handled in a strict way must want to raise some thugs...Typical Memphis mentality trying to infiltrate Collierville.
SFMS is a great school. I have had nothing but great interactions with the staff and administration. The teachers do email back within 24 hours and I love the communication with agendas being sent home for 6th grade students AND by email. The teachers even go out of their way to send home 9 week project list for their 6th grade students. The parents who are upset about Schilling are usually the ones who didn't get their way and NOW want to ruin the reputation of the school. I think that is sad. BTW...why wait until next year. School just started take them now. We don't want your negative vibe there anyway.
Administration and staff don't care about the well being of the students. All requests have been answered with apathy and ignorance. The principal and vice principal ignore repeated phone requests and the teachers email back at about a 25% rate. We will be switching schools this year due to the lack of caring by most of the staff at this school.
This is a horrible school. The school is way to strict at everything. My child is always complaning about how bad this school is. I would not reccomend sending your kid here.
My daughter loves SFMS! I as a parent had concerns with 2 of her teachers, but every time I have contacted them they responded promptly and wanted to find a happy medium to the problem. I like the fact that it is strict, the kids are their to learn. I do want them to have fun but unfortunately you have to hold them accountable for their actions which pays off in the long run. Like I said, my daughter loves it there and she is always happy when I pick her up. She seems to have lots of fun! We love SFMS!!!!!
I love sfms, bur is has some very strick silly rules, my son gorgot his belt 1 time (in the last 2.5 years!!) and had to wait for me to bring his belt, he missed 2 test and was not allowed to make-up, only after I did asked for it! But the teachers are great we have had 5.5 good years and my kids seem to enjoy it and the oldest does great at highschool. He learned to have a great attitude about his work at sfms. The principle is not understanding and the kids do not know her, the vice-principle arte GREAT!!
I can not say enought positive things about this school. My son started in the mid school year in 7th grade last year 2007. His teachers made the transition run smooth. He usually has a hard time with change and it is always hard being the 'new kid' but at this school he didn't. I find the principal and ALL of the staff to be the best. Yes, there are rules. But this age of kids need them. Sad that this is his last year.
I do not recommend SFMS. It is particularly hard for culturally diverse students. New students from different backgrounds are not embraced but are expected to 'conform' immediately to a strict and very disciplined environment that may not be used to. The administration has a 'get over it' attitude regarding diversity. I will not subject my child to that for another year.
Quality of the school experience depends on your child's teachers. I have had children in the school for a total of 5 years. Some teachers are outstanding. Others do not care. The school is strict, but that is ok. The Principal is nonexistent, but the assistant prinacipals care a great deal and are involved. It seems to me that it is what you amke it. I am very involved so I know what is happening.
I know my child loves this school. She was new in the year but now has many friends. Plus, she says her teacher always listens to her and her ideas.
SFMS is a school where teachers teach, and plan excellent lessons. Labs and clubs offer levels of interest to just about anyone. I am particularly proud of the relationship that my child has developed with his team of teachers amd support staff, such as the librarian and guidance counselor. I'm also pleased with the opportunity to work in the school as needed as a volunteer. Middle School is a short stint into the real world of High School and further education. SFMS allows students the opportunity to learn and grow in a safe and semi-independent environment. Much is expected, and there is encouragement along the way to make goals reachable. All in all, I think, as with all things, you get out of SFMS what you put into it, and the faculty and principals at SFMS genuinely care and want the best for each student. I consider his time there totally well-spent.
This school is highly disciplined and very stict.The principle is of no control of the school and has no relationship with the students. And that's why my child now goes to Central Day school.
I have been an active parent in this school for the past 3 years. This school has great parental involvement! There are some really fun events throughout the year, such as Open House dinner with a silent auction, International Night, basketball games, choir, and band concerts, as well as volleyball games, and dances. Volunteers are always needed for these, as well as library assistance, and some office help. This is a great way to meet the staff, and stay involved. On the other hand, SFMS is strict, and big on discipline. Sometimes, the students feel that the 'fun' is taken out of everything, and discipline is all the administration wants. But, the main issue behind any negative concerns there may be with the school are the principal, Sherry Phillips. She has no relationship with the kids, and is unaproachable to the parents.
I am an alumni of SFMS, and there are many good and bad things about the school. If your child is a A student, then there should be no problem. They offer a few advanced classes for them, which did prepare me for high school. Most of faculty, however, does not care too much. Some don't even teach. Many send their kids to private schools for middle school, and put them back to public schools for high school, just to avoid SFMS. The principal is NOT good, and does not care about the student's needs.
This school could use some sunshine and leadership. There is a problem with separation of church and state.
I have been terribly disappointed with SFMS. My child's teachers do not want to be bothered with a parent who wishes to be involved in their child's education. My child has struggled academically and I have bent over backwards to have an open line of communication with each teacher in order to help my child, but have gotten nowhere. 2 of my child's teachers have not updated the lesson line since 10/04 and I have gotten no cooperation from the teachers or the Assist. Principal. Any time I have asked for help in a simplest way, it has been denied. Once I even asked if I could get a test paper on Monday afternoon instead of Tuesday so that my child could take it to tutoring on Monday afternoon and was told no because that would mean she would have to grade it over the weekend. Find a school that cares!
I agree that this school shoul dbe avoided. I met with my daughters teachers three times in three months and each time they forgot what had been discussed at the previous meeting. I then asked for a meeting with one teacher and the principal. The principal never showed and the other teacher did not come. She never called to reschedule or apologize. The teachers are not there to offer assistance after school. At one school program they even passed around a hat for money!
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