My child is currently attending Bearden and is in the second year here. I am working with the teachers and principal to give them feedback on what we see as working with our family. We also let them know personally when we see or recognize any problems and so far, I feel that I am getting the help that we need, by specifically asking for help and following up. The principal for the whole school contacts me by email and is accessible by phone if I persist. She and her staff seem to be working hard and I see her daily as the children arrive and depart from the school. She has a big job, but if we parents help, our children will continue to be blessed with a school in our community that prepares them for the rest of their education.
I am rating this school unsatisfactory because it deals with high level administration as well as teachers. If the issue only dealt with some teachers, I would give the school a higher rating. All teachers are not bad. There are just a few bad apples. If your child or student was placed in a closet or surrounded by a curtain in a n-team time out by Teacher Ms. Robin Morton please contact me@ chris 112 @ rocket mail . com
BMS has problems. My daughter was bullied there regularly and no one seemed to care. I spoke with the Vice Principal after my daughter was teased because she is half Mexican. She seemed uninterested. One child tormented my daughter in PE she followed her around calling her a lesbian and told other kids she has AIDS (which she does not). No one cared. My daughter is in gifted classes and has always gotten good grades. After one grading period here she dropped to a B average and hated going to school. Sad.
It is an "ok" school. My daughter does not like it though. She tells me something bad everyday that has happend.
I will not rate this school considering there is too much violence going on there. There's no day that there isn't a fight. I feel there is no order. The buses drop off and pick up children in inappropiate places such as stores. children being bullied on the bus and at school. Neither one wants to take on their responsibility for what is going on. When I say schoo I am talking about teachers and pricipals. Instead put the blame on the parents. Some parents want to be involved in everything that is going on. It seems they're not working together. Teachers, not all, talk to the students as if they're felons. I feel that some need training on how to handle children of all ages.
After sending our daughter to a private school for 6th grade, we switched to BMS for 7th and 8th grades. She has had several excellent teachers and a couple of mediocre ones at both schools. Despite Bearden's size, which was one of our initial concerns, we have found the administration and teachers to be very attentive and approachable. My daughter is not just a number and has developed strong, supportive relationships with several teachers and with other students. The new principal is excellent, and makes an amazing effort to communicate with parents and students. Yes, the hallways are crowded: yes, there are some rowdy, rude kids--but that's typical of the real world, and the sooner kids adjust to a variety of different personalities and situations, the stronger and more adaptable they become. Thanks Bearden! Keep up the good work...
I have had children at this school for four years. Like many other parents we had heard 'Stories' We too were nervous about sending our GIRLS to Bearden. However,within a matter of weeks we were so pleased at how well our daughter had adjusted to her new school. The teachers for the most part have been exceptional. There will always be one or two you don't click with. That's reallity. Our kids have been involved in numerous activities throught the three years at Bearden. Being involved is the key. Both parents and children. Know what is going on and stay involved. We considered private school but four years later we are so glad we decided to send them to Bearden. I would highly recommend this school to anyone in the district. It's wonderful. Keep up the good work teachers. It's noticed and appreciated.
This school has both good and not so good qualities. Much of the staff are great educators, communicators, and willing to go the mile in order to facilitate learning. However, there are a few staff members who demonstrate partiality to some students and almost even a disregard for others. Because of this, I advise any parent, who's child is not a straight A student and is unable to wear top-notch name-brand clothing every day, to make sure your child does not fall through the cracks of this prideful middle school.
I have been involved at Bearden Middle school for over two years. I have a soon to be 7th and 8th grader. We have been very satisfied with the school and its dynamics. My children have friends from literally all over the world. They have excellent, caring teachers. They have kept us involved. The new online BMS newsletter is also an asset. There is no reason to NOT know what is going on. The extracurricular activities are varied and high calliber. TSA and science olympiad are award winning programs. Safety is not a concern. I feel my children are getting an excellent education in not only book learning but life skills as well. Our world is made up of all sorts of people. People from all different backgrounds and family dynamics. The education learned at Bearden goes well beyond what books can teach. Thank you Bearden!
This is my first year at Bearden. It is so amazing. When I first got there it was confusing. They took me step by step and I am now a proud member at Bearden Middle.
So far so good. I had concerns at first due to some of the previous information. I have not heard of any bad experiences and my child is a new 6th grader. She loves her new school and is a lot of AP classes and is doing well. I was a little concerned about the bathroom issue but I guess the school has to do what is needed to keep the bathrooms in good shape. Overall I am happy with BMS as a school.
So far I am not happy with Bearden middle school.I dont like the fact that the bathrooms stay looked or the fact that i can bring my children to school 45 min early and they are not allowed to go the locker or eat breakfast till 8:15-8:25.They only have 10 minutes to eat and go to their locker when they are there 45 min early.
With a current 8th grader and and upcoming 6th grader I am nothing but please with all my experiences at Bearden Middle. If you look to find fault you always will. Every school in the country has it's good and bad points. I think we should be thankful that our children have a good, safe school to attend in the West Hills Community. My son loves his school and has never had one problem there in 3 years. My daughter is looking forward to all the new experiences she will encounter next school year. Thanks to all Bearden Middle Staff and Faculty...we have a great school! The academics are excellent, the sports and those involved with them are wonderful, and the parent involvement compares to most schools. I think encouraging our children to get involved drastically help kids adjust and fit into school life.
I have been very happy with the education that my children have received at BMS. They are well prepared for high school honors and AP courses. They also were on various sports teams. The school did NOT pay for the extra 'supplies' needed for team sports. We as parents footed those bills. I find the staff in the front office to be friendly most of the time. Everyone has their moments though, right? If the staff and teachers seem stressed, it could be due to the students.
The teachers spend so much time disciplining the troublemakers, there's little time left for teaching. Fights and bullying are daily occurrences. Although there are some excellent teachers, the overall environment is not conducive to learning. I moved my son to a private school after a year.
I don't know what the person who wrote in June 2005 is talking about. The parents have to pay for the uniforms, sport bags, accesories to the sport, and things like that. At the end of the day the principal does not tell you to get out of the school imediatly. She simply tells you to go where you need to go: if you ride a bus, go down to the commons, if your a car rider go to the parking lot. Even if you are one of those people you can still hang out in your classrooms and the computer lab, library, or really any room. The academic programs are very nice. There are many extracurricluar activities, and the parent involvment is ok. I would rate this school as very nice. Every school has its ups and downs.
BMS is a good school with plenty of activities for all interests. The TSA and Science Olympiad programs are open to everyone and have placed first in state and regional competitions. There is a large student body but the teachers are caring and the administration tries hard. I would recommend this school. Parents need to become more involved in all areas; the school tries to get them to participate.
BMS has a few good things, but lacks a lot. Had children there 6 years, my youngest won't attend unless things change. Safety is issue. The principal does not care or get involved. She does not return phone calls or set up meetings to address concerns. She seems to want everyone to leave her alone. There are some great teachers, but several cannot control their classrooms.
Our son is in 7th grade and he is an A/B student, however this school has been a true disappointment. Principal leadership: Rating: 2 We called the principal addressing some concerns and we never got any follow up actions. Very distant relationship with parents and pupils. Extracurricular activities: Rating 2 The arts, foreign languages, sports and especially intellectual/cultural activities are almost irrelevant. Safety and discipline: Ratings 1 The staff and parents do not work together to create and maintain high expectations for student behavior. Discipline procedures are clear but are not are carried out. Bullying and oppressive behavior, such as sexism and vandalism are quite common. The Campus is not tidy: the restrooms and very unkept and very often heavily soiled and the cafeteria area is not kept clean by the students. There are no recesses. Overall quality: Rating 1 We do not recommend it
I'm not sure where the other parent gets their information about the sports teams getting the money, I know I pay for everything that has to do with my children's sports involvement at the school. Every uniform, field used for games, and grounds maintenance of those fields gets paid for by the parents of the players. I'm not sure why. As to Bearden overall, I feel it is for the most part a safe place, I have had excellent communication with the teachers and my child has been exposed to all kinds of educational opportunities as well the extra curricular. I'm fairly satisfied. I do however supplement over the summer with learning that doesn't happen over the school year that I feel is important.
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