Yes, the classes are big. It's a big school. That is partially because it is such a great school that people are desperate to move into the neighborhood (ask any realtor about that) or get a transfer for their child. After being accepted to Kealing, my daughter made the choice to go to Gorzycki instead - and she tells me often how happy she is that she made the right decision. She's in 8th grade this year, and yes she has had a couple of teachers which she didn't love, but only one teacher out of 8 each year is a pretty good record. We have not experienced any bullying or other inappropriate behavior. Yes, they are middle schoolers and they have their issues, but the staff at GMS does a good job of keeping them in check. I can tell you that if you don't like this school, please consider transferring your child to a different school - there are A LOT of people waiting to get transfers into GMS and they will happily and eagerly take your child's spot.
Classes are big, students do very little in depth writing or reading. The student are from well educated families so they are smart in general, but there is not much rigor here. And it's getting very crowded. The fine arts programs and athletics are solid, but as the school grows and grows, only the top kids will get to participate at any level of sports.
Not what you expect from a top rated school... Too many kids in classes(27-29), not enough challenge for my honor student (seriously, generic worksheets???) who is in AP classes. Definitely a disappointment, we are looking into private schools.
Homework is a major issue Gorzycki can work on. He does not learn anything from it; he learns no skills he will use later in life or currently. The worksheets are straight from a book and no effort is made for homework help when I request tortoring sessions.Even the art class is very text-book-encouraging too. Projects are also from a website and very painstaking to get the correct supplies for. No creative notion is made in any classwork, homework, or some projects.(ex. i-search project) Simply terrible! My child is becoming a drone!
We are new to TX and I must say I was overwhelmed with moving, adjusting kids to school etc....the registration process was easy, staff was nice, teachers have been wonderful, the electives there are amazing such variety, my son has never been so happy with a school! I do think the parent portal and cloud stuff is ridiculous and too hard to access. So far I am very impressed with AISD and Gorzycki.
My son is finishing 7th grade at Gorzycki. We have been extremely pleased with the school overall. Communication between teachers and parents is very well done. Communication between the school and parents is also well done. The band program is extraordinary. The band teachers teach with dedication and excellence, while genuinely caring for the students.
Huge disappointment. The average class size is 27 students. Teaching strategies consist of "warm-ups" (teach yourself), worksheet packets and electronic worksheets such as Achieve 3000 and Think Through Math. Class periods are brief (42 minutes), and a lot of work is sent home for parents to go over with their children. On a positive note, the campus appears clean and safe.
We struggled with whether to send our child to a magnet or the local junior high. In the end, we chose the latter and are so thankful we did! Gorzycki is truly a great school with an amazing Fine Arts program, accelerated math classes, and challenging pre-AP core classes. My only complaint is that classes are short and class sizes are large, but that is an inherent problem with Texas public schools and the only way to make classes longer is to cut other programs which I personally am not in favor of. In my opinion, curriculum should extend to the home and it s up to the parents to enforce homework and enrich it by exposing their children to other education experiences through books, travels and even games. As for Gorzycki, you couldn t ask for a better school or find teachers who care more. It is a safe place for children to make their transition from elementary to high school and gain confidence as they do so. I will also add that the principal and counselors are very accessible via email or a phone call.
Gorzycki Middle school - very disappointing. We moved to the area and our daughter had to attend this school. The politics amongst the parents makes you the parent feel like you yourself are back in middle school. A group of us parents can't get over this. And this is supposed to be a better school?? The other school we went to was much, much better, again VERY disappointing.