Students enrolled 1119
School leader DORA MOLINA
Transportation options Yes
District Austin Independent School District

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8401 Hathaway Drive
Austin, TX 78757

(512) 414-3225
(512) 452-0695
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3 stars
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September 07, 2012
Thanks to those who posted in support of our school! We have so many wonderful students and so many hard-working and amazing teachers and staff. To label our teachers as cruel is just cruel :(. This is my 10th year and I am proud to teach here. There are many challenges and areas where we are working to improve, but please... work to be part of the solution! Advocate for your needs respectfully and don't give up until they are addressed. If you have ideas for how we can improve, please contact us and communicate! I am very optimistic about the way this year has started and I hope you are too! Have a great year wherever you are! :)

- submitted by a teacher
February 24, 2012
I went here 10 years ago and judging from the reviews, this place hasn't changed. I spent my 6th grade year here and it was so bad I blocked most of it out. The teachers were unnecessarily cruel, the place was run and felt like a prison, and the other kids hates me because I could spell. But looking back, I don't blame the kids the way the teacher review below does. Burnet is an amalgamation of the neighborhood. If we want healthier, happier kids (which I'm guessing the teachers and administration DON'T, judging from their behavior), then we have to work hard on a community level to give them hope. Like the student below says, kids here have no freedom, no hope, no happiness. It's a horrible school. If you're a parent, your kid deserves better. And if you're a teacher like the one below, please go do something that doesn't affect kids' lives.

- submitted by a community member
August 24, 2010
Burnet middle school cares more about the dress code than they do about the students grades and test scores.

- submitted by a community member
no rating March 28, 2010
burnet middle school the best school that i ever want to beacuse i have a lot of friends that i now for three years all ready so thas cool burnet is a good school i now it is .

- submitted by a student
no rating March 16, 2010
straight up i think burnet is a good school yes but there are a lot and i mean a lot of changes in my school because there are a lot of gangs still going on with all of the things that has changed and as a student i can tell even though all that has change that is not makeing us students more interressted in school it is makeing us want to drop out or skip or somthing bad that we will regrete because we r like a jail cell we have no freedom what so ever in burnet ok so thats my point oh and 1 other thing what r the parents going to do to help us kids get more freedom cause with out freedom we have nothing to depend on or no one to depend on cause we cant go to no one cause we always get lextured

- submitted by a student
March 11, 2010
My daughter has been bullied and harassed by packs of boys yet the teachers do very little. This school is a joke i have never seen anything like this. She will not be attending another year there parents beware!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2009
Burnet has the most dedicated employees and the best students and families.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
I enjoy working with the people I work with. They are wonderful staff that are always willing to help me when I need it both with other teachers and students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Ilove the teamwork, the staff truly cares for the students best interests. The teachers come early,stay late and give it there all. The administrative staff is the best you can find. Mr. Jewel rocks.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Our teachers and students are great!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
I love Burnet Middle School's diversity. I love the dedicated faculty and staff who work so hard to give our students a great education. I love the parents who set such high standards for their children academically and socially. Finally, I love the community support that comes in a variety of forms: giving us breakfast on Continuing Education days, tending our garden, providing volunteer support for extracurricular events. The Burnet community rocks! and rolls!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
I love the people I work with including teachers, secretaries, police officer, hall monitor, parent support specialist, drop out prevention specialist, and all the parents that support the students.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
The students from Burnet Middle School are really special. They come from many different backgrounds and walks of life, and they all come together to help each other, and our school, succeed. Go Sailors!!

- submitted by a teacher
August 06, 2009
Burnet middle School is a good school. Both my children have attended it and have thought it was fine. Every school has bad influences, and its up to your children to stay away from them. I never understood why other parents thought Burnet was so bad and would send their children to another school that was just as bad if not worse. Its all up to your children, there are drugs and gangs at every school, not just Burnet. In my opinion its a great school. :)

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2009
I will never send another one of my children there. They do not know how to do anything .

- submitted by a student
March 31, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
May 02, 2008
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- submitted by a student
January 12, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2007
I belive this school would benefit from a change in leadership. Burnets current principal has been here far too long and has lost sight of what's really important--the kids. Time to move on.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2007
I could not agree more with some of the comments I have just read concerning Burnet. I feel that the problem lay squarely at the feet of the BMS principal. I have found her to be unresponsive to our needs. I feel she lacks a decent rapport with her parents and staff.

- submitted by a staff
February 15, 2007
The teachers at this school are wonderful and very helpful to my children. They do everything that they can to address my concerns and my children's needs. The dress code is needed. Apparently, many of the students' parents are more concerned whether their little 'darlings' are allowed to wear low-cut blouses or sagging prison-style pants than their education! Wisen up! Support the school, show up to volunteer, get your kids on track in your homes, and maybe your children will turn around. The average student at BMS nevber has a parent who gets involved. There are some who do, but they are way overshadowed by the uninvolved parents. Please help out, be supportive, and let's save these kids.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2007
The quality of academic programs is average with music, art and sports all available. The level of parent involvement is where this school is suffering. There are a lot of children attending this school who have parents that could care less who their children spend time with, what they're doing with their time, where they're spending their time and, when they are or aren't where they're supposed to be.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2006
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- submitted by a student
May 16, 2006
I have been teaching in Burnet for two years now and find that the students lack desire and a willingness to acheive more than what society has steriotyped them to become. The faculty and staff work closly together however are constantly battling for support from the comunity and parents.

- submitted by a teacher
July 26, 2005
At first I was all for the dress code until my son was put in to 'In School Suspension' for forgetting to wear his belt. This his first offense and had not even served detention for any other dress code violations. He makes good grades and respects the teachers and other students but doesn't feel the same about school anymore. The focus isn't on education anymore when it gets to this point.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2005
This is a fantastic school they just need better guidance. the principal is doing a fantastic job but the test scores could be improved greatly.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2005
I'm a teacher at Burnet, and I'm not made of money either, but I would be HAPPY if my child could get away with wearing a simple white t-shirt to school. Last time I checked, you could buy a pack of several Hanes shirts at Wal-Mart for a few dollars. Point me to the store at Highland Mall where you can buy cheaper school clothes for your kids. The excuse that there isn't enough money to buy kids the school uniform just won't fly. Another option: come up to the school and purchase a $5 BMS t-shirt...or better yet, rummage through the old uniforms we have leftover from kids who've gone on to high school and donated their clean, used uniform clothes.

- submitted by a teacher
November 28, 2004
I am so sick of hearing parents gripe about the dress code. Get over it! Since the dress code has been implemented, behavior problems in the school have dropped. Students are focussing on learning and not on what other students are wearing. Parents complain that children do not have an outlet to express themselves. I would suggest enrolling your child in fashion school. There are by the way.. many valuable opportunities for students to participate in electives such as band, orchestra, art, as well as many afterschool clubs. What Burnet Middle school would really like to do is work with parents who want to help their children succeed. I encourage any parent who reads this post to contact the school and ask about ways to contribute. We (teachers) want to work with you, not against you.. just please stop with the dress code rants.

- submitted by a teacher
October 03, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2004
My child and I are happy with the school and the rules. I don't mind the dress code. My child goes to school to learn, unfortunely many kids now a days do not want to learn and some parents just don't seem to care. My child who is an honor student and has always been a good student is happy that the teachers at this school are willing to work with all the kids at their levels. I think that the principals at all schools need to be tough in order to control the kids. My child has faced many bullies at this school but she has always felt that she could go to any of her teachers for help if needed. Thank you Burnet staff for doing your best for my childs education.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2004
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- submitted by a administrator
May 11, 2004
This is my child's first year at BMS. So much emphasis has been placed on the dress code and yet, my child turned someone in for having illegeal contraband, it was found in their backpack and removed. There have to be rules and guidelines, but because gangs have marks to identify themselves to each other such as red tennis shoes with red laces then they enforce a dress code and my child can't wear a plaid shirt. My child ate food in class and was put in ISS (in school suspension). When I was in school and that happened, just take it away, some punishment is too strict. Staff have been rude to my child but when I complained, I was told, 'the specific staff would never do that' - maybe not in front of other staff, but that doesn't mean it doesn't happen - where's the truth?

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 01, 2004
The concern I seem to have is that I am not informed days in advance when classes are not in session. For example, Feb 2nd I didn't get any heads up on this date. I always have to call the school to confirm or look it up on the aisd website. Another concern I have is when turtoring or after school classes are being offered there's not a parent form to be filled out. Letting the parent know,nthat their child is enrolled or not. We all need to be responsible for safty of the children. That's eveyones job. Any child can say 'I have turtoring or a class today pick me up at 4:30.' How do we know as parents that this is true, if we don't get any feed back from the school confirming that my child is staying late for turtoring and/or afterschool classes?

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2004
I am really sick and tired of hearing everyone complain about the dress code. Yes that school is run like a prison. That is because most of the kids that attend Burnet Middle School are hoodlums and future criminals. I think the dress code is exactly what is needed along with more disipline and more positive parent involvement. It's so nice to drop my daughter off at school and not see those big as a house pants, and girls in short- shorts. My daughter has 'survived' three years at Burnet Middle School and I wouldn't recommend the place to anyone. However, I don't think it is because of the dress code or the principal. I think the principal is doing the best job she can with the students and parents she has to work with.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
December 18, 2003
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- submitted by a former student
November 05, 2003
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- submitted by a community member
October 17, 2003
I have a daughter that attends seventh grade at Burnet Middle School and I wish it were her last. There has been a uniform policy imposed on the students this year. This was voted on by the parents at the end of the previous school year and was voted down. The principal took it upon herself to go against the parents wishes and implement a uniform policy. I feel this violates the children's right to freedom of expression. This shows a complete lack of respect for the parents. del In addition my daughter was assaulted and had her life threatened by another student and the school officials did not feel the need to notify me. Charges were filed against the assailant,however,school officals attempted to coerce my daughter into dropping the charges. A number of changes need to be made and it should begin with the principal because she is highly ineffective.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2003
On the first day of school - after school clothes are all bought we get this overly restrictive, ridiculous dress code thrown at us that goes into effect Sept 2. Excuse me but I'm not made of money. What is that all about? No skirts? No red or blue shoes? Only solid blue, white, black, green, or gray shirts - no writing whatsoever? Outrageous. Maybe I will have to consider home-schooling afterall.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2003
I live on a tight budget and cannot buy uniforms when they decide I have to. If they want my child to wear a uniform then they need to provide them at the expense of the school.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2003
My son has attended Burnett Middle School for the past 2 years, this year will be his last year and I am truly thankful. I feel my child does not have the necessary tools available to him to allow him to excel in Burnet Middle School. One issue is Burnett does not allow the students to take their study materials home. How is a child going to excel with his peers in other school districts if they are not afforded an equal opportunity as other districts. If knowledge is suppose to be power, why are the children only allowed to gain knowledge between the hours of 8:15-3:45. It is already difficult for working, single parents to be involved with their childs shchool work, if the child has no books to refer to how can a parent reference the material and assist their child in comprehension. Children that exceed the basic minimum standards are not challeged. Although Burnet has honor classes for 'Honor' students, those students are also deprived of acheiving their maximum output because of the fact they are not afforded the opportunity to continue their studies at home. Just as Burnet can 'make' parents responsible for purchasing dictated clothing for their children for the dress code. Parents can also be responsible for the destruction or loss of books that are not retuned. Burnet Middle School is okay, but it could be alot better!

- submitted by a parent
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Burnet Middle School
8401 Hathaway Drive, Austin, TX  78757
(512) 414-3225
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