This school has lot of cursing and bullying going on.The school management is bad and overreacts most of the time and fabricates to put blames on others and is there to please the parents only.Most students have no respect for teachers and most get away because the school management doesn't care and will do anything to get the school going.had a very bad experience in Murchison middle school.
WELL I GO TO THE SCHOOL AND GET BULLIED EVERY DAY THERE ARE TONS OF FIGHTS, CURSING AND MANY OTHER THINGS. DONT GO TO THIS SCHOOL. YOUR KID WILL COME HOME EVERYDAY CRYING BEGGING TO SWITCH SCHOOLS
My daughter is in 6th grade at MMS this year and thriving. Two of her 4 core classes are Advanced level, and she comes home several times a week talking about how much she LOVES school, and exceited about learning. She raves about her math class! It hels that she's always liked school, even when she struggled with some learning delays, but this year is exceptional, thanks to excellent teachers. She tried to get into the Kealing Magnet School program, but now we're so glad that didn't work out. A best friend did and is losing her love of learning under the constant deluge of heavy homework loads. My daughter is learning just as fast and her hunger to learn is being expanded at MMS. I'm very pleased with the school so far.
This school was a terrible experience for me. NEVER enroll in such an atrocity of micromanagement and disiplinary corruption such as this military state of a school. The special education program there goes out of its way to single the student out as autistic or challenged; by having a teacher follow the student to every single class. They believe in punishment over education, and will send you to In School Suspension for anything from dropping a pencil to talking to your friends. If you value yourself as a person, your children and their future, STAY AWAY FROM THIS SCHOOL. It is a horrifying and traumatic experience and the utmost inane system of management I have ever dealt with in my life. As a high-schooler I realize how much of what they did was never a necessity, nor was it actually teaching anybody anything. Listen, this school is the breeding ground for bullying and intolerance. Don't believe what they say about "no place for hate", we were forced to sign those things in eighth grade just to win the title. Get away from this abomonation and just pick a different school. Do not torture your children with such an environment, spare them the pain, spare them the agony...
I m not sure if the definition of 'Advisory' has changed over the years, I (perhaps mistakenly) thought it was created to encourage social connections through the creation of a small group that meets throughout the year. To me, this seems important esp. for a school with a large student population. It would be easy to feel lost in the crowd. It would be simple to say, let s just focus only on academics. Students at this age have a strong desire to fit-in and want to feel that they belong (not just tolerated.) I would support the idea of continuing to encourage a campus climate that reflects the world, not just our neighborhood, closest friends, or even demographics in advanced classes. As suggested by the parent below, I don t think the idea of separating 'at risk' students from others in Advisory would be the best idea. If given the chance, I think all students can benefit from getting to someone that they may not have otherwise gotten the chance to relate to. I think MMS does a great job considering its current challenges (budget, testing, crowded spaces). I personally would consider MMS one of the best middle schools in the city.
This is our only experience in a public middle school; our other sons went to a private middle school. Overall, the work load has been less in comparison, but I think our child got a good education. He took the "advanced" classes and has done well. Things that should change are all the "mini-tests" given. This takes so much time away from instruction/discussion time. Also, advisory is 40 minutes of the week and it just benefits a few. I'd rather see an "elective period" for "high risk" students instead of subjecting all students to advisory twice a week. Strengths: Principal. I have had several encounters with her and am please with the outcomes. She is not driven by donations and looks after the best interest of the students most times. Teachers: they have always responded to my e-mails and my son's teachers do enjoy their jobs and students. Weaknesses: bully policy interpretation. My son (and am learning of many other boys) was suspended in the 6th grade for pushing a friend of his, who fell into another kid. I thought this was an overreaction by the vice principal. Counselors: replace them. I haven't found any value; use their salaries on more teachers.
Excellent teachers lead by strong principal leadership, this school was a reference to my daughter and my niece. Congratulations and thank you.
Not good school for someone has a disablility. constant bullying by peers and too many students. Very very unhappy experience.
My child goes to this school and it is a very safe and highly educated school. This school has great teachers and focuses on education and IB. Murchison has many choices from music such as orchestra to lots of different languages like spanish, french, german, and chinese. This is a school you should you enroll your students in.
Murchison emphasizes a broad education for students through its International Baccalaureate program. My grandchild lives with me and she is delighted with her new sixth grade school.
Im a student at murchison,and i moved here in 6th grade,in the middle of march,and i got used to the teachers,and they sound like they dont care cause of some parents say that there child is failing from the teachers not careing,well they do care!im a 7thgrader and i was failing math badly,so it wasnt that my teacher didnt cared,i didnt care,so i asked my teacher for help,i stayed after school for tutoring,and i got help and scored the grade i wanted in math,and im passing math and its easier for me! cause i didnt care,the students have to ask there teachers questions,the teachers dont wanna help if you dont want help at all,so i love murchison,i made great friends and have great friends,any one would be lucky to go here,and i am lucky! and if your thinking about comeing here, then you should!:]]
Very dedicated teachers who are interested in whether the children learn. The International Baccalaureate program is a wonderful opportunity for students interested in a liberal arts education from an early age, and the elective courses are as excellent as the required courses. Because of the size & diversity of the population, there are occasional disciplinary issues (e.g., fights) that arise, but overall the administration does a good job preventing these issues through policy decisions (dress code, etc.) and discipline after the fact.
MMS is great for accelerated students. MMS is NOT great for Special Ed students. Teachers don't go the extra mile for the 20 or so Spec. Ed students who need extra help. We had a great elementary! Now we have gone straight to sharks in college, even though we just finished 6th. There is NO transition from caring elem. to 7, 8, or even 9th. Teachers cannot put one student on an individual level, they treat one as all - They don't understand learning disabilities at all!!!
My son is in 8th grade and in special education and found out in 6th grade he is autistic. Most the time the teachers have worked with me on modifing my son's work and have done well in helping him most the time. My son does not go to the tutoring after school because it is so overloaded with kids that he does not get the extra help he needs with homework. In general, the school is good.
The teachers at MMS place importance first and foremost on student learning. Test scores are emphasized by district/state/federal officials, and yes, some MMS programs are driven by that pressure. Don't think for a second that teachers are happy about that! But via the IB program and other innovative teaching strategies, MMS faculty works very hard to elevate student achievement, learning, and global responsibility beyond test scores. Parents sometimes struggle with the fact that this is secondary school, and especially at the 7th-8th grade levels, teachers cannot call home every time a student misses an assignment. We offer many ways for parents to support student learning: teacher web sites, student agendas, after-school tutorials and homework center, and accessibility via email, to name a few. This is my 10th year teaching at Murchison. It is a great school and I am proud to to teach here.
I have 2 kids at MMS. One in all advanced accelerated classes and one in all academic classes . Both ends of the spectrum, yet both are failing classes. Teachers don't communicate when the kids aren't turning in work. They are too busy preparing for the next class when they should be noticing who is turning in work and who isn't. I found out my student didn't turn in a project 4 weeks after the fact and another project 2 weeks late. I have to initiate all contact with teachers each time. It's very frustrating to go from a wonderful Elem. school to this school. All they care about is TAKS scores and if your kid fails one, the next year they aren't allowed an elective, only punishment by mandatory remedial classes for the TAKS they missed the year before.
Although Murchison has a fairly large student population, my daughter has adjusted very well. We relocated from Maryland and I was concerned about her social and academic adjustment. Although I had a few concerns about the curriculum and some of her instructors, after meeting and talking with the teachers in person and via phone and email my concerns were appropriately addressed.
School is too big, they only focus on testing kids not helping them learn
I'm a student about to enter eighth grade! DDont listen to those negative reviews, theres tons of after school programs, teachers are exxcellent, and there is after school tutoring now. wonderful for you child to have fun, and learn, and meet other peers, you just have to trust your judgement, and bring up of your child..
Murchison Middle School is one of Austin's best kept secrets! It consistently outscores magnet schools, as well as other middle schools, both public and private. That's the academic part. It also has an IB program that kids can be a part of that requires them to take a well rounded smorgasborg of electives. We have been very pleased with the quality of instruction and program offerings at Murchison--and we will have had three children go through there.
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