GMS is an amazing school, and I love it. They're organised and always working hard. As a student, I can say that some of the teachers have bad days, and tend to show that with no hesitation, but at the end of the day... We've all learned. The hallways do get a bit hectic, as our schedules are all over the school. I now go to a different school, which is larger and has a lot more students, and I can say I am thankful for Grisham's size. It was easy to get from class to class if you used your time efficiently.
This school has a non-existent dress code. Morals and values of the general student population are very low. Uninterested school officials don't seem to mind the foul language, inappropriate conduct, and inappropriate dress. Over-emphasis on sports achievements and under-emphasis on real academic achievements. Smart, creative, and non-cookie cutter children won't thrive in the culture created at this school. There is little interest to "think outside the box" from staff.
Grisham middle school, Has been one great school for our daughters. It has the IB program and a small student body which means more time for each student and time for exploring each lesson....The students help one other and support each others goals.
This School Is Not to much too hype over. Most of the teachers Honestly are one sided. To me this school was horrible just in every way possible. You'll see it when you're child gets Enrolled
In the past year the new administration has strategized to make necessary changes in an attempt to attain a "recognized" status. As a parent, having met and spoken with the new principal and counselers there is a tremendous amount of motivation and forethought going into the future of success of the school. Of course, this is a school in transition. Time will tell.
Unresponsive administration. Very bureaucratic. When they respond to parent concerns at all it is to claim there is nothing they can do, rather than to work on solutions to problems.
The school is horrible with alot to do with the IB program that they are so proud of. The grade system is hard for the kids to understand. Very little feedback is given as to what is wrong with assignments, which don't count for grades. Many times an assignment will count for 2 or 3 separate grades, which may be half of the grades given for a grading cycle, and it makes it very hard to recover from a assignment that the student did poorly on. Many teachers seem to lack motivation and are not timely in posting grades or updating their calendars. No spelling or vocabulary in language arts, essays on math tests. Not enough time spent on core skills. A lot of time is spent working on projects at home that never count for a grade and receive little to no feedback about what needs improved. My son is an A student and in honors language arts and in accelerated math. When tested for tutoring placement for both was placed two grades lower than he is. I had suspected that both skills were below par and that confirmed it. The odd teacher that is engaged can't save a broken cirriculum. The new administation doesn't seem to be making meaningful changes.
we transferred to this school from an Austin isd school because my child was being bullied real bad. i have had the best experience with this school so far. when my child has an issue i have found the teachers to be a great help. even though the school year has just started, from my experience of being there a few months of last school year i have a very positive feeling about the school year this year. so far so good!
I've been slightly concerned by the influx of students, but I believe transfers have stopped for the coming year. That said, I'm glad this school is available to my kids and in our neighborhood. You can't blame the school for having to teach to a test mandated by the state. RRISD has been outspoken with their criticism (as have most school systems across the state) and only time will tell if these mandates are lifted. That said, I want my kids going to college and if they have to jump through hoops to get there I want teachers who are able to to make it happen. I think teachers have a good heart, but can feel very limited by the restraints placed upon them. Let's work on increasing our volunteer rate and taking an active role in our children's education so they can reap all the benefits this school has to offer. Teachers/admins can't do it alone, the community needs to come out. I think Grisham is doing the best with what they have and the band program is proof.
This school really took a turn for the worse this year, with way too much teaching to the test - the upcoming STAAR test. It's unfortunate, because there are some good teachers at Grisham, but their lessons are tightly controlled by administration, from what I saw and heard. Also, the school became more crowded this year, with bullying and fights becoming more common. We transferred our child to a charter school, where we discovered he was behind in both math and science, though his grades had been okay at Grisham.
There are some good teachers who work hard and are very dedicated. Unfortunatly, they are burdened with the constaints of the IB MYP program (this is not the diploma program) and a school principal who is inept. Parents are involved, but when school administration is not open to input, it is very frustrating. Parents are so fed up, many have sold their homes over it.
The band program is amazing. Challenging, energetic, dynamic. I'm so impressed. Unless you are in the top tier of classes, the academics are only so-so. We were at a middle school in VA where the "average" classes could easily be compared with the honors classes at Grisham. I can't say that I've been bowled over by the teachers at Grisham, either. I haven't picked up a sense of enthusiasm coming from the classroom. My other problem is that if you don't make the massive time commitment to the athletics program, then you are essentially out of luck for P.E. It's either fourteen hours a week or nothing at all. Can't they have a P.E. class that is separate from the athletic program?
I love going to Grisham because I love the clubs, the actitivities, and the classes!
The students and parents at Grisham are outstanding in their effort & support. The faculty truly cares about each child being the best they can be. Morale is high due to effective leadership and collaboration between colleagues. A wonderful place to work!
This is the best school ever;teachers are great,students are smart. I love Grisham.
Grisham has the best enviorment for use kids and it makes school worth going to. Iam very glad to be attending the school in 7th grade. This years we are covering many things in all classes and the teachers have a good way of doing it. Students aren't pressured at all but there are practically no slackers. This is a very good school and love going there.
We have been pleased with the academics, teachers and social aspects of this school. This is the best middle school in RRISD. The teacher to student ratio is superior. The school is not so large (like some neighboring middle schools) that the students get lost. The administration is excellent. These children are truely doing high school level work and each child is accountable for turning work in..not a place for slackers! The parental envolvment is fantastic and the band is the best in the state!
I love my school because it has the best social activity than any other in Austin! Iam basically friends with everyone and theres no bullying and theres always entertainment. It makes everything fun while going to Grisham Middle School. -McCall =)
This school has been an amazing establishment for my children! Also with 9 kids i really think about what school is best for them! Also the school just became and IB world school meaning that you child will have a better chance of getting into a harder college without the TAG and other stuff like that. The school set higher standerds this year and has the best teachers than any other middle school in texas making it easy for you child to be part of this wonderful IB school!
Very little parent involvement. Very little one on one attention. Social life is good for students but acedemic process is not high quality.
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