I'm now entering my 4th year (2nd child) at Small. I've been pleased with the academic environment and the teaching staff as a whole with my older son. The only negative interaction experienced with an academic teacher did have to be escalated to AP and then Principal attention, with the involvement of the counselor as well, but was ultimately resolved to everyone's satisfaction. There is a lack of coddling at Small - and it would seem that many people factor that in negatively. I do not have a special needs child, so I can't speak to the lack of support others cite, but I will say I have never had any issues in communicating with Mrs. Taylor; she answers my emails promptly and any questions I have for her I can express and discuss at her monthly coffees, which are open to all parents and widely advertised. My older son thrived socially and academically at Small. His core group of friends from Mills did not attend Small, requiring him to make new friends and establish a new base - which he did quickly and kept for 3 years. He is now at LASA, along with many other Small kids, and Small more than prepared him for this academically rigorous high school.
I have to say, if it weren't for an excellent Band program, a wonderful Art teacher, and the fact that all her friends go to this school, my daughter would not be attending Small anymore. She used to be a straight A honor student who developed a panic disorder in this hostile and bullying environment. Some teachers use constant threats as the only way to maintain their authority. A substitute who led the advanced Pre-AP math class in the last grading period of the year taught nothing to the kids, but simply handed out papers and distributed failed grades. We found out that asking for understanding and support received no positive response from some teachers, it even evoked a thoroughly negative reaction from the Dance teacher who spitefully failed my daughter, due to a few officially Dr-excused absences. The school's principal, Ms. Taylor, consistently neglected to respond to emails or letters. I would strongly advise anyone with a very bright but sensitive child to stay away from this school.
Great school.The teachers here are much more professional, the curriculum is more complete and frendly. He is so happy.
The teachers seem to provide overall good instruction. Some of the teachers are excellent. Unfortunately, I have to agree with some previous postings that Small could definitely improve in serving students with disabilities.
I am so pleased with Small Middle School. My son left a local private school that just wasn't performing as well as it once did and enrolled in the 7th grade at Small. He is so happy here! It seems as though it would be the opposite but my son much prefers the learning environment at Small versus that in the private school he left. The teachers here are much more professional, the curriculum is more complete and the incessant, social drama, (for both students and parents), of the small, private school is gone!
I hate to say it, but 'I hear you.' Unless you are a fearless, persistent advocate for your child and know all the workings of the special education system, Small is a hostile place for your child.
Absolutely speechless about the lack of caring for students who have learning challenges. One teacher didn't wish to discuss students grade because she knew he had failed. The whole system is broken and the teachers are intimidated to tell the truth. So dear educators is this the kind of role model you think we shouldbe for out future leaders. I dare say not!
As with all schools there is always room for improvement, but the sign of a good school is a school which is willing and able to change to suit the student population. Small is such a school. With wonderful leadership and a good staff (there are always exceptions in any school as far as teachers) Small's teachers generally help students achieve to the best of their abilities and beyond. More parent volunteers and mentors would be nice.
I've had (2) kids attend Small, the youngest of which will move on to high school next year. I've been very pleased overall. The few times I've had concerns I've approached the teacher and was able to work it out. I've heard comments from teachers in high school that Small students are often more prepared academically in some areas than other area middle school students.
I am a special ed student at Clint Small Middle School. The administration only pays attention to the bad kids and the kids who are failing. I get good grades, so they don't think I need help, but I do. They don't believe what the good kids say, and just think you're lying. They don't listen to the parents either. They only care about what the teachers say. A lot of students need help with social communication, but the school will not provide it unless you get into fist fights or are failing your classes. This school is very good if you don't have any 'special needs.'
Very good communication with teachers and parents. Violent behavior not accepted! Excellent School!
This school has a great learning enviornment that anyone can adapt to! It gives stundents room to grow while discovering their niche in life. Clint Small supplies great skills for anyone who attends! I am proud to say that Clint Small is excellent.
The counselors tend to cater to the parents that are most involved. There are a few questionable teachers but other than that it's ok.
I went to Clint Small from the 2nd semester of 6th grade through 8th grade. It was an amazing experience. I could not have asked for a better school or better teachers. At Small, the teachers actually do care about each and every student, and it shows. If you're having a personal problem or falling behind, they help you out. I learned so much here, and am very prepared for highschool. I would definetly recomend this school to everyone.
My child left a small private school to attend Clint Small Middle School in her 7th grade year. She is thriving, we are thrilled. She was warmly welcomed by teachers and students, alleviating our fears about transitioning a middle-schooler to another environment with different kids. The athletics program in particular with its wonderful coaches/mentors has been outstanding in helping create a healthy and robust social life for my daughter, especially with other girls. We are very pleased with Clint Small Middle School and would recommend it to anyone.
I was extremely happy with my son's entire middle school experience at Small. The 6ht grade staff made that extra effort to make sure the freshmen did not get lost in the crowd. He was happy with almost all his teachers--quite a feat for a boy that hated elementary school. He's a sophomore in high school now, but I credit Small and its wonderful teachers for turning his attitude around.
my daughter loves middle school this year. Teachers keep you updated with grades and let you know if any intervention is needed. It's a big school, but feels more like a large family.
I'm absolutely thrilled w/our kids Jr. High. We've been extremely lucky w/Oak Hill elementary and now Clint Small. The class choices for the students are great!
Clint Small is the best. The teachers are so great in every grade. The kids are so nice and spirited, and excell more than any school I know! Plus the cheerleaders are awesome!!
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