Overall things run smoothly. Principal is attentive to parental concerns. We do not like the two assistant principals; sometimes seems like there is a good cop/bad cop routine going on with them. Commonly hear from students they feel like they are being 'policed' rather than encouraged. It seems like in school detentions are very common for minor infractions. While rules are very important, we worry about the fact it seems so many of the kids talk more about the rules and regs than what great project they are working on now for history class or what great insight the english teacher gave them in their lesson for the day. And yes, most middle schoolers would prefer to operate within the prescribed boundaries and have fun learning, too. They do think of these things on their own...they are aware of it.
The principal maintains good control over this school! Emphasis is placed on lower econ. kids and at risk (of failing) kids. Others seem to fend for themselves.
The school itself is beautiful and while the atmosphere is enthusiastic, it is controlled. Office staff is very helpful and things appear to be operating smoothly.
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