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1514 Avenue N 1/2
Galveston, TX 77550

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(409) 761-3500
(409) 765-5946
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Teacher effectiveness: Ineffective
November 13, 2015
Some of the teachers are okay, but others seem prejudiced or to be harboring preconceived notions about certain things such as religion, still others undermine their own authority by giving unreasonable punishments for minor infractions. For the record, my child had a stellar behavior record and had never received detention or office referrals before coming to Austin. Since the start of this school year, she got three detentions for a single infraction - which could have been avoided if the teachers had clearly communicated what to do for detention for a child who had never been to detention before in their life. Now my kid just doesn't care anymore and does not want to return to Austin next year because they see the teachers as second rate. Last year, my child's first year at AMS, one of my child's teachers didn't like the fact that we are a non-religious family and when it came up in class (which it shouldn't to begin with) the teacher told the other students that perhaps we would "come around" to find a religion i.e. Christianity and showed support for a so-called Christian classmate who was harassing my child for not being religious. Not effective in teaching acceptance of others, especially those who fall into a religious minority. Besides, they are supposed to be teaching a STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Math - no room for church in that acronym. When I reported this to the school administration, they singled out my child and moved them into another class group (the AP or GT group) - citing a mistake they'd made during scheduling - but I think it was just a way of putting my child into a different group of kids without addressing the real problem - discrimination based on religion! I never heard if the teacher was reprimanded for her behavior, but she is still teaching there. After talking to someone else who attended Austin and is now in college, that particular teacher was known for being religious and having open opinions about religion being allowed in schools. She supposedly also had a cross hanging in her classroom until they made her take it down, according to this former student I spoke to. I'm not saying there are no good teachers at Austin, but there is definitely a lot of room for improvement. When a student loses confidence and feels like their teachers don't like them for personal reasons, they've lost that student.

- submitted by a parent
Amount of homework: Too much
November 13, 2015
2-4 hours a night! Changing the way they schedule classes could help this issue. Longer periods and fewer moves from room to room would benefit the kids, create more time to finish work in class and have time in the evenings to relax.

- submitted by a parent
Develops grit: Disagree
November 13, 2015
Some of the teachers don't seem very encouraging or forgiving of the students' missteps. My child has gone from a B to barely passing in one of her courses simply because the teacher refused to accept her late work. By the way, the teachers DO NOT make sure your student receives the assignments they missed if they were out sick. They have this "sink or swim" attitude, they think 11- and 12-year-olds should intuitively know to collect makeup work after a sick day and are allowed to "sink" the first time they stumble, which is very discouraging for some kids. Kids are still forming their self-image and need to be given a second chance at least one time to keep their self-esteem from falling so far that they get discouraged. The kids who already have "grit, persistence and determination" will be fine, but as far as inspiring it in those who haven't developed it yet - that's a big NO.

- submitted by a parent
Develops empathy: Disagree
November 13, 2015
They try to eliminate bullying with the "No Place For Hate" campaign, but I don't see any real difference between this school and schools I attended without such programs. Bullying still happens, and there is a counter culture where the kids simply don't tell if they are being bullied because "snitches get stitches." Kids are still mean to each other, and they have to learn how to survive in a world full of mean people, no matter what their shirts say.

- submitted by a parent

November 13, 2015
This school is disappointing. I expected the kids to be inspired, avid learners, and for the educational environment and the teachers to enrich their experience and instill a love of learning through discovery. This is not the case. There is a lack of organization/consistency on the teachers' part. The 1st year my child attended, they were given "student planners" (agenda books). They weren't instructed on how to use these to stay organized in this highly demanding environment & offered no guidance on efficient time-management skills so they could get the most benefit from having a planner. Instead, they were only used to keep record of "signatures" the teachers would give for any reason they could find e.g. laughing, talking, so they could be kept from attending field trips. The 2nd year, no planners were even given out at all. The kids were left to keep their assignments straight on their own. There's no recess, hardly any time for their electives & apparently if a kid does something "wrong" (e.g. changing seats during announcements) they can get detention AND lose privileges to play a game in PE class. It's almost like the teachers want to just suck the fun out of the whole experience. Also, some teachers will happily communicate with you, while others can't be bothered to return an email or arrange a meeting if you request one. If you send your child here, be prepared to do homework with them for up to four hours a night. The scheduling is hectic, only 45 minutes to an hour in each subject each day, and hours of homework every night because they don't have time to finish their work in class, so it becomes homework! They expect too much of the younger grades (5 & 6) who are just exhausted from all the demands of being expected to act like little adults "being prepared for careers in science and technology." My child is completely burned out on this now - my child used to love school & science, now doesn't want to go and thinks the teachers are unreasonable and "hold grudges." I'm very unimpressed with the entire Galveston district - this is supposed to be the best middle school on the island, and it's nothing special. Creativity and independence are NOT rewarded here. Too regimented for free-spirited kids. More time is spent on standardized testing than anything else (benchmark assessments done EVERY 6 weeks, takes a week out of every term).

- submitted by a parent

April 23, 2015
Awesome school, with an awesome staff, and the educational opportunities my son has received are priceless!

- submitted by a parent

September 26, 2013
This is a wonderful school. I am very pleased with the way the teachers teach and interact with the students in class and if they fall behind or do not get it then on their one on one time.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
May 13, 2009
My child goes there to early college high school and he just loves it. He wakes up every morning excited about going to school. I am very pleased with Austin and the staff is wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
March 06, 2008
I was lucky enough to teach at this school last year! The teachers there truly care about their students and the faculty works together to ensure that all students are treated fairly and receive quality instruction. Way to go Austin!

- submitted by a teacher

May 11, 2007
Austin Middle School is wonderful. It has quality teachers and great academics. Every student is cared about, no matter, his or her race, intelligence, or background. This school makes the best of what it has, and is a fantastic learning environment.

- submitted by a student
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Austin Middle School
1514 Avenue N 1/2, Galveston, TX  77550
(409) 761-3500
Last modified Austin Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 5-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Austin Middle School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 13 reviews. Top