This is my son's first year at Jackson. Several people discouraged us from going here, but we did our own research, toured the school, and met with the principal ahead of time. We have been very pleased and our son loves the school. I am involved in the PTA and it's been wonderful getting to know some of the staff and teachers a little better. Most of the people on the PTA board have full-time jobs, so anyone can join and be involved in the school. My son's grades have gone up and down a little, but the teachers have been great about communicating with us. Each time I have been at the school, the students have been well-behaved and have not acted like hoodlums. I know they have children from all backgrounds here, but I have not seen inappropriate or out-of-control behavior and my son has not witnessed that either. I encourage people to check it out and give them a chance. We are very pleased with Jackson! Mr. Dunphy and Mr. Bruman stay active and involved and have a presence around the school. They do not stay holed up in their offices. They are present at after-school activities and seem to genuinely care about the students.
Mr. Duffy is very unprofessional. Does Not know how to communicate with parents in an adult manner. How do you as a leader expect to gain respect when you do not know how to act like a leader
I have been going to Jackson since I was in the 6th grade now I'm in the 8th grade it is a fantastic school for kids interested in math and science and they do their best trying to incorporate technology into the mst math and science classes which is a very good and interactive way of learning and I really enjoy it.
This is a great middle school to go to. I have been going here for 2 years and i wish i went here in the 6th grade. The teachers explain the work better, without getting mad. Also they have high school credit courses such as robotics,aljebra,pro communications. We also have a cooking extended day class with real stove tops and ovens. But over all you should cone to this amazing place. :)
Amazing School I love it! It is my home <3 I really hope that new students will love this school as much as I did(:
I have to disagree with some of the comments made about Jackson. This is my son's last year at Jackson and he likes this school. He is in the MST program and is doing well. He has been exempt from reading this year and has scored commended in all subjects on his TASKS scores which means the teachers are doing there jobs. It is not the teachers job to babysit or be friends with the students. There job is to teach and they do just that. If the student is having a problem and you inform the school, the school will take appropriate actions. My son was bullied in his 6th grade year, I told the school and the students were sent to the reform school. It is the students job to make the best of school. If your not getting along with some of the students there, either make new friends or try to make the best of it.
The school is terrible, I don't really like it, the curriculum is great, though. You learn a lot, but the only thing wrong really here is the people, mostly students. Students are horribly mannered, and if you want your child to have a good time, you better work hard to get in honors' classes. Most teachers are great but some are really mean no apparent reason. Basically, if you behave, you'll do fine, but make sure your student has some self esteem because people there will break it down fast. Riots, fights, all kind of things happen all the time, and theres a group of "Wanna be gangsters" that think they're all that and try to terrorize the school. The majority of the race are Hispanics, and most of them being pretty nice, but there's some that misbehave of each race there. If you've got another choice, really, don't choose Jackson. I'm a student there, reluctantly going on my third year. On the bright side, the afterschool activities are decent and the fine arts program is excellent.
My son attended this school for 2 years as a part of the math & science "magnet" program. I am sad to say I am unimpressed with the teachers attitudes toward the students. Some of the teachers even made a point of telling the students how much they disliked thier jobs. Very motivating I'm sure. We had repeated problems with theft which was disregarded until I complained. My son was basically told it was his fault that things were stolen. Possibly the most enlightening moment was when my husband cursed by a student when he chaperoned a field trip & the teacher said "she's from a bad home." Said that excused the behavior. We are transferring next year.
Very disappointed with the quality of education. I sent my son there for the Math & Science program and found the quality to be lower than the middle school that is in our immediate neighborhood. He will not be returning next year.
My daughter was invited to attend the MST honors program at Jackson for 6th grade this year. Jackson overall is probably one of the best schools in the district for not only for bright students, but kids with Autism/PDD-NOS. Her case manager, and teachers understand the finer points of children with ASD's, don't make them appear any different to other kids in the class, and as a result, my daughter has been able to socialize much better than previous schools, as well as succeed academically. The cirriculum is great, with both core subjects and electives that are both fun and challenging
i am a 6th grader at Jackson and I would say Jackson is an awesome middle school the teachers are awesome and when you go home you can't wait to go back to school because the teachers make you really eager to learn!!! :)
I am currently an 8th grader in the MST program here at Jackson. This is a great school with some flaws, but hey, nothing is ever perfect. I love my teachers and I feel like they actually want us to succeed. MST is a bit challenging but it's all worth it in the end. You will have your occasional fights here and there but it's not any of the staffs fault it happens. Anyway, I'm glad to spend my 8th grade year at the best middle school in Garland.
i think this school is cool because the teachers actually tell you what they want you to do with your hw while the others schools really dont.
I'm going into 7th Grade at this school, and I can't believe I'm about to go to it again. I actually laugh that this school calls themselves a 'magnet' school. The kids use strong language in every sentence. Constant fights, stink bombs, the teachers couldn't care less. I'm terrified of this school and would not recommend it to anyone.
This school has a great fine arts department. In 2009,all departments recieved basically ones from uil competitions and great results were pouring in everywhere and every competitions. The choir department is great and just because they don't get as many awards does not mean they are not great. Their will is so amazing and mrs. Jagielski is so awesome. She deserves to get great results for another year. She makes students realize that it's not the score that matters. You're great mrs. J!
This school is a GREAT! It challenges students and I had a great time, except it could be a little bigger, the hallways are always cramped. I am just a normal kid and I think that if you love music and challenges this school is good!
Thank goodness this is our last year at this school. I am constantly amazed at how the teachers tattle on the students and when you help correct the problem and ask for an update they don't have time to tell you its better or thank you or answer in any way. The teachers are not on the same page about anything not standardized dress ,not cell phones or MP3's the teachers only see what they want to see and if something bad happens,surprise their cameras were not clear enough to see. Bad language and bulling is common and from time to time they have a student in an ankle braclet. If you are sending your student to Jackson because os the Science and Math it is not worth it find a school with honor classes and teachers that can control the class be fair and consistant and stay off THEIR cells
i think this is a great school because my son is really doing well there and I believe the teachers are doing their best to give him the very best
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