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Garland, TX
Students enrolled: 1,073

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700 Birchwood Drive
Garland, TX 75043

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(972) 279-6103
(972) 613-9532
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April 23, 2014
FIGHTS all the time its really annoying this school doesnt have any good qualties all the students i see are starting to get into fights who are nice and good kids but now they are starting to get into fights also in the cafeteria if you get seperated from your friend its because of the people on lunch duty who tell you not to wait to just leave them or if you have to sit at a table with just one seat left theyre going to make you get separted from your friend and then you eat lunch all by yourself sad and they won't even care at all they have done it so much.

- submitted by a community member

August 16, 2013
O Banion has struggled to find its identity, but you get out of it what you put into it. I ve had a wonderful experience with sending my child to OB. The teachers go out of their way to ensure that the students have an opportunity to excel. Tutorials are offered before/after school to meet the needs of the student & parent. The principal is available & holds meetings before school to meet parents & reach out to the community. Sadly, I ve been to the meetings & see only 1 or 2 parents show up. There are over 1000 students! Where are the parents? I ve made it a point to contact my child s teachers via email & introduce myself. I make my expectations clear & ensure that there is 2 way communication. My child isn t perfect & I want the teachers to feel that they can contact me w/out me getting defensive. I want to know if they see any issues in learning or behavior. Teachers are human. Yes, they, like parents, may have their favorites. Making yourself known & available to the them helps to build a lasting relationship. The surrounding neighborhood has depreciated from upper/middle to lower/middle income families, but the level of education hasn t suffered.

- submitted by a parent

June 10, 2013
Suggestion are not welcomed at this school. My child had never been in trouble until he was placed in this school. Unlike some, I admit he is not the perfect student but my child wasn't the worst either. I welcomed constructive criticism and this became a gateway to the mistreat my child. Like most kids he struggled with "identity" issues in his efforts to fit in. I had to redirect him and tell him that at a school like this, you have to definitely walk a straight line because their is no room for being a child but their is a great deal of room for trouble. They are strict out of fear, because the "majority of the students are minorities" controlled by a stereotypical facility that degrades them. There are some teachers who will single students out and take corrective on their own. The principal supports them and will redirect the problem back to it being the kids. I think in terms of good teachers, I have only found a few, in terms of office professionalism I will rate them 3. They stick together even in their wrong and seem to blatantly blow off allegations of mistreatment. Be active if you would like the best results for your child, your absence will lead to mistreatment.

- submitted by a parent

February 23, 2011
Yah there are fights all the time, and the teachers always have a favorite student.................................. But overall i wouldnt go there again. It kinda in a gangster area and there are alot of bloods and cripts. Like this one time i was walking down the street and some random guy walked up to me and said, "are you a blood or cript?" I was like 'i'm not gangster and get off me bro." There are fights in school, and after school. Also when I heard the news that shop was getting canceled i was like OMG.

- submitted by a community member

August 12, 2010
O'Banion is the best school I have gone to.And thats something!I've gone to 9!The teachers care about the students and everything!If they yell at you your doing something wrong.Yes,they dont use backpacks or lockers.But thats up to the staff.OB has some ups and downs,but its just conveint for the teachers and students.Those who've been good get awards and the bad get punished.Overall the 3 years there were AWSOME!MS.G I miss YOU!And all the other 21 of my teachers.I also miss the old band director Mr.Mac!To bad he retired after 29 years.How you look at OB depends on your decisons.So make the best choices you can and get to "Destination Exellence!"

- submitted by a community member

June 02, 2010
O'Banion may not be a 'perfect' school in the traditional sense of the word. Our students are faced with many hardships outside of school. Our staff/faculty is absolutely devoted to every student here. We believe in every student's success, no matter their background or past. I am sending my own children to O'Banion because I believe that we have the most dedicated and hard-working staff in the district. I am VERY proud to be a part of O'Banion's journey to 'Destination Excellence', and to have the privilege to watch our students achieve more than they ever thought they could.

- submitted by a teacher
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November 26, 2008
I am an 8th grader at OB and i went there last year too. And i just plain hate this school. The teachers dont seem to care about our education. They yell and they single out favorites. Theres fights all of the time. Someone is always messing with someone. Last year, on the second day of school there was a fight, and i saw it. Its horrible. Mrs.Greenidge is the best teacher there. And even sometimes i feel like she doesnt like me. and i dont know why. OB is the last school you wanna send your kid too.

- submitted by a student

October 14, 2008
Very Poor sense of security at this school. no use of locker, no backpacks, what has happened here for crying out loud! and there is no organization when picking the kids up from school whatsoever. Principal talks about excellence but he's lacking laot of it

- submitted by a parent

September 01, 2007
O'Banion is a great school.

- submitted by a parent

August 01, 2007
I am a teacher at O'Banion and I feel I must respond to this review. I'm sorry for Ms Fuller's experience. I would want all of our parents to know that we are working hard for our O'Banion students to reach 'Destination Excellence.' Like many teachers, I care for our students and will do all that I can to help them succeed. If any O'Banion parent needs assistance or support, or should you have a suggestion please contact me at the school. Thanks. Jean Greenidge!

- submitted by a teacher

July 05, 2005
I was very disapointed in this school. I have had numerous problems with the staff.

- submitted by a parent
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O'banion Middle School
700 Birchwood Drive, Garland, TX  75043
(972) 279-6103
Last modified O'banion Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
O'banion Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 28 reviews. Top