We are moving to the Colleyville/Grapevine area and are very interested in the Cross Timbers Middle School for our son entering 7th grade. We are visiting the area in February and we are trying set up a tour of the school. We cannot seem to get any response. Any tips would appreciated. I had to give a rating below in order for me to submit.
My daughter has been bullied by other girls, who then get the boys to bully. The teachers and principal see it and do nothing. The athletic system humiliates kids for being less than pre Olympic athletes. My daughter says that most of the kids and parents here are fake and uppity. She can't wait to either go to a smaller country school or be home schooled.
Cross Timbers is a great place to be. The teachers are warm and take a true interest in students and the administration is tremendously supportive. As far as earlier comments, the school itself has no control over the curriculum as it is a district wide adoption and while bullying may happen, if teachers are notified, it is immediately handled--bullying happens everywhere, but at Cross Timbers the teachers try hard to keep it to a minimum. If students hide bullying from the school--the school cannot help. Cross Timbers is a place I am proud to work and send my kids. --An educator
Cross Timbers Middle School is a great school with wonderful students, parents, and teachers. The level of commitment is far reaching, with a high majority of the top twenty students at nearby Grapevine High School coming from Cross Timbers. The staff works 24/7 to insure the success of students, and the leadership is very caring.
Extremely proud to teach at Cross Timbers! GCISD and the community have been very supportive by passing the Bond package allowing us to incorporate more technology and relate the curriculum to real world applications. Our student body is diverse, brilliant, and loving. I am excited for my own children to attend and also be involved in the extra curricular activities offered. They will be challenged and molded into wonderful young adults.
The quality of CTMS has declined severely since the last review were written. 7 & 8 grade teachers do not grade papers. The curriculum for GT program is a joke. There is a lot of bullying and vulgar behavior that is tolerated by by some the the teachers in their classrooms. My husband and I had been very disappointed in this school district and glad our kids are going to a private school. GCISD has become a dog and pony show, with no real value system.
This school is not one I would recomend. being a student there I fully understand the difficulties an unathletic student may have. The athletics department has just as much focus on it then the educational one, and bullying takes place frequently.
This is a great school. I attended Fall 1999 to Spring 2002. Almost every boy played football in 7th grade, and not being able to play any sports in 6th grade was annoying. Definitely avoid regular classes as the students just don't care and it is extremely difficult to learn in a regular class. The Pre-AP kids are much more focused and encourage others to learn with them.
Being a former student at Cross Timbers, I fully understand what it feels like to experience life at CTMS. Academics are overall satisfactory. Athletics are taken way too seriously, and this does not help the students at CTMS who don't feel like they have a place in the school socially. If you want you or your child to 'belong', attend a school of unity and of a 'home environment', this is most certainly not the place for that. Cliques, gossip, and rumors are abundant and get out of hand significantly.
I love this school! I am a student who started in '06 and they make learning everything really a fun experience and when you do good on something they give you a lot of positive reinforcement that makes you want to keep working hard. And all the extra curricular activities are a lot of fun and give you a lot to do. In my point of view, I wouldn't want to go anywhere else.
I agree with the two other entering 6th grade parents comments; communication between the parents & the schools needs to be improved, and organized parent teacher conferences & updates need to happen. Parents who 'try to talk to the teachers enough' get a mixed response, depending on the teacher. Dunn (Science) and Botterman (Math) are two of the top teachers my kids have ever had -- exceptional, truly going the extra mile and providing a great example for adolescents at a crucial age.
A look at the test scores for CTMS in comparison to all middle schools in GCISD reveals that CTMS exceeds all in test scores when only identical student populations are taken into account. The only reason other middle schools in GCISD have higher ratings overall is that they do not have any diversity. CTMS has higher commended scores than all and comparable scores in all categories despite having the most diverse student population (see TEA website). CTMS also has won the UIL sweepstakes for all GCISD and oher area districts every year of its existence. The teachers are exceptional overall. I agree with earlier postings about the 6th grade being a huge transition, but I do not believe these parents tried to talk to the teachers enough. If they had they would have gotten help. As for team time, all teachers want it too, but the district eliminated it in 2002.
Great School! Lots of different programs to keep kids involved. There is a wide array of cultural and socio-economic groups represented.
All of the teachers both of my sons had were amazing. They are held to very high standards and are very dedicated. The principal is the best you will find anywhere. The school is in a very nice neighborhood and an on site police officer is on duty full time. Parental involvement is great. Great extracurricular activities such as spelling bees, science fairs, math olympics, fantastic band and athletic program make this a great educational choice.
Principal Linda Tidmore is a great leader. She has a counseling background and is very attuned to what is best for her students. She always makes time to visit with me about how my kids are doing.
The principal at CTMS is the best you could ask for, they come no better. Mrs. Tidmore has put together an incredible staff. The school has a strong PTA, and parent involvement, numorous awards in acedemic, band, and athletics. It is a great school.
Last year my daughter started 6th grade at CTMS - overall it was a positive experience; however the communication between the school and incoming 'new' 6th grade parents was poor. I relied more on neighbors 'word of mouth' (with older kids at CTMS) than any information from the school.
CTMS is the best school the teachers are great the electives are the best and I think it is an A+ school
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