I'm a parent whose daughter attended Watkins for half a year. We pulled her out as soon as the opportunity presented itself. We lived in the neighborhood for over 7 years and never heard anything positive about this school. Teachers had/have little to no control over the students. Discipline was almost unheard of and our daughter came home with stories of daily fights. I wouldn't recommend this school to a parolee much less any of your children. Don't send your children here, instead, find an alternative like a charter or private school. You'll see the difference immediately.
We have 3 girls, 2 went to Watkins 3 yrs, 1 thru 6th grd before we had to move to Virginia. I always knew the teachers and parents at the schools they attended (Wilson, Watkins, & Cy Springs) were excellent. After moving here, we have learned they are far beyond that. I never heard a teacher tell me they couldn't remember my kid or accuse them of being lazy as an excuse for their own lack of interest in Texas. In fact, they knew all 3 & were always there for them. I became ill & handicapped before they entered school & everyone from the principals to the volunteers were first to help out. They always kept us in the loop as a team, helping to raise them with love & high expectations. Schools are only as good as the people who work in them. Watkins et al are best!
This school is pretty good, but there are fights almost every day. I sit down for class, and I hear, 'Did you see the fight?' I am tired of it. I only enjoy a few of my classes, one being an elective. Teachers are very kind, (well, some of them) and so is the principal. You should know that I am not interested at all in fights. Teachers always try to stop them. Some succeed, others get hurt in the process (or so I've heard). Overall, it can be dangerous unless you are the type who doesn't make people angry or make them want to fight you (like me). Unfortunately, some people never realize this. It's a good school if you have good friends, and that's that.
This school has got better but It has been recalled many fights have been put in the school. My son had went to Watkins and he always would come home with a story of a fight going on, they he changed schools and the stories of fights don't pop up more. Other than fights and, and other misbehavior the school isn't so bad.
hayyo:) 7th grader at watkins, well till the end of the summer.when i came into watkins, well all the teachers were great. there are those stupid igrnorent teachers that scream at copy machines. but im sure every schools have one of those. its never a usal day, its always somthing new. and the theater art department is the shizzz. man ms. rebsch is strict but awsome. sure this school isnt the best. but what school is? if Confidence is what you want in your child, then watkins is the best school. Friends that are made at watkins are friends that you will have forever. with no doubt i can say, like anyother school watkins has theyre up and downs. but like the lectures that teaches us, and the lessons in life that we experience it hopefully is always there to show the young... kiddos comming in next. Go Watkins Bulldogs
Hi parents! I'm also a student at Watkins Middle School. I'm a 6th grader and I think Watkins is a great school. Although fights do break out from time to time,no school is perfect. The teachers are awesome,and they make students(like me) enjoy learning the subject. Personally,for me, I love how we get to have a class period for electives. It takes our minds off school work and stress,It gives us more time to think clearly and be relaxed for the next class! :)
Hello parents! :] I am currently a 7th grader at Watkins Middle School. The teachers are super duper cool! They make learning so much fun. We got a new principal last year. He was an AP at Kahla. He has changed the school. There arent many tardies anymore. But all kids that go to this cool say hey at the hallways and they dont try to start trouble.
Watkins is a diverse school but I have seen strong involvement of the administration in the time my 7th grader has been there. A new principal came in last year and has really made an impression on the school. We travel to other middle schools in the district and although others may be newer we get lots of support from the students at Watkins. I think the students will be well prepared for the diverse community that we live in, and not overly sheltered like those in some other schools.
parents i am a high school student who has graduated from watkins. i loved this school so much the have helped me be orginized and taught me alot of life lessons. they have prepared me for the rest of my life. they taught me what desapiln and respect realy is. if u compare this school to others then yeah there is positive and negative sides of this school. but you can find that at any school.
I am a current Student at Watkins I think the School is great but the Students have behavior problems but the teachers are great Mr Martinez and the AP's are friendly I recommend this school
Watkins is a great school. Principal Martinez, the counselors and teachers love children and value education
My child went to Watkins for three years and then we moved and my other child is attending another school in the same district. I didn't realize how bad Watkins was until we experienced what a good middle school was really like. It wasn't about the teachers or the administration - it is about the overall environment where a child can feel safe and learn more without other kids around who are being out of control distractions.
Parents I am a past student and I belive your child has a great opportunity to grow and learn in a productive environment. This middle school has prepared me not only for high school but college as well, students who are above average with learning capability have a chance to take 'K' level classes and also AVID which prepare students for college and how to write essays to admissions boards, take cliff notes, and to keep organized. Coaches at Watkins treat players with respect and 'crack the whip' when it comes to their grades. Teachers at this school are focused on the children and their learning experience and help at all ends of the table. The principles and AP's are friendly and help parents stay informed
Watkins has some very good teachers and some who don't do too much. That is to be expected anywhere. The thing that makes Watkins a poor school is the administration. They are disconnected and do not prepare the kids for high school. They set deadlines and rules, but it is rare that they actually stick to what they say, which allows the kids to have no real boundaries. There are a lot of good teachers, so the school can be good. However, if you have a child who can be a challenge, I would not recommend sending him/her to this school because the behavior and skills will probably get worse.
It's a decent school. The administration is very supportive with parents and the faculty is experienced.
The Principal is very good. The school is focused on student improvement and is student-oriented. It is a lower socio-economic area and is Title I. Therefore, it is given greater funds. The facility is kept in decent condition.
Will not recommend this school to any wise parent. The school lacks culture and structure in general.
I was not happy with the school at all. It seems to me that the staff is very unorganized.
This school is not one I would choose for my children. Leadership seems oblivious at best, negligent at worst.
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