When I heard the rumors about this school, I was nervous about my son attending. However, these last 2 years at Thornton have been wonderful. His teachers are very involved and great about responding to emails, etc. when I have questions concerning his grades or conduct. My son says there are almost never any fights, and that they have a very strict tardy policy so students are never in the halls after the bells ring. The teachers say that the kids are very well behaved. Nowadays, you are always hearing about kids cussing teachers out in schools but I've never heard of an incident like that at Thornton. The Administrators are very caring and honest. All in all, I can't figure out why the school has a negative reputation at all. I mean, what other middle school or school in general spends and entire first week of school just trying to play games and find ways to get to know the kids and build relationships with the teachers? And they are doing great with the new STAAR exam scores, which is amazing since most campuses throughout the state failed. For a campus that is so diverse, and is considered economically disadvantaged (lower income), this campus is doing an incredible job.
I was a studet in this School and people here would mature once they are in high school. These kids just came out of elementary so why do people expect them to mature so fast. This school was fun for me when i was there but honestly i believe the principal there messed it up bad. So dont blame the kids or the teachers blame yourself expecting your kids to be so mature at a early age.
Great school rarely any bully's, great teachers, has a great learning system, and its just a great school to be in.
I am an 8th grader at Thornton, and this was my first and last year. For 6th and 7th grade, I went to Hodges Bend Middle School. I have to say, HBMS does not come close to Thornton. IN education and behavior. The teachers and students are nice to you, and the teachers take time to help you to make sure you pass. At HBMS, there was a lot of stuff I didnt understand, but Thornton teachers explained it to me very well. I am very sure that this school is awesome!
this year thornton changed. barely any fights and the kids have really improved their behavior.
Thornton is a horrible school. The students don't have any respect whatsoever for each other. Also the way things are ran there need to be corrected.
I am a student at Thornton MS I also think my school has had its ups and downs but we still all got through them.Personally I love this school the teachers treat you very well and you also have fun in some of the classes. But no matter what people say about our school to us ,students, we will always love this school.
I am a student at Thornton Middle School and most of the reviews here say that we are a school that has many fights and the students are always getting in trouble, but that is not true. From the year of 2006-07 to the year of 2008-09 fights have reduced by 65% according to the school paper and the 2008-09 year 94% of 8th graders passed the reading TAKS test and 42% recieved commened. So before you think of this school being bad come to the school and learn the real facts becauses the parents that have put bad reviews on here don't go to the school and don't have a real taste of Thornton Middle School.
over the years this school has gotten better. i mean the passing rate of the reading TAKS was 91% this year i am an 8 grader. this school may have had its downs but right now we are all on top. this scool is the best
I'm a 6th grader at the school.what i think is this is probally the best middle school. i really don't care what all the parents think.they are way to over protective. there are alot of clubs you could join and the teachers are so cool. thorten rock
My daughter is a 6 grader. To be honest i was very worried before the school yr started, simply because of the reviews on this website. My daughter seems to enjoy the school. Although we both find there is not enough extra curr. Available to the students. I am a firm believer that in order for our children to succeed we must as parents keep in constant contact with the school and teachers. Its our resp as parents to express to our children that we expect their best efforts in their school works. I find that email is an excellent communication for busy working parents. I think the only thing lacking in this school is better extra curr for the students, some thing to make them interested in learning.
I have an 8th grade and a 6th grade student at Thornton and I have found that this school is not a good place for either of my children. Both of my sons are good students and well-behaved in public and at home. This school lacks leadership from the 'adults' teachers, principal, counselors. The kids run this school, and the curriculum needs improvement. This school needs a definite internal makeover, and discipline for the students.
I go to Thornton and im in the 8th grade. Really, the reason why the school has so many misbehaving students is because the school does not have any excitement. If they would spend their money better, then we might have some decent things. But the Principle is cool and has alot of respect from most of the students. Overall, the school is alright but has alot to improve.
My son went to this school for about 4 months and I was so happy to get him out! The kids at this school have all the control! There is a major lack of supervision. Parent involvement day was really an eye opener for me as a parent! Teachers are not able to teach and the school is seriously overcrowded!
The music department of Thornton is exceptional. I find that the administrative department is lacking and the safety for my child was not a priority. I have a child who has never been a disciplinary issue and yet is afraid to attend school because the staff doesn't protect him from children they KNOW are trying to pick on him. I would say that Thornton is a very unsafe environment to put your child in.
Most of the staff is very personalble. I will say that the teachers that my child dealt with were exceptional. The best my child has ever had.
I have not been very pleased with this school. My son has attended this school since 6th grade and now he is in 8th grade. The school seems to lack displine and control of the students. I am not pleased with the amout of drugs and weapons that have been found on kids at school. I am also not pleased with the way that the TAKES test doesn't seem to match up with the way that the teachers teach their everyday classwork. My son struggles every year with the TAKES test when he is a strong 'A' 'B' student. He is even in many advanced classes. During this school year my son was also informed by a visitor to his class that if they don't pass the TAKS test that their parents will have a hard time selling their houses. Not an apporpriate worry for 8th graders about to test.
My child is in the 7th grade at Thornton and while I have found the instructional staff to be quite accommodating in returning my e-mails and/or phone calls keeping me abreast of my child's progress in their classes the adminstrative staff at Thornton seems to fall short. Specifically in the area of diversity and ensuring that biases are not being integrated into the procedures used to dicipline children at Thornton. I belive a diversity Sensitivity review should be given to all School district emloyees as including the importance of treating everyone fairly and equally and link this to how our children view the world around them and treat one another.
The problem with Thornton Middle School is a lack of leadership. The principal does not make the education of the children that attend the school her first priority. Parents are not informed about activities and announcements in a timely manner. The monthly calendar cames late if at all, the newsletter anniounces events that have already passed. We parents need to hold the school and district adminitrators accountable, after all these are our children.
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