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6-8
Public district
Killeen, TX
Students enrolled: 900
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2301 West Elms Road
Killeen, TX 76549

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(254) 336-1200
(254) 519-5577
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Map of Palo Alto Middle School address.
Develops honesty: Strongly agree
June 01, 2015
Based upon my own personal experience with my children I believe this to be true. All my children are of good character.

- submitted by a parent

June 01, 2015
My experience with Palo Alto has been a very positive one. I've had my 3 children attend there. I have no complaints. All 3 of my children have received a good quality education. My eldest left there an honor roll student and went on to receive her IB diploma from HS. My middle child, also an honor student who loves to participate in any and every after school activity like NJHS, chess club, tennis, swim, and football, had multiple clubs to choose from and he will be attending Early College High School in the fall. This was my youngest son's first year there, he is also an honor student. All 3 of my kiddos always received advance performance/commended on STARR which is proof positive that for the students who want to receive it the opportunity for a great education is definitely there. The staff is always very courteous and demonstrate genuine concern for each and every student who attends their school.

- submitted by a parent

May 29, 2015
Excellent teachers, the teachers really care about their students and their education. My daughter has gone to Palo Alto for the past three years and I am very happy with the education she has received here. I would recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
May 28, 2015
Every teacher is clear and concise and focused on the students' success in everything they do. Neither I nor my daughter has had a bad experience in classroom or personal interactions.

- submitted by a parent
Amount of homework: Just right
May 28, 2015
I had more homework as a student, but my daughter is overwhelmed sometimes. This is due to her own poor time management skills and provides another lesson to learn as she grows. The current trend to reduce homework loads for students is misguided and misrepresented at best. So far, her teachers have gotten it right.

- submitted by a parent
Develops grit: Agree
May 28, 2015
The incessant focus on the importance of tests and projects (for the GT students) can create too much stress and develop a sense of hopelessness. Too many teachers and school systems fall into the institutional problem (hence the debate about standardized testing- with teachers being against it!). Palo Alto tries to mitigate this with Pep Rallies and other activities to 'defrag' the students' minds. More could certainly be done, but Palo Alto does address those opportunities.

- submitted by a parent
Develops respect: Strongly agree
May 28, 2015
Everyone, from the Choir teacher to the Principal, maintains open relationships with the students and provides an environment that automatically promotes proper respect for authority and 'elders'.

- submitted by a parent
Develops empathy: Agree
May 28, 2015
see previous answer. By setting the example with faculty and promoting personal interaction, these qualities are reinforced.

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Agree
May 28, 2015
Although I don't see specific programs similar to what our Elementary Schools focus on, I do see the personal interaction between the teachers and students and the emphasis on being a 'good Patriot'. Between great examples and individual recognition, this school provides a constructive atmosphere to learn those traits.

- submitted by a parent

May 28, 2015
I see daily the efforts that Principal Widacki and his faculty take to make this middle school a fantastic place. Despite a horrible reputation in the community (including when my wife went there soon after the school was opened), it is one of the best schools in the area. That reputation is wrong. The surrounding area is quite nice and the school itself takes great pride in preparing students and working with them personally on a great number of subjects. Most importantly, they offer plenty of opportunities for my kid, including Science Club, Swimming (I didn't know they had a pool!), and varsity sports and activities (volleyball and choir are my kid's choices). Palo Alto is a great school and run by a Principal and Faculty that truly care.

- submitted by a parent

May 27, 2015
My child attented Palo Alto all three years. She had a wonderful experience. She had many teachers that taught her so much more than just basic knowledge. She has walked away with many life lessons. This school has been great for my child. School is about students, parents, and teachers all working together. We each have a part to do to give our children the best opportunity they can have and this schools does their part.

- submitted by a community member

May 27, 2015
My brother and my sister attend this school! Great help from councilors and the principal. Both my siblings are in honor rolls

- submitted by a community member

September 10, 2014
This is the WORST school I have ever been to. The principal is very unprofessional, just like his front office secretaries, guidance counselors, and head school nurse. All of the staff needs to be fired. The teachers don't care about their students, only their little paychecks, and the administration doesn't care about the students well-being. Bullying is at an all time high at Palo Alto and no one does anything about it. I would never have another child of mine attend this school.

- submitted by a parent

September 05, 2014
This school is amazing. The administration and teachers truly care about helping all their students do their best to reach their full potential.

- submitted by a teacher

August 13, 2014
This school gets a bad rap because of the location. Now that Mrs. Erskine has retired, I expect discipline will be handled in a more positive manner. If you have concerns, go to the administration. I find them to be very open and willing to help. The staff is hard working and really seem to care for the students.

- submitted by a parent

May 14, 2014
Hate this school with a passion! THE worst school my daughter has ever attended. Bullying is absolutely out of control and administration acts like they are dumb, deaf and blind. I would suggest moving around the corner so your child could go to Live Oak or petition to go to live oak. Palo Alto will ruin your child! They are great at killing their drive, confidence and work ethic. They never assign homework so most of their grades weigh heavily on tests that you never know they have. Most of the teachers don't know how to communicate and act offended when you require them to and they still don't do it. You constantly have to go above administrations head to resolve issues. This school is garbage! A disgrace!

- submitted by a parent

May 13, 2014
There are a lot of fights at this school. My advise would be to tell your child to lay low and just try to get through. If you can afford to move, move.

- submitted by a parent

February 28, 2014
I have grown to appreciate most of the staff at this school. As a parent of 3 my oldest 2 have graduated from this school and gone on to high school taking what they've learned from PA to do great things. As with all schools you will find some that are more passionate and committed to helping kids succeed. Mr. Ivey Mr. Wadacki Ms Allen Ms. Sutton Coach Maxi Coach Bell just to name a few that have made an impact on my girls. I appreciate all that u do!

- submitted by a parent

February 19, 2014
This school is TERRIBLE!!! The assistant principle, Ms. Erskine does not work with the kids, she seems to be a bully herself. This school would rather focus on punishment for small issues (shirt not being tucked in) and make kids sit in the in school suspension all day rather than give them an extra shirt and let them go to class. My daughter has been bullied the entire 4 months we have lived here - therefore we are forced to move to another school district completely. I would NOT recommend letting your child attend this school unless you want to be called on a regular basis about issues the school should handle and have your child call you crying because she is being threatened to be jumped while the teachers sit back and do nothing. The teachers don't abide by 504 guidelines for ADHD children yet will call about failing grades. My daughter's math teacher was caught telling her studetns that she gets paid whether or not they pass, this is a paycheck for her. This school and it's staff is a disgrace to teachers and schools and should be SHUT DOWN!! I wish I could give it negative stars!

- submitted by a parent

November 23, 2013
I currently go to Palo Alto Middle School. It is a great school! I Get help with all of the things I don't understand, and they always have tutoring open. The sports teams are amazing as well. THE ADMINISTARTION HERE IS JUST FINE COUGH COUGH People writing comments bout it. There is almost no bullying at this school, and if there is it's taken care of very quickly. -Angela Baker Palo Alto Middle School

- submitted by a community member

August 05, 2013
This school is okay besides some of the teachers and administraters. When I am getting bullied or someone is trying to fight me, I go to the a.p's office and Ms.Erskine never does anything to help, she makes It worse. She'll say something like just ignore or If they hit you come to the A.P's office like they're not going to keep hitting me. I once literally got bullied and forced into a fight and I'm the one who gets suspended, while the others get a day of ISS. The way this school handles problems Is not okay. I definitely would not take my child here any time soon. The teachers don't help either, they just send you to the A.P's office. Mr. Wadacki says If your getting jumped crawl to the A.P's office. Another thing Is that Instead of having Police around in the A.P's office, they chose to have one on the last day of school.

- submitted by a community member

May 16, 2013
I really would like to give this school a 2.5, I know that sounds silly. My son was homeschooled until his 6th grade year. He was given the standardized test in 2011, 2 weeks prior to school starting. Never having been standardized tested before. He scored on the 10th and 8th grade level. He rarely comes home with homework or study material. I have asked if I could know when test are coming up so I can make sure he gets regular studying in a few nights before. The communication is NOT very good at this school. I do not feel that he has been challenged. In Feb 2012 one of his teachers told me what a disruptive student he had been for months, yet I had to come to her and ask her why he was given after school detention (days prior) while at a ceremony. Which was our first means of contact. The same thing happened with his history teacher this year. My son is not an angel all the time, but overall he is normally well behaved and mature for his age. I am that parent who will correct and address when I am INFORMED! My boys have played travel sports which maintained a high level of discipline. My son's 7th grade sports season lacked disciple during football and basketball.

- submitted by a parent

August 09, 2012
okay so before i went to PAMS i thought middle school would be terrible but on the first day people were so friendly and i made tons of friends and all the teachers were great. As the school year continued i had only two problems someone stole my binder but it was returned and the other was just two girls who bulled me but i went to ms.erskine for help (although she made the problem worse) i ended up learning to ignore the bullies and by the end of the year i came out stronger,smarter.and happier-i CANNOT wait for the first day of my seventh year!!

- submitted by a community member

July 17, 2012
I really do not have anything to say because we are new to this area.

- submitted by a community member

May 29, 2012
Being a military family, and bouncing from school to school... I have to say that the administration, teachers and most importantly - the principal are AMAZING! I have never seen a group of professionals truly care and take a hands on approach to teaching like those at PAMS do. My daughter attended the last 2 of her middle school years there - and Im very excited to start a new chapter at PAMS with an incoming 6th grader next year. I would HIGHLY recommended PAMS. Mr. Widacki is always showing interest in the students - the office staff always has a smile when I come in. As with any school - you child's academic success starts at home... and is furthered by amazing teachers and caring admin. THANK YOU PAMS!

- submitted by a parent

February 27, 2012
"Great Teachers and Great Principles " This school works very hard for our students, my son has attended this school for the third year he has worked hard and his teachers have been truly a blessing. Thanks for all the concern, kindness, firmness when needed and just making sure these students are getting full advantage of there education. A little note to parent get involved with your child's education and keep the lines of communication open between yourself and your child's teacher my son has had a successful 3 yrs with the support of great teachers like Mr. Rucker , Mrs.Fulton,Mr. Williams, Ms. Terrell, Mrs.Allen and last but not least the best two principals ever Mr.Jack Ivey and Mr. Matt W. Good bless all of the teachers at PAMS and continue to promote a place where kids can strive to do there best and be the best!! Much Love, Parent

- submitted by a parent

August 15, 2011
my son went to school there last school year. After only 2 months iwithdrew him from the school. He was bullied so bad that he would come home crying and mad. I tried talking to the school about it but was told if he doesn't say anything nothing can be done. He got sick of it and fought back one day, the other student's parents were told to press charges against my son. At 11 yrs old he has a criminal record now. Nothing as of yet has been done to remove the boy from this school.

- submitted by a parent

August 06, 2011
I love working at PAMS. The kids are wonderful, the fellow teachers make you feel like one of the TEAM and are always friendly and the administrative staff are extremely helpful and available when you need them. I travel from the Round Rock area (60 miles each way) to work at this school because it it a great place to work. I have been offered other jobs while working here and my reply to them is, " I love where I work and would hate to leave a good thing." All of us, including the parents, work really hard for these kids and want them to be successful. I am looking forward to another fun and exciting year at PAMS, where these kids are our number one priority.

- submitted by a teacher

July 22, 2011
I think my daughter had a good experience transitioning from elementary school to middle school in the 2010-2011 school year. mr. Widacki was a very active and "present" principal. I grew up in KISD as well and am very familiar with much of the staff at Palo Alto, I would have to say that I was not satified with the way business was conducted with Asst Principal Erskine. Often times one gets the sense that rather than working with students, she's working against them. Overall, I was happy with my daughter's teachers during this past school year and look forward to her attending 7th grade.

- submitted by a parent

July 22, 2011
Love this school!! My son is an 8th grader at PAMS and I wouldn't have it any other way.

- submitted by a parent

June 26, 2011
Palo Alto is the greatest school! All the teachers and the principal strive for excellence and work hard to help the students achieve their highest potential. They recognize where the students are in their learning and life and assist them in growing mentally and confidently through these trying times and years. It takes a village to raise a family and Palo Alto is a wonderful village to live in :) Fabulous students, teachers, staff and school.

- submitted by a parent

March 03, 2011
I been a student at Palo Alto for two years. I am currently in 7th grade and my life at school is great! You have lots of friends who care about you. ( Lots of cute boys). And the teachers a great. They teach the subjects and if you don't understand they will privitly help you all while they make sure you're having fun. When first came to this school, I didn't know what it felt like to get a C. Now I hyave all A's and one B. AJ from PA

- submitted by a community member
no rating
October 04, 2010
It's a well balanced school...

- submitted by a parent

October 04, 2010
This school has taught our son responsiblity and to be an all around good person! We have enjoyed this school for three years now and cant wait till our other children attend here!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 04, 2010
GO PATRIOTS....beat union grove tomorrow on their own field! Go kole, alex, jamal GET EM BOYS!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 04, 2010
It's a well rounded school .

- submitted by a community member

August 17, 2010
This is one of the best schools ever! even thought you have to wear uniform it is a great school, the teachers are great, the principle is awesome and very nice. the kids there have respect. there isnt so many fights like other schools. its a great achool to learn more and improove skills. i suggest you put your child in this school as soon as possible.

- submitted by a community member

August 08, 2010
I didn't like this school my niece was in 6th grade at this school and she always got bullied around and she said she didnt want to tell the teachers because she didnt want to get teased for being a teacher's pet i guess if she told them they would have helped.

- submitted by a community member

January 19, 2009
i went to palo alto middle school for all 3 years and jus graduated from the eighth grade in 2008 and its is the best school you will find in killeen

- submitted by a community member
no rating
July 10, 2008
The teachers, counselors and the principal are wonderful. Our son has received Commended Scores on the TAKS since he's been at Palo Alto. He's an opportunity to be involved in a number of activities. We really like how welcomed the parents are treated. Though the staff at Palo Alto are wonderful, we as parents still need to do our job!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
February 26, 2008
I attend Palo Alto and I'm in the 8th grade. I've been going there since the 6th grade and as a student i think it is a great place to learn. Teachers take time out of there schueldles to do tutoring which isnt requird, after school. I make A's and its all because the dedication of the wonderful teachers. I reccomend anybody coming to this area to be glad they are putting their child in this great school.

- submitted by a student

August 17, 2006
At first I was alittle worried about my son attending Palo Alto ,because of the TAKS test scores in math at this school. But, the staff and the princial made me feel at easy. He seems to be getting a good head start in school. The only thing I don't like is sports. Everything is centered around football and basketball. What about the kids who like other things!

- submitted by a parent

September 13, 2005
Although the school is trying to upgrade it's resources, the major issue is the lack of both parental involvment-and the involvement of teachers. The only way things are found out regarding what is going on, or what needs to be done is by word of mouth-the lack of organization is very prevalent. Unless your child is either very disruptive or brilliant, he/she is subject to 'fall through' the proverbial cracks. If you are sending your child to this school, you will need a high level of vigiliance to ensure they get even a mediocre education. I do realize that in the state in general, education is not a priority, and it really shows in the public school system.

- submitted by a parent

July 11, 2005
Parent involvement could be better, but it's not for lack of effort on the school's part. Staff works hard to provide a good education for students. Overall, great school.

- submitted by a teacher

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Palo Alto Middle School
2301 West Elms Road, Killeen, TX  76549
(254) 336-1200
Last modified Palo Alto 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.
Palo Alto Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top