Armstrong Middle School is one of the best-kept secrets in Plano. Despite the socioeconomic challenges that many students have, Armstrong's population, in general, thrives under the guidance and instruction of some of the most dedicated faculty and staff I've ever encountered as an educational professional. Parents who volunteer -- however infrequently (I work full-time) or frequently -- will be rewarded by the family feeling of Armstrong's PTA, which actively solicits the participation of parents/guardians from all backgrounds. Both of my sons have attended and flourished in the academic and social setting provided by the school. I highly recommend that students seek involvement in Armstrong's outstanding fine arts program. Our athletic teams aren't currently known for winning records, but the athletic staff are nonetheless excellent and absolutely focused on the overall success of the kids. The current principal is a visible and enthusiastic leader. I highly recommend Armstrong as a school and encourage prospective parents to get involved through PTA, even if it is only for a few hours a year.
AVOID this school at all costs! We are only into the second 6 weeks and my child has been repeatedly bullied, had his life threatened, and was beat up by another student. The staff does absolutely nothing! They are more concerned with their reputation and funding to make an actual report.
Teachers are really great and they should be proud of what they have given these kids . Unfortunately they could use a lot more support and they are not getting even half of what they need.
Fights everywhere, The school has 2 floors as well and a close friend of mine was in a fight where someone tried to push her down the stairs. Not a very friendly environment for a school... I had a horrible experience going there.
The school is under new leadership! Principal has very high expectations for all students. Staff is really motivated to help all students.
The staff at AMS is always willing to help all students be successful academically and socially.
My son has done well in 6th grade. Honors Math is challenging for him (good!). Teachers are good; no complaints. Band program is good; it is a well oiled machine. Diverse population. PTA is dedicated to making the school strong. Staff is friendly and helpful. I have asked my son if he wants to transfer and he does not.
Armstrong, despite it's challenges is a fantastic school. Dedicated teachers, hardworking students and a great PTA make it a success story. Amazing band program. Fantastic Honors for advanced students, and a principal that is passionate about her students that are at risk and disadvantaged make a great school. I am proud to send my children there.
My daughter went to Armstrong; my failure to provide details on rif raff caught her a case in juve. I ended up paying for naive view of where and what girls are up to right now really fast. After it was all over, I did end up with an informed kid who took advantage of drama, choir, and some advanced classes. I guess the school showed up the frailities in what I was passing along but just in time for me to watch and pay attention to who and where and why. It is quite diverse; all kinds make parents so you see how this starts to affect the children at this stage. I moved here from Pflugerville for work. This is still Dallas (real fast) even though it's farther North. Needless to say, my 5th grader does not want to attend Armstrong.
ok where to start my children attended this school,one in 8th grade the other in the 6th.They come home with comlpaints regularly.my children have also been to other schools and this is just the worst one yet they say.Alot of the children attending this school are lets just say 'taking thel ow rode'.
The academics are good at Armstrong. My sonis in Honors and his biggest complaint is that he has had the same Honors math teacher for all 3 years and they are like oil and water. The school has a diverse population. My son loves the band program and sports. I do unfortunately line close to the school and we have alot of problems with the kids afterschool. They tip trash cans, mark up our fences and even steal mail. I have expressed concerns to the school, but they seem limited in what they are willing to do. We also have problems with the parents who drive through the neighborhood. They do not do the speed limit, several of them like to blast their radios starting at 7am and our alley is used as their own personal road so they don't have to wait in the traffic line.
I would not recomend this school. Lots of bullying and vulgar language. I'm seeing on transfering my child.
Armstrong is an excellent school. It doesn't matter which component you examine. Because the results are the same...excellence. I am pleased with the academics, extracurricular activities, teachers, safety etc.
My son attended most of 6th grade at this school. The teachers and couselors were great, quick to respond to questions and concerns. I had to request evaluation for Honor's classes though. Excellent Band program and teachers. Parent involvement minimal, common among N. Dallas suburban ISD's. Lots of angry kids acting out on each other. Name calling, bullying and vulgar language reported by my son almost daily. We pulled him out to homeschool.
Overall this is an average school. Many of the teachers I felt were un-happy in their jobs or just plain had been doing them too many years. This school is very diversivied with regards to ethnic background.
Thus far, the academic program seems to be ok, but the fact that physical education was not available to 6th graders each semester seemed very odd to me in light of the childhood obesity epidemic we are currently hearing so much about in the media. It would seem that the importance of this class would be a higher/equal priority.
AMS will work for many families; it just did not fit us. My child has a learning difference, and some other issues, which did not make being there a good experience. The administration tried I guess to work with us, but I found them somewhat inflexible in working with us. The teachers were knowledgeable though, and my child enjoyed the music program.
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