Overall atmosphere of hostility between teachers and students. There is a minimal effort to accomodate different learning styles.
I had 3 children go through this school. I know first hand how difficult it is to transition into the middle school environment. My children had a very positive experience there and I believe the staff worked hard to find opportunities where my chilren found success and halped build self confidence. Remember a middle school is not an elementary school,many children do not want parents involved in their school work. They want to be more independent. It's a very difficult transition for parents who want to be in control. Think about this as you criticize teachers and staff for providing opoortunities for trying out some of their independence and practicing their study skills. I found parents were not able to be involved because both were working outside the home now that their children are older and more independent. There were many opportunities for me to be involved with the school.
I've had two children go to this school and have been very disappointed. It appears the school is more concerned with the child's social well-being than their education. Some of their teachers do not hold the kids accountable for their work and tend to label kids if they aren't performing. It's been very frustrating to try and teach your kids values and the importance of education just to have it 'undone' by the school. I am now homeschooling my third child.
I agree that conducting a community satisfaction survey would be a positive first step to identifying areas for improvement. How many families opt out of the bus because of concerns over safety and harassment? How many kids bring their lunch because of concern over the school lunch quality? How many famillies have opted out of BRMS and why? There is lacking an energy, vision and dedication to being the best middle school in the state or country. It is not an open nor welcoming school atmosphere. Our kids and our community deserve better.
I've had two children at this school after a few years between them. This school is by far the weakest link in the trio of otherwise very fine schools between elementary and HS. In my experience, there are precious few really worthwhile teachers here. Your child's test scores will drop from elementary school and they will explain it away, never considering it's due to the school. Your child will feel like a number and will learn to dislike subjects they previously enjoyed. I'd like them to offer a parent satisfaction survey and then actively work on improving this school. That's unlikely while the current principal is in office.
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