My children are in advanced classes and they are not "good to go" per the other mails. This is an extremely poor, unchallenging school. It is run by who everyone says is an ex-Marine. However, being an ex-Marine does not qualify a person to be an educator or school administrator. It is over-crowded, bureaucratic, with no communication. If you move just a few miles away to Fairfax City, Vienna, Falls Church, your children can get a superior education with schools rated 9 or 10 by this site and U.S News and World Report.
If your child is in advanced classes, they will be good to go. However, my child states there is constant fighting in the hallway, mean kids, and a lot of bullying. Faculty and staff are great, but they can't help the attitudes and behaviors of all the students - it's unfortunate.
The parent review about bullying is a situation my child went through. The whole story about the principal not being available or caring at all is so true. I went through the same exact thing no that principal is NOT wonderful the total opposite. My child was punched in the face and I was not told until my child told me then I went to the school about it. I got a police report to document it and then I removed my child from that unfit place. Fairfax county has a good reputation BUT since leaving Fairfax county but still in Virginia my child is making A's & B's and have not had any issues with bullying or fighting at all. We should of moved our child a long time ago from that school. We are much happier now with a principal who cares. Better leadership will get you a greater school some people just like wearing a title and not living up to the responsibility of it.
Our child attended this school and was jumped by a boy in class and had his head slammed to the ground. The next day he was harassed by the boy's friends, who claimed to be gang members and threatened his life. The new principal, whom people strangely seem to think is so wonderful , refused to take our calls or requests for meetings. He never had a single conversation with our son, who was physically assaulted and verbally threatened on his watch. The vice principal, to whom we were referred by the principal's assistant, said that the only way they could ensure our son's safety was to put him in detention (what?) but they did not feel that the threats toward our son were "legitimate concerns". Our son still has a bone spur on the back of his skull as a reminder of that day. I am certain that principal cares for kids, but not all kids. He made it abundantly clear that he did not care about ours. Any school where the mantra is "keep your head down and you'll probably be okay". Is simply not okay. Obvious safety concerns aside, the academics are laughable, even in honors classes. 7th and 8th grade are important developmental years and our children deserve better.
My child is mentally disabled & has an IEP but is high functioning. My child was physically assualted at this school 2 times (documented). Teachers that are supposed to be special education trained do not know what is stimming. That is Autism 101 how do you not know what it is and what to do to prevent it. If you have a child with special needs and is in the general class I suggest you think twice about this school b/c I removed my child for his safety as well as his educational needs were not being fully met. The school being in a wealthy area is like a a sheep wearing wolf clothing....Do not be fooled. After my child was taken out of the school I then was contacted by the special education department chair.....Where was the communication & concern before we left. #SAD
The new principle at this school is fantastic. My son attends this school, takes honors courses (but not AAP), and loves it. He has had such a positive experience here, has made great friends, and loves his teachers. I have been especially impressed with his math, history, drama, science, and band teachers this year - all have been exceptional and work very hard. My son and I are both very satisfied with Sandburg.
I went here for the first half of 7th grade and we could not believe how awful it was. I was having a terrible time with my math teacher and we spent weeks trying to change it,and spent a lot of time sitting in the guidance office,curled up in a ball,in tears,completely shut down because not just my councilor,but the entire guidance staff was being so hateful. More than once I had to go home because of it. The principal did absolutely nothing about this and didn't seem to care. They really made it clear that they did not want me there.
Carl Sandburg MS is already a great school and its reputation is on the rise. From a parents perspective, the school is offering my daughter a challenging education. With a Gifted and Talented Program, Spanish immersion continuum from Fort Hunt ES, and ESOL, Sandburg meets the needs of a diverse student body in an affluent neighborhood. The teachers are easily accessible and the principal was a recent first year principal of the year. The school policies are strict (i.e. enforced dress code, no cell phones, etc.) but my daughter still loves it. With very active Northern Virginia parents and numerous ECAs, such as Advanced Band, Odyssey of the Mind, National Junior Honor Society and AVID, this school has it all.
CSMS seems to get a bad rap from gossip. I have had two children go through and my last is there now. I am very happy with the admin, teachers and opportunities offered.
I am very impressed with Sandburg Middle School, especially the seventh grade science department. My daughter entered 7th grade as an unmotivated student...now she is involved and very interested in science. Thank you Ms. A!
I am very pleased. My children have had a great experience at Sandburg. Parents are always welcome and made to feel welcomed.
This is a great school. It could use some fixing up(it is very old.), but otherwise this is a great school like I said. It has excellent academic programs. I have a daughter that goes there and she loves it. I give 5 thumbs up to this school and staff!
I wish my rising 7th grader could attend this school as his brohter did. The staff was outstanding. They wrapped their arms around my son with ADHD and gave him the support he needed which allowed him to succeed as an honor roll student and grow into a young man he can be proud of. I will forever be grateful to the administration at CSMS. I read the complaint about the school being dirty, not to my knowledge, but yes, the school is old. Such things are small in the big picture. This is an excellent school and any kid able to attend this school should count his lucky stars. We've had experience in another middle school which is where my rising 7th grader will go and I'm very nervous. Kudos to the staff and anyone wondering about this school? You're doing the right thing. CSMS is at the top of Fairfax County Public Schools.
This school actually has a very good academics program for the honor classes. The honors classes are very indepth and engage in conversations of learning making the teacher learn more about the student. The music department is wonderful. All bands, orchestra's, and choirs sound great thanks to the great teachers. In particular the orchestra teacher. She engages the students into loving music and making them stick with it. She is also famous state-wide and is known for her teaching in certain parts of the country. The school is NOT unclean at all. Everyday you see janitors in the halls and bathrooms cleaning up all the messes the kids make. The school also has very nice resources because it used to be a high school. A track, football field, and baseball field are all there. It is just basically a great school to be at!
I think this school is dirty and unsafe.My daughter cames home and complaines that she see's roaches in the cafeteria and bathrooms are also unclean.The Academics are all right. But I am worried about the cleaness of the school. Really I hope some reads this and gets a exterminater soon. And it is also old . They need to remodel it quick!
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