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E.H. Marsteller Middle School5
Posted May 22, 2014
- a parent
My child is finishing his first year at Marsteller and my second child is moving over next school year. I have to admit: I love the administration and I love most of the teachers. I am a realistic person and I know that I am not going to like every teacher/individual no matter to which school I move. But when you like all the teachers except one, I don't think the school should get a bad grade or review. Not to mention, every time I had a question or issue and I addressed it, I was immediately heard and actions were taken. My child is not a genius, but he is not dumb either! His challenges are just right and it keeps him focused for as long as you can keep a 12 year old focused. Please take it from a person who's been working in a private school for over 6 years: I want the truth a public school can offer and not the pretty stories that keep THE PARENTS happy and the money coming.
Administration is wonderful; it feels like the kids know they have both admin and guidance to turn to for help in navigating those difficult school years. One administrator "stays" with your child the three years he/she is there, which facilitates a more open relationship between admin and student. Most every teacher we've had for our two kids have been amazing. Bullying is taken seriously and repercussions are handled swiftly and efficiently.
I have had two kids in this school, one is still there. The teachers, for the most part, were good, though morale seems to be low. The administration, i.e. the principal, has been a disappointment. She seemingly hides in her office, does not interact with the students, parents or staff. The school website is often out of date or lacking in information that would be helpful to students and parents. As for academics, both of my kids sailed through with high grades, with very little homework required of them
I am a student here at Marsteller Middle School, and I think its been a great year so far. I'm new here, but I think its good. There's drama, like any other school, dating, stuff like that, but it is really not out of control and the staff this year have gotten really strict about that stuff and enforce the bullying policy now. My grades are higher than they ever were in middle school now, I always seem to be learning something new every day, if you listen to the teachers and you're not afraid to ask questions when necessary, studying doesn't even become necessary. But I do recommend studying. As long as you are not absent all the time, turn in your homework, listen to the teachers lesson, and ask questions on where you're confused, it becomes really easy. Overall, the staff is nice and some of them have a great sense of humor, they give you plenty of opportunities to retake tests that you get bad grades on, by letting you bring your lunch in to class during lunch to retake a test. They let you do this with 98% of the tests/quizzes you take. They really care about your grades and give you PLENTY of chances to raise your grade when you get a bad one. I recommend Marsteller to anyone
I took my child out of school after only a few months. The classroom were WAY over crowded, zero communication between teachers and parents, and they make it impossible to schedule a conference. My child was not challenged at all, I don't even think her teachers knew who she was! I pay a lot in private school tuition now but it is worth every cent!
Overall a good school. We have had issues with our children in the classroom with teachers but I have found that if the administration is aware of the issue they will resolve it. We have requested student movement - which took place. We have requested teacher supervision for foreign language teacher and that occured too. I believe the administration should visit the classrooms more often so that I do not have to share information second hand.
This was an awful school. I attended for one year, and could stand it no longer, so I left. The math/science program was a joke, as were all the other classes. The teachers were merely there to say their was an adult in the classroom and some teachers that were in charge were bullies. The students had complete control of what happened in class. I was completely unprepared for the school I transferred into, and I am sure Marsteller would not prepare one for high school. If you are looking for a challenging and stimulating curriculum, this is not the place to go.
We are severely disappointed in the education platform and lack of leadership displayed by administration. The teachers are afraid of taking students to task for texting during class. When confronted by the lack of enforcing the rules of behavior, the teachers say that they are not supported by administration. This has a detrimental impact on learning! In addition, students recently advised a tenured teacher of repeated mistakes in a Civics exam. The teacher chastised the students for their remarks, and decided to disregard the exam. Why does it take students to point out these issues? And this is supposed to be the center for Math and Science? Seriously? I should not have to be the one to bring this to ANYONE's attention! If administration needs parents to surface such issues, then the administration needs to go. And if administration wants to deny such issues are occurring, then they better do so from a position of 1st hand knowledge and not from behind their desk! This is leadership by abandonment! Administration: Get involved! If you are looking for a quality learning environment - and you have a choice - DO NOT send your child to Marsteller!