There are no problems that I am aware of in the school. They kids are happy and love the school. The education is above and beyond and yet they do great because the staff cares. They are on HS levels on some things, yet it doesn't faze them because they have the backing of a great staff.
They care about all students. They have had support for students that have had parents pass away suddenly or from illness and that touched me as a parent. They care about the education and kids that are new. They go out of their way to make sure the kids are happy and succeed. Many reasons why I feel this way.
They care about our kids. If they don't understand something, they will work with the kids. If they need to retake a test, they will make sure they understand the material and didn't miss something the first time around and work with them during their breaks. Before and after schools too.
Since moving to J Michael Lunsford Middle School my daughter has soared in Academic, her overall drive to do her best and she is a straight A student now. The newer school is a happy environment and the staff is top notch. They are always welcoming and nice to great you. They care about out kids. If your child does bad on a test.......they care! They will work with them and give you the opportunity to better your grade. I can't say enough great things about this school. The best decision and glad we are a part of it. I can't say enough wonderful things about this school.
Schools on hyperdrive now and has lost the fun learning environment it had under previous admin. Too much testing and projects...parents get frequent emails from principal chastising us for whatever she thinks we aren't doing right - bringing in instruments and homework, picking up kids wrong, questioning the amount of homework, etc., etc. She was in charge of discipline at her last school and enjoys seeing students get in trouble - she also thinks it's too easy to get As. Why doesn't she try studying for 4-6 exams a week? Too bad - it used to be better. She and her admin staff need to relax and stop ruining our school!
Until recently we really loved Lunsford. The principal was fantastic and the staff he hired was very enthusiastic - they challenged the students while making it a fun environment to learn in. This year there's a new principal and she's established some new procedures that are questionable. The first is what she calls "rigorous" projects. Within a 2 week period recently, our son had 10 of these rigorous projects that caused many late nights (up until midnight) due to the short deadlines and the fact that he also had to keep up with his regular studying for tests and homework. This new and unjustifiable amount of work caused a lot of anxiety for him and many of his friends. These kids are used to a heavy workload in this area but throwing all of these complex projects into the mix is just ramping it up too much. The students are already in school 7 hours a day and spend a good amount of time on regular quiz and test prep and homework. The new principal and her staff have just taken this to a whole new level that is completely unreasonable. She should have taken the time to gauge the school environment first before implementing all these projects on students this year. No kid in middle school should ever be up that late doing homework. Thank goodness my last child will be out of Lunsford soon.
My daughter will have spent 6th and 7th here at the end of the year. She has LOVED middle school, felt challenged by her teachers, and made amazing friends. We will be moving this summer and she is so sad to leave! The band program has been a fabulous experience for her and she has loved most of her teachers. If you are moving to the area, you will not be disappointed with this school.