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Fluvanna Middle School1
Posted January 06, 2014
- a parent
If only I could give this school no stars. This is a small town where the children have known each other since Kindergarten. Most of the students and many of the teachers are not accepting of new students. The education is lacking, the children lag behind, and the students are out of control. There seem to be no policies in place to deal with the most basic of discipline issues, so there is no consistency and constant chaos, as the staff flies by their seat constantly fighting endless fires. Bullying is out of control. My child even had a teacher who joined in on the bullying. Some of the teachers are good, but many of the best are fleeing to other districts. The ones who are staying seem exhausted by all of the constant drama and issues both within the school and the community. The town is full of retirees who seem to stop at nothing to avoid paying local taxes for education, though they have plenty to spend on golf and boating. I give this school and district an "F."
Not recommended at all. There are great home school options and nice private schools nearby. The office and upper staff are very nice. The cafeteria and staff are nice. But the most important thing is not: over 50% of the teachers seem to hate their jobs in this school. I am sure that middle school can be tough but that is the challenge...to help a child change his or her life is the gift of being a teacher. You have a 50/50 chance of getting a caring teacher that wants to educate his/her students the best way they can OR a teacher that wants the "ultimate" control of his/her class with no patience.
For the 2012-13 school year the old high school for the county became the middle school for 5th, 6th & 7th grade. The 8th grade is at the new high school, it's own story, see high school reviews. There is more sports available for this grade level. The lead staff have a positive attitude. The teachers are hit or miss. The school is not minority friendly, the area is rural and therefore most long time residents have a very limited to exposure to minorities, thus misunderstanding them or putting them into a stereotype that a minority student has to prove themselves before being treated equal to non-minorities. Not all teachers and staff do this, just more than half of them. Lunch organization and options are good. There are a good selection of extra courses available. The issue of bullying is handled better at this new location. With the budget issues the fluvanna county schools are having at this time, the school seems limited in finding quality caring teachers.
Daily bullying, knife fights, race riots, badly uneducated and uncaring teachers, and a total lack of leadership create a school environment worse that the most drug infested Baltimore or New York school. Expect the lowest test scores in Virginia, despite the highest property taxes. The money all goes to a unneeded new $125 million high school built built despite the empty classrooms in this 20 year old school. Teachers are rude and belittle kids at every opportunity, then demand pay raises from the struggling retirees. No wonder property values have dropped 60% and people are fleeing the county.
The bullying CONTINUES to be a huge problem because now the kids have just gotten better at hiding it from the teachers. They're quieter about it, but they still do a lot of tormenting. Some of the teachers are so bad, that the classes are chaos, so kids are just in there doing whatever they want. There is NO differentiation at this school - you just get lumped in with all the others. No one seems to truly care about individual children. Sad.
Forget the reviews from 2006 and 2007. FMS has a great Bully Prevention program and administration is quick to follow-up and address the issues. Extra- curricular activities at the school are minimal however the local Parks/Rec program offers lots of low cost activities. FMS has a mentor program where the kids in that program do lots of extra- curricular activities. Teachers are overwhelmingly dedicated to the students. Parents are always welcome into the PTO to help in making the school a better place.
My children have been in several school systems over the years, but I have never seen teachers as hardworking or caring as the ones in Fluvanna Middle School! Despite an aging and uncaring community that has blocked attempts to build new schools for the last 12 years in this rapidly growing county, packing 900 children in a school built for 500, and a per pupil funding in the bottom 1/8 of the state, the staff continues to rack up test scores well above state averages! The school is not without fault, slashing extracurricular activities and exploratory classes, and the administative priorities often seem to add to the workload instead of supporting the teachers. Regardless, the most important factor in learning is a great teacher, and somehow the principal has attracted the best in the state!
The principal leadership is very poor. Extracurricular is virtually non-existent. Most children don't make the school sports teams. Bulling is very prominent because the school officials haven't realized that signs don't solve the problem. Neither does installing cameras and having a deputy on call at the school. More extra-curricular programs should be offered but being in a rural area I suppose it can be hard to do. Academics is average with lots of after school help. The school is very crowded and the small building is falling apart. Send them to a Charlottesville private school or the local military academy.
My son has been in Fluvanna middle school for 2 yrs and we have had a horrible time. The bullying that is allowed to continue is out of control. The worst part is no one is accountable for it. The principal is weak and will not stand up to the 'problem' kids. She is very defensive and never seems to resolve anything. There is never any homework and the kids all get to correct their tests and raise their grade. What is this? They certainly won't be able to do this when they hit the real world. Just an overall 'bad' experience all the way around.
The Fluvanna Middle School is located in a rural environment that is rapidly growing and it is not organized enough for this growth. The school provides very few extracurricluar activities for these children afterschool. Now that doesn't mean activities to increase SOL scores, of course. You better have the time and money to keep your enrolled child at this Middle School active in other activies daily to make sure they stay out of trouble at this age. There are extracurricluar activites available through the county but are very expensive, short, and a drive. The Middle School has a zero tolerance on drugs/bulling but they think just putting signs up are what prevents it. I would never put any of my children into this Middle School. The Elementary/High School are nice with lots of activies and good teachers. Good Private Schools are available in Charlottesville and it's worth the drive.