If you're striving for mediocrity, this is the school for you. I wanted to get behind this school, I wanted to believe it was headed in the right direction, but our time there was a chronic disappointment. The best word to describe this school is sloppy. From the back to school lack of organization, to classroom management, and everything in between, extreme sloppiness is everywhere. A couple of really good teachers and one or two good administrators do not make for a great school. They like to tout that they're an International Cambridge School, but here it translates into workers swearing in front of the kids in different languages, one of many examples of low standards. If you want answers/clarification/anything accomplished, good luck getting that done with just a phone call. I don't have enough room here to list the numerous examples of our disappointing interactions with this school. As both a military parent and a prior teacher (elsewhere), here is my advice, if you are considering this school: Run. There are numerous other schools to choose from in PWC, and this one will only provide your child with a cautionary tale of how a school should *not* be run.
This school doesn't have what it takes to be listed as a school. Nor should it be allowed to operate with the staff it has running it. The school registrar should be replaced along with the principle and the school board for allowing a school to operate the way it does.
As a seasoned teacher that has transferred into Parkside, I can only say how impressed I am with the administration and staff from the custodian right through to the principal. Starting at the top with the principal she is a straightforward woman. You know what she expects, there are no secrets. She is firm but fair; exactly what you want in a boss. Fellow teachers have been very welcoming and helping in every way imaginable right down to the custodians who helped any way they could with a smile on their face. There is a high standard for ALL students, as Parkside has become a Cambridge International School. Students are expected to always be respectful, prepared, and do their best. Why would anyone complain about a principal and staff that expect every child to be successful? I am exceptionally happy I became a member of the Parkside Middle School staff. They are a world class group of educators, just as Prince William County States about their schools, a World Class Education.
Do not work here. A lazy and unprofessional principal who likes to be bossy being surrounded by a group of assistants and some teachers from the staff. They are a bunch of spiteful, malevolent, stab-in-the-back people who will do anything so as to be "promoted' and belong to that "selected' group of cronies. They won't let anyone in unless you adhere to their social standards. Horrible place to work at.
This school does not provide a quality education. The schedule is so convoluted....it's amazing that anyone could follow it. The leadership at the school is lacking and not looking out for the students. They are only concerned with making a name for themselves. The foreign language program (of which they are supposed to be a specialty school) is not supported at all. Some of the teachers are good, but you have to look for them.
This school is less then mediocre. My child was not prepared for high school upon completion of eighth grade. The homework (whenever there was some) were handprinted. I can only recall a handful of times when text books were used.
Parkside Middle School is a school the community can be proud of. I think it is starting to get overcrowded and has a size and staff issue, in terms of adjusting to all this. With just two music teachers they have won numerous awards and competitions and this is with classes of 40 or more kids. One art teacher who coaches football, and another who gives her time freely and with great care and compassion for children. A science teacher who stays after school and sponsors Science/eco club and always handles large classes, or 8th grade LA teacher who constantly produces classes of impressive writing SOL scores by basing curriculum on engaging topics. Four Physical Education teachers who probably put together a class that is always the highlight of the day for each student. Counselors who create and maintain communication with their students, and countless other teachers who coach and secretaries who also sponsor or coach. We have one substitute with a degree in anthropology from Davidson (wrestling coach at one time), and another with a degree in political science from Virginia Tech (multi sport coach), another from Pittsburgh (coaches crew outside County). World Class...
Terrible school. Staff is unorganized and hates their jobs. School is generic and unconcerned for students. Bus schedules are always changing and you never know if your on the right bus. It took two weeks to register for the school thanks to very rude, unprofessional employees. I have been hung up on by the staff and the school seems very unwelcoming in general. To summarize, this school has no idea what they are doing, is poorly attempting to run on a low budget, and is unwelcoming. The teachers themselves seem good and are somewhat helpful and the curriculum is average.
Dissapointing. My US Constitutional rights have been violated so many times that it hurt me right in the patriotism. It's so poorly organized that alll the rules contradict each other and nobody has a clue what their doing. The staff is mean, I've been told "Get out my face" several times they arent helpful. The teachers are OK some are pretty bad but mostly good. Everybody hates their government jobs it not a happy place. Not very welcoming. You cant leave class, to use the bathroom, or they stop you.just to see the counselor you need to get a hall pas to get a counseling pass to get a digital hall pass back to class.
All we heard when we moved to this area was how great the schools are....well, after 7 months, I am NOT impressed. This school (as well as the elem my 4th grader attends) is one of the most unorganized schools I have ever seen. The band program is a disgrace......at their spring concert, my 8th grader was playing music that would have been 6th grade level at her old school. It was also extremely disorganized; the kids had no idea what songs they would be playing, they had to go get programs that were put out for parents so they could get their sheet music arranged. The teachers are slow to respond to communications from the parents. We got our 8th grader into the SIGNET program (the gifted program), but they really don't seem to do any real work in the class. I am really hoping for a better experience when she moves to high school next year!
i am a student at parkside and i love it here i am a 7th grader and i have to give it up to the teachers. My sci. teacher is the best and all my other teacers i learn all that i need. i get A's on my test and quizes i woul bring your kids here and also the other students are friendly
My child is a new 6th grader who came in from Bennett. We are seeing a big impact in quality of education and so far none of it is good. 1. Math seems to be taught using 'Investigations' methods rather than standard algorithms. Many nights after work I must tutor my child in math because he cannot accomplish the homework on his own. 2. On another front, we emailed a question to the Spanish teacher. No answer so we printed it and sent it in with our student. Still no answer. 3. A month ago we asked for the Parkside 6th grade AR list. We still have not been provided the list and are told the school library is developing it and will provide as soon as it is completed. They should already have a list that is updated regularly when they buy more AR quizzes.
My daughter is beginning 7th grade. I think the school has some wonderful teachers. But as anywhere you also have those 1 or 2 teachers that seem to be unhappy so everyone around them needs to be unhappy. The dress code is reasonable. But some kids fail to obey by wearing flipflops, short skirt, and ripped up cloths depends on what teacher you have to weather or not you get sent to the office. The office staff is great!! The new principal is realy getting the school in order and she is easy to talk with. Overall its a great school! My suggestion would be to challenge the students more expecialy the ones in advanced or extended classes.
Teacher's okay at keeping the students in controle. Many teachers don't keep track on what they need to doing. Not all students automadicly know the information.
Parkside is the worst school ever! maybe academically its not but to the students it is. Theres alot of fights that break out and theres more drama in this school then in any other middle school ive been too. The staff seems to have no actual care for the students. Not to metion you barley ever see the princeapal involed in anything. The sercurity always seems to be in classrooms taking students to the main office. This seems to be slightly ridiculous for this to be happening in a enviroment that learning should be taking place. I feel unsafe when im walking the halls there. If you say the wrong thing to one person it would deffinatly start somthing. The guidence department is not helpful at resloving issues with students either and seem pretty busy with other task. Overall dont send your child here.
i ABOSULTLEY love this school!!! Their teachers are wondefull, and its fun to go. I never wanna miss a day!
Overall the school is good. There are some really great teachers at this school! there are also a lot of young teachers still working on finding the teaching method that works best for them but overall they are okay. The downfall to this school for us was the principal. We have always attended schools were the principal was very friendly and involved with the student body and their parents.
The quality of teachers is what makes Parkside shine. They are well educated, well informed and care deeply about their students. After school activities are what the children make of them. They are varied and plentiful. The music department is rich and talented. These teachers take children that have never held an instrument and turn them into life-long music lovers. The music department also puts on a full scale musical each year that is open to all students. To my knowledge no one has ever been turned away no matter their talent. Safety has never been an issue at Parkside. Students are treated with kindness and respect. Discipline with dignity is what is used here. Two of my children are attending Parkside middle school and I couldn't be more pleased. As to the comment about teachers not being involved...check out the parking lot after hours. These folks are VERY involved!
this school lacks the fund for extracurricular activities and it shows. this school lacks alot teacher involvement. Out of 1 thru 5 this school is a 2. 5 highest.
I think this school is a really good school. All the teachers know how to teach the material us students need.
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