My daughter is smart and shy. Knowing that MS is tough I was not sure how she would do here. She is currently taking advanced courses and has joined multiple clubs. And, most importantly, is content and enjoys going to school. Her teachers are responsive when we email them for status checks and are very encouraging.
My son attended Parkside and we were very pleased. His teachers were outstanding. I have to applaud the drama club. My son was shy & introverted and the drama club allowed him to meet great friends and find a talent he didn't know existed. His education at Parkside including the foreign language emphasis helped him become a straigh A student.
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...