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Blue Ridge Middle School5
Posted February 09, 2014
- a parent
This is a very good school with excellent teachers. Everyone is attentive to students needs and students have many opportunities to become involved in different activities. Overall, Blue Ridge is an amazing learning environment.
Blue Ridge Middile School is a wonderful facilty, yet the teachers are STRANGLING! I'm not talking about giving too much homework, but there is a rule agianst everything you do! I am an 8th grade girl that cannot wait to get out of this school! Yeah sure the teachers teach well, and there is only a few i have a problem with, but the rest are good at their job, but i feel like the power gets to them. The gym floors are always filthy, and there are no windows; studies show students learn better in a sun-lit environment and even an extended time outside. Not impressed. Also we have various assemblies on bulling but in an event when it occours, nothing is done. It seems like each year it got worse for me, and everyone else. Can't wait for Loudoun Valley!!! GO VIKES!
Great. I love this school. When my son started here he had only been going to an American school for one year. We had lived overseas and he was really nervous about the whole Middle School thing especially from stuff he had seen on TV. He really likes the teachers and the support he gets.
First of all, dear student, you need to catch up on your grammar. A grammar teacher can only take you so far; the rest is up to your dedication and the efforts of and environment provided by your guadians. If your language as a middle school student is what I see it to be, I would look elsewhere to put the blame, not the teachers. Best place to start is yourself.
My son is in his first year at Blue Ridge and we are very happy with his experience. He is flourishing academically and socially. He is in one honor's class, which happens to be his favorite class. Blue Ridge has clubs and other things that students can get involved with (e.g. strings) and these I highly recommend because they expand the mind and promote friendships that otherwise would not have occurred. My son was picked on a little at Emerick Elementary but now has a click of about 10 friends. My son says that the teachers are in the hallways and near the lockers in between classes. This is a must for middle school and Blue Ridge is playing it by the book. The principal is also very visible. I see him almost every day standing outside with the riders. He actually talks with the students and they respect him as is evident in their body language and facial expressions. My wife and I feel like we really hit the jackpot with this school.
I'm an eighth grader at Blue Ridge. The semester is half done and I dont want to leave! I first came here, the new kid from Fairfax county, in 6th grade. Everyone was so welcoming. The teachers here are awesome; whether it was helping me get some of my work published in a magazine or preparing me for my future, they've been there in so many ways. I can't imagine a better middle school than Blue Ridge.
I have two students who attended this school and I found the academic level of challenge satisfactory. Unfortunately, leadership and positive moral is lacking at this school and the teaching my child received was very uneven. I found most of the teaching staff to be very unprofessional when I needed to address any issues. The principal is doing very little to weed out those teachers who are wasting the precious time of the students they are trained professionally to serve and inspire. My students learned in spite of their environment and not as a result.
I would hope that before a parent makes a decision about Blue Ridge they look at the dates on the previous reviews and take into consideration that the most negative were written before the current principal was appointed. I am a retired teacher who spent my entire 33 year teaching career at Blue Ridge. I have found the teachers and staff, the incompetent past principal not included, to be some of the most caring individuals I have ever worked with. Their interest in the students and their academic achievement far exceeds that of any other school staff I have dealt with. Both of my children attended LCPS and I never felt that the staff and teachers were anywhere near as great as those ar BRMS. The staff and current administrative team bend over backwards to accommodate individual needs. Please visit the school before making a judgement.
One of my daughters graduated from Blue Ridge and one who is currently in sixth grade. Blue Ridge is a solid academic environment with many opportunities for the children to explore various extracurricular activities. We've found the teachers to be very responsive and involved, which is amazing given how many kids are at the school. Obviously overcrowding is an issue and has been our only concern. I suspect the teachers find it difficult to dedicate as much time to individual students as they would like. As a result, it is easy for some kids to get through w/out really being challenged. So a lot of that responsibility falls back on the parent (at a time in the child's life when they are starting to challenge Mom & Dad). Anyway, congrats to staff at Blue Ridge. You do a great job in a tough situation.