This Lake Ridge area is extremely over crowded and so are its schools. Lake Ridge Middle School has over 1200 students, 6-8 grades, while other middle schools in the county have under 900. The over-stressed, over-worked teachers and the average administration make this school hectic, chaotic and undesirable. Bullying is a HUGE problem since the school is too small and understaffed. Hopefully, PWCS will get their over population under control in ALL their schools, especially in the Lake Ridge area as it once was the place to attend in PWCS. I'm rating the teacher quality low not because they're bad teachers but because they just can't effectively teach 160 students. 40 students to 1 teacher is just too much.
My family is having a different LRMS experience. Bullying and fights occur more often than they should. The teachers are average. My children over the years have needed extra support. In the three years that we have been here, my children have yet to have a teacher that they felt comfortable asking for extra help. The teachers often refer my children to NJHS peer tutors. Last year my second oldest was a member of NJHS tutoring his peers but, receiving private tutoring at home. Between my husband, myself, and an expensive tutor, my children meet the standards, and on testing they often pass all the SOL's advanced. LRMS is not the reason behind my children's success. Compared to when my oldest child, who is now in college, went to a Fairfax middle school, I am putting in way too much work at home. When I email, I often get a response back from LRMS teachers within 72 hours, versus the usual 24 hour response time of the Fairfax teachers. And the World Language Program is a joke. If you are considering the World Language program, please talk to some parents first. On paper the program seems great. The presentation they give to parents is awesome. Talk to parents first.
Lake Ridge is really a nice school. As with all schools, the skill and the involvement of the teachers varies, but for the most part I think they do a great job. The principal and the front office staff are great. We've had a few teachers who were a little slow in keeping their webpages and the parent portal updated, but overall my daughter's transition to 6th grade went smoothly. The world languages program is also very nicely run and a great deal of fun.
My daughter is now an 8th grader and has attended LRMS for the past 2 years. Words do not express the greatness LRMS! This school prepares your child well for high school and the teachers actually take time to engage the students. If your child is a part of the foreign language program, he/she will not go wrong with Sra. Engman....by far one of the best teachers on the planet! The other teachers are great as well, but Sra. Engman is outstanding. This school has quality education while teaching to maintain a student's morals and values. The school is great!
It looks like this review process needs an update....2013! My 4 children have all gone to Lake Ridge Middle School. Number 4 is there now as a 7th grader. Most all the teachers are VERY interested in helping each individual student reach their potential. If you have a problem....seek help. Don't just stew about it. The Principal and teachers will work to resolve what ever issue you have. Parent involvement is ALWAYS welcomed....though I have seen it greatly decline in new parents helping in the last year or two. I feel there could be ALOT more homework given to the students to prepare them better for the rigorous schedule a pre AP cirriculum requires in high school...but overall I think the teachers, parents and office staff are GREAT and welcoming! GREAT SCHOOL!
OHH MY! thats all i can say! LRMS is a amizing school i am a 7th grader and I LOVE IT HERE!! There are some stupid rules like no hugging or contact with other but other then that I love here!! My Favorite teacher is Ms. Hoyle by far! She understand that school needs to be fun and not just a place to learn! Lots of people dont like here but those people are the one who get in truble soo it is their fault they dont like it. AND IF YOU DO GO TO LRMS U OTTA TRY OUT FOR THE LRMS CHEER SQUAD!!!!<3<3<3
The teachers take the time needed to make sure that each and every child has all of the tools that they need to move forward.
I'm in the eighth grade and have gone to LRMS since the sixth grade. It is not my area school but I'm there on the foreign language program. As long as you do not mess with the wrong people you'll have a great time
I am a former student of Lakeridge Middle School and I loved it! I went to Woodbridge In sixth grade, then seventh and eighth I went to Lakeridge. I made so many more friends here and had so much fun. I definately recommend this school and the teachers and fantastic. both years I don't recall having any problems. and if so, not severe.
I have a seventh grader that attends this school. She really enjoys going to this school. Mr. Perkins has been one of the best teachers she has ever had. He also is a great basketball coach. I would recommend this school to any new residents to this area.
Well I cant say this is the best school in the state but, by far the best middle school in woodbridge. We have had a bully promblem but, out teachers petc. are doing the best of there ablitys to make it better. On the orther hand 7th grade math theres is way to much 2 learn in 182 days. I think that is a state promblem.
As a military family, I was very happy to learn that LRMS was top notch. My daughter, currently a seventh grader, is given every chance to achieve her goals. The greater majority of the teachers are supportive and actually excited about teaching these kids. I was very impressed to see such a high caliber teacher in my daughters classrooms. For the one teacher out of 8 that my daughter doesn't like, I'd say she has truly enjoyed learning in most of the classrooms. I was a little dissapointed in the lack of sports clubs offered to the students. For such a large school, they should have much more available than just 2 teams per season.
My second child is at LRMS as a 7th grader and I have two more to go. I am seriously considering private school. Bullying runs rampant in this school and the administration response is lacking at best. Truly disappointing school. Teachers are pretty good. It's just in need of new and better leadership, people who know what they are doing and want to do more than listen to themselves talk.
In my option Lake Ridge Middle School, is one of the best schools in this area. My son is a 6th grade student there. I was very nervous about him going to middle school, but the teachers, assistant principals, and guidance departments have helped him settle in very well. Also, he has been having trouble in math and they have been providing support for him since the beginning of the year. We moved here about three years ago and I'm so glad my husband checked into the schools the way he did. I am more than happy with the choice we made.
LRMS has excellent leadership. Administrators address parental concerns quickly. As with any school, there are good teachers and mediocre teachers. The band program could be stronger and my children wish there were more extra-curricular activities that are not sports-oriented. There is definitely an emphasis on sports at the school. Parental involvment is welcomed. A few teachers have bad attitudes towards students that make you wonder why they even teach. Overall, it is a good school.
I'm a sophomore who went to LRMS, and my rating of the school depends on what criteria used; in terms of the curriculum and teacher involvement, it's a wonderful school, but in terms of control over bullying and teasing, I was much disappointed. To put it bluntly, my middle school years were hell, but through no fault of the teaching staff; over LRMS was quite a good school.
I have had three children in this school; I'm thankful this is the last year. I found the school more interested in test scores than teaching the material. If you have a difference of opinion with a teacher, the administration ALWAYS takes the side of the teacher (many parents have also expressed this complaint); parents concerns are not really addressed. The edulink system does not help either. One of my children was not even entered into the system (despite contacting them) all year. The children who were in the system never had current grades entered; it was basically a copy of the interim sent home previously. The school and county try to look impressive on paper with test scores, but there is a lack in the real world.
Best teachers, best support system I have seen. Far superior to Fairfax Cty. Students are given an environment where they can succeed. InTouch online system gives parents 24 hour info and email to teachers. I am very happy I will have children here for 4 more years!
In the middle of our 3-year military tour, my family moved from Montgomery County into this school district because of its great reputation. The cost of the move was well worth it. The teachers are dedicated and work well with the students; however, they do not coddle them. All students are expected to follow the rules and act in a responsible manner. This attitude creates an environment that allows learning to take place. Lake Ridge Middle is one of few, if not the only school in the area that offers Geometry for the advanced student. Please do not be dissuaded by the other comments about this great school. If you are the type of parent that is active in your child's education and life and want to be part of a great educational program this school is for you.
I am a senior in high school at Stonewall Jackson, and attended LRMS for grades 6-8. When I attended LRMS, my class was really one of the last great classes. Teachers who taught our class in 6th grade moved up to 7th or 8th grades so that they could teach us. The school was very diverse, and I, being half-Korean, know that there is no racism at all. Black kids were treated the same as white kids, and everyone was punished the same amount for what they did. During the past several years though, the school has changed. The teachers are still dedicated, and still want to help kids learn and achieve, but many times now, it is the students themselves who do not want to participate or follow the rules. Overprotective parents now provide many of these hostilities in order to protect spoiled children who lie and cheat.
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