My school is not as good as they say it is. I know that because I went there. The teachers don't have experience and they don't know what it is to teach. Not all of the teachers are like this but a lot of them are. The thing I liked about the school is that they give out free MacBook computers.
It's not horrible. But it's not great. Yes, having a middle school on the campus of a university seems like a phenomenal concept. Some of our instructors are exemplary professors from the university; more often, I've seen teachers who seem to think yelling penetrates the brain more effectively than... teaching. Too many parents send their "problem" students here hoping for a miracle experience. Even in classrooms where teachers have established a proper structure, students themselves can be (and often are) the greatest hindrance to their learning. The most patient, knowledgeable, and experienced teachers simply can't compensate for a lack of home training--at least, not for an entire classroom. On the upside, the building is in the middle of repairs. Staff as a whole are extraordinarily dedicated to seeing students succeed... but again, their methods of communicating this can be questionable. Also, university students are employed to supplement the learning in the classroom; they are a great asset. Overall, this school has its room to improve; mainly in hiring experienced teachers (regardless of race?). However, parents could clearly do a better job preparing their kids.
I had to remove my son From MS2 last year because the leadership was terrible. How can you go thru an entire school year without a Computer Science teacher? Dont inform the parents until late and call yourself a Tech school. I am vvery glad I changed schools. Hope they get better.
I am very hopeful this school year. Now that we have are out from under 2 years of very poor leadership.I am very eager to get back on the right track and place the focus back on students.
Howard MS2 is by far one of the best middle schools in DC. It is not overcrowed, under enrolled, or plagued with violence like most schools. Academical I believe you can recieve great results if you work hand in hand with your child and teachers. My son transfered from a lower performing7th grade to MS2. I was happy with the change. I noticed improvement in his subjects right away. With all that being said there are a few concerns I must express that I believe will make MS2 more successful. Timely communication from administration and some teachers need to addressed. The STEM technology that they talk so much about needs to truely become a more detailed part of the curriculm. My son was so excited to be a part of the robotics class, but loss interest after not being involved in any competitions, no acknowledgements, and the instructers being absent half of the year.
This school was one of the best to work at with some of the best students in the area. However the administration, including the Executive Director are so worried about reputation, the students do not get the quality instruction or support that they need. Unless you are an honors student in which case the sky is the limit. the middle of the road or remedial student will not be served well at (MS)2. The building is falling apart and whenever it rains there are leaks and issues everywhere. The facility's air conditioning didn't work this past year for almost 3 weeks during almost 100 degree temps. Don't believe the hype about the technology, computers often aren't working and the school is in chaos. I hope that the school rebounds and becomes more hype than hope.
I am a parent and I think the school live to all the hype. My child is in the 7th grade honors program and is doing wonderful. I am not aware of any of the fighting issues the person wrote about. My child is dropped off and picked up. I think a school is what you put into it. The teachers are great and the administrative staff is wonderful.
Don t believe it, when you hear them say, This is one of the best schools in the district. Forget about it! I am finishing up the school year here and I will be happy when I am done with MS2. Bullying is not an issue; however, if you like fights at the metro station and in school, love seeing people getting jumped after school in the ally where they make ALL the children walk after school, and love suspension and students occasionally being expelled come to this school. Sometimes you'll have the disorganized and lazy teachers who say to your face, "I am going to fail you this quarter." Don t be fooled by this seven out of ten school ranking, because this school used to be a ten out of ten school and so were the reviews, it s going down hill quickly. I will NOT sugar coat anything and make this school look pretty because if you want all the drama that goes on inside of this school: Apply now is the only thing I can tell you. I m pretty sure you can get the same negative results at your neighborhood school without the extra commute, because right now everything looks better than MS2.
Great concept, poor implementation. My child is finishing up his 8th grade year and it can't end fast enough. My child entered the school as a high achiever, so he didnt need the cuddling and attention of many of the other students. Many of the teachers (not all) are unprepared and overwhelmed with behavioral issues and lack of admin support. I found many of the 8th grade teachers to be very unresponsive when issues arise from the parents standpoint and prone to make excuses for not responding. Many of the teachers are not liscensed which lends its to the fact that they dont know how to deal with and or relate with teenagers. Sold on higher achievement with a technology platform, but what we have recieved is a charter school with tons of behavior issues with a select few (honor students) who thrive. Fortunately in my childs case, there is support at home and we can navigate the chaos for him, but many students dont have that and get lost in a promoting an image that the staff can't even maintain. The one positive is the Black male presence in the classroom across all subject matter.
This schools honors program is great. They really do meet your child where they are, in many cases this means parents taking a realistic view of what they must contribute to ensure the success of their student. The teachers and interns are there to assist and make sure the students are held accountable to reaching the high standards. Love the yearly testing to tell parents exactly which areas the students need to work at!
Sending my child to this school was a very bad choice. I heard how bad parents was trying to get their kids in this school and jump on the band wagon. I did some research and went to every open house and any meeting they had for parents. This school talk a very good game but show no results. I wish I read the warning from the other parent on here before I sent my child here. If you send your child here I hope your experience will be better than ours. Best of luck.
I am a parent. My child attended this school. I am very UPSET . . . they care about their image not the kids. DO NOT send your child here. The school is located on campus thats it. NOTHING like the COLLEGE . . . DON"T SEND YOUR CHILD HERE . . . YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!!!!!!!!!
High Tech. classrooms, 2 laptops for every student, AWESOME supportive teachers, Located on Howard University Campus !!!!!
It has the best of teachers, students and technology that one could imagine
I like Howard University middle school because it's one of the most technologically advanced schools in the Dc metro area.
This school is excellent. It academic backround is marvelous. This school is true nature of mathematics and science
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