McLaughlin has been the worst school my children have attended. I too would give it no stars if I could. I'm a very involved parent so my experiences with the school is nothing short of exasperating. A couple of the teachers are rather crass and difficult to deal with and quite frankly at times unreasonable. Ms. Ferrero (504 Counselor) is absolutely worthless. The new principle seems nice but she definitely has her work cut out for her and she hasn't been there long enough to know if she will make a difference. My recommendation is, "Do NOT put your child in this school," look for another school or alternative option. The over crowding only compiles all the existing problems. Spare your child(ren) and yourself the frustration.
I have/had children at this school and overall have been very pleased! They principal and other administrators are always willing to listen to your concerns and seem to handle things fairly and quickly!
Worst school ever. If I could give it no stars I would. They afllow bullying and punish the child that fights back. Dn't ruffle their feathers, because it will make it worse for your child. They admitted that they rely on gossip for facts. They punnish the victim not the bully.. It all depends on who has the most friends. Just because you are a child, does not mean you are not entitled to due process. This is a child's future that they are playing with. Shouldn't the child's safety come first.
Mr. Wallwork is NOT from Hawaii and doesn't claim to be, so I don't know what the previous reviewer is talking about (obviously they don't either). He is from western Washington and one of the most outstanding citizens our family knows. You will not meet a more genuine and caring administrator. Mr. Wallwork was a teacher first and so he knows firsthand how to best care for students and teachers. Just because someone isn't over the top with personality doesn't mean that they can't be a good person. I would much rather have a calm principal for my students then someone with a "strong personality" who could fly off the handle at any moment. You must not know very many Polynesians if you think they are all from Hawaii.
I have a student that has gone to McLaughlin for the past two years. He is an 8th grade student with ADD. I would not recommend this school unless you had the perfect child that did not need help from the teachers. I agree with the parent who wrote about that staff only being there to defend themselves. They don't care about the students. What happened to the days where teachers were there to teach?? Not to just get the pay check in hand. I am giving the school one more quarter to prove that they can do their job, then I will pull my son out to another school. Not all the staff is bad, but I would say that you get 2 out of 10 that care about you child. Not enough to get the job done!!
McLoughlin is a great school! I'm in 7th grade, and I went there last year, and planning on going there next year! Anyways, McLoughlin isn't a perfect school, but it's fairly close. The sports department rocks! I love being in sports! It is really fun! The classes are really amazing. Most of the teachers really care about their students and how they are doing, and they really encourage them to do their best. There are a variety of classes to take, it is just so awesome! Go Panthers! :)
My child attended McLoughlin Middle School and for the most part it was a frustrating and disappointing experience. The Principal and Vice Principal(s) were primarily concerned with the teachers and their well-being and defensive rather than interested in my child's welfare, so be prepared to be your child's only advocate. Power School is a great tool for parents to monitor students grades, however some teachers wait until it's to late to update the database. You may discover 2 weeks before the semester ends that your child is failing music. I will end on a positive note. Mr. Haug and Mrs. Rodriguez are the best teachers at the school. Students are very eager to learn from these two teachers.
This school has really enriched my childs life all of my children have been there and love it there!
I had trouble with this school from before the first day of school. A couple of teachers that obviously needed to retire. Overall parent/teacher communication left alot to be desired. Parent involvement poor. Classes offered, weren't offered but picked for the child. Bullying was a big problem, and teachers doing next to nothing about it. With the exception of the principal and 2 teachers (out of 8), I wanted my son as far away from this school as possible. I will do everything in my power to get him into something that isn't as mediocre. Hopefully not all of the schools in this area are as bad.
I pulled my child out of school after 4 weeks and put her in another school because of a their academics. She was forced to take a math class that she didn't need rather than take one that would challenge her. It seems the students must progress together in this area. I will not send my other children to this school for lack of academic challenge.
My daughter went to this school and was bullied by other students. It was a nightmare trying to get the staff to do anything about this problem.
Math and Music have a very strong base at McLoughlin. Mac has a no cut policy in sports which encourages student involvement. However, extra Curricular activities such as the art, cultural interests, knowledge bowls, and intellectual team competitions are unbelievably weak. McLoughlin has a one size fits all English Program. A student is required to take a language course and a reading course. If you have a strong reader the reading course is a complete waste of time. Student must sacrifice History and an Elective to accommodate the two English course requirements. Typically History is scheduled for 1 semester and PE the other semester. History and Science are extremely weak. The focus seems to be on the courses the strength WASL test scores. The Administration at McLoughlin is reluctant to work with parental requests. The attitude at McLoughlin is mediocrity is adequate.
I am very impressed with the safety at this middle school. Our child enjoys school, and is thriving in the sports program as well as other extracurricular activities. I would be excited to see where this middle school could go regarding excellance if they had a true leader in a Principal.
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