There is a new principal here again and it is not great. The office staff and principal are hostile and fake friendly every time I need something or have any kind of question, let alone an actual problem. This attitude is common in Port Townsend, if you live here you are familiar with the unfriendly and passive aggressive people here. It is not a great place to raise your kids. The elementary school and high school also have issues. (Blue Heron has students in grades 4-8) Some of the teachers that I thought were most competent have left and gone to Poulsbo or Bellingham to be in a more positive environment. Don't get tricked by the nice weather and location of PT, or of how "nice" people seem at first- they will turn on you and you will be shocked and depressed by all the hostility.
I went to BH for 7th and 8th grade, and I loved it. The teachers were very positive and engaged, and they were available to help you if you needed it. The classes were not too big - there were only about 20-25 kids in each class. Mrs. Manning (math), Mr. Oswald (social studies), Mrs. Shively (social studies), and Mrs. Schroeder (language arts) were all great. There was very little bullying, and if a kid was being picked on the teachers were fully aware and tried to help solve the problem. I enjoyed orchestra, P.E. was alright. Lunch was fun - they always gave us time to go outside. It was very easy to make friends, and the kids were as nice as middle schoolers can be.
None of the reviews were writing by the principal, the new principal is diane. There is no such thing as saturday school, i am a student and this is my 3rd year. The school is really safe, only like 1 wrestling fight. The teachers actually care, and same w/ students, there is not really any bullying. There are sports. You learn a lot. The lunches arent ideal. There is a orchestra, but we need a conductor. The ptincipal wanted him out. Everyone loved him, and he loved the students and music. Principal, well she is okay. There are fieldtrips. Everyone is nice. Its easy to make friends. The eighth graders are doing different fieldtrips this year, going to olympia, hiking, ropecourse, and more. Definetely reccommend to anyone.
Actually, the school does things about bullying, i dont what you are talking about. I am a student here. It is not terriable at all. You learn about shakespeare (7) read the outsiders(8), science fair(5), learn about the government, memorize the preamble of the constitution, (8). Every year there is this writers in the school, eighth graders get to swim and ride bysicles. Safe place, easy to make friends, and fun. Principal okay, lunch not that great, but i recommend this school.
I just moved my son to Blue Heron from Madison Middle School in Seattle. Unlike the October 21 post, I'd encourage people to consider Blue Heron. My son was failing math at Madion- he is now a solid B math student and his math confidence has grown immensely. I actually found the Principal very engaging and community oriented and Devon reports that there is little tolerance of 'bullying behavior'. I commend the teachers at Blue Heron from their dedication to teaching and to my son's success.
I bet the prinicipal wrote all of these reviews. This school is absolutely horrible. They do absolutely nothing for your child, when it comes to bullying. The principal will tell your child to 'grow tougher skin', and the teachers focus more on punishing people than actually teaching them. Do not enroll your child into this school.