Have had an extremely disappointing year with my oldest in this school. I do not recommend it for parents who are military or are otherwise moving into the district. They are not very willing to work with new kids to integrate them and seem to adopt a strategy of trying to get us to move out of the district as quickly as possible. The administration uses a capricious and fairly arbitrary discipline system and they are extremely quick to use suspension (for instance, for writing a program on a computer when the teacher told the student that he could play on the computer, with no boundaries). It is unfortunate because I believe some of the teachers really do care, it is the unfortunate product of a small-town mindset and a promote-to-level-of-incompetence administration.
There's too many bullies alot of people spread rumors. I hate this school it was the worst experience for me ever i couldn't concentrate in class because of everyone. I had to switch back to the ck district because of this school. This wasn't a good experience. The office never helped with any of the problems...
Both my kids have had a fairly challenging education at the MIddle School taking math a year ahead and the AGATE Block. (Though my child is in AGATE (gifted), I'd really rather an honors program for all kids who want a more rigorous program rather than the class just for those that make the testing cutoff.) Band is excellent, and most of the science math teachers are good too . Make sure your child has teachers with the teaching style that works best for your child and get involved with the school and the PTA. I Love the newly adopted math book. I know this sounds odd, but I WISH they'd offer more consistent keyboarding. In this world of computers, without adequate keyboarding, they develop poor skills early on and never learn to type correctly. Budget cuts are miserable. Leadership is okay--I feel they could be encouraging more risk-taking by the staff and parental involvement. Socially, these were actually the best years for my kids as there are so many more friends to meet, and they found the school to be a safe environment.
Lol, it says this site won't post names of teachers, etc. But I have seen several already! I am not sure how to rate this school as my children are not attending yet. I am expecting great things tho.
This year was awesome, I had so much fun with friends because Poulsbo is not only a fabulous learning environment, but also a social one. My teachers helped me when I struggled, and Mrs. Jez is the best. I hope more people enjoy this great school.
I love PMS.. Im in the leadership class this year and it is great. it was inhanced ,e as a person and has made me more of a indiviaul. Its a great school. I would recommed having Mrs. Jez and Mrs. Nelson for 7th grade teachers.
Our daughter is attending PMS as a sixth grader. We're still adjusting to the newness of the whole thing. Overall, I think things are going well. She has a couple exceptional teachers and one she hasn't quite connected with. I've met with the teacher regarding school work and wasn't impressed. She isn't very warm, rather cold and harsh. It's quite a change from elementary school. For the most part, our daughter is making new friends and getting in the swing of things. She has done 4 book reports so far, with more to come. I do like that the students are held accountable for their homework and that there is homework, although it seems to have let up a bit since the beginning of the school year. I think teachers and students alike are adjusting to the new middle school format. I may revise my rating after the year is over.
I agree with the most recent review, my child attended 7th grade at PJH and I found the teachers were not willing to take any extra time with her. I hope this school will improve next year when it turns into a middle school.
Both of our children attended PJH. Unfortunately there is absolutely no help from teachers when a students wants it or needs it unless you are an A.G.A.T.E.student or teacher's pet. If a student is struggling in a class, the teachers don't seem to get that student help.
We moved to Poulsbo just this school year and immediately got involved. Teachers encourage parental involvement and treat you like you are one of them. The Principal is very caring and concerned, through his actions, i.e., being out on the school grounds in the morning, and at events such as Band performances. But what was especially encouraging for my daughter, a new student, was the 'pep' this school has for it's teams. On the negative side, my 7th grader did not do one single book report all school year. Reading is definitely encouraged, and there is time to do that during the school day, but I find writing about what you read to be more useful in developing critical thinking and writing skills and she was never required to turn in a book report. Maybe I'm old fashioned.
This school was wonderful to attend. The classes are rather small and there are many wonderful teachers available. There is also a very wide variety in the levels of courses offered. I would highly recommend this school.
I'm not a parent but I am currently a student at PJH. I think the school could need some improvements. The school has great programs for college. They supply a great amount of encouragement to the students.
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