There is always at least one teacher on long term leave and usually in subjects like Math, History or English. The quality of teaching in general is not very good, especially in Math. Only kids who did Quest in elementary school seem to be able to get through middle school Math. There are a few good teachers, but they don't make up for the overall weak performance of the school. Trying to talk to the teachers is a futile exercise. They do not answer emails or follow up on requests. Overall they don't seem to care about the students at all. The overcrowding does not help.
The online system is useless. The teachers do not update the results on the system so it is hard to keep track of assignments and tests. They complain that they do not get taught to use it properly.
After-school sports are just a babysitting service. The teachers don't coach the kids, just keep an eye on them so they don't wander off.
Overall the standard is lacking and teachers don't go above and beyond to encourage and enhance core values. They are way too many students they can handle. Parents are forced to take on a bigger role in order to create a productive and challenging learning environment for kids.
Academic performance has been declining; teachers lack enthusiasm and standard. Principal's 3 year improvement plan should be called 3 year declining plan. Current online tools in place doesn't enhance teacher accountability and student motivation. Parents need to take on a big role if you want your kids to succeed in this type of learning environment. The same comments also go to the entire district. Very disappointing.
It's a significant increase over elementary school but less than high school and college will be. My son needs to be ready.
Some assignments do feel like a waste for him--spending a long time on coloring something in or cutting and pasting which doesn't really add to the learning experience.
We were concerned when our son was finishing fifth grade and we toured all the choice schools that you have to win the lottery to get into. Did we have to win the lottery to get a good education for our son? No. Redmond Middle School actually provided a rigorous education for our high-achieving sixth-grader and is doing so again in seventh grade. My son says this is the first time he has classes that he is learning something he didn't already know going in. He struggled at first to learn the organizational skills to be responsible for his own work in six classes. But the school had a good system in place where they started off easier and gradually got more strict about deadlines and grades. Most of his teachers have been good (with the occasional clinker). I think you'll find that at any school. The school is over-crowded, but that may change if we can get some more schools built in the area. The advanced-level math program is great and sets the kids up to be ready for higher levels and AP classes in high school. Many more opportunities for electives and sports than a choice school too. Overall, a good choice for a kid who doesn't have a special leaning toward the subjects or learning styles taught by the various choice schools.
We moved couple years ago to Redmond and I had big expectations from this school. I have 3 children and all of them went to RMS and RHS. The curriculum night was a big mess this year. Some teachers are very awful and others are good. My kids don't have any enthusiasm for school like they had in other school.
This school is terrible. i had hopes in this school, but be caution when putting your kids in this school. Teachers are not qualified to teach kids and expect too much from kids. Their PE teacher even doesn't keep records of how kids are doing and just puts random scores which can have negative score for your child. Electronic system is never working and i have to email teachers in regards to this all the time. The school is overpopulated and it will only get worse. I hope i can transfer my kids to better school district, such as Bellevue.
bad unnecessary rules, they will put almost anyone into the below average class. most teachers are pretty good, others decent, and some absolutely awful. Some of the administration is WAY to strict and dont know anything about kids.
This school is a real disappointment. The administrators think the students will run out of control at any moment and so they go overboard with discipline for trivial matters. My son told me of a student who was suspended "for being *hit* with a backpack by another student" who was also suspended. As a result, the school has the highest rate of discretionary suspensions of all middle schools in the district. (discretionary = not for weapons or controlled substances.) The lunch rules are like martial law and the students see through their stupidity. If you were trying to undercut respect for authority at an age when kids are already skeptical, the school couldn't do a better job. At the same time, the teachers seem to assign tons of busy work for homework without real learning aims. (e.g. a 5 hour science assignment, 80% of which was cutting out and pasting little origami nesting boxes.) One teacher regularly told her students to "shut up" and another told her classes that she'd be taking the day off because a new videogame was coming out. Nearly every parent I know has at least investigated other options for their kids. It's kind of shocking how bad this school is for the district.
If you are in Quest, you're screwed. The 6th grade math/science teacher is AWFUL. The Algebra teachers are ok, but the 7th grade English teacher is so annoying. The 7th grade History teacher is nice, but she grades super harsh. The electives are super fun though, and if you are interested in sports, this is a great school for that.