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Redmond Middle School2
Posted March 24, 2015
- a parent
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.
The quality of teachers ranges from fabulous to marginal. We've had two children in this school over the past eight years, with experiences ranging from wonderful to simply awful. I've also subbed in this school, so have had a chance to see some things from a teacher's perspective. I'd like to see more assertive, student-focused leadership by the principal, and a better teacher hiring process. It's a mystery to me how some of the staff was hired, because in some cases they are clearly unqualified to teach in their subject area, or to manage a classroom. I wish I could say that the excellent faculty makes up for the marginal staff, but it only took a couple of bad classes to pretty much sour the attitude of our honor student. This year, she went from loving school to hating it. I give most of the credit for this change of heart to the frustrating environment at school. If more parents speak up, perhaps things will improve.
Redmond Middle School is a great school if your child is in the advanced curriculum. Otherwise, the classes are pretty mediocre. Their Algebra and Geometry teachers are amazing, and write tests, homework, and curriculum all by themselves. Their curriculum is much harder than the state-issued curriculum however, and you child may find difficulty their. But, this level of difficulty prepares your child for the End Of Course exam, and even if they fail the class they will most likely pass the EOC. The school also provides a variety of extracurricular activities and electives.
This school is horrible i had to use the bathroom on my period and they wouldn't let me use the bathroom witch is a violation to my rights and they wouldn't even let me call my mom. Dont bring your child to this school.
I think the teachers and staff are great but there is a real drug problem that is "hidden" in my opinion. I know they do all the can to keep it out of the school but it's still a problem and when my kid is feeling peer pressure to try these drugs I am concerned.
I was on the site doing some research and decided to submit my experience with Redmond Jr. High. With much regret, we had to leave the school earlier this year due to a job transfer. It was only a few months into the new school (which is also highly rated but much less personal) when we understood how great we had it at Redmond Jr. This is hands down the best; If I could, I would put mine back there in heartbeat. The teachers and staff make this truly the "Nordstrom" of middle schools!
i was a student there. When I was in 7th grade i had a teacher yell at me, i had done nothing wrong for all i knew. I asked what i didd wrong she didnt tell me. The students there are mean. If u zone them out and ignore them it gets worse. In 8th grade the principal was nice but didnt do anything when I told Him i was harassed. He didnt belive me. In the summer of 9th grade i told the new principal She cared and did somethng right away. If i had told the Vice principal He would have done something. My grades were bad. It didnt help that the teachers didnt care. Only one of them wanted to help me. I give my old school 3 stars! more then it deserves....
The teachers are excellent! They have one of the best science and math programs in the state. The principal knows the students by name, and makes it a priority to know 'his kids' and do what he can to make the school a fun, friendly place where learning becomes a desire, not a chore for the students. It is an environmentally friendly school with a top notch recycle program and an energy efficient building.