They have 8th grade WEB group to help welcome new comers, they have various fundraisers such as collecting change for the needy, sharing through caring and food bank drives which help students develop these virtues. 6th graders also have 10 hours of community service project that helps kids understand these values.
I have two kids in this school who love to go back every day! Once in a while they come home with frustration that teachers have 'favorites' but overall they are happy. Like any public school, above average students need to advocate for themselves and take time before or after school to clarify their doubts because teachers may focus on average or below average students more. Teachers are very responsive and supportive when students ask for extra support.
PLMS is a nice school with many great staff who are thoughtful and caring and make you feel welcome. However, when a misunderstanding happens, please take some good quality time to know the details before any final judgment. Please give a chance for students to talk and explain what exactly happened. It can be very hurtful and disrespectful when it's not the truth. No one desires to live under stress likes that.
Pine Lake Middle School has been an excellent environment for my daughter in which to thrive academically and socially. This is a well run school with excellent teachers and staff that make sure that students get the best education possible in a safe place. Our experience has been outstanding!