I have no experience with the middle school. Jefferson County Public Schools, however are led by an uninspired bureaucrat whose most important quality has been keeping herself in business and who is now on her way out. She needs to be replaced with an educator with excellent academic qualifications from outside of WV. The bureaucrats under her all need to go as well. Jefferson County is emblematic of backward thinking, self serving WV bureaucracy. One previous high school principal and one middle school principal were shockingly bad choices. With smart middle class people moving in, this district should change. The attendance at board of education meeting is surprisingly poor.
Being a grandmother and university literacy professor, I rate the school's academic and fine arts programs, a 5! Thank you for your instructional awareness and assistance with diverse students. A Happy Grandmother!
this school is a very good school. i finish my last middle year at charlestown middle school i love this school i miss it very much. it has great teachers and great staff i ended up as being top eight grader i remenber when i was in 6th grade i didnt knew anything but once i went to ctms i got good grades.
More PE? I think what needs to be addressed is the lack of languages offered, not cutting back on the only one offered so kids can go to gym more. CTMS's biggest problem is class size. Teachers and administration are overwhelmed with large classes. The school is way too small for the number of students.
I have been somewhat disappointed with this school, but I am remaining hopeful for my 8th grader. We recently relocated from Virginia and my first impression was based on lack of communication. For whatever reason, phones are not answered regularly, the school website is not maintained (no emails posted), parent information was delayed to second week, no formality to open house (no principal introducation), though clean today, water-stained ceiling tiles/bathroom mirrors need replacing, and bathrooms are not quality clean. It is overcrowded but there are things that could be done differently (i.e. stagger bell schedules to reduce hall traffic; alternate days for PE/Spanish so more can get PE; keep communication open via emails, etc.). I do think the teachers/administration are overwhelmed and cannot keep up with the numbers, which is understandable, but modifications can and should be made. As a parent, you must become and remain involved for your child's education.