It is absolutely awful. The teachers are uninterested and unmotivated. The kids are treated rudely and the level of education is completely unsatisfactory.
This is a great school with excellent teachers and an outstanding music program. A safe and fun environment to grow academically and socially.
Great start to another successful year at Horace Mann Middle School. The new principal made a very good first impression on students and teachers. I am so happy with the teachers commitment to making this an excellent learning environment for our kids. Academic achievements of the kids are great and the music program is outstanding!
This is a pretty good school actually! HMMS is very well rounded in academics, athletics, and music. The principal has high standards and leads an excellent school.
I think this is an excellent school. Any time I need a teacher, they return my calls and are alwayspolite and professional. The principal and assistant are excellent--they are strong leaders who demand excellence. I can think of no other school that is so devoted to academics, the arts, the community and athletics. All students are treated with respect regardless of who they are. I love HMMS!
I am Georgi Rader, the Honor Society president of 2010, and I believe that HMMS is most certainly a fine school! Although the rule of No zip ups is a tad bit strict, the other simple rules are very easy to obey! Dr. Blackwell and Mr. Stowers stand outside to give you a handshake every morning and also ask how you are doing! It is the best start to a very positive school day! I will now now answer the criteria of a great school on the right, HMMS has exellent staff, all with a very positive attitude! I will say we are a very disciplined school, which shows strong leadership! Our academic scores- SRI, Westest, scores are very high! We are challenged everyday and that is exactly what we need!
Very poor principal who demonstrates dictatorial attitudes and non responsiveness to student safety issues. If you like a martinet, and don't care about your student's well being then choose this school, otherwise move on....very quickly.
I am extremely disappointed with Horace Mann Middle School. There are a few fine teachers at HMMS who do a good job, but the bad teachers greatly outweigh whatever positive impression is made. All any parent has to do is look at the quality of writing displayed by the students who have commented here to know that spelling, grammar, punctuation and organization of thought are not given much attention at Horace Mann. Principal Blackwell seems to be more concerned with students feeling good about themselves than actually having them learn something and have a reason to feel good about themselves. Grade inflation is rampant, so that students think they are doing great even when they are not learning anything. They are being set up for failure. Overall, a pretty sad situation.
This is to some of negative remarks about horace mann, we as parents can't expect the schools to raise our children. We raise them at home, and send them to school to learn. And the teachers @ horace mann will help out, if asked. Its one the best middle schools in the whole kanawha valley, so thank god our kids has a safe learning place to go.
We have been more than pleased with this school and feel our child was fortuate to have attended. He has particularly developed a love for reading and music.
This is my second year at HMMS.Its great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love my teachers!!! I have Algebra 1 a for math it is hard!!!!!But my teacher is helping me!!!!! All the teachers will are great I Love HMMS!!!!!!!!!!! Bye
Great school with a super staff. Everyone is friendly and welcoming.
I love HMMS! This was my first and last year at hmms. I transfered from Charleston catholic which was the best decision i have ever made. The kids their are spoiled and their parents do everything for them. People are way to quick to judge horace mann kids just because it is and inner city school. The teachers at hmms are sometimes unfair but thats ok. But i love horace mann!!
I have very good things to say about HMMS. But im in 6th grade & they treat us like we have shot some 1 were not aloud to chew gum. but my principle is very kind & resonable i hoarce mann middle school ( icsept 4 the hole gum part ) but yeah ur kids should transper if ur im a differant school-------- MBV
I am soooooo impressed with HMMS!! I heard great things about the school, but once I got there, it was even better. The school has a real dedication to literacy and creativity that I haven't seen at other schools. The teachers are friendly and he kids were respectful. Both the principal and the assistant were super friendly and very helpful. I am happy to have someone in this school!
Not to be against any of the students but I was disgusted by the kids. THe boys would be in the back drawing nasty pictures and doing and speaking rude, dirty, and nadty thoughts. 3 girls there got pregnant in gym class.
I love HMMS! I just started my 8th grade year, and I am disappointed to be leaving it next year. We have awesome extracurricular activities, and the BEST music groups in the tri-state area, and in 2005 the strings orchestra won 2nd place in a national competition. The teachers and staff are caring, and help as much as possible. Mr. Blackwell and Mr. Stowers stand outside every day to greet everyone as the walking with a 'Good morning!' and a firm handshake.I am extremely proud to be part of this school and the award winning orchestra.
I just recently completed my 6th grade year at HMMS. Most of the teachers are caring, but the students have a lot of issues. A lot of the teachers treat us all like criminals, like we have once been in jail, they dont even give us a change in that department. The 6th grade math teacher is excellent, and I loved her class, she was surprisingly my favorite teachers, if you get negative feedback on her from your child, they obviously don't go to school for the right reasons, or are overly sensitive, she just doesn't put up with any crap. Its an ok school, but im transferring this year to go to JAMS, the kids at Horace Mann really disrupt my learning and get me into trouble.
Horace Mann is a wonderful school with exceptional learning opportunities for students who want to learn. Some of the best teachers and administrators in Kanawha County can be found here.
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