To the teachers who challenged my son -- THANK YOU and to the teacher who is a passionate lover of learning and can't help but pass it along to his kids -- A million thanks for showing my son that learning does not have to be boring.
Depending on the child, extra curriculars and academic ability it varies. For one of my kids it was 'just right to too much' an for the other not enough! It was great practice for high school and it prepared them for the rigor of AP and honors courses - which is the whole point.
TMS strives to meet students where they are. Teachers recognize ability and work to develop individual challenges for each student. Staff and instructors are professional and parents are treated with respect. Academic achievement is regularly recognized and administrators work to maintain a cutting edge approach to instruction and learning to ensure students are supported and challenged.
I have an 8th and a 6th grader this year at TMS. Last year Dr. Mielke became our new Principal. Things have been changing for the better. We've had issues with our older child not being organized and not turning things in. So far there is A LOT more communication initiated by the teachers-which is AMAZING! My son loves all his allied classes-esp. Art and Tech-there is a 3D printer. This year the "House" plan has been changed to 3 per grade with an advisement period worked into each day - to get extra help, do homework or enrichment. A program is also starting which surveys each student on what their strengths/weaknesses are in learning. With the results they will set goals, which the staff will follow up on. My kids and I are happy with TMS.
I have an 8th and 6th grader this year at TMS. There were some communication issues when my oldest started, but there is a new Principal who is making some great changes-advisement period built into the day, individualized learning/goal setting and House reorganization. Communication with the staff has improved 100% and my kids like their teachers and classes - esp. the allied classes like Art and Tech.
Templeton is a wonderful place where my kids have grown as students and as people. Starting in 6th grade, the teachers "get" that the students will have a lot of adjustments to make into middle school, and they do a great job of helping them through the transitions. Through 7th and 8th grade, they increasingly help the students prepare for their high school experience. The new principal is in the process of taking the school from "good to great" and I have seen many changes for the better in the last year+ that he has been in place.