South mountain middle school in Allentown PA should be shut down. It is one of the worst public schools that I've ever come across for almost 3 years now my son has attended South mountain middle and it's the worst experience you can ever have as a parent the teachers the guidance counselors very rearly return your phone calls it is disgusting there's gang involvement and there's no follow through. The teachers complain everyday there are phone calls on top of phone calls and they pay no attention to the kids that are being bullied or they pretend not to know. There are kids that are on probation talking about stabbing others going to this school and dragging the rest of kids that are willing down as a parent to see this type of dysfunction is very hard. I will never recommend the school to anyone. Ps. My son no longer attends there.
South Mountain Middle School is a public middle school in Allentown. The principal of South Mountain Middle School is Mr Ralph Lovelidge. 1,129 students attend South Mountain Middle School and identify as Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Asian. 78% of the 1,129 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at South Mountain Middle School is 13:1. Harrison-Morton Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.
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- Drawing painting
- Theater drama
- Cross country
- Field hockey
- P.E. classes
- Rock climbing
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South Mountain has to be the worse school in the district. They refuses to intervene when my daughter was being bullied by a small group of girls. She has been hit in the face slapped on the head pushed into the lockers and intentionally tripped. The principal teachers and security are aware but there hasn't been any consequences for girl. I requested they review to video in the areas where she has been assaulted at. This has been going on since the first week of school. I advised her not to hit back because even though she will be defending herself she will be suspended. How long is this going to go on before she getting frustrated and hit back. Only then will they take action because she was involved in a fight. So in the mean time the bullies can hit her whenever they see fit with no consequences. This is unacceptable and I plan to speak to an administrator at the ASD main office. Being bullied and having and getting no support at school has affected her grades and her heath physically and mentally. Worse school and staff I know
I think this is the worst school I've ever seen. For the past 3 yrs my son has struggled since day one! I am so glad I am relocating back to NY. Teachers there show alot more involvement & discipline. I'd like for my son to grow in life continue learning & have a great career. Which I feel in this school will will ever amount to anything! This is your shift as his teacher if he does not follow direction or complete work...YOU HANDLE IT! Instead you call me & tell on him...When he dsnt do his chores at home or follow my rules in my house I HANDLE IT...I do not call you & complain...do I? I would NEVER recommend ANYONE to this school it is a DISGRACE in my eyes!
I'm going to eighth grade now and I've been in this school for 2 years. By my standards I simply hate this school The students are disrespectful to the teachers which wont allow me to get an education and wont allow me to learn. The teachers are excellent at teaching but its just the students that make this school horrible. I hope someday that the rudeness from students will stop.
i am a six grader in smms n its not the greatest i have the most drama in this school. i try to stay away from the drama n focus on my school work but the drama gets u anyway. but it isnt the schoold fault more of the behavior of the students the teachers handle it well a peson i know jut got into a fight n suvior consequences came to both students. the teachers are great cool n make it has easyer n fun as possible
Terrible school. The kids talk about gang affiliations during class. They are disrespectfull to teacher. South mountain represents the very lowest in education and society.
I love my school. despite everyone in other districts talking about all the bad things they hear about Allentown it's deffinently not a bad school. Teachers and faculty are strick here to prevent bad behavior and they do a great job handeling situations.
im a 8th grader.ive been in southmountain for 3 years.this is one of the best public middle school in allentown.i recommened this school to any 6-8 graders.there are many oppertunitys in smms.
teachers are very pressured by the over populated students but alays do their best all teachers are very commited to their students and very helpful as much as fun .the school might be over populated but the teachers are awsome
As a grandparent of an Autistic student I would like to say this school is very dedicated to the needs of these students. The teacher and the IA's do a great job.
i love this school nice teachers that help you alot.we do alot of fun projectsand other fun learning pojects.im going to spend my rest of two years here with fun.
Great school great teachers working with difficult circumstances. I wish our parents would take a little more responsibility for their childrens education. Out PTA has under 10 members
As a teacher at South Mountain I can attest to the spirit of the other teachers and the administration. They truly have whats best for the kids in mind they put in their ownmoney and hours of over time to make sure that the students get the best education possible. It is an upper class school in an urban area offering quality education to kids who need it most.
I as a current student at South Mountain Middle School feel that this is truly the best middle school here in Allentown. Our academic programs rock. Our teachers rock even more. A lot of parents help out with the school too. Also SMMS has the most coolest extracurricular activities. There's so much to do and so much to get involved in such as; Sports The Yearbook Committee Student Council and even more. I am very proud to be a student at South Mountain Middle School. - South Mountain Middle School is the best! North South East or West!
To me South Mountain Middle School has the worst teacher to parent feedback in the Allentown School District. I have personally over a period of 3 mo. send my child's teachers numerous letters concerning my son's grades and what we can do to make them better. I've yet to recieve a call back or letter concerning my request. This has even extended to the principles office and have not recieved any feedback from him either. I've requested Team Meetings and have not recieved any calls to schedule. It has come to the point where all this school is worried about is disciplmanry actions towards those students who have behavioral problems but not those students who need help with bringing their grades up. This school to me would be rated an F on a report card!
The academics is growing which i truly like.With everything allentown offers to keep kids out of trouble this is a good school for people weither they want music or sport or other involvement. Parent could try and get involved more but atleast they are trying their best in my opinion.
Allentown schools have MAJOR issues that should be addressed. The teachers are overrun with the amount of students in their classrooms. This year alone in the 6th grade classes there were children who were forced to sit on a stool in the back of the classroom due to insufficient room. Another BIG issue is the amount of non english speaking students that are thrown into regular classrooms and expected to learn while the english only speaking teacher teaches the other students and a translator interprets to them! Of course while the translation is going on the english speaking students are simply sitting there taking up space and worst of all learning NOTHING. It is a waste of valuable educational time for BOTH sets of students! They desperately need to revamp the system and find something that works. A suggestion... pay for private schooling.
Unfortunately when an altercation takes place at this school no matter when or where the teachers never see a thing. This school is over populated the teachers try their best but...
Being a former student here at south mountain I think south mountain has great after school activities.dance team and other great programs are best for involvment of young students.The school also has a large range of ethnical students here.It could be for better of for worse.overall I think this school is ok amd some what violent.Thats what you can ispect of in the city and and urban area.