Many of the teachers at this school are demeaning to their young students 12-14 yr olds. So many of the teachers at this school seem annoyed and unhappy. Sad and Scary. Most students spend their time in the classroom working on handouts and teaching themselves. High expectations for the students that often results in being prepared for high school if they can handle the teacher abuse be independent and self-starter at 12 yrs old and handle many many hours of homework.
South Charlotte Middle is a public middle school in Matthews. The principal of South Charlotte Middle is Ms Lisa Bailes, who can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. 930 children attend South Charlotte Middle and identify as Asian; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 22% of the 930 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at South Charlotte Middle is 18:1. Jay M Robinson Middle is one of the nearest middle schools.
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My son came to this school from a high end local private school carrying great grades. They put him in accelerated classes and helped him completely fit in. Played three sports at a high level while there. Now in high school South Charlotte Middle prepared him better than most other feeder schools.
This school does not support students that need accommodations. Parents have contacted Cms but nothing changes. Students are stripped of their accommodations in 6th or 7th grade. the principal knows but does nothing to help. A school for the kid that does not need help. Many of the teachers don't teach expect kids to be "self-learners. Wish I never moved here because school is the worst.
This is the worst school ever. The teachers in 6th grade were so bad that I pulled my son out to homeschool. Now he's back for 8th grade. These teachers are much better but the administration isn't very helpful. I made a doctor's appointment for my son as late as possible but I would still need to pick him up 15 minutes before school lets out but I can't do that. Instead I have to pick him up at 2 10 before the last class starts and have him miss an entire class period. I thought it would be ok because the final announcements would be going but they don't do the announcements until after the final bell rings and the kids have to stay there until the announcements are done even though they are technically out of school. I've never worked with a school that was so uncooperative and unwilling to compromise or work with the family of a sick child! If I had a choice my son would not be going to this school and I would never send another child to this school. I wouldn't even rate this school with 1 star - rather a negative 1.
I graduated from SCMS 3 years ago and I think it's a great middle school. The workload was fine and I had no problem getting A's and B's in my classes. Most of the teachers I had were very helpful. There were a couple teachers who shouldn't have gotten jobs there but they're not working there anymore. It's a beautiful school and it's kept very clean and decorated with artwork. There are several different electives you can take and there are also "9th block" classes that are usually fun. The only thing I hated about this school was gym class. We had to take it every year and I always felt like I was being tortured while I was participating in it. I definitely got some great workouts though. I always felt safe while I was in this school and the teachers made an effort to prevent bullying. However every school is going to have bullies no matter where it is. All in all South Charlotte is great and I'm glad I went there because it's definitely one of the best middle schools in Charlotte. South Charlotte was also a good transition into high school; I felt prepared and most people from South Charlotte went to Providence High School with me so I knew a lot of people!
i hate this school so much i came home crying everyday because of the kids there and how the teachers didn't do anything they actually gave me punishments and not them. my friend who has adhd was always looked down and never treated right by teachers...i hope this school gets torn down. THIS IS NOT A 10!!
If you want your child to have a great education DO NOT SEND THEM TO THIS SCHOOL!!! My child came from a 7/10 school in a different state. Although the rating was not perfect it was not the correct rating. The school had amazing dedicated staff who helped all the children learn and the statement "No child left behind" was extremely brought to life there. I chose this school for her because of the test scores and rating but so far her year has been awful. She has struggled and some of the teachers here are so unhappy with their job they want they have no motivation to help the students. She has gone from straight A's and occasional B's to C and D averages. They spend so much time preparing on how to take an EOG test there's no time left to actually learn and process what is on it. The students here who are all mostly upper class seem to be very stuck up and it seems not down to earth here at all with anyone at this school. My daughter's friends have been bullied and so has she which the office did nothing about for them but tell the girls to stop. If I could I would move to a different area of Charlotte in an heartbeat. Disgusted with the things I've seen at this school.
If you want your child to have a great education DO NOT SEND THEM TO THIS SCHOOL! My child came from a 7/10 school in a different state. Although the rating was not perfect it was not the correct rating. The school had amazing dedicated staff who helped all the children learn and the statement "No child left behind" was extremely brought to life there. I chose this school for her because of the test scores and rating but so far her year has been awful. She has struggled and some of the teachers here are so unhappy with their job they want they have no motivation to help the students. She has gone from straight A's and occasional B's to C and D averages. They spend so much time preparing on how to take an EOG test there's no time left to actually learn and process what is on it. The students here who are all mostly upper class seem to be very stuck up and it seems not down to earth here at all with anyone at this school. My daughter's friends have been bullied and so has she which the office did nothing about for her. If I could I would move to a new area of Charlotte in an heartbeat. Disgusted with the things I've seen at this school.
My child came to this school from an outstanding school in a neighboring state. This school has been terrific for my child. It is a tough but fair school. They have a great arts program. Most middle schools don't have chorus art drama and he has really enjoyed these classes. My child plays sports and is very involved. The school and principal seem to care about my child and there are always fun things that he looks forward to. South Charlotte has a great reputation and great test scores for a reason. They are doing things right.
( CONTINUED) If these kids dont like you they wont speak to you look at you or if they do they will look you up and down and either laugh or whisper into their stupid little friends ears or BOTH. RUDE. -_-! 3rd If you are into the arts like me then heck no for this school if you want any sort of artisic skill teaching. They have a overall terrible arts program. ( Drama Music Orchestra Band Art Computer) Haha computer... Im a geek ;P . 4th The academics stink hey dont work with you if you dont get soemthing their like " OH WELL STUPID"! And they rush like crazy. They will work on a lesson for maybe a day or 2 at the most maybe 3. 5th like I was talking about before the teachers were being rude? Yea so is the staff. In the office one day my mom wanted to drop off my lunch box because we were running late and I forgot my lunch box. So my mom goes up to the ladies and she says " Um excuze me Hi Im *My moms name* And im here to drop... ( the lady interupps) " WHAAAA?" " Excuze me but you need to go to guidance...... EXCUZE ME? WHAT? SO RUDE. Anyway I hope you dont choose this school.. And dont let the 10 out of 10 fool you.
I was formerly associated with this school and it is definitely NOT student-centered. Many teachers seem to think that giving a lot of homework equals rigor. They are also very inflexible when it comes to finding ways for students to be successful; it is their way or nothing at all. Some of these teachers also refuse to see the need for updating their professional development thinking that what they have done all along still works. Good teaching is good teaching but times are changing as are students so it is always wise to keep up to date. You won't find it at this school. Its all about conformity and being seen as the "only middle school that prepares kids for high school" which means they pay no attention to adolescent development.
I was a student at SCMS and it has a couple good teachers. I think it has a good leadership/principal and it was not challenging because i wasn't the best test taker therefore i got in classes below me even though they knew I had more potential. Over all I thought it was a good school.
I am a teacher at this school and a parent of a child that has attended this school. The leadership is excellent and the teachers are excellent. Students rise to the high standards that are set for them and the outcome is a quality rigorous education.
I feel South Charlotte has gone downhill. The teachers seem to be pushing things more and repeating things like we're pre-schoolers who can't remember anything. Many of the teachers don't seem to want to help you very much and they tend to punish students for silly things but don't punish students for bad things like calling out in class and saying inappropriate things. No instead we get punished for not walking when we're outside hugging people and other stupid little things not even related to learning. They also are enforcing rules on students that really suck the fun out of school I know school is supposed to be a learning environment but it's become to the point I don't even feel like I'm learning. Half of class is spent yelling at the students who don't want to shut their mouthes and work. I don't feel challenged because I'm always getting stuck in the "standard plus" classes (the lower classes) with all of the failing kids who misbehave so much we never do anything fun. I must admit I have about two good teachers. Kids are either always getting in trouble smart and snobby or being bullied because they aren't "cool". If you're in between you're basically ignored.
South Charlotte is a terrific school if your child is an over achever. Although with my A.D.D and learning disability they never made the right accomodations for me and they only made the accomdations during EOG time (And if your parents say you have one and you let the teacher know the teacher will make you sit on the gym floor or in a noisy classroom when your supposed to take a test in a "private quiet room"). If your not the perfect straight A student they expect all there students to be your at the bottom of the barrel and it makes things harder than it seems because they constantly stress you out with numerous projects and loads of homework when you have trouble comprehending it in the first place. The teachers have office hours but there is enough time in the day where they can pull you out of class (9th block) and help you. And they pretty much teach to the EOG because South Charlotte cares more about there reputation of sending you to high school than actually worrying about people like me. I am extremely dissapointed in South Charlotte and things need to turn around there soon.
This school is the worst school I have ever been to. Most of the students are very rude and use nasty language. The teachers are so rude and do not care or take the time to answer any of your questions. They also complain constantly about their jobs infront of the students. The only good thing about this school is the arts program that has been cut because of the budget cut. This school gets you so stressed out with the loads of homework and projects. I have talked to my parents about switching schools.
SCMS does a few things right - high expectations communicated to the students in a consistent manner qualified teachers and the school consistently achieves high scores on EOG testing. As a result it's a highly rated middle school. They also do a few things wrong - the intense focus on EOG scores and the strict policies result in * too much homework * too many projects * a lack of individual caring and attention from teachers and administration that the students feel in the areas of scheduling and keeping up with notes/assignments/projects * a clearly communicated disinterest in parental involvement beyond the PTA fundraising and school store staffing * a lack of opportunities for socialization the previous principal seemed to be a stickler against anything that could be perceived as having fun while at school * an environment where teachers regularly punish the group rather than the specific kids who are interrupting or being rude in class The focus is grades grades grades. I care about the grades of my children but i also care about time with them in the evenings and about their their sense of comfort while at school.
- and its not 2 projects a night overall in 4 weeks only 2 projects and I have had either 4 or 5 or 6 I cant even count because im trying to figure out a way of fixing my hand from all the writing of all the homework. > ( not happy with south charlotte middle school at all!!
My son came from a lower level school and so we transferred him here. All in all that was a bad decision. When we asked them all of the options to get caught up the only option they gave us was to spend an hour after school in tutoring. We told them that we cant because we value our time with our son and the response was "Oh well...". He was frowned upon by teachers because he came from a lower level school. Homework was a big issue too. the amount of homework he had was to the point where we never got to spend time with him. His schedule was School Homework Dinner Bed. Again when we tried to talk to teachers to see what could be done the response was "Every student is expected to perform just like everyone else." Some teachers understood that the time when my child is at home is my time to spend with him not their time to burden him until 11 00 at night with homework. They even discourage parents to be involved with anything academic. Please search for a different school.
Overall the academics are at par.(and has been going down hill since budget cuts...)This school is not for every child.This school is mostly for rich sports playing over achievers.Many problems have come up over the past two years since I have been going there dealing with rude and nasty teachers staff and kids... If you aren't perfect in every way possible you will be frowned upon by your piers and by teachers.Over all South Charlotte is one of the worst schools i have been too(most of the other kids have the same opinions as myself).I would not recommend this school to any 6th 7th or 8th grader.Honestly it is a real drag to go to this school in the morning.