Having moved during the middle of the school year from a very close knit school out-of-state I was very concerned about my child adjusting to a such a large school. However I have been so pleased with the support he has received as he's made the transition. The teachers administrators and his grade level counselor have gone above and beyond to reach out to him and help him adjust. The students have welcomed him warmly. Not only has the school supported him emotionally during the transition but academically as well. Henley is a challenging academic environment and the school has provided him with an opportunity to rise the academic challenges provided. As an educator and as a parent I can honestly say that Henley is a wonderful school.
Joseph T Henley Middle School is a public middle school in Charlottesville. The principal of Joseph T Henley Middle School is Mr. Patrick Mclaughlin. 807 children attend Joseph T Henley Middle School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 11% of the 807 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Joseph T Henley Middle School is 18:1. Charlottesville Hosp. Ep. is one of the nearest middle schools.
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Our school is focused on instruction. Provide excellent instruction for students. Provide opportunities for great electives and after school activities. If you could change the way the front office staff deals with both parents and students the environment would change dramatically. I consider that to be the only item that keeps your school from being just perfect.
I recommend Henley Middle School. I've not known any students there who were unhappy with Henley (they love it). I think some of my son's teachers were truly the best--one of the upper level algebra teachers is one of the best teachers I've ever known. My child had a wonderful experience at Henley. There are great classes wonderful teachers opportunities to get involved. And yes there are a few children (as is the case in most schools) who seem to want to cause trouble but they are a very small group and easily distinguished as the ones to stay away from. (It's their parents who are responsible for their poor attitudes not the school.) I think the staff and teachers do their very best for all the students.
I am a student at Henley Middle School. Most teachers will get the job done some with more expertise but I noticed that on a few occasions Henley's had a few worse choices in teachers. Most of the time they were not there the next year. Some of the staff and teacher's seem like the kinds with obvious favorites. If you're not popular or don't have a certain attitude about yourself they don't seem to enjoy your presence very much. Though many of the teachers do know where to place the standard for each level class. Students get a reasonable amount of recess time per day too. Administration however doesn't seem too friendly but will get the job done. Though there are some issue with mild bullying Henley over all is a great school with many wonderful extracurricular activities students can participate in. If you want a good education and environment for your child Henley the school for you.
I have just graduated from Henley Middle School a school that is lead by a man Dr.McLaughlin whose judgement upon punishments is seriously flawed where in one situation a student who endangers their fellow students with rock throwing and impales a fellow classmate in the head causing massive bleeding. These actions punished by a single day of In-School-Suspension as apposed to actions classified as skipping class on a first offense are punished with a day of Out-Of-School-Suspension and the revocation of precious privileges. This school has left me a straight "A" student seriously unimpressed with the unprofessionalism of their staff. Though with as most situations there are a few exceptions a handful of teachers who offer exceptional teaching abilities with subjects of both academics and life lessons. At the same time the rest of the teaching staff is constantly letting down students and parents with a lack of enthusiasm and impaired priorities. Though nothing really compares to the atrocities that they call their principals.
I just got into sixth grade and I have the best teachers eaver. The teachers cover everything but make it fun. At HMS I have actuely loved going to school! I am in band and it is an amazing expirience! We are going to the spring concert and we have been doing exelent! Henley is so AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Three years of fighting an administration that talks a good game but is completely lacking in follow through has left me unimpressed. The staff is exceptional at circling the wagons and self preservation. If you have a child that functions without any outside help and you don't mind the fact that they receive more in the way of social indoctrination than education this is the school for you.
Having switched to Henley from a private school that our children attended for 8 years I can say with confidence that Henley does its job and does it well. The sad news to those who think Private school will better address issues of bullying or middle of the road learners is that in our experience private will do worse on both accounts. Privates resources are often more limited and the entitlement and elitism that comes with private make it even harder to address bullying. Middle Schoolers typically struggle with self esteem issues EVEN the 'popular' ones it is the nature of this beast. But I do believe that Henley does the best job in addressing any true threats to safety . and is available to children as they navigate adolescence.
My son started seventh grade in fall of 2009 and so far he loves it. I've never seen or experienced any rudeness from the office staff. There are some excellent teachers some not quite excellent but that's always the case. So far the administration seems terrific. I'll be watching throughout the year.
great teachers and staff!
Seems to focus more on high ability students that will raise test scores for the school system. This happened to us at the elementary level as well. Our child is a student of average ability a group that seems to be overlooked here. The school seems satisfied to keep these students where they are - little challenge or encouragement that will motivate them to achieve more. My child may never be an Albert Einstein but he has potential to go further especially in math. He'll never achieve that as long as the school lets him slip through the cracks.
I have a child at Henley Middle School and I wish I had sent him to private school for three years. My child has had a few talented teachers that have helped him along the way and the guidance staff is amazing. However he has been bullied not only by the students ( and then he was punished) but also by the administration! The office staff is rude. If your child is not a type A personality and VERY organized then they will have a tremendous amount of problems at this school. The administration does not focus on what was normally considered disciplinary problems and focuses more on small things that do not warrant in school or out of school suspension. The result is a group of students that treat each other very badly and know they can get away with it and are reinforced by the administration.
I'm currenly a student at Henley Middle school and do not like it at all. The girls are snobbish and the teachers are rude. The pricibal is mean.
This an excellent school with some of the best educators young and more experienced ones in all subjects. The new administrators are extremely competent and responsive. Thestaff are competent and take great care of the kids. I don't care that they don't offer me a massage when I walk in. We have had 4 kids in this school and we have lived in other districts. To all newcomers -- this is where you want your kids to get their middle school education!
If your child has any difficulty in school you will be very frustrated with Henley. Most of the teachers are very resistant to accommodating or motivating less than perfect students. The office staff and administration is cold and distant. When you enter the front office they act as if they are being disturbed or inconvenienced in some way. They act as if they own your child. The new administration overreacts to situations and doesn't temper use of regulations with common sense. They tend to use policy and regulations as an excuse not to think. The school has a very left of center bias and tends toward popular culture indoctrination in their curriculum. Controversial issues are taught as fact and little tolerance is shown for opposing viewpoints. The guidance staff has been very good but seems to be at odds with the teachers and the administration.
I just recently had a bullying issue with my daughter. She was being bullied. The Administration (spoke with an Asst. Principal) handled it excellently! I'm very pleased with the outcome. I will say that the communication between teachers and parents is limited. I think that though the school is trying to teach the students to be more independent they still need the parent back up checking to make sure that work is turned in tests and quizzes are studied for etc. I would also say that while some parents are involved in their children's educations others rely on the school to 'parent' their children which is impossible. The basic values of politeness respect for self and others and kindness are not being taught at home.
I have had 2 students attend Henley Middle School. I have found if you have an overachiever you'll not have any problems and the teachers will love you and your student. If you have a student that struggles (especially a male student) forget it. Also the new administration this year runs the school in a military fashion. We had a bullying issue with my honor roll student and the pricipal's solution was to suspend the students if they made eye contact. We suggested mediation and he would not even entertain the idea. There is also alot of administration intimidation and bullying. We have 3 more months and we'll be in high school. Can't wait! On a positive note there are a few wonderful teachers at Henley that have inspired my daughter to be a thoughtful independent citizen. Bad part is you have to know who they are and request them.
My child attends Henley and although she has not been directly affected and I have not had problems with administration I have heard from several parents who have had numerous difficulties. The administration is rigid unwilling to compromise listen to parents and militant in their discipline. Administration handles virtually all problems with students by giving them in and/or out of school suspension. This includes students who have never before been in trouble. As a parent I find it concerning that this school operates under a zero tolerance rule when Albemarle county does not advocate this particular policy and with good reason. Studies have indicated that Zero Tolerance is a poor means of discipline which can ultimately be very destructive to students.
I have 2 sons at Henley and I am very pleased with their education so far. While one son has been on all A honor roll the other has struggled some with math. I have found the teachers to be very interested in their students and always seem to be available if needed.
This school is an amazing school. The teachers are really interactive and get you ahead of the other schools. That way there is not as much stress in the next couple of years.