I was a new student here and my experience was not the best to say the least. Most teachers were friendly and nice and the school had an interesting fine arts program I mean but I found it extremely hard to get used to the school. I don't think I ever will actually. Compared to my past schools I felt that some areas needed to be worked on such as social studies because it seems to have a weak curriculum. I found it interesting that the north Chicago kids who go here stick out like sore thumbs since lake bluff kids dress affluent. There seems to be an invisible economic and social boundary line between the two regions as I see it. The most disappointing part of the school I thought was the principal Nate Blackmer. I found myself relating him to a cheesy salesman who wants to appear friendly but it's because it is part of job to be. He just seems fake and when I asked him something he made an excuse of how busy he was instead of even attempting to listen. Also he sees me and knows who I am but ignored me which is definitely not the best welcoming behaviour.
Lake Bluff Middle School is a public middle school in Lake Bluff. The principal of Lake Bluff Middle School is Mr. Nate Blackmer. 334 children attend Lake Bluff Middle School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Hispanic. 0% of the Lake Bluff Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 10% of the 334 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged". The ratio of students to teachers at Lake Bluff Middle School is 14:1. School of St. Mary is one of the nearest middle schools.
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I feel that the current Principal Nathan Blackmer brings a high degree of professionalism and a strong sense of caring to the Lake Bluff Middle School and am very pleased that he is here
This school is an interesting school. Although the new principal here is not nearly as good as Ms. O'Hara this school is still really nice. The trips our school takes are awesome.
Lake Bluff Middle School provides a solid education. However the school is lacking a good science lab and there are a few new teachers who are a bit 'green' and have a difficult time dealing with day to day discipline problems. The Middle School building itself is another matter as it is really a few buildings of different architectural styles attached to one another. The school is in need of an overhaul. The Middle School will receive a mechanical upgrade a new stage but no science lab upgrade.
This middle school is an ideal place where the children learn about themselves under the watchful eye of caring teachers. The academics are top notch and the fine arts program is unparalleled by any middle school I have ever seen. The sports teams are slightly below average but this doesn't seem to be the focus of the community. Parents can get involved in many ways at this school from volunteering in classrooms to shelving books to leading a club. It is a school that focuses on the betterment of individual children and has a goal to help each child become a positive member of society while preparing them for rigorous academic careers that lie ahead for most of them.
Although the quality of the academic program is high many of the teachers and the principal are ill-prepared and unwilling to deal with kids with even mild disabilities. We tried for nearly two years to get an IEP for our son and it wasn't until he had suffered a nearly complete emotional collapse from this school system did they initiate 'discussing' an IEP ON THE LAST DAY OF THE SCHOOL YEAR ! The school views many disbilities as 'bad behavior ' and although we were able to get a 504 many teachers chose not to follow it at all. The principal claims to run a 'tight ship ' but it is a school not a ship and they are children not sailors trained for battle.
LBMS is one of the best school's. My children attended 2 other schools before LBMS. LBMS has a great philosphy of buliding self-esteem in children. Having the children create goals for themselves and following through to help them achieve those goals. They make sure each child is supported and praised for their accomplishments. At the same time teaching them responsibilty. Every staff member is always available when help is needed. My kids have gone from D-F averages (at other schools)to A-B averages (at LBMS). It just goes to show how much LBMS cares gets involved in your childs education and wants to see your child suceed. Mrs O'Hara is a strict yet fun principal that doesn't pull punches she is exactly what the children of today need. She is the perfect balance and will be sorely missed next year! I hope she can find her double as her replacement! Thank you LBMS!
I go to LBMS and oddly enough I'm a student who actually likes it there. The principal while slightly eccentric is quite nice. She also has a quick tongue and can somehow command the attention of the entire school without a microphone.