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Kirby-Smith Middle School8

Jacksonville, FL | Duval County

November 24, 2014

In response to the previous comments , if there is a problem with a particular elective teacher it needs to be specifically addressed with DCPS administration not unfairly broadcast anonymously on the internet. In response to the clubs comment, a total lie. This school has the following clubs actively meeting; chess club, zoology, collectible card club, video game design club, video game club, courtyard crew, yearbook club, and FLL robotics club. In regards to gifted teachers, when a teacher leaves (we had 2 teachers move) the District often replaces personnel with surplussed teachers and the gaining school has no right of refusal. We have quadrupled our gifted population the last 2 years and all teachers in gifted positions must take gifted training, this takes time. Gifted endorsed teachers "don't grow on trees" they are developed.

Submitted by a teacher

October 12, 2014

Thought this was the best school for my child, but 2nd year in this school is a joke. They promise electives in which the teachers don't even teach ? If you want to set a record on number of wasted hours reading books go to kirby. There are even teachers teaching gifted that never taught the subject with no background in the subject . Clubs no it's all lies just to get you in.

Submitted by a parent

September 26, 2014

Very disorganized. A lot of fluff about electives, but the truth is those are for selected children only.....kids and parent choices don't seem to matter. This is the 3rd year my child has been placed in same elective. These folks talk the talk but don't walk the walk. Any question to teachers are usually met with defensive rather than helpful attitude. I understand the teachers have a rough job too....but the kids should come first. I know Kirby wanted to be a path to Paxton so maybe the gifted kids have a better experience. However, the other kids, even the bright ones, seem to be an afterthought. Currently, a few of the teachers don't even post on the grade portal. Presumably, to keep parents in the dark so we won't bother them with our concerns. Our second child, who is in gifted, is now at James Weldon and what a difference! Kirby could learn a thing or two from James Weldon about how to improve, how to better utilize current technology, how to better communicate with parents. The only reason I gave 3 stars and not 2 is because there have been a few great teachers over the past three years, but the overall school experience has been disappointing. Lots of luck!

Submitted by a parent

February 24, 2014

My first impression before my son attended - hmmm old school, poverty neighborhood, hmmm ... But you can't judge this "book by it's cover" - the school is great!! The teachers have been top notch - they are very attentive and approachable, they want the students to succeed and really care about each student and get them to rise to the challenge!! The gifted, AT and standard programs are great at preparing students for their next level. Many of the top graduates move on to Stanton, Paxon, RE Lee. We travel 25 miles to get to Kirby because my son loves it enough make the early long journey every day. The school has great technology electives, athletic teams, afterschool clubs and more. It's a wonderful group of kids there as I see all 960+ of them during my lunch monitor day. The school is a diamond in the rough and continues to improve and glow from the inside out. The school starting next year 2014-2015 has been granted continuity for gifted students to Stanton, Paxon, and Darnell-Cookman. I rated it a 5 knowing no school is perfect but there is no 4.5 stars choice and it's better than a 4. If your child likes the techy niche - environment they will enjoy being at Kirby.

Submitted by a parent

February 5, 2014

I'm the grandmother of a Kirby student. The reviews are fantastic. I'd like to hear about the progress of my grandson and get to know his teacher. Who can I be more involved long distance?

February 4, 2014

I am a graduate of Kirby Smith and I am now a junior at Darnell Cookman High School. Kirby is an excellent school with great programs. Kirby Smith really prepared me for highschool structure with A&B schedules and rigorius academics. I can proudly say that I am an honor roll student at Darnell Cookamn, and I went to Kirby Smith Middle School. The teachers are amazing. My favorite of all time was my 8th grade LA teacher Mrs. Quantiance. I'm not sure if she still works there, but her homework load and system was the class that really prepared me for highschool. This school is amazing and I would recommend it for any on coming 6th grader.

August 28, 2013

My child attended for about 6 months because of the"technology" program. He came from Fletcher Middle School Gifted Program making straight A's. With in 2 months he was failing at Kirby Smith. But most important, the teachers could not care less.It took 2 months to get a conference because they were too busy. The whole experience was awful. He is now back at Fletcher High School in the AICE Program making A's again. I have since talked to other parents who had same experiences. They should close the school down.

Submitted by a parent

August 20, 2012

Even though I'm new to the school as a 7th grade student i know we are going to have a great school year.

February 28, 2011

Kirby is a great school it has taught me a lot of respnsiblity i learned to do homework without being asked by my parents and kirby may not be the cleanist school on earth but i became a better student athlete and person because of Kirby Smith Middle School. Thank You Kirby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

January 4, 2011

I think Kirby Smith a a school in general is great, and so is most of the staff but, i have found some negative experiences with some teachers.

Submitted by a parent

October 10, 2010

Kirby is a great Science-Technology Magnet School and they require students learn responsibility.

Submitted by a parent

May 14, 2010

This was my son's first experience in public schools. He entered KSM in the eigth grade and we were very nervous at first, especially since he has special needs. However, I have to say that it was a great experience nad we/he absolutely loved this school! We were so impressed with the teachers/staff, from the pincipal down. It was the best school year experience that my child has ever had and we hate that he is graduating this year. The teachers and staff were attentive to his needs and for the first time ever, they made him feel like he had something of value to share/say. He has thrived in this school like no other school that he has ever attended. And although there are occassional fights, he has felt safer here than in previous private schools that he attended. When they say 'Zero tolerance' to bullying, they mean it. Mrs. Marshall is a great principle. Two thumbs up for KSM!

Submitted by a parent

May 13, 2010

Im in 7th grade and im in mr gee's homeroom. I absolutly love kirby smith! The teachers are very nice and supportive. I am currently in cheerleading abd i am loving it everyday! Thank you Kirby Smith!

Submitted by a student

March 9, 2010

I have to admit 6th grd was tough, teachers trying to get the students into shape, unreal expectations of students, but it seemed to work once we got thru it. The reamaining years have been amazing. Good disipline, fair, teachers supportive, approachable, really care, realistic expectations. Mr Ohman and Ms. Mills are the most amazing teachers. The teachers will lead you down the right path, but the choice is still yours. It has been a wonderful experience and I hate to see us leave for High School.

Submitted by a parent

March 1, 2010

I graduated from Kirby in 2008-2009 and I have to say the school is a little dirty. The teachers there are great though. Some honorable mentions are Mrs. Reed, Mr. Broussard, Mr. Vail, and Mr. Ohmann

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