PALO ALTO MIDDLE SCHOOL

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2301 W ELMS RD
KILLEEN, TX 76549
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Phone: 254-501-1200
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 4
  • Educational Climate: Below Average
  • Technology Measure: High
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
  • District: Killeen Isd
  • Students/Teacher: 14:1
  • Students/Grade: 300
  • Number Students: 900
  • Number Teachers: 80
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 4837
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Mr Matthew Widacki
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (28 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (27 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-02-19
    "This school is TERRIBLE!!! The assistant principle, Ms. Erskine does not work with the kids, she seems to be a bully herself. This school would rather focus on punishment for small issues (shirt not being tucked in) and make kids sit in the in school suspension all day rather than give them an extra shirt and let them go to class. My daughter has been bullied the entire 4 months we have lived here - therefore we are forced to move to another school district completely. I would NOT recommend letting your child attend this school unless you want to be called on a regular basis about issues the school should handle and have your child call you crying because she is being threatened to be jumped while the teachers sit back and do nothing. The teachers don't abide by 504 guidelines for ADHD children yet will call about failing grades. My daughter's math teacher was caught telling her studetns that she gets paid whether or not they pass, this is a paycheck for her. This school and it's staff is a disgrace to teachers and schools and should be SHUT DOWN!! I wish I could give it negative stars!"
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-11-23
    "I currently go to Palo Alto Middle School. It is a great school! I Get help with all of the things I don't understand, and they always have tutoring open. The sports teams are amazing as well. THE ADMINISTARTION HERE IS JUST FINE COUGH COUGH People writing comments bout it. There is almost no bullying at this school, and if there is it's taken care of very quickly. -Angela Baker Palo Alto Middle School"
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-08-05
    "This school is okay besides some of the teachers and administraters. When I am getting bullied or someone is trying to fight me, I go to the a.p's office and Ms.Erskine never does anything to help, she makes It worse. She'll say something like just ignore or If they hit you come to the A.P's office like they're not going to keep hitting me. I once literally got bullied and forced into a fight and I'm the one who gets suspended, while the others get a day of ISS. The way this school handles problems Is not okay. I definitely would not take my child here any time soon. The teachers don't help either, they just send you to the A.P's office. Mr. Wadacki says If your getting jumped crawl to the A.P's office. Another thing Is that Instead of having Police around in the A.P's office, they chose to have one on the last day of school."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-05-26
    "I am extremely unhappy with this school. Palo Alto's administration is by far the worst! Their bullying policy is not exercised and Mrs. Erskine brushes issues under the rug and the Principal Mr. Widacki never has time to meet with you and they NEVER resolve any issues. You always have to go above their heads in order to resolve a simple issue. So get very familiar with Mrs. Champagne. You'll need her a lot! They NEVER assign homework and it took a MIRACLE to get 2 out of 8 teachers to start sending e-mails informing parents of up coming testing dates and things of that sort. Ask to get signed up to check your child's grades online because they won't mention. This school is HORRIBLE with communication! The teachers dress inappropriately. One female teacher wears her pants so tight that it has to be cutting off the circulation in her legs. Totally inappropriate to be around young ladies and gents! The Women in the front office are a breath of fresh air. The only people you can talk to with any type of professionalism. If only they could run the school. If your child is not a problem child, Send them to another middle school if you can. This is borderline alternative School."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-05-16
    "I really would like to give this school a 2.5, I know that sounds silly. My son was homeschooled until his 6th grade year. He was given the standardized test in 2011, 2 weeks prior to school starting. Never having been standardized tested before. He scored on the 10th and 8th grade level. He rarely comes home with homework or study material. I have asked if I could know when test are coming up so I can make sure he gets regular studying in a few nights before. The communication is NOT very good at this school. I do not feel that he has been challenged. In Feb 2012 one of his teachers told me what a disruptive student he had been for months, yet I had to come to her and ask her why he was given after school detention (days prior) while at a ceremony. Which was our first means of contact. The same thing happened with his history teacher this year. My son is not an angel all the time, but overall he is normally well behaved and mature for his age. I am that parent who will correct and address when I am INFORMED! My boys have played travel sports which maintained a high level of discipline. My son's 7th grade sports season lacked disciple during football and basketball."
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