Sarah W. Gibbons Middle School
- WESTBOROUGH, MA
Sarah W. Gibbons Middle School Reviews
Rating 1.71 out of 5 7 reviews
Terrible school. Teachers complain to parents about kids instead of trying to help kids who are struggling with emotional problems. Counselors are very aggressive about blaming parents even when a student has a documented diagnosis. They finally provided an IEP when it was basically too late.
I had a horrible experience at this school. Teachers are awful and super biased and not try to help out the students when they need it.
In my past two years of this middle school, 7th grade had to be the worst year of my life. What a student learns and receives are completely up to what teachers they get. The teachers that I had were unsupportive when I clearly showed that I needed help, and put us students in so much pressure that in the middle of the year we lost all hope and motivation to keep going. During 7th grade, we barely learned nothing on the curriculum that was supposed to be taught, which left us unprepared for 8th grade. The teachers picked favorites constantly just because they were either the loud ones or the popular kids, and did not pay a single minute of attention to the kids who really deserved it. I have to say, even though 7th grade was not an ideal or healthy year for most of us, the 8th grade teachers were much better. They cared about us and our mental health, and actually took the time and effort to teach us what was on the curriculum. If you are considering on sending your child here, don't.
Teachers don't put in the effort to help the kids who need it and they take out their personal issues on the students, often ranting in class about their spouses and children. The expectations of a student in the remote setting is unacceptable, giving us 3-4 hours of homework along with the stressful 6 hours of school. A student's work ethic and behavior is not as much related to how hard they work, but closely related to how the teachers behave and act towards them. The faculty chooses favorites over and over again not giving other kids chances to speak up or answer questions if they want to. The administration does not look at both sides of a story when it comes to bullying and other things. Teachers prioritize families that have close ties to the town or are white/upper middle class. Minorities and kids who have families that are struggling don't get the chances or the oppertunites that other kids do. Terrible school.
The classroom was unsafe to work and function. There was zero diversity in classes and it leaves students completely unprepared for college and High School.
The students in Gibbons, as well as the faculty and administrators make the transition from elementary school to middle school fairly easy and I was able to take it in a stride. The students there are so supportive and amazing, and heard about a student being teased or bullied in Westborough. The one thing that I could criticize about this school is its academics. The school offers honors courses in math. However, for the academically gifted student who could easily take an 11th or 12th grade course in 7th grade, Gibbons was simply too easy. I was able to effortlessly get As or A+s in my core classes, while many of my friends struggled to get B's in the same classes that I aced. As an eighth grader, I believe the school needs more academic levels, but that is a completely biased opinion.