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  • Chain Of Lakes Middle School7

    Orlando, FL | Orange County


    April 19, 2014

    Chain of Lakes has been a positive experience for our family. The academic challenges are appropriate and have pushed my children in a direction of growth. Students are expected to behave, learn, and make good choices. The staff is mostly very good teachers and the gifted and science programs have been great experience for us.

    Submitted by a parent

    January 27, 2014

    COLMS is a great middle school in Orlando. My son has been there for 2 1/2 years and has excelled every year. The staff is very educated and enthusiastic. The music program is strong. Sports are very competitive. Every grade uses Accelerated Reader. Lots of Opportunity to takes advanced classes. In 8th grade my son is taking 3 high school classes. The school is crowded but class size is great. Principal has control over the school. She is very strict and is no nonsense. Several after school clubs to get involve with. PTSA becoming more involved in school.

    Submitted by a parent

    October 8, 2013

    Chain of Lakes Middle School has programs to meet the needs of all children. From Gifted Classes, ESE Department, Honors Classes, AVID Program,Sports Programs, Art Program, Reflections,Music Department, High School Class Credit, and a strong PTSA. Students are encourage to be leaders and there are many resources to help students succeed Academically and Socially. COLMS implemented a "Love Pantry" last year to help families at the school and in the community. The Love Pantry provides families with food and clothing. Mrs. Furno, the school Principal is very involved with the students and their success at COLMS. The teachers are highly qualified and are dedicated to helping the students prepare for high school and helping them develop into successful students and young adults. My children have excelled at COLMS through the AVID and Honors classes. I am very happy with the school. Go Ospreys!

    Submitted by a parent

    July 18, 2012

    The teachers are engaging, the principal involved and active and the staff is friendly. My child gets what she puts into her learning career as it should be.

    Submitted by a parent

    December 17, 2011

    The faculty at COL does an excellent job. Breaking up fights and getting hurt in the process should NOT be a job requirement. COL has one of the most caring staff members at COL, and he has to break up fights on a constant basis. Did anyone ever think about not blaming the SCHOOL, but instead keeping your kids in check?? If you live in the "WINDERMERE" area, put your child in Gotha Middle School instead. My child is thriving at COL, sorry about those of you that are not. My child, fortunately, is not being bullied there, either. Parents always like to place the blame on someone else. Your child's ability to cope starts at the home.

    Submitted by a parent

    December 13, 2011

    PLEASE READ - As a parent living in the windermere area, this school was the closest school so I had to send my child here. I thought the students will be decent and the faculty will be strict and caring. NO THOUGH. It has not even been 5 months since the 2011-2012 sy started, & there have been 3 fights already, & in 2 faculty has been hurt. When fights are happing, only about 1 or 2 faculty is there, & when the rest come, they just stand there & watch. The bullying is also a big issue in this school. switching my son back to SWMS! The academics in this school is the only thing that is good.

    Submitted by a parent

    August 27, 2011

    Excellent School.. My child is a Honor Roll Student (Straight A's). I moved here from an excellent school in New Jersey and I can not complain about this school. Students are polite, well mannered and bullying is not tolerated. I am a proud parent.

    Submitted by a parent

    October 28, 2010

    I am happy my kid is not there anymore. My kid is a 9th grader now. Her honors Algebra class was a joke and did not prepare her for HS Honors Geometry. The gifted teacher rocks! The drama teacher is awesome. I was told by the last vice principal during her 7th and 8th grade year that I was too involved and my child who has an "A" is not doing enough. The english teacher in advance 7th grade is adversarial and detached. They would not show up to conferences or respond to e-mails. The 8th graders do not get a graduation. But my kid did because of the honor awards. We see the difference in the level of quality teachers now and when my kid attended. They do not care at COLM. I work now at another middle school and also see a difference in the level of education.

    Submitted by a parent

    June 6, 2010

    I have two children in this school and overall it has been a positive experience. The new principal has made a few positive changes and it seems that parent involvement is more welcome. The orchestra teacher is very impressive and gets his students to progress. The overall Arts program has improved this year. Academic classes have been a mixed bag, as I would imagine it is at most schools. My 6th grader has not particularly enjoyed electives, however. The gifted teacher is phenomenal and has been the bright spot for both of my kids. It is good mix between challenges and letting them grow in their own way. Overall I am very happy with the situation at this school and expect it to continue.

    Submitted by a parent

    February 2, 2010

    I had heard wonderful things about this school, but quite honestly, I haven't experienced any of it. The majority of my son's teachers have definately 'checked out'. The progress book is a big joke in my eyes as teachers 'don't have the time' to enter homework, notes etc. onto it. I have had parent/teacher meetings with absolutely no follow-up from the teachers. Parents can only do so much, we need the teachers help.

    Submitted by a parent

    May 14, 2009

    This is my sons 2 year in this school, and i think it has helped him so much, i would not change at all if it was to come to that....

    Submitted by a parent

    January 13, 2009

    I think this school is aboslutely amazing! Granted it might not be the greatest school in Orange County but it has other qualitys that make up for those rough edges. For one this school has the most sophisticated Gifted Teacher ever! Who teaches his class what they need to learn but in a more comforting way that allows the students to actually learn something. The school also has many other extraordinary teachers who give their time and effort to help those students in need. There are many extra-curriculum activites after school, such as the National Junior Honor Society,the YMCA after school program and much more! This school has great facualty too. The principal is very kind and is always there if you need to have a meeting with her. The Administrators are also very kind and are always there to help you. Overall this school is Extraordinary!

    Submitted by a student

    October 11, 2008

    This is my daughter's 2nd year at COLMS and it may have improved in some aspects. But, the school still lacks in quality leadership. The administrative staff are rude and disrespectful to all. The principal is never available and stays in her office allday. My child too has all advanced classes , but some of her classes do not challenge her at all. This is due to it being FCAT driven, except for the gifted program. He is a wonderful and brilliant teacher!The orchestra teacher really cares about his students and program! He encourages them to step out explore different avenues of music. Discipline of some students are below average and the focus needs to be more on the safety of the students.

    Submitted by a parent

    October 7, 2008

    My son has been at Chain of Lakes for 3 years, and I love it. He is in all advance classes as well as the AVID program. The level of education recieved there is great. I can not wait until my daughter gets there.

    Submitted by a parent

    May 21, 2008

    I love this school. What a great environment for my child to be in! i'm so excited for my child's future. Thank you chain of lakes middle school, thank you!

    Submitted by a parent

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