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Elizabeth Kratwell

Douglas Benold Middle School7

Georgetown, TX | Williamson County


October 3, 2014

love this school great kids school dirt strict is amazing i love this awesome school yay a away away

Submitted by a parent

February 5, 2014

I've been a teacher at Benold for several years. I adore my principal and teaching colleagues but I have had it with the central administration. Things are bad for teachers here, but in a way that harms our students. We used to be able to meet together daily and devise strategies to help our struggling learners. We no longer have that option since the district cut our planning time in half. Also, the district is pushing student data as if it is the panacea to all of our problems. Like never before, we are now expected to teach to the test. Our superintendent is oblivious to anything going on (and likely prefers it that way), since the person in charge of the middle schools only paints the picture for him that she wants him to see. Not that it matters since the superintendent has said many times "If you don't like it here--leave." Never mind that some of us have constructive ideas, based on years of experience, that we would like to implement. Speak up and get reassigned to teach at the alternative campus. Such leadership! As a previous reviewer stated: avoid GISD at all costs! Go to nearby districts where people matter. Dozens of former GISD teachers already have.

Submitted by a teacher

February 2, 2014

I have an 8th grader at Benold and an older child at GHS. Georgetown middle schools used to be awesome. Up until 3 years ago, teachers had the time to get to know the students. Then the district gutted the teaching and support staff for the entire district. On top of this the district office went from being a support system for teachers to enforcing compliance with directives led by the middle school asst superintendent. It is not a happy place and as a parent I can tell. There's nothing wrong with Benold that a change in superintendents wouldn't solve. When my older child went here (under the current principal), Benold was a wonderful school. If my youngest wasn't already in 8th grade, I would be sending her to a local charter school instead. GISD is rotten from the top down. Move to Leander or Liberty Hill instead. You won't regret it and your children will thank you for it later.

Submitted by a parent

January 7, 2014

Being a student at Georgetown High School now, I decide to share what it's like to attend Benold. Awful, absolutely awful. The students act like animals with no level of maturity at all. More students are getting involved with drugs and alcohol at this school, all throughout the year you hear of how so and so got arrested or sent to GAP for doing drugs in the bathroom or having possession of alcohol in school. The students disrespect the teachers and any authority at Benold regardless of the consequences. The administration is doing an awful job at keeping the students under control; students should be suspended if they do drugs or alcohol in school, and if they still continue to be a disturbance they should be expelled. Take advice from someone who has had to live through this school and do yourself and your kid a favor; DON'T choose this school! It's a awful experience that may get your kid into some bad stuff. Choose Forbes or any other middle school.

October 29, 2013

Benold is an excellent school. The administration cares about kids and the counselors are fantastic! The current assistant principals have been there now three years so turnover does not seem to be an issue as suggested by others. Students are provided many academic & extra curricular opportunities! If you want a campus that takes care of students, Benold is for you!

October 12, 2013

I would NOT recommend this school to anyone. The administration is scary. They can't even keep assistant principals for a full year. Ask those assistants why they left. The only middle school I would rated highly is Forbes due to their outstanding principal and assistants. If are looking to move to Georgetown, if you can afford to live elsewhere, do it.

Submitted by a parent

September 29, 2004

Benold is a good school. They place a lot of emphasis on discipline, yet in a positive learning environment. My daughter attended Benold from 6th to 8th grade, and was very happy there. Sports offered are football for boys, Volleyball for girls, track and tennis for both. There is an opportunity to join band/orchestra along with private music lessons given at the school for a very reasonable fee. They have an active drama and vocal department as well. Both vocal and instrumental genres attend several competitions throughout the school year, both as a group and solo. This gives the kids experience in competition, and helps build their confidence. The teachers all all easily reachable, and very receptive to communication with the parents. Benold's goal is to create a safe, healthy, and happy environment conducive to learning for your child, and I think they are successful in doing that.

Submitted by a parent

October 25, 2003

While the school is large and at capacity, it is, without a doubt, the best school in the district. The leadership provided by the principal, counselors and a good majority of the teachers is exceptional. Standards for academic achievement as well as disipline are high. Students know they are safe and truly cared for. The school building itself is sparkling clean and well maintained.

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