This school has some excellent teachers and some not so excellent teachers. It is a very good school for K through 3rd or 4th grade but loses strength after that. They desperately need an independent highly qualified, well organized principal who is removed from the school and on outsider who can apply some objective reform and leadership. The upper grades have to many grades in a classroom, are repetitive in nature and in at least some of the classes involve more memorizing and regurgitating than learning. There is a BIG difference from classroom to classroom. The lower grades do an excellent job in teaching children how to think and be good learners with creativity and childhood play and movement intertwined so I would highly recommend the school for K-4 and then discourage it for older grades. That belief is mirrored in their enrollment turnover where few student stay to graduation and many enter and leave in the upper grades. The K- 4 turnover is VERY low.
I think Midnight Sun is an awesome school. Each teacher has their own unique style of teaching. Some teachers are straight forward and to the point, others are very warm and patient. I believe parents need to remember that their is no perfect teacher (although I think ours comes close) and they are people, they have good and bad days. I am okay with having someone who is willing to show their true colors, let their limits be known, and let the 'parent' in them be seen. I have seen this in all the teachers. My children don't have the social pressures that conventional school have, very little bullying, and learn respect and responsibility for themselves and others. I couldn't imagine being anywhere else!
Having a choice w/ this charter school is a great option! Unfortunately, leadership is lacking at this school, & the teaching my children received was very uneven. Personal experience w/ some teaching staff was extremely unprofessional. This is a small school built on the 1-room schoolhouse model and is stated in their orientation. Reality is a different story. Boasting the teaching of 'moral character' does not reflect what one sees. Some of the teachers, however, do a remarkable job in the atmosphere they have.
I have been at this school for the last 9 yrs. I have sat on the board. I cleaned till me fingers could clean no more. Ive made costumes till the wee hours of the morning and I have taught art and still do , if you are not a dedicated parent dont come, if your child is not decicated its not for them ,its not a special school for special kids ,its a great school for great kids! with hard working parents who make time for their kids, and want to be there for their child! love mrs, cyndi
This one room school house concept is wonderful depending on the classroom your child enters. My daughter has a wonderful teacher who groups according to the needs of the children, not their grade. My son, on the other hand, was not taught math very well as his teacher was not able to do higher math skills. The principal does not support all the teachers equally. There have been many discrepancies that I have noticed between the classrooms.