This school is has proven to be "we will burn you out" type tough. Teachers are not all amazing...some are clueless about how to teach. They put so much pressure on the kids that the kids reach breaking points. None of the students can get done with homeworks and tests before mid night. If you miss a day sue to illness, you will get yelled at and threatened the next day!! Parents have to teach everything at home almost! If you land a horrible teacher, your life is pretty much ruined. I as a parent HATE their balloon ceremony.... and I have to say my daughter is among the top 15% in her class but I feel for the ones who dont get a balloon despite trying too hard. It is an insane school ! I am actively searching for other schools for my kid. I am scared for her happiness and well being. If your child is insensitive and thick skinned, this school may be a good fit !
Very good school especially if your child wants to go to college. Moderate homework and some limited sports. Some teachers don't speak English well and my two children dropped two grades in the subjects they each had this teacher for. They say the school is looking into it, but a little frustrating for the kids. Grades are NOT a giveaway. Many time there are only one or two kids getting above 90% in some classes. AIMS, is not an issue, but Comps and Pre-comps are the big deal here.
It is a great school for hard working students. Teachers really prepares you for AP exams. Both of my children got 5's in both of their APs last year. This school also offer a lot of extra curricular activities in the form of clubs and sports. The school administration really cares about students and their academics. A lot of apportunities for high achieving students. Another aspect of this school I appreciate the most is providing students with a lot of chances to improve and not to give up. For example, there is an end of trimester exam, that usually constitute 25% of the overall grade. Even in some cases there are exams that you can take after the summer break if you would like to perform better and get a better grade. This makes a student keep going and keep working.
great school. focus on academics. small class size. They started lot of extra curricular activities this year.
I find this school challenging but since half of the teachers do not attain a proper teaching degree, it applies more pressure on the individual students. It however facilitates chances to open up programs and hold strong roles of leadership. The teachers really know you, and the environment is more friendly. Being a student myself, I have seen many leave because of the pressure this school gives, but it can be coped with through hard work and dedication which is an aspect of academics ALL students must hone.
tough school but way ahead of the public school system. Focus on academics. No sports or other junk programs.
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