Our child is finishing up 6th grade and will continue with Mesa Prep in the fall. The homework is demanding and it took some getting used to. Our daughter really has stepped up to the challenge and has been getting excellent grades. She doesn't enjoy the homework but has gotten used to it and has been following a schedule. She is very involved in extra curricular sports/ activities so she has been able to make time for those as well. We are thrilled to see how much she is learning. Would love to see a day off once in awhile from the uniforms :)
I have been very disappointed with MPA. My daughter enter this school with a high self-esteem and self worth. She entered MPA as a straight A student from an excellent Charter school. She is leaving MPA with a C- average and a low self esteem. I went several times to talk to her teachers about her grades and each time I was brushed off. The teachers there do have favorites, the students are very cliquish and disrespectful towards each other. There are no disciplinary actions taken towards the children that are out right mean to one another. We had high hopes for our daughter in regards to her future education and we believed that MPA would really help her reach her goals, instead, we now have to pick her, brush her off and help her to move forward from this school experience that has truly set her back several steps.
Mesa Prep needs teachers who show more warmth and compassion for the students.The faculty for the most part are much too young. They are destroying our kids self esteem. Remember they are still young and do need some recognition. This school has some serious issues and I think alot of parents are starting to realize this.That accounts for all the withdrawn students this semester alone. The teachers and headmaster have their favorites and it is no secret.Mesa Prep would be a great school if they would treat the students fairly, that is not the case here. Alot of parents are fed up with the attitudes of the faculty and fact that Mr Wagner does not interact with most students only his brainiacs, and the parents who donate the most money.Why are the teachers allowed to wear there hair collar length ? That sends a good message to our kids .
The previous post must have come from a parent whose child has been in constant trouble. The school. and Mr Wagoner, are not there to babysit. Rather, they are there to ensure our children get a well rounded education (including respect for others). Since he has been headmaster, we have found him approachable for all students as well as parents. The students respect him and find him fair to deal with. Yes, there have been withdrawals. Some have happened because the children weren't able to keep up with the program (it is highly accelerated), some had difficulty behaving (discipline and respect for others begins at home), and others relocated out of state. We have been with MPA for two years and have seen a marked improvement since Mr Wagoner stepped in. He knows students and parents by name and acknowledges their activities and achievements when he sees them. Love it!
This school is good only if your goal is for your child to go to a liberal arts or Ivy league college- provided they are not burned out by then. The curriculum does not prepare our kids for the world they will be entering. They spend years reading the classics, learning latin, poetry etc. but yet have no computers, little instruction in communication/writing, typing, spanish, etc. I like the concept of teaching them to be so well rounded but not at the expense of necessities. Our other issue is the lack of teacher certifications and actual teaching experience at an age appropriate level. This is a huge problem. We started here with straight A's from a top charter school and one year at this school ended with C''s and D's, not to mention low self esteem and lower SAT scores. His IQ clearly did not go down...... It was a disaster.
Changes have been made for the better. The education my kids receive is top notch. As with anything new, there have been growing pains. However, I know my kids are getting a great education. KUDOS to Great Hearts for making tough decisions and changes!
Mesa Prep is a great school as long as your child does not require any special services. The school is very new, 2006 est. and most of the teachers are new to the Great Hearts system. Some of the grades have had more than one teacher turnover in a year. Very demanding school. Great for well organized brainiacs,the rest will weed out by 9th grade.
I have been extremely disappointed with Mesa Prep. The first year was very good, but this school year took a turn for the worse. The academics are amazing, but the teachers are not good. They act like they don't care, and you have almost no support. The kids that go there are no different than at a public school, there are cliques, and fights, though more rare it still happens. The school is too small for so many people. I feel that with the absence of Ms. Mercado [former principal] the school has disappointed me. Mesa Prep is basically a smaller high school with AP courses.
MPA has turned out to be everything that we had wanted in a prep school. Small class sizes, engaging teachers and challenging curriculum. There are plenty of extra curricular activities available despite this being the first year of the school. If you or your child is looking for a school that you just drop them off and pick em up everyday, stay at your neighborhood public school. This school has a great sense of community and parents play an active role in the school. If you are looking for a school that will challenge your child academically, look no further than MPA.
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