I am an alumni student of North Pointe. I enrolled in 8th grade and graduated in may of 2007. I can't express how impressed I am with the administration on a large scale, but on a one on one basis with the students, it's not so hot. I love that it's a small school where everyone knows everyone and there are really no cliques. It was a good school, not a great school, with great teachers.
I'm curious to know the criteria for a top school. I'm not seeing this in the leadership. There is no parent participation. We have no voice at this school. Communication is viewed as 'go to the website'. This is ineffective. Have they realized effective communication occurs is several modes not just one? We had a band performance outside this week. It was extremely cold. The students had a great performance. Do you think the school should have planned to have the performance in the gym or the theater. Poor Planning. If the Jr High is any reflection on the school, I'm afraid to know what goes on in HS.
Money spend on big coach buses instead of athletic equipment or jerseys. Classes canceled. Teacher turn over every year. Kids with good grades told they can't play sports when they have played for 3 years, because they are homeschooled. Its the administration.
Lots of classes/extra-curricular classes that were promised at orientation have been cancelled. Never got calls returned from the Administration. High teacher turn-over.
This is our second year at North Pointe and we are very happy with the school. I have had no problem getting responses from teachers and staff when I've had questions. I like the fact that check sheets come home every two weeks so I can keep tabs on my son's academics. The sports are wonderful too.
My son is a new freshman at North Pointe, coming from Carden Traditional School. So far, I am thrilled with almost everything. My son has great, involved teachers, challenging classes, and great extracurricular activities that he wants to participate in. Our only concern is that his math teacher knows a lot of math, but seems to have some difficulty teaching what he knows to the students. But, all in all, it has been great! Thank you to the staff and leadership at North Pointe Prep!
I pulled my daughter at the beginning of the school, there is alot of favoritism with the administration. I never had my calls returned. I truly believe 'status' is the only thing this school is about, not educating our children.
Yes finally a school with respect for parents and children. Very organized and profesional.
NPP has really gone down in the last couple years, seems like the school only cares about looks and status not about our children's education, it is very sad.
I agree with the Great Schools ranking - 9 of 10!My kids have attended this school for the past 5 years and we love it there. I believe that the new administration is much more responsive to parents than last year's was so I don't agree that all turnover is bad. The school sends home grades every 2 weeks and teachers are great about returning calls.
It is sad when an administrator must write a review of its school. The turnover at the Prep reflects poor leadership. It is that simple.
I also am very concerned about the turn-over of Directors. I just wish they could keep the same staff for two weeks so the website could have a contact list. As the administrator's comment so elequently expressed...they are all about the experience, which is great, I just hope the education will get the students into college.
I agree and have mixed feelings about the school. In all the years my child has attended this school. They have had alot of teacher and administration turn over. I don't believe the school is a College Prepratory. The school doesn't treat all the students fairly because of much favoritism by the teachers. Very unorganized they have plenty of updates on the school sports ect. but no faculty and administration contact information found on the school website. I would not recommend this school to another parent I wish I could.
We were in North Pointe Prep for 7-8 grade, and I have mixed feelings. Some of the teachers were terrific, while others seemed to have no academic standards. However, almost all of the teachers I met cared about their jobs and the kids. The school was very disorganized and it's frustrating. There was an unspoken pressure on the teachers to give a's and b's - in my opinion not good. I want to know my child is learning and have a true read on how he is doing. It is not a college prep school in terms of curriculum or standards, so don't expect that. However, it is a small-school atmosphere, so your child will get to know people right away and have more opportunity to play if involved in team sports.
My kids have been attendind this school since the 7th grade and are now in 10th and in the beginning it was the school that we dreamed of! But as the years passed by its 'greatness' dissapeared! The quality of the teachers was decreasing and most were unqualifyed!
There is arts program there and I was impressed with that. But if you arnt intrested in you kids experiencing a great arts program I reccomend looking somewhere else.
We have decided to leave after 5 years of dealing with Pointe Educational Services. I suggest choosing a different school than this one.
This school does not apeal to me or my kids! Yes there has been some good things about it like drumline and other ats and such, but what really gets me is the lack of adminastrative responsibility! There is great potiential but there are a few roadblocks that have to be overcome first.
My kids are very happy st this school. My son is into sports and my daughter is into the arts and they both excel academically. No other charter school has this combination of Academics, Athletics, and Arts. Also, this school has a district administration that is committed to finding the right teachers and leadership. The standards are high and 'okay' just isn't good enough. This school isn't afraid to replace an ineffective teacher or principal. Too many schools just keep them because getting rid of them and finding good ones is too much work. If the new principal didn't work out and left this summer, well, I am glad that they figured out it wouldn't work before school starts.
I have attended npp and still am. In some aspects the teaching is above and beyond a normal level but some of the teachers need to step it up. I think that the people incharge of hiring should make sure that they are hiring a good teachers so they dont get fired 1/2 a year later. I sugest before enrolling to npp really find out the details, good and bad, about the school before enrolling, just to make sure it is up to your standards.
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