We enrolled our children thinking this was a good school but don't be fooled by the tours they give you and the friendliness. It's a terrible school!! Our boys hated the school and the fact that the school changed and fired teachers every week. There are no stable teachers there. They give kids tutoring but they don't help them at all! I withdrew my kids from there and have been waiting on transcripts for almost a month!! Their so-called system has been "down" the whole time!! This is a terrible school!!
My son has been at North Pointe since 7th grade. He is now a junior. He is a very talented artistic and intelligent young man. At the prep he has never felt he had to conform to specific standards. I credit this to the fact that there is a no tolerance policy and Mr. Gow (who is rough around the edges) makes sure students are accountable for their actions. My son has never been bullied because he isn't into sports and like to take art class. I can't say the same for public school. My nephew is in 5th grade and gets bullied and there is so much red tape that he ended up being the one in trouble! How do you like that. I love the Pointe family of schools! Falcon Awesome!
First let me start with the good. Overall the teachers there are good. Now the bad, the front office girl is as rude as anyone you will ever meet. She can careless about your child or you. She's nothing but a carbon copy of the principle. Now on to him. Richard Gow. He is nothing but a bully on a power trip. He will not take calls or have any meetings at all. He has a personal problem with me because I'm not a parent who will bow done to him. Warning if you stand up
To him he will punish you through your kids as he has done mine. He has no teaching certificate so nobody can touch him. On top of that he's the assistant superintendent, so he's not biased at all and the superintendent will not bother to get involved. Richard Gow needs to be taken out of his role as principal and assistant superintendent immediately. We need better people in positions like his to guide our children. Until he loses his job given to him by the people I would not recommend this school.
In an open letter published in both the 2013-14 yearbook and graduation program Richard Gow states: "Six years ago I (Richard Gow) stood in front of your class and told you my number one mission in life was to see that not a single one of you would graduate from North Pointe......to the 51 of the original 130 who actually made it, I'm proud of you." This is a published fact. Of the 130 kids who entered 7th grade only 40% made it to graduation. As a parent you can decide if that is the school for you.
The October 8, 2014 post that says, "This school post great grades for the students but ask them why 20% of the seniors graduate" is just one more reason why sites like Great Schools can not be trusted. North Pointe actually has one of the highest graduation rates in the state among all public high schools. Utilize the Dept. of Education's website regrading statistics about North Pointe, not a site that promotes inaccurate information.
This is our second year. Some things we have seen: 1. The principal has zero tolerance. We appreciate that! We have seen kids that bullied other kids get suspended. Parents that just walk in the school with out authorization being asked to leave campus and get upset and yell when the staff is just trying to keep kids safe. Mr. Gow enforces the rules; keeps the kids safe and makes them accountable for their actions. 2. Some teachers do not know how to teach and that is why they get rid of them. Last year we had a Math teacher that played videos for every lesson, kids would fall sleep in his class, thankfully he's gone this year. 3. Most of the junior high teachers are wonderful. Can't wait to meet the High School faculty! This school is not for everyone, I recommend that you take the tour with the principal, consider what North Pointe has to offer and think about your child needs and personality. Not every child will be a good fit for North Pointe. Also consider yourself as a parent in the decision, Mr. Gow would not be holding your hand. If you chose North Pointe and didn't like it don't blame Mr. Gow, blame yourself for making the wrong choice for you and your child!