The "Preview" Method of teaching math is absolutely the worst method I have ever encountered in education. Basically, the student is supposed to teach themselves. There is no teaching. And the "teaching" that is going on is far from exemplary. The math teacher doesn't even know how to solve some of the problems…and my child is expected to learn how to do the problem when the teacher cannot do it??
Asking kids to do the math home work before the subject is covered in class is unrealistic. These are called "previews". They swear up and down they are not using a "self-taught" methodology but I don't know what else to call this!
When the cheerleaders are jeered by the student body and have nerf balls thrown at them during pep rally's without consequence I have a hard time believing compassion and empathy are traits taught at school or at home.
A school with poor leadership can not excel. More concerned with appearances than substance. Girls are given the burden of adhering a strict dress code while boys are given the power to harass. The education is just ok. They only teach one way so if that does not work for you do not expect anyone to think creatively. Just because you put "creative thinkers" on your digital street side leader board does not make it so. The staff I have worked with have lacked this very skill. We moved from out of state and have discovered Excellent school really means excellent for Arizona. I removed my child from this school.
Im a freshman at this school. It has been really fun and really hard. I have a learning disability and ADD... My math teacher has been really helpful and fair to me and she is the best teacher I have ever had because she doesn't just lecture you the whole entire hour. I feel as though the whole math department is similar. Im in band and the band program is impeccable, We got a superior with distinction at UofA Band day (marching band competitions) and a superior at NAU band day. We also march in the Rodeo parade on 4th Ave down town and we have won the highest music award over 20 years in a row. We also get to travel around a lot. Last year we went to China for a parade. We've gone to Russia, Hawaii, and London, and many more. Band is a major part of my life, and the pure love of music is spread all around the band and all of the kids are extremely dedicated. Band is my family really, we all are so close. Ive heard similar things about the theater program and the choir program and also student council as well. It feels awesome to be with people who are passionate about the same thing you are. Overall I really enjoy Cat Foot! Unfortunately I might have to move to San Antonio Texas
To the person (AKA: Possible school board member assigned to monitoring "Great Schools" reviews) who wrote the last review: With all the subject/verb agreement errors in your review (in every one of your sentences), one might assume you were also educated in an Arizona school. However, just because you are towing the party line doesn't mean it's the truth. Your "once a great school, always a great school" mentality is a meritless assumption. Being the "best of the worst" in a city/state with serious education issues is not something to brag about. As for your comment about taking advantage of Open Enrollment: I shouldn't have to LEAVE and drive across town to give my kid a better education, even if it was available.There is plenty of data to support the negative impact of Open Enrollment, fad curriculums, the ever-popular, so-called "critical thinking" models, and the myriad of other programs our schools have bought our kids. You should read more, not only to provide yourself with a model for good writing, but also to educate yourself on what's behind that "curtain of immersion" and other fancy-sounding programs: a whole lot of bologna that is NOT serving our students well.