My son is now in his second and final year at this school as a senior. The one thing that stands out right away with this curriculum is that they don't just stick to the standard requirements, but go far beyond those. Life skills come to mind immediately. This is one of the strengths of this school. Real life issues, styles and knowledge. Not only do students get the required education, but also actual experience that can be documented on a resume for their future. Practical knowledge and such experience is priceless for any young person's future. This school delivers!
The school's director has developed a very unique learning situation with this school. Her many years of experience in the field of having experienced the bad, the good and ugly have now been molded to bring out the best in students and staff. Her entire model of not only teaching the basic requirements, but real life has proven over and over again to a very powerful and successful model. I fully support the concept in all respects as I have seen the best results in my own son.
When teachers respect the students, the inverse happens. These students all have a mutual respect not only towards each other, but also towards the staff. This is a key component to success. These teachers, or actually the entire staff put major emphasis on this simple concept.
In many cases the students have enough time to get all the work done during the school hours due to the way the class schedule is designed. As this school has many diverse programs, it makes sense to not drive the students crazy with overload as many schools do. From my observations while watching my son, I see that basically he is always in school mode. We could be doing anything and at one point he will make reference to something they learned in school. This is absolutely brilliant!
I have seen it in my son. He actually cares about the school, its surroundings and fellow class mates. Just this morning he told me that he would be late for pickup as he will be helping other students with some after school projects. (His words, not mine)
First off, they allow students to become adults and don't "baby" them. The entire attitude drives to create a responsible community. I experienced a far more mature group of students in this school than ever before. The camaraderie amongst the students helps develop a sincere understanding of today's society IMHO. The last time I visited this school, I was actually greeted by students in a most friendly and adult like manner and most of all respect. This is not what one typically finds at high schools.
This school is excellent. Before attending this school I attended a large high school where the instructors had failed to become involved with the students and overall would fail to provide sufficient education to the students. Here, because of the small student population, student center learning is not only encouraged but practiced each and everyday. Here education isn't just something that is acquired at an institution for learning but rather a bond and trust between the student and instructor, a relationship where outstanding education and mentorship is a promise.
I came to this school my junior year to see if it might be a good fit. I read about it and learned that it was a nice and small school. I came to one of the tours around the school and saw how amazing it was. It is a beautiful school in itself, all the nature, the courtyard, all the work that has been put into this school is just amazing. Anywhere else you may go will not have the same feel as this school. I'm still attending this school my senior year and still loving it. The learning environment is great, the teachers treat you like you are human beings, and help you with all their might. The teachers here do not want anyone to fail at all. I feel like the reason for this is because this school attracts only certain people, people who accept and love nature, who want to help people get to college, and all the jazz. There is so much to say about this school and how amazing it is, sadly I can't really word it. It's a feeling that you can't explain, that kind of feeling is the best to have in my opinion.