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Posted April 24, 2015
- a teacher
I've subbed at numerous schools, and Lisa is by far the worst place I've ever been. Teachers have no control of the students, there is no organization, and everyone acts like thugs. Do yourself a favor and never send your loved ones there.
Lisa Academy is a great school for some students but not all students. The administration will tell you they do not put up with bullying and that is true for some students but not all students. Unfortunately we experienced bullying and threats cyber and verbal and it was so bad our student no longer wanted to go to school. Sixth grade was bad but seventh has been worse for our student. When students who are on school property are allowed to use foul language and treat adults with disrespect and when you let the administration know about it NOTHING AT ALL happens it is time to move your student to another school. The teachers are not all that great. If you want to get a response you will have to CC: the principal or your email may or may not get a response.
LISA Academy is one of the best charter in the state. LISA cares a lot about students and curriculum that students are following. They care about the diversity. If you have a child K-12 setting you should definitely think LISA as a first option.
My son is in his 5th year at LISA and it is a wonderful school. LISA West has a very caring staff. If you do not want your children to learn and be college ready, don't send them to LISA. They do not tolerate bullying or bad disciplined children. Go to Henderson or Hall if you want to act a fool. I will be sad when he graduates next year, but he walks away ready for college and the REAL world. And he will be somebody. I recommend LISA to parents who care about their children's education and their future in this world. It's not OK just to graduate. It is ok to go forward and make something of yourself and that is what LISA does.
All those who said that Lisa was five star and terrific that was 2011 it's 2014 and let's say it has changed a lot. It is one of the worst schools I have been to. It is too small for the large amount of students they have and unorganized. Last year In some classes students had to sit on the floors! They also make students pay for a lot, but know one really knows where the money goes. For example they make students pay for expensive cheap quality uniforms. Some teachers are hard to understand due to accents and are ridiculous! One year I had a teacher who sent students to the office to call parents to bring them a belt! A belt, just because handbook requires students wear a belt students must waste valuable class time to call their parents and waste the parents time too! Lisa is a terrible school don't send your kids here.
I was a former student in Lisa Academy who attended 6th-7th grade in 2011. Honestly when I attended this school, I thought the system was really out of place. But now that I moved to Texas, I realized how Lisa was an amazing school. First, it is really good for your child because usually there aren't "grouping" in students. Because it is a small school, everybody knows each other and get along pretty well. There aren't any 'cliques' or 'popular kids' to start out with. Also this is a really smart school. It has all the smart students and the teachers always keep them busy with tests, homework and assignments. I knew I hated it then but now it really helps me manage my times wisely. And because everybody works hard in class and home, nobody is labeled 'nerd' nor 'geek'. But there is some things that I really wished they had - money. Also because it is a small school, they lack in funds and activities. They do not have parties or "dances" regularly, and it is really rare to go on field trips. They also do not have any proper sports team that we could join. Overall it was an amazing school.
LISA Academy is a fine school. The total number of students in each grade level is lower that the bigger local high schools. This allows each teacher to know all of the students in the grade level. There is one administrator that only deals with discipline. The teachers are empowered to use the discipline system in their own classroom, refer students for more serious issue, and a discipline committee meets to more fully evaluate serious infractions. The dress code is reasonable and helps parents (especially of girls.) The seniors at LISA Academy have special privileges! There is a senior staircase for seniors and teachers only that allows the seniors faster access. One of the seniors wrote a satirical essay about the staircase that was published in the 2013 Arkansas ACTELA Anthology. The seniors are also able to wear a special Toggery shirt. This year, 4 Ph.D's teach at LISA. LISA is a beacon of hope. As a parent of two young men who graduated from LISA Academy, I highly recommend this school!
This is the worst school my child has ever attended. Because it is a charter school, the teachers are not trained classroom teachers and can not teach yet they pile an unmanageable amt of wk on the kids. The teachers teach to the smart kids and leave the others to fail. The children do not have textbooks at the LR campus, yet NLR does. There are too many kids for such a small facility which is a safety and health concern. I believe Lisa Academy invests most of its resources in the NLR campus. The federal funds rec'd per student is invested back into the NLR campus while the Little Rock campus is left dirty, with no books, and out of control with discipline problems and bullying. Lisa once had a great reputaton but now the new management has changed it for the worst.
My son went here for seventh grade.. He was grouped with the most uncontrolled group of kids because of how he scored on his test. So you can imagine with him having ADHD being distracted all the time and not being able to participate in any sports he did not do well here. He didnt pass math and Social studies so they wanted him to repeat the grade. The curriculum was rigorous with homework everyday and every weekend.. Multiple projects worth and obscured amount if points. He complained repeatedly about not understanding the foreign staff. They had a nice music teacher and a nice counselor and Spanish teacher .. The rest of the teachers drove him down the entire year. The disciplinary system was tedious so you find out every time you kids chews some gum. They have mandatory tutoring that does not help with school work so your kid will have to stay late when he needs to be home doing a pile of homework . The study guides they hand out are vague not letting the kid know what content will actually be covered on the test. He did develop a string relationship with his classmates because he was with the same group in every class. Traffic is horrible!!!! West campus