This is a safe place to share your honest opinions of a school, whether good or bad.
Nea Community Learning Center School5
Posted March 01, 2015
- a teacher
As a substitute teacher, I have had my best experiences at this school. I admire the curriculum structure and the students are largely well behaved and engaged. I feel supported when issues have come up and there seems to be a solid discipline structure in place that benefits both teachers and students. The other teachers have been welcoming, appreciative and very helpful. It is hard to step into a new environment every day and I have felt the least stressed and most able to serve here. Thank you NEA! Thank you teachers for leaving clear, concise lesson plans, ( a must for subs)! Keep up the good work!
We have been at Nea from its beginning in 2008. Our son will enter 6th grade at Nea next year. Nea has always been a strong school in our opinion. It has a very ambitious vision, which appealed to us from the start: create a project based learning environment where students are nurtured within a caring and supportive community. There is no denying that Nea has gone through some traumatic changes. But this year has also shown that school has turned around in the best possible ways: teachers are enthusiastic to work at Nea; strong curriculum, organization and quality teaching is a high priority. Class sizes are small, even in middle school, so all teachers know the children very well and students feel like they have a real voice. The parent community is diverse, very involved and comes together through a common philosophy. But most importantly, the children I see at Nea are both emotionally and academically smart, and grow into well rounded young adults. I am happy to know that my child will be around them for a few years yet, at a moment where good peer relations are critical.
My learners are in the Lower Village, and we have been at the school since its second year. Their facilitators have been excellent every year, and the model ensures facilitators can be collaborative and creative. The administration is hardworking, organized and committed to excellence from themselves, facilitators and learners. My learners have friends who are creative, engaged kids with interests beyond the usual -- a reflection of the diverse and creative parent community. There's a theme here... If traditional school is not for you or your family, look into Nea.
We have two children that go to Nea, both very different learners, and are happy on both fronts. Our older child uses special education services and we couldn't be happier with the willingness of the school to accommodate her. When going through the IEP process, we were warned by parents in other school to be ready to fight tooth and nail for services from the school. We had the complete opposite experience. The special education department worked with her classroom teachers and everyone is willing to accommodate her in any way possible. Alternatively, our youngest has an easier time with learning and is very self-motivated. The students are given opportunities to think about and improve upon projects, sometimes revising a project several times to see how they can make it even better. Both our children enjoy school and love their teachers.
My two children have been going to Nea since it began, and I'm delighted with how responsive they are to my children's very different learning styles and needs. Having two children with diagnosed learning differences (ADHD, ADD, sequential processing), and how inclusive, flexible and creative the teaching and paraprofessional staff are with them is amazing. I love that my intelligent, playful, artistic, and imaginative children's abilities are not only recognized, but welcomed and encouraged. My son loves his robotics class, and didn't want to miss school just so he wouldn't miss that class. My daughter adores writing, now, she didn't before, she hated it, and the forward thinking facilitators have taken what used to be a closed spigot, and changed it to a deluge, to the point that she has created her own blog! The school encourages the learners to be forward thinking, democratic, care for the planet, and technologically savvy. I know my children will be able to speak up for themselves in a thoughtful and collaborative way. I believe they will be intelligent, thoughtful, compassionate and contributing global citizens who strive to always learn more. What more could I ask? Not much!
This is my daughter's second year at Nea and she is thriving! After attending two different Alameda schools we found that while the schools were good, they weren't challenging or engaging her in the way we had hoped. We toured Nea and were so excited to have found this innovative, exciting option. Nea has not disappointed! The teachers are exceptional and the curriculum is outstanding.
Our child has been at Nea for the last three years, since kindergarten. She loves going to school every day, and has had fantastic teachers three years in a row. The project-based work the kids do is so cool- really interesting stuff going on in all the elementary school grades. Our daughter loves the mixed-age electives that all the teachers offer. Over the past few years she has taken dance, theater, knitting, card games and more. Really impressed with all the teachers, and how engaged the kids are, as well as the diverse and creative parent community.
Nea's been doing great by our 3rd grader. Her abilities in math and english are amazing. I believe a majority of the 'sour grapes' reviews are from families who just didn't fit back then. When common core testing starts getting traction Nea is going to start pulling away from the pack. All this being said there's no substitute for parent involvement and great teachers - our children has had both at Nea
First off, a lot of the positive reviews are clustered on the same day, leading me to believe that someone's faking them up. This school was an absolute disaster for my daughter. She always got great grades and was very popular with other kids at her previous school. At NEA, her grades dropped, she began to hate school, and she had no friends. We homeschooled her over the summer and we were shocked at what she hadn't been learning. She was WAY behind in math. She's a well-liked honor student at her new public school. She once again loves school. I'm just so sorry that we inflicted 2 awful years of NEA on her. The school leadership is a disorganized, arrogant disgrace.