May 23, 2015
Consistency in rule implementation is a hallmark to an effective learning and behavioral environment However, there is a lot of talk, talk, talk at this school on following the rules, even taking the first few DAYS in every class to go over rules, but the follow through is selective at best. This creates an environment in which the kids who are prone to disprect and misbehavior flourish in their leanings and in which the well behaved, polite children are not able to be challeneged in their academic pursuits and do not know what is allowed and what is not. After a year here, it is our belief that everything begins at the top.
While we were pleased with most (but not every) teacher our child had, all classes are academically intergrated. Therefore, if you are coming from a GATE program, your child will likely not be challeneged. While there is a verbalized assurance that lesson plans can be individualized, the reality is that if a child has already mastered material, what amounts to an independent study will be a liekly course of action.
An incoming family's perception of athletic opportunities and development will depend on what you are used to. There are more sports for girls than boys. There is no football here. Currently for boys and girls there is: cross country, soccer, basketball, and track and field. Additionally, girls can try out for volleyball and cheerleading.
There are other extra curricular activities for the non-sporting types to include drama, academic pentathlon, and an additional after school band.
The school is centrally located on post so most children walk to and from school. There is a fence surrounding all but the front of the school and one must enter through the front office after the school day has begun. THere is no SRO.
Students must cart around their books as there are no lockers except in gym class. The library is the smallest we've ever seen for a school of any size.
Many parents we know have had issues on some level, whether it be from teachers or the principal. This school, in our opinion, is dead-on average. There is potential here but it would require professional leadership and vision. Communication is an area for improvement, Again, this is a factor which begins at the top and is leader lead. The office staff has always been helpful and friendly to our family.
- submitted by a parent