My younger brother currently is attending his second year at Magnolia Science Academy 6 and as an older sister I have seen great improvement in his work and social habits. Magnolia is a small school, which in this case has many advantages. Of course, the school is not perfect, no school is, but I say it's just the kind of environment kids should be in. I went to CCMS, and honestly I wish my mom would've found the school before I graduated. Having been able to visit the school many times I have experienced the way the school runs. The kids there are brilliant, thoughtful, considerate, and of course a bit mischievous. Each adult working at the school knows and learns EVERY SINGLE kids (and parents) name. That was not the case at my school and I wish it was. The staff makes sure that your child gets the exact help and attention that they need, because they do not think of your kid as just any other student, but as an individual. The principal at Magnolia is very considerate of the parents thoughts, ideas, and suggestions. He tries, and succeeds, to create a family atmosphere at the school. I highly recommend this school. DFTBA (Dont Forget To Be Awesome)
This school is brilliant and I highly suggest going here. The place is spectacular and your child will have no problem making friends. Most of the teachers are great and as long as your child behaves, he/she will succeed. Go here, as the after school programs are fun and exciting, and so is mostly everything else, or so my child says. They even have a special program for your amazing math wiz, where he/she will compete in tournaments against many other smart students. Try MSA6 and you will definitely be satisfied.
I came here from a very caring elementary. Thinking, its a small school the principal at the time was so encoring. In the middle of the year several teachers disappeared and so did the principal. The newly formed parent group tried to get things moving and everyone working together, but the non-sense of the administration chased them away. The education is below average- lets just say I feel so guilty my child has to make up and entire year and came in at the top of the class. Math and science ?? seems there was none. Teachers are not helpful and very mean. They will not log in a grade on coolsis but yet sign that is was done? I wanted to be a part of a smaller school- but this education is worse than neighborhood over crowded middle schools. We are gone! They need better quality teachers and leadership. Lining the kids up for a morning meeting is not considered leadership. It is not challenging and offers little to opportunities. After school activities is like a free for all not helpful. Oh not to mention some students steal and there is little to no discipline. This is a business for the money not for the education of our kids.
I would caution anyone looking into this school to do a lot of research prior to enrolling your child. MSA 6 has had a 99% turn over rate with teachers and 100% with administration since the inception only 3 years ago. Although they have tried to rectify a very sub-standard principal by replacing him, there have been little-if-any sign of improvement to the teaching standards or the curriculum since the arrival of the new principal. He is also unwilling to work with the parents so much so that there is no longer a parent group in existence. The educational environment is rote with virtually no hands on education or higher learning oportunities. Even the advanced math program is using the exact handouts from last year rendering it useless to those previoulsly enrolled. The Math/Science/Technology programs are all very weak with no science equipment and no useful technology programs. For example, the typing program only teaches the home keys because "we would have to pay to go on to the other keys". The only reason I can even give one star is for the small class sizes, but given the lack of all else it should hardly be a decision making factor.
I just want to say that this school has done an amazing job this year. I do hear that there are parents who complain all the time, but you get that everywhere. Check out this article...http://www.cnn.com/2011/09/06/living/teachers-want-to-tell-parents/index.html. This is just a group of parents though. For the most part, the parents here are more than satisfied with this school. Every month there is a newsletter that helps bridge the communication between the school and the students/parents, a breakfast with the principal, and there are assemblies twice a week. Also, there website is updated all the time. Some of these reviews do not give this school the just rating that it does deserve. If you are able to go to this school, you should attend here.
This is our 2nd year and it had not gotten better. They seem to care more about are the children in uniform then if a child needs help. Admin does not communicate well with parents. A few , a very few teachers are gems, while others do not communicate well to parents and the students. Coolis seems like a great idea however many teachers do not keep current with the kids grades. My son tells me many class mates may not be returning for 8th grade due to parents not feeling childrend are getting proper education , I am thinking maybe I need to investigate that as an option.
The school is average. The administration is average as well. Most of the teachers are great, some not so great. The school lacks organization and professionalism. My child has attended this school for two years. The first year was average with so many changes in the administration and with teachers, very unstable. I had hopes that this year it would improve, but unfortunately its still very unstable. I'm glad this is my child's last year. She is graduating.
This is my child's first year in Magnolia Science Academy 6 (MSA-6). MSA-6 has excellent learning environment for students both in academically and non-academically. Its curriculum has been designed to challenge students and to encourage parents to be involved in students' success. As a parent I can follow my child's daily school activities via school's COOLSIS system, through which I communicate my child's teachers easily. Principal, teachers, and administrators, and parents have been working together for the success of students, especially in this under funded environment. It is evident from its API score, 841, which is way above the state average; I can say that MSA 6 is very accomplished school given the second year of its operation.
I am very happy as a parent that my child is going to this school.The school is offering a variety of activities as an after school program. Students sign up for two programs and all teachers are involved with their programs till the end of the day four days of a week consistently. Because the the school is small, teachers and administration are giving good care for the students. The school is well known for preparing the students statewide science projects and nationwide math and scince competitions. I wish the school had senior hs as well.
This is my child's second year at Magnolia and I have no complaints so far. The size of the classes are what I appreciate and the quick email updates from the teachers, staff and principal. Their CoolSIS system keeps me in touch with whats happening at the school which is reassuring. It's really hard to fail with such a great system. They are a diamond in the rough, but that's fine with me! I'm happy and so is my child.
This is my second year at the school. There is a new prinicipal. I have had GREAT experiences with him. He has an open door policy, is extremely attentive and responsive both in person and via email. My child absolutely loves the school and is thriving. My child is doing EXTREMELY well both academically and socially. This year they implemented a sport sprogram. My child can not wait to start soccer. If you are an involved parent, and willing to participate and work with the school, this school is for you. If are a complainer but never show up or follow through on your parent commitments, this is not the school for you! This school also provides one on one tutoring academically, this school is very challenging. Please remember this is middle school not elementary school. Students are starting to experience being accountable and responsible.
We came into the school under new leadership which we were not aware of when we signed up. The new principal is very condescending. He treats the kids like "friends" instead of students, so they really like him. However, he has a "my way or the highway" attitude along with lots of talk and little action. There is no working with parents, sadly, because there seems to be a very strong parent group here. Secondly, there are several teachers who cannot speak english. My child does not understand 90% of what is going on in these classrooms due to the language barrier. These are Science & Technology teachers - the backbone of this school! Math is weak as well. Sad, because on the other hand there seems to be a group of very good teachers here who are stuck under the leadership of one very bad principal.
Happy to report that Magnolia 6 should be a role model for other schools. Teachers are very accommodating and are eager to teach. Students will benefit from classroom routine to prepare for highschool and college. This is a diamond in the ruff, but the word is gettting out. They may need to expand very soon. Great atmosphere for 6th graders transioning to middle school and zero bullying tollerance makes it ideal for students entering the pre-adolence stage of life. Would recommend this school to parents who care about their children's education and well being.
My child joined last year as a 6th grader. She is rather shy and joined later, after switching from a bigger Middle school, but the teachers are very attentive, respond to email queries promptly and the school has a strict non-bullying policy. The school community as a whole - parents, students really does have a family feel about it; I was especially impressed by the Fundraising fair last Spring which was well organized and had a great turnout! What else can I say? With the small classrooms, supportive caring environment, and stimulating extra curricular activities, I have peace of mind knowing my child is in good hands.
we are new to MSA 6 so don't have a lot of experience, but wanted to share that we are feeling very positive and excited about it. orientation was thorough and friendly. staff seems generous, sincere, and hard working.
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