When we took a tour and the staff was very welcoming. They said that they do not have bullying in their school. That is not true! My child was bullied throughout school year by a few different students. We informed the teachers the overall advice given was to have pity on the bullies because they did not come from a loving home! My child witnessed conversations about drugs, drinking and so on. When they didn't want to participate, they were bullied. So much went on at this school that I would NEVER advise anyone to enroll their student there. Students could hear the math teacher yelling at her students. My child had this teacher and did not learn well in her class. They often said the classes were unruly. Every time I visited the campus I would hear students cursing and yelling. The students were not respectful of religion. They often had campus shut down due to criminal activities. The homeless roam close to campus. The campus is split having students walk over the railroad tracks to go to different classes. The grading scale is low. 60% was C grade, and they claim they don't issue D grades. They claim because it is "college prep." They accepted expelled students from Gary High at odd times during the school year. This lead to a problems. Bullying has a high tolerance level because they wanted to give the troubled students a chance. This was at the cost of other students. There has been a high turn over in teachers and students leaving the school. When the teachers leave, that should be a red flag. We refused to enroll our children into this school again. This was just a few things that happened. My review was originally too long to post. To be fair, my children did like a few aspects of the school. They liked Graphic Design, however the graphic design teacher was let go. My child had their first gallery showing there. The summer program was fun before the expelled Gary High students arrived. They liked the dance teacher, and the artistic freedom. During their culmination the English teacher gave my child high compliments. I like that they do have a focus on arts and the Culmination projects highlighted talents, however the well being of my children was lacking with the intolerance, bullying, and teachers willing to do minimal intervening. They said my children were an asset to the school, but I couldn't trust the school with my children any longer.
Many teachers are very new to teaching, and are too inexperienced.
The school also forces students to stay on one art pathway, so if your child liked music you can't learn anything but that.
Students are constantly fighting (not physically) and there is a lot of bullying. I brought my son to this school because he had issues at his last, and we had even more problems here.
The school tries to fit too many kids into class rooms, sometime classes don't have enough chairs, desks, or books.
Also, as much as this school likes to brag about their 100% college acceptence, that's because they kick students out or make them apply to colleges that accept everyone.
As a parent of a 7th, 8th, and 11th grader I love the school it has been a perfect fit for all of them and they are all so different in every way possible! I can say that the 7th grade teachers are awesome! I am speaking for Ms. Saletore and Mr. Frazer as I have seen a huge improvement! Both teachers are CGU graduates and really care for the students and make them feel safe and welcomed! The high school is awesome there is a couple of delays from staff with notices but the education children are given and the care that staff and teachers give make up for it! The reason why I did not rate this school a 5 is because of the leadership. At the middle school there is no designated person for discipline which is not OK!!! My students have came home and said many times they sit and waste time in the office and that the principal laughs and will send them back to class which makes them confused on why they were kicked out? BASICALLY THEY CAN GET AWAY WITH ANYTHING unless its really serious! But being disrespectful, not following dress code or basic student norms is OK!
I am a student at School of Arts and Enterprise. This is my first year and at first I thought I wouldn't like it, but now I love it! The staff around here are so loving and nice. I'm glad I gave it a try because it sure is giving me a bright future. I love the classes, and the programs that they have
i was told by a parent whose daughter recently transfered from this school to a local public highschool to pursue cheer how much SAe offers. not pnly did she find out she is ahead in credits, but the teachers for her honors courses have said she is far ahead of everyhone else. so sae is ahead of the game!
This is a review of the brand new School of Arts 6-8 Middle School in the Pomona Arts Colony. Finally a school in Pomona where we can send our kids with pride (after previously going to a Claremont elementary school). The sixth grades teachers are awesome - both of them are recent Claremont Graduate University graduates - and full of energy, commitment and fresh ideas! The kids do dance and yoga for physical fitness, fun electives like eco crafts and useful courses like microsoft office, all amidst a project based learning environment. The kids who are lucky enough to find out about this place will be exposed to the arts (including digital), diversity and the real world as a result of attending here! The staff is very responsive and handles what few problems have cropped up swiftly so that the overall good vibe of the school is maintained. Next year the school will move to a new building (still in the heart of the Arts Colony) and hopefully add Spanish language and musical instruments/ band (which is the ONLY thing lacking this year, especially for an arts school). Love this school!
Many people who go to The School of Arts can say that they definitely don't enjoy it. Many students who are not artists come to the SAE as a second option so they don't have to attend continuation school. Most of the students aren't artists and only come here because they got expelled from their old school, or because they have friends who go there. This makes it hard for the very few students who actually want to learn about art. The SAE is trying to cram as many students as they can into the school. Some classes don't have enough chairs. Students constantly skip classes and the school doesn't even catch it. I can't tell you how many drug issues this school has as well.
This school is great... if you want to meet some great people. Want a good education? Choose a different school. Upon entering you will be greeted with a smile, yes. The staff is extremely nice and considerate. Once you send your child off into class, their chances of learning will dwindle. I was a student for three years and I was in no way challenged academically. I haven't done homework literally the entire time I was there nor I was I informed of any benchmark tests. The test prep for star tests is pathetic. I feel extremely ill-equipt for college and the challenges ahead of me. The arts section of the school is HIGHLY underfunded. The theatre department had little to no money to spend on their performences, percussion literally uses trashcans as their drums. Sure it may be intentional, but was it really necessary to spend money on a middle school? They should have perfected the campuses they already have rather than attempting to cram MORE kids in the school only to recieve more money from the state.