Effective is just basic, the leadership (principal) at this school should be observing the teachers and reviewing the curriculum content. They are not in touch with what is really happening in the classes and what the teachers are doing. Again, some confidential fact-finding with the students would help. I can bet that a common theme would emerge.
Just as anywhere in the work place, there are better employees than others. Some teachers are doing what they are supposed to, and others not so much. It is not ok to have a discussion with your class, and then hold a grudge against a student and/or entire class for not agreeing with you. Who is the adult here? Who is the seasoned professional here? Yes, I said a grudge and this teacher well knows who she is. The unfortunate part is she retaliates against the student and/or class and the students are too afraid to speak up. The principal at this school should do some fact-finding and find out for herself.
Many of the teachers do not seem to like each other and the students are aware of this. The teachers also get too personal with the students, telling them about their own personal lives way too much. Many times, an entire class is just spent on their small talk, or watching movies, or the students receive busy work and the teacher is just on the computer doing nothing.
I believe they do give an adequate amount of homework, and sometimes too much. The issue is they don't really guide the students when they need assistance in how to complete the homework. They tell them to look it up on Google and to figure it out for themselves.
Why then would anyone need teachers? It does not suffice for the teacher to come in, collect their paycheck, and NOT teach, and just refer the students Google. Really, the students are supposed to teach themselves?
This school does not properly prepare students for STEM courses at the college level. They do not offer the required math classes needed to apply for UC and private colleges. Having sat through several UC and Private University orientations, it is crystal clear that IPoly is not preparing their students to attend these schools. The math being taught here is so far behind what the entrance requirements are to these universities. Their integrated math program is a joke, especially when they are in the 12th grade and doing middle school math. This is happening right now this semester, unbelievable!
The second problem is their non-traditional grading system, which is also a problem for universities. During this past summer, IPoly did switch to a traditional grading system but did not accurately know how to transfer the students grades over, many received lower than expected grades. At the orientation to attend this school, IPoly promoted the fact that they offer a more rigorous curriculum and therefore equal to AP classes taught at traditional schools, and that the grading system is at a much higher level. They stated that receiving an “A” at IPoly is actually considered an A+ at other schools, and those colleges and universities know this…NOT TRUE! These universities do not know how to interpret the grading system. I personally have spoken with the university representatives regarding the grading system and integrated math being taught. The consensus is that my child has to take other math classes outside of this high school at a community college just so they can meet the requirements to apply
This school promotes way more than what they deliver in the end. Proof is in the pudding, recruitment is one thing, and actually attending and witnessing it firsthand is another. I wish, I never would have come across this school and it’s false promotions. I should have taken my child out of this school after the first year. Four years too late, I only write this review now as a warning to others, don’t make the same mistake. Don’t get dazzled by all the false promises.
This is a great school! My son is extremely happy that has was accepted to the freshman class from the waiting list. He has had nothing but positive things to say about the teachers and the students. There is clearly a strong sense of community tolerance on campus. I'm glad that we made the best choice for him, and I am confident that his high school experience will be a positive one!
Generally, these are the only classes that assign any homework:
Freshman(1st sem): English, Math, Geography
Freshman(2nd Sem): No homework
Sophmore(1&2): All Classes
Senior: Physics, Math
Please, prospective parents and students; heed my warning. As a student who has recently graduated from Ipoly, I can tell you, applying to Ipoly will be the worst decision you will ever make for your near future. If you expect your child to go to a UCLA, Berkeley or Stanford, I can assure you, they will not. The academic rigor imposed at this excuse for a high school is akin to the rigor of an eighth grade classroom. There are no APs, IBs, Honors, or sports programs- which colleges exclusively look for. Some days we did absolutely nothing, other than watch a movie, and have a teacher talk about their day while they surfed Facebook. While they offer classes at Cal Poly Pomona, rest assured your child will have to settle for the lowest classes College freshman do not want.They will be forced to take "religions of the world" or "intro to acting" .On top of this, there is no comrade. Trust me, everyone hates each other -it is not a family, it is not a unique group- it is about 100 teenagers who clump into mini cliques and hate each other. The teachers either don't see it or don't want to see it, but most of the kids hate the school aswell. I wish I could write more about this God awful excuse for a school, how I wish I could. But there is no point. In the end, you either heed my warning or end up wasting the best times of your life. Please, parents! Look beyond Ipoly!
Our son recently finished his freshman year. Excellent teachers. Interestings projects that integrate learning across disciplines. He had other choices. After experiencing Infotainment in the spring we knew we made a sound decision.
My daughter is a senior this year. Her experience has been one of growth not only educationally but personally as well. This is a very good school which takes children and turns them into young adults. It teaches them to become responsible, contributing members of society. It prepares them very well for college. The teachers and administrators are all very respectful and responsive to both the parents and the students. I highly recommend this school as it will prepare you child not just for college, but for life in general. BTW my daughter and her friends have never had any problems with college students bothering them. College students don't wander onto the i-Poly campus, but i-Poly students are allowed to use the college facilities. If you have a concern about your child mixing with college students tell them to stay on the i-Poly campus.