Teachers are cool and work hard, also students are kept to a high standard. One example is that students are rewarded for positive and negative points in order to help ensure students understand where they are behaviorally.
MSA1 is a great place to work for. The admin is on the ball, and you can tell the teaching staff tries hard, are not burned out and will make sure that they are doing what they can do the best of their ability to instruct students in the newest and most innovative pedagogy strategies today. One particular novel approach that I haven't seen at other schools is the concept of home visits where the staff does at least 10 home visits each year to ensure a positive connection between teachers and parents. Also the coffee with the Admin that happens every month that ensures that same positive relationship between Admin and parents. You can tell that MSA1 favors a positive parent forward approach that also extends to students.
Students are respectful and interested in achieving, parents are supportive and involved, and faculty is professional and warm. A rigorous curriculum challenges all students to meet and exceed standards. MSA-1 offers intervention and support for struggling students to ensure success for all.
There is room for improvement, just exactly as there should be. The role of the teacher is not to reach a point at which they no longer have anything to learn. Therefore, what actually defines teacher effectiveness, is their ability to reflect and then apply what they learned from reflecting. The teaching staff here is dedicated to their professional development in their effort to better serve the entire student body in all applicable areas.
Homework gets a bad reputation as being this thing that is too much (no matter how little you give). However, it is important to remember that the modern student usually spends an obscene amount of time distracting themselves with so-called "social" media. In my experience, the homework load would be something handled in a couple hours time (maybe three on a particularly heavy day) if students simply had their technological devices such as smart phones and tablets taken away during that time meant for homework.
The fact of the matter is that the school is serving an impoverished/disenfranchised community, which can put a limit on how much time and energy a student has available for their studies, especially as they grow older and are expected to make more time-consuming contributions to the family's survival during a time defined by economic inequality.