I feel that Miss Gail provides a great service. She is a friendly ambassador to keep the kids going in the right direction, feeling good, and happy. She is always smiling and going out of her way to make sure the kids are getting what they need. I also feel that Miss Susan is an amazing asset to the school. She has been volunteering for 11 or 12 years, she heads up the Parent Advisory Group among many other things. She also is a wealth of knowledge and always will to lend a helping hand to a student, parent, or teacher.
I feel the majority of the teachers are fantastic and do a great job of utilizing their study groups effectively. A few are not necessarily the best teacher for the subject due to lack of organization or personality. This is true for just about any school.
Because of the format of this school there really isn't homework, as all work is "home" work. Instead of sitting in a classroom all day, 5 days a week, they have study groups once a week for 1 hour and 15 minutes. During this time, they review troublesome subjects, do labs, have discussions, etc. Then they go home or work at the school to complete the work and become fluent in the subject and test monthly.
Being new to the school, I haven't seen too much of this yet. Although during orientation the staff talked about how they want our students to persevere and work hard for their goals. I do know that there is a college counselor who is strongly working on getting all kids to understand that being prepared for college is starting by starting to plan in 7th or 8th grade.
I have seen many episodes of students helping students finding locations, with homework help, etc. There is a mom who works there how goes out of her way to make sure that everyone has what they need or are where they need to be. It is a very nice place to be.
The students work together when the opportunity calls for it, but I am not aware of any instances of plagiarism or cheating. The grading seems to be standard for all students without bias or favoritism.
This is our first year at MEA, although we have been homeschooling and homeschool chartering for 10 years. I have children in 7th and 9th. This is the best of both worlds as far as I am concerned. You have the freedom of learning at home, with study group sessions at the school. The children have the ability to learn at the their own pace, but still have time lines that need to be met.... isn't that like life, work and college?? Not every student is an over achiever here, but the campus has a very college bound feel. In fact it really feels like a college campus. Students coming and going, teachers moving about campus, studying on the grass, etc.
My children and I are very happy with the teachers and the offerings of the school. The support for parents is growing and the support for the students is top notch.
We've had a positive experience at MEA. This is our third year. We come from a homeschooling background and this has been a nice addition to our kids' education. Definitely worth checking out if you think a mix of homeschooling/traditional school could be a good fit for your child.
The school offers the usual state textbooks and worksheets, but there is a lot of flexibility to do what you want at the elementary level and a good bit at the middle school level (though the optional once-a-week classes are more useful in middle school if following similar curriculum at home). I've been impressed with the high school teachers and think many teens could benefit from the freedom and responsibility MEA provides.
I find it to be a positive, tolerant, and encouraging environment. A big thanks to the teachers, staff, and families that share their love of learning at Mt. Everest Academy!
My daughter is finishing her 2nd year (8th grade) at this school. Enrolling her at Mt Everest was the best thing we ever did. She can progress at her pace, especially in math where she is 1 year ahead. She learns much more on her own at home than she would be by sitting in a classroom everyday for 6 hours. One day of study group with the teachers and others kids is plenty. She is learning to work independently and howt avoid procrastination. The teachers are great, very supportive and always available when they are not teaching. The school offers a lot of extracurricular activities, field trips, performances, etc... We are hoping she can stay at the school until she finishes high school. However, there is no magic: if your kid is not motivated, doesn't work well independently, especially for higher grades, a more traditional school is better. We tried it first for a couple of months before making the jump.