I was worried about my son starting middle school. Especially because he struggled in school and has an IEP. He started at MSA 7th grader. I have to say it was the best choice we ever made. My son made Honor roll this year! He actually loves school. I remember middle school has the most challenging years. He loves his school, friends, teachers, band, after school activities and even the tutoring. Our only regret is that we didn't send him there for 6th grade. We are definitely looking forward to the 8th grade next year!
Magnolia Science Academy San Diego is a great school to the kids who love science, technology, engineering and math. Teachers are so dedicated leading and instructing students' development and growth. There are all kinds of interesting clubs with no charge, like Robotic(Lego), future city, chess, cross country, leadership, chemistry and so on. My kid loves the school very much!
For my 12 year old, it is challenging and interesting. Next year, we are also sending our 11 year old. At the prior school, both kids were finished with normal work, so they had to help the teacher or read quietly to wait for the other students.
Great place to start middle school. Staff is nice and dedicated. Great curriculum. Infrastructure needs some updates but working on it. My son loves his school.
MSA San Diego is a wonderful learning environment. My 7th grade son is doing very well here. We chose the school for 6th grade for its smaller size but we have benefitted in so many other ways. All the teachers (not just his own) know my son by name. He is engaged in all of his classes. He always has access to free tutoring by his teachers and the after school extracurricular clubs have been very important to him (chess and robotics and so many other ones that are also free.) We wish we had sent our older daughter to MSA. I recommend this school to everyone.
This is my son's first year at this school. He is an 8th grader. The teacher's, staff are all very kind and supportive. They communicate well with each other which is especially important when your child has a learning disability.
My daughter has gone to this school since 6th grade and she is now an 8th grader. She really loves MSA! All of the teachers are young so they include modern items in their lessons so my daughter can understand it better. She is doing very well thanks to the wonderful teachers. There are also many clubs that my daughter can enjoy such as archery, comet media, comet leadership, and engineering. Her whole week is after school clubs and the free tutoring they offer. Whenever she feels that her grades are low, or maybe she really needs help on that one assignment, she can go to tutoring for help!
Great school! I have a daughter who graduated last year and another who is currently in 7th grade at MSA. Both have done very well there. The teachers and staff are dedicated and involved. The small environment allows the staff to know all the students. My kids both took advantage of the regular tutoring that teachers offer, as well as the multitude of clubs. And having the kids wear uniforms seems to make the environment more conducive to learning. We highly recommend this school.
We are very please with MSA. Great communications. We love the school size as well. Thank you MSA!
It is a great school. My daughter is an 8th grader now and my son just started there as a 6th grader. The teachers are all very knowledgeable of their particular subject and really care about their students. It is a smaller middle school which makes it nicer to have smaller class sizes. They have a lot of fun activities for the kids through out the year.
I drove 25 minutes (without traffic) to take by daughter to MSA. It is will worth the drive. This is her second year there. The staff, teachers, and both deans are very involved. You can tell there is a genuine love of teaching and support at this school. It may not look like much from the front (the school is slowing refurbishing from the prior elementary school grounds) but I did not choose this school for the cosmetics of the structures and amenities. What makes the difference is the smaller classes, the individual attention and the extra after school tutorings and support. If you have any doubt, just attend on of the open houses!
This school created some of the best memories of my life. When I transferred to MSA in the middle of the years, I was pretty terrified. I thought the uniforms were going to be horrible, and as a kid, I believed the rumors that the school was haunted. On my first day there, I was immediately welcomed by all the students and teachers. Now, four years later, those kids who made me apart of their group my very first day, I'm still best friends with. The teachers are amazing, and I really felt like the cared about me; as a student and person. If I felt I was struggling or needed clarification, I knew my teachers would be more than happy to help. I learned SO much, especially 8th grade. I learned more that year than all my time in High School. MSA is a great school, and I would recommend it to anyone.
Great School. Best teachers. I like the smaller setting and individual attention. Many science and sports events. I am blessed to have my daughter attend Magnolia.
Coming from a different country it's always been hard, so if you are already been living here (u.s. ) this should be easy for you, my kids learned to be responsible, I'm a full time mom, but still struggling with my 3 kids, though I'm blessed, but dealing with homeworks and reports, and projects having 3 kids it's hard. But the school helped them a lot, who's school gives free extra time just to go over? This school have free tutor/guidance after school, even if it's not one on one like other paid tutor that u will just meet in the library and have 5 kids, it's the same, who school gives free after school program? This school does, they have prime time, which actually helps a lot if u are a working parent, but most especially they let parents get involve, parents just judge, but they didn't actually know what's going on, I've been helping them in different ways that I can, I still strongly suggest put a little bit of your time, and know what your kids up to, so we don't blame school or teachers, this is coming from my heart, because this school helps a lot. And this school is the reason why we can't just move. Because we don't want to sacrifice our kids future. Stay blessed !
Dean of Students and Dean of Academics are terrific! The small school has helped my sons to excel in their studies and growing as responsible young men. To be fair , if you want excellence, you must become involved in your child's education, communicate with the teachers and admin and follow up at home. This is not the place for everyone. If you don't believe in rules or following through with consequences, or you feel rules stifle the creativity of children, you should keep looking. My son has 14 people in his advanced geometry class, try finding that in a public school.
I have a daughter graduated from MSA and my younger daughter started 6th grade at MSA this year. I am so amazed with the kind of transition I've seen in my younger daughter. My 6th grader changed from an irresponsible little kid into a responsible and hardworking young lady in only 3 months thanks to the teacher's hardwork and discipline. There are many activities I can just go and participate as a parent at the school. For sure Magnolia is the best school my 2 daughters ever attended.
This is a pretty good school. The teachers are involved. However, the parents are the ones that need to step up do the right thing: be involved with the school and their children's education; follow the rules to include show respect when dropping of or picking up their kids....don't block traffic or don't be angry when you have to stop for other kids to cross the road; be courteous; get involved with assisting the school by volunteering to perform needed task; don't just demand...participate...see how you can help improve the school and education; if your kid gets in trouble...don't point the finger but instead admonish your kid and correct that bad behavior otherwise they learn not to be responsible. And so on.
This is our son's 2nd year at MSA and we are happy there. We chose MSA over the "local big middle school" and while we heard the usual "but all my friends are going there.." he was acclimated within a couple of days and sees the friends via outside sports or on weekends. MSA is all about academics; classes are small so the teachers actually know your child and seem to have good classroom control. And the email communication home, is excellent. We like the grass-roots approach: with the small school and the charter system, the admin. seems free to implement new ideas without having to fill out 42 forms and get multiple approvals. i.e. they added Spanish as a 7th grade elective based on parent requests, and this year there are new clubs and a band program (maybe due to cancelling 9th grade there is extra space?) I am hearing more focus on preparing for college (yes, even in 6th grade). Of course, middle schoolers figure out ways to get around some rules; but overall the rules seem well enforced. Yes the teaching staff is diverse; some have foreign accents. But we think it's a good thing to get used to other cultures' ways and accents. They are getting a good education at MSA.
Dream come true. After mediocre elementary schools with bullying out of control this school is a godsend. The policy on behavior is VERY strict and many parents complain because they get in trouble for saying a 4 letter, not tucking in their pants, horsing around, etc. But the kids learn quickly the consequences and the dean of students is REALLY on top of the behaviors of each student in class. I have two boys there (one transferred in from the Lewis seminar program) and they are both excelling! My oldest is in his third year there and has received an excellent education in English language arts as well as math. I couldn't be happier. But be forewarned, if you don't believe in strict behavior policy, this probably is not the school for you.
When my oldest started at Magnolia in th 6th grade,I loved it. Was impressed with the dedication of the teachers, how the school was interested in helping my son be the best student he could be. That was 5 years ago..now my youngest is in the 8th grade and I cannot recommend the school and do not think highly of it as I did before. The school is suppose to be a Math, Science and Tech. focused school and I have yet to see it! There is nothing special about this Charter School. The school was without a Principal for the first part of the school year and when one was brought in, the parents were not notified. I find it strange that the students watch movies all the time and the students seem to have a lot of free time in class. There are some great and dedicated teachers, Mr. Angood, Ms. Murphy and Mrs. Rawlings. And sadly for the students at the school I wonder how long they will stick around. If my son had more years left at Magnolia, I would have to transfer him to another school.
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