The good: Principal and many teachers are passionate about learning and providing arts/music/community outreach opportunities for the students As one parent said to me, "Phil sold us on the school". Small school, one class per grade all the way from K-8. The not so good: There were two very disruptive children in the class who had various behavioral issues. Their parents were lovely and I admire their patience and courage in dealing with their children's specific issues. However, "mainstreaming" these children meant one child popping up and going all around the class playing with various stations. During the times I was in the classroom I could see how much this distracted kids, and seemed to egg others on to act out as well. And this would be the case all the way until 8th grade. My child went from top of the class for reading to the bottom. Not sure what could be done, but I elected to opt for private school and am happy with the turnaround I've seen in learning, behavior, etc.
We love Museum School! The principal works tirelessly and genuinely cares about the school and families. The teachers are enthusiastic, creative, and energetic. It is clear that they love their jobs and Museum School.
The Museum School is excellent. I would definitely recommend to others. I am grateful for this school.
This is a great little school that I would recommend to others. I love that is is so small and community and family based. The principal is a very caring and gentle person. The middle school teachers are awesome and really care about the student's success. This is my daughter's 3rd year at Museum. We love it!
This school is all about parent involvement and it is led by a fantastic and caring principal. For the most part it has an amazing staff that is dedicated and caring. It truly is a community school! The only reason that I don't give the school 5 stars is that when it comes to teachers, there are weak links.They care, however due to teaching style or burnout, I don't feel they are the best fit for this school. I would like to see some changes made in a couple of the grades, but I don't think it will happen. Overall, If you are active and involved, overall, it still by far one of San Diego's options.
We are so lucky to be a part of this dynamic and engaging school. The community is vibrant and welcoming. The teachers and admin are involved, committed and caring. The curriculum is thoughtful and precise... The children learn by engaging in meaningful activities that make them learn by doing. The incorporated extra activities like tap dance, sewing, and music are phenomenal. We couldn't be happier!
2008 is my son's last year at The Museum School... He is at The Museum for almost 3 years and we just have great things to talk about it! It is, so far, the best school/life experience for my son and our family. I am pretty sure that he is very greatful for being there, he talks all the time how lucky he is for being part of the 'Museum family'. It is understood that once you are a Museum School Kid, you are always a Museum School Kid... Adriane
I love the Museum School for the following reasons: great student/teacher ratio, small school (one class per grade level), all teachers and admin know each student's name, the teachers want the very best for the students, the school believes in the importance of the arts (sewing classes, art, music, cooking, dance, etc are all offered during the school day), the best kindergarden teacher in all of US, and the school has a pretty diverse student population. I love the energy of the school!
We are very lucky to have found this amazing school. My daughter absolutely hated going to the traditional public school. Now she tells me not to pick her up early. WOW. Teachers, parents, and students are dedicated to a quality education. I could go on and on.
Amazing school with an energetic staff and an engaging type of teaching!
This is an exceptional school well-suited for children with highly inquisitive minds. The director, teachers and support staff nurture kindness, global and individual awareness and respect. Unconventional and innovative instruction with a tremendous amount of warmth!
The staff is the best in all of California and the programs are next generation.
My child was literally withering in the 'no child left behind' environment at her school. She hated school, and I didn't blame her. The administrator's fears over test scores meant little to no creativity allowed in the classroom. The Museum School's project based, creative curriculum not only gives her a reason to get up in the morning, but gives her access to skills and knowledge she would never get in a traditional classroom. The teachers and administrators motivated, and therefore, so are the kids. If you or your child wants/needs a more rigid, structured environment, this school won't be for you. But for those who thrive otherwise, it's a God-send. Be prepared as a parent to be involved with your time and resources. Like all charter schools (and all public schools with the present cut backs), it takes the whole village to make things run.
My daughter has been at charter schools all her life, including 4 years here. The Museum School was, by far, the best of the lot--and she's now at one of the charter school darlings, High Tech High. But charter schools are not for every student (or parent). Enter with your eyes open, recognize the differences from traditional schools (relative strengths AND weaknesses), and be ready to help. Enrolling in a charter, then lamenting whatever it ISN'T, really misses the point! The Museum School provides an extraordinary diversity of creative opportunities, including world music and dance, an art program that leverages resources of their nominal sponsor (San Diego Children's Museum), and digital media classes, with experienced and inspired teachers. As a charter, there is not much infrastructure for things like parent volunteer associations. Yet, there is great opportunity for parent involvement. If you understand and appreciate that difference, you should do well.
My daughter attended the school for 4 years. She truly enjoyed it. Her scores were very high (especially Math). The school also offered a sense of community and family. She is now in 7th grade and misses the school very much. As a parent I could speak with the Principal and other staff at anytime. They will be moving into the new school in Sep and I think this will make it and even better school. The school like all others is what you put into it. Dessa
This school is a huge disappointment academically.We assumed small school environment would offer curriculum for students seeking challenges yet we received 'one size fits all'---for three years Art-Nutrition classes-great.Core subjects disorganized. Everyday Math works, has gaps. Parents have little input--question what is taught... Parents have nowhere to turn for support. Kids with behavior problems given inordinate amount of attention, taking teachers away from kids eager to learn. Parents discouraged to unite in valid concerns. Don't trust scores alone. If your child is bright,needs challenge,GATE, this school may not be a fit.
This school claims to focus on things that are more important than standardized testing: collaborative projects, art, music, community service, really the liberal arts holy grail of 'learning how to learn.' They also recruit and welcome a diverse student body, and their entire curriculum incorporates multicultural themes that never appear on standardized test matrices. How amazing then that the school ranks among the highest in the state for standardized test results. I think it's a combination of their educational philosophy and a tiny but extraordinary staff. I am deeply grateful that my daughter was able to attend this school for four years.
This is my son's first year at The Museum School, and he is very happy. He loves his 'homeroom' teacher and she has been great at engaging him in classroom activities and making him feel like he belongs. This school cares about each child and has an individual approach to dealing with a child's particular problems. My son has a history of behavioral problems and the teachers have focused on his positive attributes instead of simply labeling him as 'difficult.' All children are respected as human beings and their uniqueness is celebrated. Above all, learning is made fun,interesting, and dynamic, and there are lots of 'hands on' opportunities to learn.
This school is lovely, it inspires so much creativity and compassion, they also help kids communicate with each other and work out thier own dissagreements.
My daughter Brianna attended a non charter school for 2nd grade last year and her academic scores were just average and they don't have extended extracurricular activities that the children would even like coming to school for. Although, that changed when I no longer wanted her to go to a public school since there teachings and curriculum did not appeal me so, Brianna took the intiative to find her own school and she found the Museum Charter School. Brianna felt very comfortable there and enjoyed every moment of her school. I feel that these children enjoy going to the school because they are all involved in extracurricular activities that no other non charter school offers! It's amazing how a 3rd grader learns to cook but also recieves education on health and awareness, they experience public speaking by having a show case where each group performs and speaks about their topic, all ages are able to interact with each other so easily. These children are not faced with gangs in the school, crimes and/or harrasement from other kids because of discrimination and age groups. They have art & music classes where they are able to express themselves in their own way. It leaves me a greater joy to know and feel so secure about the school, their curriculum and their excellent and caring teachers, after school YMCA teachers and Director. It also makes me feel great inside to know that every morning my daughter wakes and wants to go to school because she loves to go and everyday for her is a new and different day. I believe we should have more Charter Schools like the Museum School Curriculum because it generates educated and knowledgable students who will excel in each level of their education. In conclusion the non charter schools are a very old tradition/curriculum that plainly bores childrens attention. They know what everyday will be like, it's an open book but very boring with no extracurricular activities to enhance their learning capabilities! This needs to change soon or the Drop Out Statistics are going to rise every year. Gina Hansen
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