This is an excellent school with good leadership and discipline. Discipline is the key to a good education. They have it in place!
It is a very good school if you want your children excel in STEM. They have very good after school club.
I understand that parents and students would like to learn more about our high school programs since MSA Santa Clara is a new school in this area. In this post, I will try to answer some common questions most of our prospective parents have in their minds especially about our high school, or try to clarify some misunderstandings which people have because of misinformation. 1. Is Magnolia Science Academy a private school? No, Magnolia Science Academy is a public charter school which means; - tuition-free and open to every student who wishes to enroll - non-sectarian, and do not discriminate on any basis - publicly funded by local, state and federal tax dollars based on - - - enrollment, like other public schools - held accountable to state and federal academic standards 2. Is MSA an accredited institution? Yes, our school is accredited by WASC. 3. Can MSA High school students enroll in any public or private colleges? Yes, MSA is a WASC accredited institution and there is no problem for our students to enroll in any type of higher education program. 4. Does MSA offer any AP and Honor classes in high school. Yes, our students can start taking APs and Honors starting in 9th grade.
I have mixed feelings about this school. It has its plus and minuses. I wish some high school students and parents share their experience and discuss positive and negatives about their high school program.
It's my child's third year with Magnolia, and we like it. It's OK to come to school in PE uniform, if your first lesson is PE. My child never had any problems with it.
My daughter is 8th grade students. He got lot of improvement in her class than other school she was going last year.
My school has a very caring staff who is very generous with their time. The high school has an exciting future ahead of it. The Dean of Academics, Mr. Taymaz, has planned some wonderful experiences for the high school students. I am excited about the future of Magnolia Science Academy.
MSA is a place for everyone, This school year new leadership staff is working pretty hard to place our school as one of the best in Santa Clara. Principal, school deans, teachers, PTO and students are enjoying this great year which started with fun activities for everyone. In fact, we did have a middle school dance, a walk- a -thon, an auction basket, a anti-bullying contest, math brain battle, and other activities that families had enjoyed. MSA is a good combination of academics and social life. Keep it up MSA.
this is a great school because everyone there is responsible to what he is doing
This is the best school I have ever worked at. We have great team and family with our staff, students, and parents.
My kid is at grade 6. The teachers seemed work very hard to give quality lesson. Parents are able to keep track the progress of their children through CoolSIS system. After school clubs are diverse and have all kinds of activities. The school is great except the following: 1. The school uniform policy is too strict. Kids have PE as their first lesson of the day are not allowed to wear PE uniform to enter the school campus and will be marked as school uniform violation. They have to wear the regular uniform and then change before the lesson. This is absurd because PE uniform is also the school uniform. Why aren't they allowed to wear it if they PE as the first lesson of the day. 2. It seems that teachers always drop the homework submitted by the students and marked the homework as incomplete or missing. Sometimes the teachers did not grade it once they found out that the homework has actually been submitted and just misplaced by them. Students's grades are affected because of missing homework. 3. The administration is very confused. My kid's placement test score indicated he could attend certain class but it could be overruled by another teacher.
The teachers at this school are of high caliber as well as the administration. The team is strong and works very hard to make the education experience fun and challenging for the students. This school offers a great education and is continuously growing in the extra-curricular offerings.
There are some things the school does very well: the class size is small, the classes are interesting and challenging, the teachers are amazing. Some drawbacks include a very limited number of electives and a lot of transition in administration. This is our 3rd year there, and every year has been dramatically different in personnel. Crossing my fingers that none of my kids' teachers quit mid-year this year, that would be a first! I'm optimistic with the new principal and team of deans, they really seem to have a good system going.
Magnolia Science Academy Santa Clara school focuses on both academics and enjoyment. My son has been at Magnolia for two years (he's a seventh grader now) and not only is computers his favorite class, his favorite time at school is the after school club, Board Games. His teachers try to make the subjects informative and humorous. I'm looking forward to his attending high school at Magnolia as the programs and school as a whole excels compared to our neighborhood high school.
This is my son's second year at this school and I am very excited with the progress he has made. The school has dedicated staff and very smart students. This year the principal has brought in a very capable administration team to help run the school more effectively. The administration & staff are very approachable. I would highly recommend this school to parents of prospective middle schoolers.
The infrastructure is very problematic. The administration is thinking about making a scheduling change mid term to moving the short day from Wednesday to Friday, which is different than the other school districts. A parent suggested to the administration and somehow it is even being really thought of and the administration thinks it is a good idea, neglectful of really understanding what this will do with parents with siblings with the differing schedule. This is what made me really start to worry and start to believe that things are not thought out well. If this was decided for the following school year, this allows parents to then decide what to do . I am less encouraged than ever because I don't believe that administration has really thought this through. It's a shame that I still believe that this idea will still go through.
This is our first year at this school. My daughter is being challenged academically and enjoys the after school clubs. The teachers give great feedback on negative and POSITIVE behavior, which I appreciate. I'm looking forward to many more years at Magnolia.
This is our second year at the school. We are glad we chose to stay in this school, although last year it was not as organized as this year, because of the change of location. My child is thriving and has adjusted very well to this safe, parent friendly school. It has a family like atmosphere which feels very warm and welcoming. Teachers are very approachable and go out of their way to help out the students. Great school with excellent math and science curriculum along with wonderful after school programs such as visual and performing arts and computer programming.
This is the second year my son is at Magnolia. Teachers are good. A good number of electives. A lot of after school clubs. Excellent PTA.
Magnolia Science Academy is a refreshing change of pace from the other public schools run by the school districts. In spite of very high costs (e.g. for renting the new facility) and delays in getting state school funding, Magnolia school and its dedicated staff, students and parents have managed to do the impossible - create a great public STEM school, where every child is challenged (and given adequate support) to succeed. This school is so great that many parents who vociferously supported their neighborhood public K-8 school, have realized that their options for a decent Middle School and High School are non-existent, and are now driving their kids across town to attend Magnolia.
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