I was a student at Summit View School. It's a good school for elementary and they have alright teachers. During elementary school I was a very shy student, although once I got into 6th grade the school taught me to be more self confident in myself. Once I entered 7th grade the teachers where horrible, they didn't know how to correct papers correctly, the teachers do not follow the schools rules, they are very lazy, and lack the "Teaching" skill, the principle and the head of the school are the most horrible people I will ever meet, I say that because they don't do anything when an issue comes up either between another student or teacher. I'm currently in 9th grade and my parents and myself absolutely hate the school. My middle school life here was a waste of time and kept getting worse every year. I see the students in 9th-12th grade and it seems as if they stayed the same or got worse academically. One last thing. I would come home with homework and it would take me about 15-20 minutes while at other schools an average student spends 30min-1hour or more on homework. This here clearly shows that this school is teaching students nothing. I would defiantly NOT recommend this to any.
I attended Summit View West for many years and I am currently at a university. I would never write a positive report of this school and those who have I seriously doubt are legitimate. I would definitely recommend this school for only 1 to 2 years at most, unless you know your child could not pass at another school. This school is not for children that are just too lazy. I experienced minuscule homework, no need to study, over powered administration, little to no social skills, ridiculous grade curves, and never had to write a paper longer than 5 pages. As a senior at this school I still had drawings of happy looking teenagers and smiling suns on my class work and homework. That is humiliating for a student especially if he has friends outside the school. I never studied for a test other than at school and I still received merit list. The administration here will accuse your children for anything yet not a single student will be expelled because they just want the money. I did not know how to make friends in college and only talked to my roommate for the first semester. Got an F for homework every class and still passed. Now i still do not know how to write a paper -Former student
My daughter attends Summit View West. This is a terrific school. Dedicated teachers, excellent administration, wonderful student- teacher ratio. Nancy Rosenfelt , head of school is the most dedicated, energetic , experienced, educator I have ever come in contact with. If your child has any kind of learning disabilities this is the place !
I'm a Summit View high school student. It grieves me to report that one of the main math/science teachers has made a specialty of ruining students' opportunities to go to a good college. Ms. Cao taught me biology, chemistry and precalculus the past 3 years. She gives male students half the points she gives female students for identical work submitted. She answers questions from female students but not from male students. The average precalculus male grade is a D-, vs a B+ for females. Her chem students' average SAT subject test score was below the national average, the first time this ever happened at Summit View. She gives extremely lengthy and tedious homework in precalculus, such as over 100 problems due the next day, and each one with many time-consuming parts to complete, with most problems redundant to each other, often for completion in 24 hours. Her class presentations do not make sense. Her students are not learning, and she is torpedoing their chances of going to a good college. None of us understand why the school administration won't fire her for all her misdeeds. When told by students and parents what's going on, they say "oh well." Please don't send your kids here!
I too am a student at Summit View high school in North Hollywood. The typical class size in Ms. Cao's math and science courses is 12 students or so. Several of us have cumulative GPAs in the 3.2 to 3.8 range, or at least we did until we encountered her classes (biology, chemistry, precalculus). She is giving the guys D's and F's in her classes, compared to B's and C's for the girls. Even the girls will not see an A in her classes. Her teaching methods are very confusing to us, and she is a really unfair grader. Her grades seem to be based on nothing more than capricious personal preference for one student over another, and she strongly favors the girls while strongly disfavoring the boys. The school administration won't listen to us or our parents on this, or on her poor teaching skills and strange homework practices, they just turn a deaf ear. If you have a son who wants to go to a good college like a UC or better, don't send your son here for high school. There are plenty of better alternatives in the area that also specialize in kids with learning disabilities, without a bad egg teacher like Ms. Cao to ruin their GPA and a deaf administration ignoring it.
My son and nephew have attended here for 4 years. My son struggles significantly with dyslexia and dysgraphia. The school is very strict in their acceptance policy and will not take children that have behavioral problems. Yet with some of the emotional problems my son has struggled through, the staff has been very supportive and understanding. Academically, even with modifications they do not dummy down the cirriculmn. They are very strong in the academic program and try to offer a variety of extra curricular activities. Not the same as at a high school, but if your child matures it's possible to dual enroll for those activities in a regular school. The parents are great and very supportive the school. My son has gone from hiding under the table in 5th grade due to low self-esteem - to college bound with ambition and a feeling of direction.
This is a wonderful school. My child came from 5th grade with low self esteem, poor grades a learning disability that seemed unsurmountable and depression. She's a junior today, happy well-adjusted and planning on attending college. The teachers are committed and caring and the leadership is very strong.
This is a place of miracles. Small classes, personalized instruction, and cutting edge research and information make this a place where you want to send your child. I watched my child grow, and bloom, and conquer all of the roadblocks to learning. The Director of Summit View is a gifted educator and administrator. Call her first!
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