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Thomas MacLaren State Charter School3
Posted January 27, 2014
- a parent
The administration is masterful at selectively reporting the school s successes, while conveniently omitting any mention of its failures. The same organization that awarded MacLaren s sparsely populated high school an A gave the middle school a B- for overall performance and a C for student academic growth. Check out the website if you don t believe me. Now the middle school did receive an A for academic proficiency, but the implications are still concerning. What it means is this: MacLaren s middle school students are enrolling with high proficiency levels, but their performance is actually declining. In other words, the majority of students are not making a year s progress in a year.
This school has been such a blessing for my two kids Learning had been brought to life by teachers who are excited about the curriculum and who spread that enthusiasm to out kids! The skills that each child receives in orchestra are unmatched by any school in the city.
Our school is fabulous!! The curriculum is challenging and fun! The teachers are very knowledgable and seem to really enjoy the students they teach. Each class has an advisor and any concerns are addressed immediately. Classroom sizes are small and each student known well by classmates and teachers. I would recommend Thomas MacLaren to anyone.
This school takes the politics out of education by focusing on best practices in education. My wife and I were sick of schools focusing on test scores, and political motivated curriculum. We found Thomas MacLaren to be a school that focuses on a child's education! I have never seen a more motivated, caring staff anyplace I have been. They have met and exceeded our expectations and our child is thriving.
Thomas MacLaren actually does what it says it is going to do. It lives according its mission. The teachers are alive to the world and help my child become ever more awake, reflective, and learned about the world in which she lives. It is not just for the gifted, but for all.
This school teaches future adults how to think for themselves with the available data and also shows them how to look for and understand the information they don't yet have. It is outside the "proverbial" box and learning becomes an exercise of wonder with the world and its people.