November 08, 2015
There is racism (and other forms of non-acceptance) in this school; and bullying, and tolerance for kids being bullied.
I am a Caucasian student that attended this school from K-8, but the racism I saw in this school has left me dismayed.
One thing to notice about this school is that the positive reviews, in my viewpoint, are misleading. They come from the handful of people that stuck around in this community, but once you get to know this place you'll realize that so many people leave it all the time - and with good reason.
Yes, this school does focus on character building, but what it doesn't say is that the majority of the students shrug it off and snort at the sound of it. The teachers are amazing, stellar, kind people; but the students that attend have a profound lack of appreciation and they are often bullying each other to a disgusting degree. I remember more than a few students being bullied so much because of their ethnic background that they left, were forgotten and never brought up again, even after some students offered to write apology letters. The school definitely tolerates racial bullying, and is not as diverse as they say it is, because by middle school, the number of people from non-Caucasian backgrounds drops to only three or four in the whole grade,. That's how bad the bullying is, and it is not limited to race. Sexuality, gender, socio-economic status, mental health, just being yourself... I've seen each and every one of these things be the subject of bullying many times over.
I would not recommend that you go to this school, or send your children to it; the administration paints a very deceiving picture, and they tend to focus more on how they try to teach character-building skills rather than how much the students actually use them.
- submitted by a community member