Eight students leaving the Hgt Program, which was designed to meet their very special needs, is indicative of a very troubled school. Poor leadership, lack of action by DPS Administration have made Southmoor a joke for many parents, community members, and education professionals.
My family has had children at this school for almost 10 years and we have seen such tremendous change and growth. The school looks at every child and their individual level, and has in place opportunities for them to succeed. Whether getting extra intervention if they are behind or being challenged if they are ready for it. They look at the children's individual learning styles as well. Project based learning, maker-space, enrichment programs, great use of technology. Negative comments come from a VERY small minority. Teachers are happy and feel empowered to shape their classroom and teaching. Principal is engaging and helpful. No school is perfect and change can be difficult, but Southmoor is a great place!
My child has personally experienced the kind of support he needed when he was struggling with a core skill and I've known many others who have had similar experiences. The teachers are all focused on differentiated learning and finding ways to support kids however they need it.
We've been nothing short of thrilled by our experience at Southmoor. Has it been perfect every single second? Well, of course not, but dang close. The entire community, the principal, the administration, the teachers, the parents, the community and the kids genuinely care about one another and about the school.
Great teachers and community support. We love the HGT program as well as the traditional academics. Administration has done a phenomenal job of creating flexible classrooms so that kids leave their home room in order to join the most approprioate learning environment for their reading and math needs.