Not MA, if you want your child to excel academically and feel part of a team! My child hates the bullying and bickering by other students, the imposed use of tablets, the leadership through fear and intimidation by its Principal, Executive Director and the school Board. Shaming and finger-pointing has been the tactics by which to lead.
It's like big government: large administration, more money needs for administration. Students and parents are secondary. MA parents had to raise $65,000 to provide MA with an adequate multipurpose field! Sports is essential part in a student's college application.
Next: Mill Levy Override (MLO). MA claims D38 has denied MA since 1999 its financial tax distribution. All board members since then know that MA has held a grudge for not being given (speak "entitlement") tax monies. No D38 contract, no MA named on the MLO ballots, No Money! Same tactic this administration has been using since 2009: entitlement, growth of administration body (limited increase of teacher salaries), growth of school without proper planning (location/site growth limitation of school, traffic impact to neighboring communities and road safety.
The Executive Director publicized that the administration wants to raise the classroom size starting with 5th grade "bubble class" for the next school year. The administration has intentionally created this bubble syndrome thus now forcing the board's hand to increase the classroom cap.
Per the Principal "a lot of teachers are feeling that the board made a resolution some time back identifying what we are not [...]". First, the Principal has always forced the curriculum even against teacher recommendations , not the board! Second, the Principal has fired outstanding teachers and replaced them with teachers who she can control. Thirdly, MA's curriculum change is only a competitive approach against D38 schools.
Bottom line, this school is no longer lead by the parents (therefore not a real charter school) as it started out, but rather driven by MA's Principal, Executive Director, some selected personnel, and some parents which have been supporting them.
Watch how the next ratings will be in favor of the school, its employees, and the board; just as you can see it in previous postings!
My 2 kids have attended MA 6 years. Amazing Administration and teachers give parents a voice. Recently read updated Strategic Plan and performance metrics on line. Pleased to see Board's vision for expanding 9-12 grades!
When you have freshman students in Algebra II, and those students are the top performers (over Junior and Seniors in high school) you have succeeded in giving your students a very solid understanding of math.
It gives the students a brief taste of what high school will be like. They learn that they must study ever night to stay on top - which prepares them for high school when three to four hours of homework is not uncommon for those students on the pathway to college.
My child is currently working on an AHG award, and one of the things she had to do is write letters to two people who had a positive impact on her life. She chose two adults from her last year at Monument Academy - both played a significant part is preparing her for her first year in high school. The math department at MA is outstanding. She is currently in Algebra 2 as a freshman in a class with juniors and seniors. All her fellow MA kids are getting A's, while some of the Jr. and Sr. students are lost. The MA math department went over and above preparing the students for high school math. This school rocks.