So far so good. Some teachers, one or two, may be very overloaded and at times may not show being organized gy quickly grading assignments as others do. However, the quickly respond to your concerns and mitigate by providing input on performance. They are interested in the student performing well. It is also up to the parent and student to know how to communicate and provide support.
Honesty, integrity and fairness is practiced everyday. Students are counselled, and presented with nomenclature during projects and tests to this effect encouraging, promoting and creating expectations. Examples have been observed: Objects lost of high value found in same place, and/or turned in by students. Students are given opportunities to catch up, and improve. Students are held accountable.
This high school is within a technical college, focuses on providing students with a prep-like education to ensure preparedness to further education to any college of choice. It provides opportunity to engage in a field of interest early on, and offer professional certifications. Even if ahead with high level math, or two spanish levels, you are required to take more to ensure you qualify for the college of your choice. It's safe, very clean and in great shape and the student body easy to get along with. There're cameras, security and policemen on campus. I've seen no bullying. The administration is attentive and professional. Totally focused on the students, even sponsors a yearly gala to gather private funding for a student merit scholarship. 99% of the teachers are loved by the students. Your child is not a number, as it is a learning community where everyone knows each other well. There is socialization, and the spirit is not bad. The prom and graduation are held in awesome places. They offer plenty of field trips and statewide participation in competitions. The teachers and counselors go the extra mile to meet with you or student, even during their lunch period to tutor. They also tutor after school - at no cost to students - to prepare for EOCs, APs and other exams. The only downside is that is small and may not offer varsity sports, music, but they try to compensate by creating sport clubs and activities. You can still play varsity sports in your homeschool (this is a public magnet school of choice).The AP courses compare to other schools, but lack variety. Your start taking them as a freshman.They allow other AP courses via virtual, and/or other schools. Also, honor dual college enrollment. Our experience has been good so far and includes good communication and a team approach. Classes are challenging, and the format of 4 classes allow them to provide 8 classes per year vs. 7 in other schools. It is challenging and prepares the student for college. They can make few adjustments to the schedule depending on level and needs. The structured schedule is focused in required courses, honors and AP, and in 11th and 12th electives are of career field of choice. Students have been accepted at good schools such as Harvard too. The schedule: 9:15 to 4:10 pm and there's transportation. Success can be found anywhere. It's up to the student's ambition too.
We love McFatter, the adminstration, support staff through guidance and dedicated teachers make this school exceptional. What a change from my son attending a mediocre middle school to this experience. The staff are proactive, creative and make the students a priority. So far it's been a wonderful experience
My son's school is amazing. He needed some extra help and they were there without making him feel embarrassed. He is graduating and going on to the Aviation Mechanic program at BC South Campus. Honors courses really helped him with his average.
My best friend and I have been planning to go to this school for what seems to be forever.I am currently in my freshman year and let me just say.. I don't plan on finishing my high school education here. All parents love the school because yeah it has good opportunities but not until you get to your 11th and 12th grade year in your technical program. Half of the time, the school smells like garbage so good luck stomaching your lunch. They say you get more one on one with the teacher but I seem to find that statement invalid. Half of the teachers don't even seem like they want to teach. you'd think with four classes and one of them being planning they'd be more "happy" but this doesn't seem to be the case. Some kids love the school some kids hate it. It all depends on your social skills and academic wants to be honest. Its a really small school so if you love to socialize and get to know a lot of new people, this is probably not the school for you. They choose your classes and all of the same kids are in it like middle school. By the way, there's no sports. good luck!
(CORRECTION)There are many students who are NOT interested in sports and other athletic activity, some call them geeks and nerds, I call them academically inclined students. McFatter is for those students. It makes up for the lack of sports in the clubs, appetizing school lunch choices and the college like atmosphere. I love the school. It prepares your child richly for college and many of the students go off to some of the best in this country. My straight A daughter came from one of those "sports school" in grade 9 as first in her class and was 35th in her class at McFatter. That's what you call RIGOR. She's now a senior who has passed three AP subjects, 2 dual enrollment and is about to take another AP and is just 33 in her class with a 3.8 unweighted. It is not the school for you if you are not willing to work hard.