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.
The staff focuses in promote a challenging environment and in provide the students with opportunities to participate in activities that include volunteerism and community participation. Counselors are assigned a group of students they keep until they graduate and their relationship is open. Students are seen hanging around them, communicating their difficulties and the counselors guiding them to help them succeed.
Some students that may have special needs are treated courteously, inclusive and provided with accommodations. We've not seen, nor heard of bullying. Administration has a zero tolerance policy. The one possible 'disagreement' (not every year) is dealt with professionalism, intervention, and clear expectations. Good and safe behaviors are expected and communicated. In regards to teachers, there is only one that is perhaps too rigid and strict in regards to expectations for teens that not yet have adult maturity. But, overall, ok too.
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