I am currently an Advanced student in Switzerland Point Middle School, in my 8th grade year, and I have been at Swiss since 6th grade. And, to be quite frank, lots of these reviews are quite deceptive. If your kid is in Advanced courses, they were well aware of the work load when they showed up, and if they are unable to complete their assignments, then they simply don't belong in the gifted program. Also, about the discipline, if you just follow the basic rules of the school and are respectful to the teachers and staff, the deans or assistant principle won't bother you, and although I do agree that Mr. Beck is a vampire, he is completely fair. Also, on the subject of teachers, the parent comments are really quite deceptive. Lots of the teachers are motivated and come ready to teach. And the standards? You can't expect them to change those! They are just teachers! They teach to the standard because they want to teach their job. Believe me, I don't like it any more than anyone else, but the teachers can't change it, and us kids can't change it. And even though there are some bad teachers at Swiss Point (I won't name any names) this is the REAL WORLD. And in the real world, you aren't necessarily going to like everyone you have to work with, but you just have to learn to suck it up. So please, if you were dissuaded by any of the negative reviews, please reconsider, you don't want your kid to miss out on this amazing school.
Most teachers are not effective at this school. One female computer teacher for 7th grade is downright rude, and clearly burned out. She gives the students a hard time and never returns phone calls.There is a 7th grade science teacher that is very caring and clearly there for the love of teaching and also a male 8th grade social studies teacher that too is caring and makes the lesson fun and interesting. But most of the teachers just don't really try to teach the lesson which is frustrating for both kids and parents.