A lot of the problem stems from low intelligence quotients. I myself have a Mensa level IQ and that is a lot of what allowed me to do well in school. When looking into issues regarding education, and especially when one delves into the seedy bottom half where one finds a weakness, we need to "axt" about whether the individuals are unable to comprehend because the mechanics of the teaching process are faulty, or is it possible that their comprehension is something that is organic, originating in the individuals involved. When we look at the makeup of the student body, and a few of the mumble-mouthed teachers, the chances are almost certain that the majority of them have IQs under 100. How far under 100 will determine how well the individuals can comprehend. Reading comprehension, and especially slightly abstract mathematics comprehension that is so easy for us "Mensa types" is next to impossible for those whose comprehension ability is 4 standard deviations below ours. This is new to the discredited egalitarian views of the last century. We need to get into the 21st century. The students and teachers with lower IQs have a lot to do with a school's perceived failure.
I am a student that goes to Sweetwater. I was reading the reviews and decided that they should have a review from a student who attends the school, rather than just parents. One day we got an ad for SWBA in the mail, and decided to go to the open house and ended up starting the next day. I made lots of friends, who I've had for a few years now. the teachers were nice, and eventually were more like parents then merely teachers. They have lots of extra-curricular activities and clubs like Science Olympiad, Turkish Olympiad, and SECME. I personally have been in all of them and learned a lot. I was reading the comments below, and noticed some things. One parent says that the school and/or staff are racist. I have friends there that are white, black, Hispanic, and other, and we are all treated equally and well. I also read (in the comments) that the students were the children that had been kicked out of other schools. That is not true, I personally was in the gifted/magnet program and was not kicked out, i transferred of my own free will, same with my friends. There are also comments saying their child was miserable, but the experience is only miserable if you make it miserable. :)
In understandable terms this school SUCKS. If you have anywhere else that you can send your child do not send them here. Every bad child that has been removed from the actual Public School system is sent here. The administration has no control over any of the student here. If you care about the mental or physical well being of your child do not send him/her here.
Sweetwater Branch provides a great atmosphere for learning for each student. Small class sizes and individualized attention create success among the middle school students and a spirit of community. Kids are constantly pushed harder and challenged academically while fostering a sense of academic responsibility in preparation for high school. It is an excellent school with many opportunities for success.
I love this school , the teachers are great and Ms.FOrd is wonderful as well. The scores of this school speak for it.. The other schools that i live by are completely over filled and there is no discipline within these schools I dislike them .... but I do love this school
As one of the parents who initially wrote a very positive review, I have since changed my tune and pulled my daughter from the school. As long as she was on all the teams and doing well on them, she was golden. As soon as she quit a team, she was blamed for all sorts of things that she hadn't done and school became a miserable experience for her.
The school is very disappointing. The school is unfair to students in a sense that there is either bias/preferential treatment to high scoring students or racism. They recruit many good teachers, but can't keep them. The "parent" who submitted a post about the academic teams being fun lied. I ask my kid to stay in clubs to avoid paying after school care fees- apparently most do. The math/science was bad because the English of the teacher was difficult for my child. Thank god the book explained everything! Smalls schools have ups and downs. A down here would be the bullying/academics. An up is that it's so small, talk to admin enough and your kid will get away a fist fight with only a lunch detention! Just say youre pulling your kid out. Though really, you should. School is to learn, and i want my baby to succeed!
The positive reviews sound like they were written by the staff--beware. There are much better public schools in the area.
Last summer, I found an ad for a new school called Sweetwater Branch Academy and attended the open house. The school at that time was an empty office building -- no classrooms, just the enthusiastic staff members who would eventually build that school into what it is now. After listening to the teachers and staff discuss their vision for this new school specializing in mathematics and science, I knew this would be the perfect school for my child. And it was! This year went above and beyond my expectations. After one year at Sweetwater Branch Academy, my daughter is more confident, more competitive, and goal-driven. The teachers and staff are the most generous and devoted people I ve met, working late and on weekends to tutor, guide, and encourage the students in their endeavors. What an amazing first year and we have the awards and FCAT results to prove it!
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