As a teacher retired from 45 years teaching in a Public school, I wanted to experience the "Charter" strategy....so I sought a position with KeysGate. I just resigned from them in January 2013. I was disappointed with their obsession for test score prep and their willingness to drop a teacher from employment on a days' notice. I witnessed two teachers in the science department alone dropped the few months I was there; I also found out that their pay scale is lower than other charter schools...they get primarily very young, very enthusiastic teachers. I hear that their employee turnover rate is huge. The administration was caring, professional, and concerned; it seemed like the corporate leaders have a firm hold on them. I wasn't impressed that parents must serve 20 hours volunteer time or pay $10 per hour to supplement the school budget. And finally, I wasn't impressed with the room and class scheduling for me. I had to prepare for two different lessons, and different labs. I had to migrate to a lab room to do labs. The lesson I take away from this is that if you want your money's worth, stay with the public schools. KeysGate is a good school..but....
I really love this school! The whole focus is college readiness. Next year we have our first graduating class. Our scores continue to show why we were an "A" school last year. There is a wide array of athletics and they offer the Cambridge Program for Advanced Studies. I am thankful this school is in Homestead and available for me!
This school is unlike any other.I feel very proud to go to a school where the teachers actually care for their students education.there is the fact that it can be challenging at the same time for example with Cambridge. I must say I really have enjoyed coming to this school.
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