It was a loving place with a strong academic background both of my daughters went through the eighth grade. And have continued into high school and college was successful academic careers. It was a wonderful face both spiritually and academically :)
- High teacher turnover.
- Large number of uncertified teachers.
- Declining enrollment.
- Increasing financial debt.
- Deteriorating campus.
- False representation of student performance via grade overrides.
I don't have first hand knowledge in this area. The fact that most teachers do not hold certifications or degrees in their subject leads me to believe they do not understand best practices for educating students with IEPs.
Most teachers are uncertified or non-degreed. Those that are certified have contributed to a high teacher turnover as they choose to leave the school upon experiencing its mismanagement.
The principal overrides the student report card grades against teacher knowledge and approval.
3 facts that I have personally observed:
1) Student enrollment has been declining for years while the school slips further into financial debt. Parents are realizing that the education at All Angels is subpar and not re-enrolling their children or recommending other parents to enroll their children.
2) The principal regularly overrides report card grades, against the professional judgement of the teachers, in an effort to appease parents. Not only is this hugely unethical, but it paints a picture to parents that is false. I believe parents, though temporarily satisfied upon seeing acceptable grades, ultimately don't appreciate this practice. This eventually will leave parents bewildered when their children enter high school underprepared.
3) Teacher retention is at an all-time low as qualified teachers either decline job offers or leave at the first sign of trouble. This is a huge red flag. The school's ineffective administration is mismanaging underqualified teachers. "As the teachers go, the school goes."
Bullying among the students is nearly nonexistent; All Angels maintains a safe environment for the children. However, bullying among the teachers and administration is rife.
The administration allows, and enables, a culture of exclusion where the principal employs her friends and relatives to prominent roles. Those teachers are often unqualified for the position and together are managing the school to their benefit instead of to the benefit of the students and other teachers.
Teachers who realize this conflict of interest are quickly outcast and any questioning is met by the principal with temperamental threats.
Again, this is subjective. School is what YOU make of it more often than not. The teachers are on the whole good teachers. Think of them as a resource or an instrument of learning. It's just as much the student's/parent's job to effectively utilize a teacher's services as it is a teacher's to job to serve. The relationship is a two-way street.
I didn't always feel the amount was right, BUT the amount of homework a child receives and their ability to handle it depends on the child and the teacher. It changes from year to year and even school to school. That's a life lesson your child must learn to deal with!! In the future your boss will not mollycoddle you about your workload!!
Small school with a big heart. Certainly it's not for everyone, but then again no one school is all things to all people. All my children passed through the halls of this mighty little school. They have gone on to do quite well in their education. My children and I agree that they received a solid foundation from this school. Not only did they learn their ABC's and the three R's, but they learned about respect, perseverance, and kindness. Again, any school experience is what you make of it.