This school doesn't care about the students. It starts from the principal who sets the tone and atmosphere for the rest of staff to follow. I have to agree that this school doesn't foster talented and gifted students. They're more about conformance and fear for not following rules. They tell you to "think outside the box", but they have fixed "the box" with rigidity and no flexibility or room for growth. Beware for those of you new students who will start this school year: there is a good reason for all the bad reviews. You WILL face many of the problems reviewers have posted about. And many of the students there are not happy. I'm hoping to transfer my student out next year.
From my experience as a student in this school, and one who puts forth maximum effort and tries to be involved, I have had, like in any place, good and bad teachers. There's teachers that are inspiring and everyone knows who they are. There's teachers that are ok;they get the job done. Then there's teachers that really don't know what they're doing, and like the good teachers, everyone knows who they are. Make sure that when selecting your classes you inquire about the teachers and the challenges you may faces. Overall, most teachers will be in the "ok" spectrum, an you will then have some bad and a few good. Thinking of it in positive terms, some of the schools that current students of TERRA try to escape, mostly have bad or poor teachers, very few that are ok, and barely any that are good. It never gets too bad or impossible to deal with!
As a freshman here, I have to admit I despised this place. Being involved in a few clubs and with the challenging classes I was taking, I felt disappointed thinking that this place was not meeting my expectations. The first few months took adjustment, and sometimes I would go home crying or stressed. I must say you should give this place a chance. It does get better once you give it the opportunity.