This is a general problem in most schools and not just YWPA. I'm a firm believer that after several hours at school, students should be able to go home and disconnect. Unfortunately that does not exist in any Dade County public school that I know of. We have lost sight of kids having personal time with so much rigorous demands. Kids should not have to be up til 11pm doing homework after spending the day at school. Add to that projects during the weekend, and we have kids that are burnt out. Again, this is not just YWPA. It would be great for them to be the innovators and limit school work to SCHOOL hours. Kids would be much less stressed and happier. EIther way, I love this school.
This is a wonderful school. My daughter is on her 3rd year. This school provides a safe, nurturing, and highly academic environment for my daughter. I have yet to find a better school I could have chosen for my daughter and am grateful for what the administration, staff and teachers do for the girls. It's a tough school, with advanced courses but in the end, I have found that my daughter has flourished and learned much more than at a coed school where she would have been more worried about the boys, makeup and flirting, than concentrating on her education. This school is a hidden gem. If you truly care about your daughter's education and can get past the fact that it's all girls, I highly recommend it. She will definitely be staying for high school.
I currently attend this school and am in the seventh grade, i recieved a perfect reading FCAT score and a high 5 on the math. I think this school is a great middle school but am not planning on attending highschool. If you want the right information take it from me, i have attended the school for two years and one of my best friends has attended it for three and is in the eight grade. I think it is a good middle school and has a very great academic program.
As to the post of June 29th, again this is the same individual that cannot address the facts and objective measurements that reflect the excellence of YWPA. YWPA is a leadership-magnet school with an advanced curriculum. As noted on the YWPA website the school has been rated as the 9th most rigorous high school in the United States by the Washington Post. The school does teach, foster and promote its leadership program with a lot more breadth, scope and purpose than simply the 7 Habits program. It is part of each teacher's obligation at YWPA to instill leadership concepts and instruction into the curriculum. Again the facts speak for themselves. One Gates Millenium Leadership Scholarship, Two POSSE Leadership Scholarships and multiple other awards and recognition for leadership. Some people only want to teardown, often in an effort to mask other issues. Take it from a parent that has spent 8 years involved with the school both as a parent of a student, and as an ESSAC representitive. I know the facts and have the information to support my contentions. As I previously reminded the poster, you are entitled to your own opinion but not your own set of facts.
The leadership program does not exist as a formal program in this school is just a label, the program is based on an outdated self help book which the school isn't even authorized to implement due to the fact they lack a license to implement it. This blog is designed to help parents voice their opinion about problems within the school that need fixing in hopes they would be corrected.To parents: when choosing a new school the rule of thumb is "buyers beware" don't get caught in the "statistics mumbo jumbo"...
To be honest, this school has been such a traumatizing experience for both me and my child. When I first took a tour of this school, they informed me that the school was an academically rigorous academy with individualized teaching and plenty of room for my child to learn and grow and it pains me to say that not only was I bamboozled, but so were all of the parents who sent their children here expecting a decent education. The majority of the teachers lack the skills and abilities to teach the students and simply just feed them enough information to pass the class, the teachers treat the students as their own children which has become an increasingly disturbing problem, and the students that they accept into the school lack the academic motivation to succeed. Overall, one of the worst school experiences, me and my child have had to endure.
This is a FANTASTIC YWPA family. The quality of care, teaching, rapport, communication, staff and leadership that this school provides is excellent. First, the interest in the school. Second, what it takes to get in. These parents care. The more we can get of parent participation, which is where it begins, then we all benefit. My daughter benefits from the challenging curriculum, great activities, some from the PTSA and great role models. We are very proud. We plan to step up and help the new students and parents by being their role models. We know as parents that our daughter has a greater opportunities in her future at YWPA. This environment creates future leaders that we can be proud of based on the quality of great leadership at YWPA.
I can think of no better place to teach. This is a fantastic community of professionals who are genuinely interested in and are aware of every one of the 412 students in the building. I cannont wait until my daughter is old enough to attend YWPA.
YWPA has been the best decision that I've made for my daughter. Three years ago, I was concerned to find a middle school that will help my daughter cope with the changes of becoming a teenager. The school has though her confidence, leadership, and the most important is her grades have improved 100%. Also the teachers make the curriculum so interesting for her that she wants to due better everyday. As years passed, and courses get harder she tells me mami before when school was easier, I did not have such good grades than now when school is harder . An amazing school, with great girls and even better staff!!! GO YWPA!