Despite the outward effort of this teacher, the teacher's in-class instruction is extremely poor and has been proven ineffective. Lessons are not being learned in class. Worksheets are past out and expected to be understood and completed in class when the instruction is extremely unclear. Parents spending hours each night trying their best to reteach a skill, method or lesson to already frustrated students. Worst of all, it had affected an alarming number of students in having their worst grades in mathematics they have ever had. Red flags should have gone up by the second semester but nothing had been done to relieve the situation. Also, this school has had teachers leave in the middle of a semester in subjects like ELA and Science which I do not need to explain how critical these subjects are in a student's education and future. Instead of building strong and firm foundations in class, these students were forced to take the brunt of the burden of a new teacher gaining footing in the classroom and subject with their grades. That should not be happening in any school. Students grades and education should not suffer but much too often that is the case. Many of these teachers are poorly resourced and lack the help they need to effectively teach students. I do not place the blame completely on the teachers but rather I find it systemic of a broken school system both in public and public charter schools such as this one.
Online resources for math are not effective for teaching completely new concepts and methods. They are only good to reinforce lessons that the students have a good understanding already and require extra practice in order to solidify their knowledge on the skill or lesson. However, online resources lack the nuances and personal instruction that only a teacher can offer. Every class differs and only a teacher can dedicate time and knowledge as on to how to reach the majority of students in each classroom. Online resources are an aid, not a substitute for actual in class and one and one instruction, especially in such crucial of areas education such as Mathematics and even ELA.
This is in regards to Middle School teachers. It seems to be systematic of many middle schools. Teachers who are placed incorrectly in subjects they should not be teaching. There are teachers in this school that should not be teaching Mathematics or ELA courses. One of the Mathematics teachers in the middle school is very outgoing, reaches out to parents and is in communication constantly. However, the results of many of the students are C to F grades throughout the school year. Parents are at a loss on what to do as seemly the only option is to hired expensive tutors, not all families can afford to pay a tutor to reteach what should have been taught in class.
How can a school have "no homework" and still be effective? The kids get no work to take home to reinforce what's taught during the day. That's what homework is suppose to do. The policy they boast about is ridiculous because clearly work at home must be done in order to fully grasp the work once you get to a certain level and if they aren't giving it, then they are failing.
My kids have been at this school since they opened their doors 6 years ago. It started off great. As years have gone on, I have no idea what they are doing but it has changed. Teachers come and go rapidly. They are constantly fundraising. We had 10 fundraising projects in the first 9 weeks of school. They get the same money as the public schools yet are always fundraising? And they ask for donations in every single class once or twice a month even though they bring in supplies at the beginning of the year. The teachers constantly ask for printer ink, paper, glue, etc all year long and even ask for actual printers! The school require parents to volunteer 20 hours per child so they are not paying extra staff because they do a lot. They consistently plan field trips that cost a student $75-$100 a pop that quite honestly are not very educational. They are a charter school that is funded by tax payers yet are a for-profit school and nickel and dime the parents to death! Where does the money go??? They think they are a private school and want us to fork out money like it is. It's beyond ridiculous. I sincerely wonder if they are going to go out of business because they tried to expand too fast. That isn't our fault. We shouldn't be funding another campus. Everything is about putting on a big show so field trips to normal family weekend parks like Seaquarium or Parrot Jungle or even Disney are the norm. As a parent, I would prefer they focus on the education and making it fun instead of making it a big show to parents, kids and other schools. The show is in the student's performance and parent satisfaction and not in pageantry. There are some very nice teachers but the way the school is run is very poor, unorganized and cold. I'll do my best to support any teacher there because they are trying so hard but not the school as they are out of hand. I'm sure it all stems from the for-profit board that cares about dollars and not how they are enriching the children's minds.