I am extremely happy with the elementary school. Mr. Taibi is an amazing administrator. The school safety measures that he has implemented have made me feel much more secure about my childens safety. He communicates with all parents through a monthly newsletter which gives parents important information about the school. My children's teachers are all excellent, as I have three children in the school. I am concerned about the atheltic programs that will be available to them once they enter high school.
The strongest area of this school is the teachers. When the school first started, there were a few years of adjustment and unfortunately, there has been quite a bit of teacher and staff turnover. But things seem to have settled down, and with new principals in place, it finally seems to be settling down. Not very many extracurricular activities for all grades---elementary, middle and high school. The PTA group tries hard, but parent involvement is dismal.
I love Somerset Academy for my kids. The population of the school is small and the kids are well educated. The principal is involved in the school activities. The parents are really invovled and the teachers quickly respond to any parent concerns.
my son is in the 4th grade and I have to say I am satisfied with the academic material that is being taught. They have focused a lot on their writing skills. He is given lots of homework and I see a big improvement in his writing and vocabulary. He attended 3rd grade also and this year seems to be more intense. Sometimes all that homework can be overwhelming for me and interupts my time but it has been worth it.
Your strongest teachers and assistants have left. No wonder the school has gone down hill. What do you think helps make up your school? Who do you think protects your children academically and socially to the end? We need to start protecting our teachers too, before we lose them all.
My children were at Somerset for three years. We moved them out this year to a private school where they are much happier. This school's administration has been completely disorganized the entire time we were there. There were 3 different principles. Principles Dr. Ruth and Mr. Montero were definate advocates for the children, however, did not have much impact in creating a educational environment where a parent felt secure in the actual education. There is a high turnover in teachers - NOT GOOD! We liked the smaller environment and the athletics. I think the elementary and middle schools were O.K. but the high school is a little scary. I hope the school can eventually get it together because it has potential. I just didn't want my children to be the pawns while they work out their kinks.
Too many changes have taken place and it is not the same mom and pop type of environment the kids first had. That's what kept Somerset apart from the rest. Now, things are robotic and impersonal. The best teachers have really gone, and the discipline problemed children from other schools have come in. Things need to be revamped before more parents withdraw their children.
This school lacks a lot of organization and administrative skill. There is a lot to be desired. We hope fresh staff comes in to 'unharbor' this stressful environment.
What a difference from last year! Somerset is reaching its full potential!
The school has a progresive attitude and their MIND program for making Math fun is great. Kids love it! The staff and faculty are very organized and proactive.
We have been part of Somerset for the past two years. The teachers at this school are amazing!. Great changes have ocurred at the administration level, the new Head Master/ Principal is leading in the right direction. The improvements can be observed at all levels. Somerset Academy is one of the BEST schools in the area, and yes there are always aspects that could be enhace, but for that to change, the Level of parent involvement needs to increase. The most important thing is that the quality of the academic programs are outstanding, that our children are in the hands of loving teachers, and that the new administration is doing its best to solve the growing pains of a young school.
Somerset is continuing to grow. Unfortunately, learning by their mistakes is common. This year seems to be improving with much better communication. As with any non-public school, kids with special needs will not see much support. We had our child in a private school and there were no provisions for special needs children. Just the opportunity to pay hundreds more for private tutoring. There is a tendency by Somerset parents to treat this school as if it was a private school they were paying thousands of dollars for and that rules are not meant for them.
This school is good. Although young, it has reached its goals and more in six years it has existed. It has an excellent sports program, especially in volleyball and basketball.
There is ALWAYS room for improvement at Somerset. The owners have been trying to figure out how to run a real school for more than five years. One of these days they may get there. In the process, several advertised school innovations were eliminated. Always ask questions about changes for the next schoolyear. Yearly student and staff turnover can be huge. Teacher support and professional development have been very weak. If your child has ANY identified disability of any kind, or major cultural differences, make sure the teacher has had experience dealing with that. Support for teacher from school level may not be available. If you have any indications that your child may have a learning disability or be gifted, be proactive. Don't rely solely on school to assess.
I have taught at this school for awhile now and it is quite disturbing to see the amount of gossip and lies that curtail the campus on a daily basis. Administration conduct unfair teacher evaluations that are unannounced, fees collected for activities and fundraisers go straight to administration that keeps up to 50%, and command is given to too many undeserving staff members. Somerset fits too many horrendous cliches and the childish up and up that run the place are only assisting in its demise.
The school is adequate. Teachers are a definite bonus. If they weren't here, we would most likely not return.
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