I can see why our school was featured on NBC6's "Brag About Your School" (Google It!) We have an amazing principal, Ms Sabine Phillips as well as 3 dedicated assistant principals...Ben Reeves, Shaante Collie and Dr. Tiffany Peterson! There are so many clubs and activities for students to enjoy. Also, their field trips are out of this world!
OUTSTANDING MAGNET PROGRAM!!! My child attends the International Affairs and Business magnet program at Crystal Lake. We have experienced an amazing group of dedicated educators. Now wonder there is always a waiting list to get into this program. Middle school can be a scary experience but don't listen to the negativity especially if you are looking to place your child in a well established,well run magnet program.
This school is amazing! This has helped my kids throughout the past few years. They have amazing teachers that care about your child and have an amazing Magnet program. They have a language program (Spanish, French, Chinese) that extends into high school and gives many high school credits, and a science/technology/engineering program which is amazing, too! They even have a Civil Air Patrol, where you do military drills and even learn how to fly a plane! The hallways are safe and clean, and the staff are responsible. They answer your calls/emails/letters and take them seriously! My kids have attended this school for every year of their middle school education! Better than the elementary school I teach at! :-)
Luckily I graduated before the new principal started changing things. The teachers are ok but most of them have left or are leaving. I didn't have any issues with bullying but I did see a lot of other kids getting bullied. There are usually fights between the students. Most of the students are disrespectful to the teachers. I don't recommend sending your child here its a very bad school. The academy is gone so don't even bother taking the time to go see the school.
Magnet program is comparable to any ordinary public school's regular curriculum. Discipline is lax. Administration doesn't support teachers. Teachers were encouraged to 'show documentaries' rather than teach
There were five student started fires in the 2014-15 school year. The fire alarm went off for two of them, and only one was acknowledged to be a fire. What kind of school pulls the plug on the /fire alarm/?
I put my child in this school on recommendation of his fifth grade teacher. It was the worst mistake i have ever made. The principal and magnet coordinator changed the summer before school started. I really don't think i have ever encountered more incompetent and useless administrators. They were defensive, did not return phone calls, ignored messages, did not want to meet in person and had absolutely zero sympathy about bullying and the general chaos at this school. Ignore the good reviews some people post... they have never seen a well run school. Don't just walk away from this school...run. Seriously.