February 23, 2004
The good: extended school day, uniforms, clean building, nice facilities, state-of-the-art learning resources. The bad: All in all, I've found Drew Charter School to be a dismal disappointment. I've heard great things about the Elementary 'Academy,' but the Junior Academy (7th and 8th grades) leaves much to be desired. While my daughter does have a few teachers who truly care and are committed to education, there are just as many who are highly unorganized, uncaring, unprofessional and seem to have no true passion for teaching. There have been 2, 3, or 4 days in a row where she's had no homework, took no class notes, no quizzes, etc. When asked what she's done in school, her response is interpreted as 'busy work.' These same teachers when they do teach, will start another lesson without ever completing the previous lesson. When they don't feel like teaching, or have papers to grade, they'll just have the students read on their own for the entire period! Based on what my child has experienced there, I would never recommend this school to the parents of a middle school student.
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