I have worked in this school for 3 years and I have witnessed the various changes that have occurred in my tenure. The textbook free model that the school has adopted would work if the school had resources. The Principal is the worst administrator that I have encountered, and if you research staff members who have served with him in his previous schools I'm sure they would agree. The principal cares nothing about the students or the staff members. The school has a host of behavior problems that are rarely or NEVER dealt with. The school will boast that they have had the highest test scores this year compared to previous years, but as a staff member I know at least 30% of those students read well below grade level. The science and the social studies teacher quit in the middle of the year leaving those particular classes with long term substitutes for those content areas, and that has been a continuing trend in the last few years that I have been there. The teachers have quit in the last two years to NOT work for the current principal. I resigned because I firmly believe that leaders determine culture, and that principal has had the worst impact on that school I have ever seen.
This school truly needs an upgrade. The scholars want more opportunities outside of sitting in a classroom and going on field trips that they have to pay for (which means only 10% of the middle school scholars got to go field trips). The teacher morale is low because they do not get the professional development they need, especially when some are not fully certified. Also, parents do not get clear communication about their scholar's progress or what is going on at the school. Now if all of this is happening at the bottom...the problem is at the top. Administration pushes more on the staff than they can handle with a lack of professional development, support, and understanding. Parents need to know what is going on, scholars need to be happy, and teachers need to be believed in. Will this school's charter be renewed?
I have been pleased with the school and their progress. My nephew has been challenged with the work in a positive way at Ivy Prep after leaving a private school. If they continue down the current path, they will definitely become a top school in DeKalb County.
This is the school's first year and I am very satisfied. I have a boy in Kindergarten. The K teachers are great, and they use teaching methods suited for boys. The school has an extended day. The doors open at 7:30am, and pickup is staggered between 3:30 and 4:00pm. After hour support is offered to children that need it, as well as Saturday Academy every other weekend. Teachers communicate well with parents. There is a strict uniform policy with professional wear required on Mondays.
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