Newberry is a wonderful place for all kinds of students to learn and thrive. Just about every teacher is truly outstanding and you can see it in their classrooms and the way the kids respond to them. My daughter is thinking like a scientis, asking 'what do you think willhappen if I do XYZ?' Their math curriculum is hands-on, interactive and challenging. I'd like to see more after school activities and fine arts but because it is a magnet school it draws kids from all over the city and is somewhat limited by bussing schedules. Great place and a gem in chicgao public schools!
Newberry Academy of Math and Science is not the type of school you want to send your child to. I was extremely disappointed with the quality of the school. My child was intimidated by the principal and his staff. The office clerks are rude to the students and to the parents. They went so far as to use profound language in front of students. The school does not offer after school extracurricular activities that are free of charge so that all students have the opportunity to join. Academically, the educators are cold to the students. My child attended the school for several years, during this time we only met one teacher who cared and was willing to help the students. My message is sincere. Do not send your child to this magnet school.
I think Newberry has some great programs, especially for the younger grades. I am impressed with almost all of the primary teachers. It is at the middle and junior high school levels that Newberry falters. The principal and some of the teachers are most definitely at odds, which makes for tensions that sometimes trickle down to the children. Parental involvement can be a bit overwhelming, especially at the PTA level. I have found the members of the PTA to be unfriendly at best and an exclusive social club at worst. The 'attitude' evident from this group with regard to those parents who cannot dedicate the entirety of their time to Newberry is disheartening. I have seen myself some of the members' comments to other parents during open house night or other school events. That said, Newberry is great for Kindergarten through fourth grade. After that, find a good middle school.
I am a current eighth grader at this school and I am very proud of it. This school has given me opportunities that were never there before. Teachers will respect you, help you when you need help, and give you chances to advance in life. I am glad that I came here and I will miss this school very much.- Benjamin Serrano
I Graduated Newberry last year, (2003-2004 class)I felt that i was protected at Newberry and I got a wonderful education! The teachers are full of love for everyone they encounter. I got the best education possible. The Principal was very outstanding giving everyone of our students a chance to succeed. There is a commitemtent to be made when you enter Newberry and you end up forgetting about it and going for a higher goal. There is very good Equitment, like computers etc. I would tell anyone to go to Newberry Academy for the best education your children can recieve. 04.
Our daughter is in Kindergarten at Newberry and we are very happy with our experience. She loves her teacher and her new friends. The facility is clean and well-maintained, with a gym, library, auditorium, dedicated science classrooms, and a large playground. The PTA is very active and the parent community is friendly. The teachers and staff are all very professional and welcoming to the children. We are amazed at how many teachers and staff members greet our daughter by name in the morning! In addition to all the above, a huge benefit to Newberry is the reduced class size with about 20 children per class from Kindergarten to third grade. Most public schools have around 30 children per class, and it's wonderful that the Newberry teachers can provide extra attention to the students in the early grades.
Newberry has not only provided a stimulating learning environment but also one that nurtures children into caring individuals. The educators are very creative and support children's learning using diverse methods. I have found my experience at Newberry to be more than a parent could wish for. My only (minor gripe) is that all afterschool activities are fee based.
This school is wonderful. My son and daughter go to Newberry Academy, coming home everyday, telling me what a great day they had.
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