I would have to have to agree with the more current reviews. Hoosier Academy as an institution is horribly mismanaged. Communication is dismal concerning board meetings, minutes and upper management. The upper administration bullies teachers and runs on a system of fear. The people who make the decisions in the system are not even educators. The teachers and principal, however, are caring, wonderful, creative educators who are working under stressful circumstances. We have been at Hoosier Academy since the doors opened, but this year there has been a big shift in the way parents and teachers are treated by the upper administration. If it weren't for the k-8 principal and the teachers, I would have withdrawn my child this year. I'm not sure that we can return next year unless the upper administration changes.
I would have to agree with some of the parents who have commented on recent changes. First and foremost, We have had phenomenol experiences with our teachers both years we have been there. the k12 /ols system last year was very helpful and facilitated assignment completion and recording very well. this year that is not the case. the system has devolved into little more than a monitoring tool, used more to idenitfy potential problem families than in facilitating learning. As is the case in many areas of the State's approach to education, accountability for parents and teachers with little if any for adminstrators or decision/policy makers, facilitating access to dollars rather than achievement (the wonderful formula of butts in seats X days to the power of the istep score) is well in force. While in past years, adminsitration/K12 personnel have been open responsive and personable, this is not the case currently
**Spectacular teachers** but the direction of the school has taken a turn for the worse. HA is in its third year and we've been there since the beginning. The first year was great. small class sizes and curriculum tailored to each child. Last year the curriculum standards got more rigid and this year there are so many new rules, regulations and large class sizes that we might as well go to traditional public school. This year if you accumulate 10 points by missing parent teacher conferences (2pts), attendance (even if sick or hospitalized, you still accrue points), tardiness, missing unnecessary online lectures or a number of other things, your child will be withdrawn. All of this to keep families accountable yet the administration, who is so detached and uncaring, isn't held accountable for anything. We will be leaving after tthe fall semester. Very disappointing.
* Good teachers. * Great K-12 curriculum. * ADMINISTRATORS WHO DON'T CARE ABOUT KIDS OR THEIR FAMILIES. I've watched many of my two daughter's classmates be forced to leave Hoosier Academy because the school does not give any consideration to retaining students when scheduling for the next year. There are several ongoing issues, including students having to retake classes for high school credit because the school did not meet accreditation standards. When problems occur, the administration executes the "ostrich strategy" and sticks their heads in the sand, hoping that by avoiding talking to parents, the problem will go away. My recommendation is to go to another K-12 academy, and avoid Hoosier Academy like a moldy basement.
Our child is an advanced learner that did not fit into our local public school system: he was bored and they would not teach him anything beyond his "grade level". This is our third year at Hoosier Academy, and the change in our child is amazing. Our child's curriculum is adjusted to his ability level. The environment here is very positive and caring, with staff and administration very responsive to the individual kids. A very student centered school. The hybrid model also is much better for our family's lifestyle.
We probably just got a weak teacher but the experience was just okay. If your child is ahead as far as learning capabilities the issue of not being given the chance to supplement isn't available unless you are fully online. Our teacher made the experience really frustrating and we decided not to stay because she decided to loop her kids up to the next school year. She wasn't very positive or supportive and was extremely unaware of how children were treating each other- not well. Needless to say she disregarded my child totally and all of the poor treatment of my child by other students. The rest of the staff is lovely and helpful. The school itself is run wonderfully, I just think we got unlucky with her.
Our child was not happy in our local typical school - he loves it here, and is thriving.
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