JYMS is making great strides in turning things around, and I think they are on the right track. As a community observer, I hear comments from parents and students that things are going well there: that the new principal is focusing on what's best for the students, that students have been told what to expect in terms of behavior, and that academics and behavior expectations are high.
I dont understand how this school gets away with not having bus transportation for their students, I have never heard of a school not providing transportation, this is crazy especially in a state where state taxes are paid. They are able to ride the public bus for a fee of 2.00 a day but what if someone can not afford to pay this, they say that the students can walk, ride bikes or skateboard but I know we live over two miles away from the school so this would be quite a walk every day especially when the temperature is very cold and snowing, not to mention I know if my son was to walk he would have to cross some very busy roads with alot of traffic then for Indiana to be so strict on attendance that if you miss 8 days the school year you get reported to truancy, this is crazy, Im trying to move out of this school district, I am surprised more people havent complained about this being that we do pay taxes for this!
I went to JYMS. I loved this school. I felt very prepared for high school when I left here. I also felt that the teachers and principal are very caring. Yes, they may be a little strict when needed, but if that is what it takes to keep schools safe. I look forward to my son going there one day.
I feel sad for the children that have to go to John Young. It changed my child in a bad way.It was sad to me that teachers treat 11,12 and 13 year old like adults. Then they go to Mishawaka high school with no preparation into the real world. If your pass rate is low you might want to take a look at how your teaching.HHMMMMMM
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