My daughter brings home about 1 hour of homework for the entire week, across all classes. For 2 of her classes, they didn't have enough textbooks to assign to all the students so they can only use the books and study with them during class periods.
My 9th grade daughter should NEVER have to experience "lock downs" and "police escorts to the bathroom". It even has it's own police force and a police dog on campus every day. This is high school, not prison! The students are taught to test and by simply completing homework and showing up for class students will land the on the A/B honor roll. We are working so hard to undue the factory mindset instilled across nearly all the classes here (show up, punch the time clock, follow the rules, and that is as good as it gets for you) that should have disappeared with the factories in the last century. Students are taught to simply "do" homework, but not to think. Students are taught to take tests (they even take 30 minutes out of the school schedule four time/week for the "Success" program that exists ONLY to raise state mandated test scores - look it up on the school website) and not critical thinking skills. My experience with the teachers in my daughter's classes are that they are caring people (this is why 2 stars and not 1), but they are working inside a VERY broken school that's primary objective is to prevent fighting and keep kids "safe" while school is in session. My daughter will not be returning next year. If she doesn't clear the wait-list at Burris, we will be moving her (and possibly the whole family) to a different school district.
Have 3 children, 2 of whom graduated from Muncie Central in 2011 and 2012, respectively (both are currently in college), and 1 of whom attends Muncie Central currently. In 2009/10, I had concerns for the school environment, but never questioned the academics; my children, however, were in the Honors Program, in a setting in which kids want to learn more and more.. Since Principal Jarvis has taken over (2011), the school environment is great! Principal Jarvis and his staff have created and maintained a great atmosphere in which the stufents thrive.
My son is a sophomore here, they got more strict with fighting after the state came down on them. I have to say though that most of the teachers he really likes, but his Algebra 2 teacher is not at all a good teacher. He pushes the kids too fast and does not try to help the students be able to pass at all or to learn what he teaches.
this school is horrible dont send other kids here. the students here dont want to learn. they dont care about school. If u act smart or raise your hand in class you will get picked on. the staff arent friendly. i wouldnt reccomend this school to any1 wanting to go to college, i would reccomend them to transfer if they attend there so they can b better educated.