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1286 Hyde Park Avenue
Boston, MA 02136

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Teacher effectiveness: Effective
October 05, 2015
The teachers are this school's greatest asset. Unfortunately, not all of them are treated this way. Students don't like the strict ones, and administrators often reward popular teachers.

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Amount of homework: Too much
October 05, 2015
I don't think that homework is the only effective way of teaching. But sadly, so much class time is spent sending students out of the room or silencing a disruptive student that actual teaching time is a half to a quarter of what it should be. This leaves a huge gap between what was taught and what a student should know. And there is no teaching of effective methods, so things that could be done quicker and more efficiently take a lot longer. And the students that need the most help are often the ones putting the least effort towards homework. One student told me that if she didn't think homework would take her as long, she might try doing it. But instead, she gave up before she even started. She also had a part time job, which is common for a lot of our students. But sadly, life challenges are rarely taken into account. Obviously, this cannot be the driving force in education, but how can you be effective if we recognize a problem and do NOTHING to fix it?

- submitted by a teacher
Develops grit: Neutral
October 05, 2015
For driven students, and more importantly, parents, this school can be great. But drive is only harnessed here, not developed. And because students are beaten down and discipline is so paramount, students that are defiant are never developed to improve. They learn how to follow rules and lose their grit and determination in the process.

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Develops respect: Disagree
October 05, 2015
Respect is earned. With the high level of turn over, when students finally start to respect a teacher, they're often on their way out.

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Develops honesty: Disagree
October 05, 2015
Fairness is often brought up by a lot of students at this school. They are treated as elementary school students are, and this continues through high school. Because there is no sense of fairness with discipline, there is a huge issue with integrity. If the school were successful at instilling these virtues, I can't imagine disciplinary issues would be as rampant.

- submitted by a teacher

October 05, 2015
My time at Boston Prep was a challenge. The Administration was delusional when it came to the outcomes they measured and the way they assessed their own success. The disparities between how students, and even teachers, were treated and assessed, were staggering. Opportunities to have "teaching moments" with students who misbehaved were squandered to a system of excessive demerits, all of which are dealt with by writing out a code of conduct and sitting silently in a room with teachers or the dean. Students who were frequently in this situation were no longer invested in their education because they were fed up with the laborious discipline system. The one-size-fits-all system of education and discipline really harmed students. I was saddened to see so much potential squandered. And the only people who suffered were the students. BPCPS loves to mention how many of their students were accepted to college. What's sickening is how many were prevented from even graduating, or ended up in community college only to not complete their studies down the road. At the end of the day, I did not have a good answer for the basic question - how is this any different than the broken schools (like English) we pretend to be better than? I felt like I was letting my students down day in and day out, and this was not why I signed on to be an educator. And sadly, I've seen the same thing happen to good teachers and administrators too. At the end of the day, we were not churning out young adults who were creative thinkers, or trail blazers, or even better informed students. Instead, we graduate children who are stunted and beaten into submission, who follow rules but have no notion of questioning them. We produce students who don't know how to advocate for themselves and who are just as out of touch as the administration. And this, is the greatest travesty. The lasting legacy of BPCPS will not be the many scholars it produced, but the many it simply left behind.

- submitted by a teacher

May 21, 2015
Such a terrible director has ruined this place. I wonder why people like Sharon Liszankie feel the need to destroy something that was so great for her own benefit. Sad state of affairs over at Boston Prep.

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April 13, 2015
This place is a living, breathing nightmare. A direct quote from the executive director to a staff member: "You're a bad person." The executive director uses favoritism as her best strategy with the staff. If you are on her favorite list, you get smiles and 'Good Mornings' and the like. If you're a favorite, you can dress how you like, in short skirts and extremely tight pants, but, if you are not, you get emails about how your pants look a bit like jeans and you can't wear them again or you'll be written up. My personal favorite: if you are an outcast (determined by the executive director), you are blatantly ignored by ALL leadership members, like a creepy clique of 5th graders. Even in the hallways, you are not acknowledged as being visible. Creepy probably doesn't begin to describe it. Also, she expects immediate responses to emails, but will only respond to yours if she wants to. In fact, she won't respond to your email, and then tell you that you miscommunicated and write you up. I write this review so that no one else has to deal with this ridiculous excuse for a director without warning. You've been warned!

- submitted by a teacher

April 07, 2015
If you want your child to feel angry, depressed and anxious, choose this school. The staff members are almost all white, and have very little understanding of the population they work with (90%+ African American/ Haitian Creole, etc), have no training in racial sensitivity, or any plans to be trained in the future, as of last spring. A teacher actually said that the demerits given out (like candy) are good training for the students to learn not to respond to police officers. YEAH. Detention is a norm, and so is staying back a grade, or two, or even three. The leadership in the school prides itself on terrifying its staff members into submission, and will fire anyone they want, whenever they want, and lie about it to the rest of the staff and student body. I have run into students out in the community that believe, incorrectly, that teachers have left them by choice, not by direct action from the executive director. I wouldn't send my worst enemy here.

- submitted by a teacher

August 09, 2011
This school is a very strict school but not fun AT ALL! Iam a student there and i myself do not find this one bit fun...the teachers yell at someone who doesnt do anything or give demirits....Most satudents will agree that it is stressful and very annoying.you also have no choice in what you want to do.Lets say you wanted to go to the bathroom and you do the sign that represents that the teacchers most likely say NO!! OR THEY TELL YOU THAT YOU HAVE 1 BATHROOM PASS A WEEK. MAN I REALLY HATE THAT SCHOOL ......WE DONT EVEN GET TO GET UP TO GO TO A DIFFERENT CLASSROOM.THIS IS A MIDDLE SCCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL BUT WE STILL WALK IN LINES,SIT ON THE FLOOR AND HAVE HOMERROOMS!WHAT KIND OF A SCHOOL IS THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a community member

April 28, 2010
Boston Prep is high on academics but also high on dicipline. At first I thought it was only my child and she needed to conform but after 4 years, I have finally come to the conclussion that it is not all my child. The academics seem to be challenging and the teachers are dedicated but for me this is completely overshadowed by the excessive dicipline. My child, who according to the principal, is not a dicipline problem, is writing out the code of conduct three times a week due to her collection of demerits. This is on top of the the 2 and 1/2 hours of homework every night. Overall I have to say that I am extremeley unhappy with the school.

- submitted by a parent

May 03, 2008
My son is in his first year at this school. He was a little put off when he got a demerit the first day (he has NEVER misbehaved in any class or school) and quickly realized that everyone was going to get alot of demerits. Yes the program is strict and yes there are still children who misbehave and the demerits add up, but what these kids need now is dicipline. I went to Boston Latin and the homework was just as much so I figure my kid is getting a test school education without the test. Your kids could go to an easier school but shouldn't they be challenged.

- submitted by a parent

March 27, 2008
This school is like a boot camp. They are more focused on dicipline rather than academics. The kids have to worry so much about demerits. They have tons of homework on a nightly basis and even over the holiday. They have homework the night before MCAS. The hold back rate is very high. I cant wait until my child gets out of there. This is the worst school she ever went to.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
December 31, 2007
My son is in 7th grade at BPCPS and I couldn't be happier with the school. The education is world class. The classes are orderly, the teachers are wonderful--can't say enough!

- submitted by a parent
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Boston Preparatory Charter Public School
1286 Hyde Park Avenue, Boston, MA  02136
(617) 333-6688
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