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.
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!
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.
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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.
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.
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.