I was so happy when my son was accepted, as a few people I know loved the school, but I was completely disappointed and I am so concerned by the rapid turnover of the staff and the complete lack of teaching skills with a majority of the staff. They have no idea how to write a proper IEP or work with students who do not fit into the perfect student model. The majority of students that are disciplined are the SPED and Poor kids. http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/ssdr/default.aspx?orgcode=04740505&orgtypecode=6&leftNavId=12565&TYPE=SCHOOL&fycode=2014 The stats say it all. Don't send your kid here if you want to keep your sanity.
I am very disappointed with NCCES. They talked a good talk at the initial information presentation. I was so impressed I couldn't wait for my kids to start there. Unfortunately, nothing they promised actually happened. What happened to "if the student gets a bad grade, we don't just let it go, we have them take the test over and over until they understand the material and get a good grade?" That never happened. Both of my kids are facing summer school for the first time ever and it's for portfolio - where those great grades are supposed to be. Obviously, they were not made to redo things if they don't have enough good work in their portfolios. I will admit that it is much easier to make contact with teachers and staff at NCCES than with FHS and that's a plus, but I definitely don't think my children received the education they were promised.
North Central Charter Essential School has such a terrific, dedicated staff. My grandson wasn't doing well emotionally in another school, and no one was helping him. NCCES has made an incredible difference in his growth and development and I am so pleased. I also have a foster daughter attending NCCES and she hated school before attending this one. Her grades have gone way up and she has not once said she didn't want to go to school, since she enrolled here. Thank you staff.
NCCES is a school on the rise. My son is in 7th grade and he is finally the student and person he wants to be. He is challenged, encouraged and supported by the teachers, staff and fellow students. He is involved in after school activities and pursuing new interests that he wouldn't have tried at his former school. He is comfortable socially and making many friends. And we love that he is part of a vibrant and diverse community. We love NCCES!
We love NCCES!! Teachers really do care about the success of their students. They know our child personally and help him achieve his goals. Smaller class size allows for a more personalized education. We can't imagine him attending our district school. So glad we chose NCCES for our child's education.
We like it! The staff and teachers really care about their students and work with them to succeed. Homework isn't excessive, and the curriculum covers the academic necessities. The smaller class sizes and dedicated staff make it feel like a cooperative community. Ted Sizer's essential school vision is upheld at this charter school.
NCCES has the hardest working staff and the most amazingly accepting students. The teachers personalize the education experience and do what ever it takes. The students allow others to be themselves. Take a look at the results on the Dept of Ed website...all students are successful. This school is a choice...Teachers who believe in students choose to teach here; Students who believe in themselves choose to learn here.
This school is horrible. Unless your child has a learning disability do not send them here. Those are the only students that get any type of academic help or attention. I had to go out of my way to get into the college I wanted, by shelling out extra money to take college courses in addition to an ENTIRE high school schedule. They made it extremely difficult to take any courses, because they said I had to be there for advisory which was generally just sitting around. When I applied to colleges I was told I would not get into any of them, and I had to practically beg for them to remember to fax in my transcripts. I was also bullied for 3 out of 4 years of my time in high school. Everyone knew this was going on from the beginning, and I had talked to the principal and disciplinarian about it. They did absolutely nothing for the entire three years. They claim to have a zero tolerance bullying policy but they do not enforce it.
NCCES had so much promise. Over the years they have lost some great teachers due to poor management and focus. They have not been able to maintain their Essential School vision and have had difficulty attracting students who could really benefit from this style of learning. I hope the are able to grow into the great school I know they can be.