The IACS high school is below par as compared to most traditional public or private high schools in the area. This assessment is not based on the fact that IACS high school has graduated only 3 senior classes to date, offers a very limited course selection, and no advanced placement courses at all. The bigger issue is the fact that in their clumsy attempt to copy the teaching methods used in elite private high schools, they are losing focus on teaching the fundamentals of key subjects adequately to the students, in particular in math and sciences. The school has neither the resources nor the proficient teaching staff to successfully implement the project-based teaching approach it claims to follow. At IACS high school, students main source of learning is either the Khan Academy website or their parents, rather than their teachers or textbooks. My advice: if you have a talented student with ambition to attend a good college, consider sending him to other high schools in your area, public or private.
Innovation Academy Charter School (IACS) offers a stimulating learning environment. Students learn the value of community membership - contributing to the development and betterment of their community - which is practiced by students, teachers and parents. Students also practice project-based learning. They work together as a team, problem solve, and develop the art of doing presentations. They practice effective communication and are conscientious and respectful towards others. Students are encouraged to practice self-direction a critical skill for staying focused and completing tasks on time. I could go on and on about IACS but I'll end here by saying that they are successful as a community because they effectively communicate the value of collaboration, partnership and teamwork in accomplishing successful outcomes. They are a great example of what happens when parents are actively involved with their students' learning -their children accomplish much more and are successful.
We have a gem of a school for both the children and the parents. The kids are taught to think "outside the box" and not just the traditional way. This allows the kids to think and solve problems using their brains, with minimal help from teachers or parents. I love that they "mentor" each other, not only within their classes, but with students above or below their grades. The teachers are second to none! Not only do they know the students as students, they know them as people and help nurture their individual potential! The communication between teacher and parent is great! Have a question, send them an email! There is a very "family-like" atmosphere here, from the facility workers who go above and beyond to the Principals and everyone in between. They ALL know the kids. The growth of the school over the last year has been amazing. From a state of the art track and field, updated Science rooms, to a brand new 5/6th grade building to accommodate the increased demand of applicants. All mostly done through fundraising! IACS kids are happy. They are community oriented and from the start, are continually groomed for the "real" world. It's the best decision my husband and I ever made!
This school is all about the student. Not only is the concern on an academic level but also in the areas of Community Membership, Problem Solving, Effective Communication and Self Direction. By concentrating on these five areas, the students become well rounded and mature much faster than traditional schools. By the time my son gave his first Quality Night presentation in the 5th grade, he was addressing strangers, making eye contact, controlling his speech fillers and reading cue cards as if he had been doing it all his life. The transformation was extraordinary an it sold me on the school. The student to teacher ratio is more than adequate and there is help at every turn for the child that has a challenge. I would recommend this school to any parent/guardian who is looking to strengthen any of the areas listed above. It was was I applied, you should too.
Great school my child has been there for fours years and will attending high school for another 4 years. The teachers and staff are wonderful.
This school gave me the best four years of my life. The teachers care so much about their students and although they can be tough, there are always other teachers you can go to. As an establishment containing lots of teenagers, there will always be some bullying. However, the school has an environment where the other students and staff will not stand for it. The problem solving skills of everyone in the school are phenomenal. Asides from those social aspects, the honors work works well with the project based nature of the school and throughout one's time there, they are likely to gain wonderful presentation skills that will be incredibly helpful for their future. This school is a challenging one, however, there is extra help available every day from teachers and contact with them is super easy through the school's email system. An important thing is that you have to be motivated at IACS. It is tough but the results are fantastic.
Fantastic school. I have 2 children attending and they are both excelling in the small school environment. The teaching staff is second to none and always available to meet with parents. It's all about the kids at this school.
There are some wonderful teachers. There are some bad teachers. This school is like any other school in that regard. The project-based curriculum is a step above a typical public school. The overall focus seems to be on expanding the high school, and the middle school gets overlooked. This is not in any way the same school of even 3 years ago. When they expanded to a larger school, they lost some of the magic of what made them special.
This school needs improvement. They are dismissive with bullying issues, and leave them unresolved. They will choose to simply not respond to parent suggestions for improvement if they do not agree with them. They have little support for advanced learners. They asked parents to give up coffee and cable tv to support their expansion when the middle school is already over-crowded. They are not expanding the middle school building, they are building a track and field, a gym, and expanding the high school. Some athletic programs start so early in the morning that it makes it impossible for some children to participate. Drop-off is a time consuming challenge. The lock down procedure is questionable. Although some (not all) of the teachers at this school are excellent, the school lacks strong administrative leadership. The project based learning structure only supports strong presentation skills and children with behavioral issues who cannot learn in a conventional setting. This environment is disruptive and unsettling to a well behaved child.
Great school. The teachers and students there were great people who were willing to help. They also knew when to have fun with the learning, unlike so many other schools.
This school is fantastic. The hands on teaching and focus on student responsibility is unmatched anywhere I have seen. The school prepares students for college and the real world, not just for the MCAS test. The result speak for themselves, consistently higher test scores across the board.
this school was awful. I went to this school for one year and i hated it. I went for my 8th grade year. After the first months or two i realized how much i hated this school. Now when i went to this school i thought this school was going to be a fun and learning experience. But there were bullies and everything. To be honest there were even potheads and drug dealers. I know a public school obviously has there fair share of potheads but this school had alot of them, and some of them even got caught and all the school did was suspend them for a couple of days then they would be right back in doing there thing. I would never go here ffor a highschool or anything other then just elementary school. I think its a bad choice to have 5-8 in the same school because the big bad 8th graders are obviously going to pick in the little 5th graders. One time i had an issue with a teacher and it made me so mad that i texted my dad and my dad called the school and everything and told them what happened. The school wanted to give me a detention for texting my dad, this is my dad its not like im texting a friend.
I hated this school. for science and history you have combined grades. if your in 7th or 8th youll have 8th grade and 7th grade in science and history or for 5th and 6th. it doesnt make sense that you would combine grades because in 8th grade you should be learning more then 7th grade so how could you combine them there two separate grades. I went to a tewksbury school for all my life until 8th grade and i hated the school so i tranfered back to tewksbury high and they tell me i should have learned such and such in 8th grade and i just sit there and say nope i had combined classes so i basicly learned the same stuff as i did in 7th grade.
The school is no different than a public shool with regards to name calling and bullying. Most of the teachers are great but you still have your problem teachers. they did make drastic changes since moving to their new building and are no longer the small cozy classroom, the teachers don't have time to work with the children one on one or even in small groups, the kids are left to work within their groups. So its not exactly what everyone at first thinks it is and its not exactly what the portray. So tread softly and be cautious, this is your childs education and you don't want to put them in a school that is not what it appears to be on the outside. My child will not be returning next year it was a year from HE double L
This school is amazing. I love how this school does hands on activities instead of reading from the book. It is a much better method then learning from the book. The teachers are real innovators.
This is a great school, especially if your concerned about your child getting 'lost' in the shuffle or a regular public middle school. The students really learn each subject...I believe this is largely due to the teaching staff and the project base learning. The staff goes out of their way to know your child. They put much emphasis on being a good community member and team member. The communication from the staff is excellent...very proactive. I think there is room for improvement on advertising the school's parent organization..they do alot but it is at times difficult to know how you can get involved. Also be warned that the school has high expectations for its students..you can't slack off and get by...but there is great assistance for any student who is struggling!
I enjoy going to this school because it is project based. We do projects called rubrics. Also, I like it because our school is pretty much bully free. It is a small amount of students which is great for shy students like me. This is my third year attending and ever since I walked in the door in 5th grade, I have been supported by my peers and teachers.
This is an incredible school, creating critical thinkers who are great public speakers, community members and problem solvers. This school is creating the next generation of innovators. Go IACS!
I go here right now. It was awesome the first 3 years here, but now that the high school has moved in, most of the attention seems to be focused on them. There are no Honors classes, and to get a higher grade you don't do better work, just more work. I am really disappointed this year.
My son has gone here for 2 years and he loves it. The teachers are very dedicated and, because the kids stay with the same class and teachers for two years, they really get to know them. The office staff is very helpful and people always get back to you with an answer on any question.
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