Transfering to this school was the best thing for our son. He was extremely unhappy when we were in another district and we finally decided we had to make a change. We started at Northside during the STEAM inaugural year of 2014. The project based learning has been a great fit for him and he loves project lead the way. The teachers and staff have been great and I have found them to be very kind and caring.
I wouldn't use the team grit, although I suppose that is a popular buzz word at the moment. I do think it develops persistenc and determination. The projects they work on (at least at the 5+'level) are lengthy and involved.
I was visiting the school and I did not feel very comfortable with the environment. A couple kids were screaming at each other in the hallway and it seemed to me that the assistant principal was more amused by this than concerned. Because I am a parent, I know that kids are going to scream at each other from time to time, but I don't think it is ever appropriate for an administrator to find the screaming amusing.
I haven't met many of the teachers, but I do know from working in public relations that leadership can have a huge impact on the ability of employees to do their job. I have seen this occur in many different work environments...if the person in charge treats serious situations like a joke that is never a good sign.