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Skyline High School2
Posted December 24, 2014
- a parent
Skyline's curriculum is like someone's dog ate their education psychology textbook and threw it up and tried to write a mission statement from the puke. They have trimesters, block schedules, school-within-a-school, mastery grading, and magnet programs, none of which they do well. As an educator I always thought that in such an educated community where a high percentage of the kids go to four year colleges it is silly, if not dangerous, for them to highly specialize. Students from Ann Arbor have been getting into engineering at UM just fine without magnet programs. What they need is a program to help more students (poor students) get the broad education to get to four year colleges. As a parent of a special ed student I was appalled that I was told at an IEP meeting that my child couldn't pass a class, then I went home and put together a spreadsheet taking into account the 80% mastery weighting and sure enough, my child could have passed with a C with last project. They shouldn't have a system they don't understand and can't work with. The old principal was terrible. The new one is ineffective, particularly if your kid has special ed issues.
Skyline is a terrific school, and improving every year. It's a new school, and has only had a few graduating classes. But already it's turning out as many national merit scholarship semi-finalists as Huron (and both of these schools had as many as the three Plymouth Canton high schools combined for 2014). Skyline is on trimesters, so students receive 25% more credits per year than the other high schools. Skyline also has four magnet programs, schools-within-the-school, concentrating on engineering, communications, business, and medicine. Our two kids are very happy, taking great, advanced classes including performing in an excellent band program every day. Also, some of these reviews were probably under the previous principal. The district hired a dynamic new principal for Skyline last year.
Our daughter was in the first graduating class and I would say that the post from the other student would be similar to what she said to us. She is an exceptional student, but still struggled with some bad teachers. She also said that the few good teachers were the minority there. What was most frustrating to her was the politics that the teachers and administration would play. It only got worse with playing sports. Unfortunately due to AAPS being so big, once our children went to middle school, you just feel like a number.
Cold, confining environment. Bureaucratic administration. Terrible academics; the administration gets annoyed when you try to test out because they fear becoming a "focus school." A few good teachers, but they are the minority. Students are treated as a number.
skyline high is an excellent school the part I love about it is that there are 14 students per a classroom which means that the students get more one on one time with the teacher. Also the teachers are great as well as the students. The extracurriculum is amazing and my daughter just loves it.