July 26, 2014
In reality, this school is "above average" academically, as most of the students have parents who are education-focused and have reasonably high expectations of their children academically. Clearly (and thankfully), the staff doesn't have as hard of a job maintaining high test scores as, say, a principal in Detroit. Therefore, the administration really should have the luxury of focusing on the "extras" that make a suburban school great: character-building, community, citizenship, etc. All of these are lacking, in my opinion. The kids are generally rude and pushy, shoving in the hallways and rarely getting disciplined for disrespecting teachers. This is something the administration could get a hold on, but I find leadership lacking & complacent. By comparison, other neighboring schools really do have better-behaved kids, in my experience. Their principals maintain good citizenship programs and emphasize no-bullying as a school value. Also, there are few "extras" like an annual family dance, spring musical, or talent show. Yes, it's extra work to produce these events, but they generate school spirit and could add a sense of community to Schroeder that I find sorely lacking.
- submitted by a parent