District 196 I feel has one of the best special education programs in the area. My son has some special needs in reading and math. When we were in another district they had a special ed program that we thought cared and helped our sons needs. When we moved into district 196 it was like night and day, they identified exactly his issues and needs and immediately set up a comprehensive program that allows him to stay with his fellow class mates, eliminating the the peer stigma of the "dumb kid". Special Ed aids in the class room helping those students in need, added with extra classes in the trouble areas with one on one. If a student learns differently, the teaching is customized for that student. My sons grades, and self confidence have soared sense moving to district 196 and Scott Highlands Middle School.
SHMS appears to have great resources available. My child just started attending this school last week and I was surprised to find in her school view account that she already has one tardy for getting to a math class late on the second day of class! She's still trying to adjust to the changes from elementary to middle school especially getting to different classes within a short notice. Newcomers beware.
The support staff at SHMS is great. I have two kids currently going there. One of my children need special ed and the teachers in special ed actually care about the kids. The online access to grades is a great tool. The majority of the teachers are good at getting the grades in each day. The Moodle page is new and supposed to help us as parents know what our kids are learning so we can help with homework. Not all teachers know how this works so not all of them are using it yet. Mr. Wilharbur said we will be seeing the teachers using it regularly in the 2014 school year. I have lived in this area the majority of my life. Scott Highlands has continued to stay on the cutting edge of education.
Scott Highlands was the best 3 years of my life! The teachers are amazing, and the students are all very kind. There was never fights or arguments and bullying was not present in the hallways. I got the best education a kid of my knowledge could recieve. I am so proud to be a Scott Highlands citizen.
They offer pre-AP Science, Accelerated Math, and a ton of extra-curricular activities. The new principal is very flexible and approachable, and I feel that despite it being a huge school, it has a 'small school' feeling. My child is happy, so I'm happy.
Scott highlands is a great school! awesome music and art programs. some teachers are ok but the rest are great. the lunch money is to high though.
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