I used to be a huge cheerleader of this school. We loved it for 3 years. As long as you do not expect the administrators to return phone calls or e-mails about serious issues, then it might be OK. The board seems to have little direct control over the job performance of the 2 administrators. The teachers are dedicated and seem to run the school fine with little leadership. The curriculum is pretty good, too. However, there have been some serious leadership issues in the past 2-3 years and they make one seriously question the future of the school and whether or not the needs of all kids are considered when making important policy decisions. The school actively contracts out work that directly impacts student success and the resulting turnover and lack of quality in these areas is a concern. There is no school nurse or dedicated health aide.
I can tell by reading the reviews, that this would not be a school of choice for my children. Seriously! Learn how to spell! Also have friends with children there - they have many regrets.
Use this school as a last resort. If you want your children to regress, than send them to this school. The two stars is for the arts and crafts program. They at least do this well.
My oldest son went to North Shore and my youngest son is a 3rd grader there. The staff is highly qualified, motivated, adaptive and creative. In being a charter school, they are not handcuffed by a large administration so decisions can be made quickly. Being on 40 acres, the staff and kids have an excellent outdoor lab. They are very good at securing funding for all kinds of projects (greenhouse, cross country skis, snowshoes, hockey rink and warming shack, playground equipment, 3 new classrooms and computer room, etc.). Most of the staff are long term, although they do not get tenured, which in my opinion, allows the administration/school board to act quickly if a staff member is not doing their job (this has not been much of an issue since any openings that become available are very much in demand, due to the school's reputation).
I am so thankful my kids go to NSCS! I wish my oldest would have had the opportunity to attend, but I feel blessed my youngest 2 are being taught by these amazing individuals. I feel they truly care for these children and take extra pride in making sure they are succeeding and reaching their true potential. When their is a child that is strugging the teachers make sure they get the help they need. The extra-curricular activities are wonderful and the community involvement is above no other. Special thank you to Mrs. Camper and Mrs. Compton
When moving back to the Duluth area, we specificly chose to build in Duluth Township so our children would attend North Shore. My husband and I are both educators, and the quality/variety of education our children get here is way above what our own experiences have been in other schools.
Upon moving to the Duluth/Two Harbors area we were concerned we would not find a school that was to our expectations! We were refered to NSCS because of its all day Kindergarten program!! We love this school , the teachers, others staff and above all the cirriculum!!! They have so many oppurtunities not offered at other schools. The Fabolus music and art specialist. Quality PE , that gives them a goal to live a healthy lifestyle. The Reading and Math cirriculum is top notch!! Also several afterschool activities with a wide range of interests included! And the outside space they have to explore is beyond compare! I can't imagine my children going to school anywhere else!! All around EXCELLENCE!!!
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