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This school has an effective approach to homework:
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This school develops strong character in its students, like integrity, compassion and respect:
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This school effectively supports students with learning differences:
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There are 33 reviews about all of the school topics.



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There seems to be continuing leadership problems at the school as well as continuing budgetary issues. The school got in trouble with the state for operating a non-licensed preschool. It highlights environmental education as one of its big draws, but the environmental educator is not a licensed teacher and this seems to be a completely budget-driven decision. The full-time library staff position was cut, as was its gifted and talented/school enrichment position. The current part-time library aide is not a licensed teacher nor is she trained in library science. Others mentioned before that the health aide position was cut awhile back and has not been restored. The school is many miles out in the country and it would take an ambulance some time to get there. Many of the teachers there are dedicated and talented, but there seem to be some real challenges in leadership and being able to continue funding the school. Even though the school is supposed to be fully-funded by the state and as a charter school it is not supposed to depend on local dollars, ongoing discussion with the township about money issues going way back seem to distract from the business of education kids. Carefully consider options before choosing this school. Ask tough questions, such as why isn't your environmental educator a licensed teacher? We wish we had explored other options. There is a lot of effort involved in going to the school and it does not turn out to seem worth it.

Handles bullying effectively: Neutral


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I'd expect less bad behavior and bullying than what we have heard about. I don't think it is worse than most other schools, but one would expect it to be better.


Supports LD students: Neutral


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It seems like there are struggles providing differentiated learning at all levels and some dissatisfaction with the lack of advanced options and also with special education services.

Effective school leaders: Disagree


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There seem to be ongoing leadership and board issues here, with parent opinion mattering little and lots of bickering.

Develops character: Neutral


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I think the kids at this school behave in the same ways kids at other schools do. I think it could be better.


Teacher effectiveness: Disagree


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Most of the teachers do some great work with the kids. As a group, they are not very open to suggestions from parents, though, and seem very defensive when approached with any kinds of issues parents might have concerns about. There seems to be some struggle with the math curriculum. Although test scores are not everything, it is surprising that math and science scores are not better when compared to other nearby, local elementary schools. Yes, they do good when compared to the whole state -but when you look locally the picture is not as good.

Amount of homework: Disagree


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They give homework in kindergarten. We were hoped for a more hands on learning approach.

Handles bullying effectively: Neutral


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This seems to be about average for a public school.


Supports LD students: Neutral


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Develops character: Neutral


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The approach to misbehavior, bullying, and respect for peers seems about what you would find at most public schools.

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