North Shore Community School is a great school with dedicated teachers and an administration committed to providing a quality education for students. We chose to send our children to North Shore and are glad we made the choice. Advice to other parents: make your choice on where to send your kids to school by visiting the school and talking with the teachers and staff.
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.
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.