The teachers in the IB program are amazing! I love that when I go to conferences or email a teacher they know everything about my daughter. Rhonda Dean has done so many great things and is really in touch with the students.
Even if you earn good grades at this school you still end up having to take all remedial college classes which proves that it is an inferior education to SW. My diploma is barely worth the paper it's printed on. Wish O had lived I. The right zip code to go to SW or lied about my address so I didn't have to redo classes now I'm in college. Disappointing to say the least.
The school needs to make sure that teachers put a syllabus and weekly updates on classroom lectures, readings and tests on their classroom pages so the kids understand what is expected of them. The school needs to get control of behavior. This district needs to understand that having an Autism program new in a school takes a lot of planning and the kids are all very different and should not be put in a one size fits all educational format. They are not reading IEPS.
I wish I could give Washburn 1.5 stars. It is definitely trying to improve but there are just not very many class choices that can challenge any child of average or above average intelligence. Maybe in another 5-10 years it will be a really strong choice but I have to supplement my daughters education with lots of of outside classes and tutoring so she will learn something and be ready for college. There have been a lot fewer fights and suspensions and lockdowns since she started 2 years ago though, so the administration is really trying to control the kids more.
Washburn has improved since it was one of the bottom ranked schools in the city, but I still wouldn't send my child there. The principal is heavy handed, a bully and rude and creates a bad work enviornment for the teachers. There are some great teachers and many average but the main problem is that they don't care about teaching to the majority of the kids only about trying to teach to the lower performers. But that isn't working either and most kids are not learning here. We have moved out daughter to another school because she just wasn't learning anything and the principal is to blame.
Both of my children have attended Washburn, my oldest just graduated. I am confident that both have been well educated, and maybe even more importantly have been enriched by the great diversity in this 'rich' urban setting.