This is good school that is has a lot of unique aspects going for it. The extended day is helpful to give these kids an extra boost, as well as the Saturday school and 2 summer school sessions. They want the kids to be in school as much as possible to maximize learning for those who need it. The teachers are really the best part about the school. They care about the kids and create interesting lessons and homework that prepares them for high school and college. The director is the downfall to the school. He has a loud, aggressive personality, but it shows how dedicated the teachers are to keep working with a difficult supervisor.
My daughter is very brite and the public school she was in for three years she showed very little growth on her MCA tests in math, she was slightly below average in math after the third, fourth and fifth grade. After one year at the Acadamey she showed significant growth she is now above the seventy fifth percentile and she is also in the top 20 percent in the nation all around in all subjects. she was just accepted with six other school mates to DeLaSalle High school with a Presidential scholarship. The things that make the Academy great are the teachers the principal and the seperation of the sexes in the middle school environment. the have two math and reading classes everyday a lot of homework to prepare you for High School and they care about the childrens education. last year their first class graduated out through high schools and one of the Academy's students was the validictorian of Washburn High School. The food they serve is whole food that is good for students and they ware uniforms which is great. The Academy has a nine hour school day and saturday school for those who need the extra help. It is a strict learning environment that does not allow bullying.
Poor communication skills is what this school has. My 59 yr old mother went to pick up my child and was yelled at by the Principle!! Unacceptable behavoir and then he yelled at my child in front of my mother, how direspectful. My son was just like ya he yells at everybody, even the teacher.
I am so dissatisfied with all the teachers and the Principal at this school. The way they talk to the children and the way they treat them is appalling. They call the children idiots and tell them they are never going to make it in high school is not something an adult should ever say to a child. I would advise that no parent should ever send their children to this school. The teachers and Principal of this school are nothing but adult bullies in my opinion. The children at this school can not even stand up for themselves against the teachers to voice their opinions on certain issues without getting into trouble. I think all children deserve to be heard no matter what!!
If you have a child with special needs this is probably not the best place. The material taught is great but how the teachers talk to the kids is appalling. It is never okay to call any child a failure especially in front of everyone. As I have learned in the past you always have to make sure the IEP is being implemented, but here it became my lifes work. A teacer admitted that they didn't see why my child should be allowed to retake tests and have an unfair advantage over the others even if it is in the IEP. Is Autism really an advantage over the others I had to ask. The whole idea in retaking the test is to review the material to see if the student has grasped the concept so they can move on, so I thought. I am sure that the school is not truly equipped to for even high functioning Autism. Screaming at Autistic kids will shut them down everytime!
I am a retired M.A. teacher. This is the school that I would send my children to if we lived closer to the area. Dedicated teachers and staff- classical 'core knowledge' education with a strong emphasis on learning how to be a successful and contributing member of society.