Leadership has no understanding of ELL, even though these students represent the majority here. It would be almost hard to find people as ignorant in this area as current "leadership", but this school has managed to locate and employ them. The new Principal is unbelievably ignorant in this area and makes poor decisions based on a lack of knowledge. Not surprisingly, this guy's previous school shut down. Talking to this guy is like talking to a rock. He argues and invalidated concerns of staff who are experts in their areas. Then makes authoritarian decisions in which teachers feel devalued and unheard. Some teachers are treated well, while others whise areas if expertise are crucial to student success are treated in a condescending manner. He supports the only teacher in the school who doesn't show up for classes, sits in a closed locked room on the phone all day, and refuses to collaborate with others because of his/her ethnicity. This school has a serious leadership vacuum! No accountability. No real initiatives! Teachers are on their own to work out issues admin should care about and deal with. Teachers do a pretty good job so why pay two "leaders" to do almost nothing?? If you're an ELL savvy teacher, run like h*ll.
Classroom management is an issue for some teachers and there is a lack of support from leadership. Leadership is very random and disorganized. Highly ineffective, out if touch with what's really needed and dysfunctional. Initiatives so far are like researching potential fire hazards in the house whilevthe house burns down.
Teachers are very dedicated and caring, but many lack effective teaching skills due to lack of relevant coaching and mentoring. The interim director is aware of the deficiencies but has failed to provide coaching to these teachers or to use staff resources and professional development effectively. Nothing has changed and students continue receiving poor instruction in many classes. The peer mentoring program is a joke. Many teachers haven't even received one round of evaluations and we should be on round three. The Director has not done his evaluations nor has he communicated with teachers about them. This is a high need at this school and the Director himself has blown it off. Many if they staff believe the director has no idea what he's doing and does not get the just of what needs to be done. Six months of wasted time.
This school is amazing, and welcoming. I been there since 8th grade. I love the teachers, the staff, and the studnets. It might be different for those kids that went to Public Schools but this school gives you the chance to have one on one with the teachers at any time, it gives small classes that you can learn, and be heard at the same time. This school is a small school with a BIG HEART.
This is a great school for my child. He has been there for 4 years now. My child was pulled out in public school til it was over 60% of the time. This Year he was mainstream with minimal guidance and maintained over a 3.0 average. The administration and teachers are always easy to get a hold of . The even take parent suggestions on what parents have seen work for their kids. I never had that with a public school.
This school is underfunded, and unorganized. While the ideas they have are great and the vision is really good- they fall short. My kid went there for 1st and part of 2nd grade. The first year the teacher had no control over the class. My son kept coming home crying that he had to miss out because the class was out of control. Then in 2nd grade, we had started off okay- but the 2nd grade teacher left. They got in a new teacher- great lady- but overwhelmed with no help and some very rambunctuous kids. Again, my son had to miss recess, art, gym- certain things that made the day tolerable because the whole class was punished. He cried every single day he had to go. His classmate, a child who couldn't speak a word of english, sat next to him and touched or pinched him all day. We brought it up- and nothing ever stopped. It's too bad because i like the smaller feel of the school and the vision- but my son was miserable every day. He's now in his district public school and doing really well. I think one of the main issues is the ratio of non english speaking students, it takes more time to get them to learn how to act n class and wastes valuable classtime.
This school is terrible. I went there for 8th and ninth grade, as did a few of my friends. We enrolled based on false information. We were told that there would be art class and music class and language classes. There was no such thing. When we finally left, we realized that they had messed with the credit system so badly that we are now stuck making 3/4 credits in EVERYTHING. We can't get that year of high school back. This is not the place for any sane human being.