Admin. is bad news. Students are great. Teachers are amazing. Administration is frustrating most of the time because they are inflexible and not up to date on pedagogy. They do not accept input from staff members or use their human resources wisely. They don't get the idea of tapping into teacher strengths to make a greater whole. If you don't agree with their canned computer based curriculum, well then, employment is on at "at will" basis and anyone who disagrees with the totalitarian regime can just go somewhere else. These people are beyond cold. They're very rigid and disrespectful to teachers, always threatening them with job loss. Nice!:)
It develops grit within a narrow band of behavior. Persistence in getting more and more facts correct in a shorter period of time, for example. But since teachers are warned not to be creative, the students don't have the advantage of getting creative problem solving ideas from their mentors. This is tragic. They may do well working in a corporate office cube in a soulless authoritarian environment someday, but what teacher wants that for their students. There will be few musicians, writers and creative entrepreneurs and innovators with this rote and mechanical canned curriculum. Admin doesn't get it lacking creative ideas themselves in favor of running the school as a totalitarian regime.
There are high expectations by the teachers and other staff that students are respectful. It is also clear that our students come from families that value respectful behavior and model it at home. Administration is the only stakeholder which does not model respect, but students are shielded from their hubris since admin rarely interact with anyone but each other. Very weird actually.
The teachers are really good and caring, but are limited in what they can do in terms of meaningful wholistic curriculum. They are mostly new teachers who don't know what they should be able to expect from admin and they work in fear because admin threatens them with job loss on a weekly basis for failure to comply with their ridiculous edicts.
Many staff members do their best to teach rich literature and social justice concepts to their students despite the constant threat and while at the same time obeying the admin edicts by generating data for their ridiculous canned programs .