This school has met our every expectation. The sense of community here is like no other. It takes a village to raise a children and I feel like the families and staff here hold onto that belief. The teachers have been fantastic and we love the small environment.
PACT is great! . . . . in theory. But the current staff / teachers are unable to execute what their founders designed! K-2 is awesome, and the teachers are amazing. Grades 3-4 are a little more tough than probably should be --- students have gone from A students to D students with no explanation from teachers. Grade 5 teachers are not very good, and the kids don't seem to like them and that means they don't respect them. They also don't relate well to parents. Grade 6 teachers are self-righteous and too busy being friends with students to teach them. They don't have the ability to prepare students for middle school and many families are forced to find alternate home education over and above their PACT education just to keep up. Grade 7-12 teachers are remarkable and the program prepares students for college -- so much so that most students go into the PSEO program for grades 11-12. But, this leaves 1/2-empty classrooms which is disappointing for those left behind -- most of which are special ed kids. The school was unsuccessfully able to launch an online program 2 years ago because their authorizer (Bethel University) did not believe their administration was capable.
Thanks to students for putting up with it all! The demeaning dress codes, the inability to have a cell phone even during lunch, the required classes like Spanish and music, are sad. This school offers no real electives except art and music. Caters very much to female students. PE is only twice a week.
The homework for grades 7 and 8 is over the top. My students have had about 3 hours a night and spend weekends frantic to get projects done. We spent all of winter break working on projects that were due the end of the first week back -- two MAJOR research reports, a visual project, as well as what I considered an excessive amount of online math to assign over a holiday.
No -- most students hate the school. Those that like it are the same kids who couldn't make it in the area larger schools. This school has no notable alums. Great people, but nobody that has gone on to make a large contribution to society.
The teachers are ill-equipped to manage students. When they can't handle it, they are dishonest. Administration backs the teachers over the students which makes it a hostile environment. They promote character but at meetings the 6th grade teacher sits with her arms crossed pouting that she doesn't have time to add character curriculum to her already full day.