When a child behaves inappropriately the school will just send them,like and if they believe the behavior is unmanageable they will require the parents to homeschool the child so they do not have to try and work with the student. They just wash their hands of the issue or else have aides that tell the student they are failures and they should just stay home.
The director of the special,needs programs shows absolutely no empathy and has no clue about how to work with children in the autism spectrum so I do not believe this school will help children develop empathy.
The administrators in this school be little special needs students so howbcould they help my child develop fairness? The teachers lie about what another teacher does so they cannot promote honesty either.
This school is not equipped to handle children with emotional disabilities and would rather send a child home than work with any behavioral issues. There are a few teachers at Cook who care but as soon as a child becomes comfortable with a good teacher, the teacher gets moved. The director,of special education for the entire district has no idea about how to work with children who have special needs. This is by far the worst school district for a child with any special needs, I will move my child to another school district as soon as I find another school for him in the area!!
Cook is a Fine Arts Magnet School and offers dance, music, violin, art, and theater as special classes in addition to library, PE, and Spanish. The teachers and administration are great. They have a fabulous new playground. Parents are involved.
We moved here and looked at all the schools in the area, including all the private schools. We chose Cook as we were impressed with the curriculum and it's Magnet School status which is focused on the Arts. While it's not a perfect school, we are so far really pleased with it. The principal is great and the school communicates well with parents. I have visited the school many times during the school day and have never come across any teacher screaming at students (as detailed in the review below)
We moved here about 18 months ago, and have been very disappointed with this school, although we chose it as the best school in the area. If you walk down the hall, you will always hear one teacher or another screaming at the students. It is a very unfriendly atmosphere, and feels more like a jail than a school. Staff appear annoyed and do not appear to like children. If you child is a behavior problem, he or she may fit in. If you child is happy and enjoys school, they will soon be less happy and hate school after going to school in Columbus. If you are forced to move here, then home school. If you are not forced to move here, do not come. There are no good options for kids here. Stay away if possible.