My son is in the DHH program at TUE. His experience has been very positive and he loves his school and the staff. The teachers, interpreters, DHH staff, and the administration are wonderful to work with, The special services my son receives is top-notch as well. They bus DHH kids from 6 other districts to attend TUE, the program is really wonderful.
They have a counselor that does classroom counseling occasionally on different topics. Afterwards my son came home and expressed a true interest in what the counselor had spoke about. It definitely made a positive impression on him.
TUE is just...meh. I gave this school two stars, rather than one, for a couple of reasons: First, the Prime Time staff (before and after school care) is top notch. You could not find better care for your child. Second, the music and arts departments are exceptional - especially for a public school. However, though many of the teachers are excellent at what they do, the school administration seems to step in and hamper all attempts at providing a quality education - not just prep at testing for winning the numbers game. The principal enjoys his role in his little fiefdom, and some of the office staff are so discourteous and unhelpful that it's a wonder that they have been able to hold onto their positions, despite numerous complaints from parents. Overall, I found the whole culture there strange: much of the school "spirit" depended on which church you attended, and an evangelical christian club of sorts was even allowed to meet on the grounds during school hours. Having come from a Western state, this egregious abuse of preferential authority shocked me. In the end, I moved my child to a different school, where we are both much more content.
We bought our home in Blue Springs because of the district's fantastic reputation. We have never regretted this decision. Our son graduated summa cum laude from Blue Springs High School and our daughter is an honor student who attended Thomas Ultican from K-5th grade. We've been delighted with the administration and staff. We served as parent volunteers at TUE for 6 years and have found Dr. Flax to be great to work with. The students love him. The teachers understand special ed needs and work cooperatively with the parents. The staff and administration are great with communication and treat parents with enormous respect. My daughter felt loved, cherished and respected as a person throughout her time at TUE. She learned to love Shakespeare, drama, art and music thanks to the TUE staff, whose long hours and dedication is glaringly obvious. Our daughter adored all of her teachers: Mrs. Susan Phillips, Miss Hillary Adams, Mrs. Amy Barrow Kinzie, Miss Stacy Schwaller, Miss Dawn Adamczyk, and Miss Stacy Moult. The office staff, including Kristie Miles and Pat Lee, are patient, kind and attentive to the needs of parents and students alike. Students are treasured at TUE.