I have been involved with this school since it started in 2006. I have spent several years tutoring students in the after school program, have come to know the staff, students, & many parents. The ultimate conclusion I have come to regarding the problems & issues at the school is due to parents that have no involvement in their kids education. They put 100% of the educating & discipline on the backs of the teachers & administration. You parents that only have negative comments need to look at yourselves first! When kids are disciplined and you parents are notified, your comments are most always that the teachers are picking on your child or you simply ignore the problem. It is also well advised that if your kids are struggling perhaps you should spend less less time complaining about the teachers & the administration and spend more time at home helping your kids with their homework . How about a half hour each day reading with your kid(s) and spend less of your time on your own selfish interests. Yes, I know of you parents that are more absorbed in yourselves instead of your children. Then it's easier to blame others rather that taking responsibility for you own kids education.
This schools administration had great intentions but the plan has not been well executed. Wonderful teachers (thankfully) but none of the things promised during the hour long orientation came to fruition. My child is in the second year at this school and has not learned any foreign language, the librarian in the new "library" is not certified, there are teachers assistants who use inappropriate language around children, and worst of all the principal does not keep office hours. The school gets its direction from the top. A principal who does not have office hours, can not be reached by phone and can only be seen by appointments made via email is not a good leader.We are one of several families leaving this school next year.
My two children have been attending IICSN since 2011 and I can honestly say that I love the school. The staff, teachers and principal truly care about the children and the education that they are receiving. I have brought several of my friends into the school and they all love it as well.
At my school there is plenty of bullying. There was a girl that stole all my money out of my backpack and I tried to report it, but the teachers and security wouldn't do anything about it. All the students at our school cuss and date because they want to fit in so bad. That's how I lost my best-friend because she wanted to date somebody and ended up ditching me after she met new friends that told her to stop being friends with me and start being mean. I was sad, but she was just using me so she could copy off of my school work. If you want to send your child to a good school it certainly shouldn't be this one.
I must admit they are a little unconventional but overall they are very good with the kids and I feel confident my kids will get a great education there. They have a wonderful special needs program and a variety of subjects for expanding the childrens future goals. Mr. Poole is fantastic. I appreciate all the teachers very much. They have several PhDs at the school which you dont really see much of in other schools. I wish there was more parent involvment.
Let me be the first parent to post a review for 2011. My children have been attending IICSN for almost 4 years now. Previously they had been in private schools only. I've got to say I am extremely impressed with the participation of not only the staff but parents and students as well. Yes, first there were growing pains but as a new school, you tend to expect this. Every year has gotten better and better. I can't imagine my children attending any other school where everyone knows them and watches out for them. Yes, my children have learned more about real students than in a private school where they actually were sheltered from the real world. Some of these kids have had tough breaks and it just makes you cry with joy when you see them overcome every obstacle and graduate! Not many schools if any would take the time to educate and help a student grow into a young adult and wonderful person. For all the negative reviews previously, perhaps that parent was just not as involved as they should be. IICSN truly appreciates and honors and respects involved parents and encourages it. I can't say enough about this school except I'm always impressed.
i can't sit back and watch IICSN be slammed. These kids have opportunities at this school that are lacking in other school, even at other schools in las vegas. I am under the opinion that if your child has disciplinary problems, this may be the place for them to go. It's a young school but I can tell you that my children will be attending until they graduate high school. I take my children education quite seriously and I am impressed with the methods that teachers take to make sure they are learning constantly: academically, socially, and athletically. Discipline is a core value with this school as well as integrity, dedication and accountability for your own actions. These things have to be developed over time and IICSN is doing an excellent job with this. IICSN is growing up and I intend to have my children grow with this school.
If you want to know about a school....ask a teacher.I have taught here three years. IICSN has had its growing pains. There have been disgruntled parents, students, and staff.There is no hiding that.Has there ever been a school that has not has these issues?I have also witnessed some of the most unique opportunities ever.Teachers have been instructed and taught how to do project based teaching.We have been provided with innovative technology to do so.The physical environment is not perfect but we have been give support to work in it and the school is taking steps to ensure a better structure.When people are honest and mature about issues they are resolved. Our administrator is never going to argue. Sometimes I would like a rise out of her but while she is just smiling...she IS listening. She teaches EVERYONE to seek their own solutions.There is something special about IICSN.Just watch, you'll see!!!
In response to the second reveiw by the 'concerned' mother. We have had our children in the school for almost four years and have been amazed at what the school as a whole has become in that time. From the first year and every one since they have offered more and more. I am 'dissapointed' that some people would offer such negative opinions without any REAL complaint. Some people can't accept that their 'little Billly or Susie' may not be the perfect angels they think they are.If you want to have your children in a 'perfect educational setting' Then cough up the money and send them to a PRIVATE SCHOOL! My children learn how to deal with important REAL WORLD issues and situations. Maybe the 'concerned parent' should come back to the REAL world and take their child somewhere else. That my opinion:)
I wrote a review earlier. Now that my children have been in the school longer, I feel I can give a better review. I'm very disapointed in IICSN. More directly, I'm disapointed with most of the teachers. My daughter is a straight A student, and my son gets A's and B's. The are always getting yelled at by teachers, not because of what they do, but by what the class does. The teachers alway assume the children are doing something wrong, and instead of investigating just a little, they just loose their temper and start yelling some more. I don't think this is appropiate for teachers to act this way. This isn't just a one time occurance, I have also witnessed this first hand. I think this should be a major concern for the school.
I was attacked by a 4th grader. She hit me in my back severely with her backpack.
I am so sorry to hear the review of the parent who posted on January 26, 2010. I have had a child in the school for two years now and found the teachers to be some of the most caring you could find at any school. He has really grown and developed as a student and a child. This year the entire school has utilized the Martial Arts as a basis for their PE program. I can't believe the opportunity these children have at no cost to families to work through a belt system while learning self control and overall respect. I'd like to commend the school and its staff for all they do. Chaos and disorganization to one person is not always seen as such by another.
This school is very unorganized. Please visit this school. If your child can't attend any school in clark county enroll him here. Not academically enhancing.
Great school kids learn more every day bringing their work home. All the kids that go think it is great!
I can only assume that the post of Nov. 2, 2009 was from a parent of a student who was sent packing because of their actions and this may have been their last chance. This school takes on many students who have been expelled from the Clark County School District and gives that student and their parents an opportunity that they would not otherwise have. This school has a higher staff to student ratio then the other local schools, so I am baffled by the few employees comment. In addition they have a monitored surveillance system. If you are reading this to decide whether or not to bring your child, please do your homework. In fact go visit the school, they encourage it.
This 'school' is a joke. I pulled my three kids shortly after enrolling them. I don't know how the elementary school runs, but the Middle and High Schools are totally out of control. The staff seem to try with the few people they have to control the older kids. The High School work load is next to nothing. The children seem to think they run the place and the teachers don't enforce any kind of disipline or class structure. In the time we were there my 11th grader brought home zero homework and her classwork consisted of hand outs and crossword puzzles. Not at all what was promised on the web site. I would not advise anyone I cared for to enroll their child there.
I enrolled my son and daughter this year. My first impressions of the school is good. I've haven't seen my kids so happy to go to school. Last year they were at RE Tobler and within two month, they saw 4 fights. One of them, a child was stabbed with a pencil, and another left my son with a chipped tooth! (he didn't fight back. He didn't want to get in trouble) I'll add another review when they've been there longer. Pick up and drop off could be a little bit more organized, but that's caused by the parents.
This is an excellent school! Does anyone realize how difficult it is to start a charter school in Nevada?!! Dr. Malin is a champion of innovative education. They make progress by leaps and bounds every year. Anyone who has issue with class size should call the legislature! It is no secret that Nevada's educational system is underfunded. There is something very special about this school. This school encourages parents to become participants in education not side liners. I can't imagine a school doing more with less. The school offers a plethora of extracurricular activities. This school actually teaches kids how to use the knowledge instead of store knowledge. Someone will probably make a movie about this school someday!
I have one son at IICSN and just registered my second son for 09/10. I love the small community feeling of this school. Everyone on staff knows my first son by name and shows an interest in him. He is in Kindergarten and is reading, writing, learning history, science, Spanish, and computers! That's more than he would be doing at any of the half-day Kindergartens in Clark County.
I have a son that goes to IICSN, he is able to be activly involved with his education and his personal goals that we have both been involved with. I am also allowed to be a mom that can also be more involved in the everyday happenings. I support the staff and also admire what Dr. Malin has put forth in the educational force at her school.
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