If you want your child able to walk out of school building and be left unaccounted for by their teachers and be IGNORED by administration, this is where you need to send your child. The reviewer who said this school was a disappointment hit the nail on the head. Read that review and accept it as gospel! DON'T EVER SEND YOUR CHILD HERE!!!
This is a great school; however, much like any other public/partially public educational institution in any of the country's inner city it does have a few shortcomings. For the most part, the teachers are educated, and motivated to nurture and instill excellence in the students. Interestingly, in recent years there has been somewhat of a schism between the individuals (both parents and staff) who are advocating what they perceive to be beneficial changes/directives (through theory and via exlempary work habits), and the individuals who are resisting these changes. In particular, as it pertains to the latter of the two groups, there still persists an impregnable desire to undermine the efforts of improvement. They seem to have a complete disregard for professionalism, while instead displaying the qualities that have been proven to plague the advancement of excellence and instead, reinforce negative/'street-like' culture.
Great school! If you are a parent, make sure (via the soc worker) that your child is in one of the optimal class rooms of his/her grade level. This can make or break your child's eduational experience and academic gain. Out of my 3 children, one was in a mediocre, but not exceptional class, another was in a class in which the teacher seemed to be lazy and annoyed by parental inquiry; finally, the last child has an outstanding set of teachers. He appears to be enthused about learning and his gains in math and reading are phenomenal. The gains have been reflected in both his attitude and his vocabulary. This has driven him toward the desire for professionalism, rather than the street/gang attitudes of the outside environment.!
My initial experience with the school demonstrated an atmosphere of caring, nurturing, and school spirit. In the past academically the children were challenged. This is the last year for one of my children at the school, the spirit appears to have dwindled. I was hoping to see improvement instead I have been constantly disappointed. The school administration needs to be more in tune with the parents and the student body in the hopes of developing a better working relationship. I am strongly considering taking my other child out of this school. It saddens me to have to say this since prior to these last two years my experience at this school was a good one.
This school is a good school for the most part. Academically I believe that children are challenged. There needs to be more parent involvement. My initial experience with the school demonstrated an atmosphere of caring, nurturing, and school spirit. As my child near s the end of his journey at the school, the spirit appears to have dwindled. The school administration needs to be more in tune with the parents and the student body in the hopes of developing a better working relationship. Extracurricular activities are limited and there are no sports at the school. My child would tell you that being at the school has been the best time of his life.
I love this school very much because it is truly home away from home for the children. The staff are truly there for the children's best interest. Their curriculum truly brings out the best in the children. I have absolutely no regrets working here for the past nine years.
Unfortunately this school was a total disappointment. I had to transfer my child out in the middle of March and I have no regrets. If a problem should arise do not expect the school administrators to be of any assistance, even if you are willing to work with them to resolve the situation. I wrote letters and called the principle constantly and was virtually ignored. The staff boast about providing a longer school day than the public schools, however they offer no recess or physical activity on a daily basis(gym once per week). Then they are disturbed if your child is restless and does not sit still all day. Please do not overlook the public schools. I only regret not transferring my child sooner.
The school is very safe and a great environment for the students. The teachers are very caring and the way that they are nurtured is unbelievable. I moved from Florida and did not know where my children were going to go and I found this school out of nowhere. Fortunately for the girls, they have had that same environment of nurture that they had in Florida, and especially the curriculum is adequate for their grade level and as far as extracurricular activities, they are covered in every aspect. If not having music is a problem, then I guess we have a problem, besides that they cover every thing that a school should provide to students. Parents are definitely involved in their child's education and they are always welcome to give feedback and what they think should go within the school. Unfortunately, they don't go up to higher grades.