This is my child's second year at MQH and I'm really considering transferring him out. There is little communication with parents except to ask for money. The amount of homework assigned during the week is ridiculously large, in comparison to the weekend when kids would have more time to devote to the assignments. On several occasions when high volumes of homework has been assigned, I've asked my child what they did in that class, the resonse is that they watched a movie or some other activity not related to the homework. I often feel like I'm paying them, but I'M the one teaching my child. They go onto another subject before testing on a completed subject, wich confuses the children. Often the whole class does not do well on a test. That speaks to the how poorly the lesson was taught, but these teachers don't seem to take any accountanility. It's always the children's fault. Many kids have transferred out mid-year. These are the reasons. Yet the principal either doesn't care or is oblivious. I'd suggest that if she wants to keep students, she ask parents to give their individual evaluations/assessments if the school and teachers and address the concerns. Otherwise they will continue to lose students.
@TwoStar Review posted 10/17/07----Untrue. As a former graduate/helper of the Afterschool program, I can assure that homework is handled straightaway (as soon as they arrive, in fact) and all students who fully concentrate on their work are able to complete their homework within an hour. Student volunteers/members of the faculty are there to help as well. As to other aspects of the school, (based on 11 years worth of time there) I can say that the curriculum is well based and well balanced. Trouble is dealt with properly (meaning not too harsh, not too lax). Environment is constantly clean and friendly. Of course, Spanish could use a bit of stepping up (since foreign language is indeed a very important part of education). Also, tips learned from everyday events help in high school (such as a systematic switching of classes/constant time schedule for students grades 5-8).
The academic program could be extended. The students are lacking in math and english. They need to have a foreign language. They don't have a worthwhile music nor art program. Nor do they have a sports program. The afterschool program was a waste of money because they did not even touch the homework until an hour after the program began.
My child has been at MQH since Pre-K3. School is safe, clean, and very friendly staff. Children are constantly rewarded for doing well or excelling. I commend the Principal Sister Donna for doing such a fine job. She is very strict, and we need that in schools today. However, she is very well respected and friendly! School needs more extracurricular activities.
I have two children at this school. After their school closed two years ago I thought I would never find a great school for them. Sister Donna is the best! She transformed my children. I will miss her very much when we move later this year.
My daughter have attended this school since PK3 to present(3rd grade). By the first month of the school year, the principal knows every child by name (300+). Great accademics and the children are well disciplined.They are taught about God. I agree that a foreign language should be taught at an earlier grade. There is a wonderful rapor between the parents and the teachers are hands on.The custodial staff and principal are strict with safety for the children.