I am a parent that was interested in school 58 and attended the "open" house for my daughter to be in the lottery for 7th grade. They pulled all the children and took them in a separate room. At the time I thought nothing. According to my daughter they told the children that if they didnt want to be at the school to go back in the room and tell their parents they do not want to be at the school. This was not welcoming at all. If felt "cultish" and as far as diversity, the teachers and staff present were all caucasian except for about one or two people. The feeling I had was that of desparation by the school to only get the "good" kids. I would never have my daughter attend school 58. I have taught her better in life. I am not bitter for her not getting in. By the grace of God and her talent she was accepted into the School of the Arts.
World of Inquiry is a prime example of a high performing urban school and having quality school choices is an important key to building a livable community. We are very happy with our decision to send our children to World of Inquiry.
School #58 has been like our second family for over 10 years. We feel at home whenever we step into the building. The PTO keeps our school connected by having an array of social activities which are fun for the whole family (annual picnic, movie nights, potluck dinners, snow party, workshops, etc.). The school secretaries are friendly and efficient. The custodial staff keep our building and grounds clean and tidy. The administrators and teachers are top-notch, innovative educators and it is evident by the Expeditionary Learning Exhibit, which are done in the Fall and Spring. They participate in Outward Bounds twice a year and the students go hiking, fishing, kayaking and canoeing which helps to build team spirit. The school has Parent/Teacher Conferences which are student led. There are an array of extracurricular activities for students to participate in like the Step Team, poetry club, band, choir, basketball, soccer and the outdoor club. Every Wednesday, the school has a morning meeting. These meetings are student led. Each week, they have the number of the week, a song, a dance to perform and their own radio station: WGYB (We Got Your Back). We are happy to be a part of WOIS #58 and recommend the school to everyone. There school motto is: We are Crew Members not Passengers.