I love MRSA!!!!!!!!! I've been there 5 years and I love it. I am challenged, unlike in public schools, and get a private education for free!!!!!! If your child is gifted, and not challenged in school , and loves to learn, come check out or school. It will be the best thing you could do!!!!!
I think the previous comments are not justified. Filling the seats has never been, nor will ever be a problem. Students have been on waitlists for years. Every grade level has a waitlist. If the poster from April 15, 2008 pulled their child they have not seen what a full k-8 education could have been for their child. As for sibling preference, as the charter requires and state enforces, all students must meet the standard of highly gifted. If the school was not diligent in enforcing this rule they could jepordize the charter, this will never happen. As a parent of 2 children at the school, I do get offended when people assume the younger sibling was accepted based on something other than her IQ. I consider myself lucky to find a public school that offers a specialized education for highly gifted kids.
I noticed previous comments regarding language teachers, play area conditions, admin staffing and loss of focus. What some reviewers don't seem to understand is that this charter school is treated like a 'black sheep' when it comes to getting a fair share of federal funding. They also don't seem to understand that it is the money provided via parents, friends and family donations that allow the school to teach unique courses like Chinese language and violin. Having current staff perform administrative duties (thank you teachers) also allows for the extras the school provides. I think the aforementioned support shown via donations of time and money evidences how well most feel the administrator has maintained the true focus of the mission of this institution. And that focus is on the CHILDREN rather than the whims of unrealistic parents who just don't have a clue.
The special classes (Spanish, PE, art, Chinese and music) are okay, not the best. I can t learn much in Spanish though unless I do most of the studying at home. Spanish teachers come and go, and the things we learn change as well. The only reason I am still at this school is because of the advanced, albeit slow classes.
Overall this school is really awesome, the only thing is that i have a problem with them allowing younger(or older) brothers/sisters in just because their older (or younger) brother/sister got in. Now if the child was smart then that's fine but some of the people should not be there but are because of their brother/sister. The feild could use improving (alot) but it is good that they allow time to play on the feild and/or dirt feild. I love how they teach chinese. That is PERFECT! But on the other hand the spanish program needs improvement and needs to find a GOOD teach who can stay as the spanish teacher. The music program and the art program are fine. The PE program is new so it will take awhile to get used to. But lik i said, overall this is a good school
The director of this school has lost sight of its true mission. I believe that all she is concerned about is getting children in the seats. A lot of the kids are non-gifted siblings of gifted children. Also, there is no adminstration support for teachers. I know from numerous conversations with current and former staff members. I pulled my child out and would never recommend this school to anyone. In fact, I would highly suggest that you find another school!
The Scholars' Academy is an exceptional school -- a one of a kind public charter school for highly gifted children. Our family relocated from the midwest so our son could attend this school, as this was truly the only learning environment we could find in the US that could meet his unique educational needs. Our son is challenged (but not pushed) and is truly happy among talented, dedicated teachers and staff, and the diverse student body. The director, who has a PhD and years of experience with gifted learners, is an inspiration and strong leader who is truly dedicated to the success of the students and the school. Our son is happy and thriving because of the unique program this school is able to offer.
This is a great school for encouraging bright minds to reach their full potential. That said, the administration withing the school is often apathetic where it counts and obsessive in areas that don't. Although the teachers, especially in the upper levels, are excellent at what they do the principal can be extremely stubborn and resistant to accepting that she may be wrong, either in hiring a teacher or in an addition to the rulebook. Students and parents can find this stubbornness to be mildly annoying, or absolutely infuriating depending on circumstance. But, as long as you can accept this, you will certainly find the school to be an enjoyable and enriching experience.
Both of my children are studying in MRSA. My son used to be in a regular public school before and he was quite bored in there. Now he is very happy in MRSA. Teachers are exceptional and the atmosphere is very diversed. They are getting challenged and I don't need to look for any additional material to challenge their brain.
MRSA is a truly exceptional learning environment for gifted kids. Kids are pushed to meet their potential and get to take advantage of early language training in Chinese and Spanish. Grades are not the goal at MRSA; learning is the goal. My daughter has been challenged and stretched to reach her fullest potential. While the homework can be heavy at times and 'top grades' are not always achievable (b/c of the unbelievably bright minds of fellow classmates), the school provides a welcome and accepting environment regarding the quirks often associated with bright children and truly provides academic challenge. It is ethnically and culturally diverse. As a charter school, many parents are actively involved in the school. We are very happy there.
Don't be misled: What are being presented at the MRSA Open Houses are not what you and your child are going to get once your child is in. It is at MRSA where academically gifted (excelling in Science & Math) students are down-sized and 'minimized', remain unchallenged and sad to say, abilities snuffed out and down-played by some of its insightful teachers who are actually supported by the director herself! There are numerous accounts of some teachers being proven wrong with test results and performed assessments manipulatively and unfairly just to get the less knowledgeable students 'catch up' with the ones who are ahead. If your child falls under the upper level of her class or has more advanced knowledge, expect her (and her self-confidence) to melt in with the slower ones. After which, she will be nit-picked and assessed unexpectedly in the most unfavorable situation. More said at www.gt-cybersource.org.
I was so glad to find MRSA. This school truely understands the social, emotional and acedemic needs of highly gifted children. You must see it to understand. http://metrolina.nc.schoolwebpages.com/education/school/school.php?sectionid=2
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