This shool district ranks high in the state, however they maintain these results by eliminating the "bad" kids throughout the Junior High & High School years. Nearly half of the parents withdraw their children from the YS district at the end of 6th grade, which is the end of the elementary years, to avoid the situation in the upper class levels. Bullying from students is a prominant issue and teachers take no qualms in participating, while in the classrooms. The school quickly profiles students and once a child has been labled, it is difficult to live beyond that. Those who do not perform well on tests are left behind or hidden, even pushed out. Not only have both of my children experienced some form of these treatments, but several families in my childrens' age ranges, as well. The sports, music & art programs are all but nonexistent, as the school system doesn't put much value on what can't forward their state & national educational ranking (they claim that, even in a town of very well-to-do & with a school district tax in place, the funds simply are not available).
We have come to this school this year and are amazed at the wonderful quality of the staff, students, and even the parents we have encountered. Previously we were at another school in the same county where we had the WORST experience ever. My children were bullied, harassed, even sexually harassed and no-one in the staff, school board, or even the state board would do anything about it. Here at YS Schools, my children are free, not bullied, have made many friends, are accepted for who they are. The teachers and staff are always involved in the kids and what they are doing. They are offering many programs for anti-bulling, teen intervention, and always available for any parent or student who needs anything. We really love the new PBL program they are putting in place. It is a great way for the students and parents to be involved with their studies. They are also constantly putting on free events that help to involve students, teachers, and parents. I am very proud to say we live here and feel my kids are getting the best education and now a true chance at being a kid!
I have kids at both schools in town. The schools are great if you want to give your kids a real challenge, like incessant bullying and faculty and administration that will blow off concerns about bullying. My children have gone to other schools in the county and never experienced any bullying of the type, degree nor pervasiveness that they experience at Yellow Springs schools. Your tax dollars at work.
I have 2 kids at this school and really love the small classes and community spirit. Teachers can really get to know the kids due to the small size of the school and seem to be invested in making sure they are not falling behind with lots of follow up to parents. There really is not anything negative to say about the school. Academically they are a national school of excellence and derserve the 8 out of 10 rating, or more.
The graduation-rates and accomplishments of Yellow Springs high students are above those of schools of similar size and budgets for public schools in southwest Ohio. The community takes pride and values education, reflecting the mores of a college town. The school has a racially-diverse student body and is sensitive about the achievement gap scores between African-American males and the school's median scores.
Overall, a great school. An accepting and nurturing environment for students of any ethnicity and sexual preference. I graduated from YSHS and I hope to send my own children there someday. The downside is that students' whereabouts were often unknown throughout the school day, leading to truancy, and in some cases, failure to graduate.