This school has a lot of low income students, which leads to a more tense environment. The teachers are aware of this and have programs to help. I can't say how effective it is because we're too new, but so far so good.
They don't believe in overloading children with homework. My son doesn't have more than an hour, usually less, homework per day. This approach is in line with current research and I appreciate that they are current on this issue.
The things I love about this school:
1. Some of the teachers are amazing! My son's 6th grade core teachers are enthusiastic, caring, approachable, fair, and he's learning a lot.
2. The principal also feels very approachable and seems very engaged with the students.
The things that aren't working:
1. My son has an IEP, but they haven't been honoring it. In fact, it's not in their system and it's mid-November. This is not only illegal, but just unacceptable. His core teachers and I have been bugging the special ed teacher, but still haven't heard anything. Very frustrating.
2. The acting teacher is terrible. My son (probably because he needs support that he's not getting because they aren't honoring his IEP) is doing terribly in her class. She never contacted me to let me know, and when I found out, she basically said that he was just being lazy and irresponsible. Now I can see that is often the case with kids that age, but my son has dyslexia and an IEP also for fine motor skill problems, so the fact that he couldn't read his notes (he's supposed to have support for that) isn't his fault. She blew me off and was quite rude. He also missed a field trip because of poor communication, although I'll take part responsibility on that one. My son loves all of his teachers, always has, and can't stand her, which is terrible since he loves acting. Anyway, burned out teachers who treat our children badly and there's really nothing a parent can do. Very frustrating.