As a student who currently attends ICS, I will give you the facts and only the facts. Only send your kid here if you are looking for the education, not the art and music program. My 6th grade teacher was okay, but I've had better at Paxtonia Elementary School, the school I attended grades K-5. My 7th grade teacher is, by far, the best teacher ever! She is the role model everyone could look up to. But, Infinity tells parents one lie, "We don't give homework." I get homework, trust me. Not as much as my brother who attends CDMS, but still a fair amount. The art and music program is pretty bad though. Art class is boring and will positively give no beneficial information to your child. In music class, the music teacher gives you no instruction at all. She has the middle school singing songs that Kindergarten students should be singing. PE is okay, although many students don't think the teacher is good. German class is one of my favorite classes. The teacher is amazing. But, the paraprofessionals are mean and annoying. One always shushes you, even when you explain that you are consulting with a classmate for help. Danke f r das Lesen! (I think I spelled that right.)
My child recently started HS after attending Infinity since it's inception. Infinity did a fantastic job of preparing my child for life long learning. Students at Infinity are required to present reports and presentations to their class from Kindergarten on up. They receive positive and constructive feedback on their work. Giving a 3 minute speech about "yourself" in HS was a no brainer for my Infinity grad, not so for kids of other schools. My child's typing skills, note taking skills, attitude towards school, teachers and learning are far above those of their HS classmates. The supurb, enriched, learning environment at Infinity is certainly missed by my child. I will be forever thankful to NJH and the Infinity Charter School staff for the amazing work they have done and continue to do with my children. As for art and music, take a look at Infinity's yearbooks. See the amazing artwork produced under Mrs. A's direction. See how many students participated in Dauphin County Chorus and Dauphin County Orchestra every year, thanks to Mrs. W. Incredible opportunities await your GIFTED child at Infinity Charter School.
Pardon abbrev's, but lot to pack in 1,200 chars. Many w/bad reviews just don't get it - CD would kill to have Infinity (INF) die, so a certain amount of protective behav by staff/admin is expected - have had to fight hard to exist. Kids that say they are always in trouble-wonder why?? INF has great discipline which pub school sorely lacks (anything goes). So if your kids like to cut up/misbehave, keep em in public where they will thrive! My daughter just finished 3rd, and worked her way from 3rd to 7th gr spelling in 1 yr-so much for no individualization! She had German in 3rd-not until high school in CD! For those who think that parents don't get a say-try public! Don't even get a parent-teacher conference in pub middle schl, and many at CD don't return e-mails/ph calls. My middle schl son heard so much positive from sis-now he is going to INF just for 7th & 8th. Yes, music, art, athl are weak-but because the school is so small-they do best they can. INF is for gifted, but cant discriminate-shy, mediocre, disruptive kids wont like it. Real vacations on INF calendar-way better than CD pub. New princp this yr will only make better. INF IS A GREAT SCHOOL-NEED MORE LIKE IT!
I say this with all due respect (which is little) but this school is one of the worst I've ever heard of. I went there from its inception and graduated to go onto SciTech last year in 2010. The music and art programs are not only bad but insulting, the curriculum consists of not doing any real music or art but just doodling mediocre paintings and singing songs for 3rd graders (which is great until you graduated 3rd grade). The teachers of music and art rely more on keeping control of the students by putting them down (and sometimes insulting) then they do actually teaching. I won't lie this school is great but only if the teacher's like you, otherwise you're out of luck. I would not recommend this school for any child that actually has opinions and can differentiate from right and wrong conduct of a teacher. The only thing that stopped me from rating this a 1 is the fact that the 7th/8th grade homeroom teacher. She is supportive and will actually teach a gifted curriculum if you're an above average student (unlike most other teachers). Considering I only have like 120 characters left I will let my rating explain how good of a teacher she is, keep in mind she brought the rating up 3
I currently attend this school and I love it! i've been at the school since it first opend and will be devastated when I have to leave in two years. I find the teachers to be very helpful, paitient and friendly. I have never had a teacher that I was never able to click with. I feel that the ciriculum is perfect. It's just the right mix of challenge and fun. I love the way the clases are combined and the way this school operates. I love how they have themes, and that every subject is centered around that theme. I could never pick a favorite theme. I would say the only downfall of this school is the building. It's a little run down, but I know that they are trying to build a new place. In all, it's an amazing school and I would highly reccomend sending your kids here.
My family is continually grateful for the opportunities that this school has afforded us. The individualized learning has suited my three children well, as they are able to excel and advance in areas that they are strong, while still assuring that areas that need work are not ignored or pushed under the rug. While no school can meet all students needs all the time, this has been a great fit for us.
I'm amazed at the disparity in these reviews; parents seem either to love or hate Infinity. My family has been here two years now and for us it has been a great fit. My kids were identified as gifted in their public school, and needed a richer and more challenging curriculum. Other parents I know with similar situations also love the school and find it to be a good fit for their children. I could be wrong, but I wonder if some of the negative reviews come from parents for whom the school was just not a good fit for their children. If your child does not love learning, has difficulty behaving and paying attention in class, and needs lots of drill/repetition and homework, Infinity is not for you. Alternatively, if your child has a thirst for knowledge, learns quickly, and is fairly well-behaved and respectful, you will love Infinity.
I was part of the first graduating class at Infinity, and I have to say that I look back at my years there with no regrets. . The curriculum offered unlimited possibilities, as I was introduced to the concepts of silicon based life forms and bioengineering in seventh grade. Infinity covered the basic material that you would learn during a year at public schools in a matter of weeks, and then challenged me to expand my thinking with delightfully challenging course material. As a public school student that STILL struggles to find adequate challenge even in college, I highly recommend Infinity to the parents of gifted students.
My child attended Infinity for 4th & 5th grade and is now back in public school for 6th grade. Up through & including 3rd grade she tested in the advanced range and upon leaving Infinity after 5th grade tested with a combination of basic and proficient. She was extremely bored with Infinity. My child is very shy and due to the despotic atmosphere strongly pushed at Infinity my child withdrew even more and became very anxious about going to school. Having two school aged children and trying both Infinity and public school, we realize the grass is not always greener and public schools have a lot to offer. To each his own of course but for our family we would not recommend Infinity for academics, learning social skills, nor for learning responsibility, independence, nor self confidence all of which are vital aspects of a well rounded education.
Disappointing is the word I would use to describe Infinity Charter School. I say this both as the parent of an Infinity student and as an educator who has taught gifted children. The school simply does not deliver the gifted curriculum that it advertises. Yes, it does have some of the elements of a gifted program such as ability grouping, but the academics are far from advanced. Contrary to what is advertised, instruction is NOT individualized and students are routinely shortchanged when it comes to resources. Plus the school s atmosphere is so repressive that the kids are not allowed to express their individuality or creativity. Not exactly the kind of setting that you would want, especially for a gifted child. A year at Infinity is enough. My gifted child will not be returning next year.
Our children are new to Infinity Charter School this year, but will definitely be returning next year. Both now come home from school excited and anxious to share what they have learned at school. The most exciting details brought home from their previous school was 'we had fun at lunch and recess.' We feel that the individualized curriculum is wonderful and allows our children to easily challenge themselves to the 'next level' in learning. Previously, our children's teacher's did not have time to assist with accelerated learning. This was left to a gifted teacher to provide during a pull-out program twice a week. I must agree with something a parent posted yesterday; 'at this time, we could not imagine returning to a school where mediocracy and teaching to the middle are best practices..' . No one school is going to be perfect for everyone. You must be open to new ideas.
My children have just thrived at Infinity. I feel that the idividualized curriculum has benefited both of my children. For the first time my children are allowed to go at their pace and are excited about school. My youngest is bright but struggles with processing issues and the staff and administration has bent over backwards to help him utilize and teach him skills that will help him. They both come home and eagerly share what they have learned at school (that NEVER happened before). I have seen a lack of respect to the children by some of the ancillary staff but I have brought it to the administrations attention and it has been dealt with. No school is perfect but for us, at this time I could not imagine returning to a school where mediocracy and teaching to the middle are best practices. We will definitely be returning next year.
While we mostly agree with the post of May 4, the unfortunate aspect to Infinity is the lack of respect given to the children & parents alike. Sadly, the children seem to be treated as though they are in a detention type setting and the parents are asked to voice their opinion(s) but unless you have something positive to say...they really do not want to hear it. I feel this 'suppressive' type atmosphere is not conducive to healthy learning nor a healthy child. We have chosen not to trade in our childrens' self esteem for this alternative approach to learning...our children will not be returning. In addition, although they teach according to gifted practices, not all of the students are 'gifted' and this has also been a downfall for us. Our children, who were tested as gifted, have a hard time relating/understanding many of the students logic and behaviors.
I would not recommend this school to the parents of any child, let alone a gifted child. My child attended Infinity for 2 years. The school did not even have a curriculum, let alone a gifted curriculum. The science and social studies programs were weak, and the music, art, foreign language & PE programs were very poor. The state academic standards were routinely ignored. The Director/CEO cared more about keeping her iron grip on the running of the school than she did about the students. I suspect that this school is being used to develop an Infinity Charter School franchise that will financially benefit the current operators of the school. Too bad students have to pay the price.
Infinity has been an extremely good school for our two kids, who have hard-to-meet needs. Our son has dyslexia and has been given a customized program that has made a huge difference for him. Our daughter has graduated at this point and is doing extremely well in all Honors classes in high school. I understand the concerns from other middle school parents about transitioning to high school after not getting a lot of homework at Infinity, but this really didn't turn out to be a problem for our daughter. Kids get used to homework; the more important thing, I think, is that they be prepared academically, and Infinity certainly did a great job there. She found she was way ahead of her classmates from other schools, so kudos to Infinity on teaching a strong curriculum!
This school is a Godsend for gifted children. This is my son's second year in this school and I am very pleased with his progress.
After three years at Infinity...my child now in middle school...I must pass this on. My honest opinion...the worst aspect of Infinity's middle school is the lack realistic preparation to study & work that traditional school brings. Virtually no books come home to study from & do homework, a rude awakening when in 9th grade. One book came home in 6th & none after! New middle school teacher may help the other superior one change this problem. They don't supply enough textbooks for each child & are never 'allowed' to bring textbooks home...why? Almost no field trips due to lack of funds...why? Our tax dollars...children seem to be shortchanged...we need to address the issue of WHERE that per student cost allowance going? Outside audit & parent reviews & former students might provide honest evaluation to school board. More honest than 'crony reviews' I have read. Infinity not recommended for 8th graders!
Our family loves Infinity. We have found that the teachers are concerned about the students and work to ignite the kids interest in the subject they are learning. The curriculum is challenging and allows each child to move at their own pace. The environment is caring and respectful among the children as well as between the teachers and students. I love the mixed age classes and smaller class size. The only drawback is the older facility which hopefully be remedied in the next few years and a high teacher turn-over. We have only left the school because we moved out of state. I am looking for a new school as much like Infinity as I can find.
ehhh, infinity really isn't the best. it's my first year there and i already am wishing i would've stayed at my old school. Even though most of the teachers are nice, the 7/8 teacher makes us get in trouble for everything and the principal is way too overprotective. I don't really necessarily reccomend this school much.
Firstly, we must say that overall, Infinity is a good school. The children appear to get along well & behave well. The main classroom teachers are professional & seem to have the students interests in mind. The learning style & methods of teaching are unique & create a new way of learning which appears to keep the kids interested & involved. The leadership (principal) is strong however; we believe, as others have noted, you might be listened to but not really heard.
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