In looking at the reviews, I was surprised to read that middle school has been problematic since 2009. Middle school continues to be a problem today with high teacher turnover -- consistently through the academic year. To boot, there are personnel absent in key positions-- guidance counselor and school nurse for example. Overall, we have been disappointed and will not be returning.
This is my daughters first year at yscp. She loves the school and the teachers and as a parent I have found the communication between the teachers and myself absolutely excellent! My daughter also attends the extended day program at the school and absolutely loves it! I could not ask for a better school for my child! At the end of the school day we are always excited to hear about all the fun things she learned at school.
My son has gone to Young Scholars for K-1st. He loved it and I loved it. Leslie at the front desk sets such a wonderful tone for the school. She and the teachers are so easy to work with. I loved the smaller classrooms and the Spanish and Chinese my son has learned is priceless. Leaving this school is one of the saddest part of our move from State College. I'd recommend this school to anyone!
My son is in Kindergarten and it was very important to us for him to get the best education starting out. We heard great things about Young Scholars and looked into the School. It has been fabulous! Our son is learning both Chinese and Spanish and exceeds his reading level by 3 levels! I could not be more ecstatic! I owe all of this to his wonderful teachers and the curriculum! I am confident he is off to a great scholarly start only to continue with Young Scholars!
YS has been a good choice for us - like everywhere, there is some room for improvement. For example, the after school program needs work: If we want any well-organized or meaningful activities such as sports, we have to pay for clubs run by outside organizations which gets expensive. We wonder why there are not more teachers involved in clubs after school. The way the program is run right now, it seems to be a free for all with no clear oversight or quality control. Otherwise, way to go, YS!
YSCP has been great for our 2 daughters. The teachers and administrators are terrific and the kids love going to school each day!
My child loves YSCP. The teachers truly care about what is best for the kids. My kids have been challenged here, which is something the public school was unwilling to do. The languages are a great addition to the regular school curriculum.
I love Young Scholars! I can't wait to enroll my child to their high school! I was so excited to hear that they are working towards IB program.
YSCP is awesome! This is a small, intimate school that has a feel more like a private school that the larger public schools. The faculty strive to know each child by name, how they are feeling and how they did each day. They have a strong emphasis on character development with a rewards based approach. The school focuses heavily on multi-cultural and multi-lingual studies that are increasingly important for the students world view. YSCP still maintains the music, arts, technology, and extra-curricular activities that can fall by the wayside in many of the smaller schools. If there are some administrative problems or agenda as a few parents allege, I have not seen it. The school exists to teach the kids, and this school does that very well. The students learn more than the core curriculum, they also learn character, responsibility and independence. My child loves going to this school each day, what better recommendation is there?
It's a great school. I was glad my children were selected to be able to attend the school. I look forward to them creating YSCP High School. I can t say enough good things about them. We looked at the comments on GreatSchools.com before we applied for the boys to go the YSCP. All the schools in State College seem to be good schools but this school met more of our wants/needs as parents..
I have nothing but great things to say about Young Scholars of Central PA. The fact that they are incorporating two foreign languages in the daily curriculum is fantastic! Plus the teachers are phenomenal in being able to work more one-on-one with the students. Also, having the different extra-curricular activities such as the Robotics Olympiad, fencing, and other different classes for after school is a major plus!
Sending our son to Young Scholars of Central PA charter School is one of the best decisions my husband and I have ever made! Our sons teacher has worked very hard with our son and it shows! He has blossomed at this school! The teachers and staff our the BEST! We have a younger child and we already plan to send him to Young Scholars when he reaches school age. The communication of his teacher is above and beyond. I have told many of my parent friends about Young Scholars and how wonderful of a school it is. I feel like I matter as a parent at YSCP, they know who I am and who my son is and what kind of day he is having.
I think Young Scholars is doing an awesome job. I have two children at this school. One of them came here after kindergarten and he had no clue how to read nor write at all. His teacher did everything to break his shell and and he learned reading and fell in love with reading. He can't wait old enough to participate reading competitions at his school. For middle school, I hear that they have various extra-curricular activities, like Robotics, Science Olympiads, Math Competitions. My kids love Chinese and Spanish and I feel very glad that they are getting ready for future. I believe Young Scholars is a great asset for our community.
I love this school. The teachers are fantastic and the parents are just as fantastic. What principal knows each kid by name and gives them a smile and a high five. The teachers and staff go above and beyond the call of duty. The extra curricular activitiest are amazing and I appreciate all the hard work that the teachers and staff put into this school.
Having our sons attend YSCP is one of the best decisions my husband and I could have made. Out children are thriving intellectually - both are challenged and engaged in their work. Most importantly, however, our boys are happy - thanks to YSCP's compassionate and dedicated teachers and staff members.
I have two kids in this school, 3rd grade and 8th grade. This school is amazing. The teachers and students in particular are amazing. The teacher to student ratio really lets students interact with their teachers well. The extracurricular activities are amazing. Mathcounts, Robotics, Science Olympiad, Accelerated Reading program have tough my children so much. Also the hands on parent attitude really allows the teachers and students to excel. The whole community benefits from such a wonderful friendly and well learned school. Most of the bad reviews on this website, I believe, DO NOT reflect the truth and were caused by individual relationship problems of several parents(out of more than 150 families).
I am a proud parent of YSCP. I have two kids at this school. YSCP school staff goes beyond what is expected for our kids. The school have many community programs and they really connect with the Happy Valley community. I like the language program and diversity at the school. The school members are very open minded and helpful. As a parent, my message to school teachers and staff: I appreciate your hard work and passion for my kids. I really do. Thank you.
YSCP has a wonderful teachers and a great group of staff. I am so glad that my kids have the chance to learn in a school that cares for them and offers so much to the kids and families living in the school. I am thrilled that they have placed an emphasis on language programs, as many other schools have had to cut back or eliminate these type of programs.
I am a parent of an elementary school student at YSCP who transferred from a small Christian school. YSCP is amazing. The staff, principal, and teachers know my child - not just his name, but how his day was, how he's doing in class, and even how he's been feeling. They have excelled at creating a community rather than just a school. We have honest, open communication with the teachers - they are always an email or phone call away and very responsive. We are also very pleased with the academics. The language courses are an asset, but in core subjects there are small group learning opportunities integrated so the students can learn at their own paces rather than being pushed too hard or limited by peer progress. I read the disgruntled parent(s) review on this site and I argue the opposite of their idea that the principal should already know how to run a school "well". He does. He is willing to meet with parents to hears their concerns and consider policy or process changes to help meet the needs of the students and parents. The staff at YSCP care, teachers are creative and encourage hands-on learning and field trips and all of this matters. My child loves his school.
For those parents curious about this school, read on. I moved from out of state and brought my children to Young Scholars for the Chinese lessons they offer as part of the curriculum. I have found many other things that have surprised me since then. My middle schooler son has found challenging teachers that are always challenging him to learn new things and are willing to teach at his higher level of learning. For example, his tech teacher exposed the kid to programming a micro processor in 5th grade. The kids we introduced to learning to type first in a fun way that my kid has become an avid writer. Later the experience with coding and the ability to type correctly allowed him to reach even further than his teacher was expecting. My son now has spend hundreds of hour learning to code HTML. This only a few of the micro achievements that are possible in this school. This year the school has gone head to head in math competitions withe the top school of the are and the team of science Olympiads took second place among tens of schools, qualifying for the states competition. The teachers work together in providing relevant clubs and instruction to insure success
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