This school year has been hugely disappointing and eye-opening -- awful administration (lack of vision and leadership and inability to address student and parent concerns) and unqualified teachers. Administration seems unable (or maybe unwilling) to address the problems.
For reasons listed below and more, my children will not continue at this school.The language instruction is more hype than anything and not worth the frustration caused by inexperienced staff.
The character education class at this school is a joke. The lesson plans have been poorly conceived of late -- from inviting children to share swear words that they have heard at school to an internet-based activity to enlighten children on alternatives to said swear words. Nothing could go wrong here, right?? Well, guess what? The internet search not only provided them with alternatives, but taught them some new words. Good going, YSCP.
Used to be a fan, I am very disappointed this year with middle school and think I will remove both of my daughters from the middle school. I don't recommend sending your kids to yscp middle school.
SCASD ADMINISTRATORS TAKE NOTE: This school is not ready for a high school. They need to fix the problems at the middle school level first starting with the hiring of teachers that are certified and have experience working with this age group; the language arts teacher is a jerk. Then get real substitutes to fill in instead of the warm bodies you routinely bring in. A change in administration wouldn't be bad either, someone with clear goals and expectations. And fix the positive behavior system that is completely arbitrary. I have been very disappointed with the school and its lack of response to parental concerns. Save yourself a ton of headaches and don't enroll your child in middle school here. My son has no regrets about leaving mid-year.
Agree w/ previous post. Also, unresponsive ceo & some teachers seem mean-spirited & unhelpful. Our child has become increasingly disinterested with learning here. Thought things might change when admin held a parent meeting in response to widespread concerns (it was packed). Parents thought they would be able to raise specific concerns - but it seemed designed to be "positive" with ceo shaking hands a little too enthusiastically at the beginning then only asking parents to describe their ideal school instead of answering questions. Good admin has a clear idea of what makes a great school. Also surprised during the meeting when it was repeated how teenagers like to challenge everything etc... as if to lay the blame for all parental concerns & school problems at the foot of adolescent development. Today character ed had students look up alternatives to swear words on the internet. Responses came back with the swear words they were derived from. Maybe it was meant to empower students w/ less offensive words (Schnitzel?). Some high points: ESL, music, & science teachers and one math teacher (lower level) - helpful, cheerful, and obviously know their stuff.
As harsh as it may be I agree with the previous comment. I have been disappointed with the languages tech and language art.
Used to be a big fan of this school. YSCP's 'expertise' is languages & technology. Seems to be a mess now. The 1st tech teacher (a PSU engineering student) was great - the 2nd guy (degree?) isn't interested in teaching anything substantive. Language teachers are continually leaving at the middle school level (Spanish teacher, hired in August, is leaving this week). No significant strides in material/learning are made (kids totally disinterested in classes now). Two of the new teachers have PhDs but no teaching degrees, certification, or experience, which is evident. They act as if they're dealing with college students and one is aggressive. School administration is frustrating. Lots of roundabout talking instead of listening; I doubt the school board is aware of issues. Seems a convenient place for acquaintances to come and teach/work while working on getting a degree. Shouldn't teachers already have the necessary training when hired? The last two years have been a sad eye opener for our family. Like many families before, we will be leaving the school. The promise of language instruction isn't worth the trouble of dealing with all the other issues.
I have to agree with the comments about tech class and the teacher not teaching anything. Over the years yscp has been hiring teachers for middle school that do not have a teaching degree. I have been very disappointed with the selection of teachers the Spanish teacher middle school language arts teacher and Chinese teacher. This school year has brought many problems to my family. The principal of the school does not really do anything to solve problems in the school. In cases the principal and toxoz have made problems worse.
The middle school program (grade 6-8) at YSCP has really taken off and the students are so involved! I am at the school frequently and love to see the students involved in the international programs like dance clubs and international cooking. The robotics club has won many awards and most parents and students love the more than 30 extended day clubs that run until 5:15 daily. With about 250 students now, this school is not only educating students but also making learning fun!
Wonderful school. Very creative and the students love the cultural activities, after school clubs and technology. I would recommend the school to any parent.
The diversity at Young Scholars is one of the primary reasons we enrolled our two children at YSCP. Especially at the elementary level, the instruction is exemplary. One of the best features of the school is the character education classes. It's been a wonderful experience for our children!
I absolutely love this school. My child is in first grade at YSCP and it is wonderful to see the personal attention that he receives from his teachers. Along with the personal attention, I really enjoy seeing my son learning Spanish and Chinese, something that he would not have at an other elementary school in the area. I am so happy with his education at YSCP that my youngest child will be starting Kindergarten there in the fall. I never once hesitated in making that decision. I am very pleased to know that my children will grow up having had a wonderful education and the opportunity to interact with peers who are of different cultures than them.
My daughter has been at YSCP for two years. I have watched her take off academically and personally. She loves to go to school and loves the languages that she is taught. My older children have gone to the SCASD and done very well but my youngest child is already way ahead of her brothers and sisters at this age. The staff is always a phone call or email away and they care about her growth as well. Thank you YSCP for taking such good care of my child.
This is a great school. I three kids here from Kindergarten to middle school. They offer a lot of opportunity to operate above grade level such as doing Algebra 1 in sixth grade and actual reading and math skills in Kindergarten. The kids are exposed to a lot of diversity but not in the controversial religious sense. Contrary to what has been said in these reviews, I have had to personally explain what the Muslim religion is in response to the negativity my children receive out in the community when they hear they attend this school, the school has not. The school offers after school programs until 5:30 that are free and is really enriching. There are many activities, and contests throughout the year that really bring together everything learned throughout the year. The staff is very involved with each other, the families and is willing to bend over backwards to help when they can. My only complaint is that the school can be rather unorganized. However I do attribute this to its youth and know this will resolve over time.
We are very proud of being YSCP family. We have trusted this school since the beginning of the first day of its establishment. I have sent my kids to YSCP charter school without hesitation because I wanted a different, multicultural, and international environment with additional different language education opportunities besides other curriculum courses. Contrary to a few prejudiced people, the school runs great, administration is very friendly, teachers are very dedicated, staff is unbelievably thinking their school's success. You can see the successes of the school as soon as enter the waiting area. There are two-consecutive year achievements, letters from state representatives etc. We, as parents, are here for our kids' future, for our kids' schools future (YSCP). Keep up the good work YSCP!!!!
The students at Young Scholar of Central Pennsylvania (YSCP) Charter School are learning multiple languages and cultures in the school. Learning language is much easier at early ages, which also stimulate their learning capabilities overall. Learning foreign languages is very important for our children as we are becoming more and more global. Today s business environment has no borders and we need to prepare the next generation accordingly. YSCP Charter School is not only excelling the students in language, but also math, science, and social sciences. According to the last PSSA scores, they ranked one of the top charter schools in Pennsylvania. YSCP students are attending regularly math and science competitions. They are repeatedly winning awards at those competitions. I truly appreciate the hard work of board members, administration, and staff members, and most importantly the teachers! Keep up good work YSCP!
It seems YSCP is a rather polarizing school--you either love it or you want to fix it. I have noticed that the more involved parents become, the less they like the school. The first three presidents of the parent's group have all taken some or all of their children out of the school. It will be interesting to see if this year's president brings her child back. The parents who attend meetings, bring breakfast to the teachers, volunteer in the classrooms, and run the evening activities are also the most vocal about problems that need to be fixed. The parents who drop their kids off in the morning and pick them up in the evening, but otherwise don't enter the school building seem to be perfectly content. I'm not sure what to make of this, but it worries me that the more involved I become, the more negative things I hear.
One of my chldren is still at YSCP and I would say that it is a nice little school but definately more hype than truth. It is also very much connected to a larger group of schools which they don't tell you up front. They don't own their own building but rent it from a non-profit that is a Turkish run organization, and many of the Turkish personel have been transfered from other Turkish run schools. Some of the(Turkish) teachers are getting their degrees and learning on the job when there are very qualified Americans in town who were never interviewed. As nice as these gentlman are, they are not at YSCP to simply educate our kids but to build the reputation of another Gulen school in the USA and further their own educations - hey, I'd be smiling too!
YSCP's a great school; proactive & very, very friendly (like most parents there). YSCP teaches foreign languages & technology on top of regular material. It's ahead of the curve. The staff & administration care about the education and well-being of our kids. Via continued involvement in YSCP activities, parent & board meetings, I can say that any tension is the result of a few parents that try to dominate every meeting. Sadly, YSCP spends an inordinate amount of time responding to their 'concerns.' Many are confused and disappointed by frequent uncivil behavior by a small number of parents towards the school (and other parents). Yes, YSCP unionized. Most public schools are unionized but I wouldn't necessarily equate that with trouble or being unhappy. YSCP has grown tremendously in five years to become the largest charter school in the area & continues to self-assess & make improvements. We will be staying at YSCP.
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