Coasting on its laurels and the kids who get into ivy league schools - which depends little on what happens to them at Classical. Coasting on the self-motivation of the students and what they bring to the classroom when they walk in. Some fabulous teachers, lots ho hum and too many really poor ones. Many of the kids are much brighter than their teachers and we've found teachers who really don't enjoy teaching these kids. Very little student focused teaching, very little co-construction of knowledge, lots of chalk and talk. Only parent teacher interaction is that initiated by the parents. These kids, who score the highest city wide on an admissions exam, should be winning nobel prizes. While they have won a few statewide awards, they usually don't stack up well against their national peers (with a few exceptions - recent Japanese awards, but the Japanese teacher is fabulous).
I attended Classical High School and it was one of the best educational experiences of my life. The teachers are remarkable. Their committment to preparing a student for college is impressive. At times, they will bend over backwards for students in order to make a subject understandable. The entire faculty are incredibly friendly, supportive, trustworthy...the list goes on. I'm very proud that Classical teaches students on a college level, so by the time I entered college, I had already known so much. I believe every parent should have a child in a fine school such as this.
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