Yes, this school is strict, yes they have high expectations, but they do not expect more from a student than they believe they can achieve. It is not a specialty school for special needs children, though they do have several and do fantastic with them, they are a place to give good kids who took a wrong turn a new direction and they do a fabulous job with the resources they have to work with. Even when my child wasn't in the school I could call them up when I needed advice and/or help. They can only put out so much effort to help they child when they child and parents don't want to see improvement.
This is very disconcerning as an educator that this school is utilizing physical punishment as a consequence. Many of the students are placed in this setting due to emotional/behavioral issues. I think lawmakers should really take a look at where our tax money is going.. physical punishment or academics?? These youth deserve better!!!
I need to give this school a higher rating. The higher rating is based on the comments listed. Teaching the students their mistakes is the first step to learning from your mistakes. If you can learn from your mistakes you will go far in life. Doing physical training gives students that did not do well in traditional academics a chance to excel in something. The traditional school will not let students excel in physical unless they do well in academics so I believe it is a great thing. I am concerned with the comment from a parent that the school does not care if students do well in life but if the school is teaching these students to learn from their mistakes and letting them excel in things other than academics it seems they do care if students do well in life. All schools and students must meet certain standards but how they reach them is very different. I like the alternative school because it offers different ways to reach the goals. I have found most students in an alternative school learn best if they want to learn not if they are forced to learn. From the comments below it sounds like they want to learn!
new directions academy focuses on teaching the students their mistakes not acedemics most teachers here are good and they are respecting to the students when they are respected but im a student but i dont like it im just stating facts
this school doesnt care whether out students do well in life, this school solely exists as a cruel and unusual punishment that has no standards except to make our children angry.
this school is very unsatisfactory....the school worries more about doing physical training, than worrying about school work and learning!
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