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Culleoka Unit School5
Posted May 31, 2011
- a parent
My children went to this school for middle and high school. Both received scholarships and my youngest child won academic scholarships and had a full ride to a private college. There are now honors courses and higher level math and science courses as well. Students get out of their education what they put into it.
I have 4 children enrolled in Culleoka and I have been nothing but pleased with the school. One of my sons is in first grade and they helped diagnose him with a reading disability and have been actively helping him with his problem. The special ed teacher has been working with him since Kindergarten. My youngest son is in Kindergarten and his birthday is on the cut off date to start school so he is the youngest in his class and his teacher was very supportive and helpful with him. My oldest came from a private school in California and the level of learning is almost equal, and he enjoys the computer classes offered at school and has excelled in that area. My other first grader has been challenged and encouraged properly in his academics. So, to all the people who gave the school a bad review you might need to check back now, it must have changed in the last few years for the better.
this school offers very little in sports, extra curricular activities or college prep. one parent said it perfectly by saying this school resembles a cult. bullies are allowed to continue to be bullies without any punishment. many kids are raising kids before graduation. there is not much to dissuade this type of behavior either. there are very few teachers and administrators who are truly concerned with the well-being and future of the kids. i say if you can send your kids to another school.
I agree that there is little attention paid to college prep. It is the Maury County Board of Ed. (Eddie Hickman) who is responsible for placing classes at the schools. They are available at other schools in the county, just not ours. The principal knows full well what we are lacking. His boss says no. It is our principal's job to work with what we have and not rock the boat with his boss. Remember, he can be one bad decision away from teaching in a classroom. It is our job as parents to make requests. I suggest requesting them in writing to the Maury County School Board (everyone), as well as Mr. Eddie Hickman, Mrs. Mary-Ruth Campbell, Mr. Rick Roninson at the central office, Mr. Quirk, Mr. Harris, Mrs. Brown at our school as well as the PTA and Academic Boosters. Get involved and make sure your requests are known.
While I love the idea of a K-12 school, I'm not sure the children learn all that's needed to carry them over into a smooth transition for college. My children, who had very high grades, taking the college path, did poorly on the ACT. Please explain how that can occur?
I graduated from Culleoka 4 years ago and I absolutely loved it. I moved from Michigan and I found that the students were very welcoming and the teachers were very nice. Coach Howell and Mrs. McWilliams are both incredible teachers. We definately need more like them. Not only are they fun, but they make learning interesting. I found that I could go to them at any time for help. The same goes for Mr. Allred. Im terrible at math and he helped me and never made me feel dumb or incompetent. I do agree with the negative feedback about the principals, except Coach Harris, he has always been very nice and helpful. I am proud to have graduated from Culleoka Unit School and I know many of my peers are, too. Almost every single person Ive graduated with went to college and is doing well!