As an avid supporter of Memphis public schools, let me state for a fact that MASE has just as many behavioral problems, if not more, for a school of its size. In addition, the administration of this school has a history of adopting a "smile-to-your-face/stab-you-in-the-back" attitude toward its faculty and staff. With these conditions in existence, along with letters from benefactors calling for the school's shutdown, I would never consider sending my child there in the first place. MASE, who do you think you're fooling?
It is time for an overhaul at this school. New ACTIVE leadership, better curriculum, better management of what few funds they do have access to. Much like the majority of the school system in Memphis, the old traditional ways don't work anymore and narrow minded pundits insist on focusing on test-taking skills, rather than actual learning. At least MASE doesn't have a history of violence on school campus, the school is fairly small, so behavioral issues aren't as bad as at some other schools in the area. The worst part is that honestly, there aren't really any better public school/charter options in the inner city area of Memphis. Be prepared to basically homeschool as much as you can and put your child at MASE mostly for record-keeping purposes.
MASE is a fake school that needs to be investigated. The current leadership is weak. There is more wrong than right in this place.
my son is currently attending mase 2010-2011 school year. the school is very unorganized. the things i like about the school is the teacher ease program where you can check grades of your child and communicate with teachers without calling. I also like three out of 5 of his teachers. his reading teacher,science teacher, and social studies teachers are very good. they give creative assighnment and work with the students. what i don't like the ordering of uniforms i never recieve my childs order, when planing feildtrips they only had one bus for a trip and they return back to school after school got out because they made two trips. I never see the principle when i go to the school always the dean of 7th grade or councelor. Sometimes teachers are slow updating grades on teacherease. They get out of school at four, but the extra time that they have they are doing nothing when they could be doing homewoork or tutoring. I just think it could stand for major improvement and would be better if they get organized.also a plus they send emails to parents of schlorship opportunites and summercamp programs through emails.
I love MASE. MASE is an excellent school. i've been here since 5th grade and now that im about to graduate, i say it was the best experience of my life. Wooooh!!! Go MASE Phoenix!!! Black and burgundy!!! '09!!!
I give the school so far of what I've seen a 4 star. My daughter loves it and I thought she would have a problem with Sat school. She loves that too. I love the atmosphere and ciriculum.
Academics are over the top. Extracurricular activities should be increased, Parent involvement needs much improvement.
I am very discourage with MASE, and fill that MASE should not be giving anymore funding by the State, Mr. Henderson in the beginning had a vision, but his vision has been clouded. He is never available, and does not return your calls to address important issues. Our children are only used to present High Test Scores for MASE to keep the funds coming. He no longer has a heart for the children. My child has attended this school since 7th grade, has been promoted to the 10th and will not be attending MASE in 2007-2008 school year. Reports cards, where never received in timely fashion, any concerns about grades, would have to be addressed, whenever you could take a day off work and stand in the office and force someone to address your concerns. MASE is not the school for a college bound student.
My son has been enrolled since year one and depsite the challenges he loves his school! My daughter is preparing to move into the high school and looks forward to it. MASE has always had some of the best teachers around. I appreciate their commitment to our children. I look forward to seeing the high school students having a chance to have a more authentic high school experience. Balance between academics and social interaction during these years are critical and very important when looking toward successfully navigating college. Unfortunately, getting things done in a timely manner, proactive communication, simple courtesy, and administrative organization still needs improvement. It would be great to see MASE day to day be the school that is presented to the media during special occasions.
I admit that communications between parents and school are unorganized and infrequent. I have a daughter there - going on 2 years. The good part - her tcap and gateway scores have been exceptional. She is very involved in activities and has adapted to the long hours. Mr. Henderson is more military thinking when it comes to being questioned but he does have the kids interest at heart - his people skills need work but he is fortunate to have people under him with compassion and flexibility. The biggest concern parents have is treating all for the demise of a few - again, Military thinking.
In the beginning I was a little sceptical about sending my daughter to MASE because of the long hours but when you sit down and think about it they are only spending 5 hours in class, 55 mins. in an activity of their choice(that the school offers) and 25 to 30 in each class in the evenings for study, homework or assistance. My daughter said that she was looking forward to the 7th grade because they get out at 2:15 pm. When she found out that her dad and I chose MASE she was disappointed. But I have yet to see her come out of that building on 20 S. Dudley with a frown on her face or something negative to say about the staff. She has learned alot and she has taught me alot. I think this was the best decision that I could've made for my baby.
This is a truly amazing school and I should know because this is September 2006 and I am a proud 8th grader at the school! I wear these black and burgundy colors with pride and I love M.A.S.E.!
MASE was a pleasent and powerfully life changing experience for my son. Mr. Henderson took his time to personally work him. The staff was as equally dedicated. We gave each teacher our cell numbers and requested to be call at anytime...and boy did they respond! The only bad thing is that some kids bring 'the streets' to school, but Mase is working to shift those paradyms! Mase seems to be more than a educational facility...it is a place that cares about the character, spirt and requires hard work. We desperatly need that. I noticed the harder I pushed them...the harder they pushed back with results! They just need your support at home. I love it.
My son attended this school 2005-2006 school year, although they are still in the beginning stages and some things may appear to be out of order or incomplete; you can see this principal's vision. There is structure and that's what our kids need; the curriculum is wonderful, the staff is wonderful. I can't see any parent having a problem with this school unless they themselves lack structure and discipline; which flows over to the children. I believe that this school will bring forth some very productive citizens for the future and I am very excited to see how the plans for this school unfold once everything is set and in place. It takes time and it takes a village of hardworking, understanding and cooperative individuals to make it all come together.
My son attends Mase. I totally enjoyed the experience. The teachers seem to generally care for the well being of the students. My son came from a school school that was on the memphis city school falling lisy. This school is a big improvement from his last school. I encourage the principal and teachers to continue the work they are during. They cannot please everybody. What's important is the children. Thank you every much for encouraging my son. And letting him know that he can be the best that he can be. E.B.
My two boys both attend this school. This is their first year here and true the school did promise alot in the beginning but they have helped my boys alot throughout the school year. True, the uniforms didn't get there until January but all of the kids there were still dressed appropriately for school. This school has taught my boys discipline and respect for others. Staying at school from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. not only prepares them for college and jobs, but it keeps them out of trouble while I'm at work or school. According to my boys, everyone in their class does have a laptop. The laptops are for school purposes only and are not to be brought home unless given permission from the dean or the school principal. So, over all this is a great school for your kids to attend.
My daughter attended this school last year and it was a horrible experience for her. MASE promised so much on the front end like laptops, smaller classroom, better teacher/student interaction and the laptops didn't come until the last nine-weeks, my daughter was constantly being talked down to and belittled. She was bullied by 'clickish' girls and the administrators did nothing to stop it. I have spent the better part of this year trying to rebuild her self-esteem. There are very few extracurricular activites and the school dances although chaparoned look more like something you would see at a strip club. My neice attends MASE now and refuses to go to the school dances because the girls dancing is so vulger.
This school has helped my child tremendously. I feel that they have really helped her a lot academically. They are a fairly new school and every thing they do will not be on time and to the point. I feel that this is a great school and I wish that they would add a sixth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth grade. I recommend this school to anyone in the Memphis area.
This school is very un organized. It is not at all like I tought it was going to be. Some of the teachers are great then you have a few that act like the are lost. Notthing is done in order or constant. They even have the wrong Phone number on the web site. The only way you can get in touch with this school is to go down there and that might be a wasted trip.
This school has been a big disappointment. Some of the teachers are great and work with students. Others are not so great and tend to discourage children and talk down to them. My child learned most of the curriculum last year in at a public school.
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