Kealing is great! Very rigorous program and informed intelligent teachers.
A very, very tough magnet program; large classes, grading on a curve for science (only 10% will get A's), hours of homework every day; if your kid gets sick or is absent for any reason, she'll find it hard to catch up with work. Students excel academically, but level of stress is high. Lots of wonderful electives, but impossible to get into them. Some excellent teachers and some brutal, ego-tripping ones. A better place for hardworking, disciplined kids than for gifted or creative kids.
I'm a student at Kealing. I think most of these reveiws pretty much hit the nail on the head. Personally, my experience at Kealing could have been better. I think the Kealing experience was a dissapointment for me, because of personal reason, rather than the school. I lacked the determination, and work ethic needed to 'thrive' at Kealing. It's not that the material is overly difficult, the amount, in a double strand especially, can be over welming. The teachers, cannot be beat, my mother has had no difficulty reaching the majority of my teachers, and I absolutly LOVE them.
The magnet program is outstanding--filled with rigor, challenging projects and labs, highly-qualified teachers, and motivated students. My only concern is the overcrowded condition of the school this year, which has led to more fights, larger class sizes, limited magnet elective choices, and the addition of portables. The district should create a stand-alone magnet school to better meet the needs of ALL the students.
My son graduates from Kealing's magnet program this year. His experience was good, but not exceptional. The program is not as rigorous as one might think -- though, like anything, it is what you make it. The best thing about the magnet courses is that most students are there to work. Given the number of group projects they do, this is essential for student success. I can echo previous comments that parent-teacher communication could stand improvement. Most of my son's teachers did not respond to E-mail messages, and information on student progress was limited to passing/failing. The best things? The principal, Leroy Davis, is super. And the band program cannot be beat. Be warned: if your child is in band, his/her access to the wealth of magnet electives will be limited. Even with a PE waiver, my son couldn't take a single magnet elective in seventh grade.
Well one bad thing about Kealing is the way students are tracked into different curriculums. Most of the neighborhood students are in the regular school program while students from more affluent neighborhoods are bused in to attend the magnet program which receives better resources. It's defacto segregation.
I'm acually a student at kealing and this school is the best I've gone to. Kealing is very safe and the kids there are a lot more mature then other people there age. It doesn't matter who you are, you are allowed to show your individuality, with respect from your peers. The magnet program is really not as stressful as some make it sound like but then again that's just my opinion. The taechers are terrific with their students but I will be the first to admit they can seem a little standoff-ish to parents. Going to Kealing was the best decision I've made, acedemicly and I hope if your child ever has the chance to attend this great school you take it not only for the acedemics but for the diversity, cultural, demigraphic and spirtual aspects.
Magnet curriculum is generally challenging and well worth the pressure it puts on the kids. More emphasis on creativity than rigor. Many teachers are excellent but not as communicative as I'd like. Many don't respond to e-mails or phone calls asking about student progress. Some teachers seem out of their depth and others seem to view teaching magnet classes as status position. School seems generally safe. Especially safer haven for children who march to a different drummer.
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