We are in our 3rd year at NYOS ('12-'13) and I love it. We are still at the elementary level, and the teachers and staff are wonderful! I wouldn't have our child anywhere else, especially given our AISD options! I love that NYOS does not teach to the test!
My kids love the school and have never left it. The teachers are caring and devoted. I've been impressed with the quality of education my children have received and the one-on-one attention. Nyos has a caring and friendly atmosphere and environment that my children have felt since they began attending the school.
My son got a 32 on the ACT. Test scores are not the sum of a student, though, so I'd also include he has won Scholastic Writing competitions and been recruited by top colleges. His success comes from several outstanding teachers he had at NYOS. Because of these men, my son wants to double major in Secondary Education and Journalism- so he can teach high school too. I rate teachers and principals as above average, based on my experience now with multiple children having attended a grand total so far of 7 different schools. I rate parents as average... All schools seem to have a few parents who do most of the volunteering, and a lot of parents who are never there, and a few who waggle their tongues about how few parents participate.
There is a constant need for money and supplies and pressure to participate in various fund raising activities. While the school encourages and expects parents to volunteer most do not. There is absolutely no sense of school spirit or community here. My child never brings home papers, my child may tell me how well s/he did on a test - but I never see test papers come home. The teacher does not answer email or put homework assignments in writing or post assignments on the class website. This is elementary school - K-5. Parents need to see test papers returned and know about all homework assignments directly from the teacher (not from their child). I have had so many meetings with the principal that I can't even enumerate them. She will agree that what I ask is rational but somehow the situation does not change. The teacher's behavior does not change and my child remains in the same classroom. I will be removing my child from the school in order to get out of this untenable situation. I do not recommend NYOS.
As a former parent I wanted to put in my two cents even though much may have changed since my children were here. My oldest attended 1st and 2nd grade and my youngest attended K and 1st, they are now in 9th and 7th. We had to leave due to a move however I am convinced that NYOS had much to do with their success, particularly in math. I was very impressed with the teachers as well as the curriculum.
We've had our children at NYOS for 4 years, but have pulled them out. It had a WONDERFUL Elementary program a few years ago (field trips, service learning, involved families)--until a new principal came on board and the elementary moved to the Krammer campus. The principal is very dishonest and cares more about retaining students with behavior problems (save the world mentality) than she does about keeping good families and students who really care about getting a good education. Now, there are very few involved families---total apathy. It's sad. Taking my kids down to this school wasn't worth the gas money so we withdrew. BUT --there are many good teachers at this school.
My son has attended NYOS Charter School since 1999. He will be a junior soon and I am pleased that the high school has been ranked 4th in all of the Hill Country schools (that includes ALL of AISD)! The school is small and has a community atmosphere. I know my child is safe and his teachers keep me informed of his participation and attitude. They are very caring and receptive.
I think NYOS use to be the ideal school, and might still be for elementary level, but starting in middle school, it starts to get bad and by the time your student is in high school it has turned for the worse, the students don't compare to other students at smaller districts in tests, TAKS, I know it's not all about the TAKS, but NYOS students still have to take it, and since there's not a focus on the TAKS, the students don't compare. The are not 100% prepared for college, NYOS keeps hiring teachers that do not have teaching degrees, and hiring teachers that have issues, I would not encourage anyone to send their children to NYOS starting in the Middle school level and higher. My student tells me that the principle has favorites? Our children will and can be affected either positively or negatively at school!
The middle school/high school program is the power of the school program. Students are held to high standards and a sense of community is fostered from the top down. The principal has established a structure of high expectations and students benefit on a daily basis. The school has received many accolades for student performance and the top notch programs continue to grow.
I've loved our experience at NYOS Charter School. We have belonged to the school community for the last six years; I have three children ranging from 2 - 7 grade. Over the last few years, the school has been going through some growing pains and changes but it is coming through it better and stronger. I have a wonderful relationship with all my kids teachers and principles. The school has a new Exec. Dir. that seems to be putting her mark on the school. She has been visible to the community and is open to old traditions and new ideas. The communication is very easy and free flowing. I feel very comfortable discussing any concerns I may have regarding my kids or the school. Overall, I wouldn't want my kids at any other school.
the school was good at first, and the teachers do a good job at teaching, but they have an annoying inconsistancy with their rules. i brought my ipod to school, and one teacher did what he was supposed to, which was give a chance for me to put it away, but another teacher just took it away without giving a warning, and i was just using it as a PDA. The other rules are also badly enforced, like when you are disrupting the class in other ways, the teachers just sit there and do nothing.
This school has had some issues in the past, most notably a lack of consistent leadership. There have been some disconcerting issues in the past two years with the progressive but non-effective handling of discipline issues. Also there is still the same problem of teacher turnover which the school refuses to admit and confront. Hopefully with the new Exec. Dir. things will change, but still watch out!
I have children at NYOS and I am very disapointed with the middle/high school principal. I don't feel like she cares enough for the 6th & 7th graders and doesn't try to offer them any of the extracurricular activites the are available for this age group at other schools. They seem less important to her then the high school. She is always hurried and flustered and doesn't seem to have time or care to talk to parents about their concerns. The elementary principal is very approacble and had many fun school related activities for the children/families after school.
I have a couple of kids @ NYOS for years and the small class sizes allow teachers to engage every child. Two grades in each K-3 classes allows kids to learn at their pace.
Great school my child is in the Pre-K and the teacher gives her spl attention and helps her in her reading. Which she does out of love and to keep my kid challenged. The principal and the asst principal are very approachable. I am very impressed with the school. I haven't gotten this kind of treatment even in private school.
blown away at the lack of security and how easy it is for anything to happen at the lamar campus. Principle seems to be there for you at first when you are in need, but then forgets and begins to muli task and forget you were first in line for wanting help. It's horrible comunication to parents. Kids are never told about anything happening until it's too late. My kids have come home and told me they were sent to the lunch room to clean the entire day when they should have been learning. When a sub comes in, the kids are found all about campus goofing off and the school seems to be falling apart in the last two years.
We have 2 kids at the elementary campus. We have been at this school since last year and have really loved it. I correspond with the teachers literally every day, and this helps the teachers and I have a real team role in the education of my children. My kids have clearly excelled academically since attending NYOS.
This is a small school which I have found very responsive to parents. I have 2 children in middle school there now. They are both involved in extra-curricular activities and are progressing well academically. There are times when the lack of organization overwhelms me, but it doesn't seem to bother the kids or teachers. They have several really great middle and high school teachers who have helped my kids learn a lot. We have no experience with the teachers in the lower grades. They adhere to the State of Texas recommended educational objectives and the kids perform very well on standardized tests even though they haven't bought into one of the 'standard' curricula. The multi-age classrooms have allowed one of my kids to explore his strength as a teacher. He may not ever have recognized that he has this skill without NYOS.
My daughter graduated from NYOS. She was homeschooled until the 5th grade. The school, because of its success, has grown due to demand. This growth has been difficult to manage partly because there were few models to emmulate. The support from the state of Texas has been politically challenging. I was happy overall with my daughter's education. What sets NYOS apart from the regular public school is the responsiveness to parents. I cannot think of a formal learning situation in the Central Texas area that would have been better. Results speak volumes: my daughter received an academic full-ride at a State University. She was very well prepared for a University education. I attribute that, in a substantial way, to her education at NYOS.
We started last Sept. 2007 and have had a great experience. There are some kinks to work out with the merging of the 2 schools but the administration at the McCullough campus has been wonderful. I considered this to be the transition year and looking forward to next year when 2 of my children will attend. I feel confident that my kids are receiving a better education than they were in our old exempl. blue ribbon school. The school has done a great job actually teaching and challenging my above average child.
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