I have been attending this school since I was in Kindergarden, and I love it!
I love this school! My daughter was so shy, but the family aspect of the school brought her to life! The teachers all know all of the students, the parents all know each other and are willing to pitch in and help one another without expecting anything in return! It is a great environment to raise a child in, and I am so glad I chose it for my children! Parents are allowed and encouraged to be involved in every aspect of school life, and there are a number of enrichment activities beyond just sitting in a classroom learning.
My daughter has been here for 7 years now. It was the best thing we have done!!! I love the community aspect of this school. Everyone knows everyone. The teachers do an amazing job with differentiating their lessons. My daughter feels safe and comfortable, and so do I. There are clubs for everyone. All families are encouraged to volunteer, and that helps bring up well rounded children. I've seen other kids, patents and teachers from different schools have many difficult issues with testing, bullying, teaching, or getting lost in the system. That would never happen here. I am confident that this is the best school I could ever imagine. We will not be going anywhere else.
This school with a silly name is anything but silly. Not Your Ordinary School was started in the late 90s by a group of local regular public school teachers that were tired of the one size fits all, and test-oriented nature of Texas schools. Since then NYOS has grown into one of the best schools in Austin. Our kids have been there since Kindergarten and are now in middle and high school, and will graduate from NYOS. The class sizes are small, the teachers really get to know each child, children can move ahead in math or other subjects if they are ready (example: my 8th grade child goes to a 9th grade pre-AP algebra class every day). Schedule: 2 month summer, 2-3 weeks off in Oct, 2 week spring break, every Friday is a half day. This is better for learning and being refreshed. Graduates go to good colleges. If I had to characterize NYOS in a few words they would be: safe, nerdy, clean, community, human, caring, fun.
We love being a part of this school! It is a great community. The facility is knowledgable and caring. My daughter receives the best education from NYOS.
I don't know what my family would do without NYOS! Whether in high school, middle school, or elementary the teachers give 110% of themselves to the education and well being of their students. My kids are both very happy and confident and I'm grateful to have a safe community to provide them with an excellent education.
NYOS may appear to be a charter school that is just like a traditional public school, but it is not. There is a good balance of traditional structure and innovation at work. When conflicts arise, as they invariably do, the teachers and administration work to help the students resolve them in a constructive and meaningful way.
I love the school for it's unique approach to education, how well our children are cared for, the schedule, the families and so much more! Highly recommended.
I feel like my child is getting a good education at NYOS. Her class size is 18. She struggles some in math and is getting extra help in a small group with a different teacher each day. I'm not sure that she would be able to get that at other public schools. She's also had some self-esteem issues and has been given a high school mentor that she sees regularly. I love that students do not receive grades until 8th grade. They can focus on learning and not their grades. The teachers are very good at assessing students and reteaching as necessary. We love our shorter summers, but 2 week fall and spring break. On the downside, there are a lot of fundraisers and the facilities are not as nice as other public schools due to funding. Also, K-3 is in one school and 4-12 is at another, I think the school day is a little long for the very young children. I would prefer it be a half hour shorter for them each day without the half day on Friday. It is a really great small, diverse, involved school if that is what you are looking for!
NYOS Charter School is the best! The school maintains rigor and challenges all students in every subject area. Teachers construct positive classroom learning environments and students learn quickly how to complete tasks independently as well as in groups. World class opportunities are provided for students to utilize technology from kindergarten through 12th grade. Academic achievement is measured and communicated in a meaningful way so that students know how to track their individual progress and how they may each achieve excellence. The school is vested in fostering global service and civic engagement. Students in all grade levels participate in service projects that make the world a better place. NYOS Charter School has been recognized for four years as one of the Top Ten High Schools in all of the Greater Austin Area. The school achieved this recognition through the dedication of the entire NYOS Community and the cohesive learning programs PreK-12.
I have four children at NYOS Charter School. We have been at the school for 5 years and absolutely LOVE it. Our kids are challenged intellectually/ academically and the values upheld at school are the same as we espouse at home. While sports and extracirriculars are somewhat limited by the need for volunteers (parents), the feeling of family and community at NYOS is something we really appreciate. Attendance here is greatly helped by flexible work schedules or car pooling buddies because of limited afterschool options and year round schedule. However, help is easily found through the Facebook group or home room parents who help coordinate. If academics, values, parental involvement and sense of community are important in education, then NYOS could be the place for you and your kids!
NYOS is not only an amazing school, but an outstanding community! Not only am I a staff member, but my child also attends this school. I've found a community oriented on the principles of Love & Logic, built upon mutual respect amongst students and peers and a full circle of support from home to school and back again enabling our students success throughout their adult lives.
We have been a NYOS family for 12 years and couldn't imagine life without this school. There have been one or two bumps in the road but overall this school is wonderful. The school is more like a small town where everyone knows each other. Parental involvement is expected so if you are just looking for a school to drop off your kid and not be involved you should not choose this school.
We love it at NYOS! My child enjoys the small classes, staying with the same class and teacher for 2 years in elementary, and all of the project based learning and study trips. As a parent I can see that he is so engaged in learning that he loves going to school every day! The teachers are dedicated as well as the administration. The parent community is warm and open to everyone and there is a high rate of volunteerism. It is truly a wonderful school.
The school sets very high expectations for students, staff, and parents. My children have worked on many projects that demanded they know the material and be able to apply it and present it. Learning has always been the focus in every meeting I've had with principal and teachers. State testing has never been the priority...like other schools...and I hope that doesn't change with new administration.
This school is great. I am a student attending this school and it is great the teachers are very helpful and really friendly. the smaller classes make it easier to get the help you need on small misunderstandings. not to mention every friday is a half day so high schoolers leave at 12:45 and middle schooler at 12 : 30 or 15 i dont remember
Great place to learn! Small classes give the students an advantage with more one on one from the teachers.
My children have been going to NYOS since kindergarten. They are both in high school now. The teachers and staff truly care about each student and work to help each child succeed. I would never consider having my children go anywhere else. LOVE IT!
I am really impressed with NYOS. I have moved at lot and lived in several cities in Texas, so my son has attended a different school every year(sometimes 2) until he started NYOS at the end of 4th grade (May 2010). He is now in 7th grade and a full grade level ahead in math. He had been so frustrated with his previous school and the singular focus of teaching the test (TAKS back then) that he was bored and acting up in class. At my son's request, I removed him from a blue ribbon AISD elementary school and enrolled him in NYOS. He has been much happier, his teachers keep him challenged, and I am satisfied with the curriculum. His teachers so far have been excellent and great role models. NYOS is not perfect. I have had some minor issues like not getting field trip forms and notifications, but I can't blame that all on the teachers. The communication has improved with the new email notifications and weekly 7th grade newsletter, and the website is more up to date. The fundraisers are not my favorite but are necessary. I do wish there were more after-school and evening volunteer opportunities for those of us who work outside the home.
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!
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