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!
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.
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