I know this school is not a 'traditional' school, and that is a very good thing in this case. Yes, they are underfunded, and yes, they don't have everything that a normal school has in equipment and resources. But by the same token, they don't have the rampant drugs, fighting, overcrowding, and atmosphere of other public schools either. You don't have to worry about gang fights in the parking lot, you don't have to worry about a student bringing a gun or knife to the classroom to do harm to a fellow student or teacher. You don't have metal detectors and police officers assigned to the school. You don't have an administration that is uncaring about their student body, and attempts to maintain the status quo in a test-mandated system. We need more teachers, students, and yes, schools like Treetops. I, for one, am proud to be part of this.
I have a student who is in the 8th grade and has attended this school for 5 years. She is a moral caring human being who is treated with dignity and respect by her peers and her teachers. I am appalled by the comments that immorality behaviors or inappropriate language is tolerated. Students are given an opportunity to grow and learn to be respectful human beings. The principal is fair, easy to approach and is available to talk to about anything. If this parent had problems, why did they not discuss it with the principal? The school is not an alternative school, but one that fosters individual growth and community outreach. I am grateful for the opportunity that Treetops has given my daughter to develop into her own skin at her own rate.
My child is currently in the fourth grade at Treetops. She is in a cluster with five teachers who are extremely experienced. She has had a great experience for the last two years. The staff is very attentive to the students' individual needs. I especially enjoy the small class environment and creative teaching methods. My child had been in a private school and had not been exposed to standardized testing. She had excellent scores on the tests, and more importantly, has improved self esteem. She constantly amazes me with the knowledge she is gaining daily. Parents are welcome on campus. When I am on campus I see a lot of interaction between the different grades. For instance, weekly the Middle School students read to the Kindergarten and first grade children. This is just one of the things that I see that would not happen in a traditional environment.
My daughter is in 4th grade, and this is her second year at Treetops. Her teachers are highly knowledgable, and far from disinterested. They are very willing to work with students on all academic levels, as my daughter has often worked ahead of the class. The lessons are very interesting, and I am amazed at many of the things she has learned at school (far more than her peers at her neighborhood school!). My daughter loves school, as well as each of her teachers. I love the fact that the child is being taught, not the TAKS test.
This school is exactly as promoted: A public school with a private school education. My son's class has 16 students in it. He is working a full grade level above his class without having to be pulled out for a 'gifted-and-talented' class. It is amazing that the teachers can teach to so many levels at once. You wouldn't get this type of opportunity at your local public school.
Even though this school is touted as having its roots one step removed from the private school environment, please don t let the principal s liberal song and dance fool you. This school is nothing less than an alternative school with a multitude of problems. Uninformed principal and disinterested teachers just to mention a few! My experience was limited to the Middle School but the level of immorality and profanity simply oozed out of most of the students, all of which was tolerated by the teaching staff. This is not a learning environment; it is an accident waiting to happen.
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