I feel there isn't enough teacher involvement. When you hand a student a list and and say look it up while the teacher plays on her cell phone in class while the students are present is beyond my understanding. A teacher, should TEACH, especially when its a tough class such as Biology.
As a parent, I am frustrated with a few issues at the school. I do not find that the teachers are as outstanding as some have stated. Some teachers I have encountered have been rude and not accommodating. The tablets issued last year were completely worthless, as they did not function properly. While this school is academics based, it lacks anything else that helps to make a well rounded student. It does not offer classes such as drama, choir, sports, sports teams, no Senior play, etc. The running joke among my child's friends is that "they have no life, their life is school" There is no time after school for previous lessons, as well as weekend time for family is very limited. And the great two years worth of college they offer doesn't transfer out of state. I was not informed of this prior to attending. There aren't any social events for the students. It is a school that definitely is for some and not for others . Depending on your student, this "crunch" of studying for four years preparing them for college, can go either way. The student can flourish with this experience in college or the opposite effect of becoming very burned out by the time college arrives.
The teachers and staff are excellent cooperators and stand as a great role model for everyone. The community is very friendly and give you the determination even the slightest, on your darkest of days. This school is definitely a high recommendation from me for everyone whos willing to put in effort.
I will be a sophomore the upcoming year, and so far, there have been many more pros than cons. I came from a gifted and talented program in intermediate school. The challenge comparison to the gifted program is a lot less. If you are a student or a parent of a student who took all regular classes, be prepared to face challenges. The regular programs seem to not teach enough of the important skills students need to learn in middle school, especially writing. Because there is only one teacher for a subject, and one academic level, the classes aren't very hard. It is hard for the teacher to teach at a rigorous level because if they do, they know that most of the students will not do well, and there is not a lower level class for them to go to. If you, the parent, know your student is not good at writing, you should have them take classes or something, because writing is an essential skill not only at this school, but in life. My favorite part of being a student at Clear Horizons is that I get to experience college in high school. There are tons of events where students can get free stuff and free food if they have their college I.D. Also, there is not much bullying, or drama.
I am a parent who had 2 students attend the zoned high school and one who attended Clear Horizons, class of 2011. I also substitute teach in both schools.. My daughter is currently working on her master's degree at university of Texas at Dallas. This program was a great jump start to her degrees. Yes, there were issues with staff learning how to get the program up and running. No new program is going to be perfectly run right out of the box. If a student is interested in learning, in a small environment and being academically challenged, then consider this school. I witnessed a very kind student population. If a student got into real trouble, they were sent back to their zoned school, no second chances. Students don't need to worry about gangs, or bullying for being different. By joining the honor society, my daughter received $18,000 in transfer scholarships over a three-year period. Don't believe it when you hear there are no scholarships for transfer students.
CHECHS is a GREAT school. Not perfect, it has it's flaws BUT I am incredibly pleased with the quality of the education. The principal, Brett Lemley and most of the staff. It could be better about communication & organization, but all in all, my daughter and I are BLESSED to be a part of this school!
The Best in Class. In academics, and academics. Yes there is not many activities, but you can join tennis, and other clubs in SJ College. The main focus of the program is academics, and it delivers what promised. My son is Senior and going to a Medical school with scholarships. 2 years ahead of his class in college. Priceless...