Very south Texas strict environment, punishments handed out as negative tokens for things like, asking to go to the bathroom during class, forgetting a pencil in your locker. I also think uniforms are outdated, but are very popular here. Many teachers, especially the ones who have been around a while, are not certified. Parents are not encouraged to come to school for lunch. Just really misses the boat, it really about a controlling environment, instead of *learning*, thinking critically, or engendering a love of learning. Really need a head of school and committee committed to best practices, achievement and nurturing academic and whole child growth. Anyone of any consequence graduate from UDS? Probably not. Need new leadership, better quality teachers, lose the uniforms, and realize a great school is not tied to archaic methods of controlling children.
This is not only the best school in the entire city of Laredo, it is one of the very best private schools in the entire state. My two daughters have been going to UDS for five years now, and as a parent I can see that they are getting a first rate education. This school reminds me of the public schools back in the 1940s and 50s. They teach the old fashioned way using new technology. I wouldn't let my daughters go to any other school, period!
United Day (UUS) is located in a city where quality is not the priority. UDS is the top school in Laredo, but it has slowly become less demanding for excellence, and accepting mediocraty. Its teachers used to be top notch, usually having teached in UDS for more than 20 years, but many of them have left, and new mediocre teachers were established. Not that most teachers are excellent, but the few that are not up to par make the school look bad. As a student, I am worried for the school's performance and think this should be known.
The academics only seem exceptional because of the how poor Laredo schools actually are. On a national level, quite frankly, United Day in some aspects can't compete. Sure they make it in their local high schools (bad ones), but it catches up to them later on. The mathematics program has suffered. Struggling students pull back other students causing repetitive explanations of lessons that should have been learned the first. Extracurriculars include basketball, some music, volleyball, and flag football. Not too shabby for a school with less than 400 kids. Overall, United Day needs to step it up to consider itself a top-tier school.
I moved my children from a public school to this school two years ago. It was a great decision. My children are expected to perform at a very high level, which was a welcome change. Homework is intense, and frequent which makes this school not for the weak of heart. As a result, however, my children now organize their time better and can accomplish more tasks (both school and home related) in a shorter amount of time. They think faster, and on a much higher level. As a parent, you are expected to support and work WITH your child. If you don't have time to dedicate to this, you will not like this school. As with any school, there are lapses in teacher quality, but in Laredo, there is no better school for my children.
A great school! I really miss the envoroement and the people at United. Children do not only get the Best education available in laredo ( and surrounding areas), but they also learn about character! They use the saxon math program and they become good reader before first grade.
We call it the 'nest' for our children. Great teachers, small environment, higher learning objectives make this a great place for children to learn. The middle school offers leadership training and a field trip to D.C. that both enhance future learning for these students. Teachers [at] United Day School are interested and involved with every student on campus.