This school struggles to excel in anything. Both of my boys were so disappointed by their experiences that I withdrew them 2 years ago and enrolled at another school. They chose a sports program instead of PE credit at Leander. I didn't realize the sports program was so demanding. It wouldn't have been so bad except they lost every single game. It was so bad seeing the disappointed looks on the kids faces before the games even started! The education was mediocre at best. Both of my sons got 94% and above in their AP classes but did badly on the AP tests because they were tested over subjects that weren't covered in class. At their new school, they got 5's on both AP tests last year. The people and the school are really nice, but it is an incredibly low self esteem school. They need to win at something to get some confidence in their kids.
Firstly I do not recommend this school. I will say my son finished class with more information than he had to start with, so that's a start. The AP classes are ok but move at a slower pace than his previous school.
Definitely not. Schools that do this have something to show for it. The trophy cases at the school are unexplainably sparse for a school that has been in existence for so long, and no school should EVER hang participation ribbons in its trophy case.
I don't feel the teachers truly care that much about student success. Teachers and counselors didn't return any of my voicemails or emails. In my opinion they just want the paycheck and look to cut corners where they can.
Its a fairly large school for being in a partly rural area. After moving from a much larger school in Austin, I was shocked at how teachers and counselors struggle with communication. I left multiple voicemails/emails and never received a response. Another telling sign of the schools lack of accomplishments are their very bare trophy cases. I have never seen a school actually hang a participation ribbon in their school's trophy show case until now. Multiple particpation ribbons to be exact. The people are mostly friendly and I feel they have good hearts, they are just very inefficient and things go at a much much slower pace out here. I've been on the school grounds a few times during school hours and all the kids seemed tired or depressed. I know they're teens in highschool, but this is very different from my sons previous school which was full of life and energy. The school struggles in nearly every sport. They lost every football game in the 2014 season but somehow the head football coach of that season is now in charge of athletics in the school. I hoped this school to be so much more than it is.
Mr. Chad Patterson. About the only great teacher at this school. He gets that when his class isn't learning the subject, that you have to approach it in different ways to make sure that all students are learning and getting the subject. He isn't stuck in the way such as some English Teachers, that there is only one way to teach and if someone is left behind with the attitude oh well.
Abilities are terrible. No all but a lot of them. An IB teacher who has a class grade average at a 50 for a grade, and thinks she teaches fair needs to rethink her teaching and abilities. The goal is to teach, not fail a student. And it isn't the teacher who decides who should be a IB student and who shouldn't but grading hard. Especially when she shows very inconsistent grading from student to student. To much favoritism.