The school does a great job in explaining to student and pareent prior to registration what to expect. It has been exactly what we were told. My son likes it and he gets more out of his classes here than what he was getting in the public schools. Overall I think it makes him more responsible. Every child is different and they have different learning styles. My suggestion is once one visits the school, sit down with your child and make sure your son/daughter can adapt to this type of learning. Great school, especially if your child plans to attend college!
I was TOLD Media Arts on Lakeway was not anything EVERY SELF -PACED. Maybe you should have READ the literature BEFORE talked DOWN on Media Arts!
My son transferred here in his junior year and we have had a very good experience. Only one problem teacher, and that was addressed. We are happy with the quality of AP classes he is taking. It is true that if your child is not self motivated it may not be the best school for them. But for kids that are motivated, do want to go to college and seek out challenges, this school encourages them more than any other school he has attended. I would like to see more parent communication, but it did improve over the year.
TERRIBLE EXPERIENCE!!! Media Arts on Lakeway didn't live up to it's promises. Teacher's didn't teach, they pointed kids to websited to self-learn. It was also acceptable for teachers to yell and argue with kids regularly and in front of other kids. Communication with parents was lacking to say the least, not at all what they indicated at orientation. Kids seemed happy and focused during the tour, but I should have know it was too good to be true. If your child is scholarly, self paced, self taught, able to igrnore distractions and refrain from socializing all day, then this school may be a good choice for you. My child, along with a number of others, will not be returning as a result. Good luck in your search - from a concerned and invested Mom
I must say, I find it interesting that, so far, students have given high ratings and a majority of the parents have given low ratings. There is a stark difference between the experience and the number. Whether or not the number was good or bad does the school little justice when compared to the experience within. A student from Day One, iSchool has revolutionized my ideas of education. Coming from a large public school, I am not ignorant of the stark differences between the two places. At iSchool, you are not just a student, but a person. And with that, you are expected to be a person and not just a student. It is this type of learning that gives the school its charm: preparation for a world of independence. The learning style is unique, and a risk, but having attended since inaugural day, I can say the journey has been superlatively prolific.
Just want to give kudos to ischool, I have loved the way the learning takes place and how the students are pushed to be independent thinkers...is not for everyone, is a school for those who are trying to excel and willing to put forth the work...if you are in a public school and are a PreAp, Ap student, you may not have been challenged yet, and you will be here..if all you want is to keep your average with average learning, stay where you are..Grades here represent the course you are taking and be ready for a college level environment..
There are so many negative comments about this school. I was in ALL advanced placement courses at my previous school, and I was also taking two college courses to get myself even more ahead. I hated how big the school was, but I dealt with it. I switched to iSchool, and my grades have even improved and it is by NO MEANS easier or lax in academics at all in any way. It is more challenging and provides a stimulating environment for teenagers to learn both media, and regular academics. I saw a post below that says "If your children is not that bright and/or not interested in school, this place will be perfect." I was taking college courses as a Freshman in highschool, and this place is challenging for me. I have no learning disabilities, I've always been a great student, and I am definitely going to college. This is an amazing program.
My child was in the gifted program at the local public school. Ischool pretended to be this great, college prep, STEM academy. It is awful! I cannot express to you how bad it is. As far as academics go, the year was a loss. Our child will spend the summer in tutoring to get caught back up and then return to the public schools in the fall. Unfortunately, I do not know if the local school will give our child his place back in the gifted program after an entire years absence. If your child is college bound, DO NOT send your child here! If your child is not that bright and/or not interested in school, this place will be perfect.
This school is a joke. The classes appear to be AP in name only. The school will not release overall SAT and AP test scores. Why?? Hmmm? If you are considering this school and go to a meeting about it, do not be fooled by the # of parents that administration tells you signed up for next year (implying satisfaction with the school). Many did, yet have no intention of returning but do not have a Plan B yet. The school is lax in its academics, and certainly NOT for anyone who is talented in math, science, engineering, or technology. I do NOT recommend this school for anyone who is college-bound.
I am currently a student at iSchool High and have been for the past 2 years. I want to remind everyone who is criticizing this school that it is very new and is defining a new and innovated way to teaching children without setting them in front of a textbook and asking the to recite nonsense they obviously do not care about. Every single one of these teachers are brilliant. I will admit that maybe everything is not as organized as a public school but thats only because those teacher have departments within the school with other teachers who collaborate together and create lesson plans. With the direction this school is going I can see it doing great things, things no public school will ever touch. Aside from academics each one of the staff members, from teacher to principal know me personally, I can't say that about the huge 5A public school I came from. Though they are my teachers they are also my friends. I can have stimulating conversations with them and get to know them just like they know me. The pros and cons of this school don't even begin to balance themselves out, I wouldn't trade my experience here at iSchool for anything.
This school is probably the most unorganized place I've ever seen! The teachers and staff are unprepared and most of the students are failing!!!! And these are students who took AP classes at public schools and are now failing classes at ISCHOOL HIGH because the teachers do not know what they are doing? The principal does not care that the teachers call the students liars and have no idea of what they are going to teach for the day but rather, ask the students, what they want to learn for the day? What is wrong with this place? I would go back to public school in hot second! HIGHLY RECOMMEND NOT going to this SCHOOL! This place is home to dozens of public school rejects who couldn't make it at the public school level and got a job here and don't know how to teach and frankly are not interested in teaching! If I hear one more time that these teachers are NOT here to teach my kid but my kid is supposed to teach himself....I'm going to SCREAM!!!!!
I am a parent of an ischoolhigh student. Our experience has been awesome! The teachers care about the students, the vision/purpose for the school is preparing kids for the 21st century which I believe their doing a great job. It is clean, small enough to help the students, big enough for the kids to feel like they have something going. Mrs Heath is an incredible teacher/counselor/principal there. Nothing but good to say!!!
The highly talented staff at iSchoolHigh offers a new innovative approach to education that my straight 'A' student feels is more challenging than the traditional education he received in public school.
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