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School Of Science And Technology1
Posted March 06, 2015
- a community member
SST has negligent staff members and does not take any disciplinary actions. Bullying runs rampant in this school. My brother only attended one semester and was bullied by many kids. NONE of the teachers seemed to notice when it first started, and very few were willing to help him get his grades back in order after they fell as a result of the bullying. Around the end of the semester, a kid punched him in the face, and pretty much got off with a slap on the hand. However, my brother got in trouble for taking out his anger by drawing in his own PERSONAL notebook. The school asked that I remove my original bad review from Google. I will not be silenced, I have the right to speak freely (and no, I am not a minor). It is also my moral obligation to inform parents of the Hell they would be putting their children through by sending them to SST. Middle school sucks as it is, spare them the cruelties of what others have deemed a "dumping ground for kids who have been expelled from surrounding public schools..."
I definitely agree with reviewers who note the rudeness of the office staff, but that's only worth one star. The administrative and teaching staff could use some coaching on parent communication, and following through on their "home visit" service they tout so much. However, I have found the teachers to be willing to work with me as a parent, and I have no problem with the quality of instruction. My child has been in a private religious school, public middle school in a large well-regarded school district, and at this public charter. So I feel I have a balanced realistic expectation about Texas education. This school has limitations I would like to see being addressed: extracurriculars for sure, of all kinds--sports, music, academic, and social. Fundraising alone is insufficient as a student activity. But having said all that, if access to tutoring is more important to you than football, marching band, or UIL, this place might be a fir for your family.
SST-SA has been described by students as a small school with a big heart . This school works toward college readiness and closing gaps through a learner centered approach that places high expectations on ALL students and then supports those students. SST's continuous improvement model relies on data to determine what is/not working. In the 5 years that the school has had small graduating classes (around 30 students each), students have been accepted to some of the finest and most prestigious universities in the country (e.g. MIT, U.S Naval Academy, UT, A&M, Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, Drexel, Brandeis, Notre Dame, U.S. Air Force Academy, etc.)! SST has a team of counselors that focus on getting students into college and getting scholarships. Each year our small graduating classes have raised MILLIONS of dollars in scholarship monies. Last year SST-SA graduated 30 seniors and between them they raised OVER FIVE MILLION DOLLARS! The culture and climate of the school are amazing and give the school more the feel of a family than a collection of students, teachers, and staff.
I don't care for the school my daughter has gone there for three years, she will not be going any longer, the office staff is rude, lost paperwork,can never see the administration even if you make an appt...use this school only as a last resource.
My child attended this school for 6 years: from the day it first opened until he graduated high school. This is a great school. Their teachers are given the freedom to teach, the principal is given the responsibility to discipline, and the parents are almost required to be involved in the education of their children. This school is what the public schools used to be like before. If you want your child to learn and be taught, put in an application for THIS school They teach your children on the academic level they are, not at the academic level of the child who needs the most help. The help for those students are given on a one-on-basis. You don't hold an entire class behind for one student; you bring that student up the to speed individually. Thank you SST! A proud parent of a graduated SST student!
I have the privilege to be able to say that whomever had this dream to make it come true thru this type of school deserves my utmost respect. I have been blessed to raise another child since one is 21yrs and the other is 8yrs. My son began his 3rd grade year here at the School of Science and Technology, and I couldn't be more proud of his success compared to NSISD. He now can finally be the outstanding child with his most beautiful minf that this school has brought out and complements him in his everyday life experiences, in which I can only imagine where his future will lead him due to the entire structure of this school. I am ecstatic that my son was picked and we will do whatever it takes to help the school help him reached for the stars. Thank you.
I currently have a 10th grader and a 7th grader at SST and my daughter will be starting as a 6th grader in the Fall. Both of my boys have done very well at SST and have been at SST since they were each in the 6th grade. I appreciate the hard work and diligence of all the teaching staff. I choose to drive my children almost an hour each way to SST because I know it is the best school for them. SST focuses on academics and preparing for college. There is never a question that they will go to college - the only question is What college will they attend? I do think that the administrative aspect of the school is somewhat lacking but the superior education and dedication of the teachers makes putting up with the office chaos worth it in my opinion. I have 3 very intelligent children, we live in NISD-supposedly one of the best school districts - and I still choose to send them to SST year after year.
My granddaughter is new to SST. After three days there she has only glowing reviews for the educational atmosphere and the teachers and student who sre there to learn. I have a very good feeling about her next five years at this school and look forward to her weekly reports.
There are many concerns with the post from August 21, 2013. We acknowledge that there may have been some issues with the school this particular student attended yesterday; however, we do not believe this comment is about the School of Science and Technology (SST) for various reasons. First of all, our uniform shirts are not sold for $15. Secondly, we cannot kick out a student (although we do expel students from time to time as a result of discipline issues). Most importantly, our faculty and staff go above and beyond to make sure that the needs of all of our students are met and we do have a contracted Counselor who works with our students. And to address the last concern, we do have a nurse s office and have had one since our school opened in 2005. We kindly ask that these comments be addressed with the correct school, as there are several schools with very similar names.