My daughter was accepted to the science magnet program, and she has been thriving this year. I have had a child in Omega at SCIS, in WAVE at WIS, and now one at SIS. While all three schools have lots of positives and a few negatives, I have been pleasantly surprised by the warmth and friendliness to be found at SIS. My daughter loves working with the animals at the LMC, and has made friends from all over the district. She has really enjoyed going to middle school at SIS, and the transition to middle school has been much smoother than expected. She has really blossomed into a happy, enthusiastic young lady. So far, I have enjoyed this middle school experience the best.
Many instructional practices out of date. Labor intensive busy work and copying assignments keep focus off critical thinking. Pre-ap classes focus on loading kids with more lower level work instead of higher level critical thinking curriculum. Kids are "advised" to drop the these classes when they struggle to meet heavy busy work demands. When parents question, teachers load kids withmore work, pencil with them with grades, and make them feel bad about themselves until they finally quit. Antiquated mindsets are leaving many kids with potential behind. When confronted about they way they treat kids they don't deny anything. Their position is, "yeah, that's what happened.... and... too bad..."
Special education is very ineffective: don't follow protocol, don't follow ARD recommendations, and they will suspend your child in or out of school to avoid providing services. Get ready for tickets if you have disciplinary infractions from not doing an assignment to curse word in halls--CCISD is famous for ticketing! Teachers rarely respond to emails. Grades don't get updated regularly and paradoxically rigid with students following instructions to the T. Move to Space Center Intermediate if you can!
Had three kids go through SIS. Had a problem with one teacher that was quickly resoved. Otherwise, can't say enough about the faculty and principal. My kids were better prepared than most for high school.
Livid. School called demanded that I disclose the information regarding her race. Because she has more than one background, none of the little 'boxes' applied. They claimed they couldn't even give me a reason why they needed to know, either. Does the race of the child determine how they will be educated? How they should be treated? She's an American. She was born American. Both her parents are Americans. Grandparents on both sides are American. Why do they need to profile the children?