My children attended NDPA when it was first started for several years. While the Spanish language immersion was a big challenge, when we moved and my children enrolled in regular public school, they were a full two years ahead of their peers in coursework - which spoke to how well NDPA's academic policies worked. Their program of helping children to succeed on an individual level was amazing.
After retiring from the U.S. Air Force in 2008, I was hired to start-up the North Davis Preparatory Academy (NDPA) Athletic Department for grades 6-9 and to develop and teach the Health & P.E. Curriculum. After several years as a full-time teacher, coach, and athletic director, I have retired, but I continue to substitute teach. The Administration, Faculty, and Staff all are exceptionally good. The students appear to be happy and challenged to learn. I think the faculty from Spain add to the learning experience for the students, and I am very impressed with the warm and supportive relationships that have developed among the teachers from Spain and the American teachers. I am proud to be associated with NDPA, a strong educational institution.
I was extremely shocked to see such high reviews for this school! When my children first started attending this school, I was thrilled with them. My children had been attending for years before this school quickly started deteriorating right before our eyes. My daughters experiences in 3rd grade were by far the worst experiences I have ever had with any school. We went to the assistant principal with issues concerning her teacher and teaching style of "picking" on certain children in the class in a very negative and derogatory manner. The assistant made excuses for this teacher telling us that she is new to the U.S and the teaching styles in her country allow this type of behavior. I informed her that this is the U.S. and unacceptable here. She never did a thing about this situation and my daughter deteriorated both academically and emotionally very quickly. I asked for my daughter to be removed from her class but was told this was my daughter trying to "run the show". Eventually the teacher physically hit my daughter with other students witnessing this. We asked these students and were told that the teacher grabbed her hard all the time and pushed her occasionally but this time she actually struck her!! We took this info to the assistant expecting her to act on this but once again she had the nerve to inform us that physical punishment was an acceptable form of discipline in her country. I was livid!!! I told her that she better quit making excuses for what this teacher is doing to students and fire her immediately before we brought in the authorities. What this teacher did was criminal and instead of acting on it, this school chose to condone and make excuses for their behavior. She then tried to place the blame back on my daughter stating that she has had nothing but problems this year. I stated all due to this monster. Nothing my daughter did or didn't do warranted this. I removed my children from this school that day. I informed her that if they don't to hold their teachers liable for illegal they were going to grant their own demise. Had the assistant actually listened to our concerns and acted on them we may have been satisfied with that. If this monster did this to my daughter, how many other children suffered at her hands while the assistant principal did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO STOP IT!!! Be afraid.......BE VERY AFRAID!!
This used to be a really great school. But they grew too fast and they keep teachers that should be replaced. Student count has grown to be the same as public schools in some cases. Teachers are starting to become entitled and not an advocate for students. After researching schools around the city. There are better programs in the regular school districts and better teachers. I gave the teacher quality a 3, but there are some that are a 2 and some that are a 4-5. But I feel the 4-5's are becoming complacent and shifting to 3's.
Amazing school that will challenge your student. What I love about NDPA is the Immersion Program. Students are taught math and science (some other subjects) in Spanish starting in 1st grade. When you walk into the classroom the students are conversing with each other and the teacher in Spanish. I love it. The teachers treat each student as a individual and can challenge those students who need more. I've noticed that NDPA is very committed to teaching students to think deeply and more critically. I agree with some of the other reviews that as far as expectations and environment, NDPA is more like a private school. The administration takes the time to work through conflicts with the students like you would in your own family. They spend the time to understand the root of the problem and work with the students involved to form a solution. If you are a parent who is looking for Spanish Immersion, want your students to be challenged, and understand that today's students need more practice at solving life's problems then NDPA will be a perfect fit for your family.
My sons went to NDPA for 1.5 years. I am writing this review I felt bad that I had not warned other parents. This is a terrible school, primarily due to a lack of leadership! At one point I called an attorney that told me I had a solid case and if I wanted he would represent me and my sons before the board but that he was sure we would win. Well, I decided to move them to a different charter school. They love it! I am so glad I did. Another example of poor leadership was when my family had a major (public) tragedy the school did not respond or support my sons hardlt at all! I was professionally trained to work with families in tragedies and confronted a teacher and the NDPA psychologist. I let them know that their response was very poor and that I was aware that is not how one is trained in this field. All they did was apologized for their behavior (or lack there of)! I was told by an NDPA leader things were different but that the principal changed hands in the last couple of years. Too bad for those families!
NDPA is a terrable school, the principal is nice but she is not do anything to help the school. They allow bullying, if you cross anyone in the wrong way, they will do everything in there power to drive you away. only a few good teachers, the band teacher, the 7th grade science teacher, the 7th grade cte teacher, and that it. But the band teacher left, cte teacher is considering quitting, and the science teacher is under appreciated. The next problem the Spanish program, when i left that school in 8th grade i took a Spanish class, i learned more from that class than i ever did there The students can get away with anything (most students anyway) I witnessed , fights, people who had such fowl language, that you would be horrified. I once saw a student who was asked to do something by the teacher, the teacher was imidiatly yelled at by the student! There are no extra activity, just sports, and even than, there have been kids suspended for not playing aggressive enough! on top of that the jr high assistant principle will not let them do anything with anyone other than charter schools. I beg and plead with you stay away,you will be transfering out in the middle of the year
North Davis Prep is FAN.TAS.TIC!!!!!! My children have attended for the past 5 years, and I have nothing but praise to give the teachers, staff, and administration. There is a different feel when you walk down the halls of the school. The students are respectful and the learning environment is second to none. NDPA gets more out of their students because they have higher expectations for learning as well as behavior. After having my children in my local public school for 2 years, I can say without hesitation that NDPA tops my list of schools in Utah.
North Davis Prep. One word, Horrible! I had my girls in it and I finally was able to take them out. The administration is terrible and we hated Mrs. Gomberg the principle. The Spanish immersion just slowed my kids down. I loved a few of the teachers but even they left because the administration was terrible. Don't take your kids here or you will regret it.
I brought my son here for two reasons. Spanish immersion and smaller school. However, I got much more than that. The principal, counselor and teachers are phenomenal. This is a tough school, much more like a private school in the expectations. The teachers from Spain do not have a hand holding philosophy. The student is responsible for their education and they are the guides. The school as a whole believes this. If your child is focused and has the desire they will do everything to help them be successful.