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Mt. Mansfield Usd #175
Posted January 06, 2014
- a parent
MMU prepares students for college. The curriculum is rigorous and students are pushed to their full potential. In addition to strong academics, going to the school teaches discipline and time management. This is not a school for anyone trying to get an "easy A". Classes are challenging. Students often do quite well on college entrance exams and go on to colleges such as Dartmouth, Cornell, UVM, Ithaca, and Skidmore. Someone mentioned previously the "60 hour work week" of students here. This is absolutely correct, but as I said, this teaches time management and discipline. A lot is expected of students, but they learn a lot.
I absolutely loved going to this school. I went to this school for the first 3 years of high school and was then forced to move out of state. I loved the school's events and the variety of personalities of both the students and teachers/staff. The teachers were fun and cared about your education. I was challenged by many of my teachers and cared about my education. I moved into a new school district that doesn't challenge me, and honestly i miss the challenges that MMU pushed me into. It was a great experience. Even though i graduated from a different high school i got MMU as the school on my class ring with a blue stone and a cougar. i'd say that says something. :)
Most of the teachers are good, and most of the students are good-humored, making the environment both fun and conducive to learning. But the school is not without flaws. 1) Once a student is tracked at a particular level, mobility is limited (C students in honors classes typically stay in honors classes while A-students in regular classes are rarely recommended for them, and a pushy parent goes as far as academic performance), or impossible (if you do poorly in math in 8th grade and take 'Integrated Math 1' as a freshman, you take Geometry as a senior but never get to Algebra 2. This means you've never learned much of the math for the SAT, and you aren't eligible to apply to many colleges). 2) Upper middle class kids seem to be favored in class placement, extracurriculars, and disciplinary action. 3) The school day, homework, and commute add up to a 60 hour work week, which is overtime for adults, let alone young adults!
Well, of course its great! The staff is dedicated, the parents in the district care about education, but mostly the kids are respectful (for the most part) and willing (for the most part) to put up with initiatives that come from 'the adults'. I've taught here since 1986, and have always felt free to be able to offer the type of educational experience in my classroom that I thought was best.