This school has great potential. Arts and Athletics are bright points, and there are some very good teachers and great students. Overall, it has been quite disappointing, though. Communication with parents on academic issues is weak. There are no parent-teacher conferences at the high school level, and the extremely flawed online grading system is a poor substitute for qualitative feedback or active partnership with parents. Some teachers seem to have no idea what the purpose of education is, and believe their job is to assign as much busy work as possible or to make it difficult for kids to succeed. I don't believe teachers have had strong guidance or professional development in recent years. Grading practices vary widely, are often illogical, and don't correspond to learning objectives. Most teachers don't take the time to help struggling students. I hope the new principal will be able to offer the right guidance to fulfill the mission of a "learning community" that the school touts but does not live up to.
U32 has been a wonderful experience for both my daughters. In high-school they treat the kids like college students core curriculum plus tons of electives. The facility and campus is stellar. The staff CARES. Every year the college list has a few kids that soar to the top schools in the country. We moved here for the school, and couldn't be happier with our decision
Both of our sons are currently going to this school. Our first experience was with the middle school. The students schedule is too complicated for even the students to figure out each day of the week is completely different from any other day but dont worry your student wont forget to bring the right book to class because they don't have any. That's right the entire middle school program has no text books, none. The teachers say it's so they can be more up to date and not be tied to a book, understood. But this is not preparing them for high school where they do have text books. The middle school also had no limits for how late you can hand in homework or how long it takes you to take a test. You can come in the next day and finish your test if you dont know what's on it today. How nice, sadly high school and the rest of their lives are not like that. It doesnt get any better when they get to high school. My sons math teacher wont answer his questions in class because that's not how it works now. The students at the table are supposed to figure it out then teach the others. New math hey? Look at their NECAP scores. Below average on nearly everything.
Stunningly good high school. I've had two children attend and can't begin to say enough about the opportunities they've had available to them. Top of the line teachers (on a first name basis), extremely involved principal, awesome academics, wood/metal/mechanics shops, incredible art program, gorgeous new theater, endless sports opportunities in one of the top programs in the state, etc., etc. For a high school with only about 600 kids in grades 9-12, the variety and quality of this place is simply amazing. Don't currently offer AP certified courses (because of a philosophical conflict with the academic limitations it presents) but should initiate them soon to maximize opportunities to enter top colleges, many of which tend to overemphasize the importance of AP accreditation. Only drawback I've seen is a weakness in the guidance office but this is being improved. All in all, a fantastic school.