We're in our third year with 8 and 9 year olds. It's a good atmosphere...for kids. They are nice to each other. Don't underestimate the value of small class sizes. The teenagers are the cream of the crop. Their insights and creativity are evident all over the place.
It's a nightmare for adults. If you have a very high tolerance for being jerked around and disrespected, you'll do fine.
The principal, Scott Mauk, responds to emails very well. But don't expect anything better than "I hear ya."
One of the advisors, Trish Allen, is a game of whack-a-mole. Her requirements and instructions vary and contradict regularly. When we tried to do our work in her classroom, she would often take personal calls and socialize LOUDLY with other staff. NO courtesy. It's not just that she's grossly unhelpful, she is actually an IMPEDIMENT to your kids's progress.
If your kids have a traditional class with her, expect erratic release times. This woman is the embodiment of apathy. She may have agreed to be an educator on a dare.
I haven't even mentioned VESTA yet. This is where you will actually see the staff go out of their way. Without prompt progress input, the funding is in jeopardy. So the job of the staff is to hassle you about Vesta. We were actually bullied over the phone for being a couple days late on only one ocassion.
Parking is not only inadequate, it's dangerous. There are no crosswalks to help you and your small ones combat SPEEDING DISTRICT VEHICLES. The campus grounds are a joke. The public constantly trespasses and leaves animal waste everywhere.
This may seem indelicate, but the mixed campus with Special Needs kids is problematic. I had to report a kid who was in parents' faces barking that their kids needed to "get out of his way."
Now, if your kids are teenaged, your experience is likely to be much better. But for those with kids who need you on campus with them (under 12), this place can induce chain-gang level stress. Apparently it takes a HUGE staff to ignore your needs and bully you into keeping their funding safe.
You can keep your stress low if you are already a low stress kinda parent (read: bum parent). It's not unusual for small ones to wander the campus unsupervised.
In this school, he has gained his happiness, confidence, and ability to self-regulate through POSITIVE reinforcement from teachers and peers. The teachers here understand a variety of student disabilities, and base student progress on their own individual growth rather than in comparison to other students in their class. There is no bullying, and the older kids really set a great example of how to treat the younger kids. My son was so unhappy and bullied by students in his previous school. He came home angry and frustrated every day. His teachers relegated him to the back corner of the classroom for 2/3rds of the day there. Academically, we spent so much time after school doing homework yet he still failed his 4th grade Science MSP. This last year at EH he got 4s (A's) in ALL areas tested on MSP! This school offers a variety of classes incl. robotics, legos, computer, diverse music (theater), martial arts, dance, etc. to keep students engaged and motivated to do well in the more traditional subjects. Highly recommend this school for involved and dedicated parents who want happy successful kids who don't (or do) fit into a regular school.
Edmonds Heights (Homeschool, Alternative School, Cyber School) has been a wonderful experience for our family! It has changed our lives. Learning can be self-directed (or not!) There are fantastic resources from Theater to Mathematics, Music to Latin. Students can move at their own pace and are able to choose and focus on areas of interest. Excellent staff assist in everything from academics to budgeting of time, money and resources. Here, the sky is the limit and kids enjoy learning, living and interacting with people of all ages. Family is emphasized, as are creativity and independence! Hands on & visual learning are always options. It's the best educational set up I've seen in my 25 years as a certified teacher both in the public and private sector. Our children are thriving here!