Top-notch staff working with not-quite-adequate resources to serve way too many kids. The current principal is more relaxed than the former, but there is still a great emphasis on rules, rules, rules. Probably necessary for a school of this size, but burdensome for the naturally law-abiding kid who would benefit from some intellectual excitement.
I think this school has good academic for my child. The teachers are supportive of each student and has good disapline. There are many different extracurricular programs such as Media Literacy, a wonderful band and orchestra. They also have programs for disabled students. In one of the 8th grade Language Arts class, students get to write a detective story that gets published in a anthology. 6th grade students also gets to do a science fair project. And 7th grade students are doing a cultural project called 'REACH' that makes them study more on their cultural background. Also academics levels are high for students as in many students are in honor classes.
My son attended Eckstein from 2002 - 2005. It's a very large school, but he seemed happy. He studied Japanese for 2 years and took a two week trip to Japan with other students from his Japanese class. The Japanese teacher is well known among other japanese language teachers. In addition, he played the French Horn at the urging of a musician who volunteered at the school. Excellent. On balance, my son was exposed to experiences not normally part of the public school experience.
This school is okay. There are some teachers that shouldn't be teaching, and yet there are also some very fantastic teachers. They spend alot of time focused on bullying. 6th, 7th, and 8th graders get to go on skating parties, and end of year parties. In between are several activity days, where you can make stickers, bake cookies, etc. It had a good reputation, but as a student, I don't see it.
I go to this school and this school is tight. The teachers are very friendly and the children help to make you fit in. Go to this school!
My daughter only last one semester at Eckstein. She was unchallenged by the curriculum. The teachers make no effort to challenge gifted students. Thank goodness my daughter tested into APP and is at Washington Middle School now. Her experience at Washington has been wonderful. The students at Eckstein are not very inclusive and it is difficult to make friends. The environment does not encourage hard work in school as the app program does at Washington.
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