I have been attending Eckstein for the past two years, and now, I am going into 8th grade. Overall, Eckstein is a wonderful school. I have learned so much from this school from books and papers to socializing and meeting new people. Eckstein is a great school, but sometimes I feel too disciplined with tons of rules. They don' let us have much freedom, and they pound us with so much homework and projects. Even though there is lots of homework and rules, I still am sort of happy when I wake up in the moring to attend school to see my friends, and to learn something new from my fabulous teachers. There is also plenty of after school activities, sports for boys and girls, and also lots of other school subjects that you can chose to take.
I go to Eckstein, and overall it's an excellent school, but there are always some flaws. We'll be getting a new principal, but over the last two years I've been at Eckstein, I always felt there were too many rules, too many restrictions. It's almost like the administrators are afraid to give us the students and the staff some freedom. Most of the teachers are great, but some just don't deserve the job. Lastly, there's also a lot of unfairness going around, esp. in the elective classes - for ex, the band has tons of priviliges, both in and out of school, than the orchestra.
Great school that tries to meet the needs of every student. Only a handful of parents are actively involved in this huge school. Teachers and principal work long after the day has ended. My duaghter got the best that public education has to offer here.
Many of the teachers are fantastic. There are inconsistencies, though and it is possible to get a few ineffective teachers for key subjects. Administration is poorly prepared to deal with kids/families on a individual basis and frequently miss the mark, especially for SpEd and 504.
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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