The teachers and administration staff are awesome! Ms. Carter, the Principal is wonderful! You will find her every morning, standing outside, welcoming students, even in the bitter cold. I appreciate her commitment to the students and families at Golda and for making Golda a place that values and strives for academic excellence! EVERY teacher my daughter has had since she has been at Golda have always shown desire to partner with me in making sure that my daughter’s academic needs and goals were met. When it comes to course electives and extracurricular activities, the options are endless. Administration has done a beyond than excellent job in establishing strong partnership with the all local museums, theaters and other community art, math and science programs. I remain impressed with the number of field trips and other experiences our students get to participate in during the year. In the fourth grade, students are able to go to on a week trip to the Grand Canyon or Denmark! Most importantly, the staff and leadership team are dedicated to making sure that while students are being challenged, their love of learning continues to grow.
Ms. Carter and the teachers have taught the students to disrespect other students that are little different than them. They condone it and allow it continue to happen. They have taught the bullies it's okay to belittle and berate someone that is different than you, loves academics or values learning.
The teachers do not care about the good students, they allow them to be bullied and treated with disrespect. When discussing this with Ms. Brown, she just allowed the chaos to continue. When I told Ms. Carter, she gave the perception she cared, but Ms. Brown continued her behavior. With Ms. Carter allowing this behavior and not doing anything about the teachers, they continue to do whatever they want, thereby damaging the students in the process.
The school was great until Ms. Carter became principal. None of the teachers are qualified to teach, value and respect the students but Ms. Kaisler. After Ms. Kaisler, one would need to find another school quickly before middle school. Teachers are not your friends, they should set a high expectation academically for the students and they make their classroom a welcoming experience to want to learn. That is only a couple of many characteristics they should possess. The teachers don't respect the students that want to learn, instead they tear down and damage the students allowing chaos that they create to ensue. Yes, they provide the perception that they care, but realistically they talk behind the parents back and really don't protect the student at all. They show favoritism to certain students, condoning bad behavior but since that is what Ms. Carter allows, the teachers enjoy doing it. I will not recommend anyone else to the school until Ms. Carter is gone. As long as she is there, she hires unqualified teachers that try to be your friend instead of teaching the class as they should. Ms. Carter continues to allow the teachers to let good students be bullied and doesn't do anything about it because she values the "schools reputation" instead of a safe, quality education.
I honestly can say I LOVE this school and I LOVE my sons teacher Ms.Kaisler.....my son attended MPS in 2nd grade and we thought he was advanced only to come to Golda Meir and find out he is barely on his grade level....which was disappointing to say the least, but I have much respect for Ms Kaisler because not only was she honest she also had a solution/plan to help my son get where he needs to be. He is still not completely there, but his map scores have increased quite a bit....she is very encouraging and instead of just telling me what he doesnt know she gives me resources to help him. We need MORE teachers like her, this is what I miss in MPS, when I was a student, there were alot more teachers that wanted the child to prosper like her....Kudos Ms Kaisler and golda Meir for employing a wonderful teacher !!!!!
I am a student at Golda Meir & I can honestly say Golda was not my first choice for a highschool. Honestly Golda Is great academically.... For a middle school. The high school makes alot of the kids uninterested in learning and kills all joy you have their ,when your middle school kids have more going for them than we high schoolers have. It doesnt feel like a highschool, you feel depressed knowing that other schools like King have so much going for themselves. The title gifted & talented has yet to show in any highschooler that attends there, with limited things to do, who can blame the kids for being creativily starved. The good side is that the teachers are honestly the best teachers i ever had in any mps, i fear that any other school teacher wouldnt put as much effort as they do here. So the question we highschoolers face is. Risk having fun for great education, or leave for something more developed and more fun, but possibilty of failing is there for both sides if we don't learn to take advantage of education. Yet understand we still strive for a great exexpirence as teens before its over.
I don't get the hype. The school has not proven to be any better than the regular MPS school my child attended previously. In fact, teacher communication with parents is severely lacking to non-existent. Whereas my child's previous MPS school had a strong community, this school is totally disconnected. Good luck figuring out if your child is actually learning anything. Work is rarely sent home, and even then it doesn't contain a grade. The standards-based report card is a joke and half of the categories on it are not filled out (with no explanation). My child's teacher seems to have a laissez-faire attitude about her students and her teaching style seems to be "let them figure it out themselves." The students have no idea what is expected of them, as no clear guidelines or direction is given. My child brings home "worksheets" that have egregious spelling and grammar mistakes on them. I am very unhappy with this school and will be seeking out another school for next year. Maybe this school was once a great school, but that is no longer the case.