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|Fri, 09-17-2010 - 11:10am|
Last year was a disaster. The local public schools are a mess. They rank top and we are in a wealthier area. But kids are doing drugs in the classroom, having sex on school property (bathrooms, locker rooms, etc), some of the staff is abusive and some even seem quite mentally unstable. Almost 30% of the teachers are uncertified (in Texas, you do not have to be certified to teach in the public schools). My daughter was seriously and openly sexually harrassed and the staff would do nothing about it. They just said "boys will be boys."
SO, we heard all these great things about this small charter school. We put our children on the waiting list there. They both ended up getting in by the 2 weeks before the first day of school. It is supposed to be a math and science school. Problem is, it is project learning. Everything seems to involve a project, literally. This might not be so bad, but they seem to have gone to an extreme.
They spent the first just over week and a half doing a group project, school wide, not assigned to classes yet, to teach team building and how to do a project and such. Then, they broke in to their classes. BUT, with that, each class started a project. But these projects are not really related to the subject. This is high school. These are supposed to be high school level courses. In fact, they are supposed to be preAP and AP. Yet, here we are, 4 weeks in to the 36 week school year and they have not even started Chemistry. Algebra 2 just now started, but they are doing review from preAlgebra and before still. I am concerned. So we are now 1/9 of the way through the school year, and they have not even touched Chemistry or Algebra 2. Oh, and there is an issue with the French class so that has not even started yet. That class is a study hall until they can start it.
I am considering that I should consider looking elsewhere. The problem here is that for private schools where we live, entrance exams have to be taken in the fall and then get those back and applications due in January. Admissions letters do not go out until March and you usually have a few weeks to commit to a school so we have time to make the final decision. But if we are considering switching, we need to at least get signed up now to take the entrance exams this fall.