My child transferred from another middle school because he seemed to get “lost in the wash” at his other school. He was demotivated because he was placed in below ability classes; had an extraordinary amount of homework (mostly busy work not challenging); and didn’t have many opportunities to stand out. We have found the opposite at Magnolia. My son was able to take high level math because his abilities were determined through the placement test; homework is given daily and in our minds, is in appropriate amounts to reinforce classroom learning. We love the uniforms and the behavioral reinforcement “points” policy.
I like the support the teachers give the students if they ask for it. After school tutoring is great. I like that the kids are held responsible for their actions and parents are immediately notified of both good and bad behavior. Although my son has not been thrilled with some of his electives, it is great he has been exposed to Japanese, Art, Music and Spanish. Having Science every year is great, as well as keeping in physical education. The uniforms are a real plus. The after-school clubs are great.
I have found the teachers to be very down to earth and always available to communicate with my student and myself. Overall, Magnolia personalizes education a lot more than our local middle school. My son has thrived at Magnolia.
- Thank you MSA-1 (parents4magnolia.org)
- Positive negative points (parents4magnolia.org)
Summer is a great time for kids to relax and enjoy as well as to develop new areas of interests and get to know himself or herself. I viewed the summers that way for my kids. However, it was always difficult to find right camps and programs for my kids. I think I finally found one and it wasn’t too far. I shouldn’t have looked elsewhere to find this jewel program.
My son attended the summer camp offered by Magnolia Science Academy this year. From my previous experiences myself and others, schools usually do not provide the best programs, and they are usually the same stuff that students have already experienced. MSA did a unique program. I applaud the whole MSA staff for this program. My son enjoyed the full program. He developed more interest in Science. His curiosity came back and his investigative approach to problems flourished. His relationships with his peers and teachers, I think just got much better. I looked through some of my son’s folder. He did a lot of stuff in a short time. Moreover, this program wasn’t as expensive as I would expect. Looking at what they have done, I think they just used money wisely and spent every cent for students.
I wish MSA had couple more programs for summer so that kids would experience this program even more.
My daughter was in a very famous school district in Orange County last two years. A lot of parents choose this city for the school district. That’s why I first moved into this city as well three years ago. I have been closely following Pacific Technology School (PTS) Santa Ana. I had a couple of friends whose sons and daughters attend PTS. I wasn’t very happy about my daughter’s Math in her local public school. She wasn’t challenged at all even though I talked to her teacher couple of times. I saw her decline in Math in her two years at this school. One final obstacle for her was the Algebra screening test. Based on that screening test, she wasn’t allowed for Algebra in seventh grade because she missed one or two more items on the test. This was tipping point for me. I decided to move my daughter to PTS. After talking with my daughter, we went to PTS. She got a screening test there as well. She was allowed to take Algebra there. Besides regular Algebra course, she was challenged with Advanced math problems every week. She was trying her best effort through out the year. There were always some problems she wasn’t able to solve. But she liked Math again. I sometimes questioned the strategy of her teacher as well. But, her teacher was confident that her method works and my daughter gained confidence in Math and she is not bored with Math anymore. I don’t need to try to motivate her anymore.
From my first year as a parent of PTS, I am impressed with how teachers put all their energy and effort for all of their students. They consistently monitor student progress and inform parents right away. No student slips through the cracks at PTS. Kids are inspired to do their best and they enjoy Math and Science.
Thank you PTS!
I feel very strongly about the merits of charter schools and how they can change the trajectory of a child’s life, as it’s the case with my family.
My youngest son is advanced in science. While many schools lack the ability to foster a student like him as they are focused on students who are struggling, at Magnolia Science Academy my son’s gift is recognized and his growth encouraged. Rather than having the entire class work through the curriculum at once, the students group together who are on the same level, so my son and others like him can move forward when they are ready to, rather than having to wait. After-school activities and the science club at the school also provide extra learning opportunities within settings that are further focused on the topic.
Charter schools instill a love of learning in their students from the very beginning which translates to future success in school and beyond. Both my younger son and my older son who attends Magnolia Science Academy understand they are being given the opportunity of lifetime. They don’t complain about the extra homework or other commitments because they are seeing how these things are helping them fulfill their goals.
Charter schools are setting the bar in education. They encourage autonomy, exercise accountability, and the quality of education they offer is excellent.
I believe that students would be more successful when their parents are involved in their school. I think there might be even research studies that look at this issue. My son goes to Magnolia Science Academy for the past two years. Before, he finished the assigned elementary school in our neighborhood. I thought I was involved in his school. But I wasn’t updated or reminded his behaviors or assignments as I am aware now at MSA. I appreciate getting the behavior/positive-negative points emails. Most times, when you ask a child how their day was, they will purposefully NOT mention, negative points, or detention.
If there is any action needed to be paid attention by parents, I am aware right away.
And it definitely helps the child to understand and be reminded of their actions when they are at home.
Moreover, it helps the overall communication between the teacher and parent without having to wait until a parent-teacher conference so that negative behavior does not go any further. Timely action helps student, late action wouldn’t help any problem. I also love the fact that we can keep track of homework. Many schools do not have these systems or the teachers do not know how to use it efficiently.
I love Magnolia Science Academy teachers, staff and administrators. They listen to parent’s concerns and act accordingly.
Thank you MSA!
MSA 5 is an exceptional school that prides itself on maintaining good communication between both parents and students. The teachers and staff work very hard to see that the students receive the attention and encouragement they need to advance to higher education. They offer specialized programs such as Advanced Math, Computer Science, and Science programs which involve many competitions throughout the year. They have tutoring and after-school programs such as running club, food critic, year book club, and robotics. I would not send my son anywhere else. He has learned so much.
I am a parent at this school and I can’t be happier to support a school that is dedicated to teach our kids and to help them be the best they can be. My son is in 7th grade he is doing wonderful. I’m happy to have my son in a school that provides the support our kids need. Great teachers, wonderful staff, love the way the principal always like to reward students who do better. Thank you MSA-1 for all the great job..