All students learn differently, that’s why public charter schools are so important; each school has its own learning emphasis. From ‘direct instruction’ to ‘project-based learning’, and from ‘science and technology’ to ‘Montessori philosophy’. Families can choose a school that is more suitable for their child.
Check out this video on charter schools:
I believe, this is only a portion of the benefits of charter schools.
We’re very happy with our experience with our charter school, and thankful to its staff.
Teachers in our charter school share the excitement of learning with the children and encourage parents to get involved. We have enjoyed the extracurricular activities and programs that have been offered at this charter school.
We are very satisfied with the education she is receiving and know that our child has excelled due to this amazing school.
If you seek great education for your kid in a public institution and your focus is on the benefit to your child(ren), this is the perfect school for your little one(s).
Magnolia Science Academy in Bell has been an excellent experience for our family. We are completing our first school year and we are thrilled with the decision we made to send our child to this charter school!
I like the individual attention the teachers give to helping the students excel for each child’s best potential. There is great teacher/student interaction and my child has flourished! If you are looking for a place where your child will gain a great education in a loving, nurturing environment – then I highly recommend this school.
If you enjoy reading education blogs like me, you might have read many discussions on charter schools covering a full spectrum of ideas ranging between “go” and “no”.
Though widely debated, I believe that the charter school system is a breakthrough in our public education. This innovative approach is critical for our nation and it is working.
To that end, I had mentioned a research on charters earlier in this blog. After sharing that study in my comments to a newspaper article, I received several responses. People asked whether that was the only study I could find, and some claimed that there were many others that show the contrary.
Of course that was not the only study available, and as I said in the beginning, results may vary depending on what you look and how. The following summary from US Charter Schools website serves as a good answer, and that’s why I penned this post:
Twelve studies find that overall gains in charter schools are larger than other public schools; four find charter schools’ gains higher in certain significant categories of schools; six find comparable gains; and, four find that charter schools’ overall gains lagged behind traditional schools.
If you’re further into the topic, you may read the original source as well: Charter School Achievement: What We Know, July 2005 Update
Wonderful teachers, a safe learning environment, involved and informed parents… These are some of the phrases that I use to describe our charter schools.
My daughter has been enrolled for the past two years and we love it! I really feel she is receiving a high quality education!
It is a great niche for those wanting small classrooms, teachers that genuinely care about your child, an administration desiring to do what is best for each student, and a partnership with parents. Each child is loved and encouraged to always give their best.
Lately, a friend of mine brought some online content about my daughter’s charter school to my attention.
I went through the websites she suggested me to take a look, and saw pieces claiming the charter school to be a part of Gulen charter schools, presented in an over judgmental nature. The writer(s) of the blogs were quite hasty to make conclusions about the school and its staff, drawing unrelated issues together.
I appreciate her thoughtfulness, yet, to me, they just did not make any sense.
It is sad to see that a few people still ignore this charter school’s contributions to our community because of their prejudice. I hope they’ll visit our school one day to see what actually is going on.
Both of my children are attending Magnolia Science Academy for three years. We are very happy with the education my kids are receiving.
There are five main reasons that we chose Magnolia for them:
1. Peace of mind: It is known as a school that provides a safe learning environment
2. Both challenging and rewarding for kids: The charter school’s quality of education is above the average of surrounding public schools
3. Their emphasis on math and science
4. There are many extracurricular activities to help students discover more of their potential
5. They keep parents posted, even by visiting their homes to discuss children’s progress
Thank you, Magnolia, for putting all these together.
My son is a 9th grader at Magnolia Science Academy and he LOVES going to school every day. He is eager to attend the school, as learning new concepts enables him to be self-motivated, and he is already impatient for the new school year.
I think, running a good charter school is hard work, yet it is easy to speak ill of anything. Educational outcomes show the exceptional accomplishments of Magnolia, and I think, this charter school is a chance for the surrounding community. So, people that try to vilify this charter school by generating a “Gulen charter schools” noise shall rather remember that actions speak louder than words.
As I mentioned in my previous post, the home visit program is an innovative approach that I saw at Magnolia. Basically, it’s the teachers’ visits to parent homes to inform them about their children’s performance and to discuss possible future plans. These visits yield to parent buy-in and their involvement to the child’s progress.
Topics of these visits generally include the strengths and weaknesses of the student, on what he/she should concentrate on for a better learning, and how could parents help the school along the way. Discussions even include the pupil’s academic discipline, social behavior, and the college/university alternatives that he/she might be enrolled after graduating from the charter school.
Personally, I value planning very much, that’s where every success starts; and I believe that having a good plan in hand also matters to reach the desired future for your kid. I think, home visits pave the path for these plans.
Parents get better understanding on who the teachers are by these visits as well. In parent meetings, you could only discuss general issues in a limited period of time, yet talking about your child’s future at a home setting is a totally different story.. After all, you’re the host and your kid’s teacher is your guest. No formal talks or several page reports, but rather a one-to-one chatter in a warm and friendly atmosphere…
All these result from voluntary attempts, mostly after business hours, and I think, this is one of the key reasons of Magnolia charter schools’ continuing success.
More on “why Magnolia?” will follow…
I live in Reseda and my daughter goes to a Magnolia School, completing her first school year last June. We are thrilled to be at this school. Her math scores increased remarkably in a single academic year.
The science curriculum at our zoned public school was based on kids filling out worksheets about science. In contrast, our charter school has a real science lab, and students participate in a science fair that walks them through the scientific method.
Thanks to her highly qualified teachers, the school is well recognized at the state level and nationwide. Besides their qualification, the teaching staff is incredibly dedicated, works real hard, and does care about our daughter’s academic improvement.
It is a great feeling to know that the school is always willing to go for the extra mile. I’m very grateful, and I wish success in their endeavors.