My son has been at Magnolia Science Academy for four years and I feel it has been the best for him. Smaller environment which has given him more confidence. He had a year that he did not do well at all because of a couple of teachers. This year he has had great teachers and it shows in his grades. He has all “A”s, but a single “B” which is something that he has never had before. There is actually a good competition between him and his sister that attends another public high school as a senior. This last semester his grades were better than hers and he was so proud of himself.
The teachers know their students on a first name basis. He is somebody at Magnolia. They know how they are doing in the classes too. I was amazed that a teacher that doesn’t teach my student came around and was discussing what they needed to do next. The personal attention is second to none from what I have seen and experienced in public schools. I feel that they progress with their work and are accelerating their knowledge.
Each individual teacher makes more effort to be acquainted with some of the unique needs of many of the students at Magnolia. I feel the teachers are very flexible as to classroom behavior. Rather than teaching via traditional methods in one particular way, they accommodate how learning is done for tailored for each individual student. For example, they differentiate between different learning styles allowing hand fidgeting items in a classroom for students who listen better. They have the students take a stretch break so they attend better half-way through a class. They allow them to peer-tutor each other during reading hours. They do not just lecture but engage hands-on activities in clubs. They offer intervention opportunities for kids who struggle with dexterity in writing a lot of information. They set these kids up environmentally for optimal learning, thus, they learn better. The school always make adaptive changes to the learning styles of all children. That is how this charter school improves consistently. These adaptive changes create a true learning environment. The teachers are truly concerned about students being educated.
MSA considers how students learn and succeed to ensure life-long achievements beyond the school time. I think Magnolia Science Academy is there for our children.