“Gulen charter schools” rumors
My son has completed his first year at Magnolia Science Academy. In his first school, he was behind in math and reading and I believed he was not getting the attention he needed. I had begun to do research about alternative schools in our neighborhood. Since it was impossible for us to afford a private school, charter schools seemed a viable option. I have heard Magnolia Schools from a few friends one of whom also talked about something like Guelen, Gwlen or Gulen charter schools she read on the web. Since I had known too little about Magnolia, I found the rumor quite interesting but contradictory. Given that anyone can write anything on the Internet, I did not give up and scheduled a school visit at Magnolia Science Academy.
Yes, the school site had some physical limitations, like a lack of a large gym hall, but I found the principal to be very warm and honest. I asked many questions about their academic program, clubs, parent involvement etc. What I had heard from the principal persuaded me to enroll my son in Magnolia Science Academy. I also met a couple teachers who were very nice. After a second visit to Magnolia Science Academy with my husband, we decided that this would be the school for our son.
Both my husband and I are grateful that we have decided to be part of the family at Magnolia Science Academy. My son is benefiting from working closely with caring teachers. His math and reading are at his grade level now thanks to his teachers who spend time with him after class. We believe that Magnolia Science Academy teachers and principal are genuinely interested in our children’s learning. Children are getting individual attention and support from their teachers in a positive environment.
Thank you, Magnolia Science Academy! You made a big difference in our son’s life.
- A tribute to Magnolia teachers (parents4magnolia.org)
- Back to School Tomorrow (parents4magnolia.org)
- My kid’s future (parents4magnolia.org)
Ultra picky mom! Yeah! That’s me. It’s my son’s third year at Magnolia and I am asking him about every single day he spent at school, every small detail about his classes, teachers, after school programs, the food, etc. you name it…
Here is what I found after my three-year observation: discipline, hard-work, devoted teachers, individual attention, diversity, and respect. I think, these are what make Magnolia special.
Magnolia Science Academy is a great school. It offers everything I want and expect: an outstanding education in small classes, individual awareness to my son’s needs, and opportunities to try new things in a safe environment.
First of all, the curriculum is unique. The curriculum is rigorous enough to challenge my son. As a result, his self-esteem has improved remarkably.
Secondly, class sizes are legitimate. My son gets immediate attention when he needs. Small class size provides not only immediate help but also individual focus on students.
A wide spectrum of extracurricular activities offer my son great opportunities to build his afterschool program. He attends Magnolia Science Academy basketball team besides the Lego Robotics club. Moreover, Magnolia Science Academy provides expedition and exploration programs. My son has attended national and international trips, camps, and competitions with his friends and teachers.
Furthermore, Magnolia Science Academy continues to understand and emphasize a global experience. Understanding global diversity, accepting different cultures and relationships between them is vital in contemporary times. Magnolia Science Academy promotes international awareness and interest through its curriculum, philosophy, and practice. I continue to support Magnolia Science Academy in its quest to explore and cultivate such global appreciation and understanding.
Thanks so much to Magnolia Science Academy and its staff for all they do for my son. For the first time in a long time, my son enjoys learning and going to school.
And a few words to those who are jealous(?) of success of this wonderful education environment: why do you keep on and on posting junk on the web? Why do you insist on labeling it as “Gulen charter school” (whatever it means) without any evidence? You even shamelessly highlight donations from some corporations and foundations as if they were something illegal. What could be more natural than a SUCCESSFUL school being granted and awarded? Is jealousy only reason or is there any hatred out there?
Time to time, I drive near this building, yet never realized that it was a school until I started looking for other school options for my child. Just like any other parent, I wanted the best education for my kid and was not quite happy with his current school. As I started to consider switching him to a different school, I asked my friends and they all recommended private and magnet schools, except for one who has a daughter with a minor disability. She told me that she is extremely happy with her daughter’s school and asked me to check it out. I made a brief Google search, found the address, and stopped by the next day for a school tour. Upon arrival, I realized that it was the same building that I had been driving by, for many months not even knowing it.
To tell the truth, it did not quite look like a school from the outside. Other schools that I had checked had way better facilities. As I was waiting for the tour, I had a chance to observe students during transition. They all seemed to enjoy being there and looked happy. The tour reinforced my initial observations and I knew that I had found a better school for my son. Since his enrollment at Magnolia Science Academy, he is very excited and eager to go to school every day, and he loves his teachers. His favorite after school activities are mind games and art club.
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Last week, one of the parents whom I know through parent meetings, told me about the rumors claiming a connection with Gulen charter schools. I did not exactly understand what she was talking about, but I wanted to do my own research on Gulen charter schools. What I saw on the Internet was quite surprising. I watched some videos first, and particularly liked testimonials of Former President Bill Clinton and Former California Secretary of Education Mazzoni. After viewing the video clips, reading articles about the issue, I am relieved and assured that all the allegations are bogus and baseless. I advised my son not to believe in everything he reads on the Internet.
Overall, I am pretty happy with Magnolia’s education and recommend it to all parents who are looking for a safe school for their children.
We will begin by saying that we believe things happen for reason, we were so tired for the last two years trying to helped our son to have a good time and learned as much as he could at school, but very frustrated when you don’t have the help that you need from the teachers, all we wanted was a fair shot for our son. I knew public school was losing him with the big size classes, and I started looking for a new school without any luck.
One day on my mail was an envelope with a name that I never seeing before, I almost put it in the trash can, but for some reason that I don’t know I put it on the side and opened later. I was really surprised when I saw it that was an information letter for a new charter school in Orange County, right away a called to take all the information that I needed, and enroll our son.
This is our first year at the Pacific Technology School, and we can tell how happy our son is, we see such a big improvement. Now he has good grades, he understood his projects and enjoys his new fried. He look forward to go to school every day, and every day he always have something new to tell us about how good the teacher and friends are. We are truly grateful for the dedicated Principal and teachers. It is a plus all the great after school programs that they have available for the kids. My son is becoming an independent student with loads of opportunities.
Everyone we have met at Pacific Technology School seems to go to the extra mile to help you. We are lucky to found this small dedicated school and to be a part of it.
Source: “Reflections from Magnolia” newsletter – Spring 2010