At first, my son was quite hesitant about attending Magnolia Science Academy when I had told him that he was not going to continue 6th grade at his old school. He was sad at first and asked “why?”. “You will be challenged”, I replied. I told him that I would be able to see actual grades instead of number scale grades, and I would be able to monitor his progress, missing assignments and behavior. Moreover, I’ve heard good stories from other parents as to how well their children did in all sense academically and as an individual.
Some of the positive experiences that I have observed as a parent in this school is that, the administration is very engaged in the progress of students. I am amazed that they are very friendly and that they know every student and most of the parents by name. That is something that I have never encountered with any school before. It’s nice to feel welcomed in my son’s school. I really like that they have the extra tutoring which helps all students improve and gives them the motivation to do better. Also the Coolsis is a great tool for parents to be on top of their kids’ progress.
For that, I thank all MSA staff members.
We were all honored when our son selected for the Lego Robotics club as well as the invitations to the Math club. Study Table has been good for him too as he gets focused time to work on the homework that challenges him the most. He has really come out of his shell and gaining confidence in his scholastic abilities.
Our son was absent from school for about a week, due to an illness. While he was out, the staff and every teacher was very helpful by providing with the necessary materials for our kid to study. Once he returned, everyone helped him and all the teachers went out of their way to get our child back on track.
I’m thankful for the dedicated Magnolia Science Academy staff..
Hey fellow parents,
How great it is to share our thoughts and opinions about our children and their school. The feeling of community in the Magnolia is the one I like the most.
I want to give a quick shout out to all the teachers and staff members at MSA. My God! How great are you guys! I feel like Magnolia is our second home!
We love the school’s diversity; our kids have a chance to explore different cultures at a very young age. I have no doubt that’s going to make them stand out, one step ahead of their peers. Those Gulen charter schools rumors around the web about immigrant teachers and ulterior motives? Let them blab away! I’m proud of our teachers and thankful for their dedicated hard work!
Last year, my son had a chance to go on a Europe trip with his teacher. This is a middle school student going out to see the world, opening his eyes and widening his scope. I know, I wasn’t going to be able to make that happen for him. You should’ve seen the way he came back and retraced their steps of the trip. Even I learned a bit of history from him!
Neighborhood charter school
Recently, we received an invitation for a Magnolia Open House. I wanted to learn more about the charter school in our neighborhood and decided to attend.
The principal presented the charter school. I especially liked the parent collaboration program called ‘Home visits‘; that sounded original. The school had an automated information system which provided parents with their child’s behavior, grading etc. The school’s API index was really impressive; it was higher than the competing schools around, improving over time since the inception of the school.
I decided to enroll my daughter at Magnolia Science Academy for the upcoming school year and filled the online application.
Back home, searching for Magnolia Science Academy, I happened to read a few blogs titled Gulen charter schools, authored by “Investigative bloggers” or “very concerned (?) citizens.” Your blog offers clear and concise responses to their claims.
As a prospective parent, I’m very excited about her new school and don’t want such bogus sites to affect other uninformed parents.
I have a daughter who graduated from MSA San Diego and my younger daughter started 6th grade at MSA this year. I am so amazed with the kind of transition I’ve seen in my younger daughter. My 6th grader changed from an irresponsible little kid into a responsible and hardworking young lady in only 3 months, thanks to her teachers’ hardwork and discipline. There are many activities I can just go and participate as a parent at the school. For sure, Magnolia is the best school my two daughters ever attended.
A big “Thank you!” to the founders and staff of Magnolia Science Academies for such a great experience.
Wow. It’s been more than two months since I’ve last contributed to this blog. It seems a lot have happened on the desperate Gulen charter schools labeling campaign in the meantime.
I’ll share these developments time to time. It may take time, since there is still some buzz -though at an insignificant rate- going on regarding Gulen charter schools myth, and it is quite impossible to cover all the updates in a single blog post. Yet, I’ll briefly mention something very important.
I was wondering who might be fabricating all this Gulen charter schools spam, if not junk, and posting them to wherever they could on the Web. Now, I know some clamorous members of the Gulen charter schools choir, and I mean it. On the Web, there is substantial evidence on the identities of these people, publicly available to careful eyes. However, I’m not planning to share any names at this point…
There are still missing pieces on why they picked Magnolia charter schools or Gulen, or some minor presence of international staff as topics to their unfounded arguments. What does Gulen have to do with U.S. charter schools anyway? Of course, taking each and every “Gulen charter schools” allegation serious is pointless. I am not in a position to answer questions like those above, but I can say that there are obvious points in this matter that are no news as well. It is crystal clear that this titular Gulen charter schools stuff is nothing but an organized effort which is artificially fueled by folks who are paid for attacking successful charter schools like Magnolia.
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).
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
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.
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.