It is our second year with Magnolia charter schools. I could not be more pleased with my kid’s first year. I like this charter school, because of its small environment and staff. The teachers are very helpful and understanding. They push pupils to their limits. My son’s teacher was extremely innovative when it came to keeping him challenged.
At Magnolia, students can feel safe, because bullying is not tolerated. This charter school reminds me of the small town elementary school that I attended – where the teachers knew all of the kids’ names, the environment was safe and academic standards were top of mind.
Yet, atop all above, I happened to find out some people blogging about Gulen charter schools, many of whom have no idea of what actually is going on. My suggestion for them is to take a tour of our school. I did that a couple of times, and I have observed unique and fun teaching strategies in the classroom. My child loves his school and that in itself is the best testimonial from a parent!
We were looking for a school that could handle my son’s exceptional science skills, improve his reading and deal with his mild hyperactivity. This charter school did just that. His teacher was always readily available for questions and phone calls from me.
Children are given individualized attention because it is a small school. They are well prepared for high school once they graduate. Despite the Gulen charter schools rumors and a smear campaign launched on some weblogs, the school proved its success both by increasing its scores and enrollment.
I definitely recommend this school if you want the best for your child. Our children have thrived here.
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).
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.
I’m tired of the irrational Gulen charter schools claims about Magnolia charter schools. They are good schools with no-nonsense academic standards. I was especially impressed by the school environment that forms a sense of big family comprised of teachers, administrators, and of course, students, all of whom feel a real affection to their school community.
If Magnolia teachers follow these lines as well, here is a piece of advice for them: Be open for genuine feedback but don’t be distracted with what people with some agendas say. It is Gulen charter schools campaign today, and who knows what allegations will emerge in the future.
No matter what, neither be spoilt due to your success nor feel bad when some individuals ignore these achievements; just focus on what is needed, as you have done so far.
My two cents…