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..
Recently, when surfing on the Web, I came across with some Gulen charter schools comments. I also found Parents4Magnolia website, and I thank Magnolia Science Academy parents, who’re supporting their schools by sharing their experiences. I want to share my own thoughts about our school:
All the staff at MSA are kind, caring and loving. They know all the students by name and beyond and they listen to what anyone has to say. They are open-minded and fair and exhibit a true love for the children, the school and their job. They have never made me feel bad as a parent if I am unsure as to what to do regarding a situation, they offer kind, constructive help and they believe in what they do.
I really enjoy the unique programs that are offered at MSA. What my child learns in Getting Ready For Life class is such a wonderful idea, I wish I had that when I was in school. Also the fact that most/all of his graded tests that he brings home are fill in the answer and not multiple choice which I think is great and really teaches the children to study and solve the problems rather than answer is a, b,c…. The elective classes have been lots of fun for my child and they learn so much in such a short time. He states that he likes all his classes and all of his teachers are wonderful.
I know many kids don’t like to go to school at all after 4th or 5th grade. Somehow our education system starts breaking at about those grades. Magnolia magically keeps students motivated to learn and enjoy at school.
Thank you, MSA!
When my son entered MSA, he had many issues. He was immediately referred to an IEP meeting. The staff was (and remains) dedicated to the programs and services agreed upon in the IEP meeting. My son’s grades, social skills, and confidence has improved greatly due to his teachers and all the staff members involved with him.
My son says that there are no bullies at his school. He also says kids are very nice at his school. When returning from a sick absence, people who didn’t know his name remarked how it was nice to see him. He was very happy about that. There are many children in his class who have similar computer interests. He feels more at home in class than at his previous school.
As a parent I would like couple of things at the highest level from my children’s school: safety, teachers’ caring of student well-being, and environment that allows kids to grow various interests. MSA provides all of these at the highest level. I am really proud of MSA in having dedicated teachers and administrators.
Thank you MSA.
Thumbs up, Magnolia!
Magnolia is the best school that my daughter attended. She really wanted to enroll to Magnolia. She gets extended math instruction with after schools and clubs. We had problems with math at traditional public school. She never got an A in math at her previous school and she did not like the math. Now, she seems to like math, thanks to these after school activities.
Magnolia is providing a state-of-art education involving the school community more than any other school. Magnolia stands out with its diverse and culturally vibrant school environment. They build a community around the school to serve students and parents with true commitment to student learning. Educational achievement, the greatest goal for the kids, cannot be attained without maximum effort.
Magnolia is a true gem in rather gloomy educational landscape after recent recession. Recent cutbacks in California education budget seem to be replaced with even more hard work at Magnolia schools by their highly motivated staff. Magnolia’s educational quality is on an upward trend despite all the cuts. Magnolia is very attentive to parent feedback and they quickly change things around based on parent recommendations adaptively.
There are some allegations against Magnolia (namely being Gulen charter schools). These allegations seriously contradict with what we have seen at these schools by far. All we see at Magnolia is dedication and support for kids to attain their life-long goals.
Wow, it’s been a long time since my last post and I am awed by the parental support I see here. It is so impressing to read messages from parents at different Magnolia campuses and hear the same strong message that their child thrives in Magnolia. It’s no surprise to me!
For those of you who are not familiar, charter schools are schools of choice. They are public and typically much smaller in size compared to your local school. My son’s class has about 25 students. In my neighborhood school the average is 37. Magnolia is absolutely a blessing in this sense. Sorry, Romney, but I am very surprised with your comment on class size. The small class size makes a huge difference!
Almost all parents I have met at Magnolia seem to appreciate the quality of education their children are getting at this school. Without a doubt Magnolia teachers and staff are extremely caring, I always feel welcomed at the school. I also get to hear some parents complain about the facility or the traffic during dismissal time—and I mostly agree with those, but to me, what my child gets out of this school matters the most and the fact is that my son is reaching his potential and he loves MSA!!!
Well, school is starting tomorrow… The orientation was just great. There were couple new teachers, but they all looked they know what they are doing. My son seems jazzed about going back to school and that makes me happy!!!
As a parent, after looking through many websites, I have found many false comments about Magnolia being labeled as Gulen charter schools. What caught my eye is that there are many people who are making untrue comments about these schools, but do not seem to have any idea where their sources came from to blame these schools. People do not seem to have strong and reliable sources to back themselves up. There are many misleading comments, articles, and news to make these schools look bad. One should look more into the teachers, education quality, and test scores of these schools instead of listening to gossip, rumors, and lies.
You will see the difference if your kids are in this school. It is an excellent place for them to learn. the teachers and the administration are great. I have two boys that graduated here and are doing very well in college. My youngest is a senior in high school and doing great as well. Love this school! I’ve known this school since it opened and I’ll tell you it is a success year after year.
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…
Magnolia Science Academy in Bell embraces many cultures in my neighborhood, and fosters a productive learning environment. All students are given individual instruction on the knowledge and skills they need. Teachers spend many hours by tutoring them for free, and all the students’ homes are visited to create the needed bridge between the parents and the school. In our charter school, students acquire lifelong learning tools, not just information to pass their tests.
I applaud the school for this unbelievable hard-work in handling diverse group of students and parents effectively. Some marginal people with Gulen charter schools argument are not bringing out this accomplishment, and prefer to ignore appreciation parents and school districts with their made-up stories. At the end of the day, everyone is free to express their thoughts, yet hate speech differs from the freedom of speech and prejudice is something beyond pure ignorance.
I suggest everyone come and visit our school and see this success by themselves.