This school is beautiful. It has an old elegant feel. The children seem to respect their building and take care of it. Mostly black children attend, but they had displays of artwork for all different holidays, Hannukah, Christmas, Ramadan. The teachers were very nice and as I observed their teaching methods, the kids watched movies such as the Lion the Witch, and the Wardrobe, but were expected to write reports about it! That's the kind of school I love. Very nice, and very cultural! Their reading and math scores are not far behind either!
This school is well equipped for all types of students. The strong concentration is on spanish speaking children as there are many. I like that the children are encouraged to interact, but the teachers could enforce a more timely schedule. There is also a group of teachers who are dedicated to the special education classes. They do well, and the students are also well engaged. The lounge where parents come to visit is also welcoming; donuts and coffee for all! Most important, the children seem to enjoy the atmosphere.
This school was particularly interesting because of the "homes" that they have for each category of interest, such as cosmetology, nursing, travel and tourism. The students seemed pretty independent and attentive. The teachers were encouraging and never shunned questions. I didn't see fights here, which is different. The only down I saw was the low attendance rate. But for those who attend regularly, they're definitely getting something out of it; the school has a great college entry rate.
I'd heard much about Lehman and decided to check it out for myself. Not only did I find that Lehman college is very involved, but the students here have goals of attending. Behind a good school, is a good principal. Every student I spoke with said that he definitely makes it enjoyable, he understands them. Their AP classes are also instructed very well; and the students demonstrated their understanding with lively read alouds. I didn't see any fights as I usually see in schools. Definitely, a top school.
It is very difficult to concentrate in a cramped classroom, but much more when your textbooks are missing pages. While here, I noticed tattered books, glum teachers, and quite a few fights. The school was clean, but it just felt frightening, especially with metal detectors! I'm sure we can give these kids better schools, they deserve them, even in the South Bronx!
As I was listening to roll call, maybe half the students were there. I later was informed by a teacher that this is a constant problem. The school has great community service program to keep the students involved, teaching them of the good they could do to help their community; the problem is, not many are too interested. When I heard the students read aloud, there was little difference between seniors and freshmen. There are definitely many things to work on.
Being that this school is so close to home, of course I had to visit it. Though anyone would admit that the test scores should be higher, I give props to the teachers, they do seem engaged. On one particular Wednesday, I was able to sit in the class and observe their teaching methods. I was impressed at the way the children responded, so enthusiastic. I'm sure if they keep it up, their grades will be up in no time. My only gripe is them having 5th graders there. I think they still belong in the elementary level, so the teachers can give more help to those that are in need instead of dealing with "he said, she said".
I like that this school offers so much cultural diversity. When visiting, I was greeted by murals; the key interest is science, art, and technology. This is definitely a school where kids want to learn. After reviewing records, even their college admission rates are good. Talking to the teachers, they say it's a pleasure working at Bayside. I'd definitely send my kids here.
I decided to go with a small bank (not a good idea, since they don't exist in other states) because I thought they'd offer more personal guidance. Well, they didn't contribute much to my savings or help me plan for my future. They did have good percentage rates for CD's though.
Before I got married, we decided we should see a financial advisor, and it was a great idea! Not only did ___ show us how to manage our money, but they thought of little things, like what happens if one lost their job. It's really come in handy!