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Old 08-04-2017, 07:40 PM
 
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Hi there, looking for thoughts from those who may know more about the school, happen to know the teachers, etc. uncertain what to expect as students seem to dropping out before it's even started. Any insight would be helpful as we have a decision to make. Thanks all
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Old 08-04-2017, 09:00 PM
 
Location: Fayetteville NC
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Lots of people make decisions about what school to send their kids to for various reasons, and to hedge their bets have their kids on lists for more than one school. If you've been offered a seat at Peak, consider it their loss and your gain!

Peak will not have any trouble filling all its seats this year, and for good reason. There will be few students dropping after school starts, and that's when it counts. There won't be any monkeying around with class sizes, and the school will be capped at a very healthy number...somewhere around 650 for K-8 is pretty amazing. Many elementary schools in Wake top 900 students, which we know is not optimal, yet they keep building them. People are hungry for good Charter schools.

The principal is the real deal. His sincerity and enthusiasm are contagious. He's a problem-solver, whereas many principals are problem-ignorers. Many of the teachers have followed him from other schools, always a good recommendation. The company itself has invested a lot of time and money into a beautiful facility, and staff are treated with respect. The staff are enjoying a full four weeks of pre-service training. At WCPSS they are lucky to get one week.

Moral Focus instruction at all National Heritage Academies is direct and deliberate, and classroom management follows the best practices of the profession. Teachers who are passionate about their subject area accomplish nothing if they aren't also excellent classroom managers!

Have you had a tour yet? Definitely go and get a feel for it. Things are a little sterile right now because teachers haven't had a chance to personalize their rooms, but you can meet some staff and gather your own impressions.

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Old 08-05-2017, 06:09 AM
 
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Our child has already started school as well but it's not a deterrent for us. If anything, it's a few more weeks of education.....can't balk at that. We have toured and of course the secure building is more appealing than the trailor our child is currently in. Our child actually wants to try it so it's sort of exciting but of course with anything new, there's always that unknown. But you won't know if you don't try. Thanks for your input and would welcome more from others if they have it.
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Old 08-05-2017, 08:16 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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Stagemomma hit the nail on the head here:

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The principal is the real deal. His sincerity and enthusiasm are contagious. He's a problem-solver, whereas many principals are problem-ignorers. Many of the teachers have followed him from other schools, always a good recommendation.
I'm not a fan of National Heritage Academies, or of charter management companies in general, but they got this hiring piece right. Principal Steve Pond is going to launch this school into the air like a rocket. Leadership is everything, and he is the best of the best. Some charters, even great ones, have sputtered or failed because of soggy oversight, but I don't expect that to happen here.

OP, if you have a chance to attend, and you aren't satisfied with your base school, I would try it. What grade level(s) are you looking at? If you wait a year, they are likely to have more applications, therefore diminishing your chances in a lottery.
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