Oxford Prep rejects 'one size fits all'
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#1 Aug 1, 2010
There is one negative about this program. They only have a limited number of students. This school district board and administrators do not want this school to be successful. They could have easlly let OPA have Los Serranos.
#2 Aug 1, 2010
Actually, Roche could just open up another school...but was rejected in Mission Viejo...I think CVUSD followed the rules/law and she was given a site. I think the agreement is for only 2 years so I bet a larger site closer to the preferred Hills location will be found. I hope some of the kids/parents in the El Rancho community will consider enrolling for the following year since the location is now in their neighborhood.
#3 Aug 1, 2010
Multiple intelligences is a nice theory, but in the end, how can you *practically* teach the same thing in half a dozen ways to a room full of kids? Sorry, but in real life, school is just going to be easier for visual and aural learners, because reading and listening are the most efficient ways to get information into kids' heads.
Have we already forgotten that there was a time when all children (not counting those with learning disabilities or other problems) could read well by the time they finished elementary school? Kids were expected and required to pay attention in school, study, and learn... and they did. But how many 12th graders today can read as well as the average 6th or 8th grader did 50 years ago? Even among the native English speakers?
Isn't progress wonderful?
(No, I'm not blaming legal or illegal immigrants, or ESL/ELD classes. This problem has been growing for decades.)
#4 Aug 1, 2010
Enrollment is supposedly based on a random lottery..Random? I think organic enrollment at Rhodes will be way down this year. The kids at El Rancho would have to go through the random(?) lottery selection as well.
To CHMom, the success of the school shouldn't depend on location. If the teaching program is what it is made out to be they should be successful no matter the location. They wanted the school in Chino Hills because of convenience. Most of the enrollment is from the southern part of the cities.
#5 Aug 2, 2010
What ever happened to the basic "3 R's?" Personally, I think teaching in general needs to get back to basics and REAL BASICS.
All this "new age" stuff looks good on paper but, what I have noticed is that kids today really don't understand the basics the way they should. Also, I've noticed with all this "new age" stuff it seems like the kids who are successful are the one's who Parents are involved, "literally." The parents are doing the "actual" work, not the kids. Don't believe me... tell me of one kid who did a 4th grade mission project 100% on their own.
Get back to basics...
#6 Dec 26, 2011
It looks like this new school will be turned down. It has been way too much of a thorn on the sides of 'some'. Top scoring school?, any nail head that sticks out will be pounded down. RIP OPA.
#7 Dec 30, 2011
Guess it would be sticking around longer. A stick on the side of the CTA. More excellence and real education for our children!
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