We moved to Sterling (pre-children) and now that we are new parents I have been paying attention to the school district here. Of course the star rating and reviews have me a bit concerned. As an educator myself I know that testing scores are not the end all be all. I also know that learning and support needs to take place at home as well to make a well rounded student. That said I am still second guessing our choice to start a family here based on the school reports. As an educator I also took a peek at the teachers contract for Sterling. The pay scale for the teachers in that school is just sad. As a top step teacher (more experienced) the salary is at least 10k under most school districts. It's almost laughable! It is no wonder that this school is losing out on highly qualified educators. I really think this town needs to take this into consideration. Families who value their children's education are going to move and families considering moving here will most likely change their mind after realizing how poor the school system is. It's just poor planning for any kind of growth on the towns part.
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Due to the lack of funding in this small town the school suffers in many ways. Despite it's newly built exterior the students are lacking in truly knowledgeable sources. The student ratio is generally 20 students to 1 teacher which leaves advanced or not so advanced students lost in the shuffle. There are no special programs for those with advanced needs and I was told by the school that there was nothing they could do. The seasoned teachers seem tired and the new teachers are just going with the flow. There is no innovation for our kids and no desire to succeed.
I have twins attending this school. Both of my children are tested with the level of knowledge required to pass each course. However I have noticed that my children do not bring home much homework. This worries me. I think this teaches them that they are required to work on a daily basis once they hit 18 years of age. I see no reason not to push them harder. I would like to see the school focus on placement for 9th grade by presenting material from surrounding schools and by testing my children to see what they are inclined to pursue for a career. Right now they do NOT have enough information about what career path to follow. This makes me think that the selection for a high school might be incorrect. The school should be reviewing what types of careers fit the student best and then offer suggestions about where to attend high school to fit the student's desire to pursue the career of their choice. The teachers/staff seem like they are actively involved with directing my children. I don't feel like my children aren't involved with course curriculum. But they can definitely benefit from career path information at this point in their lives.
More communication needs to take place at this school especially between parents and teachers. Teachers need to inform parents when child is getting special resources. Testing child without parental consent is not acceptable!! Severe lack of communication in this school.
CT Magazine just rated Sterling Comm. School as dead last in performance for small towns in CT. 29 of 29. Scores were based on 2007 8 9 CMT's.