SST has negligent staff members and does not take any disciplinary actions. Bullying runs rampant in this school. My brother only attended one semester and was bullied by many kids. NONE of the teachers seemed to notice when it first started and very few were willing to help him get his grades back in order after they fell as a result of the bullying. Around the end of the semester a kid punched him in the face and pretty much got off with a slap on the hand. However my brother got in trouble for taking out his anger by drawing in his own PERSONAL notebook. The school asked that I remove my original bad review from Google. I will not be silenced I have the right to speak freely (and no I am not a minor). It is also my moral obligation to inform parents of the Hell they would be putting their children through by sending them to SST. Middle school sucks as it is spare them the cruelties of what others have deemed a "dumping ground for kids who have been expelled from surrounding public schools..."
School of Science and Technology is a charter high school in San Antonio. The principal of School of Science and Technology is Celal Keskin, who can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. 430 children attend School of Science and Technology and identify primarily as Asian, Hispanic, and Asian/Pacific Islander. 2% of the School of Science and Technology students are "limited in English proficiency." 31% of the 430 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 54% are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at School of Science and Technology is 14:1. MacArthur High School is one of the nearest high schools.
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I definitely agree with reviewers who note the rudeness of the office staff but that's only worth one star. The administrative and teaching staff could use some coaching on parent communication and following through on their "home visit" service they tout so much. However I have found the teachers to be willing to work with me as a parent and I have no problem with the quality of instruction. My child has been in a private religious school public middle school in a large well-regarded school district and at this public charter. So I feel I have a balanced realistic expectation about Texas education. This school has limitations I would like to see being addressed extracurriculars for sure of all kinds--sports music academic and social. Fundraising alone is insufficient as a student activity. But having said all that if access to tutoring is more important to you than football marching band or UIL this place might be a fir for your family.
SST-SA has been described by students as a small school with a big heart . This school works toward college readiness and closing gaps through a learner centered approach that places high expectations on ALL students and then supports those students. SST's continuous improvement model relies on data to determine what is/not working. In the 5 years that the school has had small graduating classes (around 30 students each) students have been accepted to some of the finest and most prestigious universities in the country (e.g. MIT U.S Naval Academy UT A&M Carnegie Mellon Columbia Drexel Brandeis Notre Dame U.S. Air Force Academy etc.)! SST has a team of counselors that focus on getting students into college and getting scholarships. Each year our small graduating classes have raised MILLIONS of dollars in scholarship monies. Last year SST-SA graduated 30 seniors and between them they raised OVER FIVE MILLION DOLLARS! The culture and climate of the school are amazing and give the school more the feel of a family than a collection of students teachers and staff.
I don't care for the school my daughter has gone there for three years she will not be going any longer the office staff is rude lost paperwork can never see the administration even if you make an appt...use this school only as a last resource.
My child attended this school for 6 years from the day it first opened until he graduated high school. This is a great school. Their teachers are given the freedom to teach the principal is given the responsibility to discipline and the parents are almost required to be involved in the education of their children. This school is what the public schools used to be like before. If you want your child to learn and be taught put in an application for THIS school They teach your children on the academic level they are not at the academic level of the child who needs the most help. The help for those students are given on a one-on-basis. You don't hold an entire class behind for one student; you bring that student up the to speed individually. Thank you SST! A proud parent of a graduated SST student!
This is not a good school. They do not care about their students. Extremely disorganized.
I have the privilege to be able to say that whomever had this dream to make it come true thru this type of school deserves my utmost respect. I have been blessed to raise another child since one is 21yrs and the other is 8yrs. My son began his 3rd grade year here at the School of Science and Technology and I couldn't be more proud of his success compared to NSISD. He now can finally be the outstanding child with his most beautiful minf that this school has brought out and complements him in his everyday life experiences in which I can only imagine where his future will lead him due to the entire structure of this school. I am ecstatic that my son was picked and we will do whatever it takes to help the school help him reached for the stars. Thank you.
I currently have a 10th grader and a 7th grader at SST and my daughter will be starting as a 6th grader in the Fall. Both of my boys have done very well at SST and have been at SST since they were each in the 6th grade. I appreciate the hard work and diligence of all the teaching staff. I choose to drive my children almost an hour each way to SST because I know it is the best school for them. SST focuses on academics and preparing for college. There is never a question that they will go to college - the only question is What college will they attend? I do think that the administrative aspect of the school is somewhat lacking but the superior education and dedication of the teachers makes putting up with the office chaos worth it in my opinion. I have 3 very intelligent children we live in NISD-supposedly one of the best school districts - and I still choose to send them to SST year after year.
My granddaughter is new to SST. After three days there she has only glowing reviews for the educational atmosphere and the teachers and student who sre there to learn. I have a very good feeling about her next five years at this school and look forward to her weekly reports.
There are many concerns with the post from August 21 2013. We acknowledge that there may have been some issues with the school this particular student attended yesterday; however we do not believe this comment is about the School of Science and Technology (SST) for various reasons. First of all our uniform shirts are not sold for $15. Secondly we cannot kick out a student (although we do expel students from time to time as a result of discipline issues). Most importantly our faculty and staff go above and beyond to make sure that the needs of all of our students are met and we do have a contracted Counselor who works with our students. And to address the last concern we do have a nurse s office and have had one since our school opened in 2005. We kindly ask that these comments be addressed with the correct school as there are several schools with very similar names.
I have three students in the School of Science and Technology (SST) now. I have a child who graduated last year after attending SST from 6th thru 12th grades. My child just finished the freshman year at a local university with a 3.53 GPA. SST is a great school and I cannot believe the comments by some parents and one student. The parent who states that SST "has no clue" has been rating the school the same way for 5 or 6 years since her son could not make it at SST. She is the one without a clue about the school. The writer who says he/she is an ex-teacher could not have taught at SST or he/she would not have rated it the way he/she did. He/she is probably an ex many things because he/she cannot succeed in any position. Please note that the raters who are uneducated (cannot write well or spell correctly) are the ones who rated the school other than the excellent learning facility it is. The "student" who rated it did not attend SST or attended it for a short time. SST students write much better than that. If any student or parent is considering attendance at SST then please ignore the negative and untrue comments. SST is an excellent school with ouystanding afculty and students.
As a graduate of SST in 2012 there are many flaws within the school especially in the administration. They focus more on having their school look amazing rather than focusing on having their students excel. During my high school years there due to the numerous mock TAKS and now STAAR testing they implement those who took an AP Class(es) suffered the most for losing class time to participate in mock testing. However the teacher staff is superb. I can not say though its the same for all the staff however the teachers I had were amazing in wanting us to excel and do well in school and life. There is is a strong language/cultural barrier and I wasn't too exposed to it due to having mostly teachers that were native English speakers. However because of them it made the last four years worth going to the school.
Minus the several glaring flaws in the administration and educational options this school has one thing going for it and that is the teachers. The vast majority of all the teachers can't say all of them are absolutely wonderful. My child has come home many times praising several of his teachers. Because of the disorganization of the administration I asked my son if he ever wanted to leave his school. He told me he didn't want to leave because of his teachers and his friends (as most kids feel). I've visited the school multiple times and was able to talk to most of my son's teachers. They were wonderful and I can see that they work hard to give their students the best education that they can offer.
I have kids that attend this school. My daughter has had three teacher changes and school is not even in summer. First let me say that if you move your child will suffer because you can not register or move themto another SST. Which I think is a stupid idea. Now I drive almost 50 minutes both ways because I cant transfer them. Lunch is 3.50 like really what are they eating? My daughter is very active and was told they only provide learning for quiet non active students who says that? My son was told that American kids are not smart and being turkish was better shaking my head really? Overall I think its just a nice break for them and a rip off. My kids learn but the sacrifices are crazy. Not to mention the aftet school care does nothing it says it will provide. False Advertisment. They don't even have counslors so how are you able to help kids whose loved one may pass? I would rather have put them in public school.
As a former teacher (among a list of MANY) I have seen what happens behind the scenes in the SST system. They do not value their teachers as professionals and treat them as workers in an assembly line to build their "reputation" as a great school. They try to get as much work out of their teachers as they can so they can get their money's worth; it is not uncommon for at least one or two teachers to resign mid-year. The overall teacher turnover rate has always been high for this reason. The favoritism and nepotism that goes on is disgusting. Kids don't get the wonderful education they need especially when they have teachers whom the kids literally cannot understand because of language/culture issues so they fail their class or grades are falsified. Just look at standardized test scores for the school--low scores in science & math. Ironic. Girls and boys are treated very differently by the all-male administration with boys getting the more preferable treatment. Parents may love this school but are really kept in the dark about the realities of how things truly work. Just look at how often administration and teaching staff changes every year--that should be a clue.
My eldest child graduated from SST in 2011 and is now at UT Austin in an honors program. My middle child is still at SST and is a high school student. I feel that SST prepared them well for the SAT and AP exams. Now that the school is more established there are more experienced teachers and I feel the quality of teaching has improved every year. So too has the organization and the communication. SST is a close knit school with teachers who know the students. It's a very friendly campus and socially an easy place for kids to make friends and be involved. The school does an excellent job of encouraging every kid to apply to a 4 year college. The 2011 graduating class sent kids to MIT Columbia Rice Univ. of Pennsylvania UT Austin A&M the U.S. Naval Academy and other colleges. Having had kids at SST for many years now I'm very proud of how this school has improved over time and how it has grown into one of the best schools in the area. It's very safe and students are welcoming of newcomers. As a parent I've loved our experience with SST!
This school has no clue what it is doing. I am sorely disappointed as I am the only one involved in my child's education. The academics are not as fantastic as some of the other reviews would suggest. I just think some people have absolutely no standards or point of reference when writing a review. From a parent that does have standards this place tanks. They talk up a good game and fail on delivery. This place is a dumping ground for kids who have been expelled from surrounding public schools bullied out of public schools and teachers that are not licensed to teach and would not be hired by a traditional public or private school. Those are the questions I would ask before enrolling your child unless of course the only reason you are here is because you have no other choice.
All around good. the kids were well behaved the teachers were nice. As I said just all around good!
It's really great school. It meets standards as a public charter school serving with very dedicated staff and administration. I would recommend this school to every parent who wants their child to succeed.
Great environment for middle school/high school kids. The teachers are committed and engaging. I disagree with the poster that complained about the intermingling of High Schoolers with the younger students. My child enjoyed this aspect completely. The older children are respectful and friendly. We have never experienced any bullying or tormenting of any kind. SST is wonderful.