I graduated in 2006 from Scott Joplin Elementary School. I thought it was not a bad school. It was a major step up from my my previous elementary school which was Charles S. Deneen Elementary school which for the 3 years i attended my scores dramatically dropped. Once transferring to Joplin it was a major reason for where I'm at today. My reading scores were always above average and that was because i read a lot of challenging books, but my math scores significantly dropped. But Once transferring to Scott Joplin in 7th grade my math score went up 40 points to give me the highest score in my class and reading score went up 15 points. I was really satisfied.
But reviewing this Making the transition has me thinking. The school i went to was Actually the 2nd school in the district academic wise and the only school ahead of it was a selective Enrollment Elementary School. From the report the school has a 58% graduation rate after 5 years and 37% dropped out. So i thought to try and find an reasonable explanation for this. I actually think this a good school to go to. So from going to the school whats happening on the inside is great all the teachers are really working towards helping the students graduate and the have high expectations. Now the graduation rate from Scott Joplin School itself is above 80%. But you have to think of what school the students go to and what roles the environment play in helping the students. The report also is very accurate with its info. With my class it says 7 people went to Urban Prep and that's true. It also says one person didn't show up to high school and that's also true. we had one girl who was in my 8th grade class she was very sick and missed half the school year when she came back she had a brain tumor and she needed help moving around.
But here are some conclusions that i made form attending the school and living in the neighborhood. Despite a good majority of the students graduating form Elementary school some decide to do what they want. The report to mention how many students attend the Neighborhood school which is Hirsch. There is a large number of students who do because they do not get accepted into any other school. A majority of this number is the male students. There is a major issue with a male dominance for being in gangs and not giving in to others demand.
A lot of the students who went to Joplin are affiliated with gangs but those who go to the neighborhood school start off the school year and don't finish. While attending some schools they get into alot of fights and after so much fighting you get tired of i and stop going. But there is not a real way to explain these numbers. It is a ruff neighborhood divided between 3 different gangs and some do what they have to do to survive even if it means breaking into to people houses. But i also think since some students got to high school there was nothing to look forward to. They didn't have those close teacher relationships and they didn't meet some academic requirements to play on sports teams they were use to playing. But i honestly feel no two schools offer the exact curriculum or education to its students. And also another issue is how well the surrounding community of a school is doing and how much resources they are able to put in their school.