What people are saying about Phoenix!
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As a freshmen in college, I still reminisce to my days at Phoenix. Applying to an "alternative" school was a difficult choice for me, but it undoubtedly turned out to be one of the best learning experiences. During my time at Phoenix, I learned how to be myself, and to believe in myself. Due to the love and acceptance of diversity at Phoenix, I shared my culture with my friends and my teachers, which helped me embrace the person that I was and wanted to be. Phoenix gave me many opportunities to step out of my comfort zone and try things that I soon learned I loved. The mastery grading system was easy to adapt to and it taught me to always do "best work, first time on time". I continued my education at Thomas Worthington and had no difficulty transitioning back to the "regular" grading system. I also found that socially it was a lot easier to transition, because of the many friends that I made from all the different schools in Worthington, while at Phoenix. Finally, when applying to colleges I found it easy to determine the type of schooling that worked best for my learning style, due to the personal connections with my teachers that Phoenix allowed me to develop.
Posted on: 25 February 2017
Posted by: Olesya T.
The mastery system helped me a lot. By having to go back and revise assignments I didn't do as well on, I was able to learn the topic fully. With the traditional grading system you aren't always able to go back. I also had more opportunities to get one-on-one help from teachers. Academic Option (in the middle of the day) and Learning Extensions (at the end of the day) are times where you can talk and work with teachers.
The environment of the school is fantastic! Since Phoenix is so small you get to know most, if not all, of your classmates. You can walk through the halls and know everyone's names. By going to Phoenix I made a lot of close friends and met many kind people.
The long day of Phoenix is intimidating to some people, but it doesn't feel as long as it sounds. Also, the longer day makes it so we have many opportunities to meet with teachers, do homework, and have forum (meeting of the whole grade).
As a freshman who has been through a whole semester and then some, I can say that Phoenix taught me to have a better work ethic and to get help when I need it. Overall, going to Phoenix provided me with an excellent education, fantastic learning environment, and gave me time to better prepare myself for high school.
Posted on: 21 February 2017
Posted by: Leah L.
As an alum from the first class of Phoenix Middle School I am impressed how much the school has evolved and adapted for the better over time. I use to perceive Phoenix as an alternative option rather than going along the traditional middle school path when I first applied. There were a multitude of reasons why Phoenix was the right choice for me, namely this was a school where I could over perform in classes I excelled in, or embraced the patience of learning through trial and error. I am grateful that moving forward with my education, Phoenix taught me less of what to think, and more of how to think. Looking back, I know Phoenix was the perfect school for me to stop earning grades and start learning. Now I do what I use to day dream about, and it's remarkable to me that Phoenix allowed me the resources and opportunities to begin my pursuit of achieving those personal goals.
Posted on: 11 February 2017
Posted by: Anton T.
Cornell University School of Hotel Administration Class of 2017
I am currently a 7th grade student at Phoenix Middle School. When I left Elementary School, I was disappointed that I would be at a different school than most of my good friends even though I really like the grading system at Phoenix. In my opinion, the system seems much more organized than the traditional grading system. On the first Orientation Day, I found myself surrounded in a safe environment where I could learn, make friends, and be happy all the time. I also never leave the cafeteria with a hungry stomach when it's lunchtime! I used to be bullied in Elementary School by some kids in the same grade as me, but at Phoenix I feel like I am finally at a school where I feel like I belong and where I am treated with kindness. Phoenix Middle School to me is like one big family all together!!! I love Phoenix Middle School!
Posted on: 26 January 2017
Posted by: Colin W.
7th grade Phoenix Middle School [2016/17]
I am a 7th grade student at Phoenix Middle School. I really like the Mastery grading system and the blocks of time during the day (called academic option and learning extensions) to work with and talk to teachers. This time really helps me get all my work done! When I was deciding to apply to Phoenix, the main things I was worried about was being behind and being without my elementary school friends. After the first week or two I got used to the grading system and how thing ran around here. I do miss my friends, but it is not a problem. I made new friends as early as the orientation on the first day! Lots of people ask how I get throw the long day and schedule. The long day does not feel any different then a normal school day at my elementary school.
Posted on: 24 January 2017
Posted by: Lilly B.
7th grade Phoenix Middle School [2016/17]