Would you recommend attending Uno Network Charter School if you had the choice? Why or why not?

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Anonymous, Student, Uno Network Charter School, Class of 2016

Absolutely. Sure, the uniform is annoying. You get infractions because you wanted your nails to be a pretty purple for a day, and blazers in the spring/summer time? The stifling heat! You hate that class is too difficult/easy for you, you hate having to wear your uniform on field trips, you hate the disgusting school food, you hate the lack of clubs.

But I'd sacrifice all these things if it meant I could have what I have at UNO, and I would go through it all again. I've never seen teachers so caring and dedicated, not even in my elementary school years. It can't be for the money--UNO doesn't pay all that much. It can't be for job stability--we've seen a lot of teachers come and go. It has to be because your teachers want to see you be someone, and they know you're fully capable of doing so. No other school will have teachers and students with more personality. A history teacher who rips the American flag from its post, runs all around the room, stands on top of a chair, and shouts at the top of his lungs to explain wars. An Algebra teacher who does anything and everything to help you fundraise for academic trips. A Biology teacher who (for a minute only!) allows you to whip out your phone and post pictures of the "coolest" dissected fetal pig ever to social media! A writing teacher who makes writing seem like more than just an art, but a tool for social change and justice. A Mandarin teacher who, despite being very strict and having an accent that's sometimes hard to understand, teaches you about the beauty of China (and learns some Spanish words in the process). A Spanish teacher who reminds you of the old, patient Mexican uncle you've never had. An English teacher who adores English to the point of referencing grammar-related songs ("Oxford Comma", by Vampire Weekend).

These people make UNO what it is. And may I say, for a person who is socially awkward and has great difficulty making friends, I've found a lot at UNO in many shapes and sizes, and some of the best I've ever had. This school shouldn't be called a school, but a family, and that is not an overstatement. And I wouldn't give any of these people for all the tea in China!

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