Hahaha it's quite obvious the staff is responding, give me a break who said anything about "sons"? Yeah, maybe you should do a better job of trying to be discreet. This doesn't surprise me, sloppy front staff and a principal who runs and hides behind problems. Not every school is perfect. Vanderpol is a great teacher never said she wasn't, the fact the school can't take feedback also says alot. Keep entertaining yourselves on here! Carry on as you were!
This is a great school with hard working teachers. Ms. Vanderpol being one of dedicated teachers. Like all communication , it takes at least two people. From my experience, she is a great communicator. I stay involved my my son's education, take the time to know the staff, and support the curriculum at home too. Considering that parents have a choice in schools, I will continually support this school, especially his teacher, by being a part of his education.
Love CTA Independence! Confused by the complaint about teachers, office staff, and the school regarding communication. The strangest part was about and their sons bus accident since CTA Independence does NOT and never has offered bussing. Miss VanderPol is an outstanding teacher in my opinion. She is disciplined but fun and the kids love her. If you didn't get a response from an email then look into other causes before blaming a teacher. Miss VanderPol and the entire Kindergarten staff are simply fantastic. My kinder is reading, writing, doing addition, subtraction, and is respectful of other students as well as the staff. The curriculum cannot be beat. The entire staff from the front desk to the janitorial staff, is outstanding. My only complaint , and this is a new complaint, is a decline in parent involvement. There is a requirement of 5 volunteer hours minimum each year but parents seem to be forgetting. Not sure why this has changed but it's a shame. This is definitely a 5 star school-people sleeping out on the street for 4 days to get in must mean they're doing a lot of things right:)
Great teachers and my child love here. Only bad thing here is drop off/ pick up traffic. Some of the parents totally ignore school rule and park at apartment entry way ( really bad sometimes and residence having hard time getting in and out ). Other than that it's great school.
bad experience from this school' s teacher and principal. Teacher doesn't want to make efforts with the kids who needs help and also not nice to them.
With so many terrible schools around, we made sure to do our research for our children. This school has all the things that make it great for an elementary school. It fosters a warm, caring learning environment, it provides rules for children to follow (which they need at this stage), it has awesome teachers, the principal sets a good tone, it emphasizes parent participation at least with their child's daily homework, and it actually teaches the basics of math, english,etc for a good foundation for adulthood. We wanted our children to attend a public school that allowed them to learn and grow without having to deal with bullies, what to wear, etc. We know that there is no perfect school, but this school allows us peace of mind. That is all that a parent can ask for!
Love CTA- Independence!! Great school all around. Came to CTA from a private school and I have to say I am very impressed by the school morale, dedicated teachers, academics and parent involvement. The principal does a great job managing the school and is very involved in day to day activities. There is great communication with parents. Five stars!!!
We absolutely love this school... Homework is a bit much but I believe all the hard work will pay off in the long run...
I never thought I'd be sending my daughter to a traditional school where she'd wear uniforms and follow a more back to basics curriculum. I was worried that the accelerated learning pace and homework would be more than she could handle. I couldn't have been more wrong... The discipline, rigor, and loving attention she's received from both teachers and staff truly show why this is a FIVE STAR school that rated a 10 on Greatschools. There isn't a school on the planet that doesn't have some area to improve, but CTA Independence has all right ingredients: loyal staff that supports a strong and caring administrator, teachers that cry when they see their class leave at the end of the year for the next gradef, and front desk staff that make you feel welcomed in person or over the phone. My daughter LOVES this school and I'm confident she's receiving a top notch learning experience.
Our experience with CTA Independence has been wonderful! We bought a house in the CTA boundary 5 years ago when our son was just 2 so he could attend there. Now that he's been through kinder, 1st, and is now in 2nd, we know we made the right decision. High standards, wonderful teachers, and structure, are paramount at CTA Independence. Rated in the top 10 for elementary schools in the state last school year and it's no surprise.
This is an A+ school with advanced curriculum, high standards and structured learning. The children are not only taught at an accelerated level, they are also taught respect and discipline. Awesome teachers, staff, great principal, volunteers make CTA-Independence the greatest learning environment. CTA is challenging, active parent participation is necessary, but your child will definitely find a place for highest quality education. Highly recommend this school for true education.
Mrs. Lombardi has won my kinder's heart! She'll be so sad to leave her classroom...but she's equally excited to become a first grader. Thanks for a fabulous year Suzy!
Fantastic curriculum, strict discipline and a very solid program that starts in kindergarten. The program strongly encourages parent involvement in various aspects and homework starts the very first day of kindergarten.
Love this school! My daughter attends kindergarten at CTA. Her teacher, Mrs. McCleary is fantastic. Parent involvement is a must and students, even Kinders, have quite a bit of homework but my daughter still enjoys school, loves her teacher, and is learning a ton! Some other posters have mentioned a principal that was an issue. Although I did not have any experience with that principal, the current principal is amazing. She is friendly, warm, and seems to genuinely enjoy being around children.
CTA Independence is a great school. Our daughter attends kindergarten and she absolutely loves it here. Her teacher Miss Werden is wonderful. She goes out of her way to make sure the students are learning even during their breaks. Thank you CTA for teaching our kids the way they should be taught!!!
We moved to this neighborhood specifically for this school. We can honestly say that we are not disappointed! Our child is in Mrs Hernandez's class. She is very nice and an exceptional teacher! Although this school teaches at a higher level, our son loves to learn at this school.
A great school! The teachers are professional. The students are well-behaved and eager to do their best in the classroom. I highly recommend this school to anyone that wants their child challenged academically.
I would love to know which parent wrote about the school getting better now that the principal has quit. That parent was likely on the posse of a small group that made life miserable for the office staff and the principal last year. The principal chose to return to another district in town. She was a fabulous principal and most everyone liked her, except for a group of nasty moms. The school is excellent. If you want an excellerated ciruculum, discipline, uniforms, high expectations and heavy parent involvement, CTA Independence is the school for you. If you want play time and your kids getting a master's degree in seek and find worksheets, sent them to the other neighborhood public schools. A public sorry to Mrs. Branch - not all parents are jerks. Best wishes to your new school.
Our children thrive at CTA, three years now. We are active in their lives, finding a balance between academics, music, sports and homework. High AIMS scores don't tell all, but I see CTA developing confidence and a productive approach to learning. Thanks to Ms. Branch for her work this year. Thanks to the excellent staff and talented teachers! Thanks to the District for growing CTAs and the CTJH!
It's great now that the prinicpal of just one year is leaving, now we can get back to teaching and no speedly changes and being on a power trip.
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