Parents thinking of sending their kids to this school should be made aware that alot of what is being advertised on the school web site is not available in particular the gifted program. The front office staff are very professional and friendly. This school started off with such energy in july 2012, but sadly has lost much of it's momento.
Great school, fabulous teachers! Small setting, which makes it very family oriented. They offer P.E. EVERY day! So far we are loving this school. I would like to see more art and more of a STEM based curriculum, since these both foster a stronger level of engaged learning by the children. However, the individualized learning plan mtgs (parent/teacher conf)...that occur quarterly.... are more than most schools do to make sure everyone is on track & on the same page. I really appreciate all of the hard work that goes into the daily planning for our kids at FRLC! Thank you!
I really like this school. Cons: I do agree with the other parent about the hot lunch thing, kind of a pain! I also believe they would benefit from another body in the front office during their busy times. Sometimes it's really hectic and there's just not enough people to help with the mix. Pros: My kid is excited daily about school, and he loves his class and Teacher, and he's understanding the lessons. The pro outweighs the cons, it's the quality I wanted, and that is my bottom line. Not sure about the review from someone in April??? Classes started in August.. I wouldn't count on the credibility of a parent that doesn't think their kid is at a "real school" but keeps their kid in it for 9 months...
I find this school to be the perfect atmosphere for my children. The front office staff is always pleasant and helpful. I have never left with a question of education or safety. The teachers always greet me and my children with a smile and friendly greeting. My kids are happy to attend school, not worried about being bullied, and know they are welcomed to be who they truly are. The teachers genuinely care for each child and their growth and personal development. In my opinion, these teachers are very qualified and very educated. Fulton Ranch is truly a wonderful place and I am so happy has been established in Chandler.
This place is like it is run by a group of stay at home moms who got together and opened a daycare together in a strip mall. It's extremely unorganized, and a few times, we seriously questioned the safety of our child. They have a long way to go; I'd actually rather my kid be schooled by...most any other means. In fact, 'school' belongs in quotation marks- there's not a lot of schooling going on here. Too bad.
My children are thriving at this school. They have wonderful, caring teachers, a wonderful Principal, small classrooms, and thriving extracurricular programs. They don't make the school focus on sports or clubs, as these are offered by the school by outside places, after school where they belong. And to the below comment, FRLC advertises everywhere that public charter schools receive $1725 less per student than a traditional public school. For the quality of service that they give my kids compared to a public school, I don't care that they ask for money for various projects. I m more upset that the State chooses to barely support my decision to not let my children attend a district school, and therefore punishes my children by not giving the school as much money so I have to pick up the tab. But besides that, to parents: If you pick this school, it's because of quality, and quality needs support to grow. You shouldn't come to a school that gives 150% if you aren't willing to give some back.
FRLC fosters a loving child-first environment that has been a true blessing for our children. It is a small school and we have appreciated the focused attention on our children where they are treated as more than a number. They have thrived socially and we are quite pleased with the social and emotional saftey of our children at this school. That said, we have not been without our share of road bumps. The lack of care during breaks is difficult for working parents and there is no lunch program. As the school grows they may provide these things but the small school atmosphere we love is likely to be lost. The school also required a supply list of $150 per child at the beginning of the year and has since continued to solicit additional funding for various projects- far more expensive than a typical public school. The classroom experience varies by teacher with some outstanding staff and some struggling. Classroom ratios are similar to surrounding public school classrooms & the gifted education program in NO WAY compares to that offered by the public school district. Overall, we have been satisfied with our experience but are cautiously optimistic as the school continues to grow.
Happy that FRLC has come to Chandler. Our child is being challenged in the areas that he needs to be and is being helped in the areas he struggles with. The low class sizes and PE daily helps him focus in and out of the classroom. Thank you for bring this education to us.
We are very disappointed in this school. Our kindergartener is very bored with the worksheets geared towards 3 yr olds. We have to do a LOT of supplementing at home. It's more like a daycare, having them color a large letter or identify the number 5. They've all been taught that for years now... the kids coming out of this school will be at a massive disadvantage
I wanted a school experience that encourages a love of learning and fun, where my son would not get lost among the masses, or have to be the loudest to be heard. FRLC is all about the individual, they encourage his love of writing and reading (hes in K but reading at 1st/2nd) . Plus they dont overwhelm him with ridiculous amounts of homework - he's 5 for goodness sake if hes going to go to Harvard, then he will, but he does not require an hour of homework every night at this age to get him there. This is the school you want to send your kids to if you want them to enjoy learning, sports and music and come home with smiles on their faces. Ms Gardner (K) is adored by all the kids and her enthusiasm is so inspiring. I am 100% happy with my final choice.
FRLC has been a great school for my daughter and our family. The teachers are wonderful and the front office staff is always willing to go the extra mile. They all provide a warm loving environment along with great individual attention. They have an individualized education plan for my daughter each quarter. So, I know exactly what she will be learning in the following months. My daughter's teacher is open to my suggestions and really takes the time to explain the needs and goals of my daughter. Their academics are strong, and so is their love for "the whole child." It fits with who we are as a family. We love Fulton Ranch Learning Center!!
Fulton Ranch has been a great school for my family. We are excted about the focused education that both of our boys are now receiving. We are so blessed that they now are coming home with the excitement of learning.
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