Posted March 26, 2013
Dobson is a fantastic small school. We have about 550 students with an average class size of 25. We offer art, music, PE, technology and library as special area classes. All of classroom teachers are certified and Highly Qualified.
I think Dobson is definitly a step up from the average public school. The teachers are great, the staff is caring and responsive. The amount of parents who volunteer is amazing. The Jr. High could use some work, and lockers, which are now designated for the 6th graders only. I'd like to see more extracurricular activities offered, and more attention on the dress code, which seems to be getting sloppier. The lunches offered are good, but too small for my older children. A small salad bar would be a good addition to the cafeteria. Compared to other area schools Dobson comes out ahead, but needs a little fine tuning.
Getting ready for the new school year and first grade. So far we have been very satisfied with Dobson's curriculum. The small class sizes are great. They are a very academic school and offer Spanish, Computers & P.E. for kindergarteners, which is part of the reason I picked them for my child. Also liked their core values: Be Safe, Be Respectful & Be Responsible. Lots of opportunity for families to get involved, as much or little as you want. Big on fundraising; great volunteers. All the staff members I encountered were also very helpful and active in the school as well. Only thing I would like to see is more extracirricular activities, like sports, and more of a play area for recess. I'm sure it will grow in time and with more money.
My children had wonderful, encouraging, caring teachers. I can't say enough about how wonderful these teachers are. I do however think the Principle needs to be more hands on. Academics have slipped and the disapline is very lacks. I was told,'that no one child would be allowed to disrupt the learning process!' and 'testing would preformed to identify disruptive childrens special needs'. Instead these children hold the classroom hostage like public school. Dobson Academy is a 'business' of numbers and $$. Uniform code has been uninforced especially in the Junior High. The parking lot is nothing more than a death trap for my children every day! The Dean is useless! Need someone who is more involved. She has little involvement with the students and quite frankly, I think she should pay the school for letting her 'Hang around'.
Good school with lots of parental involvment and extracurricular activities. Great before and after school daycare. However, very high expectation of students that are not always developmentally accurate and lots of homework every night (average 2 hours). Many students come from affluent families, stay-at-home mothers.
One of the things that I love about Dobson academy is the fact that they don't have too much of extracurricular activities, One thing they have is P.E.,which my kids love Mr. Moore their p.e. teacher, they also have art which my son loves,music, both of my kids enjoy because they both are musical incline,and Spanish which I'm really happy for that since is my 1st. lenguage. So to me that is good enough.My kids went to public school and they hardly learn anything because the time was taking for all this extracurricular classes, and when the year was over, they hardly new their math,spelling,etc.but when I put them in Dobson Academy in only few weeks my kids improved on all their basics and now are doing awesome on every one of them.Another thing that I love about this wonderful school and that is that our teacher really hear us parents and we don't feel ignored when we have an issue or complain,they work with us.My kids are bless going to this school,I have a lot of friends who see their improvent and which they can live closer so their kids can come to this school.
Quite a few teachers to just die for. Getting better every day. Great small school atmosphere. Private school quality. Great principal inspiring teachers and students to better themselves. Research based reading curriculum.
When I compare the education that my younger child is getting compared to what my older child got in public school, I am amazed! This school had my kindergarten aged child reading like a pro. I have friends with children in second grade who do not do as well. I have been highly impressed with the curriculum, teachers, and the principal who is never too busy to pay attention to his students!! This is not found every day. Great job Dobson Academy. My daughter is now entering second grade and I can not imagine sendng her anywhere else. There are two things that I feel need improvement; the parking/pick-up/drop-off situation (it is getting better) and the children need more access to the playground which is there and looks like a lot of fun but is always locked up.
This School no longer has a 200 day school year, its now at 175..Lock downs have never been practiced here. No Library yet..Since Its a Charter School lots of volunteering and $ to be raised by students families. Not Enough outside space/equipment for Pe Or Recess.
My daughter started attending Dobson Academy in the 2nd grade and she will be starting 7th grade in the 2003-2004 school year. This school has been great and improving every year. My daughter will finish through 8th grade. I highly recommend this school to my coworkers and friends.
I love the atmosphere at Dobson Academy..it is like sending my children to a private school without paying tuition!
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