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Chandler Traditional Academy-Humphrey5
Posted April 01, 2015
- a parent
I love CTA Humphrey! My kids love going to school there and we have had a string of amazing teachers. We tested my daughter into kindergarten early and she passed the entrance exam with flying colors but did not do so well with the advanced curriculum. I do wish that the school district would offer a seperate entrance exam for students entending on enrolling at a CTA School. Despite her troubles academically her teachers have been working dilligently to help her catch up. She is now reading at the correct level and is a math machine. The PTO is very involved and offers alot of fun events for the kids. My oldest daughter loves all of the extra curricular after school programs and tries out for everything they offer pretty much. Dont let the low score fool you. Schedule a tour with Mr. Hickey and he will wow you with his knowledge and obiois love for his job. A+
How bizarre that people rate a school because children who are behind and have behavior issues attend. What the heck? What school does not? Welcome to the age of kids ruling the roost. i guess you do nt want those kids serviced. Well welcome to 90 percent of the kids in the USA. There are no schools where this is not an issue. If you want a fast paced class or curriculum schedule with no interruptions you will have to go home school or private and even those in Az do not have small class sizes anymore or funding. Parents are ignorant. Maybe I should claim to know how to do your career with no trianing or education. My kids go here and I adore all aspects of the school except other parents behavior not their children's behavior.
5 stars for Humphrey Elementary!!!! My husband and I stopped in unexpectedly with no pre-scheduled appointment to meet the Principal and our child's teacher. Principal Luke Hickey was fantastic. He greeted us immediately and thoughtfully spent time answering every question we asked about Humphrey Elementary, the teachers, the security and generally the overall operation of the school. We previously researched schools extensively and we're prepared with many questions. Principal Hickey was exceptionally knowledgable about every topic discussed. He strongly believes in building positive relationships and promoting open lines of communication among students, parents, school staff and community members. He answered questions about school security and confirmed a solid action is in place to ensure that our children are safe and secure. The campus, playground, classrooms, gymnasium are clean and inviting. The front office staff Lisa and Aimee were delightfully helpful and patient. Our child's teacher Mrs. King is amazing. She thoughtfully and graciously takes time to discuss any questions we have. It is evident that our child feels comfortable with her is now excited to attend school.
I have sent three of my children to CTA Humphrey for the last three years, since they were in K, 1, and 2. In that time, I have volunteered as the Art Masterpiece teacher for two grades for all three years, and have had the honor of working with many of the faculty and staff. One child briefly entered the CATS program and attended another school, where he was treated as a number, before happily returning to his Humphrey family. It will be a sad day when my boys graduate from Humphrey, as it is for many of the sixth graders I see sobbing as they hug their former teachers, Mrs. H, and Principal Hickey on their last days.
I am so happy my child attends CTA Humphrey. I am very surprised to see some negative comments about this school. This is our 2nd year at this school and it has been an incredible experience for my daughter. Even though it is a larger school, it's small enough to feel like a family here. The teachers are super involved with the well being of the kids and know most of them by name. I can't say enough wonderful things about Mr. Hickey the principal. He is out greeting the kids in the mornings and in the afternoons saying goodbye. Love this school.
For me, the bad outweigh the good and my children will not be attending CTA Humphrey next year. These issues could easily be resolved but I do not see it happening in time for my children to benefit. The Saxon Math and Spalding Reading Programs seem to work really well for my daughter. The principal, Mr. Hickey, really is a great principal and knows my daughter by name. He is very involved and is out every morning and afternoon for drop-off and pick-up. The security at the school is seriously lacking. I'd go into detail but I'm afraid to point out all of the flaws, for obvious reasons. I do not feel my daughter is safe on this campus! There is a serious lack of communication between teachers and parents, at least with my experience. The teacher is very disorganized. The ratings are low because it has only recently become a CTA, I'm sure the rating will be going up and meet the levels of the other CTA's in the area.
It is sad that parents of students who are unhappy or don't do well have to write negative comments about schools. Most students will have success when parents support their schools as partners in education. Parents with positive comments have every right to post their positive comments ,as those negative people who are never happy in any situation. This is a fantastic school with fantastic teachers. Look beyond your negativity, and you will see teachers interested in education for all students, irregardless of their income . It is impossible for students to thrive and be happy if all their parents do is complain. Think positive thoughts, if you don't fit it, be quiet and move on.
When a school claims itself to be a "traditional school" it should be just that. Traditional. However, after having my child in here for one year I see that there is nothing "traditional" about it. Don't be fooled by the recent rash of 5 star ratings. The teachers of this school just discovered that this site exists. You can connect the dots by looking at the dates of when these sudden 5 star ratings were posted.
We were a bit skeptical at first as Humphrey had such a low rating on here and we were coming from CTA Freedom, but I have to say, after some of the IEP kinks were ironed out, our family LOVES Humphrey. I have never met a more caring and understanding group of teachers and such a hands-on principal. Mr. Hickey knows EVERY SINGLE STUDENT and what's even more impressive is that he actually has a relationship with all of them! While there are still some kinks that need to be worked out, this school has done well with the transition which wouldn't happen without a great staff and a principal who is a leader. Anytime we had concerns about either of our children, a meeting was set up and we worked as a team to find a reolution. Furthermore, when my kindergartener was having adjustment issues, the drop-off teachers worked as a team to make her transition as easy as possible. Another thing to note is that they have the clubs they offer on their website to educate parents and encourage students to join. My daughters did running club and had a blast but can't wait to try cheer and choir next year. Go Marshalls!