We were new to the school this year and we are terribly disappointed. Long story short our son's small group was being taught in the kitchen, a small kitchen that is used for a storage area for all kinds of things. The door had to be open because the air was out on a heat advisory day. I pulled him out that day. But most of all I could never get what I felt was an honest up front answer to any of questions from the staff. In the end, although I think the academics are great I did not feel safe leaving my child there and could not trust the staff's communication with me.
Our daughter was extremely excited about all the new faces at school the first day of school. She has been with SDCS family since the age of one. Changes are inevitable and SDCS is growing because of the incredible school it has always been and continues to be. SDCS was school of the year for a reason and there are several of them. The principal, front office staff and teachers work extremely hard to make sure every child is successful. SDCS was also given an Academic Excellence Award from the Arizona Department of Education. Our family hopes that the school continues to grow and we are confident that our child's education will continue to be top-notch.
I am sorry that parent feels that way about the front office. I wish they would get to know the school better. It is nice as a parent to see the same familiar faces year after year at the front office and in the classrooms. They have an amazing staff that truly cares about the well being of each and every child. My child has been here since kindergarten and is in Mrs. Cote's 5th grade class this year. The excitement I see in her to want to come to school to learn and do better is beyond words. I am truly thankful to SDCS for giving her the foundation for learning!!!
My daughter was so excited to return to school this year, especially with all the new additions to the campus. She has attended SDCS since Kindergarten and has grown so much academically and socially over the past two years! I attribute this to the care of her teachers and the staff of SDCS as well as my involvement as a parent. I greatly appreciate the communication from her teachers and staff, especially the progress notes! I know long before receiving report cards and parent teacher conferences how she is progressing! Thank you.
I have heard so many great things about this school that we decided to enroll our child at SDCS. So far I couldn't be more disappointed! The communication is HORRIBLE from the office to the teacher. I have no idea what is being taught, what the daily schedule is, class rules, etc. I feel totally in the dark. I don't see any nuturing going on as the school claims. I believe that with so many new families it's growing too large too fast & they can't handle it. The only good thing that I see is the playground addition. Other than that, a terrible experience so far!!!
This is a great school to go to if your child can keep up and has enough time for the amount of homework they give you.(i dont have any problem with it but many students do) As a student myself, I believe we spend more time preparing for aims subjects )math, reading, writing, science). The rest of the subjects (social studies, geography) are given less attention to. If your child is into sports, then this is NOT the place to go to. SDCS has been improving their after school activities but being such a small school, we dont have as many great athletes, although the pe teacher is a favorite to ALL students. SDCS is an amazing school but i think it really helps if you start from the the beginning (1st, 2nd grade) and work their way up. Those who come from a public school have an obvious sense of struggling.Overall I think SDCS is a great school for students who have a dedication to learning and not for students with pe for their favorite subject.
I have been taking my kids so SDSC for years and they are doing wonderful. They are way ahead in the learning curve and their experiences will help them in the future.
Mrs. Majeed is always loving and caring to her students. My child adores her teacher, Ms. Richard. The after school programs could use some improvements. The violin program was superb last year but not this year. Overall a great school with awesome teachers and staff. THANK YOU!!!
Self Development Charter School has a great middle school program that challenges the students. I am so thankful for what my children are learning! They are getting are great foundation and appreciation for learning and want to learn more. Thank you Mrs. Majeed!!!!!
I was very fortunate to find Self Development Charter School!!! The teachers, support staff and principal gave above and beyond to make sure every child is learning the way they need to. The kids are learning a grade level above Arizona State standards and do amazing!!!
This school is amazing!! They want to make sure everyone succeeds!!! Mrs. Majeed the principal is very much aware of what all of the students are doing and where they are at and wants to make sure they are getting what they need to succeed!!! I am so happy we found Self Development for our children!!!!!!
My daughter started off at this school without ever attending preschool, when she first started kindergarten she was behind compared to other students but the attention the teachers have given her is amazing, she is reading, adding and subtracting. I truly appreciate this school and would recommend it to anyone that wants there child in a safe, learning environment. Thanks to Mrs. Steiner!
my son was transferred from a public school to self-development, and he love this school. He felt being challenged whereas he felt the learning pace is too slow in the public school. His teacher has been taking very good care of everything to help him fit in. I can't thank the teachers enough.
I would highly recommend this school if you are not happy with your kids in academic learning, especially in public schools. My daughter loves this school, and she wouldn't leave this school. Thanks a lot to Ms. Richard, Mrs. Benjamin, who are great teachers. And special thanks to Mrs. Lori, who has been working so hard at pulling out kids working on math. I can't find any school like this in AZ.
This school is academically acceptable,and I am very fond of that.However,older grades would be more likely to stay there,if they were treated as a regular midlle school would.Furthermore,they need to teach the kids to be more independent,and not so soft.Other kids WILL be mean to them when they proceed to being older,because some people are just ruthless,other than that I LOVE this school,but more 'casual days' would be nice. Thank you staff and teachers,and of course the principal.
My child has attended Self Developement Preschool since he was a year old, and has since moved on to Charter School. The school staff at Self Development is commited to learning and challenges my child which is a plus. I would not think twice about recommending this school to others.
I love the caring staff at self development charter. they are very helpful and my childs teacher Mrs.Benjamin is a wonderful teacher. My daughter loves her I woul not even consider send my chid to a different school.
OKAY I'm sorry but this school is terrible and all they care about is loading us up with homework and looking perfect! uh its so despicable!
This is a fantastic school. My daughter has been enrolled since KG. The dedication from the staff is second to none. I'm such a proud parent as my daughter is now in the top 1% of the nation in Math. She scored 'exceeded' in all three categories of the aims test. Yes there is homework. Yes there are maybe to many rules :) Yes this school does require a lot of parent time at home. In return however is the near perfect environment for learning! In AIMS results for 2008-2009 this school finished 1st in academics in the whole state. If you are a parent who does not have time to help their children, participate in homework and keep to the schedule. If you child has a hard time working as a team, keeping quiet and listening or is bothersome to others then this is not your school.
My daughter is in kindergardden and has just completed the first grading period. It's amazing how much she has learned in just nine weeks. When my daughter starter school she was only capable of recognizing the letter sounds and now she is reading. My daughter has even learned to add and subtract. I agree that parent involvement with homework is crucial in the success a child who attends this school. Her kindergarten teacher sends a mini progress report home every two weeks that tracks her progress and also sends spelling and math exams home for review. At the end of the grading period the teacher also met with all of the parents. My daughter is more confident now, she loves her teachers and she is participating in a violin class once a week. Can't wait to see how far my daughter's come in a school year.
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