My daughter has attended Kindergarten and 1st grade at Ridgeline. Both teachers have been phenomenal! They care deeply for the individual success of each student. They communicate with parents WEEKLY. I get emails of what is going on in their classroom and additional web links for home to support what they are teaching. I know that my daughter has learned much more material at Ridgeline than she would have learned in a public school. Ridgeline Academy has a small school feel with a lot of compassion for turning out highly educated students!
This school needs supervision over it's special education department staff & the Principal. This school discriminates children with special needs. In this day and age you would be surprised what happens behind closed doors. Horrible.
We moved our daughter over from a 'traditional' style charter school and find the philosophy at Ridgeline a much better fit. Her teacher is able to consider her learning style and actively works with her/us to provide the best education. It is apparent that they use current understandings of how children learn to shape the curriculum. The Odyssey Learning program is so engaging for kids that my daughter asks to use it in her free time. On a personal note, they went out of their way to make my daughter feel comfortable in her new school. Also, the staff and teachers all seem happy to be there!
Ridgeline has done miracles with my kids. Coming from a school with no communication, care and too many students.....it is awesome!!! My children are getting the obe on one attention they need. I love all of the tutoring options too. My special needs daughter has improved above and beyond my expectations. I adore the staff and how much they all care about the kids! An A+ in my book!!!
I love Ridgeline Academy and core knowledge academics! My son started in second grade and is in third grade this year. The teachers' are very attentive to the children's needs and have great communication. My son's grades have sky-rocketed. The social environment consists of ethics and character. My son loves it here. He loves his friends and his teachers. They have Music, Art, Spanish and PE in addition to after-school clubs and sport programs. The diversity is excellent -creating a positive encouraging social environment and happy children resulting in the child's will for and desire to excel in their academics. There is no tolerance for bullying. All the kids get a long no matter what their interest is. Ridgeline promotes and teaches manners, respect, and ethics among the children and their mentors. They have an excellent before and after care and summer program for working parents too - 6 am to 6 pm at a reasonable price. At the after-care, at the consent of the parent - they have a home-work time prior to play-time helping to alleviate stress for the working parent and child getting home late.
This school is amazing in every way. Great teachers, great activities, rigorous curriculum and an overall terrific environment. Best school in the area by far!
We love Ridgeline. We attended a charter school then to public school. Well her we are in 7th grade. I love the fact that they care! Love the sports!! My child is doing great! Highly recommend this school!
Two of my children attend. The teachers are awesome! All of them from the Spanish teacher to the pe teacher! Everyone is so nice. Kids are so happy! We are here to stay!
My son started in kindergarten here last year he couldn't read, he is nowreading at a 3-4 grade level. I brought my daughter year this year where see began sixth grade, she is not only academically excelling but socially so happy. From the kids to the teachers everyone is so excepting and open hearted. I love the small family feeling!
I am so happy with this school! With so many options I had a really hard time deciding where to send my daughter. Within the first week I knew I had made the right decision. Great communication between parents, staff and teachers. Love the excitement revolved around learning, athletics and extracurricular activities. The smile on my daughters face each day confirms it.
I really like that school because teachers keep open communicating with us about my kids. My kids love school because they like their teachers very much. I believe teachers did great job! I am glad that this school gives positive environment for our kids.
This school allows bullying. The Principle and teacher turn their heads the other way. School doesn't have a good special education program.
I love the new Ridgeline Academy. This is a new small school, my kid gets enough attention from teachers. Every staff knows his name. They don't have as much homework as some highly rated schools, but kids also learned a lot, and meantime, they have so much fun. This is a good balance. The year 2012-2013 is their first year of the new school, so it takes some time for the school management team to settle down, and there are changes of teachers and even the principle, I am glad the second semester the school runs better with the new principle, teachers are cheered up, parents are more involved and helped in the class...We love the kindergarten teachers, especially Mrs. Downings. I am sure this school will get better and better next year!
I have been very pleased with the experience my daughter has had at Ridgeline Academy. Her teacher provides ample one-on-one time as well as personalized lesson plans that go beyond the standard curriculum. My daughter comes home happy every single day with confidence and a strong sense of accomplishment. The principal is easy to communicate with if you make an effort to communicate with him. We will continue attending Ridgeline Academy for years.
Had to pull our daughter out of 3rd grade after numerous attempts to get her teacher actually involved in her education. Tests coming back from the teacher mis-marked with the wrong answers, weeks of homework not graded until just before report cards were distributed, no follow-up from the principal on several messages regarding the teacher. This does not count the incompetence of the car line, leaving kids out in 110-degree temperatures waiting for pickup with no shade.
When will Ridgeline be added to Great schools? Ventana no longer exists and the new school needs its own page.
I went looking for the "Ridgeline Academy" page, but it hasn't been added to Great Schools directory yet. I have been very pleased with my 3rd grade student's experience at this new charter school. For being a brand new building and facility, it has delivered beyond my expectations. The teachers, staff and administration (including the principal) are fantastic. I'm looking forward to Open House tonight! What a fantastic new addition to our community.
I also know this school as Ridgeline Academy and have to wonder about an environment where the Principal yells at the Parents of the students attending the school. I was under the impression that this was a school that was based on a philosophy of mutual respect?
I know this school as ridgeline academy CFA the new location off carefree highway. I was disappointed with the principals decision in the first days of its opening to have no contingency plan for the dangerous heat index during the children's assembly before and after school .The fundamental flaw being the South West exposure of the building in the desert environment. The lack of shade or basic insight of desert architecture for the required assembly of our children in triple digit temperatures is not just an oversight but a complete disregard for the safety of children and staff. Not only was there no immediate action taken by the principal for the situation but concerned parents were given only excuses and blanket form letter responses. Nothing against the staff they were real troopers my heart goes out to them obviously they were not listened to just as we weren't .I am unwilling to continue my child's enrollment so i am unable to comment on the eventual solution or tragedy that will bring this issue to a close.
My children all attend Ventana and we love it! The teachers there are the best- they are there because they love teaching and they love kids! They will bend over backward to help your children. We went to Ventana because of Core Knowledge. It is the best curriculum available, hands down. My children love learning with Core Knowledge! The school is small but we love that too because our children get more one on one with the smaller class sizes. The clubs are fun too! I understand there have been some problems in the past but the teachers that remain there now are committed to making it the best year ever. They are a team and I trust them 100%! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone! If you are looking for a "family" feel in a small charter environment, then don't pass Ventana up. The TeamCFA group is building us a new school next year and it is going to be awesome! We are so excited for this school year to begin! The PTO is the best too!
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