My child has attended Bell Canyon for 5 years. All but this year, we have had exceptional teachers that were truly involved and energetic in their teaching ways. Yay, on having 6th and 7th grades next year and then 8th the following year to come. Would like more info on the high school that is in the works. We do wish there were more extracurricular and special programs. The yoga class offered is a wonderful addition! Also, a better & (more affordable) before and after care program is definitely needed. Barbi at the front desk is awesome and a great value to the school! I do believe that the smaller amount of students per teacher ratio is hugely beneficial and look forward to seeing what the school has to offer next school year.
Offered more extracurricular activities this year but the teachers just arent doing the job. I switched my daughter from one class to another and am still not happy with the education she is getting. She wont be returning.
In the years to follow the leadership of Sherry Jones by Mrs. Scorza, I believe our school (which my own children attend) has improved greatly. We have achieved academic excellence and the discipline has improved as well. We now have music and have been working on a sports team. I believe Bell Canyon is the place to have your children educated because I have a 7th grader that I had to put in a public school and now his attitude and demeanor stink. My 5th grader still has a pretty good communication and attitude and he is still attending Bell Canyon. Anyone who has had a problem with Bell Canyon is someone who never brought the problem to Mrs. Scorza otherwise it would have been resolved.
This is a good school for students who need one on one attention. Class sizes are smaller than public schools. My sons have enjoyed their years there.
Great after schol programs available, but before school care needs imporovement.
This is my children's 2nd year at this school, and they will continue. My children have gone to 2 other schools that I have had to pull them out of until I found this one. The staff and teachers have always been helpful and interested in the well being of my children. They love attending this school. They have grown academically and socailly here. The after school programs are great and offer a wide variety of activities to choose from. Both of my children are a/b students and amaze friends with knowledgable facts that their children of the same grades do not know! I highly recomend this school!
My son has excelled at this school. He has really improved his confidence. The tachers here really seem to care about their students!
Bell Canyon is great! I have recomended this school to all my friends who have kids starting school next year!
My daughter is now in the 3rd grade. Her teacher is awesome! She is very patient! The school has a lot to offer, I am happy to have my children go here!
The school has gone down in the past year. They have had many staff changes, more in the classroom which has distrubted the children from learing what they need to learn.
My children attended Bell Canyon for one year, and they will not be returning. The education that my youngest recieved was sufficient, but not of the caliber I would expect from such an acclaimed charter school. In addition, I was extremely angry with the conditions that my older child was subjected to. Her math teacher left early in the school year for health reasons. My daughter's math skills deteriorated dramatically as a result of this, requiring us to hire a tutor to help her get ready for 7th grade. I realize that unexpected things happen, but I was very disappointed with the way the situation was handled.
This school has just completed their 4th year as a new charter school and my daughter has enjoyed her time there and has benefited greatly from the smaller class size which were typically 22 or less students per class room. The experienced teachers were a great asset. In 2005/2006, however they are replacing 14 of the 18 teachers with new teachers fresh out of college and while a new teacher can bring fresh ideas replacing most of the staff seems a bit too much to most of the parents, especially the 3-6th graders. Many parents are switching to public schools this next year because the new principal seems more interested in hiring teachers she can mold into her only way of thinking and those that will only operate under her ideas. The parents teacher origanization became non-exsistent over the last year after a large sum of money came up missing.
The smaller class sizes made this school a great opportunity to help students like my child that are IEP students in need of assistance to achienve their max potential. Unfortunely, the new principal is not interested in what the parents think. She did not retain the most effective and experienced teachers that would have allowed the students in the most need to meet their needs while still accomplishing their goals. No gym, no art, no music, no drama dept...this school is lacking~
This school treats its teachers terrible. The principal is not friendly at all. It is so clear that this school's top priority is not the education of our children.
I am extremely disappointed with the level of education my daughter received. Halfway through the year she had to transfer to a public school in Texas and was so behind in math (despite being an A math student at Bell Canyon) that we had to hire a tutor. The math she was taught at Bell Canyon equalled that of 1st grade! Very disappointing. The organization of the school was horrendous as well. Activites were badly put together and notices were sent home usually only a day before something was needed to be paid for. I don't plan on putting my child back into Bell Canyon again next year.
I really enjoyed this school, the parents are really involved and they have a great director. They also have a darn good cast of teachers. I would like to see more extracirricular activities though.(wink)
Making the decision where to send my first child to kindergarten was very difficult for me. I have always been somewhat worried about 'the charter school experience' because of all of the horror stories I have heard. As a former teacher, I have been very pleased with our experience at Bell Canyon, especially with my daughter's teacher and the curriculum. She was reading by Christmas break and has already surpassed her first-grade cousin's reading level. I have and will tell others about this school because it has surpassed all of my expectations. (The uniform dress code is also very good because it helps everyone feel like a part of the 'team' at their school.) I wish that I could spend more time there!
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