I have 2 children in this school for the last 3 years. I am very happy with the quality of education they are receiving. The teachers are exceptional. They work within the boundaries they are dealt and do a great job! My children never complain about the small playground, or any of the other stuff other parents seem to have issues with. If you as a parent are totally involved in your child's education and your child behaves appropriately, you will not be disappointed.
I have a son in Kindergarten this year, and while we really like his teacher, there are alot of other problems in this school. We have just found out that they are changing the school start and end times in the middle of the school year! What a disruption to the students and their families. Many promises were made and few have been kept by this school. Will not be back next year!
My daughters teacher is wonderful! In my opinion the school has really gone downhill year by year as far as the activities they are slowly taking away from the kids...looking into other schools this isn't the case, they have all of the extra curricular activities. I wouldn't recommend this school to a parent, but I wouldn't discourage them either. There is no music, art, foreign language offered! just a few token after school stuff that we have to pay for! I am just happy that there are a lot of other schools to choose from! I would be very suprised if this school stays open until the end of the school year.
Most of the expected programs are gone: music, art,spanish. I am not impressed with the front office personnel...very evasive and not well trained in customer service or human relations...I am looking forward to the end of my children being there in June...for now...we are happy with their teachers.
This is my son's first year I highly recommend this school. He is very happy with his teachers. He is only in kindergardten and he is starting to read. I know that regular public schools do not offer this kind of education.
I absolutely love this school. My kindergartner has learned more in the past 6 weeks then my 1st grader learned the whole 1st half of his kindergarten time in Buckeye. Both of my sons teachers are wonderful, I love this school!!!
My daughter has attended Bell Canyon since it opened. As many other people have commented, the school promises plenty and delivers nothing. The only reason I keep her at Bell Canyon is the class size and that with pushing from me, her teachers give her the extra work she needs to stay busy and develop her abilities. She's a bright kid but the public schools in the area can't keep her busy enough for her not to be labeled 'trouble maker'. I won't be sending her to the Chancellor middle school and I don't recommend this school for anyone that isn't involved in their childs educational goals.
My son attended this school in the 2001-2002 school year. It was AWFUL. He had three teachers during the year. I had to attend school with him because the teacher was a first year teacher and had no control of the classroom. Despite repeated complaints, this teacher went unchecked until the Winter Break. After several physical altercations in the classroom, I called the State Board of Charters. My son wasted an entire year of his school life as we went on other waiting lists for other charter school. He now attends Valley Academy and the difference in the discipline and quality of education is amazing. The adminstration is lacking all leadership and little discretion. More than one time I walked into the main lobby to hear them discussion one child's or family's problems by name so they were easily identifiable with no regard that as a parent I was simply standing there listening. I had to wonder if they talked as openly about me.
When touring the school to select the best education for my child I was impressed by all that was 'offered'. I quickly found out (after school had started) that those offers don't exist! The music program was proudly talked about during the tour. To my surprise the music teacher was split between two schools. We wouldn't get music instruction until the spring. This decision was not communicated to the parents. The parent/teacher organization is really a fundraiser commitee. No topics regarding leadership, teachers, uniforms, policy etc are allowed to be discussed. The parents raised funds for picnic benches which were never installed, if they were even purchased. The parents were asked to sell cookie dough in order to pay for classroom supplies. Our profits from that sale were close to $30,000. Immediately after this fundraiser students in my son's class were asked to send $7 each in order to buy 'agenda books'. The office staff is inadequately trained and to no suprise are family members of the principal. The principal is extremely lacking in people and leadership skills. I withdrew my child during the year and provided him with the education he wasn't given at home. He is now enrolled at a 'Good School' and I caution all parents to not choose a school based on it's promises!
My daughter attended 2nd grade at Chancellor @ Bell Canyon and I was very satisfied. She excelled very well in all areas and her teacher was wonderful. She will be attending 3rd grade as well and very happy to be going back. She is counting down the days as if Christmas was coming.
My son attended Chancellor @ Bell Canyon last year for 2nd grade. I believe this school performs miracles! Chancellor transformed my child, one who hated school and thought reading was for losers, into one who absolutely loved school and learning! I think this school is awesome! They are totally focused on learning and challenging the students! I am looking at my sons SDRT results from there and he went from being in remedial reading at a nearby public school in first grade, into a 2nd grader scoring in the 83rd percentile overrall! I can't say enough wonderful things about this school, only that I really regret my son not attending this year. We relocated to WA state, and I honestly feel like moving back just so my son can go to Chancellor, but then I see it's 106 degrees there today, and say 'No Way'! I hope Chancellor opens up a school in my area! To anyone thinking about sending there child to Chancellor, I say, 'Go for it, you won't regret it. I give this school an A+, and I rave about it way up here in WA 1500 miles away!
Other things a water fountain outside for the children, expansion of school grounds for P.E.(they have none) and add other things that most schools already have. All children deserve all the same things in all schools - equality. These schools should be the best of the best ... not the other way around. It should have all that other schools have but have more focus on education and discipline. I kind of feel sorry for the kids not being able to experience all the same things as public school children or private school children. Especailly when it comes to heatlh and welfare.
I have two children that attend this school. My daughter is in the 1st grade and this is her second year at the school. My son is in kindergarten and this is his first year with the school. I do feel that they are getting a better education here then if they were in a public school.My children love going to school and they seem to like the school. My children have learned a lot. Both my children are learning Spanish at a young age which I think is great. Overall I think that this is a good school I am happy with the school and I do plan to send my children there next year.There are issues that need to be worked out but with any new school it will take some time to get the bugs worked out. I do hope that at some point that the school would have P.E. and other school activities.
This school has many problems. The cafeteria is filthy no matter what time of day you enter the food prep area. The school staff are friends or have known each other for some time(same thinking). They don't answer questions. The campus grounds are always dirty and the gates remain open. While observing the work of the students that are displayed, its apparent there is not much development between grades. The kindergartners work looks similar to the sixth grade? There is not a water fountain for the children on the playground and no shade to be found from nature(trees).
My child will not be returning next year for more unpromised education. I have received more art projects within the last year from my first grader, than Picasso himself has put out. I cringe when having to deal with the principal, and I am still awaiting my promised appointment that was promised over three weeks ago to discuss my child's education. Whether you are the type of parent to be involved with your child's education or not, do not enroll them in a school where as a parent when you question something, you will only be answered when it is convenient. These children are our future. Please take them to a school where they will not only be taught properly, but they will also be given the proper grades for their hard work and not their shabby grades based on race or parent involvement.
I have had my child in Chancellor for 2 years now. The good part is that I was lucky to have 2 decent teachers that liked my daughter. Other parents were not as lucky. The negative is that the office staff and teachers seem to have been trained to withhold information that most parents would want to know about, for instance the day there was a lockdown at the school. I was told one story by the office worker and another by one of the PTO committee. The school yard is very small like in a preschool setting, the parking problems have improved but there just isn't enough space, and as another parent stated, there are no sports therefore no real P.E. classes possible. I will not have my child back next year.
Just a note: The parents that are thinking clear see clear. And those parents are the ones that have rated this school poorly. The school has way too many bad points that are and have been experienced by those parents and myself. I agree with them and have seen and experienced what they have remarked on.
Lack of control in class of children with aggressive behavior. When someone is hit on the playground and a teacher is informed the child is told not to tattle. Teacher does not greet children when they come into class in the morning. Parents stay in class to help children figure out what to do as teacher is cutting up paper.
I am very pleased with the school academically. The teachers are supportive and the curriculum is well rounded. I am very impressed at the level at which my 1st grader is at in reading, spelling, math, and science. One of the things I like most is that learning good citizenship is as important to the school as is any other subject. I also like the day-care staff. They too are encouraging to the kids, and if there are any behavior issues, they advise the parents right away. There are only 2 problems I have with the school, 1 is the fact that due to the property location there are no sports facilites, therefore no real baseball, football, soccer, etc., and 2, the administration does leave a lot to be desired. They are very slow in providing advance notice on different types of activities or programs. If you call the office the staff very rarely knows the answer and takes a while to get back to you, and if you go into the office, you can be standing there for quite a while before anyone acknowledges you. However, although I find this frustrating at times, to me the level of my childs education and that fact that she loves the school far outweighs these issues.
What a great school! The principal is hands-on and everyone in the office is very nice. The teachers are great; you can really tell they care. It is so much safer than public schools! And academically outstanding! My son learned sign language and Spanish in the 3 year old class!I am still a big believer in phonics (unlike public schools) and they put the time and resources into obtaining Zoophonics and teaching all the kids. My older child is very bright and they spend extra time challenging him-making sure he stays interested in school. Chancellor is exemplary.
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