School is excellent. They received the 2005 A+ School of Excellence Award. They also have an award winning parenting program called ParentLink.
This school is very determined to have successful students. They provide monthly parent education meetings, and have a very dedicated staff. They have a good curriculum and reading series in the primary grades.
Catalina is a wonderful school. My child has attended the last 3 years and continues to excel. I have to contribute my childs sucess to the wonderful teachers they provide. I will keep my child in this school for the rest of his school years.
My son went to this school for 5 years, and they never taught him to read. Each year, I would have a meeting with the teacher, and then another meeting with the principal, and while some teachers would spend 'extra time' with him after school, I still don't understand or know why he managed to be in the 4th grade and never completely even learned the alphabet. We pulled him from Catalina and put him in a charter school: Liberty Traditional. They provide buses, They cared enough to teach him to read. I don't care about their scores on the tests: if all of their students are representatives of a public school failure, then no wonder their test scores are so low! If all of their students improve with the same one-on-one attention and dedication that my son received, then not only are these kids literate and well-educated, but they are drug and gang-free, which is more than I can say for Catalina.
I want to know why the students are not allowed to bring their books home. According to the teachers of my student & my child, the books have to stay in house. The teachers only have so much time in class per day to cover a subject. Some students need on hand guidance and if us parents at home do not know what is being taught, how are we to help with improving their grades and guiding them? Homework hotline is a great idea but the parents who want to participate in their childs education are left out.
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