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Cambridge Academy East1
Posted December 05, 2014
- a parent
Terrible experience. My kindergartner was sent home 3 times in one week for things like "poking holes in a childs eraser" There was very little contact from the teacher and when I would contact her she would complain and say "she's never had to deal with this before" which I find hard to believe coming from a kindergarten teacher. Their structure seems solid but they do not have the resources or care enough to discipline and mold your child. I got to the point that I just assumed we were always going to have issues and that school would be a struggle for us because she had me convinced that my 5 year old was beyond her control. I have waited 5 weeks to write this review to be sure I was not poorly rating a school for doing everything they could to work with my hyperactive child. He has been in another charter school for 5 weeks now without a single issue. IMO: if you cant resolve a situation where a child poked a hole in an eraser... you don't belong teaching! When I withdrew him they got exactly what they wanted and not once was I contacted by a principal or teacher to say "we will miss him" or "sorry to see him go" This is not the type of experience ANY child should go through.
My kids have gone here since kindergarten. They are now on the middle school level!! Over the years they have had some amazing teachers and some not so great teachers. The front office is wonderful with handeling situations that have come up over the years!! They are quick to deal with things and I love that they are always open to talk about concerns!! I am happy to say the not so good teachers were not asked back for the following year!! They have many opportunities for the students to be involved!! My favorite thing is the small classroom sizes!! It is nice going to a school that has a small town feel to it!! All the teachers and staff know my kids and remember me as well!! Way to go Cambridge!!!
Let me start off with the positive. Great principal and vice principal! Always pleasant, great with the children and always willing to make the time to speak with you. The receptionist is very temperamental and seems to be very selective on who she will help. When she does answer the phone she is not pleasant. The couple of times that I have had to interact with her she made me feel that I was more of an inconvenience. I feel bad but I have to agree with the other posts. The great part is that the teachers are amazing and my kids love going to school. I am pleased with everything that they have been learning and feel that it is above all other schools in the area. The little things that they do really make you feel like a part of the school. I also taught so I am familiar with the level my children should be at. I love the fact that it is a small school and the fact that it is like a small town where every knows each other. This school does the very best with the resources it has but the main thing is that they have the children's best interest at heart. Only improvements I would like to see is maybe a better playground and instruction of musical instruments.Otherwise GREAT JOB.
Great school! Great sports and coaches!! Small class sizes!! Amazing teachers!!! Only problem is no security up front and always crazy and I would have to agree the woman at the front desk is ALWAYS TEXTING on her phone and can be rude. If the children have to leave their cell phones in their back packs, she should leave hers in her purse or drawer. Not a great representation or example.
+Excellent Teachers +Great Principal(s) +Great Curriculum +Great Community +Great Extra Curricular Programs +Decent Sports Program -Okay Funding -Okay Outside Equipment -Okay Arts Program -Terrible Transparency
We are very happy with this school and the quality of education our children are getting. Cambridge is small, but that's one of the things we like about it. Our children are truly loved by the entire staff! When we had them at another school in the area, they were just a number. I decided to write this review because it seems like the only people who write reviews are the negative people who complain wherever they go. No school is perfect, but what I have noticed about the principal at Cambridge is that she takes action to solve problems when they arise. I have seen poor teachers replaced mid-year. Other schools won't do this. They'll leave a horrible teacher in the classroom and make excuses for them. The teachers are great at Cambridge or they wouldn't be there. Along with all of these things, the curriculum, parent involvement, sports program, and all the other activities are fantastic! We are proud to be a part of Cambridge Academy!
This school has quickly become a joke. They put a family member in there as a science teacher. My child was sent home with a high school level packet for a science fair and absolutely no direction. The other teachers, especially Mrs. Neider and Mr. Robbins tried to help and we did appreciate that. Next the principal says don't worry about it and that the packet will be remade. Friday the teacher (if you can call her that) called my child lazy and told the class they weren't to listen to the principal. Friday night we get an email from the principal saying don't worry again. My child is hurt and confused. Up till now it was the teachers keeping us there. Honestly, we'll finish this year but we won't be back.
I love my children's teachers! Ms. Rentera is a great teacher, My son has done very well in her class. Love the education they are getting. They are always learning something new. I would have to agree with the last couple of comments about the lady at the front desk. She is not friendly unless you are her friend or she likes you. I hate to call the school for anything, she is rude and makes it seem like you are bothering her. I have come into the school and noone is at the front desk and there are children sitting up ther e all alone. I went to the school just the other day and noone was there. My children love music and PE. The principle and the assistant principle is helpful and very nice. My children are alwasy talking about them and when we come in they always give the assistant principle a hug and she always makes the time for them to say good morning and asks them how they are. I would recomend the school to anyone.
We had a horrible experience at this school!! My daughters teacher was very negative and the front desk staff were not helpful AT ALL. I agree that the lady at the front is not friendly. Their test scores also dropped dramatically. Save yourself the trouble and money in uniforms and send your child to a higher ranked and better school.
Cambridge Academy is not perfect, but the best decision I made was to have my child attend this school. My child has been here for 4 years now and loves it. All the teachers know who you are and actually care. We have had no issues with kids bullying. They have a new art teacher this year who is great and was needed. My child has been thriving here.