This school is terrible, most of the teachers are in their first few years of teaching, which wouldn't be a bad thing if they had tenured teachers for support and a good foundation. My daughter was in a class where the teacher had no idea how to handle discipline, bullying, or how to keep the kids on task. Her classroom was always in chaos and my daughter could not focus. They kept telling me that they were very concerned she was not going pass her AIMS tests, but then kept telling me that she wasn't far enough behind for them to give her extra help. Even after I got a diagnosis from a psychologist they still kept screwing around and dragging their feet to avoid actually giving her a 504 or IEP. Her teacher also failed to notice she hadn't turned in homework for 5 weeks.
I really liked CCR. I had a daughter in Kindergarten and absolutely loved Mrs. Garber! She was amazing! She was great in communicating with me in all things- whether discipline, academic, or simply praising my child! My daughter is, well determined and strong minded lol, but Mrs. Garber was great in being consistent and keeping the class on task. I strongly feel she not only was great in academics, but was firm and fair in discipline. A+++! My older daughter's 1st grade teacher was a little lack luster. She did not communicate with me well. She always insisted when I contacted her or through parent teacher conferences that she was doing fine, but needed to practice Math. Yet, when we would get progress reports or report cards that did not reflect. Each quarter she had dropped at least a letter grade. Very frustrating and seemed not interested in my child, but more of passing the time. I think that there is one of these in every school. Principal is nice. Very firm yet patient. Overall staff is wonderful and facilities are nice. Only issue I really had was that this year there were 3 lock-downs. Luckily nothing very serious and everything was fine still too close for comfort.
My kids have been going to CCR for 3 years now and it keeps getting worse. They brought in a new principal to "clean things up" but all she has done is take away privileges. My youngest daughters 1st grade teacher was horrible and did not recognize that my daughter had a learning disability and just kept saying she was really worried about my daughter. Not once did she refer her to the school psychologist for additional testing. Then her 2nd grade teacher was almost as dumb. Finally at the end of the year she recommended that my daughter be referred for testing but only after I had spent money taking my daughter to a clinic to rule out ADHD. Since it was the end of the year, she just started getting help the second semester of 3rd grade because it took the whole 1 semester to determine what she needs help in. My son, who is in 4th grade and has been on the honor roll or principals list every semester since 1st grade, has only gotten it once this year. He has had 3 different teachers and each one gets worse. The one he has now has been a substitute in the past and this is her first year staying permanently. My son begs me everyday to home school him. Nothing good about this school.
My daughter started her first year in 2012.. She did great. She got recognized for the good and disciplined for the bad. I think the parents need to be more involved the teachers are there to teach them not babysit and teach the kids how to behave that is the parents job.. Parents need to pay more attention to their childs behavior in order for them to not be a nuisance in class... PARENT INVOLVEMENT IS THE KEY! As far as communication I think they do great in fact the school is how I found out about a water sanitation issue last year . Johnson utilities did not bother notifying us!
It's a bad school. Right now I am in 8th grade and every week our principal has to hold an assembly for the 7th and 8th graders saying how bad we are. This is actually very true as the 8th grade has its bad share of students that disrupt class and always complain out loud when we get a simple assignment. Then you have the 7th graders. Plain awful. You'll never want to see them. Always yelling, always going to other classes and disrupting them, and ignoring and complaining to teachers. They make this school really awful. Because of them and some 8th graders, we are now walked to each class and cannot go to the bathroom. The bathroom wouldn't be bad, but since we are walked to classes, we can't leave! We also end up late everyday to each class because of this. Try to avoid this prison.
My son had the most amazing kindergarten teacher last year and I was so thrilled with his experience at CCR. Sadly he went from having a teacher who communicated amazingly, rewarded and disciplined students properly and was passionate about teaching, to having a teacher lacking all of the above. Any problems I had were not fixed. I was passed back and forth between the vice principal to the teacher as if I was the problem. They do NOT communicate well. My phone calls were never returned promptly, I had to call them after 24 hours of waiting on several occasions. To top it off, my son came home nearly every day with unfinished school work. His teacher didn't seem to care if he was learning or not. Im happy to say that my son is now at a much better school and I'm thrilled with what it has to offer!
I think the Principal has to do something, she has improve the image of the school, discipline, and to improve the level of education there. student level is low, less involvement of teachers, administration employees care less... The Principal is the boss and she has to fix these small problems that are getting bigger month after month.
The administrators are terrible. They waste the teacher's time with unnecessary menial tasks instead of giving teachers time to plan quality lessons. The principal especially, is too concerned with her image as a principal instead of making the tough choices that will benefit the students. Disruptive students are not dealt with because the principal is too afraid to do anything because it will make her look bad. The district insists on having their hands on everything involved with teaching. Teachers here are told what to teach, how to teach it, when to teach it, for how long, and how to assess students. This in turn has taken away the creativity needed to teach high quality lessons that will get students interested in learning. Is this really the way students should learn? The teachers here are amazing, but are severely limited by the districts's bureaucracy and their tyrant principal's poor leadership.
My 4 yr. has done great this year at CCR, in the first month she doubled her vocabulary. I'm not an in class parent, but I send supplies and participated in the field trip. I stay very involved with my childs progress because thats my job as the mom. Ms. Mary and I talk often to make sure everyone is doing their best including my crazy girl. It's not a blame game it's your childs future get involved, help your family and local community!
My daughter started this Spring, and absolutely loves the school. She is eager to go, and even study. Her grades have gone up, and she is increasingly involved in other aspects of school life. As parents, we have had no issue with communication, and the teachers are readily accessible for any questions.
My child was always a straight A student until we moved to QC and put her in CCR. Her grades went down and when question she stated that she didn't 'see the point in working hard, no one else does'. I was blown away, I talked to her teacher, she said most are C students and that's 'normal' . When I attended the HR assembly (that's right my kid still got Honor Roll with B's & C's *rolls eyes*) I saw most of her class get awards (teacher said these kids were C students and their getting awards?!?) I'm still in shock at how crappy this school was. I enrolled my child at Benjamin Franklin and she is now back to working hard, getting A's and is her happy self again. Parents: If you want more than a bleak future for your kids take them to a better school than CCR!!!
These parents who think they will get a better education going to Chandler schools or other districts are nuts. You are going to find the same problems there that you find at Circle Cross. Be supportive and volunteer, get involved to help make the school better. The only way to get better is the community stepping in helping out. I would choose Circle Cross Ranch over any school.
I am disappointed in the school and district as a whole. My daughter is an excelling student who is ignored because her teacher has to deal with disruptive students. The school has low expectations and teachers have to dummy down the curriculum. The district is too busy buying new computer programs to help students instead of giving the teachers the administrative support to work with ALL learners. My child sits at her desk and does worksheets while the other lower students work 1 on 1 with the teacher. I have personally observed this on several occasions. My child is being left behind because other children are behind.
FUSD went through some growing pains a few years ago with the housing boom which explains some of the previous comments that have been posted. They have since built new schools and, though some schools are still very new, the district is doing a great job. We have been very happy with Circle Cross Ranch. Our son has excelled in all areas and has many wonderful teachers who have gone above and beyond to ensure that he is successful in everything he does. The clubs and extracurricular activities are great as well. The school has great communication with parents including paper notices, e-mails, and automated phone calls. Great school all around!
I'm very disappointed with this school and administration. The teachers are overworked and students who disrupt the classroom are not dealt with at all. My daughters class has these kids in it and after 7 months they still cause disruption and nothing happens to them except lunch detention. It's not fair to the kids who have to deal with this everyday and lose learning time. We are going back to chandler where the teachers are happy and students are not allowed to take learning away from others and where they are not over tested.
CCR is great! Some people below said that grades have gone down but that is due to the high expectations that they are held to. Kids also don't make the honor roll for poor grades. They need at least an 80% average to make the lowest level. Those parents would know that if they attended an awards assembly. I will alwyas keep my kids here. Great school!!!!!!
We love CCR!!!! It is a great school. We love the teachers and staff. The school works hard and pushes the kids to succeed. I think parents who rated the school low are not used to havingteachers who care and hold students to high expectations
my son started in kindergarten after a terrrible experience with a preschool teacher which left him not trusting his teacher by not intertacting or speaking in class. he had a wonderful teacher at ccr and he has come out of his shell. the teachers that i have been in contact with communicate well with my husband and i. if i send and email to the teacher i get a prompt response. i am very glad i put my son in this school.
I felt sorry for my kids (k and 6th grade) they both loved this school specially the teachers and the front desk staff but we had to moved I hope another students and parents enjoy the same experience, we'll misssssss you.
I like this School very much, The teachers are great and my kids are doing very well, This is the 3rd school they moved my kids to.And about the communication i haven't had problem. But this school is still new and its not like its been there for 5 yrs, it takes time to get things together, The only thing I wish they can do is put more speed limits on the roads, sad to see the same parents taking there kids to school, are the same ones driving fast when kids are walking across the streets.Seems most of them don't know how to stop for them.
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