Deborah Boehm, May 28, 2013
Calibre has just finished a successful school year. We have seen huge academic growth in all of our students. This year we expanded the campus to double the capacity and added a beautiful gymnasium and cafeteria, as well as grassy fields to support our expanding athletics program. We anticipate an amazing 2013-14 school year!
I moved here from a great school district and said I was going to try to find one of the best schools Surprise had to offer and feel I met my goal with Calibre Academy! The teachers are great, the staff is great, and the communication is great! The front office ladies Lisa and Tenisha are so welcoming! I am so surprised as to how much my child has learned in just the year and a half he has been attending this school. The PTA is awesome and it is so nice to see many parents involved in the day to day affairs at the school. They donate many hours of their lives for all our children to have special fun times throughout the year; Fundraisers, Book Fairs, Fall Festivals, Restaurant Nights, Box Tops etc. which raise money for the improvement of the school. I am so happy that the Sports Program is growing and it is nice that they offer sports to even the Kindergarteners! (Most do not offer sports so young) Don't make the mistake of checking out Calibre for your kids! It is a GREAT SCHOOL!
After reading the post below, I just couldn't let it go. Everyone has their opinion, but if you are going to quote statistics, then at least be accurate. The PTA has over twelve (12) members on the committee alone and has 288 members. Yes, the school does offer multiple fundraising opportunities for parents, but not even close to 10 a month. And, if you actually delve deeper into the WHY of the fundraisers, you will know that both the district and charter schools are publically funded. That being said, Charter schools receive approx. $1,300 LESS per student compared to the district schools. Then, times that by the number of students per school, then add in the number of schools in the district vs. our one school with just over 700 students I ll let you do the math. Needless to say, we are at a disadvantage in funding. I feel Calibre has done a phenomenal job at providing for the students here. As a mom of a student that spent his 1st-8th grade years here, I am very proud to state that he is in the Cambridge program at his high school and just made the Principal s List for carrying straight A s and we attribute his success directly to the teachers and administration at Calibre.
As a parent at this school I felt compelled to review in response to the recent one star review. As a working mother, I appreciate all that Calibre Academy does to keep my child safe in the morning, so that I never feel unsafe dropping my child off. From the moment I pull up to drop my child off, and a smiling employee opens the car door to help my kindergartner out of the car, as a second employee watches him walk through the gate and a third and fourth, etc. supervise the children on the playground, I know he is safe. The PTA, of which I am one of much more than 5 members, works tirelessly to make this school better through fundraisers of all kinds, from weekly popsicle sales on Fridays to Jeans days and seasonal fundraisers. The programs the PTA puts on are beyond amazing! The sports program is superb and the sports director puts his heart and soul into making the program all it can be FOR THE KIDS. While I do think the the curriculum at Calibre is excellent, I believe it is the teachers and staff that make the school excellent.
So this is my second and final review. I think that if your child is well behaved and pays attention without being distracted, talks out of turn, and is perfectly obedient, then this school is for you. They have a great curriculum but the teachers are horrible and unprofessional. I can hear another parents business because teachers shout stuff to parents or are loud when they talk of their issues. It is a charter school (a fake, non traditional school) like every charter school is. They do 10 fundraisers every month and they only have like 5 people in the PTA. They lack supervision in the morning with the exception of some lady who never smiles and sets the bad energy tone for your kid in the morning. The parents dont follow the rules, the sports program is a joke, and the kids lack supervision. Kids rough house and the adults do nothing. There are many other things I can say about this school but I prefer to write them in my blog which has earned me 234 followers every month, on average. I guess it depends on your preferences and understanding of the school system. Other than the teachers and staff, the school is amazing. They need more experience and new staff.
I am a teacher at Calibre Academy and one of my favorite things about this school is my 4th grade team!. We work together and help each other out whenever we need anything. We make sure that each of us has what we need to further and better our students education. We also have a wonderful support administration that supports us whenever we are in need, they take care of their faculty and staff not just as in employers but as friends and mentors as well.
This will be our fourth year at Calibre Academy (formerly Carden Traditional) and we couldn't have found a better fit for my children. It is a very family oriented school that welcomes parent involvement and has many programs in place to help students of all levels. There is a great RTI program for those struggling in reading as well as tutoring available after school. They have a Middle Years IB program for the older children, this year they are implementing a new program called CAPP designed for students that thrive in a faster paced and more in depth learning environment. They have an award winning PTA that is very involved in helping make improvements in the children's education and community outreach. I believe Calibre has also qualified for Title I recently which will allow them to assist more lower income families. We also have a great extra-curricular sports program including our LIttle Colts program for the younger grades including basketball, soccer, and now flag football. Parents do need to understand that it is a charter school and is not run the same way as a district school. For our family that is a huge plus, others may not feel that way.
This school has great education. Their teachers go over the subject more than once. They have technology,Spanish,Art,Music,P.E.,and Sports. Principal Gardner is great with students. Pre-school gets pretty expensive but like I said GREAT EDUCATION! Food, is great! :)
This school is above and beyond AMAZING. We came from a school with horrible bully issues and a principal that really didn't care. I cannot believe how much the 5th-8th grade principal cares for the kids. He is at every event with a smile on his face. He cares deeply about the kids and is very involved with him. For the most part my kids' teachers have been outstanding. Amazing, amazing, amazing place.
I thought Carden, now Calibre was a horrible school! Giving it 1 star, is one too many! My oldest son started kindergarten at Calibre and after the school year ended, we enrolled him into a public school within the Dysart district. I know of a few other parents who did the same. There were bully issues, and issues with teachers not paying attention to their students. The teachers and staff are not very professional, and some are even rude. Their turnover rate is unreal. The teacher my son had, didn't seem to be very experienced. Their curriculum is behind, based on my daughter's K curriculum in public school. If your child has any sort of special needs, this school will not benefit them, and I highly recommend looking elsewhere. If you're interested in charter schools, look into others in the area and avoid this one for the sake of your child.
I AM PARENTS OF TWO KIDS IN CALIBRE FOR THE PASS FIVE YEARS AND COULD NOT BE HAPPIERR, PERSONLY AND ACADEMICLY. CALIBRE HAS A GREAT STAFF WHICH THEY CARE DEEPLY FOR OUR KIDS. SOME PARENTS ARE NOT HAPPY THAT THERE ARE TEACHERS TURN OVER , THIS IS NOT JUST IN OUR SCHOOL IT IS NATION WIDE, IT IS GREAT THAT OUR SCHOOL SEE'S THAT A HEAD OF TIME THEN LEATER IN THE YEAR. WE ALL KNOW NOT EVERY THING IS ALWAYS PERFECT AND FOR THAT REASON WE SHOULD BE MORE INVOLVED IN OUR KIDS SCHOOL AND THERE EDUCTION SO WE COULD FIX TEH PROBLEMS TOGATHER.CALIBRE ACADEMY IS A GREAT FAMILY SCHOOL...REMEMBER IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO RAISE A KIDS, SO LETS STOP THE COMPLEAIN AND FOCUS ON A POSITIVE ASPECT OF THE SCHOOL .:)
Why is such a big teacher turnover in the lower grades at this school, and not in the higher grades? Perhaps it has something to do with the leadership ! As far as I know, teachers do not have too much to say regarding teaching. The focus of the school is to obtain high scores and not towards developing the whole child. The only positive thing is the awesome PTA.
All I can say is that this school is amazing! The staff is so friendly and really care about the children and families.....it feels very much like a family atmosphere here. My children have been here since kindergarten and I couldn't imagine sending them anyplace else! My family loves the extra activities the school offers.....the fall festival, international festival and sports program are just a few of our favorites. The curriculum is wonderful....it's amazing what the children are learning. They also offer RTI programs and extra tutoring for children who need a little extra help. Overall, this school is amazing! I couldn't imagine sending my children anywhere else!
No discipline, very unorganized, my teacher my son had went through 4 teacher assistants -they would all leave. My son would get hit all the time by other student and they would never inform me , I had to find out from my son. If this is kindergarten I do not want to see 1st grade. My son will NOT return to this school.
Horrible school. As a mother of 5, four of which are in school full time, I strongly suggest you do not ever send your children to this school. I had two children attend this school for two years and it was a huge mistake. Staff is extremely rude and uncaring. They are not at all interested in any child who needs any extra help in anything. They will do anything they can to make you want to leave and push your child out. This is not the place for children to learn good character.
My started out in public school and had an awful experience begging me to home school him every day. He has attended Calibre Academy (formerly Carden) and loves it! The staff, principal's and teachers have all been wonderful! The curriculum is challenging and pushes students to excel. Compared to the public schools of AZ I feel my son is receiving a much better education. The thing that makes me the happiest is that all the families at Calibre seem to raising their children well. My son tells me that he has never been exposed to anyone that is bullying, bad language etc at school that he was when he was in kindergarten. I appreciate the dress code that teaches the students to be conservative and respectful and am glad that the dress code in enforced. We feel safe and know that our son is getting a quality education at Calibre, and our daughter can't wait to begin kindergarten there this fall.
Warning! Do your research on this school. They have a very high turn over of teachers. No continuity for the students. They have a weak curriculum and lack funds for any technology. The staff is poorly paid so they tend to get teachers hired last minute, which translates to desperation and low quality teachers.
This is my daughter's third year at Calibre and my son is in Kindergarten. I have nothing but great things to say about Calibre. The front office staff are super nice and always helpful. Most of the teachers are wonderful. I did have a small issue with one of my children's teachers and the principal addressed the situation right away. We are really happy with Calibre and can see our children being very successful here.
My son started kindergarten this year at Calibre. His teacher, Mrs. Parks is outstanding. She is constantly communicating with my wife and I about my son's progress. The athletic direct, Paul Loredo, is also a wonderful asset. He has started a wonderful sports program for basketball, football, soccer, etc. from kindergarten all the way through eighth grade. Parents are involved and the school is a community. The staff and teachers are wonderful. They built a new gymnasium and section for the upper grades. We hope this school continues to rise and look forward to starting our girls in the next few years!
We love Calibre Academy!! Our experience with the teachers and administration has been wonderful. The principal knows every student by their name, which I believe is very unique and important. My child has grown tremendously, especially in the areas of math, reading, and writing. The new building is beautifull! I would highly reccomend this school to any parent that values their child's education.
My children were in this school for 5 years. Each year seemed to be a little worse than the previous year. I think there is lack of discipline for students who are misbehaving. We had some issues that were not addressed, and as a result, my child ended up with a concussion! The principal is terrible and only wants to be the children's friend, and will tell parents what they want to hear. This school is lacking in so many ways. Sadly I pulled my children out and they spent half of the year trying to play catch-up because they were not given proper education!
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