We are disappointed by the practices at Dailey Charter School and hoped for more in IB PYP. This is a public charter school and any child is eligible to attend. This is not a school for gifted learners and there is no test to get in, but administration will discourage English Learners and students with disbilities from applying by saying the program is accelerated. The truth is Dailey Charter is no more accelerated than the rest of FUSD grade level standards are finished early so students are ready for CST. Daileystudents are given way too much test prep throughout the year. The teaching staff is mostly white, female and inexperienced.. Not one teacher has their own school aged children, so they don't understand what a hectic family life is like and seem callous when assigning homework. The teachers have PE on their daily schedules but it's rare that classes actually go out for PE instruction. When issues arise, the administration is defensive.No additional support is given to students who need it and instead families are encouraged to leave the school.
We found Dailey to be an exceptional public school alternative in Fresno. Our daughter went there for 1.5 years and loved it. The staff is exceptional - they all work together to provide a safe and challenging environment. The school day is long, but the activities are varied and meaningful. Students are taught character traits and then the teachers and principal reinforce that teaching. ALL kids are accepted and celebrated. Chronic misbehavior is not allowed to disrupt the learning process. The teachers work extremely hard to meet the needs of their students. We have moved from Fresno, and have realized (again) what a unique school Dailey is.
After 6 wks we are very satisfied with Dailey and our daughter's 1st grade teacher. As we expected and were told during school tour, the curriculum is challenging and school days are long, 745am-345pm. It involves: - lots of writing in class - weekly spelling tests: 10-15 words - 6-pages of homework a night: math, comprehension, writing - nightly reading req of 30-mins - home projects (occasional) with verbal presentation Every morning we park 1/2 block from school (no on-site parking) and walk/hop past 2-4 staff members on safety duty. We sit with our daughter as she eats breakfast in the cafeteria, then we walk to the blacktop and stand in line with other kids of her class. Many teachers are out greeting the parents & kids with smiles (sometimes hugs), at 745 teachers escort kids to class. Each day includes 3 short recesses and a lunch. Thru-out the week the kids attend specialty classes: PE, Art, Music, Spanish. At day's end, we wait at one of the 3 pick-up areas to meet our daughter who is released only after safety staff has positively identified the parent. Clearly, we're impressed with Dailey and our child's teacher. Even our daughter says Dailey is, "Awesome!".
Ha! To the person who wrote below. Hamilton is an IB school. I just disenrolled my two sons from Dailey this week. We live across the street on Michigan. Charter schools do not have what other schools have to offer. No gate programs and they do not move up a student if they are ahead of grade level. My 1st grade son was so bore and was pushed around on the playground. Kids put their fingers in his nose. He use to love school and became bore and disenchanted with school. My kindergarten fought me after week one to go back. They started Hamiliton this week and guess what, what a change in behavior. Hamilton is a magnet school like Bullard Talent and other FUSD magnet school. They don't enroll anyone and you have to be on a lottery to be accept, just like Dailey. A girl in my son's 1st grade class lives all the way in clovis dry creek distrist and her dad brings her to Hamilton everyday. That should say something for FUSD. Yes, they do have an IB program. I'm glad I wasn't alone in disenrolling my two sons from this school.
We love Dailey! Obviously, the person who posted last doesn't know what they are talking about. Dailey is a charter, but from our interactions with staff and teachers, none of them are "dissatisfied" - actually, it seems the opposite! We are always met with a smile when we arrive and the staff know all the kids by name. It sounds like the person my not have correct facts; Hamilton is not an IB school. We felt so blessed when a spot opened up last year and we were able to get our kids into Dailey! Our family would never go back to a district school - we are Dragons for life!!!
I heard great things about Dailey and before we were enrolled staff was friendly. As soon as school started, things changed. Charters are run exceptionally well and others are not. Some were closed down due to low test scores. They reopened as a charter school to save the jobs of staff and teachers. The first day my child brought home testing material for the GLAS test. They are "teaching the tests" Parents are not allowed to be on campus or walk their child to class. Child must be escorted to their room. Parents have to wait on the opposite side of the street. Dailey also checks kids lunches and searches their bags. Teachers are not a problem. Office staff is incredibly rude and favor kids. We disenrolled imediately. Academically, Dailey is no different than any other school. The IB program was adopted by Fresno high/Hamilton. Dailey emulates that program in order to run. It turns out that when it comes down to it, some charters perform exceptionally well, some perform exceptionally poorly, and some many don't actually look that different than traditional public schools, such as Dailey. Some charters were formed by dissatisfied staff or low test scores, like Dailey had.
My child just started at Dailey this week in the 1st grade. We love it!!! The program and expectations were explained in detail to us with a tour before school started. The staff is warm and friendly and truly seems to care about the students. The program is challenging - they have already started writing and learning new concepts. My child was so excited to share what she has been learning in just the first few days. I have met some of the new and returning parents and they are very happy with the education their children is receiving at Dailey. The office staff is visible on campus and always willing to take the time to your answer questions. I love the fact that the focus is on academics and our children's safety. This is going to be the great year !!!!
My son was a third grader at Dailey, I pulled him out as he quickly became disenchanted with school. He has always loved to go to school but this was NOT the case with Dailey. Parents are not welcome on the campus, teachers and the principal are not friendly or even slightly kind. For homework my son was bringing home testing materials. They spent endless hrs on test preparation, it's no wonder their test scores are high they teach the stupid test and this is their #1 priority. Thank God I pulled him out he is now getting a quality education and loves school again. If you're looking for a good school, look at Baird or Bullard Talent. Dailey is not child or parent friendly.
My son attended Kindergarten here until we moved him back to public schools. I was so excited about the great things I heard about Dailey, from friends and teachers in the community. My personal experience was terrible. Yes, they have rigorous standards, and I'm all for that. However, the teacher was repeatedly dismissive of my questions and did not return phone calls on more than one occasion. The principal was rude and made it clear that parents were not welcome on campus. She said, "we know what we are doing, so get our of our way and let us do our job." That is a direct quote. During back to school night the teachers seemed clicky and catty to each other. It is unfortunate to me that this school was given a chance to be anything that it wanted to be and they decided to become a mock Clovis school...drill, drill, drill. The biggest problem I had with Dailey is that they staff seemed mean and cold, especially a problem during the first few weeks of kindergarten. My son had a very negative view of school due to the attitude of the staff. They will say its all in the interest of high standards but having kids who don't like school is not an appropriate cost of high standards.
I have one child attending the 4th grade at Dailey Elementary Charter. I visited 4 schools in my area --public and private -- before deciding on this one. As a charter school, the teachers still teach to the CA state standards, but have much more flexibility in the way they teach. The IB curriculum and emphasis of this school exposes all students to inquiry based learning in music, world views, foreign language, PE and art. Some of the exposure is direct and some is embedded as a way to convey curriculum content. The IB curriculum is both challenging and rigorous. Not for the faint of heart. I feel the extra 2 hours a day of class time is a benefit and allows my child more learning and not pressed to have to memorize to the test. The principal founded this school one year ago and has the vision, energy and enthusiasm to make it extraordinary. Her qualified staff is energetic and creative. The student population is diverse and the parents are very active in keeping the school going and thriving. Dailey has provided my child with exciting learning opportunities which I don't think he would have found at the typical public or private school.
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