First of all, this school is being run by a principal who simply has a substitute credential; this may be a charter school, but that is a violation of the ed code. Secondly, the admin is racist and the director demonstrates animosity towards female staff whom are younger are more attractive.
My daughter attended there and the teachers just standing around talking while my child was being hit by another student. This happen twice. I was very upset and had to approach the student and repemend him, then it got their attention. Their not equipped to handle children with special needs . The teaches get bonuses for the children doing well in their classes. So my child wasn't so the teach pushed for her have an IEP which was fine but her teacher in Kindergarten work with me to try to get her academic up to level, she is an excellent teacher , even had given my child a student improvement award. Her 1st grade teacher simply didnt want to deal with the situation. Didnt want her in her class and had my child sit to the side and not a mince the other students. During the IEP process the Principle Dr. Culpepper wasn't even interested in being there and didn't come to the second IEP meeting. I seen her once in the office and she didnt look up to even say hello to me as a parent and my child is a student at her school. My child is now in another school and is doing very well. The staff at her new school is very friendly and her teacher is excellent. The Principle at her new school expanded to me the true operation of the charters schools system. So I dont recommend this school to send your child to.
My daughter 1st grade teacher was horrible and need a lesson in how to meet the student needs at their level intil an IEP is given to determine what correct placement the student need. She simply didnt want to deal with the situation.
It all begins at the top. In the case of this school, that would mean its principal Dr. Culpepper. She will not interact with parents and is not a great leader. With her sitting at the helm of this school, the future looks bleak. While there are some amazing folks there, how can they truly thrive when the captain is failing? What a shame. This could be one amazing school if it were not for this principal. C'mon, replace her or ask her to do an excellent job. The children's futures are resting on it.
The principal, Culpepper, doesn't seem to be interested in the children or parents' welfare or concerns. She has an attitude as if she does not want to be bothered by any concern a parent has. If you request info about the school she will not willingly give it, as if there is something to hide. You will have to take your concerns to the district. Also they have Spanish and Music class in which the children learn nothing- they watch movies all day, which are not even shown in Spanish. Their disciplinary actions are quite extreme for minor occurrences. It feels like I have to defend my child from the school's bullies(the adults) often. Other schools do not go to the extreme first, usually warnings are given before detention and suspensions, not this school. This gets a two star rating because the English and Math/Science teachers seem to be teaching the kids actual curriculum and wanting to help the children learn, otherwise it would be a 1.
Parents/ Grandparents, please do your homework. Life Source is THE worst performing school in the Antelope Valley with proficiencies between 20-30%. Are teachers held accountable for student success? Teachers are there one day, gone the next so I wouldn't know. The administration deemed it unnecessary to inform parents of the important things like instructors resigning. If staff and parents are not encouraged to communicate with each other, then what would you expect from students? Be true to your mission. As a charter school, you would typically exist to improve student academic performance, and yet not only does this school not do this, but is performing significantly worse than ALL of the elementary schools in this area. Look at the SARC report (CA state website) and do the calculations yourself. Look at test reports from surrounding schools. Look at how long the school has been open, how many children have been pulled out by their parents, and the frequency of staff. Also, follow up with staff credentials.