Smoke and mirrors! This school site is not run well. There is no organized curriculum, no technology and no discipline. I pulled my child out of this school after realizing everything is surface deep. The staff is young and inexperienced. They are unaware of the importance of academics especially when trying to get your child to pass entrance exams into middle schools. TONS of testing on iPads though. My child took 9 sets of assessments in a year. There is little "project-based" learning happening. The principal is a challenge is to communicate with. My hopes were high after the school tour and exploring the school's website. After a few weeks my hopes were replaced with disappointment. The school campus is very dirty, so much that my child didn't want to use the bathrooms. The classroom(s) had mice and roaches. I am happy to have my child back at our local public school.
The teachers try but there is a lot of fluff. Most of the staff is young and new to the profession who do not know how to challenge students. Curriculum is easy. Very little technology-related learning. Science is barely taught. The school shares a campus with an LAUSD school. The charter classrooms, hallways and especially the bathrooms are dirty. Very few fifth graders were able to pass middle school entrance exams. I believe this is due to their weak curriculum. I asked to see a copy of what the school used to teach math, reading, science and social studies and never recieved anything other than a one page outline (which had spelling mistakes on it). Lots of room for improvement but until the administration changes it will stay the same. This is not a constructivist school. My daughter is always doing worksheets and when I questioned her teacher I was showed a poster in which the teacher said was a "hands on project".
Teachers are very young, still trying to figure it out. Not sure how this school has short days every Wednesday for teacher development and their skills aren't sharpened. Are they sitting around doing ABCMouse.com?
Students should be given more homework to make sure they are understanding the lesson outside of school. My child is in Kumon. THANK GOD! If it wasn't for that program, my child would really be failing at this school. Again, the test percentages fall between a D and F. Giving more homework wouldn't hurt. But, again, this school focuses more on money than developing stronger minds.
My child's teacher is like one of the kids, young. His teaching techniques don't work, therefore how can a student feel like their achieving anything? There are a lot of first time teachers here who care more about saving their job than pushing students to succeed. Again, look at the posted test scores. Is 68% a D or an F? Either way, it isn't an A or a B.
There are more respectable people in jail than at this school. Kids walk around this school like you can't tell them anything. They don't say thank you, excuse me, your welcome. But it rains from the top. The principal is no exception to being disrespectful.
The only care this school has is for the money they can get out of the parents. If this school really developed care, compassion and empathy in it's students, there wouldn't be bullying and other disturbing issues.
How honest is a school that doesn't tell parents about things they should really know? Parents should attend the Board meetings to find out the truth about this school. Honesty doesn't live here. How can this school help develop honesty in students when it doesn't practice honesty to the parents?