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Topeka Charter School For Advanced Studies2
Posted August 18, 2014
- a parent
Heavy favoritism is shown at this school. If you are not with the "in" crowd or clique, your child becomes low on the totem pole! There are a group of parents who mysteriously manage to get their kids together in the same class year after year with the most sought after teacher, yet we are told placing is random and you cannot request teachers. BULL. The favoritism is so blatant its disgusting!! You can even get another child kicked out of a class you want to get your kid in if you are part of the IN group! Just wrong in so many ways. Administration ought to be ashamed of themselves for creating divides within the school.
This was our first year in Topeka, we love the school. Our son enjoyed going to KG. I should say some situations were disappointing but I can not blame the school for it, the Principal was always caring and helpful. Our son quickly stopped enjoying coming to school after some of his classmates started being physically abusive, of which the teacher was witness and was the one who brought it to my attention but weeks passed and he didn't take any action to stop it, so we had to go to the Principal and then the problem stopped. We asked the teacher to sign our son in the reading program to motivate him to keep reading as he was doing at home prior to entering KG but he never did, few months later several incidents occurred that raised ours and others parents concerns but parents were afraid of speaking up after noticing the change the teacher would have towards the kids and their parents so most of them would go to the parents who weren't afraid of speaking up and some others just kept quiet. The school can not take action if they are not aware of the situation. We are glad this first year is over and we are confident the following years will be much better.
Topeka is a fabulous school that we feel blessed to have been a part of for the last three years. Tomorrow our youngest culminates, so our time at Topeka is almost over, and we will miss it terribly. The Principal is fantastic! Incredibly high-energy, caring, dedicated -- in short, amazing! Teachers and staff are great. PTA is amazing.
My daughter is culminating tomorrow and I can't help but feel extremely grateful for her 6 years at Topeka. She has had wonderful, caring, patient, and intelligent educators year after year. They have encouraged, motivated, and mentored her. What makes Topeka great is the approachable principal who is very much invested in the school. You can tell she really cares about the kids and the community. The teachers are amazing! They make learning so much fun! The parental involvement is awesome! In any organization, it's difficult to get people to volunteer. However, at Topeka, so many parents volunteer and we truly give it our best. Our PTA is comprised of both stay-at-home and work-out-of-the-home parents. Everyone's welcome to pitch in as much as they can.
"A terrible teacher" that's how one of his colleagues described him. Many of his decisions and information sharing throughout the year were questionable but it was overall an ok year, the experience was a little harder on some kids and parents due to some drama created by the same teacher. He would favorite one of the kids due to his mother and he would allow her to even yell at the kids while volunteering in the class. Besides that my child enjoyed kindergarten and I'm glad is almost over. Parents in this school are amazing, a lot of hard worker volunteers. The staff is ok, we noticed a lot of damage control, kids are encouraged to tell on each other which most parents didn't like, sometimes we noticed the staff would tell the parents what they think they want to hear. Overall is a great school, with a few teachers who need better training or be reassigned and a staff that could be more friendly, respectful and committed to the integrity, education and well being of the children, and the peace of mind of the parents instead of just covering each other's backs. There is a lot of room for improvement and I hope I can see some of those changes come to live soon.
Updated review: Unless you are close to the principal, forget decent treatment by teachers, faculty and staff. Pulled out in December and couldn't be happier! We switched to a private school that treats everyone with respect.
This school looks to be well organized and heading in the right direction with the positive trend of increasing test scores the past several years. Looking forward to my child attending kindergarten in the fall.
Topeka school has evolved so much over the years for the great of our kids. I am glad to say we are now a charter school and growing in many ways. The staff is wonderful and the teachers really care about our kids. It's a fun and safe place for the kids with so many activities going on all the time.