Sankofa is an awesome community. Their academic core is supported by this. I know personally how important it is for a child to have a positive environment while learning to promote success. My three children are blessed to have this here. We are a growing school with many positive attributes around diversity, and change in a good way.
Sankofa can be a beacon of achievement for your scholar as it has been for ours. This last year at Sankofa was fantastic for all of our kids. Our transitional kindergartner's academic career took off as we watched her transform from a preschooler into a wonderful elementary student. Her TK instructor, Ms. Tran provided the structure and academic rigor of kindergarten with a social-emotional preschool component. Ms. Tran's strong mix of compassion and excellent academic expectation allowed our daughter to flourish. Our now second grader's strong kinder experience at Sankofa last year allowed her to skip first grade and skyrocket to second. Her teacher, Dr. Wilkins', "the stars are not even the limit" approach to education afforded our other daughter the chance to blossom in math and language arts. His ability to structure the academic day to meet our daughter's voracious appetite for learning was amazing. Finally, our son's year at Sankofa last year gave him a solid foundation for entering Sankofa's middle school this year. His fifth grader teacher Ms. Nene's commitment to academic excellence and student personal responsibility and achievement guided our son on a fantastic education journey that is looking to be a strong anchor for success in middle school.
This school is severely understaffed, overpopulated, and majority of the staff doesn't know what they're doing. My oldest son is now being home schooled because, although he is in 3rd grade, he was put into a class that has 2nd grade work. So he gets bored with the repeat work, acts up in class, and the teachers don't want to deal with him.we've tried having meetings with the teachers and principal, only to find there's a whole lot of blame-placing and passing the blame amongst the staff. I've had it, we are already looking for another school.
I'm a licensed social worker & educator. This review is regarding the administration at Sankofa. I've had the privilege of being a guest teacher at most of OUSD's middle and elementary schools. In my time with OUSD, I've found Ms. Brinson to be one of the few administrators that I admire and respect. Ms. Brinson has adopted a social and emotionally supportive environment that builds up....instead of breaking down. She encourages...instead of excludes. It was amazing to see students who were discarded from other schools engage in math lessons that promoted entrepreneurship and social studies assignments that incorporated civic awareness. In professional opinion, her educational style supports a community, that will in the long run, will develop productive adults. If you are truly interested in closing the educational achievement gap, look towards leaders like Ms. Brinson. She is one of the best.
When I entered my children into Sankofa Academy the staff was quite pleasant in welcoming us there. The school was going through gradual reconstruction and the Principal seemed to be quite attentive to the needs of the school. The teachers are still in need of classroom aids to assist with students that are struggling with various issues. There are many bullying issues at this school that go unaddressed and when trying to acquire the help of the administrator, you will be ignored or fingers will be pointed at the parent. Children that are suffering with emotional distress and visible underlying struggles are ignored or pushed out of the school. Morning Circle is a nice way to start the day however staff has to follow implementation of procedures that are not demonstrated by example. Obviously the stated vision of this school is not exuded by it's administrator when a child and/or staff is in need of one of the main "village" leaders.