I really LOVE this school!! It's the best because both my daughters have came a long way academically! To all the staff there that make that school the best! Thanks for all your hard work and dedication! Keep on doing what you all do.
The afterschool staff consists of young college interns that are not necessarily studying child development. Child development / child psychology is necessary to properly understand tween drama. My kid was in the afterschool program until 6pm and did not get properly assisted with homework. I witnessed staff showing my kid the wrong way to do the work and lots of mispelled words from staff. I finally told my kid not to ask for help anymore. I noticed another review about too many projects. The problem with this last year was that 4 projects were due too close to one another. This results in parents doing the work and children not fully understanding the work since they just do the projects to meet deadlines. So many parents stated they were the ones doing the projects because they were too pressed on time. Some classrooms have kids checking each others work and in one case, a parent reviewed all the take home material and realized the other student was grading incorrectly which caused her kid to get bad grades. Teachers should grade the work and not rely on other kids to do so. Some kids will grade unfavorably if they don't like the other student.
I'm continually astonished by the high quality of teaching, dedication of all staff (from the principal to the campus supervisors), and the positivity of the social environment. The end-of-year open house I attended a few weeks ago was tremendously moving. The teachers at Cortez should feel tremendous proud. They are part of something truly wonderful and that is pretty rare.
I am going into 7th grade this next year and im transfering schools and from what i've heard from the reviews i think the HW is going to be hard but it will help me in life. To the person who gave it a 1 rating i have something to say to you. So wht if she has 4 projects in H.S you will have like 10 projects (as i've heard from high schoolers).
This school has opened my future by helping me gain enough knowledge for challenges that lie ahead. I am currently a 9th grader now but i attended 5 to 8 grades at Cortez. For starters you will get homework, projects, and tests no lie about that. But of course as i got older from 5th grade to 6th some of my classmates started leaving? Alot told me "oh it's to hard" "too much homework to strict" Well i started to think maybe i should move but my mom refused!! I thank her for that becuase finishing 8th grade at cortez has helped me in high school becuase some of the material i am learning i have learned at Cortez!!! when everyone else has no idea what it is..:) i was in this school while Mrs. Alvarez was principal now they have changed principals but my younger 9 year old brother attends 4th grade there! Very good teachers are there that help you and encourage you in your academic grades:) i graduated last year 2011 and think what a privillage i had to be in a school like Cortez! It is hard if you don't do the homework In the end promotion for 8th grade is amazing!! A very good school!! even though i thought it was horrible sometimes becuase of the homework i made it with a 3.6:):)
Cortez is a great institution, their teachers and principal are fantastic. They go above and beyond in their work with the students so as to prepare them for the future. As for the mother that gave Cortez a 1 star rating because her "daughter said it was hard," all I can say is if she can't handle 7th/8th grade math you better get her additional help now because it doesn't get any easier. The projects help the students prepare for what is to come, once they get to H.S. that's all it is projects, essays, presentations, experiments, reading, oh yeah and then there's the homework too. This is what will seperate the successfull students that go on to great universities, degrees and careers from those who just get by or worse yet end up dropping out. Cortez Rocks!!! Keep up the awesome work...
My daughter is finishing second grade this is the first year she is at this school and I am very happy, the teachers are highly qualified, the principal leadership is the best, and she is keeping the parents highly involved. They have tha after school program that ends at 6 pm. and there is a lot of homework help, and a lot of different activities based on a curriculum not only baby sitting kids. Scince she was at other school within the district for first grade, and we run into a lot of bulling activities, and the teachers spent more time disciplining the kids instead of teachin. During this year she was assigned to a toutoring group to cathc up with her peers that start first grade in this school. The comunication with the teachers and principal is very good.
7th grade is really HARD... however my experience is... my child has been offered "free" after school tutoring to keep her passing. Math is not her "thing" as she says, but the tutoring does keep her above water, when she attends. any loss in understanding for her appears to be her own doing or "un doing" at this point. I so far can not blame the school.