very alternative school. I really like the educational field trips. I joined this school starting 5th grade because my son needed smaller class size and a friendlier environment. This school is perfect. My son is very happy and seems to be learning..........
SDCCS is the most amazing school ever! I have learned so much and, contrary to what others have said, the middle school math standard(especially seventh grade) is quite high. I have gone from a third grade to a grade level education in two years, getting straight As, over 90% on test scores. I don't care what others say, this school is the best school in the entire world. We have caring teachers who are all like parents to me, and sweet people everywhere. Zero bullying is tolerated. Once two people had to apologize in front of the entire school for sending a rude email to a fellow student. I highly recommend this school. Love it! <3 <3 :) (: c:
I have a 15 year old who started in kindergarten at SDCCS and is now doing very well in high school. I also have two sons who are currently enrolled at SDCCS in 7th grade and 1rst grade. I can honestly say that I wouldn't send them to any other school. I believe in the philosophy and have seen how it plays out over a 9 year period with so many kids who started in kinder with my daughter....this school fosters emotional intelligence, curiosity and confidence which is so important in the development of a child's ability to problem solve. They know how to help themselves!I really trust the community at the school and appreciate the importance placed social issues in all grades. After being there for over 11 years (with 7 more to go) I can honestly say that I don't mind some of the chaos that also goes along with a place like SDCCS with it's pets and gardens and festivals and parades and field trips and science projects happening in the hallways. It has worked extremely well for all my kids with their very different personalities!
This school has been life changing for our entire family. My kids couldn't feel more loved, nutured and cared for by not just their individual teacher but by the entire staff. Academically they are challenged to taught to be critical thinkers. The social emotional cirriculum has been a postive force in guiding the school community. SDCCS students are more empathetic and caring than I could have ever dreamed. You really have never seen a school like this one!!
Although I think this school is making growth and overcoming adversity, I am still concerned that my son is not learning what he needs to be successful. I don't believe standards and the need for academic challenges are of interest to many of the primary teachers. I love that my son has made many friends and peer relationships are strong, however he has yet to bond with his teachers and this worries me because the 'male role model' he needs in his life is not to be found on staff in the primary grades. He will have to wait until Middle School (unless I relocate him sooner) to receive great teacher-student interaction with the male staff. I think you are doing many wonderful things SDCCS, but there is a need for new faces or a 'changing of the guard'. Teachers that have been there for over a decade need either a new role or a new setting. I know charter schools have the authority to remove educators that aren't a 'great fit' for kids. I wish the administration would recognize this and do what is best for the kids, not just keep teachers around because they are friends with one another.
Wow, this school has grown by leaps and bounds in the past several years. It seems that the staff are always trying to take things up a notch and make the school even better than it already is. Don't worry about the poor rating this site has given to our wonderful school. The raters have no knowledge of this schools fabulous social/emotional curriculum, hands-on learning activities, unbelievable art program, loving dedicated teachers, kind, generous and supportive families, and hard-working leaders. When the school began recruiting some children who did not have all the advantages of the more affluent families the result was an immediate drop in test scores. It is unfortunate that the school is penalized for trying to help children who have fewer options. It's a win-win for my children though because in addition to the impressive curriculum they are also making friends with kids from many different backgrounds. To me diversity is an important consideration when looking at schools. I know this school is awesome when strangers ask where my kids go to school because they are so impressed with their behavior, thoughtfulness and intelligence. Thank you SDCCS, you are the best!
I have2 kids inSDCCS, both very different with regard to learning style and temperment. Both have thrived in this supportive, nurturing environment. I too have concerns about test scores and academic rigor but I also recall that those considerations are fairly new for elementary age children. To me, this school is about what K-5 should be (and used to be) about- primarily social-emotional development, a foundation for problem solving and developing an enthusiasm for lifelong learning. New research shows over-achieving kids packed full of facts for testing are entering the work world without the ability to think creatively about complex problems. Also, with info at our fingertips, the key is knowing how to critically evaluate and apply that information. Teachers here love what they do and it shows, my kids come up with solutions to things I never considered, and Even in 3rd grade, they still play for hours on end using their imaginations. The second-step social-emotional curriculum has given us tools 4 emotional growth and I love the focus on arts, the environment and parent involvement. This school gives us alot that we used to get from neighborhood family connections.
This is one amazing School. We came from out of state and we spend several months in Rady children's Hospital. My daughter had some special dietary and other needs that the school was very willing to help with and help her with continueing her education. The teachers are awesome and the staffing has been beyong top notch! If you get the chance to attend this school, please do so! you iwll never regret it!!! Thank you to everyone and the staff for all you have doen and do. They do the most amazing job with kids and are truely caring and helpful.
I am an alumni at this school and I simply love SDCCS. I was definitely prepared for high school. And I can't believe some of the things that has been said about this amazing school. This school is not taught to the test and is project based learning. This method was perfect for me and I excelled and even got the flying pheonix award. (which is all A's and E's both semesters the eighth grade) I go to San Diego High now and I am perfectly capable of dealing with the homework load, the method of teaching which is by all means NOT project based. I think that going to this project based school followed by a 'taught to the test' school is a perfect pair for almost all students. However if you are a parent looking for a school with amazing test scores, as you can obviously see this is not the school for you. I for one got advanced in all my test scores but some of my friends didn't. I had the best time at SDCCS and I always look forward to when I can visit my old again. I treasure the memories I have there and I adore watching my siblings go through this school all the while learning so much. Thank you SDCCS I will never forget you.
This school is quite different from the average public school, and I mean that in good and bad ways(Take it from me, I'm a student at SDCCS). The teachers care about what the students learn, regardless of the tempo they learn at. They are friendly and down to earth. The only problem is that sometimes the students get off task and talk a great amount through each class. Another thing that bothers me is that most students that have been attending at SDCCS most of their life tend to push the newer kids out like they have their own group or something. If you think you want your child going here in 7th or 8th grade, I would find another choice
While the school hasn't always been true to their constructivist philosophy, this year they are stronger than ever!! A major overhaul occurred with a unification of curriculum across the grades and a move toward developmentally appropriate practices that consider the whole child, brain research, and true social learning. If you're looking for a school based on test scores and memorization this is NOT the school for you. If you are looking for a school where your children learn to be competent and confident problem-solvers who actually retain what they learn long after the tests are over, then this IS the school for you. My child has never been happier and we are so happy he is valued for the unique individual he is. He has developed an amazing ability to connect what he is learning to the world and absolutely LOVES coming to school.
Test scores are nothing to rave about here, in fact if you are looking for a school that is academically rigorous I would count this one out. Lots of literacy instruction but little in math. The principal is easy to talk to but never follows through.
This is the best possible school for my children and my family!! It has the best teachers and principal I could wish for.
This school is not afraid to go forward with innovative ideas. Not afraid to Not teach to the tests. As we all know tests prove how a child tests at that place and time and not what they have really learned. Our language and music program need help. Our Art program on the other hand is loved by all, and our children's progress is easily seen. The fact that our staff is so young is both good and bad. Great that they have the stamina and energy to put into the class that they do. Not so great that they, for the most part, do not have children themselves, so it is hard for them to see as a parent sees. My children thrive here in a safe environment that does not squash their spirit. It enhances it.
This school is amazing. I'm quite certain my daughter wouldn't have received the socio-emotional learning she needed at a regular public school. It has been absolutely instrumental in her ability to learn academically.
My son has had problems reading and I was told that he would have to be held back if he wasnt able to catch up. With all of the hard work that I did at home he still wasnt catching on. We were blessed to be accepted into this school! I am proud to say that he is now excelling!
Wouldn't it be great if your kids looked forward to going to school each day? Here the kids do. Project based learning makes it fun for the kids and enables them to really understand what is learned. They also retain knowledge even longer than is necessary to get a good grade on a test. My adult friends are always quite impressed with the knowledge and critical thinking skills my child demonstrates in casual conversation. She is thrilled to be growing in such a stimulating as well as nurturing environment.
What makes children good people, and not just good students? That's why I love this school - due to the 'whole child' focus on molding them into responsible, caring, thinking and creative adults. The children can look you in the eye and have an intelligent conversation.
This school is not for everybody. Parent involvement is mandatory (though not strictly enforced) so if you're looking to drop you kids off at day care and pick them up at the end of the day, then you need to go elsewhere. There is a strong emphasis on the non-academic side of the kids' brains which is refreshing. Kids that come out of this school will generally be much better equipped to relate to others. The school could use more emphasis on academics (better follow-through, setting the culture of the school to reach higher). I agree with other posters about 'clicks', however I would argue that you get that at every other school as well - it's just more magnified here due to the smaller class sizes and the fact that parents know each other more (because they're all volunteering at the school).
My child attended SDCCS for several years.. he did not learn to read. after one year at another school he is at grade level!! Principal does not direct/mentor staff. She is not a good leader. New location is awful, students miss Balboa Park
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