This past school year has seen CPJMA go from being a super school, to being a below average school. Although we were spoiled by the effectiveness of our previous principal, I think that the community was ready to embrace a new principal who shared our goals for the school. Unfortunately, the present principal does not listen to the parents or the teachers, and doesn't seem to want suggestions or seem to care about this alienation. At the beginning, we thought she was just making mistakes because she was a brand new principal. But as the year went on, things got worse instead of better. She's lost what had become a strong PTA; she doesn't have the support of teachers; students don't seem to bond with her. Hopefully, if she comes back to CPJMA in the fall, her superiors will have helped her with her poor leadership and communication skills. If things remain the same as at the end of the year, this is not a school I would recommend for any new child---enroll in surrounding schools. CPJMA and the current principal are just not a good fit. Let's get the school back to the great school it was! Teachers are the same, parents are the same, just need a new leader.
Crown Point was once amazing.Now, not so much. Our once thriving violin program has gone from having it's own room to being in the auditorium to now sharing with the music class. Kids with IEPs and 504s get ignored and slip through the cracks which will result in lawsuits against the school. The comment below about nursing and library are wrong I will say that.The district deals with nursing and library time not the principal. Many parents are leaving due to the new principal and rules she has implemented. It's very unfortunate that we have lost many great parents because they either left or don't volunteer any more because they don't want to deal with her. How is the violins and music class supposed to go at the same time? It's impossible. Even the teachers can't deal with the principal any more. Some wish they could have taken that early retirement to get away. Thankfully we don't have much longer.
The worse nightmare for a parent with a special needs child. The school does not have the appropriate resources to provide the services outlined in each child's IEP. The classrooms became chaotic and children with special needs began to exhibit behavioral issues. My son has both ADHD and Autism. Upon asking for a review, the school admitted that my child had "fallen through the cracks" and had not received the services he was entitled to. I hired a Special Education Advocate to review my son's case. Over 200 hours of services were missing from the records. He had not received the special education support he needed in the classroom to succeed academically. His evaluation in May (done by school) confirmed it. All we received was an apology from the principal and a promise that "next year, they would do better". She explained that the two Special Education case workers assigned to her school were retiring this year and "unfortunately, they no longer had their heart in it". Like my son, many other children were affected. Unfortunately many have no idea or don't know how to request their children's records. I am hoping this will motivated parents to take action.
Muriel Bartolini is an absolute nightmare and the teachers are intimidated to step forward and families are leaving left and right. The school lacks a physical education program, does not offer a foreign language, does not have an arts program, and the only reason the library is operating is because two dedicated parents run it. One year it was closed completely and for several years we went without a school nurse. Muriel Bartolini moves right in and finds money to touch up the school (mural paintings, new furniture) but doesn't think it's appropriate to actually invest money into the children? They boast this music program but don't provide the very basics. If you're going to seriously consider this school, take a tour and be sure to ask lots of questions about the program. Ask them specifically HOW they integrate the music into the "academics" at this school. Where is the framework? Inquire about the library situation, and what sort of enrichment programs they offer during the day. Don't let the music program sweep you off your feet because if you're working and can't participate twice a week for violin practice with your kids (it's mandatory)... your kid doesn't do it.
As a parent I'm very happy with this school. The teachers are incredible. They care about the kids and hold high expectations. The multiple music programs are amazing and are something most other public schools don't have. I also love the community feel and the friendliness of the other parents and teachers. I would recommend this school to all!
In my short time having my child enrolled I have come to expect nothing but the highest expections for this school. Time and time again I am impressed with the involvement by the principal and the teachers involved, I find not only will my child's teacher make him a better student, but make him a better person for being enrolled.
The test scores and the teachers are great. Even better is school's use of the Orff approach to education and its Suzuki violin program. The school has many great after-school programs including a rock band, choral group, and dance, but for me everything radiates from its Suzuki violin instruction, which for those that choose to participate, occurs during normal school hours. The Suzuki program encourages a high level of parental support that trickles down into everything that goes on at CPJMA from test scores, to homework, to student self-esteem, and school spirit. I love this school and could not imagine sending my children anywhere else.
This is a great music school with a great group of parents, staff, and students!! We provide Suzuki Violin, after school Guitar, Dance, Choir, and Recorder clubs free of charge.
CPJMA keeps getting better and better. Test scores and academic achievements have soared thanks to the dedicated teachers who have gone above and beyond to teach each student. The music program is outstanding. Staff, teachers and parents have come together to successfully petition for the security of the Suzuki Violin Program. New principal for 2013-14 school year has accomplished much in just a few months.
In just the relatively short period of time that Crown Point Junior Music Academy ("CPJMA") became a music academy and implemented the Suzuki Violin program, CPJMA has grown from 115 children to over 350. CPJMA is now best known for its rigorous academics, increased attendance, bridging the language and cultural gaps, and a unique and innovative music program that has cultivated students who appreciate the visual and performing arts. Noteworthy is that in the span of 5 years CPJMA s API score has rocketed to the top. CPJMA s PTO is active, vibrant and growing. Demographically diverse parents attend PTO meetings. I have seen the academic impact of the program on our own son, who started when he was five (5), and the positive affect on our entire family. Our son has developed self-confidence, self-motivation, maturity and discipline in the manner in which he completes his homework, does his chores, and practices his violin. Crown Point s program has drawn in our extended family as many of them have become involved and engaged in the school s activities and programs. I feel privileged to be part of the CPJMA family.
Take at tour of the school, attend some of it's events, watch a concert put on by the students and teachers, and see why so many families are drawn to the campus. We've since moved but anyone seeking an education enhanced wth music should explore CPJMA.
The teachers at this little school are fantastic. What they have managed to achieve amidst continual (and demoralizing) slashing of funding is exceptional. The school has a happy feeling as you walk through-- big old windows, gardens outside of many of the classrooms, and lots of enthusiasm within. It's noteworthy that the teachers know most of the kids by sight and name. Additionally, the student body is quite ethnically and socioeconomically diverse. I wish the district wasn't constantly threatening to close it for budget reasons, but so far the teachers and parents have managed to keep it going.
While my family is no longer in the Pacific Beach area, my daughter started at this school when they still had a full time preschool program and stayed there for 4 years. I cannot say enough about the teachers and staff and how much they go above and beyond to make sure their students get what they need. I was the President of the PTO, volunteered for the PTA, learned how to play the violin in the Suzuki program along with my daughter, worked at the school, and was so impressed by the community of parents that has supported the school and volunteered for the events that raise money to keep the music programs running. We have a new principal that started last year in 2011 who has come in and done a phenomenal job of supporting all of the teachers, staff, and parents in continuing the music programs and providing the resources to make sure every student is receiving the best education possible. You cannot make a better decision than to send your children to CPJMA where the whole family will be welcomed with open arms. Look at the music programs, test scores, and quality of the staff! Definitely a 10! We will greatly miss being a part of this wonderful school! Jen A.
As the Secretary at Crown Point Junior Music Academy, I am so fortunate to work at such a great school. Parent involvement and Volunteers are an essential part of what makes our school such a great success. I am thankful for the great staff, families, and students i work with everyday. If you are interested in a tour, call the school office and either myself, Cathy Calderon, our school clerk, Mauricio, or the principal will be happy to show you around.
We have moved out of the state and can no longer attend this school, but I had to let anyone who is interested in this school to go check it out. Almost everyday my 2 children tell me how much they miss their old school. They tell people who ask if they miss San Diego that they really miss Crown Point JMA, and then ask me when my kids ask when they can go back to their old school.
If you re looking for a school that really cares about the kids and fosters a love of learning, Crown Point JMA is the school for you! This bijou little gem is San Diego's best kept academic secret. The school is small the smallest in the district and feels like a private school. Due to the staff's enthusiasm and the small size, it only takes a week or so for everyone to know pretty much EVERY child in the school by sight. The teachers and staff are dedicated and caring. Serving Pre-K - 5, the school has a wonderful library, active and involved PTA, enthusiastic and proud student body and is a music magnet school, offering music education from Pre-K on, including free ongoing lessons in Suzuki method for violin. Principal Boone is doing a bang up job. Scores are soaring and we couldn't be happier with our daughter's school.
I'm sad to see the end of the year approaching as I have been so delighted to be a part of Crown Point Jr. Music Academy. This school has been such a blessing in our lives as we transitioned from out of state; I felt so welcomed and accepted by all the staff, especially my child's 2nd grade teacher! I think the education he is getting is outstanding and he is being challenged each and every day. He is looking forward to furthering his music education, too! I feel so lucky to be a part of this school as I hear there is a waiting list to get in now. I can't wait to see what next year brings at this wonderful place!
I have two preschool children enrolled (a 3 y.o. and a 4.5 y.o.) here and feel lucky to get in since there is a wait list now. My children love going to school. The teachers are warm and caring. My children are singing all the time and lately, my oldest draws musical notes and tells me he is composing a new song! The principle is wonderful and keeps parents informed. Great school and glad they changed it into an Magnet school this year. If you are considering this school, keep in mind it is a new magnet school so reviews older than Sept 2008 are from before they became a magnet school.
I can't wait to continue my child at Crown Point this coming fall! Especially now that they are Crown Point Junior Music Academy; what a wonderful addition to our neighborhood! I have never been disappointed in the quality of education my children have received at Crown Point and I look forward to seeing this school grow - it's fantastic!
Give this school another look. There are more programs than represented here, the leadership from the principal is excellent, and they are on the brink of becoming a Junior Music Acadamy. Many parents I spoke with feel this is a hidden gem and pass by several other schools to bring their children there. Get your info first hand from this school.
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