UPDATE to my Aug 22 review. I have decided to change my rating of this school to one star due to numerous issues we personally had with the organization and administration upon the start of the school year. In short, assumptions were made about our status (i.e. "we thought you transferred") even though we had filled out all the proper paperwork last spring. Our kids were not assigned a class on Back to School night. We had to fight to get a class assignment, then within the first 3 days of school found it all both class assignments were wrong. Class sizes exceed the state requirements. We have contacted the Quality Assurance office about our concerns. Please note this rating has nothing to do with the teachers our kids have had this year, just the management and administration.
This used to be an amazing little school with dedicated parents and a strong principle but ever since Muriel Bartolini came along there is tension amongst the staff and nearly every family that worked tirelessly for this school has gone elsewhere. We used to have a strong PTO/PTA but with Muriel in charge, parents efforts there are ignored and Muriel really only cares for her own agenda. I moved my daughter to Kate Sessions after being with CPJMA since she was in preschool. Last year my daughter's classroom had many children with extreme behavioral issues and I voiced my concern many times for additional classroom support. Muriel sat with me in face-to-face meetings, told me she would provide the support and never did. Then as an attempt to punish the children misbehaving (I believe it was the negative school environment causing many of the behaviors) my daughter's entire class was banned from end of year field trips. My daughter won awards that year, why should she have missed field trips? I met with Muriel again and she said all the children would absolutely go on the field trips and she agreed with me. But then when the time came to go, our kids missed out. Avoid this school.
If you're someone who expects friendly office staff, a principle with strong leadership skills who is an effective communicator, and a school that supports your child's education and developmental needs, LOOK ELSEWHERE! My daughter has a medical condition which requires her to use the bathroom at least every two hours during the school day. I spoke with the principle and her teachers about the matter, I even received an email response from Mrs. Bartolini herself stating that everyone understood and that my daughter would always be able to use the bathroom as often as she needed. I can't express how many times my child came home from school wet, with stories about how the teachers would flat out tell her no, she couldn't use the bathroom. After speaking with Mrs. Bartolini and being assured that my daughter's medical issues would be swept under the rug, my daughter came home and told me the music teachers told her no she couldn't use the bathroom and stated, "If you needed to go so bad you should have went at recess." My poor child! She came home so many times in tears because no one would let her use the restroom. I feel bad for all of the children at CPJMA, thank god we left!
Crown Point Jr. Music Academy is a wonderful neighborhood school with excellence teachers and parents. There are many great things going on at this school especially this past year with our new principal, Ms. Bartolini. She has done so many amazing things to beautifying the school. We strongly recommend this school to any family that wants their children to have a strong academic and music exposure.
CPJMA is a great school!!! Plus, what other school provides so many after school music and dance programs for FREE. Nothing in this world is ever perfect, but the staff works really hard to do the best they can with what they got. Schools aren't the same as they were before with all the many changes that happen each year and so much funding being taken away from schools. More than ever this next school year is one where teachers, staff, students, and parents need to UNITE. Join their PTO and make a difference!
Love love this school. It went from a school that was going to be closed because of enrollment to a booming music academy. I have had the opportunity to volunteer/substitute here. The parents/staff and administration has been more that helpful. They are always warm and friendly. If you need anything just go to the office and the administration will do what it can to get it for you or help you. Such a wonderful neighborhood school and a music academy too,
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.
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.
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