My son has been going to this school since Kindergarten, and he is now in 2nd grade. I feel that this job does an excellent job of teaching strong academics and an interesting way.
This school was not good. The are not the school they make them selves out to be. My biggest gripe is about there policy on bullies.
I used to be a student at this school and looking back, the charter school was the best thing that ever happened to me. Its just one big family, and even though I haven't been there in many years, I still have friends with me now that I made when I was there. The teachers are awesome and you can tell that they truly care about their students. It's a great elementary school and a lot of my high school and college friends missed out because they did not go here. I can definitely say that the classes are not divided into smart kids and less smart kids and there werent any bullies there. If a kid did do something mean, it was dealt with right away so that it didnt happen again. Maybe kids have changed since I went there but I felt very safe at the charter school. The teachers treated every student as an equal, and the kids who entered that did not start as preschoolers where almost welcomed better than those who did because we appreciated the new faces. And yes some moms were given more praise than others but that was because this is a parent incorporated school and the moms that put all their energy into the school are appreciated for it. This school really is the best and I miss it.
Having been in a coop school environment before my family entered the SRCS with high hopes not only for the academics but also for the school community. Excellent academics we found, but the school community was awash in hateful and exclusionary elitism. My children who attended this school got an outstanding education during their years there - I give full credit where that is due - but the environment in which they were taught = toxic. Children are allowed to bully with no consequences worse than a visit to the principals office - where they do their work or just sit / hang out. What bully woudn't want to do that instead of being in class? The 2 classes for each grade were clearly divided into the "smart easy kids" and the "difficult kids". The school talks a lot about their respectful atmosphere but what I found was teachers who had favorites, "popular girl" cliques (And I mean for the moms, not the kids) and a marked lack of welcome to anyone who hadn't attended the school since preschool. If I sound like sour grapes it is because I am...but wouldn't you prefer your child to attend a school that doesn't inspire sour grapes in anyone? I cannot condemn SRCS enough.
This was my first year at Santa Rosa Charter School with a 7th grader and a kindergartner. I am so glad we made the switch from a very poorly performing school where my daughter was just lost in the flood in sixth grade to this wonderful nurturing environment for the seventh grade, it has done wonders for my daughter. I'm only sorry I didn't find it sooner. I won't make the same mistake with my kindergartner, she'll be here until they won't let us be here anymore!
This school shines! I love that they value music, art, gardening, and deep learning through the inquiry approach. Bill is a fabulous teacher and has brought the Little Kids Rock program to the school. My daughter learned guitar in two years and has performed on stage about 6 times with the Charter School Rockers. School is FUN here and the teachers aren't fried because they ALL have 20 kids/classroom, and lots of parent help, and lots of prep time. It's a gem of a school with a strong community.
To start, the preschool aspect of the program is fabulous! It in my opinion is the cornerstone of the program. My child went all through school from preschool through 8th grade. She was prepared for high school and was able to miss out on all of that awful middle school peer pressure and cruelty that regular middle schools have. The Directors, Ladonna (charter school director) and Ronda (preschool director), are incredible!
My child has learned so much since coming to the Santa Rosa Charter School. I love the fact that we are more of a community than a school. Everyone knows eachothers children, the teachers are wonderful and the parents take an active roll.
The teachers are all amazingly hard working and love the kids. I feel blessed to have my kids in such a great school. The international aspect gives them a broader view of the world.
Barbara in reception is a great resourceful person to speak to. They do have small ratios for the classroom. They are not a low income school and they do require a lot of parental involvement as with any other charter.
This is a great school with wonderful teachers. It is especially good for medium to high functioning kids. The school is part of the International Baccalauriate program as well as a parent cooperative. Get ready to work in the classroom!
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