The teachers and school administration claim that first graders are given 20 minutes of homework plus 20 minutes of reading. My son averages three hours (plus the 20 minutes reading) every day. And many other moms are complaining about the same thing. I would actually challenge any parent to complete the daily homework in 20 minutes. On a daily basis there is vocabulary to study, two pages of math homework. sentence writing, timed reading, and reading comprehension exercises. On top of that, there are also additional projects to complete. If you're telling me a first grader can accomplish all this in 20 minutes, I would suggest you're out of your mind.
My son is only in first grade; so, it's difficult to assess his "grit and determination." What I can say is that this school has developed in my son much frustration and anger, and a profound hatred for attending classes.
Although the teachers are quite nice and the general atmosphere of the school is pleasant, the primary thing my child - a first grader - has learned is to hate school. There is a review here stating that the amount of homework given to first graders is "just right." I suspect that a parent didn't write that review, but rather a school employee. My son, works on his first grade homework for roughly three hours (plus the 20 min reading) every day; and I should add that my son isn't the only one. I've talked to many other parents, and they say the same thing. Yes, the homework can be done in 20 minutes, if the parent does it. There are also extra assignments that demand the children design and construct dioramas and games. The current one reads like a job description for someone who works at Parker Brothers. As far as I know, art is not something taught during regular instruction, and again, unless these assignments are turned in with simple stick figures (and they are not), they are again being completed by parents. The amount of work is overload. My son and several other kids complain that they HATE going to school because of it. I suspect that the school officials like to cite these student accomplishments (done by parents) in an effort to make their schools look good, but wouldn't it be better to engage the children and create a learning environment that they find enjoyable?
Chandler Learning Academy is a truly great school! The PTA president, the principal, the teachers and PTA parents are incredibly dedicated individuals that work well together to create a quality education and caring community for the students.
In first grade the average night of homework is about 20 minutes plus an additional 20 minutes of reading. The amount of homework is enough to develop solid work habits but not too much to be overwhelming. The E3 after school program does a phenomenal job of supervising homework. The students who matriculate from Chandler are very well prepared for Middle School. Many of our students attend the magnet programs at Millikan and Walter Reed. We have also had students matriculate to the most competitive private middle school in the area, Harvard Westlake.
Chandler Learning Academy does weekly Monday morning assemblies where the principal publicly recognize children for being respectful, honest and responsible. This motivates students and creates a culture of honesty, integrity and fairness.
The principal, teachers and PTA are really dedicated to create a great learning experience for all students. My son has made many great neighborhood friends, enjoys going to school and is doing very well academically. The E3 after school program, which is new this year, is amazing. The students have a different enrichment classes every day, complete their homework and have a lot of fun playing outside.
There has been very little turn-over of teachers at Chandler and most of the teachers send their own children to the school. The teachers are experienced, nurturing and know how to get the best out of each student.
Teachers and administrators are completely honest about students's academic and socio-emotional development. If students are not performing at grade level, the teachers will both communicate with parents and work hard with the students and parents to improve the work habits and socio-emotional development of the children.