The purpose of my review is to offer an entirely different perspective on the fourth grade teacher discussed below. Our daughter had this fourth grade teacher last year. I can say that we were overjoyed with our daughter's growth and excitement to go to school each day. This was in large part because of her teacher. All that being said, upon hearing of this incident, we sat down with our daughter and discussed how she interacted with her teacher. That is my responsibility as a parent, and your responsibility as a parent to ask questions when you are concerned. We found that this teacher enriched our daughters fourth grade experience, helped her develop the confidence to be involved in theater and provided our daughter the foundation to grow as a student and person. This fourth grade teacher is unique. He shows genuine interest in the students he teaches and works very hard to give them the confidence that is sometimes difficult for them to achieve on their own. A year later, he still remembers a word that she used to describe an activity in a story she wrote. The written word is very important to him. In my family's experience with this teacher, he has written notes to both my family and my daughter. He has nicknames posted on each of the students desks, and he uses those nicknames frequently. They are funny and entirely juvenile. Parents are encouraged to be part of each and every activity in his classroom. My wife and I were in his classroom 9 or 10 times last year. We were always very pleased with our student's involvement in projects, parties and activities.
As a parent, each of us is responsible for the safety of our children. It is our right to question behavior that we find odd, or uncomfortable. But, it would not shock me if this teacher sent a note to a student who he perceived as struggling in a new school, or struggling to fit in. That is the type of man that I have found this teacher to be: caring, sensitive and thoughtful. Thank you for the opportunity to offer a different perspective than the one offered below.
The purpose of this review is to inform the current and future parent and students of the incident which occurred at Aurora Academy between a forth grade teacher on the playground and our second grade daughter. Our daughter was given inappropriate letters and poems, with personal pictures of the teacher. These were given to our child on two separate occasions within a week span, and became an immediate safety concern for our child and potentially others in the school.
This incident was reported to and acknowledged by the principal of the school. We had ongoing conversations via email and phone, along with the Aurora School District. We also met with her along with the assistant principal and the teacher. We were assured proper disciplinary action was taken(teacher no longer allowed at voluntary lunch recess), however this did not suffice when it comes to the safety of our child and the remainder of the student body.
The principle shared with us that she spoke to her lawyer and is satisfied with the findings and results of her brief overnight investigation. We also filed a report with the Aurora City Police Department to file a formal report and were not comfortable sending our daughter back to the school.
We are making the public aware of this so that other families have this as a review point prior to selecting this environment. Based on the "grooming" content of the letter, it concerned us to the point of having to request all of our information be removed from their database.
Education is a priority and emphasis within our family structure and it has been tainted by the above situation. The faculty and parents should be informed of the incident so that they are aware and attentive to these type of situations.
I think this is a great school! I was beyond excited when I got a call saying they had a spot open for my daughter if I was still interested. Yes! I'm not sure about one parents review being so low. My daughter was in Kindergarten this year, and she is learning things I don't remember learning in kindergarten. She is doing extremely well in reading and math. They even set goals in class which is great. Yes, you are required to volunteer in order for your child/children to go here. If you are a single parent household it's 20 hours per year and if you're in a two parent household its 40 hours per year. At first I was a little freaked out..I didn't know if I'd find the time. However, the school and staff make it super easy too do. I completed my 40 hours with "take home" projects (cutting out shapes, making books, ect) I helped in their garden, school picture day, cleaning classrooms on a Saturday, and a field trip. And I still plan to volunteer more before the school year is out. i love this school and so does my daughter.
Over excede my expectations, I pull my son from a cherry creck school to try in this school and in less than a year this school showed an excelent system where my kid got in volved in activities as fast as he was not extrange. This schooll also probide profesional cousuling service for students and they are very good.
Aurora Academy Charter School (K -8) provides my children with a positive learning environment. My graduating eighth grader will be in honors classes in an Aurora Public Schools high school next year. The staff are outstanding, the faculty really care about the success of all students, and the parents' involvement enriches the sense of community. I think that the education and preparation they are receiving at Aurora Academy will serve them well as they move on in their education and throughout their lives. I have been impressed with the high quality academic, athletic, and extra curricular opportunities at Aurora Academy. I have seen my children grow as students and as responsible, intelligent, and caring members of a community. "Expect more, achieve more!"
My son has attended this school two years. Parents are asked to volunteer but some parents become very involve to the point where they are teacher assistance and are they are the one's teaching and discipline the children. I disliked this because I am not sure if they are even qualified to take on this role but the school needs as much free help it can get. Also the students are not challenged enough, the teacher focuses on the children that need additional supports and ignores the other student. My son could count up to 1,000 when he started Kindergarten here but the assessment stated he could count up to 36. I figured the teacher or probably parent got tired of hearing him count and just wrote down 36. Also they focus on a Saxon learning that basically teaches kids to critically think which is fine but that's all they work on. The TCAPS scores began to decline after fourth grade because the students are never really learning the academic criteria they solely focus on critical thinking.
this school i terrific .. every teacher teaches wonderful and they teach every school fairly . more than half of our school have a 4.0 gpa or higher ... expect more achieve more is for u s... we strive own it achieve and respect (soar) .. bring your kids here they will love it
We have 2 children in this school for the past 5 years. I volunteer every week in the classroom and my husband is a Cub Scout den leader. We LOVE this school. Academics are outstanding, but more than that, the staff is entirely supportive of what makes the best learning environment for your child. I have had zero negative experiences thus far (we were going to homeschool but got in one week before school started so went with Aurora Academy instead). We have never regretted it.
i used to go to this school and its the most amazing school. the teachers are very dedicated and many have been teaching for years. theres also an avrege about 50 kids per grade so everyone knows everyone. parents are greatly involved in this school so if u are a parent you have to be willing to make a commitment. this is not like any other charter school it develops your child into a great leader and the ability to make strong choices. theres many sports teams that often recieve some of the highest reputations. their music and art programs have award winning bands. the corriculum is unlike any other where all of the kids learn extremely well and are so advanced compared school. its more affective to enrole your child at a younger grade at this school because of the revisiting and the building or the knoledge that develops at a young age. this is more than the avrege school because the students are more like family and the teachers are so dedicated to their students sometimes on a personal level and willing to make a great commitment and really relate to any child team building and bonding is also practiced.. any one who goes here is guarenteed to succeed in high school and in life