Do your homework on how Charter schools work- ESPECIALLY this school that has no control -no vision - no guidance. They run good teachers off for cheaper ones, hire a 3rd principal. Because of their horrific test scores in math and english they have cut science and social studies down to 2 hrs a week total- and the same time keep short days ending at 2:00 on Wednesdays- this is 1.5 hours that could actually be used to TEACH! Kids are supposed to get out at 3:30 every day the younger grades are always outside waiting for their parents by 3:15-yet another opportunity the school is pathetic. I am a VERY Supportive parent of our school normally and always of my childs education process. We volunteered over 100 hours last year, we read to our child, we ensure homework is done and understood. RUN FROM THIS SCHOOL FAST!
I am the Librarian at High Point Academy and it is a full time position. I teach literature and research/library skills to grades K-6 and provide library services to all the students and faculty. I hope this clears up any confusion, Ms. Eastwood
The administration is absolutely on the right track with their plans to grow and establish this school as a quality learning environmnt. This school has a blend of young and tenured teachers, and there is a great energy and sincere interest in the future here. The tenured teachors are not grouchy and waiting out retirement and the younger teachers are all very bright and have fresh and relevant perspectives. All of the feedback from my children includes statements of being encouraged and valued which is critical to their success. We are a very happy HPA family.
Where do I start? The Executive Director who was also the Principal last year 2012/13 really made a mess of things. She needs to be replaced because she runs the school on personal feelings rather than what is right for the school. If she doesn't like you, she will target your kids. Beware, because she is in this position of power so she thinks she is untouchable and will mishandle your kids whatever way she likes. My kids wanted to be at the school to be with friends they had met over the last few years but because we speak up for our kids,she screwed us out of our school spots. Not right at all. Beware. Karma always prevail.
I moved from the Douglas County School district last year and currently have a midddle school and elementary school student at HPA. I have been extremely please and impressed so far. Parents need to realize that the roots of education and the success of their children is planted at home. HPA has cultivated and encouraged my children and they have really grown. Diversity across America is challenging; yet I see HPA staff responding to the need for understanding and acceptance and it is admirable.
Hpa is not where you want to go! Administration is lazy and have very little skill at running a school. Hpa gets rid of good teachers so they don't have to pay them more than a right out of college student with zero experience. Hpa gets away with misadministrations on standardized tests because they fail to report it....this is coming from someone who worked at Hpa. I would choose any school over Hpa! No discipline, kids run the school and an all around terrible program. Notice that staff don't enroll their own students because they know the place is a joke!
This school has been Awesome. I definitely see more parent interaction. Love it! The teachers are very accessible. First year attending and I more involved here than at the other previous school which, is down the street.
Run as fast as you can. Poor Administration, over-worked teachers, unfriendly staff. Too many kids in classrooms and having children sit on the lunchroom floor. WHAT!!!! And I thought ODB was bad.
I am a new parent, and I have been impressed so far. The teachers care for my children. Other teachers and staff know my kids by name and know me. For the school size that is important and comforting.
My grandson was at High Point Academy Preschool,morning session for two days and it was two days too long. We had the worst expereience. I was an employee of Aurora Public Schools for 28 years so I do know how to teach children. My first complaint, the schools sends home a list about what kind of snacks the children can bring to school and what kind of snacks they can't bring to school. We did make a mistake the first day and sent two fruits and got a nasty note,that was our fault, the second day we sent peanut butter in celery got another very nasty note about the peanut butter and peanut butter is on the approved snack list. The staff outside yelled at us that we are not walking in the proper areas to drop off the kids, what an example these adults are making for the children attending the school and the worst thing that happened to my grandson was they put his name tag upside down on the back of his shirt.The teacher had all morning to fix this mistake it is so disrespectful to the child and how do you teach a child to recognize letters when the word is upside down? The yelling, the snack mistakes and the disrespect in just two half days, what kind of education is this?
My daughter has been at HPA for five years now, and she has done excellent. This school is first class, and know that the teachers and administrators care about their students. The issue is that many parents do not discipline their kids and they act out in class. The teachers and administrators spend 80 percent of their time on these 10 percent of students. Parents want to complain about how their school is educating their kids, but forget that education starts in the home and they don't take the time to help their kids with home work or discipline. Stop your complaining about how the prinicpal is not returning your calls, I have NEVER had that issue. Start teaching your kids about respect in the classroom, and discipline them if they are a problem. Your child's bad behavior is disrupting my daughter's classroom - and that is wrong. I am extremely happy with HPA, and know that this is the best place for my daughter to learn. Please, if you are not happy with HPA - it is probably a bad fit for you and take your kid to some other school! Thank you teachers and administration at HPA for doing a wonderful job!!
Our family has been attending HPA for more than three years. All of our children are being challenged and love this school! The teachers and administration care about each students growth and push them to do their best. The Staff is friendly and always helpful. Way to go HPA!
The Principal and the office mangaer just do what they want to. They "hide" from parents that they don't want to speak to. The office manager "disciplines" students whenever and however she wants to. Discipline should never come from the office staff.......... period. That is the job of the Principal, who NEVER has time for students. I have seen them (students) and wait for her for more than an hour. The Dean of Students is the other person in charge of discipline, NOT and I repeat NOT the office manager!!
For the location the school is above average. The teachers are committed to providing a true quality education and is evident through by simply observing the general student population. Unfortunately, the office manager has free reign to apply and enforce the schools policies on a per parent basis as she sees fit "and/or" as to who she so favors. Truely unfortunate and dissapointing. While I may be just one family, I will continue to voice this dissatisfaction. Just as I had once praised them in areas deserved. Adios HPA. Shame on you.
High Point is a strong change from the other schools my children have attended. their core curriculum, emphasis on health and nutrition, parent involvement, teacher communication. Our kids are "founding" students since the school opened and I wouldn't change it any other way. The programs, such as wellness, anti-bullying, colorguard, etc are all wonderful. I believe that the school needs to leave some of the what my student can/can not eat at lunch up to the parents, with basic guidelines however. The location is great, the school is clean, teachers are respectful of students/parents and the Director is just as nice to communicate with.
The teachers take education seriously at High Point Academy. This is the first year that our children have been enrolled at High Point Academy. When entering the facility for the first time I noticed that the entrance of every classroom has a plaque in scripted with the name of the teacher and the College or University they received their education from. I was amazed at how many of the educators at High Point Academy had post-secondary educations or greater. After very little time at the welcome back-to-school open house and our family was exposed to the numerous programs High Point Academy emphasizes such as nutrition, wellness, and anti-bullying. After only a week in school my 5 year old is already asking for fruits and vegetables for his afternoon snack. It s only been a week and my child is already reaping the rewards of the excellent curriculum and staff. What s one the bill for next week?
I have two kids new to High Point Academy this year. This school impressed me so much, I have volunteered every way I can. They are in PreK and Kindergarten and I adore their teachers ... they have already set them on a great path. High Point is a quality school with strong wellness and anti-bullying policies. I look forward to seeing my children grow at HPA!
This is a great school with great teachers! I am so happy that I found a place for my child that provides a safe and challenging learning environment.
My 5 year old son is attending this school and I am beyond impressed! He has improved dramatically in reading and math. His handwriting has excelled. He is writing complete sentences! I love the schools focus on wellness-encouraging him to eat healthy snacks and no sugar is allowed in his classroom!! He has technology classes, Spanish, and PE three times a week. I find it adorable that a bunch of 5 year olds are also learning beginners yoga. His teacher is so kind, but very fair with all of her students. She encourages parental communication via email and is always willing to listen to concerns. I am very pleased with our experience with High Point Academy and am looking forward to many years to come!
My daughters r attending this year, & 1 of them attended last year. After reading reviews, I see that they r old, & outdated. My 1st daughter is just barely 5 & doing some reading. She loves school, has been able to work in groups, problem solve, & follow directions for a while now. My 2nd daughter who is 4 & also harder to teach has shown great improvement in drawing, writing, & spelling her name, which is incredible. The school has not only welcomed my desire to be very involved, but has capitalized on it by allowing me to channel my energies into helping out in the PTO & fundraising. If I ever go back to work, I will certainly attempt to work within this school because I believe that once they r settled in the new building in a few short weeks they will be stellar! Frustrations: lack of volunteer training. Communication has also been troublesome, but 4 year olds lose papers. Maybe email would be better? This being said, they r literally weeks from moving so things can fall through the cracks. All in all, this school is awesome, particularly for this area. I will continue to send my children to this school and recommend this school for the foreseeable future.
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