There is a LOT of homework. Some have said "too much, too young" - but I disagree with them. I feel the homework is structured so that children learn responsibility and can achieve it easily in just a few minutes a day. I was worried when we reached later primary, and was told to prepare for "an hour a night" - only to find out 20 minutes was self-reading, and the additional work was actually about 10 minutes of focused time (however that might get spread out to an hour if you have a reluctant child). This isn't too much. Play is still important in the curriculum and they have adequate recesses and physical education and a myriad of specials. There is also a new "Mileage Club" that allows kids to run around the track at lunch to earn keepsakes and certificates (and get some energy out), and it is sponsored by the PTO and parent volunteers.
I am a parent of two students in the Elementary. We chose the school due to its reputation, location, and fact that it has an associated Secondary school with similar credentials. I can tell you I have never seen such an amazing community, academic focus, and value-driven curriculum anywhere else. The principal is caring and kind, a former teacher, and allows parents to voice any and all concerns directly to him and the Board. The Board volunteers an amazing amount of time to drive the school forward, and the PTO works to get the community involved and raise an amazing amount of funds for the school. Every parent I have met cares about the school and the children's safety and knowledge.
Principal is approachable. Teachers are caring. As a parent who experienced the school before the expansion, I am amazed at how well they have handled the growth. Of course there are growing pains as is the case in many institutions. I can't wait to see all my kids learn in the years to come!!!
We transferred from Two Roads Charter School and and we are glad we did. The school has done an excellent job for preparing my children for college. The ACT prep class helped my son and he got a 32 on the ACT. He got into Colorado School of Mines. The college counselor has done an excellent job counseling my children. My son's AP Calculus teacher meets the kids on Sundays. Only a dedicated teacher would do that. JA does not hold back really bright kids; JA encourages them to take courses at Front Range Community College instead of holding them back and making them take dopey classes. It costs them a lot to have the kids take college classes,but, as a parent I am very pleased with the results. All in all, JA encourages academic excellence.
Sadly, JA has declined steadily since the retirement of founding Principal Mike Munier. This is no longer a Core Knowledge school, but rather a Common Core school that teaches to the test and throws worksheet after worksheet to the kids. The expansion of the elementary has been a train-wreck at best, and most of the new teachers hired do not understand the concept of a charter school, nor do many of the new families that were enrolled. "Academically rigorous" has been confused with tons of homework, and quality no longer seems to be valued. The board and leadership of the school seem confused and ineffective. JA is simply riding on the coat-tails of its former good reputation. After 7 years invested here, we will be leaving as many families are choosing to do.
I have 2 students at Jefferson Academy elementary school. This is a great school with dedicated teachers and a wonderful curriculum. The teachers go above and beyond and they make learning fun. My kids LOVE this school, have made great friends, and have learned so much. With the changes this year that the state has adopted with the common core standards, JA, under the principal's leadership, has ensured that their core knowledge curriculum is supplemented to meet the state standards. Kids are really learning how to learn and problem solve, not just memorize facts. I highly recommend this school.
So far I have been very pleased with Jefferson academy this is my son's first year attending. We love his teacher the principle is fantastic. This school has exceeded its reputation in my opinion. The curriculum has achieved my expectation my son comes home happy, excited and ready to learn. He wakes up early ready to return. His reading level has advanced and he is advancing as each day passes. He loves the school lunches, he loves all of his friends, he also loves jag care the daycare program with Jefferson academy. He also absolutly loves the play ground and recess, I love seeing him so enthusiastic about school this makes my heart soar knowing I made the right choice. They have several after school programs to choose from. I love how involved parents are with the school. I love how Jefferson academy listens to my concerns as a parent. They are quick at responding to my concerns. I am proud to have my son in such a wonderful school and look forward to making many more memories here as the years pass. I am all for helping this school earn money for education purposes. Education is the greatest gift we can give to our children. After all they are our future. Live long and prosper