While JMCA has benefitted our kindergartener educationally, we're pushed to wits end in many other aspects of the school. Our son has an excellent teacher who keeps us informed about class functions/progress on a routine basis. The school has had to cut a few budgetary corners. The building is a modular structure in a low-lying flood zone, susceptible to damage in case of random Colorado Springs tornados or excessive precipitation. The children eat lunch and have recess/gym in the same multi-purpose room. The school has a HORRIBLE notification system. Their webpage is basic and out-of-date, and their Facebook page (to which the webpage directs parents) is also out of date. Recently, we (and much of the region) experienced a day or two of closures due to extreme weather. However, we received a notification at approx. 10pm (from the pre/post-school caregiver) that they'd be closed the following day due to 'temperatures below 0' because some children walk to school. That was unacceptable, since temperatures were predicted a week or so in advance. There is also a parenting responsibility in play there. Lastly, parents are forced to volunteer time or funds to the school annually.
This school is a small school with big city attitude. As long as you kiss butt to them they will like you and involve your child. I'm not one to sit back and kiss... They obviously have favorites to parents/students. They try to handle bullying after SEVERAL complaints, but it still happens. but for the most part, i honestly think they don't care. Some of the teachers are great. But you're lucky if you get them. I wouldn't recommend this school to anyone.
We are in our second year at JMCA and love it more all the time. I drive over 50 miles a day so that my child can attend here and I Have never regretted it. The faculty is involved with EVERY student in the building and parents are very involved. No school is without it's issues but I can tell you this; when I have had a concern or question , the solution has always been simple thru communication. My child was bullied during her first grade year and it was addressed immediately and monitored afterward. The child that bullied mine became her friend only because of the intervention of the faculty and close follow up. The academics are enriching and stimulating for the children. I also love how the older kids in the school are involved with the younger ones. Overall, no school is perfect but, afer raising an older child and starting my younger one out at a different school I can tell you this, JMCA is pretty darn close.
My child has attended this school from K-3rd grade, she has had excellent teacher that are caring, supportive, and creative when it comes to learning. The school administrators are excellent, and have address any concerns or issues we have had so far. I have only had one concern in 3 1/2 years. I also drive a great number of miles to get my child to this school. The only negative thing would be that they need more advance programming for advance students. But, again this is a small school and they overall meets the needs of the majority of it children. This might be the last year of attendance for my child, but I would recommend it to other parents for K-3 only because these are the only grades my child has attended. The parents of the children are also wonderful, and the children that attend this school are very respectable and caring. A great school with small classes!
After spending 2 years at the on-post schools here at Fort Carson we chose James Madison and have not be disappointed! I have two girls in 5th grade who have attended since 2nd grade and my son now is in kindergarten. James Madison teachers, administration, and leadership are involved in every aspect of our children s growth while they attend. I have not been disappointed at any point during the last 4 years. James Madison strives to support our students on every level, academic, social and emotional (military deployments). If you have concerns they readily address them with discernment and care. Many times I have had conversations with the principal, administration, and teacher s addressing how valuable they school is to me and my children, how we are a team raising our children, and how we are better off having them be a part of our life. The response is always, "That is what we are here for, and this is what we do." We are such a close school family it hurts me to see someone have a differing opinion and hope that everyone who reads the ratings knowing they need to look into this school before making judgments. I know you will not be disappointed.
We've had many years experience with this school and agree that it just keeps getting better and better! We completely agree with previous parental reviews that the school is great, love the teachers, and feel extremely welcome at JMCA. We recommend it all the time. Our main reason for this review is to touch on the 27 September comment on the second grade teacher. Our kids love this teacher and we have never had a bullying issue. We find the review to be extremely premature in that this parent has only had two months of experience to base their review on. We also find it extremely ironic that the parent complains about bullying but then blasts the teacher with harsh cruel words and even goes so far as to call the teacher a "jerk." Who's the bully now? Has this parent ever sat in on a class during these two months, or volunteered for this teacher? We have had years of experience at this school; we, and our kids, love this teacher and love this school!
We love this school! This is our daughter's 3rd year attending and she has really made progress. I love the core knowledge they offer and feel it really helps to peak our daughter's interests. She is currently in the second grade and loves it! Her teacher is amazing with her and really makes it a point to get to know the children's interests. Every day she comes home and tell's me how much she loves school and especially the second grade. There are great opportunities for volunteering and being a part of your child's learning experience and being involved in your community. I have never had a problem with bullying at this school. The teacher's and staff do a great job with the kids and they have become like family to us. Thanks JMCA for all that you do!
The bullying is out of control here,they do NOTHING about it. It was a huge mistake sending my child here. The teachers is a a bully to. I like the academics but everything else lacks severaly. My child is in 2nd grade there are the teacher is a nightmare. He is rude,disrespectful,dishonest,bully,and all around a mean man. His mistakes are backed up by the staff and they excuse his bullying behaviors. He doesn't communicate well at all. I can NOT wait until this year is over,so my child does not have to be exposed to this jerk any further.
The school is small, but everything they do they do for the students. Parents are VERY involved with the teachers and the kids' education. I also love how all the teachers and staff know each and every child by their name. Parents are encouraged to volunteer and be very active in the school's PTO. The kids in turn are so comfortable with their surroundings that it is not unusual for the kids to run up to a teacher and give them a great big hug. The teaching styles are different from most of the schools around the area and I feel my kid benefits from this style and gains better knowledge of each subject. So glad my child is in this school and I highly recommend this school to anyone.
I was very disappointed in moving my kids to this school. I had high hopes that moving my kids would help them. I give the school three star due to the fact I do like the core learning, but they're no tolerance in bullying is a crock. One of my kids was bulled to a point I was in the school pretty much every week. When I stuck to my "guns" the kids bullying my child was finally suspended repeatedly. The other problem with this school is with the teachers. Many times I have felt that the teachers failed to separate clicks and reinforce the rules. My kids are A and A-B students. Basically my child was told she will not amount to anything in life due to the fact of a missing assignment. Im sorry I dont feel kids should be compared nor do I feel teachers should treat them like they are less then there worth.
The schools is very small, but this small environment makes for a wonderful teaching atmosphere for the kids. The teachers know all the kids by name, and the kids in turn all know the teachers. The kids see the teachers and staff and eagerly run up to them for hugs and quick chatter. The school focuses all their time and funds to education, and parents are involved in what goes on and have a say in what decisions are made in the school. By far the best choice we have made in our child's education.
This School is AMAZING. My children attend and have vastly grown as readers, authors, and leaders. We are very proud to be mountain Lions!
I love this school. This is my daughter's first year and she is already learning first grade things (in Kindergarden). They have a Star program for advanced children, reading classes and they realize the need for lots of excerise (and rest) in our 5 year olds. I feel that she is balanced in her school day. She loves to come home and tell me how a teacher or Dr. S made her feel special today. It is the best public, private school ever!!!
James Madison Charter Academy is a wonderful school. It is now 3 years old and doing very well. The Principal and teaching staff has not changed for the last 2 years. There may have been some communication problems in the past, but that does not seem to be the case now. The school is growing and now offers a state-of-the-art computer lab, new library and before/after-school program. Classes are still small. I believe because of the class size, money is tight. However, I do not think the children are suffering. I woiuld recommend this school to anyone.
I love James Madison. The teachers are focused on the students, the Core Knowledge curriculum is excellent and I would and have recommended this school to friends and neighbors. I like that the student to teacher ratio is very small (most classes are kept under 15). Yes, after school activities are limited, but JMCA can still participate on WD3 sports. My children love the Friday lunch bunches! Although my children hate having homework everynight, they are academically ahead than most children their age. JMCA has helped me to interact more with my children and my children will continue to attend this wonderful school.
My kids love it and I love it. This is a great school. I have noting but good things to say about it.
JMCA's small class size (18:1), concentration on Core Knowledge and nationally reviewed and recommended literacy and math programs, along with a nurturing atmosphere, allow the children to learn in an environment that is rarely found in public schools today. My children have attended the school for five years and have grown intellectually and socially beyond my expectations. The teachers are dedicated and the principal is a true leader. JMCA is only in its third year; it can only get better and I would have my children go nowhere else!
While JMCA does have a limited amount of extra curricular activities, this is not the reason to select a school. Your children are there to learn and that's what they do at JMCA. My son, all of his friends, and every parent I speak to love this school. Not only do they teach what is required using core knowledge, but they do not forget elements such as PE, music, and art which some schools shuttle out to make more room. I love the uniform requirements, it makes school shopping a snap! The teachers and administration have been nothing but wonderful. I would (and have) suggest this school. Don't let the size of the building fool you! Small = more attention to each sutdent!
I wanted to address some of the negative comments I saw in other reviews that almost made me not attend this wonderful school. I did tons of research on the school's history before joining and now I know better. The school now has a brand new computer lab, a choir and a band. There are only 170+ students so small size has its limitations. Previous charter schools in the same building had some board, budget and political issues but JMCA is seperate from these schools...they just reside in the building. There are limited extracurricular activities but small school size limits these and the local community center has sports year round. I find a ton of opportunities to be involved (BOD, BAAC and PTO are all parent intensive) but I find many parents choose to remain uninvolved for whatever reason. I am impressed by what I find at this school!
My two children attended this school for four years and the quality has gone way down. The academics, teachers, and leadership are all questionable. Public schools nearby do better and have more extra curricular activities. The fifth and sixth grades were combined in the 06-07 school year and the discipline issues were horrible. I have moved both my children to different school and would not recommend this school to anyone.
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