At one time this school had great potential. The curriculum taken from a fantastic school in Fort Collins proves to be exceptional. Sadly the execution of the administration and lack of teacher training has over powered the effectiveness of the curriculum. The school does not meet the needs of many of its students, it teaches to the top and the rest are left behind. Students are not provided with the correct research based support they need. If your child struggles in any academic area they should not attend this school, and the school administration will be happy to see you go. The Dean tried to recruit us back, until I mentioned my child had a reading learning disability. His tune changed and he told me he thought it was better my child was somewhere else!
First of all I am a student at Caprock and I have been with Caprock since the beginning. I disagree with many parents opinions on here. The reason that the kids need to hurry is because we all only have 45 minute classes. Therefore there is not enough time to be running around and goofing off. The point of the line is to keep things orderly. We have over 700 students at the school that are all changing at various times. Order is needed. As for the parent on here that said our school is liberal...then the school isn't for you. I don't not understand why parents go aroun teaching their children that it is ok to go back and bash a school simply because of a few things you dislike. At Caprock that is very discouraged. Now please. Enough of this it angers me to no end to see people hate on Caprock just because we have different practices.
So much about this school is alarming. Questionable practices abound. The teachers are evidently of the opinion that they are personally qualified to assess, diagnose and treat functional behaviors. Add to this the fact that Caprock's TCAP scores are in most cases below the districts scores, and I truly question the value of the education received here.
Four years ago I was full of praise for this school; the cirriculum and teachers. The Core Knowlege cirriculum is the best, but the school now, not so much. Parents, read your handbook. Bottom line is the headmaster is the decision maker about the advancement of the chlldren --*not* the parents. If that doesn't play into the hands of the liberals, I don't know what does. They'd love to take away parental authority. We found out the hard way. I'm thankful we still have freedom in the small things -- like, removing our children and homeschooling! Oh, and agree with previous poster about administration -- that's the problem.
Caprock Academy lost nearly half it's qualified staff last school year as a result of poor leadership of the unqualified, punitive, and inefficient administration.. Sadly, the administration and unqualified staff have depreciated the education that was once offered at this school. The headmaster should be more involved with what is happening among the classrooms, students, teachers, and between all. The curriculum director should have far more qualifications for her position and should follow through with effectively training staff. She has never even been a teacher herself! My children were only receiving one 15 minute lunch and one 15 minute recess a day. Often my children spent their recess time practicing how to line up in a "Caprock line", or a militant silent line. Upon entering the doors to their classroom building in the mornings, on time, they heard, "hurry hurry let's go, let's go time to get to ability groups." They were always rushed to move from one subject to another. My children are above grade level in all academic areas, but yet are not conifident in their own abilities as a result of their time at this school. To be continued
I am so disappointed in this school! My nephew has attended Caprock since kindergarten, and I keep waiting to be impressed by his knowledge...I've been let down, unfortunately. He has had teachers who set very low standards for him year after year; such as turning in assignments two weeks late and only losing a half of a point after numerous reminders from the teacher (I was shocked!) He still received a "B" every time! That is the opposite of Love and Logic... This is only one of many examples of how "easy" the teachers have been on him, it is sad. His math workbook consisted of only basic math (and he is in 4th grade!!) and it was about half the size of other math workbooks I have seen in the school district. My nephew has very low self esteem, horrible social skills and an unimpressive education. Granted the school is not entirely to blame, it does play a HUGE role in the 160 days he attends (that is 5 days LESS than elementary age children attend in school district fifty one public schools by the way) I hope this school improves where needed for his sake.
My children have been attending Caprock Academy for 5 years and I have nothing but praise for the passionate teachers who make education hands-on and memorable, even at the middle school level. The administration is professional and has been able to meet with me when I have had any concerns or questions, and I am one of those parents who asks a lot of questions. The CAST team of parents and faculty is exceptional and makes this school seem like a big family. If you are looking for a quality education for your child, I would recommend that you go on a classroom tour and attend on of the information nights offered at this excellent school.
The real truth about this school, its a good school,but not sure if I recommend this school to everyone."So called teachers" since the majority of them dont have a teacher's degree and anyone can teach there if you know how to follow rules and curriculum its outlined for them. They want parents to volunteer 40hr per child. They do enforce the rules and if you dont like them or question anything they say there s the door you can always go to another school. Students are required to do community volunteer on their own.Uniforms are required. Oh and dont be late for any assignments automatically 50% off the grade. Ive seen discipline such as running or jumping jacks for the whole recess. I do like the structure of the classes students know what to expect each day and they are always learning, they switch classes even for kindergarten, and put in class s based on their abilities and its a very safe environment. They will keep kids back a grade if they are not where they should be with grades. Grading can be quite harassed there. Overall if you can handle the politics and rules then all means go there, even with uncertified teachers they will get a decent education.
If there was an option for a negative star rating, this would be a perfect example for it. There are two reasons why this school still exists: the public school district is a joke and the teachers. I could go on and on listing all of the insanity that the administration reigns (pun intended) down on their staff and students. The concept of the school is great. Academic success could be the product of the "Classical Education" model the school attempts to employ. However, "the system" only works if the teachers are able to receive adequate training and have time to meet all of the ridiculous demands of the school. They receive neither. They are treated like they are expendable. The administration is dysfunctional and uses bullying, neglect, brow-beating to "motivate" their staff. The teaching staff has an extraordinarily high turn over rate. They do not listen to anyone. You are either 'with them or against them'. The administration are experts at evading issues and deception, cronyism, and blurring the facts to control the message. If this sounds like a school for you, then click your heels and goose step your way down to the school and pick up an enrollment packet
Very disappointed with administrator and negative environment. School should be fun! So glad we went with a different school (Appleton).
This school is very structured, motivated by character values as well as high academics. Uniforms offer less distractions; high expectations from faculty and parentaly involvement create a challenging atmosphere loaded w/ support and direction. Can't say enough about our personal experience. our chidlren are thriving and looking forward to the challenge of this school year!
My children have been attending this public charter school for three years. I was excited about the classical education Caprock stated it could provide. I still want them to have this type of education but I feel that my children have begun to "wilt" as individuals. Both of my children deal with teachers and aides who yell at them, publicly criticize their work, and treat them as second rate people. My children have begun to give up on school because "nothing they do is good enough." My youngest is an A-B student and is in constant fear that he will fail his classes because that is what his teacher keeps telling him. My oldest may have to repeat her grade because of excessive tardies, not because of absences or her grades. I have given my children the option of going to a different school next year. The ONLY reason that my son doesn't want to change schools is because he doesn't want to have to make all new friends.
Our son, who is gifted and challenging, has been in elementary grades at Caprock Academy for 4 years. His teachers have demonstrated remarkable dedication and compassion - and an extraordinary desire for our son to achieve excellence. They have truly embodied Caprock's mission in helping him realize his highest academic and character potential. Caprock does implement Love and Logic(L&L), a philosophy founded over 30 years ago, and the approach of choice among educators and parents. L&L: states the importance of adults providing limits in a caring way; trains educators to stay calm and avoid provoking, threatening, moralizing or lecturing when interacting with students; views childhood misbehavior as an opportunity for helping children grow through their mistakes; encourages methods that help children learn to be responsible and gain self-confidence; asserts that sharing control and stopping undesirable behaviors early are most effective; and values children and places a heavy emphasis on the importance of treating them with respect and dignity. Caprock Academy is now K-12 and in its permanent home. We are so grateful to Caprock's founders, administrators and teachers.
My enormous disappointment with District 51's poor administration and continued low standards led me to seek a better curriculum for my two children at Caprock. I believe Caprock's literacy program is very adequate and the math program only marginally adequate though far better than that offered by District 51's entirely worthless math program. They use Singapore math but unfortunately rush through the books to meet deadlines and leave children with insufficient knowlege of basic and essential knowlege to build their skills. I love uniforms too, but Caprock is militant about them. Teachers seem qualified, but are pushed to carry out a harsh environment where children are yelled at, singled out and humiliated for simple mistakes. My children easily mastered the curriculum but the harsh environment and unprofessional and unkind conduct practiced daily by teachers here has robbed my children of their love of learning and self confidense. Both are so unhappy, we will undoubtedly leave for 2013. They say they practice Love and Logic with a military bent. That's not love or logic and it's highly ineffective. Imagine what kids here could do if they actually used love and logic.
I have 2 kids at Caprock. They are completing their 3rd year. The curriculum is the best. The classical education in which the model after is superior. I love the way they teach history. You learn the same thing every 3 years, but on a deeper level as they get older. The teachers are terrific. Character accountability is awesome!
We are proud to say that our children have attended Caprock Academy for the past 3 years. We love the Core Knowledge instruction and the character building that is deeply rooted in Caprock curriculum. Caprock Academy holds our children accountable on a higher level of academic achievement, as well as personal development. So, too, the parents are held to a higher standard of involvement. Caprock Academy expects and demands more from all parties, the staff, the administration, the teacher, the parents, and the children. This builds strong community ties and builds well educated, responsible, caring citizens for tomorrow. Our children have thrived at Caprock Academy, and we look forward to new challenges and growth together in the years to come. We love Caprock!
We have 2 kids at Caprock and absolutely love it. The way they teach is totally different and for the first time our oldest is constantly being challenged so she is not getting bored to death in class like she was in the other public schools. I couldn't see our kids going anywhere else in the county. We absolutely love the teachers, staff and administration at Caprock. The parents that have rated this school poorly need to wake up. Yes there is a school uniform policy. Kids go to school to learn not for a fashion show. I personally like the uniforms. They also teach the kids that actions have consequences which I think more schools need to step up and make students more accountable like Caprock does. I also like the fact that farents and students have community service they have to do. It builds a stronger community both school community and community at large.
I have 2 kiddos at Caprock. It is the most amazing school. We started our oldest at another elementary in Grand Jct. We were very disappointed at her progress. And even more so when we asked for her to advance when she became bored. But Caprock is geared toward setting the pace with your own child and allowing each child to excel at his or her own speed. The Core Knowledge curriculum and the character building should be a part of every school system. Because it has an advanced curriculum, there is a learning curve when switching from other schools. But it is by far the best school on the Western Slope!!
I have 2 older children that went K-12 in the local school district. When my youngest came along and it was time to enroll her in school I was not about to go through the local district again. I LOVE THIS SCHOOL!! The curriculum is wonderful, the ability grouping offers so much flexibility for a students learning style. Militant?? Nothing could be further from the truth!!! My child has been at Caprock since kindergarten and has always been in a safe environment with caring teachers and staff. The discipline model is the Love and Logic program. The character education is wonderful. Some in the community fail to understand is that Charter Schools, at least in this District, do not get any local property tax money for their facilities. The excellent money management of the Administration and Board of Directors has, within a relatively short time, allowed for the purchase of the new land and the building of the new brick and mortar structure. This is a wonderful school and because of the dedication of the Administration, Staff, Board, Students, Parents and Community, is contiuniung to grow and develop and is going to be one of the States top schools.
We have seen our granddaughter flourish at Caprock. She has loved her teachers at Caprock.
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