I love this school and my kids have the thrived in Caprock's environment. I was shocked by the negative comments below but I guess there are always the parents searching for something better and will always be unhappy. The teacher's have been warm, knowledgeable and true role models to our children. We couldn't be happier!
I am a student of Caprock and unfortunately I must agree with the more negative reviews. Some of the teachers are indeed either over qualified or underqualified to teach at Caprock. The discipline is either get in our nanometer wide line or get out of the school. They are understaffed with some teachers doing three subjects at once or possibly more. I would give it more than two stars but unfortunately the school is definitely lacking in funding, the students have no power but are given the illusion of power, and the rumors of students becoming more rebellious is frighteningly true. In fact next year many students will be transferring to different schools. I can only find a very, very small number of things. but these things are overridden by the harsh discipline, the lack of permanent buildings, the multi tasking teachers, and the obvious disdain the school has for the students. So only two stars can be given, one more than it deserves as a result of it's shameful conduct as a charter school. That star is earned because of the colorful teachers that make this school almost bearable.
Pulled my daughter from this school earlier this year. The academics were ok, but the teacher my daughter had in 2nd grade bullied her to the point my daughter would cry on her way home from school everyday. When I went to the headmaster for help, I was told that the teachers disciplinary actions are up to the teachers themselves. This teacher had my daughters desk by itself against a wall and held her in from recess for two weeks. My daughter had to write a letter to me saying she got in trouble for asking another child for her eraser back during "quite writing time". A year earlier, her first grade teacher had me take her to have her hearing checked because my daughters singing was off-key. I feel that between the inadequate teachers and the poor decisions made by the board- this school has a long way to go before it will be considered a decent school in this community.
Pulling my child out of this awful school! They sent a child home for shaving her head to support another child with cancer...shame on this school and its staff!!! Shame, shame, shame!
As mentioned in other reviews, I also believe that the teachers aren't at fault. Its the board who seem to care more about the bottom line than they do about the kids. Even with the great teachers here, with such a high turnover rate, it's extremely difficult to establish any continuity. My daughter received an okay education during her three years here, it should have been much better.
Caprock Academy is filled with dedicated teachers and families. My children have been attending this school for four years and have learned so much about character and leadership. I am astounded regarding the previous comments stating that teachers are not qualified; this is simply not true. I have worked in many of the classrooms and find the learning environment to be positive and structured. The curriculum is exemplary and my children come home from school excited to teach me about what they know. If you are going to consider sending your child to any school, please take the time to do your research. Go to Caprock Academy, spend time in the classrooms, talk to the administrators, learn about the curriculum, and ask questions.
A lot of the reviews on here are spot on. Last summer the school did loose a lot of qualified teachers because they pay peanuts . The problem lies with the board of directors who will not do anything to help the school get funding. Caprock is the lowest funded school in the state but still manages to get above state average marks. The school is very disciplined and does wear uniform. This is not recommended for all students. Some reviews state on here that none of the teachers are qualified to teach all I can say to that is that some are over qualified to teach at Caprock . Overall Caprock academy is a great school but unless the board change things they are going to loose more teachers this coming summer
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.
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.
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