Can't wait to see the 2014 TCAP scores, gonna check them later this week on the CDE website, and compare them to nearby middle schools.
SVA is excellent. My son has gone for 4 years from second grade to fifth grade. He has learned so much. They just did a interactive civil war battle. My son has learn more history and literature in elementary than I learned in high school. There is good communication and with requirement of volunteering from each family makes this the best school environment. We will continue to go to middle school
We LOVE SVA! We just attended our preschool and first grader's Spanish festival, and can't say enough about how wonderful it is that they both get Spanish classes daily. The core knowledge curriculum is also a fantastic sequence for our kids. The school environment is warm and inviting, yet structured and regimented. Wearing uniforms, and adhering to the schools core virtues are just the icing on the cake. If you can get in, I highly recommend choosing this amazing school for your child.
I'm curious if the parent who wrote about not feeling heard by the SVA board has ever contacted them via email or read a public statement at a board meeting? I've done both, and have received a personal response each time. The format to "not respond" means that they will not be responding during that particular meeting, not that they are unwilling to respond at all. This is very common for charter or school district boards to not engage in dialogue during a public meeting. I have found them open to constructive and solution-oriented criticism. They have sought out further information on issues when needed and made decisions based on their findings, always with overall good of the school and the students as a whole. From what I can tell from the email updates from the school, the concerned parent(s) did not come to the board, the administration or the teachers to discuss their concerns. In fact, I specifically asked this question to a board member who said that the school had not been contacted by a parent expressing their disagreement with the OCC program. Until these concerned folks actually speak up and are actually ignored, I don t feel this is a valid complaint.
We have been dismayed by the school's defensive and hostile response to the concerns of parents who don't like the idea of the school working with evangelical organizations. It is one thing for kids to lead their own effort to do community service; it's another for the school to provide resources and force teachers to act as collection agents for Franklin Graham. Then there's the emails from the school's administration, which blame those parents who aren't evangelical and who, reasonably, think the law requires public schools to avoid being partners of churches for making that case. All of it indicates this about the school: the board does not care what you, as a parent, thinks. It makes all but impossible for a parent to communicate concerns or questions to them. Try finding the board members' phone numbers and check their canned statement on every board meeting agenda that says they won't respond to comments. It's no wonder the parents who went to AHA over the school's willingness to proselytize for the local evangelical churches did that. There isn't another way for them to express their worries over it and no assurance that the school's board would care about them if they did.
Overall my experience at SVA has been great! I truly think my kids are learning to the best of their ability. They are challenged but not overwhelmed. They get ability-grouping, Spanish unlike most other schools, and every Special. To address some concerns by others, yes, many of the office staff are parents but I see no conflict of interest there. And you must be living under a rock if you complain of no communication. The school sends out twice weekly news letters, posts on a marquee and I get direct e-mails from teachers as necessary. Volunteer opportunities are e-mailed out by teachers regularly and are sometimes found in the newsletters as well as what you select in the volunteer link as suggested by another so not sure who this "in crowd" referred to is? It makes me think this other person has never been to a neighborhood school (or talked with anybody who is in one) because SVA's asking for money and supplies is so much less!!!! Fundraising is about the same as others. I can see testing may seem heavy but my kids have definitely been learning (neighborhood schools have same gripe) and they cannot teach to the test since they have to abide by the Core Knowledge Curriculum!
I find this school to be way better than any of the other charter school. The school is aiming at an overall development of the students, with way more importance given to moral and character development. My daughter loves the art, music and Spanish classes. Unlike the other charter schools, the kiddos don't go paranoid doing only math and reading. If you are planning to send your kids to a charter school, send them to SVA.
I am writing to share my opinion of the post on nepotism. While it is true that some of the office staff are parents of current students, this makes SVA an even better place to be. Families have a vested interest in the school. Who cares if the front office person is a parent? If they are doing their job it doesn't matter if they have a child in the school or not. The blanket statement about no communication from the teachers simply not true. I have been at the school since it opened and have always received plenty of communication, both proactive and in response to my questions. The school itself does a wonderful job of communicating twice a week and via their new marquee. There are plenty of volunteer opportunities if parents click their preferred areas in PTO Manager as they are asked to do. If there is a need in your requested area you will get an email asking for help. Re: giving back to the school - if schools received enough money from taxes and other revenue we wouldn't have to fundraise. I don't know one school that doesn't need to do this. Finally, look at state testing requirements - much of this is mandated by the state without any feedback from districts.
A lot of nepotism here. All the office staff are parents of children at the school. Teachers make friends with some parents and essentially take care of their "friends." My child seems to be learning, but I am not sure this place is any better than a neighborhood school. There is no real communication from the teachers. There has been a change in leadership within the school, but they still appear very disorganized and lack the atmosphere of a warm, welcoming elementary environment. Parents are supposed to volunteer 40 hours, but there does not seem to be any opportunities unless you are part of the in crowd. Lastly, they always seem to ask for money. They just had a fun run, but now want to to eat out and have the restaurant donate money back. The head of the school outlined a huge list of ways to give them more money this year. She also outlined the test schedule, which in my opinion is the reason kids are not really learning. They are just like the rest of the US; teaching to a test...
SkyView Academy is a wonderful place. Our family has attended for 4 years now and it just keeps getting better. The ability grouping has always been one of my favorite parts of the school - so beneficial to teachers and students. Now that the HS is in full swing it is exciting to be a part of CHSSA . Big school opportunities with a small school atmosphere. For our family it is the best of both worlds.
This is one of the best schools ever! My child goes to kindergarten and I am so far very impressed by the school's curriculum. The teachers are all so amazing!
SkyView Academy continues to deliver a comprehensive education to our children year after year. The teachers are focused on educating the whole child which includes their academics as well as their character. We are so thankful that we found this school and we are continually recommending that other families get on the wait list.
We are in our second year at SVA and couldn't be happier. Thankfully, our experience has been drastically different from the last reviewer. Our daughter in in Kinder and LOVES it. She is being nurtured, inspired, and educated. The new knowledge she acquires on a daily basis is astounding. We have had an equally great experience with the preschool program. SVA is strict-but in a way that helps foster learning and accountability. Parents are required to volunteer, thus allowing me to be in my child's class every week. It's great to actually be a part of the school and a part of your child's daily education in the school environment. I highly recommend SVA as do my kids.
One star was a stretch for us in grading SKYVIEW. Kindergarten was a nightmare. The primary leadership is highly inept and incapable of meeting the needs of the children and at times compromises the emotional security of the children.There is a closed door policy in classrooms regardless of what they say. There is LIMITED OPPORTUNITY to be in the classroom with your child. Our child's first year of school was militant, excessively structured and at times humiliating for her. She was highly stressed over the homework requirement until they changed it over Christmas break. The first year of school is crucial and sets the precedence for the rest of a child's academic career. The teachers should inspire a love of learning. It should be a balance of structure and FUN. DO NOT CHOOSE SVA if you want your child's first year to be a positive experience. It may be years, if ever, before my child gains a love of school after being in this school. The other comments are 100% accurate in their description of the administration. The repercussions of the lack of leadership and gross negligence by the leadership will be everlasting. I want others to know the truth behind this 5 star school.
If you're reading this to find a school, you know only people who are very happy or very angry usually write reviews. I am neither - here is an objective review to help consider whether or not this is the school for you. I have two kids at Skyview. We have been there since it opened. We are content there - It has had it's share of growing pains, but it is a good place to be. The new principal is GREAT. He supports our hard-working, dedicated teachers - yes some of them are NEW, but they are energetic and effective. The curriculum is challenging and rich. The learning environment IS structured with an emphasis on responsibility and upholding and adhering to standards as an individual and as a community. All schools struggle with bullying, kids can be mean and it's a tough nut to crack but our admin. does NOT tolerate it, nor do the teachers AND most parents want SVA to be good place to learn and are receptive to dialogue on how we can all get along better. There is a lot of homework in 1-4 compared to the neighborhood schools (it evens out in 5th + ) and you HAVE to be involved in your kids' education. If I had it to do over, I'd choose SVA again. It's a good fit for our family.
This school is AMAZING! You get one on one attention if you need it. You get the correct education for the level you are at. The teachers and students are both great leaders. The students are always very excepting to everyone. Its like a BIG family. Everyone has respect for one another. The students are going to have a good life ahead of them because this school is a great collage prep and a school that will give the education your student you will need to achieve in life. This school deserves a 10!!!
I have a child in Kindergarten and a child in 2nd grade and I can't speak highly enough of this school. The teachers are involved, the curriculum is superb, and the atmosphere has a vibe that makes my kids proud to go to this school. My kids are exited to do homework- it's the first thing they want to do when they get home. They have great relationships and have not had any experience with bullying which is unfortunate to hear. I think every school has some drawbacks but with the school being NEW, I feel an excitement from the faculty to make this a great school and keep the drawbacks I see (which are small) moving in the right direction.
We love SkyView Academy, it is a great school for my two elementary children. We've had excellent teachers, nice students in the classes, very involved and friendly parents and a leadership team very committed to academics. I think the 2012-13 school year will improve tremendously with a new principal and the addition of new students and a few new teachers. We've never had a negative experience, I regret to hear about some bully instances, but fortunately, we've not had that experience. All positive. My kids wake up everyday happy and excited to go to school.
I also agree with the 8-12 review. My son attended this school and was bullied regularly at recess, in the lunchroom and in special classes. It broke my heart to see his personality completely change during the year he atteneded this school. The administration offices at the school had no interest in listening to the issues that were happening under their roof. I will say his teacher tried to help but unfortuantely it wasn't enough to change the situation. I began the year excited for my son to attend Sky View as their reputation in academics was excellent. By the end of the year I was so stressed about my son's situation I couldn't wait for the school year to end. My son couldn't learn in an environment were he was bullied on a daily basis so in his case attending Sky View actually set him back academically. He is so happy and excited to return to his old school. I agree the grass is not always greener.
It doesn't even feel right giving this school one star. This school was the biggest mistake we a ever made. Our child was constantly bullied again and again at this school. Honestly, I cant even type this without bringing tears to my eyes. The concepts and ideals of this school sound great but they lack the leadership from a non-existant administration when a problem such as bullying arises. I am so happy to see the genuine excitement in my childs eye to go back to his old school. Our family will take our experience at Skyview as a learning experience that the grass isn't always greener on the other side.
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