I moved my young child here after 5 years in a local Longmont charter school. My child was behind in Math and Writing. My child scored a 7 (out of 100, average was 50) on the first math assessment. The local charter school had left my child, who does not have a learning disability, so far behind it took some hard work to catch up. By the end of the year my child was not only caught up to the standards of the grade but slightly surpassed. I credit the wonderful experienced teachers at Eagle Crest, the principal and the curriculum that is not afraid to teach motivated students. Please consider carefully the schools where you place your children. Charter schools may seem great on the outside but may be harboring curriculum that doesn't stand up to scrutiny and inexperienced teachers. Public schools have time-tested curriculum and experienced teachers. I am so grateful I moved my kids before middle school. Thank you Eagle Crest.
The principle is amazing and the teachers are very strong. This is a school where my children really matter and where they have grown emotionally and academically. Whether it was my son's anxiety issue or my daughters problems with a peer, the school took us seriously, listened to our concerns and helped us find solutions every step of the way. I am so grateful for Eagle Crest and Mr. Ball.
My daughter (with special needs) has soared at Eagle Crest! The leadership, special ed staff, and her classroom teacher have gone well out of their way to create an amazing learning experience for her! The specials staff is motivational and very talented!
My son has is having an amazing year so far, he loves Eagle Crest and his teacher! He is in the 4th grade. Everyday I ask him how his day was and he always says EXCELLENT! In my book that says it all about this school.
My two sons attended Eagle Crest, one for 1-5th grade and the other for K-2. Eagle Crest's strengths are the friendly and caring community, the experienced and excellent teachers, and the nice facility. The weakness is the curriculum, which lacks history, foreign language, and is short on science. Math and English are strong, as is special ed and gifted education is OK. Gifted education is best at 5th grade where pullout math was offered. Ability grouping in math would help this school retain families that are exiting to charter and private schools. Parent involvement is encouraged. Homework is very weak at Eagle Crest, the kids are capable of so much more, and the school seems to water things down a lot to not bother parents too much. We switched and the kids are doing even better.
Since the 5th graders were moved to Altona the atmosphere at eagle crest has changed. The basics need of the children are met now the school is safer, less crowded, there are better class ratios and more time for lunch. Combine that with stellar academic performance and dedicated teachers Eagle crest is a great school.It has one of the best principle teams I have ever seen. This school has worked hard to give parents a voice and part in their children's education. With the new elementary school to be built next year Eagle crest is sure to stay uncrowded!!!!!
Eagle Crest's main issue is overcrowding. As a result the teachers are unable to connect to all the children adequately. There were many problems with computers, and lack thereof, outbuildings for 5th graders. My son was in second grade and kids would float in his class through out the year fluctuating the numbers from 26 to 31. My other son's first grade teacher was great, but she was stressed emotionally from all the children and I believe the education suffered. She was supposed to be his teacher for second grade, but she took another position. The curriculum was not challenging enough and when my kids asked for more work, they were basically ignored. This could be a great school, however, the district re-district children from other schools one time and never re-evaluated the detrimental effects that had on the newer Eagle Crest school. There is much unneeded stress on this school. Many kids from Lake Valley go to this school and should have never been pulled from the original school in Niwot. Very poor planning. As a result my kids are going to another school. If your child has special needs, don't expect a lot of help, or sympathy either. They school psycohologist was worthless too and she should not be able to hold the position as important as that.