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Longmont, CO
Students enrolled: 815
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2040 Miller Dr.
Longmont, CO 80501

(303) 651-7900
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December 20, 2014
We visited 7 different schools in the area, including our assigned school, Niwot Elementary and 4 private schools. I am under the sense that many parents have recently become unhappy with the school because their input no longer carries the weight that it once did. Colorado is finally implementing the Common Core Standards that most other parts of the county have been using for years. Because there is a new curriculum, state and federally mandated, input from teachers, administration and parents will not have the weight that it once did. If children do all of the assigned homework there is plenty that is age appropriate. Parents can always add homework as they feel their own child needs. Our only complaint is regarding the classroom size, 27 is too big for many teacher to adequately control.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2014
This is a great school, in particular the Middle School is amazing. Our teachers are bringing innovation into the classroom daily. I've had students in the school from Kindergarten up, and one will be entering Middle School next year. It's not just the teachers that are great, though. Our PTO has really gone and stepped up this year, letting teachers know how much they are valued. The best thing about this school is the personal relationship teachers develop with their students. The principle of Middle School is exceptionally professional and amazing with students. I love the character education program, the emphasis on full-child development and the parents that get in and volunteer daily. Love love love my school!

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2014
cant say to much kids still there, but it is a hidden train wreck be careful attending......

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2014
Flagstaff has definitely changed their academic focus since their old principal has left. We chose this school because of its academic excellence and it has become very apparent that with the lack of homework and interest from the administration to keep the academics strong this school is unfortunately headed in a different direction. I am disappointed that they will hire teachers that do not have the appropriate training or degrees. I also am worried that the focus of this school directly reflects what kind of education the administration would like for their children. Our family has been with Flagstaff for 6 years and it is so sad to see this change when it was historically such a great place! The administration is unable to deal with difficult situations and either doesn't respond to them at all or waits until they become a huge problem. It worries me that there seems to be a hidden agenda on their part as well.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2014
Over the past year the school has gone through many changes that have not been for the best. the administration has been unable to effectively handle and minimize problems which has lead to at least 6 families leaving mid year within a few weeks. In addition to poor communication and lack of honesty from the school the academics have fallen below what one would expect from Flagstaff. Unable to replace teachers with experienced teachers. Many other schools in the area are getting much better results and have many additional resources available- no longer a top choice in the area.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2014
Flagstaff Academy does a few subjects well, such as the core knowledge, science lab, and Spanish. The math and spelling tests are too easy. There is no difference between levels of the ability groups. Also, there is practically no homework, which is fine if your child is not planning to go into AP or IB in high school. I would recommend this school for those children that either hate school or struggle with certain skills because there is nurturing for them. It's probably not a great fit for everyone though.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2014
We fell in love with Flagstaff from the moment we first visited. There's such a positive energy about this school which is apparent from the moment you enter. The students are smiling, the teachers are engaged, and the administration is happy to make time to chat. The teaching staff, in particular, is amazing. Last year our daughter was in second grade and it was a rare week when we didn't get at least 2 or 3 updates on how things were going in the classroom, and our child's teacher was always responsive to any questions or concerns. The teachers care deeply about their kids, and this is reflected in the attention and emphasis put on appropriate ability grouping -- the school works to make sure your child is in the most effective learning environment for their situation. The focus academically is on science and technology, yet the elementary school also has one of the best art teachers in the district and a strong core knowledge program that integrates math, science, and social studies across the curriculum. I recommend Flagstaff strongly and without reservation.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2014
I have one kid here and one at another school, and being in that situation highlights the differences for me. Flagstaff treats the kids like people, meaning if the child needs a drink he gets one, if he needs a snack (which children often do!!) he gets to have one. Just like an adult would. Not so at the other school, it's more about teacher convenience there (I would love to see if there are snacks hidden in those teachers' desks). The kids at Flagstaff have a longer day than the non-charter, which means there's more time for subjects like science (GREAT program, by the way) and technology (also awesome!). This is the great strength of Flagstaff. I've seen the complaints by unhappy parents (below) but I think they would find the same changes taking place in any St. Vrain school due to the common core mandate, rather than a specific problem with Flagstaff. I would agree that I want more time to talk to the teachers than I get, though. That bothers me. And a better understanding of where my child stands with respect to where he should be. I dislike the feeling that the teachers are avoiding answering those questions.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2014
There are so many problems at Flagstaff Academy. My biggest concern is the over emphasis on test scores. Each child takes 4 standardized tests per year! The math instruction is horrible. Kids are forced to watch a silly video for the first part of the lesson. Then they practice their test taking skills. They don't learn any math and end up confused. A+ students are now getting Ds and are hating school. Parents aren't allowed to talk to teachers so they just form tutoring groups among themselves. Also the administration is too weak to fix any of the problems.

- submitted by a community member
May 11, 2014
The older children who have missed the curriculum and admistration changes are not being effected by what's happening at this school and will never understand it. You are getting the educaiton that we ALL SIGNED UP FOR! 5th grade and below are not getting the same education. The parents are very upset and the administration does not seem to care. They told us "this is not the same school that it use to be." Well that is odvious. I cannot recomment this school until they get there act together. Just do what is right for the children and everything will get back on track! Shocking that the adults at this school cannot figure this out!

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2014
I can't speak to politics. I don't get involved in that way. I do however, get extremely involved in ensuring my children get the best education possible.. I know at Flagstaff that I am welcome and encouraged to be there as much as my schedule will allow. I have put in 1500 - over 2000 volunteer hours in the last nine years. During that time I have observed skinned knees, tears of sadness and tears of joy. My three boys run the gambit from mischievous boy who cares more about socializing than homework, , to the shy genius, to an earnest hard worker that takes forever to finish his work because of his dyslexia and other challenges. All three have been treated fairly with attention to their individual needs whether typical, gifted, or quote "special". Two of my boys have moved on to HS and are doing exceedingly well. Last night they each received four academic awards. One of them is #1 in his class, and is sitting for 6 AP tests this month including Calculus and AP Physics Calc based. He will be considered for the full-ride Boettcher scholarship next year. None of that would be possible without the outstanding education and foundation received from Flagstaff Academy.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2014
My children have been at this school for a few years now, and we can't imagine being anywhere else! They're excited to come to school every day. The teachers here take the time to develop relationships with their students, and the teachers are always responsive! It's fun to volunteer in the school, and it's the best way to see how warm and welcoming the staff is, and how excited the children are. What other school has a greenhouse, a science lab, a librarian that teaches research skills and how to navigate online databases for information? This school attracts the students of families in the high tech fields for a reason - it's an academically rigorous school that believes science and technology matter in our future. The best thing? Our school is so much more than 'how well do we take tests?' My children matter as whole individuals. I recommend this school to my friends all the time - there's just not a better school in the area. I'm constantly blown away by the projects they come home with, and all the things that goes on at the school.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2014
I no longer have children have Flagstaff as of this year and I am amazed that things could seemingly be worse now then there were a year ago. I thought the principal who left in May of 2013 who is now at a St. Vrain school (which he is from what I hear systematically destroying with his ineptitude) was most of the problem. How sad to see and hear that things have not improved.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2014
Flagstaff is a fantastic school going thru some change. Our kindergarten student could not have gotten a better start this year, is reading ahead of grade level, loves the teachers, has been corrected but not bashed when making a mistake, etc. The science, social studies, journalism, art is woven into other lessons. A psych person helps with kids who need to learn how to "read" others better or develop social skills - which frankly have a lot more to do with success in life than standardized test scores. The administration is fair and reacts quickly to questions or concerns. The office staff is upbeat and welcoming. Teachers respond to emails within a day. I recommend Flagstaff to any parent who cares about high quality, demanding education that is individualized - aimed at where the child is at and improving upon that skill level.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2014
I have had kids at Flagstaff since the first year. I currently have children in 8th, 6th, 3rd and 1st grade. My kids absolutely love this school. I know that while they are getting an excellent education they are also getting the best teachers in the area. Over the last 9 years we have always had wonder teachers who care about my children and their progress. I recommend this school to all surrounding areas. This school as been a blessing in so many ways. We are proud to be Dragons!!

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2014
My oldest child graduated from Flagstaff Academy last year and is currently a freshman at a highly-ranked high-school. She is taking AP and honors courses and is thriving due to the strong academic background received at Flagstaff. Her teachers have commented on the quality of her writing and have said that Flagstaff students are always prepared for the rigors of high school. As for the issues of Principal leadership, the school is definitely in a transition phase. Many of the other comments that question the quality of the leadership feel unfair (and a bit reactionary). With the rapid growth of the school and the added responsibilities of administrators in Charter Schools, the school has undertaken a nearly year-long search for both a new principal and the newly-created position of Executive Director. As a parent I feel as if this year of transition has gone about as well as it could while the school sought out the best people for these positions. Parent involvement is encouraged as much as ever. Teachers are quick to respond to e-mails and are willing to meet. Parents are encouraged to run for the board, speak at board meetings, volunteer in class and through the PTO.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2014
The school is degrading compared to what it was 5 years ago. Leadership is really bad now - care about their career only.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2014
My son has experienced a high turnover of teachers. Why won't the board listen to the parents? The principal and the board are inept!

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2014
Why did our school principal abruptly quit in April? Why did our business manager quit two days before school started with no explanation? Why are board members on the payroll? Why did our elementary principal take two months off then get a pay raise? Why is our school squandering away reserve funds? Why does the board refuse to reduce class sizes, hire enough special education teachers? Why won't they fix the academic problems? What the heck is going on? Where is the school district?

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2014
I agreed with the previous poster completely! Flagstaff is really going downhill....My husband wanted to send my kids to Twin Peak and I insisted on Flagstaff, I really regret my decision now, and I know alot of parents are feeling the same things that is why the Gala tickets are not doing well this year, as what I was told. Good luck new potential parents, hopefully when your kids are in, the school is in a better position, better staffs.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2014
Flagstaff is an amazing place for student learning. They provide a rigorous program that is not for everyone, but they treat every child like an individual. These teachers go above and beyond for kids every day. Even though the Board needs to learn how to be a board, the director and MS principal make this the kindest and safest school anywhere. This school is very forward looking and my kids are super prepared for high school and, I think, college. Great teachers, great leadership, great future - what a great school - good luck trying to get in! Everyone knows that Flagstaff is great so it is super hard to get into this amazing school.

- submitted by a community member
December 12, 2013
I have to agree with the previous posts. My kids have been in Flagstaff for six years. In the last two years the school has taken a nose dive. The communication from the school is terrible. It seems the teachers are having a hard time with new math curriculum. All of my kids will be in tutoring this coming summer to catch them up to where they should be. The teachers are talented and passionate but they have their hands tied. They can only do what a bad curriculum allows them to do. My kids have not had a problem with bullying but I do know there is a lot going on and the victim of the bullying always becomes the bad guy. There is a group of rough kids that never get into trouble and they ruin it for the rest of their peers every year. My biggest concern is that the staff cares more about implementing silly dress code rules than what is going on between the students. My student was once called out of class by an aide who was walking by and noticed his jacket was out of dress code and made him take it off while the teacher was still instructing the class. It's very disappointing to give a review like this. I feel very let down and my children will not be returning next year.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2013
I agree with the previous posters. Flagstaff Academy used to be one of the best schools in the area. The teachers were so creative and made learning fun. Since the school was taken over by a small group of arrogant parents, it has changed into an insane asylum for juvenile delinquent males addicted to video games. The girls are so stressed out by all the chaos. The staff is miserable and it shows. If you are a prospective parent, check out the playground at lunchtime. That should scare you enough to look for another school.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2013
This school has gone downhill, from how it was. Almost all of the original teachers are gone, and my child gets bullied almost every day. I wish that the school had more performing arts programs, and not just STEM related subjects. I'm looking for a better school, for my child.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2013
This school needs to get it's act togther, immediately! And Parent's WAKE UP! We once had this wonderful college prep schoool that has plummeted into gross negleance with this admistration. They do not care about the children's education at this school and are not willing to do one thing to get us back to the high standrads that we once had. My youngest child is not getting nearly the same eduation as the older sibling. Either you get your act together or I suggest you pull your kids from this school becuase they have no chance of reaching higher academic levels. Shame on you Flagstaff! Stand up and do what's right for the children!!

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2013
The school is moving in a new direction. It was founded by parents who cared about academics above everything else. Back then, teachers were sent to conferences, where they were recognized for their innovative teaching styles. Today the school is triple the size. The classrooms are too large and disruptive. FA hires inexperienced teachers to save money and actively recruits autistic kids to make money, even though the stimulating environment is not appropriate for their needs. FA bought a new math program on the cheap and wrote their own writing curriculum. Now the school's math and writing scores are plummeting. The new math program is difficult to teach. Just one part-time teacher has been properly trained. The math curriculum is a year behInd and is full of gaps. It will be up to each individual teacher, most of whom are inexperienced, to make up these deficiencies if they want to. The extra money from classroom cuts has gone towards massive computer purchases, hiring friends, and promoting character development and restorative justice. Finally, the board behaves in an appalling way, making up rules, hiring friends, and generally behaving like everything is a joke.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2013
Flagstaff has a policy that kids should not be doing more than an hour of homework per night. Although this might seem like a good idea, it doesn't work. If you aim at the average to below average student, then those who are above average spend 10 minutes on homework. This is not preparing above average students for honors/AP/IB programs. The special ed. department is horrific. It seems that the policy there is to get parents of special needs children to leave the school. Why did I rate them so high? Because despite that, the regular Ed. teachers are mostly above average and really put their heart into teaching. The curriculum is very rich and the knowledge of the world that my children have is incredible considering their ages. It is an above average education which is rich in technology and science and always very welcoming.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2013
Flagstaff Academy is a great school which is maturing from a pioneer to an institution. Students and parents are actively involved in everything - classroom, extracurricular - and teachers and adminstrators pay close attention to test scores as the basis for performance measures. The review below which indicates that FA cares less about the welfare of the kids than test scores is unfair. Administrators are in the process of transitioning on a number of fronts and test scores are a measurement that is valuable. The school absolutely does not discourage parental involvement, that is the complete opposite of my experience. What I've experienced is my son learned how to read, has become much better at math than I have at this age, and has developed a group of close friends. If anything, the school attempts to communicate too much info, and solicit too much parental involvement. But I'd rather too much than too little. Our experience with Flagstaff has been excellent, and I hope if you are looking for an early education which is hands on, disciplined, involved then this would be an excellent school to consider for your child.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2013
This school is a huge disappointment! I would think long and hard before enrolling in this school. Teachers are too young and inexperienced and admistration is lazy and discourages any sort of parent involement. Grades are slipping and the administration thinks being average is great. If you are alright with spening a fortune in tutoring your child on the side then go ahead.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2013
Flagstaff Academy is falling behind from a few years back. The adminstration is more concerned with the testing scores than the welfare of the children. They discourage parent involment and there is a lack of communication. Too much pressure on the children!

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2013
Are you a quirky, nerdy, or very silly kid? If yes, FA is the school for you. FA nurtures and cherishes the curious child. Expect to get dirty and maybe a little chocolatey in Science class. You might NOT be asked to write many "descriptive" stories, but expect to write quite a few "creepy" and "juicy" ones. Math homework is a breeze with the new online tutorials that correspond with each lesson. Walk into FA, and look for the student-made stain glass window, worthy of a Baroque cathedral and a massive stone Aztec sun calendar towering overhead. Don't be alarmed by power outages or levitating balls, or worms and lizards, or tepees and Chinese dragons. It's kind of crazy at FA, but it's rich with learning and happy children. After five full wonderful years, we could not be happier or more satisfied with the education and the environment that FA has provided for our children.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2013
Flagstaff provides a top-notch education. I had 2 kids transfer in last year. One was behind grade level, and the teacher & Intervention Specialist did amazing work encouraging her and help her meet realistic expectations. This year she is caught up and no longer on an ILP. Most importantly, her self-esteem has soared! Her teacher this year is absolutely wonderful, very cheerful & encouraging. I have been impressed by the principal Mr. Moore, the middle school staff, the middle school admin, Dr. Warren & Mr. Pugh. A good team all around. I have been especially pleased with how well trained the kids are in doing research projects, starting at the youngest grades. Honestly, I have been impressed with all the teaching staff that I have interacted with, which has been a lot of them!

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2012
I have a first grade student and a 7th grade student attending Flagstaff. This is our first year at the school and have been so very pleased with the school. The teachers, staff and leadership are all outstanding and truly go above and beyond. My 7th grader has struggled with math and reading for which we are finally seeing positive growth and results. Thank you Flagstaff!!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2012
Moving our kids to this school has been the best decision we have made. The school culture is one of kindness and respect. The curriculum is excellent and the teachers are engaging. We love the amazing work our kids are doing at such a young age. I wish more children would have the opportunity to be exposed to this type of education. Thank you Flagstaff!

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2012
Disappointed! This year I have made a tremendous effort to drive my child all the way to this open enrollment school but my child has fell behind academically in language arts and in other areas. There are boys at the school who are emotionally disturbed and they harass the other children. This behavior is well tolerated by the teachers and leaders of the school. At one point my child was hit in the head by a sixth grade boy and when this was communicated to the assistant principal my child was told that that boy is 'angry today' as though that is a perfectly good reason to be have hit in the head. There aren't consequences and my child has experienced multiple bullying attacks. The communication within the school is unacceptable. The school doesn't welcome open communication and reprimands you for contacting them to report and discuss important safety issues. Maybe one problem is that the school is too large? and so they drop the ball. I would avoid St. Vrain School district If possible. They're hot lunches are terrible although that seems so minor in comparison to serious safety problems that are ignored at St. Vrain schools and this charter school is no exception.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2012
I am one of the students from Flagstaff Academy and is currently an 8th grader. Even for just a student, I've experienced the school much longer and know it pretty well. These past (almost) 6 years, I came here, one year after the school opened. For me, I think if I were given a higher chance of rating scale (1-10) I would have given this school a 7.5 to 8/10. And here are some of the reasons why, First of all, not all the adults are bad. Yes, some were to the point where I despised them. However, ever since I arrived in Middle School (which was my first year at the new building) they have all left. Second, I've experienced all the principals. I do like the 3rd one better. Third, dress code isn't too good. First few years, no one really cared. Now in MS, it's a horror. Given write ups for the most small things or not given one at all, when you're wearing the most out of dress code things. Lastly, I can totally agree that the school jumps the curriculum way ahead. I am actually 1 year ahead of my math, 3 years head of my Spanish and is learning HS leveled L.A. They do give too much homework, but it's only because if you're going to take (IB) in HS, they want you to be ready.

- submitted by a community member
January 27, 2012
Great school for my children, thanks to the group of dedicated teachers, who go above and beyond everyday. They are the true heros.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2012
I am a new to the school with a sixth grader. So far I really like it but more importantly my child really likes it. It seems that there are a lot of friendly children and so far haven't experienced any problems. My child has made a lot of friends and is challenged by the work but not stressed. Some highlights include Spanish class and Horticulture class. It was also an easy transition from a waldorf/art school for elementary. The only negative so far is driving everyday from Boulder but If you live in Longmont definitely worth checking out and open enrolling.

- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2011
I have been a part of FCA since the first year it was open. Both of my children have had wonderful teachers, I do not question their class selection process. I do not have "gifted" students, but both are challenged at FCA. We have never had too much homework, if they don't get their work done in class then they bring it home. If students are making wise use of their time, they shouldn't have more than 30 min a night with the occasional extra projects. The teachers ask that the parents let their children do the work, if parents want a project they can have their own separate one. I have dealt with some discipline issues with my kids and felt they were handled appropriately. There are bullies everywhere, FCA tries to work with them to turn the behavior around. There have been three principals over the 6 years and all have dealt with things differently. Much has improved over time as with any business. FCA has it's share of "Sped kids" and although I don't have one of my own, I know several that are and are worked with as the District provides support for. I would recommend this or any charter school to any parent.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2011
My children attended Flagstaff for two years until we relocated out of state. I realized once we left how truly unique and special a school it was that challenged my children to do their very best. We ended up relocating back two years later and I am so glad that they are back at Flagstaff and thriving in a creative, challenging, and fun environment. I would and do recommend this school to anyone looking for a school that challenges kids at all levels.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2011
My two children attended Flagstaff Academy. One from grade 3-5 and the other grade 6 only. I got to experience all three principals at this school, including the founding principal, the second principal and the current principal, and found the current principal to be the best leader, although younger than the other two. The curriculum in content rich. The teachers are less well trained that SVVSD public school teachers, but usually do a good job. There is some politics and bullying but not tremendously worse than Longmont public schools. The music program in the middle school is not as focused on performance as the regular public middle schools. The middle school math curriculum pushes kids ahead too much, without considering what the local high schools offer for math. Still the content in art and music for elementary school is outstanding. There is a bit too much discipline and homework for some kids, especially K-2, but we were at a different school for those grades. There is some politics with board member children that tended to affect how discipline was enforced in the classroom.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2011
A charter school is parent -run. That is the beauty of it. So if a couple of "pushy" parents join the school board and start demanding accelerated classes, ability grouping, STEM, and a balanced budget, than more power to them. I am so proud of the successes I have witnessed at this school. FA students are grade levels ahead in Math, Reading, Writing, Science and History. We certainly don't do their homework. What an insult to all of our children who work so hard. The Principal works long hours. He is smart, kind, and committed. The teachers are so dedicated to FA, they send their own kids there. The teachers and students appear happy. My children transferred from a private school 4 years ago. My perception was the private school principal favored wealthy parents. The private school held my children back. They had to work alone in workbooks, while the teacher taught to the lowest level in her class. This doesn't happen at Flagstaff, where they are grouped with other students at their level, even if it is a grade up. I genuinely believe the teachers and administrators care about our children. They do care when a child is bullied. The discipline policy is fairly enforced.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2011
My 2 kids attended Flagstaff for 2 years. We moved to another state so we had to leave this wonderful school. My experience was very positive. Most of the teachers are wonderful, one of them was a bit inexperienced, but still pretty good. They have an excellent science focus and ability grouping across the entire grades for math and phonics. The teachers we had were very good, enthusiatic, motivated and caring. There was great parent involvement and there were parents volunteers every day in the classroom (And several of them!). The people at the front desk are friendly and have an amazing memory, they know the names of all the students (just amazing). Great communication from the principal through their website, email blasts, and lots of email from their teachers. Some of the teachers would email the parents mailing list every day with news about the classroom. The new school we are in is quite average, and now we realize how wonderful Flagstaff was. Kudos to Flagstaff and I hope they are able to maintain and improve on their already amazing performance.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2011
The teachers are enthusiastic and love the kids. My kids are challenged and are doing well. What more could I ask for? Prior to Flagstaff they attended private school and they are now getting a superior education! All the teachers I have had contact with have never been anything other than courteous and professional. As for the school constantly losing pupils? Try telling that to several of my friends who are on the waiting list! Safety issues? I personally think the businesses are being unrealistic and have obviously never driven by any school at end of day! The 'Flagstaff kids' are no worse than other kids, they're kids!

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2011
This school really is amazing. The CORE knowledge curriculum is fantastic, and yes, the expectations are high for students, but the work put out by the students more than surpasses work I've seen at other schools. My child loves this school, the teachers, the atmosphere, the curriculum, the activities- it is a fun and enlightened place to learn, and I am sorry we wasted years at another high performing school in St Vrain Valley (Niwot Elem). FCA does have its share of bullies and bad behavior, as does any school, but the way it is handled is light years ahead of the previous school we attended and is absolutely not tolerated. There is no pressure, whatsoever, to contribute money or be a member of the board. The elitism spoken of in previous reviews is completely unfounded. You can volunteer as much or as little as you want with no reprecussions from any parent, staff member or board member. The thing about FCA is that people WANT to be involved- it is that kind of community. I highly recommend this school for an active and involved learner with a family who wants to be a part of a school community.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2011
Look long & hard at this school. Ask questions about the anti-bullying policy. If your child is a special needs child, ask what services will be provided and what won't. Know what you're getting into & don't just buy into the bells and whistles of the school. Our daughter spent four years at FCA before we realized we were *never* going to get the support from the admin., the "special ed. dept.", or from the teachers, that we were initially (& every year after) told she was going to receive. In four years, social and academic progress were at a snail's pace & 1/2 of her teacher's were out of line & spoke to her with disrespect, bordering on contempt. (I wish we would've recognized it at the time). This school is probably okay if your child falls within FCA's "norms". If not, look elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2011
I am a parent of a student who attended Flagstaff for all three years of middle school and just finished the first semester at a St. Vrain high school in honors classes with a 4.0 average. I have to save the success in high school is despite the terrible 8th grade year (2009-2010) when the administration and others in charge appeared to be totally unbalanced. At Flagstaff in the 8th grade year my child was belittled, bullied, accused of ridiculous misbehaviors, excluded from many activities, received grades obviously lower than what others did for the same work and I was treated with rudeness and contempt when I tried to address these problems. Sad to say the same administration remains in effect at Flagstaff. I've been amused to read about the publicity stunt that was staged with parents supposedly camping out in the cold in December to make sure their students were able to enroll for next year when the reality is Flagstaff is spending money in ads in local papers this January begging parents to enroll their students.

- submitted by a community member
November 12, 2010
To the parent with the bully problem....my immediate reaction was if you are going to gossip to other parents about your issue instead of working on it yourself and if you are going to elevate to the Supreme Court without allowing one of the three administrators Flagstaff has on hand to help, then it sounds like the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. I am a parent and a volunteer and I have seen the numerous events and programs FSA has brought in or created themselves. My child has talked about the program(s). All schools have this issue and most if not all work hard to address it. It is parents like you who instead of helping be part of the solution, gossip and become more of the problem. How many other parents have you "discussed this with?" How much time have you offered up to facilitate any kind of program, event, playdates etc? Furthermore, most parents believe their child is NOT capable of being any part of the bullying, only the recipient. I am here to tell you that a word, a gesture, a look can contribute to a situation. And there are two sides TO EVERY STORY.

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2010
If you want your child to be challenged, encouraged, and praised for their unique abilities then this is the school. My children have been challenged to do their best and yes that does require that as their parent I put in time and help them to keep up with the standards of the class and the teacher. I think this school expects all children to be able to compete with other top countries in all areas. I have no problem with that and I know that my children will rise to that expectation and possibly exceed it.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2010
My son today learned that the bullying at flagstaff will go continue as he was the victim and the child that was picking on him was resued when he got upset. A parent suggested that I make a claim with the state of Colorado department of education and St vrain Valley School District.

- submitted by a teacher
October 06, 2010
I can't really speak to Preschool - 5 at Flagstaff but the middle school is horrible! The work is way too difficult for many students so cheating is rampant with parents often doing the work for the kids. The teachers are not at all objective in their grading but seem to grade according to how much they like the student and that seems to depend on how much the parents donate or how close they are to certain board members. This carries over to the discipline of students with a certain select few getting to do as they please while others are harshly punished for the silliest transgression. The Dean of Students has no public school experience and all the administrators seem to toady to what ever parent or board member they fear most. Check out how the middle school CSAP scores fell last year!

- submitted by a community member
October 03, 2010
I am very happy with Flagstaff. It has a lovely campus and a strong philosophy. I like the technology that my child has been exposed to. I think the school has strong leaders and good teachers. My only concern is the large amount of homework my child struggles with.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2010
This school is horribly run!! We had our children here for four years thinking that the administration and the teachers would get their act together but unfortunately it has gotten worse. Their policy of ignoring true student and teacher issues is appalling. They are more concerned about their image than students! Next year we are moving our children to TPCA. Sorry Flagstaff but you had your chance and you blew it! We will never recommend your school to other parents.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2010
Flagstaff is amazing. We live in Niwot and our kids attended that school for a few years - what a disappointment! Niwot, like some other district schools, is so CSAP focused. Flagstaff's curriculum & instruction is rich and focused and lasts even after CSAPs are over. We have a middle schooler and two elem kids - all have had outstanding experiences and one son left Niwot reading below grade level and finished his first year at Flagstaff above grade level and has excelled every year since. The leadership is what you would find in any innovative school or company.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2010
I'm the parent of 2 kids attending Flagstaff. I enrolled one of my children with very high hopes that he would be able to overcome some issues he had been dealing with at our local school. Our local school didn't seem to care or want to help him at all. After attending Flagstaff for 2 years these issues are no longer evident. I now have a very happy child who gets great grades and loves learning and being challenged. Flagstaff seems to have a very talented staff of teachers that care so much about each child and every special situation. With such great staff and a beautiful new building, parking issues are a problem I can overlook. As far a fundraising, I will gladly donate to a school that works so hard to prepare my child so well for their future. I don't feel obligated at all.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2010
I am a 2nd year parent of an elementary student and a middle school student. I am very pleased with the curriculum and the staff. My children are challenged academically and the teachers also seem to be aware of and working on all of the difficult social issues for these ages. I would highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2010
We have three children in Flagstaff Academy and they have attended for two years. We are very happy with the challenging curriculum and hands on learning experience offered to the students. The core curriculum is developing a solid educational foundation. There is such a positive energy from students, parent, and especially the teachers. The teachers are focused on the students and show a strong desire to help the students develop a love of learning!

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2010
My children have been at Flagstaff since day one. I have found that Flagstaff's programmings is strong and relevant to the different levels of learning of both my children. There's always assumption or accusation around ANY charter school board or administration, and the need for transparency but if parent would just go to all the meetings (board, pto, parent coffee, etc). The information they want is there and on the website as well, not just with Flagstaff but with Twin Peaks or any charter school in Colorado.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2010
This school is a joke! They push and push for more $$ in donations and fundraisers but you never seem to get a completely clear answer where the $$ goes, and when you do its for dumb stuff like a teachers espresso bar or the advertising/PR budget. I also like how the school is trying to downplay the legal suit from their HOA about their parking issues. Any parent who picks up their child knows that the school completely flubbed up the parking!! There is something seriously wrong with this school!!

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2010
Last year my husband and I moved our family to Longmont and enrolled our son in Flagstaff. When we took the tour we felt that we were making a wonderful choice for our son but learned shortly after what a mistake we had made. Teachers were showing 'The Patriot' in english w/o parent permission and thinking it was alright; classes were being skipped or moved around constantly; kids were sneaking out of the building and hanging out behind the school; bullies were never reprimanded in any way... it was the worst year academically that our son has ever experienced because he was taught so little and by unexperienced teachers and staff. This year our son has attended TPCA and I have to say that it is like night and day. I beg any new parents to look around... don't drink the kool-aid from this school!!

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2010
Flagstaff Academy does have some really nice students, staff and parents associated with. Unfortunately the administrators seem to have gone crazy in doing everything to keep kids and parents who are big money givers happy and to keep the precious test scores high. I know this is a problem with a lot of charter schools but this school year the Flagstaff board and administrators have gone over the edge.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2010
I have two kids at Flagstaff and while the curriculum is great and the facilities much improved, there is a huge amount of room for improvement. My biggest issue is the lack of respect shown to the kids by the teachers. Kids are not allowed to express their opinions, or defend themselves when accused of some minor transgression. My kids have frequently expressed frustration that they were wrongly accused of something for which hey received some sort of reprimand, but the teachers involved would not hear them out. I think that sets kids up to just accept their lot in life, rather than challenging wrongs. The school has been less than accommodating for my son who has ADHD. Budgets are tight in school districts for sure, and the school obviously does all it can to avoid incurring any additional costs in terms of testing and accommodations for kids with special needs.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2010
Flagstaff is a great school! My daughter couldn't be happier or more challenged. The scope of what she has learned in the past 7 months is amazing! What each parent needs to realize is that YOU are THE most important factor in your child's education--not the teacher and not the school. You can't just drop them off each morning and pick them up each afternoon and expect great things. Become more involved in your child's life and a bit less involved in your own--the results could surprise you! Children are a product of their environment. Parents need to stop looking for someone else to blame and become more pro-active in fixing their own problems. If you thing Flagstaff is doing you wrong, then by all means, please, take your child elsewhere. We think Flagstaff is exceptional.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2010
Flagstaff has been a great experience for our child. I have nothing to say, but wonderful things about the school. If your child needs a challenge, and/or is bored or uninterested in the curriculum of the traditional public school, then this could be the place for them. I would urge those that are in question to go and check it out. There is a reason that parents camped out over night in 10 degree weather to get their kids in for the 2010/11 school year.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2010
My children currently attend Flagstaff and have been at this school for over 3 years. We have seen it have it's good and bad moments over this time period. My husband and I were hoping that with the new building that things might get better, but really I think it has actually gotten worse. They seem to cater to more affluent parents and their children in order to manipulate more donations for their school. It amazes me how much money we have shelled out without seeing any results! Also, the post which stated that this school has a bullying problem is absolutely correct because even my children who seem pretty social and have plenty of friends have experienced it with no results from the school. I would NOT recommend this school to any family, and come next year my children will definitely not be attending this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2010
As a parent of a child that I pulled from this school, I agree with the previous poster as the 'wave' of posts is suspicious for the same reasons stated. I will say that the level of professionalism I experience with my child's current school in the district is superior to what I ever experienced with Flagstaff, and I share that only because I now have a basis for comparison.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2010
I have two elementary children at Flagstaff, and have been there for four years. I am also a very involved parent, volunteering in excess of 80 hours per year. I believe Flagstaff is providing an excellent education to both, one who is twice-exceptional (very gifted and ADHD). The science-based core knowledge curriculum is very challenging and both have what I used to consider excessive amounts of homework to do on a regular basis. We have gotten used to it, and these two will be well prepared for the load required of an International Baccalaureate course of study. Communications from the school do require parents to seek out information on-line, and while this can be cumbsome, it is always available. It was the first school in the district to use Infiite Campus (on-line grade-keeping system) so I always know how my kids are performing academically. The best public school in the district.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2010
I have two children at Flagstaff Academy including one in Middle School. I'm writing to counter allegations by a previous poster who states that the Middle School curriculum is inappropriately difficult and that students are cheating. The curriculum appropriately challenges my child. I am certainly not doing the work for my child, he is not cheating, and he takes responsibility for his own work. My children love going to school. Our experience at Flagstaff has been positive for five years. Our principal, Andrew Moore, is an outstanding individual, an excellent leader, and a creative thinker.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2010
This school has the Core Knowledge curriculum and ability grouping, modeled after the successful Peak to Peak school, and so much more. The Shurley grammer and writing curriculum is so much more rigorous than P to P. The school uses Scott Foreman Math, the top Math program inthe country. The technology grants have boosted this school to a whole new level in every discipline. Flagstaff does not have P.R. staff to promote the school. Its all word of mouth. But, its a fantastic school for smart and struggling children. Most of all the children and families are loving and wholesome. Every child is welcome and treasured at Flagstaff Academy.

- submitted by a parent
December 23, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating November 23, 2009
I have two middle school students at FCA and they are being challenged and love school. Yes, FCA does not cater to everyone and you'd be ignorant to think a school can be everything for everybody. This is a very young school with growing pains but a committed staff. Many of the parents I have met think their kids are 'gifted.' And if they saw the tests (I asked) their child had to take to prove it, they would quiet down and let their kids learn. Parents need to find ways to fulfill themselves without micromanaging their kids school careers. No matter what a school tells you, there are 25 students in a classroom and your child is not the only one on earth. Running from school, to school, to school is just trading different problems (done that). No school is perfect. Be a problem solver, not a problem.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2009
Raises the bar for our kindergartner. It's amazing what the students accomplish in one day. Emphasis on science and technology is great. Teachers and parent involvement are excellent. Some advice to drive line complainers -If you don't like the drive line then get out of your car and walk. You'll be in and out in less than 5 minutes.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
when you inquire about adding programs or enrichment classes, they seriously look into the possibilities and follow through very quickly. They adding a pre-K early reading program only a few weeks after I requested one! Thanks Flagstaff!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2009
Our vision and mission of excelling students' minds every day.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
Such a caring, kind staff who also know how to collaboratively use the latest best practices to help each individual student succeed.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
Flagstaff teachers go above and beyond to make it a great school!

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2009
My child is challenged many times over, every day!

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2009
Flagstaff Academy has THE BEST teachers and administrators in Colorado@! Passionate, energetic, sincere, caring, hard-working, motivated, dedicated, smart, tech-savvy, compassionate, humorous, athletic, and AMAZING are just a few words used to describe our teachers and staff! Flagstaff Rocks!

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2009
My son currently attends this school and we are going to pull him out because there is no control and my son has already had 2 teachers that have left. The classes are overcrowded and my son is definitely not taking classes at his 'level'. They put kids where they have room, not at their level. We put him at Flagstaff because we thought it would be a good school for our gifted son, but I would not recommend it to any parent. I also find it amazing that someone wrote that the 'drive line' is outstanding because it takes myself and all other parents almost 40 minutes just to pick up our kids! I wish I would have seen the remarks on this site before we tried Flagstaff. I also think that the positive remarks from the 2nd of October come from a school official. Learn to spell!

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2009
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- submitted by a student
October 04, 2009
I'm in 6th grade and this school is OK if you have to go to it. i wish i went to public school cuz there r 2 many bullies here and nothing fun. my freinds at altona are liking middle school better than i am. not happy with my parents for switching me.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 03, 2009
The committed teachers and principal are excellent and core curriculm exceeds typical public school curriculm

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
Flagstaff is an enriching, challenging, warm and fun environment in which to learn.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2009
Flagstaff Academy is an excellent school with a curriculum that actually counts for something. The Teachers there are genuinely concerned about quality of eduction without loosing sight of the human element and social interaction between them, their students and the students parents. At Flagstaff they strife for and have already achieved academic excellence of the highest caliber. Their formula: Great teachers, high standards, effective communication, and a set of 4 (four) easy to follow rules. My greatest wish is that Flagstaff Academy at some point in the future will add a high school curriculum to its program. When that day comes I can guarantee an astonishing number of academic scholarships for that institution. So, why Am I so gung ho about Falsgstaff. My now 7-year old boy was not given much of a chance to succeed in a regular school environment, because of his introversion and extreme shyness. He's is now in 2nd grade and performs above class average. He's come out of his shell,plays with all the other kids, and absolutey adores the school and the teachers. I myself went to school in Germany, to this day a country with rigorous education standards that largely succeeds. BUt how I wish we had a school like Flagstaff then. Markus Krichel Prous Father of 2 Flagstaff Students

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2009
Flagstaff Academy has the most dedicated and passionate teachers around! The school provides an awesome enrichment program with separate classrooms dedicated to music, art, science lab, and tech lab. My kids learn so much in a day - they are truly challenged. The icing on the cake for me is that they have fun and come home happy!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 02, 2009
Flagstaff Academy is the finest school in the Longmont, Colorado. The faculity is outstanding. They use Core Knowledge Cirriculum which enlightens our students to be the best they can be. Our kids are challenged and happy! Flagstaff Rocks!

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2009
They get so much done it a day. The kids have science and tech lab each week. Over the top music, art, and PE classes. The kids are taught acdemicly at their own personal level. Lastly, core knowledge is used every where. Oh not to mention the cool new building and out standing drive line.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2009
We found a place where we belong.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2009
My children have been at Flagstaff since year one. We have found Flagstaff to be the best fit for our family with its focus on science and technology as well as strong art, music. Spanish and physical education programs. Granted, Flagstaff is a young school and has experienced its share of growing pains. However, we are part of a hard-working, creative, cohesive unit of parents, teachers, and Board working together to provide excellence in education for our children. No school is perfect, but Flagstaff continues to serve my children with imagination and flexibility. We stand firm in our support of Flagstaff and encourage other families to take a look.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 16, 2009
My children (elementary and middle school) attended Flagstaff for 2 years and I can promise you that you will want to look elsewhere for a proper educational experience for your children. Our family kept waiting for things to get better and more organized, but after last years crazy turnover of teachers, principals, and other students we can no longer have our children in such an unstable environment. They have eight teachers who won awards and that is true, but if you look at how many of those eight teachers will be there this year you will know that it is just propaganda for recruiting more unknowning parents. Please, I implore all parents looking for a proper school for your children, take heed of all the comments on this site before you make your decision.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2009
My son is currently in the 6th grade group at Flagstaff. We enrolled our son at Flagstaff this year and I regret that decision everyday. The main curriculum is decent but really nothing over and above. This school will probably be a good in a few years but they are really unstable and it is really hard to get any info or news in a timely manner from teachers or the staff. Also, the extracurriculars are all over the place so be prepared to be frustrated.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2009
Great curriculum but not for special needs kids. In fact, they try to force them out because they lack the skills, infrastructure or knowledge to deal with them. This school appears to be trying to cater only to a certain population of students which will raise their CSAP scores...the rest of them be damned.

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November 03, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 22, 2008
My two children attend since 2006-2007 and the caliber of knowledge equals that of a private school (both children attended private school prior to this charter). the number of after school programs is exemplary and the art and music programs are unequaled in the area (i.e. the music teacher is designing the National music curriculum for Core Knowledge.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2008
My 2 children attend Flagstaff and while not a founding family, we have attended Flagstaff since it's inception 3 years ago. We could not be more pleased with the curriculum, the teachers, the leadership and parent involvement in this school.

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November 10, 2007
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Flagstaff Charter Academy
2040 Miller Dr., Longmont, CO  80501
(303) 651-7900
Last modified Flagstaff Charter Academy is a Charter school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Flagstaff Charter Academy Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 98 reviews. Top