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!!
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
Such a caring, kind staff who also know how to collaboratively use the latest best practices to help each individual student succeed.
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!
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!
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