Fabulous caring teachers; fantastic communications with teachers, daily if needed; strong emphasis on developing social skills and emotional intelligence; an environment where kids can feel safe if they make a mistake; strong after school program with lots of supervision; lots of fun activities.
To misquote Star Wars, "This is not the school you're looking for". Years we have spent here and the promised education we have been supporting has not materialized. All my volunteer hours, money, physical donations and time has been spent trying to make this a better place and the board has laughed in my face. Appointing a principal and head school (what's Mr. Graingers title again?) with no education degrees, and in one case, no experience. The school refuses to admit that the lower test scores might not be because of curriculum but because of a constant stream of sweet but inexperienced teachers. When I received the email this week that a group of teachers AND parents reviewed a new reading curriculum, That was the final straw. What do parents have to say about a school curriculum?!?! We should defer to the professionals but unfortunately there is no education leader here and the one they FINALLY hired will be too late for my kids. Adios Flagstaff. The $500 inactivity fees I used to pay will go for Kumon this summer to get my kids caught up for public school (oh and thanks for excluding my kids to the field trip also, it made their decision to leave much easier).
Also notice the school has not received the "John Irwin Award" since 2012 (and award given to schools that demonstrate excellent academic achievement).
Oh, and you will hear the term "very vocal" when referring to parents who criticize the problems with the school. I heard it over and over and it is mainly used by members of the administration to down play the issues. Ask yourself this, why don't other schools have other similarly "vocal" parents? Where are those reviews on those school sites? They are non - existent. Don't take my word for it, read the reviews of other local schools.
Update: My kids are thriving in their new schools. They are challenged in math (finally!!) and EVERYONE goes on the school field trips, no exclusions. Oh, and I didn't have to pay a large fee to start the school year...two thumbs up for local, public schools!
Update 2: My oldest son just emailed me to let me know that although he started middle school significantly behind in Math, he just tested (after 8 months in public school) and is now TWO grades ahead of where he needs to be in Math. Thank you St. Vrain public schools for giving my son the Math curriculum and experienced teachers that he needs.
We came to Flagstaff Academy years ago with excitement. We are leaving disappointed and worried about our kids future. In a nutshell, Flagstaff is a charter school and pays the teachers lower than surrounding public school. The teacher turnover here is overwhelming (2/4 of the fourth grade teachers left within the first month of school during the 2014-1015 year alone). My kids are on their third music teacher, second science lab teacher, second PE teacher and all of them have had too many first year teachers. When looking at other elementary schools to move to, I found out that Flagstaff Academy students who have left are behind in writing and math. The math program here is sadly behind most other elementary schools in Longmont. They employ a system that is neither scientifically sound or logical. They are making it up as they go along and our kids suffer. They also enacted a system this year where only certain kids are invited to go on field trips. Remember your "activity fees" go to pay for field trips, so if your student isn't selected your money goes to pay for others...no refunds. My suggestion, work within your neighborhood school don't waste your time here.
The cliquish administration seems to treat people somewhat rudely- to the "NO RUNNING" when they get out of school and are excited; to the crossing guard who doesn't think adults are capable of crossing without his supervision
Raising tomorrow's successful leaders. I'm proud to have my daughter in a school I can be involved in. This administration needs someone objective to run the school, instead of the clique that is in there now. Front staff that have been there awhile are comfortable being rude and getting away with it. The teachers are doing great, despite the constraints of the ridiculous core curriculum that America realizes is a disaster
There are a close group of administrators, board members, and parents that promote each other and cover up unethical behaviors. They have driven every last respectable teacher and two principals away. Those remaining, including the new principal, don't know anything about educating children.