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!
We have two kids here, and they are both thriving. The new common core curriculum is great, and we have had amazing, caring, nurturing teachers. No bad experiences so far - and all the other parents I socialize with feel similarly. Sometime those with bad experiences are the most vocal on sites like this, while those who are content don't even think to write a review. I just felt compelled to write because I was frankly shocked to see so many negative reviews! In our 4 years as a Flagstaff parent, I couldn't ask for a better school for my kids. And I can guarantee that most (not all!) of the current parents feel the same! Absolutely do your research - it isn't the perfect school for every kiddo. But if you pass over Flagstaff because of the vocal dissenters on here, you might be missing out. Come see the school for yourself and talk to current parents. There are some great things happening here!
This school flat out lies to parents in attempts to recruit more students and cover up their glaring mistakes. The school and some of its teachers and leaders are actually scary. My son was set up and suspended over a petty incident because we have spoken out against the school. As soon as we mentioned getting an attorney involved everyone became very helpful and told us how wonderful our son was. Awful school with a history of being run by awful people.
While I agree Flagstaff is in terrible shape I have to laugh when people seem to say a former administrator who is now employed in St. Vrain was so wonderful. This person hired and fired a lot of people and stirred up a lot of controversy. One of his worst hires the Dean of Students is somehow still there and I don't think he would hold on to well under close scruitny
Poor teachers are all scared because if they do anything to anger the powerful parents or the awful administrators they will be out the door. Plus they make quite a bit less than the teachers in the surrounding non charter schools so they are probably less qualified to start.
Well I guess you would have to have some persistence, grit determination to get up and go to this scary place every school day. The school is totally out of control and what control there is it in the hands of administrators desperate to keep their jobs and parents out to promote their own children.
I moved my child to a public middle school for this upcoming school year. After a couple of years of struggling with things just not going right, we woke up and realized it wasn't us, it was the school. After talking to a lot of other parents in public schools in SVVSD, and talking to administrators in other schools my husband and I feel comfortable making this move. The public schools are much more advanced in curriculum than this school. I feel I've been duped and sold a bag of tricks. It's unfortunate. I was excited when my son started this school in kindergarten. Now I'm just one of the parents leaving quietly. I won't recommend the school, but I wouldn't call myself disgruntled, just disappointed.