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Flagstaff Charter Academy1
Posted March 23, 2015
- a parent
It is sickening to see the administration of FSA continue to lie to the parents. They recently sent out a message about how great the children are doing in math. What they are not telling you is that they are teaching all the children the same low curriculum. What this means is the GT kids and the advanced kids are being taught to the same level as the lower learners. The GT level should be at least 2 years ahead and the advanced level should be taught at least one year ahead. If you compare the number of children that scored advanced, FSA does not rank as high as the other schools in the area. Not because they are not capable, but because the school is flat out refusing to teach them. All the other schools in the district are teaching to their level. If your child plans on going into any STEM career, he or she will not have the proper foundation, not from this school and they will be two years behind, Your only option as a parent is to either ask the school to get back on track or move your child to a school that will teach them.
Flagstaff is a WONDERFUL school. We have been at the school for 6 years now and have 2 children enrolled in the school. It's a great school with wonderful teachers and a good administrative team. The test scores speak for themselves so anyone saying the academics are slipping don't have the data to back those comments. My children are growing and thriving and have been the entire time we have attended Flagstaff. Additionally, as the kids graduate past 8th grade and move into the surrounding high schools they are resoundingly top performers and leaders at their new schools. Flagstaff is growing amazing kids in our community! I truly believe it's the best school we could have our children at. I'm happy to see Flagstaff rated a 10 out of 10 on great schools, and the middle school is rated #1 in the state on Colorado School Grades. That can't happen by chance. There are a handful of very noisy unhappy parents, which probably happens at most K-8 public schools of similar size. I truly wish these drama-seeking toxic parents would get out of the way of the great educations that this school is offering to so many kids.
Flagstaff has taken a terrible turn for the worse!! An Inexperienced ex-cop runs the school and it will be interesting to see where tests scores are in a few years. But more importantly the entire vibe of the school has become negative. To the last comment perhaps the admin should do something to quiet the negativity. From experience this extreme negativity is NOT what you find at all schools. And you are correct - time has been spent this year trying to quiet the problems and not spent teaching kids! Teacher morale is at a low and I will not be surprised if some of the best teachers the school has leave. It is not fun to work in an environment where neg articles are being written. Something is broken and needs to be fixed! Sometimes the grass is greener - you just have to be smart enough to walk over and take a look!!!
Our daughter is thriving at the school. One of the things we love about Flagstaff is how hard the staff works to make sure your child is getting what they need. In our case, our daughter participates in a 504 plan which provides accommodations for her mild disability. The 504 team is responsive, open to feedback, and truly wants to work to make things right for our child. Another thing we love is the way the staff works to place kids into the right ability groups (e.g. math) and the right classrooms each year.
We left another Longmont elementary school for Flagstaff because of their rating and reviews from other parents. However, after 2 years, we are less than impressed and looking at a differnt school for 5th grade. The $240 annual fee is supposed to go for field trips, which my child's classes have never taken, extra activities, which my child never experienced, and classroom supplies, which we purchased out of pocket at the beginning of the year. This year, we're not paying the fee per a discussion with an employee of the St. Vrain school district office who states since the school is public, they can't impliment the fee, especially if you disagree with where they say it goes. Looking forward to a new year at a new school.
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
Flagstaff is not the school it advertises. There is dissatisfaction within parents. Families are leaving. Curriculum is slipping. Morale is slipping. Administration is getting bonuses. They prefer to bring the kids academics down so they can improve the growth numbers and wow everyone with high scores. If you dare speak up, you are blackballed and called a trouble maker and they ask you to be quiet. I have heard leadership talking badly about parents and airing information that should be confidential. What a shame. A once great school now has an article in a newspaper regarding corruption, people driving around with degrading messages about the school on their vehicle and bad morale. Not for me, not for my kids.
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.
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!