This a solid school. It is Core Curriculum. If that is what you are interested in, I think you will like the school. My first grader is learning amazing things but the amount of homework is astounding. He has weekly timed math tests, spelling tests, and usually a social studies test. This is along side the state mandated testing. Ugh. They do have a great focus on science. However, we are uncomfortable with the focus on memorization. Our son is very bright but the focus on memorization and timed tests seems to dim his love of learning. We will likely move him next year to a local IB elementary because of their project based learning and focus on creating a global citizen. We came from an IB background and really like the way its creates a love of learning. I am very surprised that another parent said there wasn't homework. We have at least 30 minutes-45 minutes nightly for a first grader. This is a bit much. We want our kidsto have a good education but not at the expense of his spirit.
We have had one amazing and experienced teacher. The rest were very green and seemed rather ineffective. After changing schools, we are finding our children are behind in all subjects. Its a nightmare.
The board, PTO, accountability committee, and administration are on very friendly terms with each other. Somehow contractors for things like driveline (which doesn't work) are very connected to Flagstaff administration.
While we found most of the teachers at Flagstaff to be exceptional, the current administration is not focused on what is best for kids and is completely dismissive of any parent input. They do not address bullying or other serious concerns, including any differential services for students with learning or social needs. When you advocate for your child, nothing happens and in fact, some staff engaged in things that are highly questionable and that could be detrimental to a child's well being. This never would have happened with Dr. Warren in charge. It is sad to see an establishment so drastically diminished. If you have a child with no unique needs - either above or below the norm and you are willing to say nothing and have no input then this is your school. however, if you are someone who wants your child to be treated with respect and consideration by ALL of the educators - look elsewhere. Beware of assuming that a charter school is better.