This is an AMAZING school with excellent staff! The administration is great! I have attended the school since 6th grade and next year I will be in 11th grade. Many changes have occured with staff and administrations and extra curricular activities, but it didn't detract from the great quality of this school. It is definitely more centered around academics rather than extra curricular activites, but they are availible. I played volleyball, basketball, and track this last year while in student council and I still maintained a 4.0. You have to be willing to work hard, but the knowledge obtained is well worth it. I would reccommened this school 100%! It's amazing! :)
My kids have attended Swallows for five years now and I have been very pleased. The elementary teachers are amazing! My kids have LOVED every teacher that they have had the privilege of having at Swallows. My kids are reading at advanced levels and they both have a love for social studies and science because of the great curriculum and teachers. I am so glad that I put my son on the waiting list when he was only two years old. I can't say enough positive things about this school! If you look at the grammar on the April 9th posting you will obviously see that it was not written by a teacher that Swallows would hire. Swallows has "directors" instead of a principal so I am doubting that the review was even written by someone who attends the school.
I am a teacher here and there is way too much religion and politics. If you a teacher or principal and your kids go here, they get all the benifits. I hear trachers say that give kids a hard time because their parents are Democrats, or they believe different from them. This is the worst school in the Pueblo area.
My children attend Swallows elementary. We have had a wonderful experience here. Be ready to help your children. It is a tough curriculum. Most elementary schools push reading and math. You will get more than that here. There is an amazing science and history curriculum. Great overall school!
I just have to laugh when I read the negative comments. This school is the highest performing school in Southern Colorado. Just look at TCAP scores and compare. Or pick up Monday's newspaper and you will notice this school has the highest graduation rates and the highest ACT scores. This is a school of choice, and requires effort from the parents, which good parents don't mind. Your kid will fail if you are not actively involved. All the complaining on here are from parents that want the State to teach their children for them. The key word here is this is a school of "choice". No one forces you to take your kids there. You probably thought that you could bring your kid over (because it is such a high performing school) and they would fix your issues. It doesn't work that way. You have to be responsible and be involved in your child's education. You can always go back to the crap school you came from. Don't get on here and trash a great opportunity (which is what a school of choice is) if you can't be responsible enough to work with your child. I am tired of teachers and schools getting the blame when kids don't perform well. You are the parent, do your part before you complain.
There some posts about the turn over in administration and faculty. While that was true in the past, this is the 3rd year for the present administration. They have done a great job of correcting the problems that came with the turnover and the poor decisions of the past. The school is moving forward with plans to build a new campus. We outscored every other elementary school in the district on TCAP in 2012, including a 100% in 3rd grade reading. Did you catch that? 100%! We offer early college that allows students to receive an AA and a high school diploma at the same (if they are at grade level when they enter the program). Class sizes are smaller than average. We offer vocal music, including choir and musical theater. There are multiple sports with plans to build a gym. Other opportunities include D.I., Brain Bowl, etc. (Both elementary & middle school Brain Bowl teams did well last year.) One of our kids has been there for 7 years and the other for 6. We are very happy with the education they have received. I would suggest dropping by and taking a tour. See what's going on.
Our family has been at Swallows for the last 7 years. It is easy for anyone to get on here and trash a great school and I just wanted to say that the administration and the board has really made this school an awesome place for education. For those that complain about teacher and /or administrator turnover I would say as parents, we only get part of the story and turnover is not a bad thing when better teachers and/or administrators get hired. For my family, I prefer a school that has that flexibility (even with any temporary short comings that may come with it) over other schools where it is difficult to get rid of bad teachers and administration. All the testing data for the 2011-2012 school year show that Swallows is the highest performing elementary in the area. While it is true that bringing in more kids in the middle and high school makes the overall scores drop, those that start in the program and continue always out perform their peers from other schools and the ones that come in later end up doing better as well in the long run. If parents participate in their children's education they will be successful at any school. If your child is a good student they will thrive here.
We have been very happy with the elementary education our children have been given at Swallows. The teachers are tough, but caring. Same with administration. However, they need to be a little more selective on who they allow into the middle school program...Go Spartans!
Swallows has way too much change in teachers and principals. It also has a click and those students get everything. Every year is different. The writing instruction is limited. Some teachers give hours of homeworks the next year no homework.
Great school. New principal has taken over for the last 2 years. I think she will be a positive for the school. Hopefully she can address any weaknesses and get the school back up to the standards it has always been known for. I think administration has to be stricter with the teachers. That is the only negative I see thus far.
This school changes principals like most change pants. Too many changes with principals, teachers, and most teachers are weak. Also many favorites and no communication.
It seems to me that if a review is going to be posted on a public website, the reviewer should have to include their name. It is so easy to be critical if you don't have to take 'credit' for what you are saying. Swallows Charter Academy continues to out-perform many of the schools in District 70, including being one of two high schools that attained AYP for last year. SCA accomplishes this without being exlusive with any marginally legal student acceptance and retention policies.
I have to agree with the June 2003 comment. This was a great school with an awesome set of teachers. When the new board took over, it hurt the students education the most. The Core Knowledge Curriculum takes time for teachers to learn to teach effectively (approx 3 years) You can tell the quality has suffered. However, after many years, the school is on the road to bouncing back. The board has turned over and the devious ones are gone leaving the key focus on the improvement of education and not pushing personal agendas. The administration dicipline in the middle school is severly lacking but can be handled if you persue one on one. The high school has been kink free this year and is somewhat challenging. I recommend this school because it is still the best option for public education here in P.W.
Swallows is not without its hardships, but it is as if everyone is in a large family. I have been part of this small school community for 8 years, unfortunately I have to leave, and I WILL MISS IT so much. Everyone there is dear to my heart, This is a great school, your child will learn SOOO much! I loved it there, although, I do not recommend sending your child to their new high school, let them have a normal high school experience.
Swallows earns high scores on CSAPs. The numbers only tell part of the story. Students and their families pay a high emotional price. We used to love this school, but we do not expect to return next year. The new administration is consumed with program expansion rather than delivering a quality program. Attempts to reconcile bigger problems with administration have been frustrating. Administration discourages communication between parents, and between parents and teachers other than progress meetings. So far, about 30% of last year's staff is not returning. Morale is suffering, teachers seem angry and they yell a great deal at students. Discipline is extremely inconsistent. A high school is being added at this small location - in trailers. We have serious concerns about high school students in such close proximity to grade schoolers. Too bad, it used to be a really great school.
Not a school for everyone. Swallows offers a challenging Core Knowledge curriculum. Expect homework every night, including weekends and holidays; 2 hrs average before middle school. Music and PE are offered once per week each. Soccer and Basketball are offered, with fee, but students are are not nurtured well, and poorly skilled students are played very little. There is excessive yelling at the students by teachers. Administration is focused on expanding the program and a new building but respond poorly to parent concerns, and sometimes sends out form letters to specific written concerns, which is a violation of the bylaws. Discipline is inconsistently enforced, even arbitrary at times. Students not returning, or pulled by their parents mid term approaches 20% per year.
Swallows is a parent driven school with a Board of Directors made up of parents. The curriculum is a building blocks system that has each grade level build on the previous. Two of the valedictorians of the local high school this year were Swallows alumni. This school has prepared all of my children for the challenges ahead. I highly recommend this school.
Swallows is a great school where parental involvement is strongly encouraged. Students are challenged in creative ways and learning is expected. Any student that is struggling or falls behind is encouraged to stay for tutoring for an hour after school every day where they get one on one assistance from their teacher. This is a back to basics Core knowledge school, where reading, writing, math and science are at the center of the educational focus. Kindergartners are reading and writing usually by the end of the first semester and first graders are writing in paragraph form by the first nine-weeks.
This school has made a tremendous difference in our son's life and academic achievments. The core knowledge teaching has defintely prepared him to excel in high school and given him moral and learning skills that will follow him throughout his life. Though there is no sports or organized music programs the basics are what will get him through life. Teachers & staff are always willing to help and keep the kids accountable. This is our 6th year at SCA and can't say anything but good things about it!
We love this school, it will provide everything you ask and more. Highly recommend to anyone in the area.
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