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High performing charter school by Florida Department of Education Florida School of Excellence for new standards readiness by PCG and Florida Department of Education Florida State Science Olympiad Champion School STEM initiative member in first coast
August 23, 2015

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River City Science Academy Elementary is an average school. My child has been attending this school for the last 3yrs. The first two years there were really no issues no complaints on my behalf. But now my child is into his third year and there are some issue. So parents please take note, observe and make your own assessment's about this school, as some things have changed dramatically. For starters at the beginning of the school year, Aug 2016, all of the kids were given a state sponsored assessment test, to see what level they are at. To be honest, this is unfair, as most kids just got back from a short 2.5 month summer recess and their minds are not yet ready to take an assessment test soo quickly. As a result most if not some kids did poorly in these tests, and got placed in lower levels than what they truly are at or at the grade they are attending at. You can thank Common Core for that!!! My child got placed at a much lower level than the current grade they are attending at. Second, at the start of the school year, my child could not remember, their SLA account pin to get lunch. I kept asking both the home room teacher and even the assistant principal to the principal herself, when the kids will get their SLA pins and they all said the same thing, that the home room teacher will give it out soon. 2 months went by and no pin. Had I not packed a lunch box for my child they would have starved. It was not until I logged onto the SLA website, that I was able to retrieve my child's pin. Thank you sooo much RCSAE staff for acting soo quickly-NOT!!! Third, homework! Oooh my God! The homework that is given is insane, literally!! These kids have no time to be kids at home because of the insane amount of home work! Not to mention that at times, the homework given is not clear in directions and the websites that these kids are told to access to do their home work, often don't work or are soliciting that you sign up and pay a fee, just so that your child can read a book that was covered in class!!! Often times it creates an insane amount of work that the parents have to do(a lot of online work ), with their children at home. This home work can take up to 2 -3 hours per night to do. Insane!! Again this might be something that is being driven by both the staff at RCSAE and Common Core requirements. Again, parents beware, observe, take notes and report!!

Handles bullying effectively: Disagree


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My kid was accused of bullying, yet when I pressed the teacher for more details as to what occurred, I got no response!!! Really???? How do you expect a parent to talk to their kids or discipline them if we have no facts to back up or support our justification for discipline???


Effective school leaders: Disagree


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There seems to be a serious lack of parent-teacher-principal communication. Everything is directed via the Class Dojo app. good luck trying to walk in and asking to speak to the principal or teacher. You need an act of Congress for this to happen!!

Develops character: Disagree


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The teachers are quick to deduct, points on the class Dojo website for inappropriate behavior. However when pressed (via Class Dojo App) to give an explanation to the parent as to what happened that their kid got a bad conduct point, these teachers will not reply in a timely manner or will not reply at all! So when it comes time for the parent to discipline their kids at home for their past behavior in class, they have no justification, because of the lack of feedback from the teachers who issue the bad conduct points on class dojo app. Again parents beware, observe, take notes and report!

Teacher effectiveness: Strongly disagree


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Class dojo app. This is a joke!! The school emphasizes that if you need to contact or talk to the teacher that you do it via the Class Dojo. Great idea, except don't expect a timely reply to your question or concern. It simply will not happen in a timely fashion. The RCSAE apparently has hired some new teachers this year as they have moved to the other side of Beach Blvd to the Winn Dixie side. The inexperience that these teachers have in dealing with our kids, shows. This is something else to seriously think about. Again- parents beware, be observant as to what is going on in this school. It used to be A-rated but is starting to show "cracks in the walls". It used to be ranked near 10, now it is at a mere 7. Again parents beware, observe, take notes and report!


Amount of homework: Strongly disagree


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These kids have no time to be kids at home because of the insane amount of homework! Not to mention that at times, the homework given is not clear in directions and the websites that these kids are told to access to do their home work, often don't work or are soliciting that you sign up and pay a fee, just so that your child can read a book that was covered in class!!! Often times it creates an insane amount of work that the parents have to do(a lot of online work ), with their children at home. This homework can take up to 2 -3 hours per night to do. Insane!! Again this might be something that is being driven by both the staff at RCSAE and Common Core requirements. Again parents beware! And if you do not have access to the internet at home , or lack a computer, then you are screwed, and your child will fail in this school!!! Again, parents beware, observe, take notes and report!!



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Amazing staff with dedication and care Well established curriculum programs that fit student needs. Exceptional communication quality that you may follow academic and behavioral progress with your cell phone State of art STEM program like junior engineering Science Olympiad (state champions) ...

Teacher effectiveness:
SCHOOL LEADER
RCSA participates district teacher education and induction program for new teachers and employs only certified teachers who are eligible to work. Teachers go through portfolio evaluation, class and performance evaluation through Florida Department of Education approved evaluation programs.
Posted August 23, 2015


Develops character:
SCHOOL LEADER
The school system has many checks and balances in fairness from internal departments to district to state and national audits.
Posted August 23, 2015

Message to families
SCHOOL LEADER
High performing charter school by Florida Department of Education Florida School of Excellence for new standards readiness by PCG and Florida Department of Education Florida State Science Olympiad Champion School STEM initiative member in first coast
Posted August 23, 2015

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Last modified River City Science Elementary Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
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