This school is awful. I am a very involved parent with a child in 8th and 9th grade this year. Roughly 10 students have left mid-year this year because the parents pulled them early and sent them to Mandarin. Several more families plan to move there kids for high school next year. Instagram photos are constantly posted of kids and teachers while in class, photos of kids kissing while in class and "twerking". Feels just like public school, kids love it for obvious reasons. Very disappointing when compared to other Charter schools and other charter associations around the state.
DCSB is a great school, our kids have attended for three years and have had amazing teachers, this is a high expectation school. The principal is amazing and parental involvement is required. AAA++++ school and I highly recommend it!
DCSB grew too fast, too big, too soon. I agree with the latest posts that there are some hidden flaws and some very blatant flaws in this school. CSUSA is a big business with a cookie cutter approach to starting up new schools around Jacksonville and not focusing on fixing existing problems..like Arlington. The principal at Baymeadows is hardly ever at Baymeadows, they have her at the Arlington school 30% of the week, then flying to other CSUSA schools to oversee them, then going to other cities doing info meetings. She could be a great principal if she had one product to grow and that WAS this school. It was on the way up. Now, in just 3 short years, it's on the way down. Very sarcastic teachers that use manipulation as a tool for discipline. The Admin staff are average to poor, with just a few that stick out as good. So many turn overs including the latest one who saw the writing on the wall and left mid year, she was teacher of the year! Parents, you do have a choice. You can choose your neighborhood school, private school, on line/virtual, homeschool, or charter. The grass is NOT greener over here, in fact, there are weeds and dead spots overtaking the once very green grass!
The teachers and administration is this school is a good drama team. The all work together starting from the car line to the classroom to trouble the child and delay their dismissal and the P.E coaches go to any extent to hurt the child and the parents in turn. They have a lot of flaws in the system.
Have had a lot of communication issues with teachers and some have been really mean to my son. This is his first year st DCBS. Honestly they need more ESE teachers as his has 3 grades by herself and he is not getting the one on one attention he did at magnet schools and to me it is affecting his learning progress. I am contemplating keeping him here the next school year and debating if this school is the best for my other children to attend going into K. Def looking at other options..
As a student I LOVE this school. There are many opportunities to receive a scholarship, many after school activities, great discipline, and hard working students. There maybe a rare case of a physical fight in high school but, that's typical. Actually, only 2 happened last year compared to other schools when that's a daily "event" that happens at least a minimum of 4 per day. After that the principal really work her bottom off to make sure that our school has a clean environment. Also, the Cambridge program at our school is quite a challenge but it motivates us to try and go beyond our limits of education to show how much we as kids can develop to have brighter futures. If you want a really awesome school for your child from k-12, go here!
MY son has been very happy here. Great school, teachers, principal. This is 3rd year & still happy with all aspects.
This is our second year at DCSB and I couldn't be happier. My daughter loves being there and the staff is committed to helping the students. The school has a few kinks to work out but fortunately the improvements they need are things that do not impact student education (car line). The principal and staff are the best around Town! Honestly the drop off and pick up would not be bad if some parents would have a little more courtesy and respect the fact that we all are there to drop off our children and head on to work.
Coming out of Kindergarten I was determined to move my son out of his neighborhood school for lack of support from the teachers and staff. I was seriously contemplating a private school for him. Then I heard about Charter Schools USA and the new school coming to town. I took a leap of faith to move my son from a neighborhood school to the brand new Duval Charter School at Baymeadows. We are now starting our third school year with DCSB! The principal loves all the students at the school. The faculty and staff are amazing! I couldn't be more pleased!! It was the best move for my son. My son is succeeding with an abundance of support from teachers and staff that truely care about the quality of his education and charater!!! You know they are doing a great job when the student can't wait to get back to school and says he wants to stay there all the way thru high school graduation!! Keep up the great work DCSB!!!!
While the school itself is not that bad, the environment is like a public middle school. Someone brought a knife to school last year, lots of violence, just not very safe, as far as other charter schools go. The teachers let kids turn in assignments 4-5 weeks late, only taking 10% off. My child didnt really apply themself much at the beginning yet the teacher gave a packet on the 8th week and passed my daughter. My other dai\ughter worked hard and was always early in turning in work. Teach gave them nearly the same grade. That teaches our kids that you dont have to try hard but can still get passed through school. Shame on the teachers, they obviously want to look good with no failing students.
Location is in the middle of a commercial area. The hours changed for the elementary children and parents cannot get in line to pick them up until after 3:30. It is a mess. today I am regretting my decision to move my daughter to this school after desperately praying to get her there. (lottery) So far I am not impressed
We will miss DCSB this year as we have moved out of Duval County. We were very pleased with the principal, teachers and policies. My kids felt comfortable there compared to another "A" middle school nearby. There was not an issue of bullying and my kids did not witness one single physical "fight" all year long compared to the other middle school where bullying and fighting was an everyday event. It was a great relief. If your child is a bully, that behavior isn't tolerated at DCSB!
My 2 wnt a high rated public elem. but emphasis not on kids, jst getting thru lessons,test Fri. & moving on, u got it or didn't,too bad no time to waste.Even teacher said I don't hve time mke students get it. didnt even knw who's principle she showed up to give certs.end of year.I found DCSB @ opening & principle said "not worried about FCAT we dn't teach to the FCAT,we teach ur child & "focus" on them,then they'll hve whts needed to pass FCAT" I knew its the right faculty.it's working both my kids hve good school moral better than ever & learn more,not just skim basics then I hve to pay for high outside tutoring,make up the difference.Prinicple is so involved you notice if gone frm halls,car park an event but she has it together with a wonderful staff ! I love fact teacher,staff aren't stagnit in their positions or growth,opportunities mke sure even teachers,staff r where they need be in order keep school improving & everyone upbeat DEDICATED! potential is recognized,nurtured.I feel teachers here hve best moral of anywhere.No more I'm here 20 yrs,not getting it done, oh well.There's no average here ALL students r nurtured to "their" highest potential no matter wht level that is.
Baymeadows Charter School. Nothing but good things can we say about this school. Caring teaching staff, super principal( T.Brown), Awesome parent involvement. Come join us, be an active parent, make our school even better!!! Our school can only continue to be AWESOME if we ALL group together - work together- give your time, ideas, and money when asked. See how you can be part of the Awesome team. Be a part of the solution! make a commitment to DCSB
This School has strong leadership and the teachers are on board. In its second year, this school is doing a excellent Job of getting the students to buy in as well, which in reality has more to do with the parents but nonetheless the faculty is doing it well. Truly a breath of fresh air The school is Cambribge AICE certified , which my daughter is a part of and is enjoying being in those classes with students of her level. In a nut shell my daughter is doing great, is always happy to get off to school, speaks fondly of her teachers, Dean and Principal and takes pride in the work she presents. All in All 11 out of 10
Wonderful teachers, a tremendous amount of parental involvement, PE every day, enrichment classes everyday (art, music, Spanish, library/resource), the school is in a great part of town, and the Principal, Ms. Brown, is amazing - she truly inspires the children and gets them fired-up about school and learning! DCSB is top notch, and my daughter is a new kid since we've started going here. They really recognize each child's learning style (not one-size-fits-all teaching), and the emphasis they put on character is great!
This school is great. Had a rough teacher the first half of the year who wasn't very cooperative with my sons 504 plan. The principal easily moved my child to another teacher. However.. if your child is not gifted then they will be in with the pool of kids that could be really bad or really good. Gifted program is completely exclusive from the rest of the kids. My child is avg and tries hard but did not qualify. I was told they are trying to rectify this issue and realize that making it so exclusive actually did more harm than good for the rest of the children. Otherwise.. GREAT people trying hard. Keep in mind...it's still a public school and ALL that comes with that.
By far the best school in Duval county! Before my daughter went here I was looking to move to St John's county like everyone else does to get a better education. Duval county is way behind on education and even more behind technology. Nice part is the school does not reside in the ghetto like most public schools. Thank You DCSB Panters for everything you do for us as a family
In its second year, our school continues to improve in the area of parent involvement and students are recognizing the positive differences in "their" new school from the ones they left to attend DCSB. Our goal as parents is to assist all students in their educational endeavors, not just our own!
Love Duval Charter School at Baymeadows, the principle Ms Brown, is just amazing. She is a wonderful leader and mentor for students and faculty, strong yet caring. My child has made amazing progress at this school and we are very lucky to be part of the DCSB family.
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