Compared to the Duval County Schools system this school is fantastic. I don't worry about their safety and they are excelling! The free tutoringredients has helped tremendously. Only downfall, no gym or lockers but a sacrifice I'll accept for a better academic process. Also they did send an email about Hand Foot and Mouth. I get emails all the time! Great communication! A+ school in my book! Middle & Grades K-5
Today, October 14, 2016, I learned that my two children were exposed to the hand foot and mouth disease. My son in the 2nd grade had a classmate in the classroom with covered arms and hand, she was also wearing pants. I was volunteering and asked the student if she was feeling ok. She said, "I'm ok I just have the hand foot and mouth disease"! I looked at her a little confused and looked at where her sleeves stopped and her gloves started and I could see sores, red and pink covering her skin. I asked the teacher what was going on and she said that the student did have hand foot and mouth disease also that a Teacher was absent due to the disease. I was outraged because I had no notice on the out break. I pulled my child and sanitized as much as possible. I am so upset that there was not one note, atomatic message, or email about the situation. The school really does not have any care for the safety and well being of students. The school does not seem very clean either, a disease was present and I smelled zero cleaner and saw zero cleaner.
They are transient and too scared of the new principle to be effective. It's totally different than the first 3 years. Students and learning are no longer priority. Staying under the principles radar is. Most of the wonderful teachers have fled under new principle. Students are no longer encouraged.
Mine included but most parents say their kids finish homework if there is any in 5-10 minutes in the car on the ride home from school. Most days there is no homework and little teacher communication this year.
The review below has been changed by the writer from 5 stars to 3 stars. The school is now in decline since the new principle. Morale is at an all time low including Teachers, students, parents. No hopes or growth anymore just No's from the new principle. Will be moving soon HS is a mess, students are not priority anymore!
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.
As a student of this school I can agree with the other reviews. Plus in my grade we have been losing teachers for core classes for a little bit over a month. This school is a sin for other significant reasons. Distrees signal ended.
This charter school is nothing but broken promises! The kids have no playground and play on the parking lot asphalt. All these fundraisers and the amount of money they get per child from Duval county and you can not get a playground but I have seen 5 new charter schools open up within 3 years. This is not a school is strictly a greedy business. Charter USA is here for the wealth not the future of our children. The sports facility here is in a rusty building with no doors and you have to walk in mud to get to it. My kids hate attending this prison so in 2016 I will have to loose money on selling my house and downsize to find a decent education in St. Johns County
No dual enrollment. Lack of transportation options. No gym (annoying fundraising then saying there is no room). High teacher turnover. VERY unorganized clubs and sports. I don't feel as though this school appropriately prepares students for college or the real world. Surprisingly. magnet and public schools have better options.
I admit that when the school first open that a gym was suppose to be in place sooner rather than later. Now to hear that there is no room for a gym, was this not known prior to. There has been some ups and downs with the new principle however when a new person comes in changes are made. Sometimes for the better sometimes for the worse. This is her first year and we do need to give her chance to grow. We do not know how the coming year will be but for me this school is better than what is in my neighborhood. If you have a better option in yours use it. I wish I did so I would not have to travel so far for my kids to go to school. This is a choice school therefore you do not have to attend. Not to say that to be mean; just stating a fact. Do I agree with every change that has been made, no I don't. That comes with the territory. As far as the high turnover rate, teachers also left when Mrs brown was there to and that's not say that I did not like Mrs brown because I did. I am just stating that certain situations has nothing to do with the principle.
My youngest son attends DCSB and my older attends DCHS which are housed at the same location. Do yourself a favor if you have a child with disability - RUN!!!! They would rather give your child detention, in-school suspension, or out-of-school suspension (which really is their aim - to not have "problem children" in their school) than to provide real accommodations. They call you to tell you when your child with ADHD is in trouble for talking too much or getting out of their seat or anything they are punishing them for, but never call for a good report. They give lunch detention if your kid's shirt isn't all the way tucked. Our head football coach was let go after he's been with these kids for three years NOT OVER CHARACTER. The school has always been a little strict but that has been heightened to the tenth degree under Stidham and the kids get in trouble for almost anything. The school does not provide transportation for sports, there is no gym, dual-enrollment is no longer available, the teacher turnover rate is high so your kids may develop bonds with teachers then lose them quickly, and they have 8 periods but only 7 count for grades. Choose another school! #OurLastYear