July 20, 2012
Don't be fooled by the orientation presentation of this school being an "art school". My kindergartener returned his smock unopened at the end of the school year, along with stacks of worksheets, workbooks, worksheets, did I mention? worksheets? The only art projects were created at home and sent in to school. The children didn't have art or music class, and the only art they did consisted of coloring, cutting & pasting! The K Math curriculum, mostly concentrates on 'bubbling in' for tests, it did not even mention the clock nor money concepts. The schools persistent task of asking for money, is ongoing all year, every week, for every reason! Not even public schools do this! Parent involvement is a must, which is great, except that you can buy your way out of that one too! That shouldn't be!! It's about the parent being INVOLVED, a PART of their child's life at school. What principle are we teaching them, to buy your way out? They'll even try to tell you they will deny your child a transfer to another charter school, so BEWARE, because that is UNTRUE, the downtown charter school supervisor assured me of that! So, for a bilingual education, you're better off picking up a workbook!
- submitted by a parent