My child has been with the school since it first opened its doors in 2011-2012. That was the ONLY good year. The teachers are wonderful, however the administration is not. Teachers are quitting constantly. Great teachers who love their kids are leaving every year. There is no stability. They have offered the gifted program since kindergarten, however they have not been able to begin - the gifted teacher quits before the program starts! I feel sorry for these kids. As parents we try to do what's best for them by not moving them, but I'm starting to believe what's best for them is not being here.
Feeling dissapointed as a parent, The disorganization is at high levels. The administration just care for demanding materials and money. The continuous changing of staff, since teachers to principlas is constant. there is not stability, not great experience or professionalism from the administration part. Being bilingual does no apply to this school. It s a big lie. Claassrooms are extra small, and no conditions for be considered an appropriate classroom setting., plus a computer lab inside the cafeteria, my son just refers he goes once in a while and for playing purposes. In here, events are more important than education. Sad since its is in a good neighborhood, and apparently, this is only the positive side.
I am not surprised at the amount of parents who are leaving or looking at leaving. Unfortunately, the problem at this school is the assistant principal. All she cares about is money. She doesn't have any real concern for the students. She pretends to but the reality is that her main and only focus is money. Maybe that's the reason she was hired and now promoted to Director because she brings in the money. I feel badly for the teachers. as this used to be a good school.
My daughter is in first grade and has strong and wonderful teachers. THe teachers are very dedicated. My daughter has learned many new things this year and loves going to school to see Mrs. R. This school is on the right track for a better future!
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!