The policy is fine, but I do not believe the implementation and enforcement is very good. It is puzzling why bullying, classroom drama, and classroom control seem worse at CKS than the other schools our kids have attended in the area. It seems like they put the kids together at CKS and then hope and pray for the best.
The only possible explanation I can come up with is that the little issues are not effectively dealt with so they can blossom into big issues. At the other schools the kids have attended in the area, the administrations and teachers deal with the little issues so the little issues are prevented from becoming major issues. Basic classroom control is also emphasized much more at the other schools the kids have attended in the area. Look beyond the marketing materials and brochures and ask the administration, teachers, and most importantly the other parents in the class/school the tough questions before deciding whether or not to enroll your child at CKS. While I think that it is possible that your child may have a decent experience at CKS, it is imperative that you do your homework first.
In my experience, I think the administrations at other private/public schools in the area have more institutional control over their students, faculty and staff and are better at dealing with discipline and student issues when they arise. Therefore, the student experience is very mixed based on the composition of the students in each class. You may want to visit other private/public schools in the area to compare how they handle student issues and more importantly talk to as many parents and kids as possible in the particular CKS class your child would be entering before deciding whether or not to enroll your child at CKS.
A lot of busy work seems to get assigned at CKS. It may or may not help the students learn. I tend to agree that it can cause kids in the early years to get discouraged and give up on school before they have a chance to learn the basics. I think an emphasis on classroom control and reading is more important.
I know the school has a very strict bullying policy, but I have heard stories over the years, so I am really not certain how strongly the policy is enforced. We have not had to deal directly with this. . .yet.
When it was time to enroll our daughter in Kindergarten, she was attending a well known pre-k 4 program in our area. I asked one of the teachers "You know all of these kids and you know all of the schools. Where would you send your child?" Everything she said about children from CKS was correct. They are smart, caring, well-mannered and respectful.
I am a bit mixed on this one. Students at CKS have A LOT of homework. My third grader on average has an hour a night. Recent research shows that homework for this age group is ineffective and may negatively impact their family life, relationship with school work and academics. I understand the need to practice, but we may be bordering on excessive.
My family feels very blessed to be part of the CKS family! This is a wonderful school. We have been attending Christ the King for the past two school years, and my children have all grown academically and spiritually. Having spent a couple of years in the public school system, I can tell you, there is no comparison. I feel so strongly that when my children graduate 8th grade, they will be far more advanced and prepared for high school and college than if they would have remained in public school. It is definitely a sacrifice to pay tuition, and absolutely worthwhile to provide a strong educational foundation for our children. What's even more important is that Christ the King is centered and focused on our Catholic tradition, love for God and service to others.
Fantastic in every way! I have witnessed first hand the love and commitment the faculty and staff have for the children at Christ the King. The team of impressive educators work diligently to provide students with an appropriately challenging curriculum in a safe, nurturing environment. My children are encouraged to be their best each and every day--academically, spiritually, and socially. The parental involvement is truly amazing. The facilities and equipment are modern and top-notch! My children are exposed to state-of-the-art technology on a daily basis. CKS has a wide variety of extracurricular and after-school activities and programs....robotics club, chess club, you name it! As a military family new to the Tampa area, our entire family has been welcomed into the CKS family with open arms! Christ the King School is a true gem!