The number of students who attend Kennesaw has grown by a hundred since last year. Scores are better than county scores, they hired teachers galore this year while everyone else was making cuts. This school is going places. Sounds like anyone who is not ready to roll up their sleeves, and work with us towards the vision and goals for our childrens' success, needs to move on. I'm too busy working with my students' teachers and school leader to get bogged down in petty parent complaints from those who'd rather watch and gripe, than put some time and effort into their children's future. KCSMA is growing and excelling. This little Charter school is setting the bar high!
We have seen this school go through many challenges in the past few years. Finally they are heading in the right direction! This year, so far, and last year there is a sense of vision among the staff. Our child is enjoying the creative lessons. We are enjoying the consistency in behavioral and academic expectations. For parents who want their children to learn independance, responsibility and self-confidence, this is the place for you. Those parents who are not willing to participate in their student's school experience, or who spend all their time blaming others for their kid's low grades or poor behavior, better move on to a school with lower expectations. We are very happy here.
Former enrollment woman, former front desk woman, and former admin hag have all moved on, followed old principal to differentschool but are bitter enough to leave bad reviews on this site. we all know who they are, don't pay attention to them.
What possible hidden agenda can an elementary school have? This isn't Pinky and the Brain. They can not conquer the world. They can't even turn a profit! My experience with the principal has shown her to be open minded, intelligent and absolutely more "plugged in" to the staff and community than any we had in the last 5 years. I've been impressed with teachers as well. My son's math teacher has called my wife and I both to talk about what we can do to help with math. He does tutoring after schooland sends emails as he grades tests and quizzes to tell us, and our son, how proud he is of our son's improvement. Any parent who can't see an effort being made to help children excel in math and science clearly isn't paying attention. Changes like math journals, hands on science activities and Brainstorm are just a few examples. My sons look forward to Brainstorm days and what I hear described is a fun-based focus on critical thinking skills, math & science. Check the difference in science and math test scores between KCSMA and Cobb Co for 3rd- 5th grades. This is the school to watch. If you aren't happy, step aside because there are others waiting for your spot!
When there is change on the horizon, stress abounds. With a new school building in the works and the recent addition of 6th grade to KCSMA, this has been a busy year for 2nd year (at KCSMA) Principal Kay Frey. As a parent of a 6th grader who has been at this school since 1st grade, I could not be more pleased with how Mrs.Frey is handling the changes. I am a regular volunteer on campus and see her actively involved in nearly every aspect of the school. Her involvement promotes a great school climate and from what I see, teachers and students who want to be there and are eager to learn. As a former educator, I have never observed such an involved administrator. Maybe some parents don't realize what type of time and attention are given to parents of students in traditional public schools, but there is no comparison; it could take 2 weeks to get an appointment with a principal. I am thankful to be a part of such a great school.
I would like to know what the hidden agenda is? My child has been at this school for 5 years and I must admit that academically things are not where they should be. I continue to supplement at home for their lack of teaching. They rush kids thru subjects, do not follow up with parents when they see children operating outside of their norm. For a science and math academy, there is little interest or effort being made to have kids excel in either one of those subjects. I know a new building is coming but lets concentrate on teaching the kids.
I too would love to know what the "hidden agenda" is. I have had SEVERAL one on one meetings with the principal since enrolling my son last year. I've never been closed out and pushed aside. I might be told that she can't meet with me that very second because she is in a classroom, or in a meeting, or is meeting with another parent but I was never told that she had no interest in meeting with me. Mrs. Frey is in the hallway every single morning as kids are walking to the morning meeting. I volunteer in the mornings and have seen her every single time. She's waving, saying hello, etc. Again... I don't understand how in the world anyone could ever say that Mrs. Frey wasn't available. Maybe it's one of those parents who hasn't stepped foot in the school? I am extremely excited about the new location, new building, and increased technology. The fact that Imagine is gone alone meant that the charter was renewed and the school keeps 100% of the funding coming into the school. How are those bad things?
As a teacher at KCSMA, I can honestly say that the two negative reviews written in the last few days are complete fabrications. The current principal, Mrs. Frey, is more involved with parents and with staff than any of her predecessors. I had to laugh out loud at the idea that she has a closed door policy! When I first started at KCS, the principal at the time had a sign on the door about the 500 mile rule; if you wouldn t walk 500 miles to tell her whatever it is you have to say, she didn t want to hear it! The principal before Mrs. Frey instructed staff to keep the office door closed, blinds shut and to actually lock parents out of the building! All of that changed on Mrs. Frey s 1st day. We have partnerships with KSU professors who come in regularly to work with the staff on math instruction and another who comes in to work with us on the discipline program and we have a partnership with the Georgia Youth Science Center at KSU. No other school out there has this level of staff development. I ve never worked for a more dedicated principal or with a harder working group of teachers. I m proud to be a part of KCSMA!
No effort to make sure kids are excelling in science and math? People, don't take the word of an anonymous reviewer here, check the actual FACTS. Go to the County or State web sites and compare the scores. Mrs. Frey took over last year and started moving KCSMA to a science and math school. GA tests for science starting in the 3rd grade. The test scores don't lie. spring 2010 Science CRCT Scores: KCSMA 3rd grade 90% (state average 80%), KCSMA 4th 98% (state avg 80%), KCSMA 5th 94% (state avg 77%) 2010 Math CRCT scores: KCSMA 4th 91% (state avg 77%), KCSMA 5th 98% (state avg 82%) Clearly KCSMA is doing something right! Keep up the good work!
The new school board and principal at this school does not express or demonstration an interest in educating our future leaders of tomorrow. The principal has a closed door policy! She does not interact with the students and spends the majority of her day in the office. Have you ever seen a school where the prinicpal does not visit classrooms. Therefore, some of the teachers are during the bare minimal to educate our leaders of tomorrow. Reports have been made about teachers teaching for a small fraction of the time and on the computer the majority of the time during instructional time or sitting at their desk. Nothing has or will be done because the prinicipal is not held accoutnable for her action therefore, she does not hold the staff/teacher's accountable. So RUN don't enroll in this school!
I love this school because of the brain based learning style used. They support and love our kids and the whole team works together to create an environment the kids can thrive in!
Love it! The only thing I don't like is the building this school is housed in and that is only temporary. Last week the plans and location for a new school building were announced and they are amazing! The school has science labs, a nature preserve with nature trails, huge outdoor spaces with outdoor classrooms and everything. I can't wait! This year I tell myself I bring my kids here for what happens in the classroom, not for what the classroom and buildings look like. It will be amazing when the quality of the building matches the quality of the education.
This is a great school w/ a real sense of community and family that excels in nurturing the best out of all of its students. It 's a true learning environment as confirmed by the test scores. Parental involvement is part of what makes it work. If you want to drop your child off somewhere for daycare - then this isn't the place for you. What I have found so interesting is that the few negative reviews listed here are to the far extreme. To me that says a lot - I guess you can't please everyone. We have been with the school for 4 full years with two children, who both started there right after aboout 3 years of Montessori. KCSMA provided a seemless transition with each child working to an individually designed learning plan developed collaboratively with teacher and parent. Facilities are meager, but a new bldg. is coming.
This is my 4th year teaching at Kennesaw Charter and I am more excited than ever about the start of a school year! Mrs. Frey is a wonderful leader and has done a great job of creating a real community at KCSMA. The staff is truly engaged and focused on increasing student achievement and making learning fun. Board members are dedicated, involved and have the best interest of the kids and teachers always in mind. Families are actively involved in the school. Moving to a new building next year is only going to make a great school even better. We can't wait!
Class sizes are going up everywhere else but are going down at Kennesaw Charter! Couldn't ask for a better school. Faculty and staff genuinely care about student success. Teachers don't 'teach to the test' but rather teach to the standards and know that will take care of the test.
In a time when Cobb County is increasing class sizes and cutting teachers with total disregard for the education of our children, I am especially grateful to be a part of the KCSMA family. I know that the best interest of my children is the number one priority of the board, the principal, and my children's teachers. My children have made great progress academically and have learned how to treat others with respect. If you are uncertain about what faces your children next year at your neighborhood school, come check out KCSMA, Trust me, it will be worth the visit.
It is interesting how different people can feel completely opposite about a school. This is our 5th year and our 4th principal. Mrs. Frey is far and above the best of the ones we've had. She is happy to sit down and talk to parents. I'm surprised there are parents who don't know why the playground is not used. Mrs. Frey explained it very clearly at the Town Hall meeting. Between its age and damage from the flood this year it isn't up to code and would cost an excessive amount to fix. She asked for parent opinion on if we spend the money since we are moving to a new building in another year. Also covered in the meetings was the fact that next year we start with an entirely new math curriculum. The school is great now. Once in a new building, it will be out of this world!
This is my first year at this school and I will not be back. The bathroom smells, the media center is pathetic and the Principal (well do they have one?). The only time she is referred to me is if my child is talking too much in lunch or during the carpool line. The computers are outdated and the math program is just sad. There is NO PLAYGROUND for the kids to play on and I see them just standing around in the field doing who knows what. The only thing my son loves is a man he calls 'Coach'. If it wasn't for him I don't think I could have gotten my son to return to school.
'If you have a special needs child - don't walk from KCS - run' Another parent quoted this and I cannot agree more; Very disappointed and disheartened to think they only cater to those excelling of 'gifted' but leave the struggling child behind who have the same potential to be 'gifted' they offer no resources: parent encouragement: or tools to help these families. As a single parent this is not the school for us and really hoped it would have. First year was great this year is just completely the opposite and my son does not feel great about this academic progress. Last year he was so excited and now he feels discouraged. They dont seem to care for these students just their image with test scores and so its like they trying to weed out the rest. Well you got what you wanted we're gone!
My family is thrilled to have found this school. Our son was struggling at our neighborhood school and getting very frustrated so we decided to try KCS. The teachers here have been just what the doctor ordered! He is still having trouble catching up to his peers but rather than getting frustrated with him and making him feel self conscious like his old school, his teachers at KCS have been so encouraging and celebrate accomplishments with him. They've really tried to understand HOW he learns and adjusting things to give him the best opportunity to learn. I've never seen a more dedicated group! I know some of these things can't be easy for the teacher but she surely put his needs above her convenience. I love seeing the confidence he has now. I'd recommend this school to any parent. They've taken my 'academically challenged' child and made him excited to learn!
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