Wow, look at those test scores!! Awesome job from Awesome teachers & students! Way to go!
We love our school, but only because of the wonderful teachers. There are many problems with administration and the school board. We are disappointed at the decline in the school and it is sad for the kids. The teachers are there 'at will' and that is what makes a difference. They want to be there. Although with the recent decline, I am not sure how long that will last...it saddens me...
I took some time and searched all imagine schools (from different states) in this website, to my surprise all had low test scores and many had bad reviews from parents. Most complaints dealt with the curriculum structure, school organization and administration. Just what we are experiencing at KCS. It shows that KCS is not an isolated case; Imagine is not doing their work. Charters schools can work, especially with the support of dedicated parents and teachers; however, the backbone needs to be strong and at KCS it is failing. Imagine needs to change its ways and hire knowledgeble and capable administrators.
We believe our children are getting an oustanding education, due to our terrific teachers. Like many parents though, we are continually frustrated by the administrative issues, the problems with the management company and overall lack of strong leadership in the school. It's a true shame because this school has (or had) the potential to be a wonderful choice for families in Cobb County. Instead it's becoming a school of 'last resort' for many recent enrolling students and school officials aren't doing much to protect the vision of the charter and the initial environment for the kids. If not for the teachers--we wouldn't still be there.
I don't think my children are getting any better education then at any other school. There are some programs that the public schools offer that KCS doesn't. I think that there are many issues to work on sadly have been let go too long and will take much time to correct. Only a teacher can make a difference in what you learn.
We love this school. I have never seen one teacher without a smile on their face, even during carpool. I have found it very easy to get my volunteer hours with adhering to the policy of when parents can come into the school. My children are averaging above grade levels in all areas due to their committed teachers. This school may have some issues to resolve, but they are working on making it even better! My children are receiving an excellent education and it is still far superior to our local public school! I will continue to support the teachers and staff!
Parent involvement is discouraged. Academics are subpar. Staf is unfriendly and unwelcoming.
I am feeling very frustrated and saddened by the situation here. While I think my children both have outstanding teachers and I have been impressed with the principal (who I have found to be nothing but professional), the school community seems to be unraveling before our eyes. The building is not such a concern for me because I find it in no worse condition than any other older county school. What concerns me is seeing the attitude of entitlement of many parents. Parents seem to think they should be allowed free reign of the school with no boundaries. There are parents complaining that they don't have access to the teacher's lounge or wanting their child's teacher forced to allow them into the classroom to 'help' when the teacher has requested no parents in the classroom during instructional time. I am afraid there may not be a school to attend next year.
I have a child in Kidergarten at this school. I am happy with her teacher and her willingness to reach out and communicate with the parents and get them more involved in the classroom. However, this school has huge negatives. The administration is doing a poor job, the facilities are unbelievably filthy. The school board has no authority and the managing company, Imagine, is unreachable and unaccountable. The new administration and its supporting staff treat parents as dead beats, uneducated and low class people. I just wished I did more homework on the school instead of listening to friends who are parents there. If I knew then what I know now about the school, I would have never chosen it. I will be pulling my child out, hopefully I can wait this school year out. Don't put your kid there.
There is so much potential at Kennesaw Charter. Only time will tell if it will reach it's full potential or if it will flounder due to indecision and ineffective operational decisions. I hope that does not happen. There are fantastic, dedicated teachers who go above and beyond for these children. Unfortunately there are issues beyond the classroom that must be addressed if the school is to see long term sustainability and growth. There is a perception that the governing board is refusing to address issues; I am not sure that is the case but I do know they are refusing to discuss these issues openly with parents and concerned teachers. I love the concept of a charter school where parents have more input, unfortunately that concept is not a reality in THIS charter school.
My children have been at this school for 2 1/2 years. We have been pleased with the teachers they have had, the curriculum & most aspects of our school experience. However my husband & I do not think our children will be returning next year. I am tired of feeling as though no one will 'be straight' with parents on important issues. I don't have confidence that the school will continue to move in a positive direction.
I like KCS Curriculum. This is my daughters 2nd year.Teachers are great. I wish they have a much cleaner and nice building.( Bathrooms are really filthy). Wish they could provide school bus for the students. Parent involvement is good.
I have 2 children at Kennesaw Charter. We came back this year hoping for the best and so far I love what I see! We ended the school year last year with low staff morale and 50% teacher turnover. This year with a new principal it's a total turn around. It feels more like a family. The teachers seem more motivated and all speak very highly of the principal. My kids even commented that the school 'feels happy' this year. Very active parent community, PTA that contributes close to $30,000 to school programs, teachers who differentiate instruction and now a principal who seems to truly care and want to see KCS succeed and flourish. I would agree that a new building is our next 'must have.' I would also agree that the school is flourishing despite having an ineffective and aomewhat hostile governing board.
My children have attended KCS since the beginning. I have seen the school go through all kinds of changes but one thing remains the same, my kids are growing and excelling in their education at a rapid rate. My children ended the last school year almost 3 grade levels above. The school is immersed in diversity and parent involvement. The PTA is a strong active group that mirrors the school's goal of... children come first. Would highly recommend this education-friendly, family-oriented atmosphere.
New principal and vice principal appear to be very positive, active and approachable. Facilities look better but still room for improvement. Teachers seem more motivated and happier this year. Nice alternative school option for parents who want a change. There may be no tuition but you pay in other ways. Dealing with the school governing board is frustrating at best. They seem unwilling or unable to put aside personal agenda and serve the best interest of all kids at the school. I am pleased with all aspects except the board. The good outweighs the bad. Good teachers keep us coming back.
Kennesaw Charter School is a great alternative to Cobb's public school. If you are the type of parent that is very proactive with your child's education then KCS will allow you personally to be involved with your child education. Of course this school can not be all things to everybody. However, the staff and administrators make the children feel at home which impacts the children's learning capabilities. The school is a bit on the shabby side I would like to see some improvement. Get this, the 20 hour mandatory parent volunteer hours will give me the opportunity to help pitch in with painting, landscaping and other things the school desperately needs.
I am very please with KCS. This is my daughters first year attending, they were in Kindergarten and 2nd grade and when I compare the level of education my 2nd grader was receiving at public school I am truly impressed with KCS. The staff seems dedicate and although the facility needs work, the students seem motivated and they are learning in a safe environment.
I wish that this school was as good as it looks on paper. In theory it is spectacular, in reality, it is not. The facilities are run down, many many many of the teachers will not be returning next year, there is a major lack of communication from administration, there is not a gifted program. I will agree that parental involvement is fantastic.
I am not happy with this school's lack of communication. The facility is dirty and run down. Per my childrens' opinion, the after school program is terrible. Good points; great parent involvement.
My son's a kindergartner and we have been extremely pleased with the education he is receiving at KCS. There is a huge gym, a new band program for older kids, and free tutoring for students who need it. Parents and teachers meet at least 3X a year to review individual learning plans. My son is working on a 2nd-3rd grade level in some areas and brings home work that reflects this. We chose this school because it allows students to work at their level-not above or below it-and have been very pleased. The principal spends most of her time in the classroom so may not always be easily reached but that's b/c she's involved in the school. The facilities aren't the best, but a new site is in the works.
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