My husband and I enrolled our son at KCSMA this year and LOVE the school, teachers and parents! Parents have to actively enroll their children here, so every child appreciates the school and really wants to be there! The teachers work so hard to give the students multiple opportunities to learn and review new lessons and techniques! Most of the lessons are emphasized with hands-on learning experiences (practice writing words in the sand, skyping with astronauts at NASA, and practicing spelling through song)! they offer many different ways of learning a new skill, so something will appeal to everyone (no child is left behind)! The specials teachers truly care for each student and show great enthusiasm for their area of focus! There is a heavy parental involvement! The school has a portal website that lists volunteer positions needed and gives the parents plenty of opportunities to get involved! They also allow plenty of opportunities for the older students to demonstrate leadership to the younger ones! I can't tell you enough how much we love KCSMA, the teachers, staff and parents! I always see smiles on the children's faces when I volunteer! They LOVE the school too!
We were so excited to get a spot with the 2013-2014 lottery. My daughter is in Kindergarten and tells everyone how much she loves her school and her wonderful teacher. I feel they really try to match the student with the best fitting teacher when possible. Our teacher has a great blog and we receive communications regularly. Mrs. Frey loves the students and the front office staff is very friendly and helpful. They truly welcome parents and there are many opportunities to volunteer. For the parents that work full time there are still many chances to volunteer. We are so happy to be a part of the KCSMA family. We were a little apprehensive leaving our very family oriented Montessori school but those fears quickly left. I highly recommend KCSMA. While the school receives over $1million dollars less than the average public school they truly focus on giving our children the best education possible. If you just want a bus to pick up/drop off your child and the teacher do all the work, then KCSMA might not be the right fit for you. If you want a place where your child is valued and your as a parent are wanted then it is a great choice!
The school now has a tremendous new and modern facility. All of the staff are very motivated and professional. There is a scheme in place to encourage parental involvement too. The number of students has grown considerably over the past few years though and I do feel it loses its small family feel due to that. I do wish they would return Spanish to the curriculum and extend their sports activities with school teams too.
My son and I LOVE KCSMA. I don't know what I would do without this option. I'm already worrying if they will be adding the middle school option. KCSMA IS THE BEST.
We left private school to attend KCSMA and are so glad we did! We weren t seeing the value for our tuition $ in pvt school. Our son is a 2nd grader and we were pleased to find that KCSMA has a stronger, more well-rounded & organized curriculum and a strong PTO. Students know what's expected of them and though my son complains it's too hard, I know he's really just being challenged, finally! His teacher shares a daily blog and I like how she has the students write their assignments in their journals that are sent home daily. This is great writing practice & teaches them to be responsible & accountable. I admire KCSMA for having standards of behavior, too. Students running wild won't learn much so this is appreciated! Sure, the chaotic afternoon carpool could use some improvement but the principal warned us about this BEFORE JOINING THE SCHOOL! Once you decide to join a school with over 900 students and no bus routes, common sense tells you it's going to be hectic for everyone, including those who are volunteering to help with carpool. As long as my child is safe and secure, I m fine waiting in line. KCSMA has been worth the wait so far!
My daughter is in her 2nd year at Kennesaw Charter. We came in when she was in the 2nd grade. I really like the school. The environment reminds me of being apart of a large family. The entire staff is very friendly and dedicated to the kids. Kennesaw Charter really focus on the development of each student. The principal and staff are very friendly and are always spotted out and about around the school. The communication is great as well as the follow up. I plan to send my 3yr daughter to Kennesaw Charter as well. I tell everyone that I know what awesome school Kennesaw Charter is and I love to volunteer my time, attend PTO and Board Meetings.
Unorganized for sure, chaotic, rude and unprofessional. The receptionist never knows the answer to any questions. I wanted to talk to the principle Ms. Frey I was told I have to give a legitimate reason as to why I want to have a meeting so she can better prepare herself for the meeting. You have to email everyone you could never talk to the person you need to talk to. I was also told I cant walk my child to class one morning before class started. I had a visitor sticker visible I walked anyway but that to me doesn't make sense as well especially if it isn't habitual. I wouldn't recommend this school to anyone I know. They couldn't find my child twice during car pool. When I asked was her carpool number called they said yes her number was called so I asked who she was released to they told me they don't know. but how don't you know if they don't no then who knows?? any one could have a number but if you don't no the persons name or double check a id to make sure its even a person authorize for pickup then that's a huge problem. That draws the lines for me. Not a fan and that's just my opinion.
KCSMA was just named a School of Excellence by the state of Georgia. They were 1 out of 28 schools in the entire state to receive this honor. Out of EVERY elementary school - not just charter schools. Need I say more?
My family loves this school. As stated in other reviews, as a charter school, they run on less money than traditional charter schools. Parents must be involved for the school to excel. What it lacks in playground equipment or smart boards in every classroom, it is made up by the commitment and level of personal attention to each student. Teachers know the students and not just those in their own classroom. The kids feel special because they are not treated as just another student. Mrs. Frey has led this school to be named 2012 Georgia School of Excellence. Way to go!
My children have excelled at KCSMA in so many ways. I have a 1st grader and Kindergartner this year. They love their teachers (so do I) and the staff really cares about the students. The PTO is incredibly active and the parental involvement within the school is unlike anything I have seen. I am happy to be a part of the KCSMA community.
If you are looking for a great education for your children, KCSMA is where you can find it! You know the staff is dedicated to providing our kids a great education just by observing how much they care and how much they give of themselves. There are many people who don't realize how underfunded charter schools are. The staff and parents are so committed to making KCSMA the best it can be that they continually give so much of themselves to make up for the funds we do not receive from the state and county. Sure, every school has it's issues and challenges, and KCSMA is no exception. We have grown from 805 students to 920 students in one year. but compared to the district school our kids were supposed to attend, KCSMA far exceeded our expectations. If you are interested in SCHOOL CHOICE and looking for a great school you and your kids will enjoy, come check out KCSMA. You won't regret it.
KCSMA is only a couple of days into a new school year, but the improvements to the track, drive space and signage is a positive move in the right direction. The school has grown so fast since moving to the new location it took a few months to manage the growth. Well done KCSMA. The parent communication we have received thus far exceeds expectations; the energy and overall happy climate of the entire school is unlike anything we are used to. We knew we'd made the right choice on day one!
Being married to a teacher of a different school, I am very impressed with KCSMA. Not only do the teachers truly love their job, but they like what they do. One complaint I here at home, from my wife, is that school leadership does not ask the teachers before decisions are made. I have noticed that the leadership at this school makes informed decisions based on information from the parents and teachers. Mrs. Frey TRULY makes every decision with the best interest of the students at heart. Mrs. Frey is also not pleased with the status quo and is always looking for ways to improve and raise the expectations for the staff and students.
I am a parent of a rising 2nd grader and one entering kindergarten. Both of my children are excited to go to school. I have been very happy with my sons academic and social experiences at KCSMA. I will admit that no school is perfect, but the administration, staff, parent, and students are excited to come to school and are the most loyal group of people I have ever seen. My favorite part of my experiences there has been the parent involvement that is encouraged and demonstrated on a daily basis. I highly recommend the school.
KCSMA is a great school with a private school feel. I enjoy the personal touch from the staff and teachers towards my children. I love the new physical building and I appreciate the pursuit of growth amongst the teachers and staff. By growth, I mean improvement of classes, programs, and just the overall atmosphere of the school. As always, change requires time and patience, and when you believe in something, investing into it pays off. I want to continue investing in KCSMA so that I can continue seeing a wonderful alternative for Cobb County families...KCSMA is a school that strives for excellence!
So glad our children will NOT be attending KCSMA this school year. We made the decision not to return because the school just didn't deliver the programs and education we were promised. It is true that some of the teachers are great, but not all. And the Admin staff. . . . We were very turned off by some of the remarks we overheard them saying about some of the students. Staff members shouldn't speak unkindly about children. What a disappointment this school was for our family
We just pulled our children from this school. Although the enrollment is up, the administration is so poor and inexperienced we had no choice. Some teachers are better than others, like anywhere else, but this is no Math and Science Academy. They have a Science Fair, and only 5th grade and up are required to participate. The school is new, and only one science lab in the whole school for 900 students! No Math club or extra work. After the CRCT's, there was no homework for the rest of the year. Be prepared to spend two hours a night to supplement all that is lacking for your child to succeed at home if you are planning on enrolling there.
We have had a great experience with the school. My only complaint is the "Specials." I am a strong supporter of fine arts and I dont feel the school places enough emphasis on the importance of Art and Music. I think maybe putting 2 or 3 classes in one Art Class is too much for one teacher to maintain control of the students. Other than that, we are very happy with KCSMA. Ms Fidell is wonderful!
My son went to this school for part of the 12-13 school year. It was a mistake to send him to Kennesaw Charter. He went from loving school in PreK to hating school in K. The K teacher was not willing to work with him to build confidence and the administration could not be bothered to address my concerns. Withdrawing him from this school was the best decision we made. I am mad that Kennesaw Charter took the love of learning from my son. He has since completed K in a Cobb County school and loves school again and is excited to learn again.
Our son won enrollment lottery for '12-'13 yr but couldn't attend till Jan '13 due to 3 surgeries on leg. Enrollment admin spoke with principal and said this wasn't a problem, place would be held. Inquiries placed with school from Aug '12-Jan '13 to rcv coursework for son to "keep up" resulted in responses that such measures were unnecessary. (Most Cobb Cty schools do help with this and some even send tutors to your home). Upon son's recovery, our son's spot wasn't available as it had been given away. We would have to resubmit to '13-'14 lottery if we wanted our child to attend following year. Poor experiences with administration of this school as the parent of a child with special needs makes me unlikely to ever attempt to place my child there again. Especially given the fact that my child will likely require surgeries at irregular intervals until he is fully grown.
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