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Kennesaw Charter Science & Math Academy1
Posted April 27, 2015
- a parent
Do not let the high ratings fool you. The climate rating that is reported is from the 2013-2014 school year. We kept hearing about how wonderful KCSMA was- great teachers who really cared, a real family atmosphere, and the high academic level. Unfortunately that was how it USED to be. Things have changed dramatically for the worse during the past two years. The great teachers who care have either left or are leaving. The teacher turnover is extremely high. Perhaps it is due to the lack of effective leadership on an administrative and lead teacher grade level, low pay, issues with health insurance premiums and taxes being paid in a timely manner, or even the low morale that is ever present. The family atmosphere no longer exists. and the current academic level is only maintained by the higher grade level teachers who strictly teach the students to pass the tests. There are still a handful (15 or less) of teachers who truly love their students and effectively teach their students how to learn. This school needs a major administrative staff and school board overhaul to succeed.
KCSMA is a pretty school however they are so busy trying to protect the school good image that alot of the things that go on inside you won't know of unless you were involved personally. The principle and vice principle don't handle issues intelligently and Kcsma seems to master the smaller things book fairs, stem projects, kids night out, chick fil a biscuits in the morning gets maximum attention. Threats, offensive gesturing, Etc almost gets covered up. Also I guess its a college because everything is electronic. If you dont email an individual you get no answers. Beware great school academically. Administration is the worse!!!
KCSMA is a wonderful place. When you walk in, it feels like home. The staff truly loves every child and you can see that. They have gone through some growing pains, which is typical of any school that doubles enrollment in a few short years. Parent involvement is very important. Teachers will always have ways for you to volunteer. The PTO is pretty cliquey, but I've found my niche by going straight to the principal and letting her know how I would like to help the school. All in all, a great school and so much better than our local school.
Kennesaw Charter is a great school and has the potential to be even better but in order to get there they need new board members and better leadership. Mrs. Frey, the principal, seems to care about the kids and the school but doesn't seems as concerned about the teachers or the morale in the school. The board and some of the office staff don't seem qualified to be in their jobs and need to be replaced. They have been with the school too long and bring baggage into their jobs from the problems the school had in the past.. The communication from the school is very bad. The website rarely works and it seems they always wait until the last minute to send out information. I'm sure it is not the case, but the school board and the office staff just seem very unorganized and seem to not care about keeping the parents informed. I stay with the school because I hope to see change very soon and mostly because my kids love the school, love their teachers, and are getting a great education. The differentiated learning that is used makes all the difference, and so do the small class sizes. With a better school board and stronger leadership, KCSMA could fix many of their problems
KCSMA the school that could and hope it will. It is by FAR NOT the "mecca" of public schools. It has great potential, but needs assistance. For the newbies Ms. Frey the principle has done quite a bit to improve the school from it's humble and trouble past, she is dedicated however just a bit abrasive. Seems uninvolved at times and this may come across as not caring, but deep down she cares. Tthe newly appointed VP was not the best candidate and there was some underhanded operations to get him in that position The board members are arrogant , with inappropriate comments and jokes at meetings. The meetings are uninviting and if you are not familiar with the order of operations it may be intimidating. Attend anyway and voice your opinion 90% of the teachers are WONDERFUL, dedicated and caring. The major reason why the school is what it is today. You'll get what you put into your childs education. Parent involvement is a MUST, in the class as well as assisting with committees. The PTO is wonderful and always attempting to make improvements. Please assist, lend a helping hand as much as you can, it REALLY makes a difference. Looking forward to another great year KCSMA veteran
I admit that no school is perfect and there are some things that KCSMA is openly working on to get better. However, this is truly the little school that can. I have two children that attend and I am very pleased with the education they have recieved. The principal is extremely dedicated and truly loves the children. The teachers are very dedicated to the children and you can see that when you enter the building. As am involved parent, I see how much the kids love the 5th grade teachers and their CRCT and 5th grade writing scores reflect that. Every year the teachers, administration, and parents look at how they can get better and strive to become better for the students.
We will be so happy to get our student out of this school ! The teachers and staff all but a few are rude and seem to only care about their school, not the students. If you want to speak to staff or principal, don't bother, they won't speak to mere parents. There is a 5th grade teacher who sais bad things about students all the time. There is no art or band. Students play in a mud field every day for recess, be prepared to buy uniforms all the time. Students have named ASP "after school prison". When you meet the staff you'll see why. Do your child and yourself a huge favor and choose private school.
I want to love this school but I just can't quite get there. There is no consistency from one classroom to another. Some teachers are good about posting info to their blogs, but not all. They don't even use a consistent blog platform. By Spring Break the burnout factor seems to be in high swing here. I realize it happens everywhere but it seems worse here and a sense of apathy seems to take over for a lot of the staff that lasts til August. There has never been a summer reading list published and school supply lists are always late. Once you buy supplies more often than not once school starts you are told they don't need this or that and that they need things not on the list. The biggest problem I have is that there seem to be a contingent of parents who are unreasonable and I am sure they are very trying for the staff but as a result the staff seems to assume that every parent is unreasonable. My child is doing well here and I keep hoping things will start to click and be more professional. I would say the school is slightly above average with the potential to be great if they could just get a handle on the professionalism and consistency. I feel the students pick up on it too.
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!
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.