Our child was enrolled at KCSMA for 2 years. During our 2nd year as we became more involved we began to realize the serious issues that are behind the scenes. One of their main concerns right now are the negative reviews that are found on this site. Please be aware of that fact. Many of the positive reviews here are written by staff members at the school. They are trying to protect their paycheck and do not care if your children are at a sub-par school.
There is a high teacher turnover compared to local county schools. They say the turnover is due to lower salaries, but talk with the teachers who escape and they have a different story to tell. Leadership is not positive. The leaders at the school (parent and admin) are bullies, disrespectful, and overall are not nice people. It is very hard to teach children socially acceptable behavior when the leaders do not exhibit that. Lack of funding is a huge issue. Your child's classroom will not be provided with even the most basic of supplies- be prepared to either supplement or have your child go without. The school is honestly dirty. Your shoes will stick to the floor. Your child will be sick often due to the lack of cleanliness. Our child got perfect grades at KCSMA and it has taken a full year to catch them up at their new county school. Yes, you read that correctly- grades at KCSMA do not mean the same at other county schools. Many reviews will say their children did great at their middle schools, this may very well be a fact. However, every family I know that has left KCSMA has needed extra tutoring or extra work for their child to have them 'catch up' at their new schools. If you are zoned for a very low performing county school then KCSMA may be a blessing for you. If however you can enroll your child in a higher performing county school you can save yourself a lot of frustration by doing that. Do not let the uniforms fool you- KCSMA is NOT the school they describe on their website or their tour. Any negative rumors you have heard are not rumors. I kept thinking everything I heard was an exaggeration, unfortunately that is not the case. I will repeat- DO NOT BE FOOLED BY POSITIVE REVIEWS. They are written by staff members who do not want to lose their paychecks. They will only say how wonderful things are for their child, and will not disclose who they work for.
This is our first year at KCSMA and to say I'm pleased is an understatement. I am very impressed as a kindergarten parent by how well the classroom and extracurricular activities are managed. Go knights!
This is our fourth year and we have seen firsthand how the teachers of this charter school can do more with less resources and funding. Teachers, parents and principals work together for one thing - the student. And it doesn't matter what color they are, what religion they practice, or where they came from, all students are equal - none better or less because of parents' income.
We have never been disappointed. Our two oldest are in Middle School now, and they were so well prepared academically, their teachers say they can tell the KCSMA students right away.
My daughter has attended KCSMA since she was in kindergarten (she is currently in 3rd). We have have had teachers who were very different. Yet each very effective. They have all been able to connect with their students and present different learning methods to help each child reach their maximum potential. We have been very please with our time at KCSMA and look foward to what the next 2 years have to offer!
My girls are in 2nd and 5th grade and the expectations placed upon them as students is grand! They are being steered toward success and responsibilities! We decided to place our children at KCSMA in hopes for more or a rigorous, encouraging environment and that is exactly what we have experienced.
My daughter has attended KCSMA since kindergarten, and we have only had wonderful experiences with the school. All of her teachers have been fantastic, and there are so many opportunities for her to further her learning. She just started the 4th grade, and I expect to see tremendous progress through her learning this year, just as we have in all the other years.