We will be leaving at the end of the year. On paper and on the tour this school should be amazing. You should have teachers who love their job and have freedom to be creative and engage your children in unique ways. When you first meet the principal you assume she is that engaged and sincere in real life. You read reviews on this site and others that are negative and you are told it's just a bunch of bitter parents that over exaggerated. You are told that you are wanted and needed to be involved in any way possible. Here is the reality- the teachers are underpaid and have no support from the administration. (unless you count being bullied and threatened at every turn) multiple teachers leave every year. The principal is a joke. She is underqualified and definitely not the bubbly, sincere person she initially appears to be. You are only wanted for your money. You are CONSTANTLY asked for donations, money, supplies for your child's classroom (because the underpaid teachers simply cannot afford to buy them and they don't get anything from the school), but don't bother asking for details of where the money goes. You will only get a very broad statement. Definitely don't bother with asking the school board for anything because they will say they can't give you documents that don't exist and they are not under legal obligation to create anything. In regards to the negative reviews- unfortunately I should have paid attention. Instead I'm having my child tutored in addition to working very hard with him myself to have him ready to go into our local school next year. If a teacher has the ability to teach then massive amounts of homework are not necessary. It's not the teachers fault. They simply are not given the resources needed- materials, classroom equipment, and behavioral support. It's lottery time- do yourself and your child a service and move along. There are many families (over 60 that I'm personally aware of that are currently in Kindergarten and 1st grade) that will not be returning) so there will be plenty of spots and the school will be working overtime trying to fill those spots. I'm not a bitter parent, just one who loves their child and wants them to have the best education possible. I work very hard with him and try to stay involved with the school. I'm just highly disappointed in our experience here.
Way more book work vs hands on learning. Not enough recess is 20 mins in the gym playing with play dough . It may work for your kids if they are robots, but kids need more then paperwork all day. Plus home work takes up to 3 hours. It's sad. Praying for the little kids there. My daughter is a Kindergartener and she has NOTHING exciting to talk about when asked about her day.
The time the adults spend with children who need a little extra attention, is what I see when I am there. It's the kindness they extend to students and the outreach to parents, that make this school special.
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.
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!
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.