Xavier Charter School is a great place for high achieving elementary students. It is currently a poor choice for secondary education. Electives are extremely limited and even some core classes (math and sciences) are not offered due to the small size of the secondary program. The higher course requirements, harsher grading system, and limited courses offered at Xavier cause Xavier students to have reduced chances of being admitted to more challenging universities and of obtaining scholarships. There are very few extracurricular clubs. The staff, while very dedicated, are over worked and stretched too thin to be able to do a great job at everything and so some very important things fall through the cracks. Secondary students are also stifled by the small faculty as they have the same teachers for 3-6 years in a row, limiting students' exposure to varying ideas, personalities, expectations, and teaching methods. This also gives teachers tremendous opportunity to indoctrinate students with their own personal agendas. There are some advantages of attending a small school. There are some wonderful things about Xavier's secondary program, but it also leaves much to be desired.
We have a good local public school system, but we wanted a school with a more challenging curriculum and a more robust arts program. At the same time, we are a young family that doesn't have the money to spend on a private school. Xavier has been a perfect fit for us. It has a great staff, an innovative leadership structure, and most of all a set of dedicated, talented teachers. I especially love the community feeling of the school. Perhaps the best thing I can say about Xavier was summarized by a student I know that went back into the public school system, then came back to Xavier. In the larger public school system, he was criticized and ridiculed for asking the teacher follow-up questions that "wouldn't be on the test." At Xavier, he said it is "cool" to want to learn new things, and there is an excitement about knowledge that is contagious. We can't say enough good things about the education our kids get there.
For my daughter in the older elementary grade level Xavier wasn t a bad option. There is a very high expectation for behavior which is understandable when you have the classical curriculum. However there is little tolerance for kids who learn kinesthetically. My other issue with Xavier is their special ed program leaves something to be desired. Last spring, I inquired about my daughter (who is non-verbal autistic, no behavior issues) attending kindergarten. The special ed director at the time seemed very positive until I mentioned my daughter was non-verbal. I was then referred to our local school district. Upon hearing a change in directors, I again inquired via email about potentially having my daughter attend Xavier. After three days, I received a four paragraph response in legal-ease informing me of what my daughter is entitled to under federal law. I then asked if it would be possible to observe their current program in action but was extremely put off when I was told IF it were possible, I would need to arrange it myself with the head of schools. All that being said, Xavier really is a good option if your child has an auditory learning style and no mental disabilities.
Xavier Charter is an extraordinary school, with a fantastic teaching staff. Three of my children attended Xavier in grade levels ranging from 2nd -8th grade. Teaching dance is a brilliant step for fostering the social skills of children.
I am very pleased with my daughter's education she is receiving from Xavier Charter school. They focus on a classical education, and she is far more advanced than other children her age who are attending other elementary schools in the Twin Falls School District. The staff and other students focus on respect and positive behavior. The only downside has been the turnover the school has had with their principal(s), but we have not seen any impact of this issue in regards to our daughter's education.
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