My grandchildren now attend Andrew Academy. This is not the same school. However, overall the teachers of lower grades are very concerned teachers. Teachers of higher grades as I see discipline problems with students. The after-school project is merely a babysitting project for parents until they are able to pick them up.
Andrew Academy was a private school before 2010 (St. Andrew/St. Rita Catholic Academy) so the 2008/2009 reviews are old. My children attended this school through its transition from private school to a public Charter School, and we left after 1 year as a charter. Positive: This school accepts students that have been put out of the worst public schools and they do great. Negative: The atmosphere was pure chaos for students that were used to a more structured environment. There were so many discipline issues that the teachers could not teach. One of my children went from reading a grade above her grade level to falling more than a year behind, failing all state tests, and hating school. When we transferred she had to be placed in a special program to help her catch up. She is now in a healthy, nurturing school environment at another school. My other daughter went from loving school to dreading walking in the door. Chaos, bullying, constant yelling (adults and students), and drama. After the 2nd day at her new school my daughter came running to me and thanked me for making the change. I cried that night :o)
My children have attended St. Andrew for a few years. The reading program is excellent, but after having them tested for other programs I have found that they both score average to below average in math. The teachers are caring and have high expectations. Both my children do well with what they are taught. The communication is great via email. Unfortunately, there aren't many extra activities outside of school.
I love this school. This school is like a family, everyone knows everyone on a first name basis. This year my son was diagnosised with ADHD and the school worked with me to get my son back on track. The school kept me informed of my childrens' behavior rather good or bad. Only downfall is that the school doesn't have afterschool sport activites.
I am pleased with the student/teacher ratio. My son, a kindergartner is learning to read using a program based on phonics. He is also developing his math skills and has even done some fractions. I am absolutely excited about the faith based learning that he is receiving. It reinforces what I teach at home and at every opportunity. St. Andrew/ St Rita's is striving to turn out excellent students and is doing so. I only wish that there was more parental involvement but I am sure that that too will change and their enrollment continues to increase. Unfortunately because of the small student population, there are not a lot of sports and extracurricular activities. In spite of that, this school is a diamond few are aware of...I'm glad I do.
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