my son is graduating from the 5th grade this year and was accepted to attend this school.The online reviews, yes I am very pleased with, I just hope the school is up to it's potential that people said and that I made a good decision for my son future
I am a parent of PreK and Kindergarten students at FSK (both of my children had previously attended a private Montessori school in Locust Ponit. I have been so impressed by the school thus far and amazed at the speed of transition the school has taken. A new principal (Mary McComas) took the helm a year ago and it has been an absolute sea change at the school. With several new teachers and a re-invigorated returning staff, there is a great mix of new energy and strong tenure. The school is set on a transformative journey and the school leadership has fully enrolled the parents, faculty and community. Many area business are taking a vested interest in the school, so a recent (and large) uptick in donations has allowed for a rapid rate of internal change including robotics and technology labs, cafeteria renovations, with volunteers who painted every classroom. This school has MOMENTUM and we couldn't be happier with our choice to send our children to FSK.
My daughter started FSK this year as a Prek student. We were very nervous initially - what parent sends their kid to a Baltimore City Public School by choice?!?! But after many positive reviews by neighbors we decided to move forward and give it a shot, its only prek after all, right? Well, its been 8 weeks and my daughter has learned so much already! She has an incredible interest in learning and plays "school" at home, where she teaches her animals letter sounds and how to add. The preschool teacher, Ms. Demski, in amazing. She is young and energetic and teaches in a modern style - through exercise, creative thinking and outdoor activities. We also love the support staff, Principle McComas is completely engaged with the community and the students and is committed to making this school the best in the state. There is a ton of support both through volunteer time and financially by the local businesses in the community including Under Armour. We are very happy with the school and will continue to send her there for Kindergarten and beyond.
Francis Scott Key is quickly transitioning to the Common Core State Standards. Faculty participates in professional development at the state and local level in order to understand the demands of the new standards. Teachers are able to access innovative curriculum to deliver lessons designed to meet the challenges of upcoming PARCC Assessments and more importantly, ensure that all students are provided a foundation that will make them college and career ready.
The school is unsatisfactory. There is a lack of vision among teachers and the principal. The school's teacher turnover rate and attendance is one of the highest for Baltimore City Public Schools. Overall, the schools attendance is down 200+ students.
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