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Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School4
Posted August 17, 2014
- a community member
I love Abby Kelley. I've been a student since kindergarten and I'm going to the 6th grade. If you have a problem with anything, emotionally to educationally, they will be there. But like everything, their is going to have to be improvements. One of the things that I've noticed is that, we always think about being better than the other schools in Worcester. That's an awesome thing to do but that shouldn't be our mind set. And honestly, I think the school is concerned about that a little too much. Overall, Abby Kelley is a really great school, it even got ranked 43rd of the schools in Massachusetts!
My son got accepted into Abby Kelly in the fall if 2014 he will be in Kindergarden. I have only heard good things about this school. I got the opportunity to attend their open house and I loved it . I also spoke to students as well as parents and they all have had great experiences. My son is very excited and I am as well I will keep you all posted as my son starts school and through out the year.
Our family appreciates this school for the effort they make to prepare your child to be well rounded, giving a variety of different classes and opportunities to participate in extensive music programs. Also, over the years, when we have had problems, they have been extremely responsive to our needs.
In an age where school unions hidder the advancement and quality of education in regular public schools, Abbey Kelly Foster Charter, or any charter school is a wonderful choice. My three sons have gone to Abbey Kelly since Kindergarden and because charter schools can tailor their programs based on the childs needs, all three are advanced for their grade level. Until unions are eliminated from the public school system there really is no other choice if you want a quality education for your children. Having attended a union public school growing up I am relieved that I don't have to subject my children to the same inadequacies i recieved.
For now, it is a young school(13 years) but I am sure that it will grow to become a greater one. It's not easy containing grades K-12 and I think that's something people don't take into consideration. This school might not be a Thomas Jefferson or a Stuyvesant type of school but by seeing the advancements that this school has made in only 12 years, I believe that it's on it's way to becoming a much more dominant school. For this school has made very quick changes.
To me, this is a school that is making great progress. I have been to Abby Kelley since grade four; and it has added more extracurricular activities, built a separate high school, and has added the IB program. I am in ninth grade now, and I realize that this school is not amongst the top schools in the country, or the nation; but I also believe that it will get there. My only advice is that this school needs to dismiss students earlier, so that they may have time to focus on school work, get involved with extracurricular activities, and other personal activities. For I know that the dismissal time prohibits some of my progress as a student.
Over the years the staff have strived to make AKF a better learning facility. All things do not work for all children. The teachers at AKF try to find what works for each child and then lets them learn at their own ability level. I have seen it work well for my children, one of them that has special needs, and those needs have always been met. I have 2 children at AKF and my oldest is going into 5th grade and has gone to this school since he was in Kindergarten. The sports program has since improved with the addition of the ball fields. I only have good things to say regarding this school.