I attended FLICS the first year they added middle school as a seventh grader. They have a strong parent committee and excellent plans and goals for the school. As unorganized as they are I still received an excellent education and with very few middle school students we became more of a family. I am finishing up my freshman year at Cass Technical High school and Im proud to say My FLICS family, syudents and teachers, have prepared me for high school life.
FLICS is not what it was when I put my daughter in 5 years ago, she will not be returning next year. The principal lacks skills which in turn so does the rest of the administration. They took on too much when they moved and started going up to the 8th grade, so they had to fill up spaces in a hurry which in turn had an open enrollment to all students when I first enrolled my daughter they said this would not happen, but it has so she will not return. Too bad because there are some good teachers there they have been given the short end of the stick as well.
Two kids in Kindergarten - Spanish. Sra. Milette is a great teacher. My kids are learning fast. .
I attended F.L.I.C.S from k-8. I was the first Chinese class to attend. I did very well there my teachers were always good. I am in high school now in the 10th grade I only wish it went up 2 k-12 because the school that I go to only teaches Spanish... I will always love this school no matter what hopeful it s still open in the near future so my kids as well as others may get a chance of a life time and attend F.L.I.C.S
I was very excited to send my son to this school last year for kindergarten and he has returned for the first grade this year. His teacher was fantastic and really spent spent a lot of time giving him extra work to keep him challenged. The problem I have with this school is the leadership and administrative staff. I already thought the school was unorganized but it was even more evident this morning with the complete chaos that was the first morning of the new school year. They have a huge challenges with communicationa and organization. I feel as though the prinipal and her staff do not have the ability to communicate effectively and they seem to have no desire to do so. If there is not drastic improvement in this area I will not send him back next year.
this school is wonderful I love it . My children are very fulient in spanish now
FLICS is not a good school, the school needs a stronger principal and a better vice principal. This is not the school for my children and yours.
My child transferred to FLICS in the 7th grade. I thought it was a great concept and my child had great hopes in learning Japanese. My son did very well in Japanese and loves the language. The Japanese teacher is good, very attentive. The draw back is only one high school offers Japanese and that is Cass. If your child is going to Renaissance or King, you can forget it!
The school has no organization. Teachers are often late or absent. Communication between the school/teachers and parents is nonexistent. Office staff often seem overwhelmed and uncertain about how to answer parents' questions about general issues.
I am unhappy with FLICS. You have to be a classroom parent or else involved with school to get a special treatment for you and your child. It is sad but it is true. There is lack of communication between parents and teachers. They will call you only if there is something wrong. We are taking our girl elswere.
FLICS is a superior school in many ways- quality of teacher instruction, the langugae curriculum, and parental involvement. The challeneges that FLICS has in the 2006-2007 school yeas come from a) a move to a newer building and b) the expansion of the school to include a 6-8 grade program. Many of the challeneges come from students who have transferred in from other schools. Schools dont expand if they arent performing at high levels. A child beginning in this program in the primary grades will be proficient enough to place out of high school level language classes. My place of birth is questioned by native spanish-speakers after they have spoken with my 5th grade daughter in Spanish. A truly global education awaits at FLICS; the long term benefits are undisputable.
The immersion concept is wonderful. The parent involvement is necessary. The staff and administration are horrible. My wife and I both participate at school functions, work with our child in her language of choice, work with her when there is home work. I find that the teachers and administration have there favor student(s) that they choose to nurture and protect. All children should be given the same opportunities.
My daughters won't be returning to FLICS after the holidays. This school does not have the professionalism that I expect. I felt that my views and involvemnent as a parent were not welcomed. So long DPS, it's off to private school we go ...
Boy I am totally over this school. Foreign language immersion is an excellent concept and the school has great potential, but I will agree with other parents, this school lacks the appropriate administrative practices, staff, and services to really come out on top. I even think the school works best for the younger children in K-2 with its full immersion, but becomes totally chaotic at the higher grades. It is even easier to follow up at home with other materials when children are small, such as basic arithmetic and reading. Once the children are older...forget about it. FLICS becomes another flaw in the DPS system. If FLICS had the right funding and management, I think it would work, but right now my experience has been less than favorable!
My children have flourished at FLICS. They are strong in their subjects, and have progressed in both the Japanese and French languages. The premise of the school definitely works when parents are involved. If you do not have the time to focus on your children, and enhance their development in coursework as well as the foreign languages, then this school is not for you. I really love the multicultural philosophy. I was a bit concerned about the move to a new building, but now that the children are there, things are looking better. It has nice science labs,air conditioning, and adequate space for the children. I believe FLICS is a great school of choice!
My family did not have the best experience with FLICS. The school seems really over-rated. Organization lacks terribly. The bi-lingual philosophy is great, but the school needs more staff, funding, and leadership to function successfully.
I withdrew my child from FLICS this past school year because of poor administrative practices. The prinicpal was slow to address legitimate complaints from parents.The school did not have much structure.
Flics have now moved to their new location. I find that the school is not all what it claims to be. The school does not have enough teachers for each grade level. The curriculm of learning moves to fast for kindergarteners to grasp this new language and style of teaching. Sometimes the communcation between the teachers can be difficult because it is hard to understand them.
This is my first year at F.l.i.c.s., and my child is being taught all the required english for the semester at one time. Then the class moves on to all the math required for the semester, etc. My child & I find this a bit overwhelming, she feels the work is being thrown at her in school. So when she arrives home I find myself working with her on a daily basis, reviewing concepts and teaching her myself. I am not sure this is what I'd like to keep doing til the 5th grade. I wasn't prepared for the reality of the immersion concept. Most of the teachers have accents that take time to get accustomed to, which slows down the learning process for new students just entering the school. The tutoring available for her language costs $25.00 per week, the other languages are free. I hope my child survives this transition.
Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.
The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.
Thank you! You will begin to receive newsletters from us shortly.
Great work! Only one more step. Now we just need you to verify your email address. Please click on the link in the email we just sent you to complete your registration.
Great work! Only one more step. Now we just need you to verify your email address. Please click on the link in the email we just sent you to submit your review.
Please click on the link in the verification email we just sent you to complete your change of email address.
Whoops! It looks like we still need to verify your email. To do so, please click on the link in the email we sent you. Can't find the e-mail? Click the button below and we'll send you a new one.
Thanks for registering. Welcome to GreatSchools, the largest online community committed to improving educational outcomes through parental involvement.
Thanks for verifying your updated email address.
Oops! You haven't verified your email address yet. To do so, please click on the link in the email we sent you. Can't find the email? Click the button below to receive a new one.
Oops! That email verification link has expired. Please click the button below to receive a new one.
Join GreatSchools to participate in the parent community and other discussions on our site.
Your review has been posted to GreatSchools.
Share with friends! Post your opinion of Foreign Language Immersion on Facebook.
Welcome to GreatSchools!
For principals and school officials, we offer a special Enhanced School Profile (ESP) which allows you to update and add information about your school, as well as respond to reviews. If you are a school official, click Continue to start.
Please note that it can take up to 48 hours for your comment to be posted to our site. While you're here, we'd like to invite you to fill out a survey on your school's programs, activities, and extracurriculars. It only takes a few minutes and will help parents get a full picture of your school.
Get started now! You have successfully registered and can now start updating your Official School Profile. The information you provide is extremely valuable in helping parents and students learn more about your school, so thanks for taking the time!
Thank you for registering as a school leader. We just need to verify your email address. We've sent you an email - please click on the link in that message to get started editing your school's information!
Thanks! We just sent you an email – please click on the link in the email to post your answers.