The test scores and reviews speak for themselves. I tried to post a google review and they have it locked so you can't post a review.
My daughter has been attending this school for 6 years. She has never and will never attend another school. My son will start kindergarten here next year. Though I am disappointed that so many of the teachers I was used to left, I still feel this is an amazing school. My children would be lost in a regular school. When they raised the attendance cap from 500 to 700 it was expected that class sizes would get larger but because of the schools learning system the children still get a individual learning platform. One of my favorite teachers is mrs. Snyder she is an absolute god send for me and my daughter.
This has to be the worst school in the district!!! Im only giving them a star because i have to. Drop off and pick up is a joke, they should have never got zoning for this school. 10 new teachers and this is their 3rd year, they had a second grade teacher leave 2 weeks into a new year. And now they have the principle trying to teach? Are you not supposed to be managing a school? Maybe this is why the school is rated so low. They sell you on the leveling and the Ipads. The leveling is a good concept if you child is above level but if there behind level when would they ever catch up? I would not recommend this school to anyone!!!
this will be my son's 2nd year and he loves it. i had him in clark county school district since 1st grade and it seems that all i got everyday from teachers was him not doing good but it turns out he was bored and know he's being challenged and he is doing good. thanks eka
This school is absolutely ridiculous! The valet system is a joke. If you have been in line waiting and it hits 3:30 but they still haven't made it to your car they claim you were late. They have you sign a form saying if you are late again they will call CPS!!! My daughter's teacher is only considered a long term sub with the district. She doesn't allow them to use the bathroom during class (1st grade!!) and when children ask to go she tells them to "hold it!" I have left messages for the director with no return call to find out what is going on. We are one week in and we are withdrawing her tomorrow. The concept of the school is great but they can't seem to figure out how to execute it. No wonder the BEST teachers have left!
My daughter is starting her 3rd year at EKA, and i have to say i am very happy with the school. They are warm and friendly and i feel the education is very good. Kids here are doing things most young children don't see until high school. As of now we plan on her doing all her education here.
I am very frustrated about this new school year coming up. (august 2013) because of several reasons! Class sizes are at 26-28 kids! (MORE THAN MY NEARBY PUBLIC SCHOOL!) <<------ RIDICULOUS! Over the summer approx 10 teachers left which is really concerning about what's going on behind the scenes! The principal isn't helpful even in bullying and potentially dangerous situations that involve several parents at the school. AND the teacher my kid was assigned this year is NOT a teacher. Her credentials listed online say she is only a "Long-Term Sub" ! NO teaching credentials! Last year she was a sub for 1st but prior all she did was highschool ... How does that make her qualified to teach 26 1st graders?!!!! I AM VERY FRUSTRATED.
I love attending EKA. This is my fifth year attending and it is wonderful. It is not an easy school. You are not lead by that hand and you have to work for your grade. The school is not perfect, but as this is only the tenth year we have been in existence, I think we are doing pretty good. This school is not for everyone, many kids are not made to learn in this type of school, but they almost always leave after the first year. If you are an individual learner, this is the school for you.
My son has been attending this school for the past five years and LOVED attending until he had Mrs. Maahs as a Teacher this year. She constantly yells at the students and does not offer positive student encouragement. It takes her over a month to respond to concerned parent emails and only responded because I brought it to the Principals attention. She was "claiming" that he never turned his homework in, even though he spent hours the night before completing. It baffled me that he was failing her class, but excelling in all his other classes and it was never brought to my attention. We are at the point where I have the Teacher sign his planner every time he turns in homework. It's ridiculous and we can't wait for this school year to end. If you do enroll your child in this school, pray that they don't get Mrs. Maahs as a Teacher!!
My son LOVES this school and I am actually shocked at some of the reviews here. My son just finished his 1st grade here and I am impressed with the knowledge he has learned and eagerly shares with us daily. I like that I can email his Advisor (homeroom teacher) and get a response within a day if not the same day. I think its great that the kids switch classes for different subjects. They test the kids at the beginning of the year and divide the kids by skill level for reading and math. This is beneficial to the kids compared to teaching at one pace for all kids in these subjects as some may be more advanced and/or learns faster than others. My son has become more confident researching, building a project and presenting even more than my middle school daughter. They also have taken field trips to the Planetarium, Museum and more. My only complaint is the valet when having to pick up my son each day. It can be quite a long wait. It was definitely more than I expected and I'm glad he attended EK Academy.
I was so disappointed on how the teacher was teaching. My daughter was miserable here. She hating going to school and she is only in 2nd grade. The teacher should not be teaching because she wouldn't treat the children with TLC. she only cared for her paycheck. I finally transferred her to another school which not only meets my child's needs but exceeds in all levels of expectations.
My son attended this school from kindergarten through second grade. This school went through three administrators in three years, each one worst than the last. The current administrator is probably the worst yet. The school was originally about parental involvement, but by the end the school acted like they owned your children and were doing you a favor by "letting" you help. Just another typical Clark County public school. If you like being able to meet your children's teachers, want to be involved in the school, and want an administrator that cares more about kids than being on TV and rubbing shoulders with political big-wigs, don't bother with this school.
The two years spent at EKA ended in great disappointment. We were led to believe it was something it was not. We believed in the stated philosophy only to be treated very horribly by the administration and much of the support staff. The only reason we finished our last year there was due to our teacher. Nearly all the other students in my children's class started 2011-12 year at EKA and have now transferred elsewhere for much of the same reasons we left. Administration is not kind which is quite ironic with their "Be Kind" campaign. If I were a parent looking into EKA, I would definitely ask about the student turnover rate. Of course, I wouldn't expect administration to tell the truth about the color of the sky, let alone anything of consequence. Also, I would check where EKA lands on the growth model as provided by CCSD. Many of the parents I know were very distressed to find out how far behind their children were after leaving EKA. I know we played catch up this year. I would give this school negative five stars if it were an option.
I am so incredibly disappointed in this school. I had very high hopes & thought I had found the perfect placement for my child. His teacher was enthusiastic, & wonderful with my son. Then he began with his reading & math teacher. It wasn't until she called me 2 days before winter break to come pick my child up that I even knew he had a problem in her class. And when I came to pick him up, it was the OTHER teacher that brought him to me & told me he had problems before. After winter break, he continued to have problems in her class & it took about 3 emails to get her to agree to a meeting, where she clearly did not want to be there- watching the clock, making comments about how my son shouldn't be struggling with math because she was his teacher. The last straw was when she told him he was horrible in front of other children. I asked him to be removed from her classroom in Feb & to this day nothing has been done about it. MS.Gustafson swept it under the rug & put a target on my son's back. This week he was suspended for 4 days for something that another child said he had done. I know my child better than she does & I know he is not lying, but she insists he is. I am disgusted.
we LOVE this school. My son does great, and it is really building on his weaknesses. I definitely understand this school is not for every child. Nor should it be. I know that my family has had nothing but GREAT experiences from teachers, staff, and the curriculum!!
My child has been going to this school for about three months now. We find it to be wonderful! His teachers are all caring, compassionate and professional. It's a tuition-free school with a private school feel because of the quality education and attention that the students receive. Minus the snootiness that can sometimes be associated with private school, of course. Students read in class and are encouraged to read at home as well. It seems that field trips are a bit more frequent for EKA students than at public school. My 8-year-old son and I are both so happy that we made the decision to take him out of the public school that he was zoned for and have him attend here. I have noticed a positive change in his attitude about school and his self-confidence. He is enthusiastic about going to school again. For that, I can't thank the teachers and staff of EKA enough.
This school is by far the best school in Las Vegas. I'm very impress in the education quality this school offers.
We agree with the previous posts. We too had great hopes when our son started this school late in elementary. We thought that the project-based curriculum was a great idea that would prepare him for college and real life situations. Unfortunately, the schools staff was terribly disorganized and essentially re-writing the curricula and offering courses on the fly. Through middle school he had both so-so teachers and bad teachers. Their organization, discipline and the ability to hold students accountable is dissmal. In our experience too, kids do as they please with very little structure, learning or discipline going on. In theory their vision paired with organization, structure, discipline and holding each student accountable would make this school awesome. However, we didn't see this happening anytime soon so we made the decision to take our son out and enroll him in online school where we control the accountability. So far, so good.
We had two children who attended this school for a year, we were drawn in by the beliefs they stood for and project based learning. This school turned out to be a complete joke! The few good teachers they had were in a battle with the administration that acted like high school girls. The secretaries showed resistance to working with parents, especially step-parents. The secretaries up front were very disorganized, one time even telling my husband and I that she didn't know where my daughter was! Their new campus seems more like an office building than a school... this school left a bad taste in our mouths for charter schools. Their director Abbe Matson and their Principal Gustafson are the worst of all and act like as the ringleaders of this circus. Both have been caught lying and manipulating others, and my children told me many times that they didn't care for the principal. Don't go here... you will regret it!
I have two children that have attended EKA for 3 years. We will not be returning. I appreciated this school in the beginning as I felt the project based learning was something my children would be engaged with; however, the school leadership has changed so dramatically over the last few years. The academic standards seem to have dropped. As an example, my child was out of school for a whole week due to a surgery and she was given NO makeup work even though we asked for it several times. I realize that next year they are implementing a new strong technology component via the ischool platform; however, I think technology is only as strong as the teachers implementing it. My understanding is that the teachers weren't even consulted regarding these major changed. Additionally, there are at least 3 teachers and the one of the former PTSA board members that are leaving EKA to start their own charter school. It is obvious that there is a fair amount of internal strife amongst the teachers, administrators, and parents. As much as my kids enjoyed the 4-day work week, I truly believe that it has hurt my children's academics. I am sad we didn't make the choice to leave sooner.
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