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Kingston, NH

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13 Church St
Kingston, NH 03848

(603) 642-8400
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May 18, 2015
I have seen recent headlines of this schools trying to relocate and it is with mixed emotions I right this review. My kids attended a few years ago for a brief period and I will say the music and arts education is excellent. The academic environment, continual squabbling over funds, and hostile parent and staff interactions I observed were not. I am really not surprised this school seems to be having trouble "getting its act together" because in the time we were there, it felt like a very unsettled, disorganized place. Teachers would complain openly to me about administration and vice versa, and they hardly knew me. On the whole, it struck me as a very unprofessional environment, and even my kids could see that. I don't understand how other charter schools in this state seem to do OK, and this place can't get out of its own way. Think twice and really do your homework, talking to former parents, before you commit your kids here. I really wish I had.

- submitted by a parent

May 17, 2015
Lack of strategic planning and solid fundraising, coupled with many people's heads being in the sand expecting government to bail them out has brought this school to their knees. Everyone is currently in panic mode as they scramble to relocate. It is sad that this is happening the last month of school. All one needs to do is review archived minutes to know that the lease was up. Best of luck, but throwing money without fixing internal problems is not going to be a solution.

- submitted by a community member

May 13, 2015
SCS is a wonderful school for learners who can benefit from a project-based, arts-integrated education. It is a charter school, which means we as parents choose to send our children SCS. It is not a decision to be taken lightly because the school is not for everyone. Art and music is integrated into all subjects and taken seriously by the teachers and students themselves--these subjects are not just "specials" treated as a break from traditional academic studies. That said, the school's goal is not necessarily to create future artists and musicians, but to create inspired learners who can think creatively. Yes, students address teachers by their first names. This is not a sign of disrespect, as some reviewers have suggested, but a part of the school culture. The students adore and admire their teachers and the school is as much of an extended family as it is a community. Learning is not a one-size-fits-all proposition, and this is at the heart of the SCS experience. Of course, other parents may disagree with such a culture, which it is why it is important to visit the school and understand its goal and mission before enrolling your student here.

- submitted by a parent

May 13, 2015
We had some hiccups along the way and have only grown stronger as school and community! We have an amazing head master now who was in traditional education for 30 years and has taken his experience along with the dedicated staff to really help the school thrive. Each student has a personalized plan to help them grow. Creatively, Respect and Support for all is incredible. There is zero bully and the kids do a great job policing each other because it is an all around community. The children love their school, have pride in their school and know it is an amazing opportunity. They want to learn, take home projects and do homework because it makes sense. 1st grades will take on an out project that goes on for months and loves it. The small school allows all subjects to be intertwined so art, music, math, history, science, English and more are all working together. Teachers know all the kids, parents are welcomed and encouraged to participate. My child would be lost without this school and she is thriving!

- submitted by a parent

January 17, 2015
Small school (which is so refreshing!) and a bit unorganized right now but full of love; kind of like one big family. Outstanding office staff and caring, hard-working, excellent teachers. Amazing music and art teachers that blow my mind with what they are able to teach. The new, very personable principal has high integrity, heart and strives for excellence. He seems very dedicated to the school already. He leads with positivity and great intuition. He has a great background and we're lucky we have him. The students are treated with respect and are encouraged to think outside the box. The teachers are able to think outside the box too and are not pressured to conform so much. Academically, they certainly could improve but hopefully that's not the only thing parents care about. The way I see it, kids excel in what they love anyway. The principal cares very much about academic state standards so I think we're in good hands now. Parents are always encouraged to attend important meetings. When they need to hire they interview thoroughly. Because it's an arts integrated school, their right brain is being stimulated much more.

- submitted by a parent

November 05, 2014
The first problem at SCS is that the students address the teachers by their first names, not conveying respect. Dress code is not enforced. Students are allowed to wear hats in school, chew gum etc. Students use profanity on a regular basis without any intervention from teaching staff. There are few/no male teachers. Social engineering, particularly for boys is rampant. Tag is not allowed and touch football is two finger touch! etc. While project based learning is nice, there are very few true tests given. Students lack proper study skills. Individual academic needs are not passed on from year to year. A lack of curriculum is evident when students complete identical assignments in different grades without exploring the concept at a deeper depth. The board is mainly comprised of teachers/parents/ex-parents so there are no clear unbiased opinions. There is no PTA, parents have no avenue for addressing issues. The school is basically run by the teachers. When issues are brought to teachers, parents are often shunned. It is like "the old girl's club," teachers group together and protect themselves/each other instead of doing what is in the best interest of the student.

- submitted by a community member

October 21, 2014
Pulled our daughter out after 3.5 weeks here. The first red flag was the emails sent out to parents by the new head of school that were loaded with grammatical and spelling errors. Very unprofessional for a person in that position. Multiple behavior issues in my daughters class, where the whole class would have long "quiet times" where some kids would lay down/nap? on the floor(1st gr). Homework was not very organized. Teachers seemed overwhelmed. Felt the curriculum was lacking, and my daughter needed more challenging work. Security of the school needs some work, I should not be able to take my daughter from outside without one adult even glancing in my direction. Financial issues are worrisome. Perhaps the most disturbing incident is when I went in to notify them I would be unenrolling my daughter (midweek), they said she could not finish out the week there (I did say I wanted her to since she wasn't starting her other school until the following week). My daughter was upset because she couldn't say goodbye. So much for the well being of the child! Felt like we were being kicked out of the school. NO ONE asked us why we were pulling her out, apparently they just don't care why.

- submitted by a parent

October 05, 2014
The education program overall is very good. Students set a goal (personal learning plan) for the year, approved by their teacher and they track their progress on it each week. The school went through some changes last year that turned out negatively with a new head of school that left, and such, but, this year it is back to it's former glory and is running more smoothly then ever. Students are not held back from going above and beyond academically and gifted students are challenged appropriately. Music and art programs are outstanding. Overall great school.

- submitted by a parent

October 02, 2014
Many teachers are not credentialed. There are some teachers who allow students to read because "they are having a bad day." What once was a good art program in upper grades has been reduced to 75% doodling. There is no opportunity for students to advance and many are held back when it is not appropriate. Many students who have left stated that they were not well prepared. A new principal may make the difference but this school has seen three principals in the past 4 years which speaks for itself.

- submitted by a parent

June 04, 2014
Enrolling my children at SCS was the best academic decision we have made. Bloom's Taxonomy is alive and thriving within the walls of SCS. Children are being asked to think, create, listen, teach, explore and analyze every day. They meet as a school community every Friday morning to talk about what they have learned, share music, songs and knowledge. My children have had gifted teachers who have brought out the best n them. I have witnessed five year olds working together as an ensemble and third, fourth and fifth graders taking their strings performance more seriously than many high school ensembles. What the teachers do for and with these kids is inspiring. We could not be happier.

- submitted by a parent

March 15, 2014
The school really changed within the past year. There was poor organization and management, staffing issues, and much of the original success of the school has been compromised. Hopefully a new administrator and higher standards (such as all teachers being certified to teach) could restore this school's success but it may take awhile. Some of the faculty are outstanding and have great credentials.

- submitted by a parent

August 19, 2013
Our school is changing this year. We have a new principal, a larger student body, and a new class structure. Previously, we had blended classes: 1st and 2nd, 3rd and 4th, 5th and 6th, 7th and 8th together. All my kids really enjoyed that. This year the classes will be separated, more like a 'regular' school. We shall have to see if we still like it as well.

- submitted by a parent

June 05, 2013
We love this school. The teachers are so dedicated to their profession and really care about the kids. Their approach to discipline is to talk things out with the students rather than the usual write up or detention that does not have a big effect. Children are in a much more relaxed environment. The arts and music programs are excellent. They need more funding from the State and Federal goverment to continue providing the excellent education.

- submitted by a parent

June 03, 2009
When we moved back east from MN, my child was in a charter school there, so we made sure we lived close to this school becuase the methods used to teach in this school were the most beneficial to my childs learning experience. Our decision was the right one as time told. Great faculty/teachers that really care about making in impact in my childs education. I'm glad to say that my child even with her learning diability is thriving in Seacoast Charter school and loves to go to school.

- submitted by a parent

January 28, 2009
This a a great public school alternative. They promote individuality in both academics and the arts. It's a great home for my children.

- submitted by a parent

November 20, 2007
The school has provide an enviroment that children can thrive in. Intergrated art and music with core academics. The classes are set up so, if your child needs more help or more of a challenge it is available. Spanish is taught starting in the 1sr grade. In 3rd grade they pick the cello, violin,or viola for their music instrument. Art not only teaches the basics of drawing but introduces ancient cultures. Science is taught through projects and expreriments. Science Fairs,Music concerts, and a Shakesphere play are just some of the wonderful things going on in this school. The teachers and head of school are top notch. They have a true passion for teaching.

- submitted by a parent

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Seacoast Charter School
13 Church St, Kingston, NH  03848
(603) 642-8400
Last modified Seacoast Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades K-8
Seacoast Charter School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 16 reviews. Top