For those parents who want answers you will be very frustrated trying to get to the bottom of why the headmaster refuses to answer any direct questions regarding her teachers. The math and science teachers in the middle school are lacking and the kids are actually getting behind. Our kids were tested in their new schools this year and are 2 years behind after being at this school.
!que escuela tan maravillosa! Nos encantan todo en esa pequena escuela. We are grateful to have our fabulous little school.
Open communication, small classrooms, motivated teachers, and a well rounded education make Corrales International one of the best charter schools in Albuquerque. A great community of teachers, staff, parents, and students!
My daughter just started at Corrales and so far the entire experience has been wonderful! She loves it there, she was instantly accepted by the students who had been there for years, so no annoying cliques or ostracize the new kid attitude that can so often happen at charter schools. All the parents and school staff have been really welcoming and supportive. All in all, we feel very welcomed and included in the school. And the curriculum seems very good, I love that the kids have such a large focus on Spanish.
We are amazed by this fantastic little school. The teachers do an outstanding job not just with the basics, but ininstilling the IB concepts that expand our children's thinking. Children at CIS are learning personal responsibility, respect for others and our planet. They get hands on experience in the garden, caring for animals and preparing food. The added bonus is learning to read, write and speak Spanish. We love this school.
We are lucky to get into this school. My child has flourished under teachers of the school.
We are new to CIS and have a child in the elem and one in the middle school and we have been so impressed with quality of education and the positive, nurturing atmosphere there. The open house event was fantastic, with the principal and all teachers presenting. We are excited to be a part of this community!
The primary years program is awesome. Our children are learning way above the local public schools. The spanish program is wonderful and our children are lucky to be in this school.
This is by far the best school in the city, great staff, great teachers and great students. The program is well thought out and rigorous, every effort is made to make the school a fun and effective learning environment. Cannot say enough about the great teachers at this school!!
I have students in the elementary grades and absolutely love each of the teachers they have had. My children are more than a nameless face in a crowded hall at CIS, they are valued and known by the caring and dedicated staff and teachers. The curriculum is challenging and my children are becoming proficient in Spanish, while being encouraged to practice empathy and display their curiosity. The head administrator is open and accessible, and I am amazed at the quality and breadth of experience our new MYP(middle school) teachers possess. No school is perfect, and no workplace without politics, but it is truly inspiring to see the level of hard work and dedication from the teachers that choose to work at CIS. It is important that my children be responsible citizens of the world, and I feel that the IB education provided by this school will help them on the road to becoming just that.
The teachers that left CIS because of bad leadership are MYP, PYP, music, and special education. The assistant principal also resigned and is not being replaced. They were not "Unhappy people" as one parent put it. They were very good educators that were tired of getting intimidated and pushed around by the unfair policies. These educators were very dedicated to CIS and without them, the school is going to be in ruins. The head of school thinks she can run a school by herself, she is going to run it straight into the ground. The students, parents, and teachers of CIS were what gave CIS it's good reputation and not the head of school. She was not a coach and did not attend most of the games, like the assistant principal and a lot of the MYP teachers. These teachers deserve some respect for standing up for our school and our students. They were just trying to make the school better for the students and the working conditions better. Did you know that the MYP classrooms are tiny and all MYP teachers had to share rooms with other teachers with no quiet space of their own to work in. There were even some classes that did not have a classroom. Our kids deserve better!
We are very concerned with the school and will continue our efforts to find an alternative IB school with openings. Our child (7th grade) had terrible experiences with classroom management with many of the remaining teachers. Those that he had great expereinces with have left- which speaks volumes. Our time spent with the administration has not been impressive and our son's test scores have plateaued. We are really second guessing our choice to attend CIS and suggest other MYP parents do the same.
I have been very impressed with the quality of teachers, leadership and parent involvement in my family's three years at CIS. The administration is not afraid to make tough decisions that are in the best interest of the student body. The bilingual education my kids are getting is incredible. Parents are asked to participate at a higher level than I anticipated but I see that as a positive. I highly recommend this school to any family interested in providing their children with stellar educational opportunities.
We are very pleased with our children's bilingual education at CIS but I think the principal is getting a bum rap. The primary (elementary) grades have performed very well on statewide tests and those teachers are International Baccalaureate (IB)-trained. Middle school performance has been less impressive and four middle school teachers will not be returning. (They have been replaced; the new teachers have IB training and experience. I asked, and there are no current teacher vacancies. The vice principal who was responsible for overseeing them, has also left and is not being replaced. I never understood why our small school really needed one, anyway.) Under the current principal s tenure, past problems with record-keeping and contracting (serious problems that led to troubling annual audit reports and even scrutiny by the state) were remedied. Rumors of an "atmosphere of mistrust" under the current principal are never accompanied by specific examples or evidence. Audits and test scores are public record, and paint a much different picture than do the rumors echoed by some here.
This school was once amazing, but the current administration created a climate of distrust. Over a dozen teachers (most of the 4th-10 grades educators) left the school this year. As a result, many students are leaving as well. I would strongly discourage future families from considering CIS until the current principal leaves.
We have been very satisfied with the education our child has received at CIS. While we have had a few difficulties with the Vice Principal--a charismatic but inattentive individual--over the years, we have found the Principal to have an open door and to be very solutions oriented. I personally hope the unhappy people who are leaving will find happiness out in the world. I also truly believe that the opportunity to change the culture in the middle school that their departure created will result in good things down the road. I find it disheartening that some departing teachers have used their connections with some parents to create a sense of insecurity and anxiety about the school. (See some unfortunate and highly inaccurate statements in posts below). Before our current Principal joined CIS, the school was in serious financial distress and had made no progress toward IB authorization. Her leadership turned both of those things around. She may not be as friendly as the Vice Principal, but she listens and rolls up her sleeves and gets to the work of problem solving and making CIS a fantastic school, all the while inviting parents to be a part of the process!
CIS is an amazing school with a wonderful PTA, truly dedicated Primary Years Programme ( k-5) teachers and fantastic leadership, in our Head of School. My children are in the PYP and are excelling in all subjects--in Spanish and in English and have participated in a great number of free after-school clubs! The Middle Years Programme at CIS is in transition and is hopefully on a clearer path to IB Authorization (the PYP has been authorized for a while) with the recent hiring of some new MYP staff.
Caution to any parents choosing CIS for the 2013-2014 school year. With 14 educators (including the Vice Principal) gone, I cannot in good faith give the school a positive recommendation for next year. When so many qualified educators leave, students education suffers. Next year will be a major transition with no Vice Principal being hired and new hires having little if any International Baccalaureate experience or certification. Only 4 months to hire so many teaches is concerning. Because of the above, several parents (as many as 10 in one class) have chosen to leave the school. It might be difficult for so many new students to keep up IB standards - Chinese, Spanish or accelerated classes. Maybe wait a few years until the dust settles.
Excellent school. My children have learned so much and my oldest is able to speak, comprehend and write in two languages. As with any school there are issues, but the school makes the changes necessary to keep improving.
Excellent school! We could not be happier. We were so worried about sending or son to middle school. This school is excellent in every way. The teachers email parents almost every day to keep them informed. The students are respectful and kind to eachother. My son is learning Manderine and Spanish. We love it here!
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