There are loads of charter schools to choose from in and around Albuquerque and I am glad we chose CCPS. It may not be for everyone but it is perfect for us!
My kids have been at the school from the beginning. A small community, the kids are so close it is wonderful to see. Yes It has its growing pains, as any new school will. BUT The class size isn't 30, and this is the closest you will get to a private education from a public school. My kids love this school. They wouldn't want to go any place else.
For their third year in existence, I am quite impressed. If something is not working, they fix it. That does mean changes to classes, but what is worse would be sticking with something that isn't working. The school has doubled in size for the last three years, meaning double the staff every year. Teaching, and especially teaching IB and Paideia is not for everyone. Also a college prep school, it is a rigorous program and not for everyone, that is the beauty of charter schools! You find what fits your child. My kids LOVE this school. It is a wonderful community, and we feel very fortunate to have been chosen in the lottery.
I'm a high school student here. I'm really happy that I chose to go here because of the IB program. I know that college will be easy (and easy to get into) after going through such an academically rigorous program. IB is similar to AP in that you get lots of credit for college, but the learning process is different--IB focuses on developing critical thinking habits and global perspectives. All of the teachers are extremely knowledgable about their subject and really love teaching, and are very invested in the students' progress. The administration has been a bit shaky, with a few different principals and lots of schedule changes, but growing pains are expected in any new school. There aren't a lot of students, but most get along well and there are very few outsiders. It's not dorky to be smart; it's normal to see people working on homework at lunch together or reading a novel in between classes. Overall, this school is great.
The school has had three different leaders in 5 months- and the current principal makes erratic decisions. Three teachers have resigned in one month, and it seems that most of the experienced instructors will be leaving at the end of the year. The academic focus has changed from hand-on projects based learning to long lectures with note taking. They used to offer Greek and Latin, & art and the ability to take upper classes, but now it is a watered down program. Very sad, we will move our daughter to another school. In 6th grade they changed her schedule more than five times in one semester : (
IB College Prep schools typically are academically rigorous; this school is no exception. There's no basketball team, or football team. No cheerleaders. Electronic communication is the primary mode of information sharing with parents. The school has huge potential. A great vision for the future: quality of a private school education in a public school.
I have high hopes for this school. They have a great vision, but are struggling to reach their goals. My son is a 6th grader, and he loves it -- he's very happy is doing well. The teachers he's had have been great, and most are very responsive. My biggest concern is the "growing pains" they're experiencing. They expanded their 6th grade class and have had to adjust schedules and programs several times to meet the needs of kids and teachers. Communication about these changes has been somewhat delayed (I hear more from my son than from administration about changes and cancellations of programs) which makes it difficult know what's going on. Many emails and phone calls go unanswered. Frustrating, but we're hanging in there because we see the potential, he's doing great, and he's happy.
This school has great potential...that is just not being met. The administration doesn't seem to be communicating with each other, much less with the parents. There is a HUGE turnover in staff, it is so bad the teachers don't even wait to leave at the end of the year, they leave in the middle of the semester. My son has had two PE teachers, two science teachers, and three math teachers this year alone. If your child excels in school, they will do well here, if your child is average, or has any learning disabilities at all they will be overlooked, ignored, and even bullied, by the teachers and administrators! Their intention is to be elite and to weed our all the underachievers, and with the amount of students leaving at the end of this year, it appears they have succeeded.
CCPS is a great school with small class size and awesome teacher who care about their students and quality education. It has also recently qualified for International Baclaureate Eduacation for 11th and 12th grades.
This school would be a better school if the staff could learn how to relate to the parents with out an elitist attitude. The teachers have issues with relateing to real life and are more interested in their agenda than educating the students. This school has great potential but will need to know about how students, no matter how smart, or unique, relate at the different age levels. ie high school students are just that not yet college and this school should recognize college is a goal not a place the children are in now.
My son is in his second year at CCPS and we love it. This school keeps him challenged yet impowers him to be involved in the quality of his education.
My son is in his second year at CCPS and we love it. It challenges him and has helped him become a more involved learner when it comes to his eduction.
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