This school doesn't have acess to the gym or auditorium those rooms are dedicated to the other school. Recess is outside only during bad weather there is no recess at all. So during winter months kids go outside in the snow and rain they're not allowed in the Hymnasium they pretty much rotate around the charter school that came before them. Mandatory Enrichment is when they keep your kids from 3pm-5pm there's is nothing achieved during these hours but playing movies and unhealthy snacks instead of completing homework children sit around playing during these mandatory hours that staff state is extra learning time. It's more like Free child care but a child attending school from 7am to 5 pm still have homework to complete it's very exhausting to the child. Something consider when enroll I g your child. If you have enrolled you are advised to apply to many other schools and check they're average score with a Directory of Charter Schools for the current year.
We have been a member of the FLI family for almost 5 years and am extremely happy with the positive changes over the years. Not only has my child had great, caring, qualified teachers, but she has grown emotionally/socially because ALL levels of staff work on building a well rounded student...not just a good test taker. One of my favorite improvements has been accountability! There seems to be more structure for staff, teachers, students and parents and everyone knows what is expected. After all these years, I am still shocked at the lack of parent involvement. How can any parent not find some time to be included in the educational growth and success of their child??!!?? I've found that the biggest parent complainers have the worst student success...but then instead of taking responsibility for their shortcomings, they blame it on the school. I have NEVER had a problem scheduling meetings with anyone at FLI to discuss positive and negative circumstances. I've also found follow up on issues to be timely and appropriate. I really hope the parent that posted below was able to have her issues resolved in order to enjoy FLI as the great school it is!
I've had my kids in this school for three years and I have seen positive changes every year. The teachers have been responsive to me and I find the head of lower school and the principal to be people you can talk to to fix any concerns. As a parent who cares about FLI it makes me upset to read bad things about this school that are just not the case. If you have problems at the school you need to talk to the administration and they will help you. That has always been the way I have expereinced this school.
This school is terrible the principal is very mean and not social at all. Most people think the office manager is the principal.She doesn't correct anyone.So everyone thinks shes the pricipal.Some kids get to eat late breakfats but its based on favortism of the student who have attended longer.But new student the secretary will demand they sit away from her desk isolating them from the regulars.
They are very supportive and are helpful when trying to engage the students to learn activities. They are well rounded and overall have a winning staff. I would recommend this school because of their hard work and dedication for the students learning pattern. They have a rigorous curriculum that always allows the students to really get into the learning experience.
Future leaders is an ok school. The teachers are motivated and well rounded. As far as the children behavior begins at home. We can't expect for the teachers to do all the work! Parents must assist and do their part!
FLI has greatly improved this past year. Politics still exist but administration is really working hard to get it back to where it was when Gianna and Mark ran it. The biggest plus is that the classes are small - less than 20 kids in most of them. This means that your child will get a lot of attention. Most of the teachers are very young but they are also enthusiastic and not burned out from teaching yet. I have been with FLI over 6+ years and have been through 4 administrations! I finally feel comfortable again recommending FLI to any students that may be struggling. If your child is gifted then pass because there are no advanced courses and no Regents classes offered. The enrichment program is outstanding still. Lots of programs to choose from and does a real job keeping kids engaged. FLI has also stepped up the tutoring for all students.
Despite what I've heard-I decided to accept the lottery results and enroll my daughter into FLI. I can not count the amount of times my daughter has had issues with teachers and some bullies. The school's curriculum is well and my daughter has certainly grown academically but the mandatory Enrichment program is horribly staffed and disorganized. The disciplinary actions they take at the school with disrespectful children is next to none. My overall experience with FLI in just 8 months is horrible and makes me say that the school has FAILED my child! This is her first and last year at FLI!
The teachers are great and qualified however the environment is terrible students are very disrespectful and not willing to learn or to follow the rules. I regret sending my children to this school as they learned bad manners and language .....school should not select such students into the school
I think that the recent changes in staffing comes at a vulnerable time. This has been a difficult year for the FLI family, and we are committed to move forward for the sake of our students. I believe that returning parents will be pleasantly surprised in the fall because the summer will be spent making changes in structure, staffing, curriculum and discipline policy. The new parents will be pleased and will wonder what all the fuss was about.
FlI is a school that you should not send your child. The children are very disrespectul to the teachers and the turnover rate of teachers and staff is bad. There is no discipline witht he children. Many behavorial issues. If you are thinking of having your child atttend Middle School please do not sent your child at FLI. This school progress reported scored a D.
As I read previous reviews on FLI seems as if nothing has changed; my child is currently in kindergarten and he will not attend this school for first grade. There is definitely a lack of discipline in the majority of the children. This is not an atmosphere I want my child to spend 35 hours a week in.
I think this school has taken a drastic dive in its student behavior.My child has gotten into numerous altercations with the antagonistic , foul mouthed children in this school. If you are an academically conscious parent then this is not the environment to put your child in , run far away from this school as you can..
FLI is a wondful learning opportunity. My child is completing the 6th grade and second year. Though I will agree that there are behavoral issues, I don;t imagine there is a school without them. Without passing judgement on anyone's home life we would be better served to find creative ways to partner with the school and assist. Parents can come and sit in classes, observe Enrichment and other things. The pressence of addtional adults in the room would likely discourage at least some negative behaviors. . The monthly Breakfast w/the Head of school, Family dinner night, Math night and other activities are wonderful out of the box events for the entire family.
Great teachers, staff and curriculum! But I agree the parent who posted on Dec 21st, 2009. I thought that charter school would be a great learning opportunity. But many kids come from the troubled homes and their mouths are really bad. No respect. I'll transfer my kid to the better school next year. My kid needs a better learning environment. I wouldn't recommend...
This is my daughter's first year in the school. The school is great with the homework and enrichment programs. The security is the best. The problem with the school is the student's. Their mouths are terrrible. The have no respect for each other. I know that teaching comes from home but the school have to put a stop to the behavior that is going on.
Very good school, great curriculum, I love what they are doing with the 1st grade science program, excllent - it got me really involved with my grandson HW assignments. Math program is very good. Hats off to security, they are doing a wonderful job keeping our childrens safe.
Good school! Great curriculum and great Scienes Program and afterschool activities. Math program they are using is good too. Would recommend to other parents.
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