This is our first year and I can already see this school is in need of major changes. My child who came from a great CMS elementary school last year tells me the kids in class are loud, don't listen to the teacher, are never in trouble for being bad and can be very mean. After talking to other parents and reading past reviews, many families agree. This is a big problem. We are not happy with our zoned middle and high school so we applied for charters. I was excited when my child received a spot at Corvian but I don't see how we can even make it a year here when my child comes home everyday and tells me what a zoo the classes are. I should have known when we were told there is not a discipline system in place that the classes would be chaotic. I have rules at home for my kids and consequences for not following the rules. Schools should be the same way. We should be setting them up for success, holding them accountable and preparing them for the real world. In the real world your boss isn't going to give you a nice little chat in the hall asking to please make a better choice over and over and over again. Let's be real here. I'm not saying yell or embarrass the child but just hold kids accountable in a positive way (personal behavior chart for parent and child works wonders). I just can't wrap my head around this and hope there will be some changes. It doesn't take a genius to figure out many families have left and it's time to figure out why and make some changes. I will not be part of a school where large numbers of families come and go every year. And one more thing! Why is the principal of elementary not involved with the kids or parents? My child has no clue who she is. At our previous school, the principal helped at carpool at least once a week to be involved, we received phone calls and newsletters from the principal and every child knew who the principal was. I figured for a small school there would be better communication and kids would feel part of a family. I'm not finding this to be the case at all. Hoping things change or we are gone.
I was so impressed with our first year. Lisa Humphries was absolutely amazing. My son's teacher was amazing. There was such a different feel in the school. When the Executive Director drove Lisa away, the school went downhill fast. Instead of looking for a new Elementary School Director with a school administrating background, she hired her good friend, who is terrible at her job and it's clear she has no idea what she is doing. She has NO experience, no enthusiasm or passion and not personable at all. Corvian has a large amount of EC kids and kids with behavior issues. It's very distracting in the classrooms and takes away from the academics. How can it be managed when 1) there are no consequences 2) The kids misbehaving get special treatment and are rewarded for their bad behavior 3) We don't have the EC help needed for all these kids. The Teacher Assistants (many with no experience in a school before) are stuck trying to manage these behavior kids and EC kids. The kids who could really use that extra little help from the assistant get pushed to the side. Then the kids who need to be challenged are bored. It's very sad. I would be very concerned about all the families who have left and the teachers who have left. There are many red flags. The test scores are not that great considering we have a TA in every classroom. Many of the kids who were academically above grade level have left the school. It will be interesting to see how the scores will be this school year. There is a small clique at this school who likes to tell people Corvian is "magical", but that is far from the truth. Please do your research!!!! EDITED TO ADD: To the parent who commented that I left "probably due to a discipline issue"...you are sort of correct. We left because there is a LACK of discipline. Kids are out of control here. The kids don't listen to the teachers and there are some violent outbursts with some of the kids. I'm glad consultants were sent in to figure out why so many families have left and to figure out what is going on with this school. I'm glad that results from the parent survey showed that discipline was a big concern. Obviously it's not just me. Look at all the families who have left the past 2 years. Thank you for showing how the group of clique parents jump to conclusions and put down parents who do not agree their views.
I am a staff and parent at Corvian. I am very pleased with the school and my children are doing well and love school. There so many rumors about the way the school is run. I see how the school runs and LOVE where I work. The Executive Director does not make educational decisions, the Director of Elementary Education does (and a fantastic job too!) and so will the Middle School Director. The Executive Director is more business management, facilities, looks at the bigger picture for growth and makes sure the school is financially successful. She does a great job and the school would not be this successful without her.
Thanks to all the teachers, staff and admin who make Corvian a wonderful and safe place. It's obvious that one parent went on a negative writing spree on 9/15/15. It's probably due to a discipline issue. I have noticed that parents write negative comments when their child is in trouble or they do not agree with the discipline polices set by the board and carried through by admin. Teachers leave because they are not philosophically aligned, this has been talked about in coffee chats. It takes an act of god for a CMS teacher to leave.
I do not blame the teachers at all for this. There are many EC kids, many behavior kids. Even with a full time assistant, it's very sad there is so much chaos in the classroom. Without a discipline system in place, kids are never held accountable. As a parent, my kids have clear rules and consequences at home. This does not happen at Corvian. Kids know they can get away with whatever they want. That's why the same kids have in school suspensions, the same kids are getting pulled out for a little talk in the hall...it's clear the lack of consequences are NOT working. Kids NEED consequences. We all have to learn to deal with consequences, even as adults.
I'm not a big fan of a lot of homework, but kids need to practice. Kids need to learn to work hard and learn it takes practice to learn a skill. I had to give my own homework at home to make up for the lack of instruction in the classroom.
Not at all. I've never seen so many disrespectful kids who simply do not listen to the teachers. That is not acceptable. "Lower your voices, please" "We are being too loud" "We need to be respectful" is repeated ALL day while the kids do not listen and kids miss out on much needed instruction time.
Do you think it's fair the children who do not behave get to do "special" things like miss out on class to take the recycling out with the teacher, take a nap, go read a book instead of doing the work the other kids are doing...while the kids who do behave and listen watch these bad behaved kids get special treatment. Does this sound fair to you?
Our test scores do tell a story. It tells a story of stagnant growth and even slippage in some areas (when you break down the data points by grade). The school does have its positive points but looking at this year of stagnant test growth following the exodus of the directors with the educational background from CSD is telling. There has been no change in the board since the school opened (other successful charters have term ends on their positions and an open application process - not one like ours where open positions are filled by the ED), the administrative positions that become open aren't filled with "outsiders" but with personnel that don't question the status quo...and there is no place for points of view other than that of the ED's or the boards. When you aren't open to other ideas than your own, you lose the opportunity to grow. That a school is better than CMS should not be the measure - the measure should be how the school performs on its own and with that Corvian is average at best.