I concur....while not blinded totally by this school, my daughter spent her first 6 years in the local public school system and graduated 5th grade with a 3rd grade reading level. We were accepting into 6th grade at QGCS and she thrived and has excelled way beyond our dreams. Now a high school senior at QGHS! Parents that complain about discipline not being followed up or teachers that do not care, need to go to the expense and go to private school....my son started in 1st grade and now in 7th and we have always found the staff to be caring and quick to react to any concerns or problems with students or teachers. There is ALWAYS bad apples anywhere and those are weeded out on a case-by-case basis. My son personally had bullying problems with an older child and I feel that it was handled immediately and properly to full resolution. My son love his school and cannot imagine going anywhere else. I hear the horror stories coming out of CMS schools and can't imagine either of my kids still attending pulic school. Agree that other parents can become too involved, but again, that is everywhere and if you don't like it, become involved yourself. LOVE THIS SCHOOL!!!!!!!
I was just reading thru some of the other reviews and they made me so sad! Overall, Queens Grant is a great school. Yes, they have problems like public schools and like $25,000 per year private schools as well. NO school is perfect. We have been so very happy at this school. My daughters are thriving. I am a working parent, and I feel like I am treated just like the stay at home moms. We have had a teacher or two that haven't been wonderful--and they are no longer there--so yes, teachers are held accountable. I recommend this school to others often. I am a CMS employee, I could send my kids to ANY CMS school--I CHOOSE to send them to Queens Grant instead. My daughters have been taught great moral values at this school, and I know they are keeping up academically as well.
Regan Adam is the only individual at this school worthy of five stars! She is worthy of ten! Unfortunately, the rest leaves a lot to be desired. There is little disciplinary action for both students AND teachers who act out. The teachers are overwhelmed and do not seem to be supported by their administration unless they are part of the in group. Communication is lacking. My child was challenged and thrived in Mrs. Adam's class... after that, I may as well have put him in CMS. We had high hopes, but, in the end, Queen's Grant failed to impress as a whole.
All I can say is disappointment. We came in hoping for a great education and a great environment. Overall we found complacent teachers and unruly kids with little to no disciplinary actions for inappropriate behavior. I too had blinders on, but not anymore. There are parents who are way too involved. Be wary of sending your kid here. Once you get there you my be stuck. Buyer Beware!
Queens Grant purports itself to be head and shoulders above the CMS public school system. It is not. There is a lot of complacent behavior among the staff. Parental help in the classroom is begged for; if both parents work, then those parents are not on the same level as the parents who think QG is their home away from home. Busybody moms have waaaaay too much input and involvement at this school. Most staff members act professional, but those that do not overshadow the others. Don't get it wrong: a few run this school, their way. The academics are just average. Because it is a "charter school", and has a lottery for openings, it creates a false sense of prestige. This does not compare to a private school, in any way. One unruly student with behavior/cognitive issues can ruin the day for other students. Imagine that EVERY DAY for your child. Discipline is not followed per the handbook. We bought the fluff initially, but time and experience has removed the blinders.
This school is run like a junior high clique. Why do parents receive emails about the class from another parent who volunteers at the school? Surely the teachers should be in charge of the class. Too many power tripping parents!!! Professionalism in the staff could greatly be improved.
My child has been at Queens Grant for two years, and I've been extremely pleased with his teachers and academic experience. I'm looking forward to my other children going here in the future.
I'm glad that someone noticed that the PE teacher is a Bully. She would have been fired if she was at a CMS school. I have seen her bully and threaten kids. When you try to tell administration they will just tell you that she can seem abrasive, BUT she loves the kids. Anyone who loves kids would see that it is just WRONG to pull a child and push them or point out that they need to lose weight, or ask why are you mean to the PE teachers child. She is always bullying kids and the PE teacher went into her childs classroom and threatened the other kids that they should leave her child alone. Please be aware that she walked into another teachers class and because there was a sub in there, this PE teachers thought she could say whatever she wanted to the class. The Sub had a responsibility to report this and never did. The administration only again talked to the PE teacher or wrote her up.The teacher should not be there. Is the administration afraid to take action?One day a parent is going to report it to someone outside of the school who can truly investigate and not be afraid to hold this teacher accountable for her actions.The students are held accountable, but not all of the teachers
Our family has been 100% satisfied with Queen's Grant. Parents must understand that no school is perfect; but at Queen's Grant the administration and teachers are open to listening and welcome the parents input. My children are in a safe and loving environment. We feel our children has received an excellent education academically and socially. The school provides a variety of programs, sports and clubs that our children choose to participate in there. The teachers are highly skilled and receive the support from the school they deserve. The parents are wonderful, and I enjoy spending time with them and interacting with them. I especially appreciate the fact that this school allows me, and encourages me to get involved. It may not be the right fit for everyone; but for our family, it is. I have seen several different schools from the inside (doing my homework) and this school is top notch. It all goes back to what you're looking for. Are you an involved parent? If so, this just may be the right fit. If you just want to send your kids to school and expect the school to do all the work, then maybe you should seek the CMS system. Regards, 100% Satisfied Parent of 4 QG students
You couldn't ask for a more loving and caring school. I feel like my children are challenged and we are grateful to be a part of this awesome school. I feel like the concerns raised in the past regarding the new grading system are just there....in the past. There is a lot more understanding, uniformity and organization from the teachers and how the system works for the benefit of the child.
I have never felt so welcome in any other environment. It has been my experience that they individualize work for the kids. I know that my child has been challenged. There is always additional help when the help is required even when you do not ask for it. For parents looking for school it would be wise to not think that any school is going to do 100% of the work. Parent do play a major role in the education of their child. I do get a private school feel and I would not have my kids in any where else. PARENTS NEED TO BE INVOLVED AND NOT EXPECT SOME ONE ELSE TO GET IT ALL DONE.
We have been at this school for two years. With my child going into 2nd grade next year, I am saddened to say that we will not be returning. We wanted a private school atmosphere, but this school is far from that. It truly has a public school mentality with administration acting like they 'deserve' better and therefore not focusing on the children and actually teaching the children. This school needs better leadership and to listen to the parents and students needs!
I have loved Queens Grant from the start. Recently I have concerns, I see complacency with the administration. Test scores and moral seems to be going down. The new grading system does not seem to be working, i have given it the benefit of doubt but I beleive doubt has won out. Teacher turnover in the middle school is high and I fear that the 8th graders are not fully prepared for HS. On a positive note I love the art program. gym class and music programs.The teachers are so dedicated and genuinly care about teaching and making a difference in the students. I think Queens Grant is a wonderful school that is slipping away from excellance. Perhaps a shift in administration would help.
Queens Grant needs a change in administration. A parent who works and is not volunteering in the school on a daily basis is just overlooked. The principal walks right by without speaking. Favoritism is shown to students whose parent gives alot of time to the school, and that is not always possible for working parents. This school is often compared to a private school, but it is not on par with private schools as far as the administration goes.
My daughter has been at this school for 6 years. We never had a major problem there as far as teachers or admin. until this year. Just never thought the admin. was what is should be. This is my daughters last year there and she has been an excellant student. We recieved a call yesterday AFTER we had dropped her off for school, stating that she had been suspended for the day and we needed to pick her up. No call the day before, no note sent home. The same situation for the other child 's parents that was involved. The student handbook states that there are several steps to go through before "suspension" takes place. This administration DID NOT follow those procedures!!! By the way...my daughter and her best friend were tapping each other in the arm playing and were SUSPENDED - school needs better administration and clearer handbook honestly....
Queens grant meets all of my expectations. I'm happy with my childs teacher and I love the warm cozy environment the school provides. This charter school provides the things Charlotte Mecklenburg County schools can not, offering an education with heart, and with thousands of people applying for the lottery every year the numbers of the parents trying to get in speak for itself.
Once again the complainers want everyone to think they are the majority. They are not. Is Queens's Grant perfect? NO. But it is a good school with parents and teachers who care about the children there. My children are learning and doing well at QG and will continue to do so for years to come.
Current Score Missleading. Look at the date and number of reviews for July 2010. The school sent out an email to selected parents that the rating on GreatSchools was getting low and they asked selected parents to write positive reviews to bring up the rating. (Hence the number of reviews in July 2010). A 'great' school would have sent that email to all parents and let the cards fall. As a 'for profit school' many believe it is Corporate America at work. Quote from letter... (" please write a review on the website I have listed above. Please consider using your name; however you can remain anonymous if you so choose. I can't stress enough how important these postings can be to our school from a marketing stand point.") QG is a good school, Teachers are the best, QG would be 'great' school with better management all round.
Once again the Public Relations machine at work. This is at least the second time they have tried to influence the ratings. This school needs a leadership change. Instead of avoiding and covering up issues, they need to address the complaints and communicate their plans in writing. Having Board Meetings and Info sessions when most parents cannot attend is unacceptable. The number of half days on the school calendar is ridiculous. Non-traditional school calendar causes extra expenses for parents. Before you signup at this school talk to parents who have pulled their children out, and teachers who have quit.
I am a both a teacher and a parent at this school. I have worked in many schools and have never worked with a staff that is as dedicated to this profession as the teachers at this school. My children have done well at QG. I have one that does well and one who struggles with academics. This school has met both their needs. There is not a perfect school out there and we don't claim to be one either but we work hard for these kids.
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