June 11, 2015
We had our 4 children at Langtree since the day they opened and we regretted every day we had to send them. There is no library, there is no gym, there is no transportation, there are no technology classes, the classrooms are painfully small, school security is a joke, they would lose my children in the carpool line more often then not. Be prepared to dedicate an hour each afternoon to picking up your child. I can't fit in all the frustrations and disappointments we have had. The Middle School Students have so few options its a joke. My older children were used to tutor younger students during the day, and escort younger students throughout the building, instead of being in the class learning themselves. Not to mention K-8 is all in one building. All of the above issues will (according to Langtree) be resolved with more money....your money to be exact. They will constantly hit you up to donate to the school to raise the funds to pay for all of these issues...someday. Volunteering your time in the school is mandatory, to cover the lack of staffing, hope you enjoy lunchroom duty, recess duty and running carpool, or subbing in the classroom...unless of course you would prefer to pay for your volunteer hours. You know...to help raise money. You will pay, for everything. It adds up quick.
In the 2 years my children attended this school the teacher turn over rated was <40% all of my children in 4 different grades lost at least two of their classroom teachers, and to me that speaks volumes.
Overall, we had positive experiences with most of the teachers. The administration and their attitude were what ultimately drove us away. If you try to talk to administration they will tell you that they have a waiting list of 2000+ so honestly, they don't care. Remember, this is a charter school, and as such, is a business; one with a business plan for making a profit at your child's expense. You can find it online. Your child will be constantly hit with standardized testing, until everyone groans at the thought of even one more test, for this is how the school justifies their existence and makes a profit. I could keep going, but you get the idea. There are great public/private/charter schools in the area, this unfortunately, is not one of them. Proceed with caution.
- submitted by a parent