This is not a place for children with delays of any sort. The teachers and staff are not ready to help and find alternative learning that is best for that child. If your child is not on the level with his/her class members they get pushed aside and eventually pushed out.
Having worked in several other middle schools and high schools, I can say that this is the strongest school I have seen. Like any school, there are issues-- however, 99.9% of the folks at CFCI want to do what's right for the kids. The push is for kids to be independent learners-- and no, not every kid learns best this way... and that's okay. I have three children here, one who has been through 2-7, and two who've been here K-1 and K-4... I've been VERY pleased with all my kids' teachers and the quality of instruction at CFCI. I do think that some parents expect CFCI to do more than ANY school can do-- there's never a substitute for involved, responsible parents who serve as models of respect and hold their own children to high standards.
I have been a parent at CFCI for 5 years and have been extremely pleased. I have three children and they love going to school every morning. They have a real love for learning and that is thanks to their amazing teachers. School is fun and exciting. I don't know what more you could ask for in a school.
I too believe CFCI is spiraling downward. We supported the mission and believed that our kids would get more. Not so! Dull, no bar held for the students or the staff. No objectivity, no accountability. Some great teachers and for the bad ones, you usually find out too late. There is beauty shop caddiness to the staff. The teachers mantra is ' this school isn't for everybody'. Not sure I would recommend it for anybody. As for 'inquiry', its vague and barley present.
I too believe CFCI is spiraling downward. We were enthusiastic believers until the reality of the situation sunk in. We are now struggling to get caught up to our kids peers in their current school. Non listening director (we know best) + chaotic environment + 'trust me' teachers= little actual learning. There are some bright stars on staff, but this school is in trouble. Sadly most of the rest of the public system here is a mess too.
My son just finished Kindergarten at CFCI. We have been very pleased with the the academics, feedback from the teacher, inquiry based teaching model and the positive behavior model. Someone stated that adding students to each class has declined the school. Only two students were added to each class and the totals are well within/below the state average. Kindergarten classes have 18 students for example. I do agree, however, there should be a full-time assistant in the lower grades (currently they are part-time). Overall this is a wonderful school. People should write their state representatives and senators asking that charter schools receive the same money as public school. That would eliminate a lot of the issues with the school (teacher assistants, funding for a new school, transportation, etc). I would highly recommend CFCI. We drive 25 minutes one way so that our son can attend school b/c it's that great!
This is a school in decline. Class sizes have recently increased, but there was no corresponding increase in classroom assistant time. The faculty are doing the best they can under the circumstances. The director is openly hostile toward any parents or faculty who would question her actions or register a complaint, and she often resorts to bullying to keep everyone 'in line'. She completely fails to model the behavior that is expected of the students in the classrooms, and it has a wide, negative effect on the school environment. Contrary to what CFCI says about itself, this is not a nurturing environment. We'll be pulling our child out of CFCI after this year. The faculty have minimal support here and it is starting to show. The sense of community and mission that once existed here is gone.
This is my son's first year here, he is in the 6th grade and so far we both love it! Every subject teacher he has is involved and hands on.There is alot of one on one instruction and detailed feedback about his progress. I can assure you that the teachers are available for conferences when needed. The learning environment at CFCI is very laid back and that would be my main caution to parents; there is more freedom, flexibility, mobility in the classrooms and personal accountability. For the first time, my son actually looks forward to going to school. Because the class sizes are very small it is like going to a private school with all the benefits minus high tuition rates.
Great children and families.Most teachers are wonderful,however..If you have a problem at this school,don't look for any help from school board of any kind. Only option is cfci's own 'board', which is made up of the very people you may be having a problem with. Parents are at the mercy of teachers, who really run the school, 'director' doesn't. There's no real resolution with upper grade parental concerns. No one 'governs' over what is done, cfci staff police themselves. This makes parents especially vulnerable. Send your children here & just hope you're lucky enough to never have a problem with a specific teacher, or, any staff member, for that matter. No voice for parents of children in upper grade, several current parents feel that way, feel helpless. Parents taking children out because of this.Parental problems and concerns, just basically ignored. Not recommended that any learning disabled,(especially), be sent to upper grade.
This school has provided an excellent education for my child who started in kindergarten and is now in 3rd grade. The teachers are of the highest quality and parent involvement is not only encouraged it's also appreciated. The school has topnotch teachers in all grades and in PE, Music, Art and Spanish. These special classes begin in kindergarten. This school also participates in many service oriented projects such as making soup and pies for the homeless at Thanksgiving, providing gifts and food to needy families in the area at Christmas time and recently raising money for children and teachers in Uganda. I could go on and on about all the many assets my child is gaining by attending this school. A+
I am a teacher and a parent at this school. Personally, I feel that my children are in a safe environment where they are able to learn and be successful. In regards to teaching at this school, it allows me to build a community where children feel safe and are able to learn and be successful. The children work to understand that our differences are a good thing and should be accepted. I create an environment that allows my children to learn through integrating all of the subject areas into inquiry projects. This allows them to have ownership in their learning and my job is to create an environment that allows research and creativity to occur. I feel that this is the best way to learn.
This is a wonderful school, the student centered method of teaching is fantastic. I love that the children have the same teacher for Kindergarten and First grade. children learn facts through experimentation rather than memorize facts and then recite them. This school does not focus on testing, testing, testing; however they do very well on the EOG tests. I just cannot say enough about how wonder this school is. It has a very high parent involvement and a great sense of community. The school is now K-8th grades. I just hope someday soon it will be K-12th
A wonderful school. Hard-working, patient teachers willing to work with & treat all children fairly. The school greatly encourages parent volunteerism. An A+++ School.
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