Most of the teachers go above and beyond for the kids. The Ec dept is an awesome group who work really hard to make sure the kids get what they need while still being productive in a regular setting. The administration seems to care more about being a social butterfly than ensuring the safety of the kids. Often there are no crossing guards in the mornings for walkers. Rules are not always followed or enforced. I rate it a 3 due to many safety issues and administration's lack of concern about it.
Cape fear center for Inquiry has been an amazing learning environment for you three children. The each have a love for learning that I would never have imagined. We are bless to have such general Ed teachers and EC teachers are suburb and the teachers assistants are qualified teachers.
CFCI is hands down the best choice I could have ever made for my child. The staff are caring and understanding of each child which makes them more like family. Parent involvement is greatly encouraged and often happens without teachers even asking! Great community and the best students. Teachers who instill confidence, compassion, and intelligence of the children here are what make CFCI flourish!
We transferred our daughter via lottery selection from a Title one public school in the 2nd grade last year. She is now in 3rd grade at CFCI. It has been the BEST decision we have made towards her education. She went from being just BARELY at grade level to above grade level in just the 2 years she has been there. She continues to improve everyday. The teachers are AWESOME!!!
We tried to get into this school since before Kindergarten, because the reputation in our community is outstanding. We finally were able to "win" the lottery for first grade, and have been here 2 years. The progress my daughter has made is amazing. I cannot believe how she reads, is able to compute math problems in her head, and relate to her peers with kindness and caring. The director and teachers are outstanding and always available. This free, public school is one thousand times better than our most expensive private school in the area - I am so thankful we are able to attend. I know we are setting our child up to be a wonderful scholar and lifelong researcher and learner!
The social curriculum and wonderful community is what keeps us at CFCI. The teachers have much more freedom at this school to implement the academic curriculum which can be wonderful or a detriment depending on the teacher. The students keep the same teacher for two years until 6th grade. This was wonderful for K-1 but I think the kids could benefit from switching teachers every year after that. The small class sizes and no cafeteria are a plus!
I love this school!! Both of my children are students here. The sense of community and students, parents, and very importantly teachers are wonderful. In our so far 9 years with CFCI there have been NO major complaints that I as a parent have had, and the minor ones were addressed, resolutions to problems actually occur here. If you are looking for a school with a strong sense of community and the best teaching programs in our area, this is it (for us, anyway).
This school has done an excellent job of creating a nurturing cozy environment while also challenging students to think independently. Test scores are fantastic here despite the fact that they do not "teach to the test". There are no textbooks and there is very little homework, but students here are prepared in ways that are rivaled only by the two best private schools in town. The social curriculum emphasized over the first 6 weeks creates a respectful and cooperative bully-free environment, perhaps aided by the fact that all of the children at CFCI are there by choice. It lacks the large sports facilities of other public schools, but it does have a gym for PE and band performances. There is also first rate support for "exceptional" children, i.e. kids with ADD or other similar issues. This is essentially a private school experience without the expense.
This school is amazing! Every child is cared for, and the kids are so nice. The classes are small, so the teacher can really concentrate on each child's learning. The teachers are kind, and know how to teach the fun way. It's a little advanced in learning, but both my children (on now in 10th, and one in 6th) were able to catch right up. I definitely recommend this school to everyone.
I love that my children are valued as individuals & that teachers are able to have the freedom to bring out the best in the kids!
I love the inquiry based way of learning, my children are thriving there.
Cape Fear Center for Inquiry has been a wonderfully positive experience for our family. Smaller class sizes, constant communication between teachers and families, achievable goals, and a learning environment where kids can fully explore the topics that interest them all combine to make this a school that I would highly recommend to anyone.
Why my family loves CFCI ... The small class sizes allow for more individualized teaching/learning; students are taught to think critically and learn through inquiry (ask questions and research the answers); all students participate in Spanish, art, PE and music; the social environment is one of team work and kindness; and the teachers and staff are incredibly devoted to their students!
The classroom sizes are small so individual attention can be provided and kids are able to learn at their own pace while staying within the curriculum standards. We have several 'specials' classes - art, spanish, music, computers - for which I'm very thankful in these days of budget cuts.
The Cape Fear Center for Inquiry does a wonderful job at keeping children interested in learning!
Cape Fear Center for Inquiry nurtures and develops kids' interest in learning and wanting to know more. The school turns out responsible, considerate and knowledgeable young adults.
Cape Fear Center for Inquiry is the best school ever! Inquiry based, hands-on learning helps our students succeed.
My child attended CFCI for the first year 2008-2009.High marks for the safe and respectful atmosphere that my child experienced. There is no tolerance for fighting, cursing, drug use, gang activity, or other adverse environmental hazards found in any other school in the NH Co. We were previously being forced (by districting away from our neighborhood) thanks to the NHCO school board to a school with a myriad of social problems including administration and teachers who were unable or unwilling to gain control of the environment and looked the other way most of the time. It has been a true blessing that we found CFCI. It is important to be vigilant with assessing your child's educational progress because there is a large amount of automony for students. Your child can be successful at CFCI with guidance from home and CFCI. Even without after school sports or cafeteria...this school makes the grade!
I am a CFCI middle school student in the 8th grade this year. I would stongly recommend it to anybody. The nurturing environment here is one that you will not find at other schools. We have a new director this year at CFCI, and a lot of restructuring going into place this year. Our new director is a wonderful man and can only take CFCI upward from here. As for special needs students, they get just as much treatment as anybody else, with our own EC staff and counselor. I love CFCI, the teachers and kids included. This really is the best kept secret of NHC public schools.
This school has a great mission and vision. The teachers have a great deal of autonomy and since technically they report to the board and not to the director, there hasn't always been oversight and correction if they stray from the philosophy and expectations of the school. Most teachers are great and as a team work well in this flat structure. The ones who don't do well though, (usually those with less experience or buy-in to the philosophy) cause problems for the rest. Policies do little if there is no one to govern them. Changes are underway for 2008-9, including changes in leadership and and more curriculum support. If CFCI sticks to its mission except making it even stronger and more consistent, by setting clear expectations and non-negotiables and finding ways to back it up, it can easily become the best school in the county.
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