I understand that it is a charter school, and so there are less funds for special services, but there are some kids that are receiving little to no help. kids that need to move around in class are in small classrooms where they will be distracting to others and then get into trouble. kids are not allowed to talk at lunch.
I am not so sure about how Newman really deal properly with bullying 'cause my son reported that there are kids "who doesn't care about him and doesn't wanna be friends with him". No child should feel this way if the school fosters friendly environment and good relationship among students.
Great schools are formed from the top down.
Dansby struggled communicating with parents. Phone calls, voicemails, and emails went unanswered. Very disappointing. Over four years, I received no communication with her.
There were a lot of new teachers which made each year different... Over the four years we were enrolled we encountered some very passionate teachers a good portion as "specials" teachers. Of course you appreciate the fun your kiddos experience throughout the day, you also understand that the STATE recommendations aren't impressed with specials. However, there were a lot of teachers that were there as a holding place. Only taking the position until an administrative position became available. During a parent conference, my sons third grade teacher indicated her true passion was to be a counselor and her studies for her masters classes keep her up as she pursue her true passion. Which I admire, but not when 8 year olds suffer and instead of engaging lessons are given worksheets and BrainPOP videos to replace the teacher. No good.
The lack of engagement in the classrooms spills over to the homework.
Lack of feedback when an error is made on checked homework is difficult to reinforce effectiveness. Teacher doesn't go over the errors.