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School leader HEATHER RAULS

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8416 N Ih-35
Austin, TX 78753

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4 stars
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July 17, 2014
My children have been students at Cedars for the last four years or so.. They've had exceptional experiences there and these positive lessons will remain with them for the rest of their lives! The teachers are very nurturing and caring, the student body very close, and the academics are rigorous! My son said in July, 'I love the summer, but I cant wait for school to begin'. This is truly a testiment to this amazing school. The Superintendent, principal, teachers, and front office secretary all are special people. The principal is . . .WONDERFUL and has help take this school several levels forward. She is so outgoing and understanding. The teachers are passionate about learning, and in turn the children are too. They also have afterschool programs where my children further their education through field trips, technology, music, and sports. Overall, a great public charter school education compared to other public and private school choices.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
I love and appreciate the team here at Cedars! This has been a challenging year for my son and I due to family transitions and I truly feel like the decision we made to come to Cedars has been one of the best decisions we have ever made. My son likes coming to Cedars and I believe that is largely due to the fact that he feels loved and supported here, which has been extremely helpful for us this year. "It takes a village to raise a child", and I feel privileged to be a part of this village. Thank you Cedars for your continued support!

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2014
I have to disagree with the post on June 25, 2013. I am a parent and have been a parent for the past 7 years. I have never experienced any issues with the communications with the school or any of the teachers. The school does parent orientation at the beginning of every year where they go over the various ways to receive communication, they give parents access to review grades online any time, and the teachers communicate well through email. All a parent needs to do is contact the front office to gain access to the online grades. I have found that by communicating regularly through email with the teachers & asking how my children are doing, that the same level of communication is reciprocated.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2013
I cannot speak this on all the teachers at Cedars International Academy, but there is a lack of communication from the teachers to the parents. Teachers are not informing parents prior to a child's grades declining. There is no indication of problems, until the progress report comes out and a shortage in time for the problem to be corrected. This school has the potential to be a great school, yet if the communication system is not improved, student academic rated will decline.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2011
I disagree with this negative review as both a school staff member and a parent. As a member of the staff, I am proud to say that we have made major strides here at Cedars in both terms of academics and school culture. Academically, we are a recognized school where our students' learning is our number one priority. As a school, we have become a tight knit group and that learns from each other. I am proud to say that we only had to hire 2 new teachers this year (we have a total of 15 certified teachers on staff). As a parent, I am very selective in where I send my children. All of my other children attended private schools in elementary. Yet, I am proud that my child attends Cedars. His teacher is phenomenal! She is innovative, caring, highly structured and caters instruction to his needs. The administrative team is positive and the members are very invested in the community as instructional leaders and school families. Discipline and structure guidelines have been in place since before school started this year. This is one community that is moving forward in a positive and exciting manner!

- submitted by a teacher
July 31, 2011
This is a great elementary school, however, administration does not know how to handle middle school. The discipline policy is reactive rather than proactive, which reinforces terrible habits in students. In addition, teachers are given insufficient amount of time to properly prepare lessons. The teacher retention rate speaks for itself.

- submitted by a teacher
March 18, 2011
This school has provided my students with everything they need to be successful. I am very happy with the progress they are making. Dr. Diaz is very easy to talk to and willing to listen to the parents. I especially like the diversity of the population at this school

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2011
The school has what schools around it need to have. It provides its students with hands on learning, small class size, and teachers that strive to ensure the students exceed their own expectations. It may be smaller in size, but it makes up for it in education, dedication, and individuality. I would definitely recommend this school for parents looking for a new school for their child(ren).

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2011
I read some of the reviews and I honestly have no idea what some people are saying. My children have been at the school for over two years and their teachers are absolutely wonderful. Some work does come from edhelper, which many schools use! What is so bad about it? Its a great website, that allows students to get presented with information being taught in class a number of times. However, they don't just use edhelper, other educational books are used. Test scores for my children, as well as other parents I've talked to have increased. The teachers work hard and are dedicated to the students, You get what you can't get at the surrounding schools. They have smaller class sizes, hands on learning, and interactive teaching techniques. They are just wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2011
The staff & teachers are very caring and make the school feel like a community.My children have been at Cedars over 4 years and during this time they have developed strong study habbits and have built a solid learning foundation.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2011
This is my sons second year at CIA and he is very happy to be here. The principal and staff share a very cohesive working relationship. The staff is dedicated to building an environment of academic and social growth. The PTO is also a very important asset to the campus, working tirelessly for the needs of the students.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2011
Great students, teachers, and staff. Wonderful warm inviting environment. Challenging curriculum, great cafeteria, growing campus, pride is evident among the community.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2010
In my opinion, the teachers who left needed to go. Many were yellers and not good at classroom management. The kids at Cedars are generally very good kids, many are extremely bright and creative, but most come from working families who may lack some of the resources more posh districts have. The thing I love about Cedars is the small school atmosphere and the deication to the whole child. Classes are as small as ten kids and none are larger than 18.

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2010
There is nothing international about Cedars so do not let the name fool you. It is the dedicated teachers who work far beyound the call of duty that keep the school going. However, 10 or more of these great and caring teachers have left this school year. Many of these teachers have been there for years. Please do your research, visit the school and investigate before enrolling your child.

- submitted by a community member
June 05, 2010
10 out of 22 teachers leaving after this school year? In my opinion, some of thier best teachers. Sending your children here is a roll of the dice. In addition, there seems to be much misleading information on the schools website. Do your research.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating May 06, 2010
Cedars is an excellent school. We have been so happy her and my children have blossomed.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 09, 2010
This is our first year at this school and I just love it!! I love my daughters teacher, she is the best, and I can tell she genuinely cares for her students!!! Dr. Diaz does a great job interacting with the students and parents. The faculty here from the janitor, office personnel, cafeteria staff to the teachers is just great.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2010
I have been to the school and seen kids throwing chairs around on the playground. I did not see any adults interrupt the bad behavior. The school has had several plumbing problems this year. The only reason I even go near this school is because I have to pick up my stepson. I would never put my children at this school and the first chance we get we will be moving my stepson. Homework comes from EdHelper.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 04, 2009
Teachers do not always communicate. would also like positive feedback too. Teachers should communicate ASAP when see children starting to fall short in work ethics instead of waiting and give kids a bad grade. Teachers should use the communication log daily. Teachers/Teachers aid should notify parents ASAP when an accident/inncident occurs; should not here from the children.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2009
Awesome school! Teachers really care about the students and respect the teachers. All three of my kids will attend in the Fall.

- submitted by a parent
July 05, 2008
originally the division of the younger and older children appeared to be a good idea and in some instances it has been, however, the principal is no where to be found on the old campus. Many of the children are provided more relaxed rules which in the end of the year begain to get the best of many of them. The controll changed hands from teacher to student. And what most bothers me is the fact that written rule has no standing! It truely is a matter of not wanting to take the steps to deal those who can not follow rules.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2008
My son is in his first year and we love the small size and caring community. Even as a kindergartener, my son has been encouraged to work hard--his reading and math are strong and the school has made that happen. I have not seen any bullying, etc.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 29, 2007
My children attended the school and most of the teachers are care; but there are some whose classroom is very disruptive and not condusive to learning. The discipline is terrible and the cirriculum is mediocre at best.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2007
I have to agree with the parent who stated this school lacks discipline. I have noticed and witnessed children out of control. Many of the older students often use profanity on campus and children are running around the cafeteria and parking lot. I think most of the teachers do care about their students and are doing an adequate job. The problem is the type of children who attend this school or should I say parents (the apple doesn t fall from the tree) Parents often drive too fast in the parking lot which is too small. Many parents are rude and cut other cars off when attempting to pick their children up from school. My family has had enough and will not be returning to Cedars.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2007
My son is now in his second year. He really has benefited from the reading tutoring program. He has done really well in a small group. The teacher is very caring. He enjoys the Art and after school programs too. I like the diversity of the school. And it has some really caring wonderful teachers.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2006
This is my childs 1st year at Cedars. I have truly enjoyed the school so far. I love the teacher to student ratio. I love that there is time for the teacher to engage with each student and ascess each childs need. The enviroment is very warming a sense of family working together to help educate and instill good morals into the students. I think that everyone wants what is best for their childs education. I think that Cedars is a great place to start.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2006
I have to agree that Ceders intentions are good, but fall a bit short because there too many children there with behavioral problems. I understand that they are an open enrollment charter; however, they need to get a tougher discipline policy. My son attended kindergarten there last year and was afraid of many of the other students. I am currently looking for a more suitable charter. The school has also out grown it's current facility and should consider finding a new location to accommodate it's growth. There are some great teachers at Cedars who obviously love their jobs, but there are also some scary students their that make me feel uneasy. If I am unable to find another suitable charter in time for the fall, I would rather send my son back to public school.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
March 06, 2006
We are highly impressed with this school. The teachers are great and the aftercare programs are exceptional.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2006
Charter schools always sound great on paper, any I do believe this one has the greatest of intentions. I know the teachers work very hard and are definitely there for the love of teaching. Teachers in charter schools are generally there because they are attracted to the freedom of being able to create a difficult, hopefully better and indivualized curriculum. Unfortunately, charter schools ofter become a last resort for difficult students who cannot function in the public school environment. I don't think Cedars is an exception. The special ed dept is incredibly overworked and can only handle so many students that need extra attention.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2005
We left this school in the middle of the year. My child did manage to learn some things while there, but the social environment was a wreck. Parents are apathetic & teachers' discipline plan is to simply send children to the principal's office several times a day. Curriculum not terribly inspiring - lots of worksheets and coloring books pages and tv watching. Unfortunately, not unusual for public school.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2005
I have 2 children at Cedars, this is our 1st year there. My children are falling behind. They seem to teach on a slower pace than most public and other charter schools we've been familiar with. I have a straight A son who is having problems with the 5th TAKS test because Cedars hasn't taught fractions this year (a state requirement). I don't get anything other than a generic letter asking me to study with my child. I've called and ask questions, but don't feel there is enough 'teaching' here. To me and my child this school seems to teach on the slowest students level, leaving the faster-paced students behind. My children LOVE the school, but with the curriculum leaving them behind I find myself looking for something differant next year.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2005
This is a great school for children who are emerging from the home school environment to a classroom. My child loves this school and feels at home with the comfortable environment. The only thing is that the waiting list can fill up fast.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2004
My grandson is in kindergarten this year. I am a retired teacher and am reall impressed with the school. Keep up the good work.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2004
Our child has attended this school since kindergarten. We chose the school because of its low student to teacher ratio, compassion of its teaching staff and its philosophy of helping every student achieve and excel beyond the state knowledge requirements. As a new school, Cedars has continued to develop and grow. They have a number of older students that have qualified for magnet programs as a result of the education that can only be recieved as part of a small school with small student to teacher ratios. Cedars provides an educational experience that should be seriously investigated by all parents who are actively involved in their child's education.

- submitted by a parent
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Cedars International Academy
8416 N Ih-35, Austin, TX  78753
(512) 419-1551
Last modified Cedars International Academy is a Charter school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Cedars International Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 36 reviews. Top