I want to review Treetops Charter School as a teacher. During the 2004/2005 school year the teachers worked very hard across campus to see that our students were successful. Unfortunately, there was very little support from the administration. All discipline had to come from the teachers because the director refuses to deal with it. When she does it often consists of just moving a student from one class to another or calling the student's parent. As far as TAKS goes, teachers went out of their way to help students succeed. We were not, however, given any support by the director. We had few supplies and there was no positive feedback for our efforts such as showing up on Saturdays to tutor students in danger of failing. After all this work 9 of 24 teachers were asked to leave this year. Be wary of this school!
There is a severe lack of administrative authority. Only 9 of 21 teachers were hired for next year. The school is very unhygenic. The teachers have little support and the classrooms are very chaotic. Think twice before sending your child here. If there is a school here next fall.
We originally chose Treetops because of it's potential to reach all types of learners. We were very disappointed! The Head of School was more concerned with her power structure than what was good for students and learning. She was unprofessional in her handling of parent complaints. Texas TAKS scores have plunged. Half the faculty have not been renewed for next year. This school once had great potential but it has none under the current administration.
Half the faculty was not renewed for next year. Texas state mandatory test scores (TAKS) scores have fallen dramatically! Some teachers take the time with students, others do not. Leadership is arbitrary. Not the time to come here! It was better when it was a private school.
Treetops is growing and thriving! Change is hard for people to accept. TEA has recognized Treetops as a viable charter school, not anywhere near closing. Thank you for being a wonderful place for my children to learn and develop into young responsible adults. The students are active in community service projects, peer tutoring, and self exploration. Thank you to Ms. Lou for being such a good leader. Treetops is a school of choice and I for one am so grateful that it is!
My daughter enjoyed the montessori approach to whatever subjects they could for 4th grade, and it turned her into a lover of Science. Most of her teachers were sweet and understanding of her learning differences.
The quality of education has gone down drastically. I believe that most of the staff are well meaning. However, the lack of resources and leadership is overwhelming. Parents who try to get involved are not welcome and students who are disruptive are allowed to continue. It is too bad, because the potential is there.
The school is going down hill fast. Lack of administrative support is directly reflected in the high rate of teacher burn out. There is a lack of substitute teachers causing classes to be 'free periods'. Most of the classes are comprised of children(in jr/sr high) whom have problematic behaviors. The principal lacks administrative skills and the campus seems to be one step away from being closed by the TEA. It is sad to see a center that once prided itself in naturalistic student centered learning is now barely able to meet TEKS criteria.
This school is simply not for everyone. Our experience hasn't been great..and there's been a large turnover. Make sure of what you need for your child before enrolling; ask questions and observe if possible.
I have been at treetops for three years now. It is amazing how well the teachers are able to give all students a quality education no matter what their strengths and weaknesses are. The children receive more time to interact socially and learn how to be respectful human beings. This is something that is lacking at most public schools. All children are treated equally and the teachers want all children to be successful in their own way which is so important.
Treetops has made significant changes to strengthen the curriculum, the faculty, and attempting to maintain the integrity of the mission statement. When parents do not get their way they complain, want to change the philosophy of the school to suit their own needs and often demand that their child be given special priviledges. I have been attending the Board meetings, volunteering on campus, and active in my high school students extracurricular activities. Treetops has allowed him to become who he is, encouraged exploration of normal adolescence in a safe environment and educated him to his ability. I am very thankful for this school.
The positive reviews here are a result of the administration asking us (the parents) to post favorable reviews. I wonder if they asked the many parents whose children were harmed in this environment. Check out the facts before you trust your precious child to this place. Ask for the number of students who have withdrawn during the school year. Ask how many students in the high school have been in this 'ideal' environment for any length of time. Teachers' certification may be checked at WWW.sbec.state.tx.us All that is needed is a first and last name. The lack of certified teachers is shocking. The terrible TAKS scores are a logical consequence of the teachers' seeming inability to follow Texas' state mandated curriculum. It's called TEKS...and is available to anyone on the state website. Ask questions. Get an accurate picture. (One that does not just come from the front office or tour guides.)
This school lacks funding to the point to where it effects the quality of education the students receive at Treetops. The teachers don't get paid what other teachers in public and private schools get paid, so how can anyone really expect the teachers to put in extra effort? I gave my heart and soul to this school, but when my 9th grader failed three classes last year (2003-2004), and a large number of students failed the TAKS test,I seriously questioned the quality of education my child received. And the fact that there is no sports program,and the current P.E. program needs major improvements! I sincerely hope this school will get the necessary funding it requires to function at its fullest potential.
Treetops is led by dedicated professionals? Yes, a few teachers are very dedicated to education. Others don't seem to care. When teachers are searching backpacks without probable cause, when teachers are grading the same homework paper turned in seven times by seven different students in one class period, I wouldn't call that professional or teaching.
What do we hope for our kids? Among other things, we want them to enjoy learning, think for themselves, respect other people and their ideas, take care of the environment, and grow up to be decent, caring adults and productive citizens. Our son, now a graduate of a top-rated college, credits what he learned, how he learned, and who he learned from at Treetops with much of his success. We concur. We encourage parents to look to Treetops as a partner in the development of their children. -L. Bateman
Look before you leap at this school. It might be a good idea to interview many parents and students before you make a decision.
Uninfomred people continue to slander this small school. The overall teacher certification, as well as advanced degrees surpass state minimums by far. The TAKS scores across the state dropped, and Treetops was no exception. A plan was in place the day the scores were released, thanks to the planning of the principal. The Board does it's job effectively without micro managing the school, as it was designed to do. Charter schools are schools of 'choice' so if parents are unhappy perhaps they should exercise that choice and move on. Treetops cares, educates, and is led by dedicated professionals.
This school has great potential, because some teachers are highly qualified, but others are not. The TAKS results this year were dismal. The school board needs more dedicated members who have a vested interest in the school, and who will hold the principal accountable. The 22 acres could be used more effectively as a teaching resource.
I have a daughter who will be starting kindergarten at Treetops in the fall. I have extensively observed the teaching at Treetops and I am very impressed. The teachers care about their students and take time to actually teach them and not a test. The students' opinions are respected and they are provided with opportunities to express them. Students are provided with many outside opportunities to learn including community service based field trips, international travel among others. Obviously the parent who wrote a negative comment did not bother to observe what happens all over this campus on a day to day basis.
I know this school is not a 'traditional' school, and that is a very good thing in this case. Yes, they are underfunded, and yes, they don't have everything that a normal school has in equipment and resources. But by the same token, they don't have the rampant drugs, fighting, overcrowding, and atmosphere of other public schools either. You don't have to worry about gang fights in the parking lot, you don't have to worry about a student bringing a gun or knife to the classroom to do harm to a fellow student or teacher. You don't have metal detectors and police officers assigned to the school. You don't have an administration that is uncaring about their student body, and attempts to maintain the status quo in a test-mandated system. We need more teachers, students, and yes, schools like Treetops. I, for one, am proud to be part of this.
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