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Kipp Coastal Village4
Posted May 13, 2014
- a parent
My son has attended KCV since Pre-K, he is in the third grade now. As other parents have mentioned, he is happy to go to school everyday and rarely wants to leave. He is performing far about grade level in both math and reading, and that is largely because teachers at KCV are trained to differentiate for their students, allowing them to work at their own level and grow with no restrictions, at their own pace. KCV employs passionate and smart teachers who use research based and innovative curriculum in their classrooms. I only give 4 stars because I am apprehensive about the change from KIPP control to GISD control; I hope that GISD can retain the best teachers and continue on with different and rich curriculum, it does not operate like a GISD school, academically. Also, I noticed a slight change in curriculum direction with the loss of Lynn Barnes. Here's to hoping!
Our daughter is excelling at KIPP Coastal Village. In the first grade , but reading at third grade level and above her grade level in math as well. She loves learning and loves school, and loves her teacher. Our Second child is in PreK 3 and loves her school as well, as well as the after school care at 21 st century. In PreK3 she spells her own name, knows her numbers, shapes, and many other things. We have found the PreK teachers and our child's first grade teacher to be excellent, and both our children have developed bonds with their teachers.
Do you remember that episode of The Simpsons where the family moved to a new town and Bart was placed in the remedial class in his new school? Bart was frustrated that as a fourth grader, the teacher was still teaching the class basic letter sounds. He questioned the teaching method, saying, "Wait, so we're supposed to catch up by going SLOWER than the other classes?!" That scene pretty much sums up our experience with KIPP Coastal Village. Mid-year in first grade, my child who was performing above grade level was chastised in class for being bored with learning the very basics of reading and math every day. My child would dread going to school because she knew her letters and basic addition to 10. She wanted to learn more but was prevented from doing so because the majority of her class did not have basic reading and math skills.
This school is not safe for any child!The principal asked for this information to be kept quiet!!A male,a stranger has been going around hugging and kissing on children.A little girl and along with other children.The principal was informed about this man.The male has two grandchildren who attend KIPP,so this was the principals excuse as to why this man is allowed to enter the school around other children unsupervised and allowed to receive physical contact from children with or without parents knowledge of physical contact.Very bad principal.He is a disgusting poor excuse of a human being for not doing his job to protect our children.The police have been notified.If you want a safe school for your child this is not it!
This school has overcome many obstacles... and it is over coming another with flying colors. The teachers and learning have NEVER been short of amazing. In fact I cannot say enough about my children s teachers Ms. Settle and Ms. Gonzales. My children love going to school... they hate when I come to pick them up. School is fun and both of my children have exceeded expectations for their age and grade level. My son is in the 99% for math out of the entire nation. He was in the top 50 kids for star testing last year in our county. He is not in an advanced class. One of the things that I love is that they teach the student, not the class. If a child is having trouble they pull that child out and teach one on one. The children doing well never get held back they keep advancing them. The parents that are involved are wonderful however being one of the parents in the KPA I can say we would love more help. BUT that is normal in every school. No school is perfect. I can t expect 100% of the parents to help out with fundraisers, even though it would be nice ;) Regardless, I can honestly say that the Staff love those kids and they go above and beyond.
I would like to refute the statement that learning came to a halt made by the parent in the previous review. My child has been attending KIPP for four years and is reading well above grade level, did excellently on benchmark tests, loves school, and has an excellent teacher. There are occasional behavioral issues with some of the children in the classroom. This is part of growing up and being part of a diverse group of students. One thing that could improve is parental involvement.
This would have been our third year at KCV. We were previously very pleased with the education, school culture and diversity of the students. However, in the 2013-14 school year, some very disturbing changes occurred. Learning came to a halt, and the formerly very strong emphasis on the WHISPER values (Wisdom, Honor, Internal Control, Spirit, Persistence, Excellence and Relationships) became nonexistent. What was once a calm, excellent learning environment turned into classrooms with rampant, sometimes dangerous misbehavior from the students which is being tolerated by the new principal. I was left with no choice but to remove my children mid-year for fear of their safety.
This is my sons second year at Kipp and we couldn't be happier. This school is very diverse and dedicated to the students. As if the 10 hour days weren't enough to prove the teachers determination they encourage and work one on one with parents to help insure that your child is reaching they're full poteintional. This is an amazing school that turns no child away and truly cares for every student. The new principle is a very friendly man who has taken to the Kipp family very we'll, he works with the students and parents on any issue that my arise and shows a passion to make this school even better. The curriculum is outstanding along with there values system, my son is learning Spanish, Legos, chess, art, technology and has PE as well. Overall this school works extremely hard to prepair our children for the future.
To the parent that posted recently. KIPP is not behind. KIPP teaches so that they know and understand what they are learning. Where as other schools teach to memorize. For instance in math... You will find that this is taught completely different than you and I learned back when we were in school. When kids are taught to memorize they will remember for a bit but completely forget soon after. I was concerned last year about the math... Not anything else because if you look at reading and everything thing else they are so much more advanced than other schools. In math I was concerned, until I was explained how and what kipp was doing. Then I went to the middle school and was amazed. The children didn't have to use paper to work out their math. They knew how to work the problem in their heads and FAST because they understood the problem. They would not have been able to do this with the traditional memorization. ( which they forget FYI ) I am truly saddened that you didn't wait for more than a few weeks. You would have seen this. Had you spoken to the head of the school or the KPA they would have shown you. Your child would have gotten a fantastic and real education at KIPP.