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It has been a disappointment having my 3 kids here. One of my kids has a learning disability in reading and is 3 grades below her grade level but I was told that she can t attend tutoring because she s not as low as the other kids. This has greatly affected her self-esteem and now she doesn't even want to go to school. My daughter on the other hand is 1 years above grade level but the school does nothing to challenge or engage her. The bullying is out of control and she's often teased and called a nerd & teacher's pet because she reads a lot & has manners. My oldest son is just above grade level but the kids in his overcrowded class are so rude & disruptive that he can barely focus on learning & the teachers can hardly control the behaviors. We have had 4 principals in 2 years and this year alone my son has had 4 different teachers quit! The administration keeps asking families to bear with them until the new building comes and things get better. Even if they have to go to 3 different schools, I have to do whatever it takes so my kids education doesn't suffer any longer.
- submitted by a
October 15, 2014
This is my daughter's 2nd & LAST year here. Everything I was "sold" about being a school that prepares students for college has been just talk. There were some good teachers here last year who worked really hard but they all left! Who could blame them? There are SO many disruptive students who don't want to learn that it affects all the other kids. My daughter complains that she can't focus in her AR class with 40+ students, 10 computers & 1 teacher. The new principal & the assistant principal who came from IDEA South Flores don't do anything about these disruptive kids except avoid parents when they come to speak with them. Then if a miracle happens & you do get to speak with either of them, they are both condescending & speak down to you like you re a child. My daughter was above grade level when she came to this school but has complained that classes are boring and the teachers only teach the things she learned last year because other students are so far behind. This isn't fair to my child or other students who don't need remedial help. At first I was shocked to see so many parents take their kids out last year but now understand why so many more have left this year.
- submitted by a
May 13, 2014
It s sad how the main IDEA website talks about their excellent academics, IB programs and being top 10 nationwide. However they are clearly NOT talking about IDEA Carver. There is nothing excellent about these academics - All the kids do is STAAR test prep. Like some of the other parents said - there s no outlet like art, technology, music or sports. Both of my children have come home stressed out because of the non-stop test prep. Only my older child gets sports but nothing for my younger daughter. PE is a joke because there is no gymnasium & then the kids don t even get PE or recess when it s test prep time! My son said that he has friends who are teased & even bullied during recess because there s not enough staff outside for all the students during recess. It seems like there was no plan before making Carver Christian an IDEA school. This school is nothing like how all the other IDEA schools are described. I have a friend whose sons attend IDEA South Flores even that IDEA school is NOTHING like this one. You can tell the principals and teachers really care about the students over there and actually do whatever it takes to make sure the parents are involved.
- submitted by a
April 17, 2014
As a first year Carver Prep parent, I began the school yr excited and with high expectations... Unfortunately, the realization is that "people" are the makeup of any school. I consider myself very active in my child's education and participation of outside activities. My College Prep child has always had a positive educational experience, no matter her surroundings. I am aware of the negativeness occurring at the school, but neither my child or her academics have been impacted "negatively" speaking... I do however wish the teacher-to-parent communication were more effective. I shall continue to make that extra effort, even if the school does not.
- submitted by a
April 04, 2014
I am extremely disgusted with this "school." To be a real college prep school it should at least have high quality teachers certified to teach middle school; rigorous academics; a variety of enriching classes for students who are advanced; high expectations al& accountability for students, parents & especially the teachers and a competent staff who can communicate effectively with it's' school community - mainly parents. All the school offers is academics which is mediocre at best - of the middle school teachers only one has any sense of classroom management and is even worthy of teaching our children. Another teacher antagonizes & provokes students to a point of no return. Students have brought drugs to school, thrown chairs in fits of rage, bullied other students via cliques, had fights without the administration even knowing, had students wandering around campus "hooking up" and MORE without engaging or properly communicating anything to parents. It's as if parents aren't part of this whole equation.