Excellent Staff, Excellent academics. The best thing about this school is the dedication to actual learning and not a standardized test.
Honestly I always thought a PTA was a glorified way for stay at home moms to compete with each other for best mom title. Seeing our PTA in action & seeing how a PTA is supposed to be run completely changed not only my view of PTAs in general but also my overall view of this school. Communication is the biggest problem with this school & I feel slowly but surely our PTA is closing the gap. You know what I love about a lot of the activities our PTA has brought is that they really are family activities where everyone has to put down their technology & spend time together. Between the chess club & sets, the Witte sleepover, & the symphony 4pk of tickets, I have had more relationship bonding time with my daughter doing really memorable activities that I wouldn't have had the opportunity to do if it hadn't been brought by the PTA. I don't know if this school would be as awesome without our PTA.
I am disappointed and angry at the way this school is being run. The staff almost make the curriculum a secret and do not give parents enough credit to help their kids at home. The communication between parents and staff is almost non-existent. I believe that they think that since the majority of the children come from low-income households that the parents don't really have time or care enough to advocate for their children. The secretaries are unprofessional. Many of the teachers are in over their heads. The principal is not very accessible and has been programmed to say the right thing to keep you quite until the next thing that sets you off. I was surprised to hear that she does not support nor care much about the awesome PTA that was organized this year. Despite her lack of interest or support, the PTA has done many great things for the kids. I've never heard of a school that did not yearn for more parental involvement! There is a bullying problem that has not been addressed and the administration is NOT willing to have a meeting with parents to address their concerns. This only discourages anyone to come forward. When will the parents be heard?
This is my daughter's first and LAST year at this school. Everything I was "sold" on about being a school that prepares students for college has been just talk. There are some good teachers here who work really hard but there are SO many disruptive and rude students who act like they don't even want to learn that it affects all the kids who really do want to learn. The principal and assistant principal don't do anything about these disruptive kids except avoid parents when they come to speak with them. Then if a miracle happens and you do get a chance to speak with her, she's so rude it's like she has no social skills, speaks down to you and is like a cold robot. My daughter was above grade level when she came to this school but has complained that the teachers only teach the things she learned last year because of where the other students are. This isn't fair to my child or other students who don't need remedial help. Whoever runs this organization needs to think about the people they hire to run their schools because this new principal is horrible which is why so many parents have already taken their kids out.
The "idea" of college 4 everyone is great compared 2 many of the local ISD's - the sad part is the school is all talk & does nothing 2 develop the whole child except drill test prep in 2+hours of instruction for all the kids regardless of their needs. Sadly, there are no extracurriculars except a quick 20 minute recess. Only the older kids get 2 participate in sports & that is SO unorganized - no schedules, transportation, etc. Parent input about ANYTHING is a joke - communication is NON- existent & even though there's an organized & competent PTA, they aren't even able 2 do much because the schools administration is so anti-parent it's like a communism. The former principal was visible, greeted students & parents EVERY morning & everyone knew who he was. The new principal has been there 4 months & barely anyone knows who she is except that she's condescending & belittles students, parents & even staff w/her tone! Hopefully the organization sees that San Antonio IS NOT the Valley where IDEA is popular & sees that Urban San Antonio students & families have different needs & it takes MORE than academics 2 prepare students 2 compete 4 top colleges.
I'm beyond disappointed with Idea Carver Academy. The staff is careless and incompetent. Their communication skills are horrible , almost non existent. The children are scared to talk about what goes on in the school for fear they will be in trouble after the parents speak to the school staff. Speaking to the staff about any issues is pointless either way. Whether you speak to the teacher directly, the teacher assistant, the office staff, the principal, the assistant principal of operations, even the communications director, it just won't make a difference. This school is not a good environment to help children thrive and build self confidence. My heart hurts every morning I have to drop off my child at school not knowing what else might happen.
I had high hopes for this school. My son had always been an A-B kind of kid and when we transferred to Carver Academy, his grades decreased dramatically. He lost interest in school and we learned he was being bullied almost every day. We talked to teachers, counselor, and the principal but NOTHING was done. No sports were offered nor any kind of energy release. Their afterschool care was just keeping the kids at the front door while waiting for their parents. NO plan whatsoever! My son slowed down in his reading level when he used to read avidly every day!! We were assured the school would make dramatic changes this year so we decided to give it a vote of confidence again. BIG mistake!! My son is being bullied again and nothings is changing. What they preach is way different from what they do. I am considering others schools right now or even homeschooling my son.
okay okay, I know my child has not attended this school, but I really NEED to voice my concerns. The year my son was entering kinder, Carver was switched to Idea. On paper it looked excellent. I was excited to know that I could afford to send him there (since it is free). I went to orientation and was horrified. No exaggeration. I homeschooled my son, I have been formally trained in childhood education/development so I have some knowledge in this matter. My son was reading above a kinder level. They told me he didn't know how read! I asked them to retest him, and they gave me some information on how the children were tested. Their testing methods are completely flawed. I am not sending him there, I found another school to send him too, I just hope Idea humbles out and do better for their children
Disappointing transition from private school. My children have learned all the cursewords and seen more fights than ever before. They have learned less and I fear will be behind in the public schools. Curriculum is a script that is strictly followed. Students advance in groups not on individual merit as they claim. Staff say it will get better as the children learn the system. I can't let my children be part of the experiment for the rest of this year much less a 2nd one. The quality and character has decreased significantly.
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