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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