My daughter spent a happy two years here, then administration changed and things went downhill fast. The elementary kids are now all crowded on a campus that was just meant for grades K-2. 4th and 5th graders using that tiny furniture is ridiculous. The teachers are actually fabulous and care very much, but the administration does not seem to back them up. My daughter had enough bullying issues with a particular student yet he was still in class to torment her another day. He should have been out the school. I withdrew her due to bullying and the principal didn't even have a word to say to me. You'd think she would have been apologizing for me feeling like I needed to pull my daughter who was a fabulous student and not a behavior problem, but she didn't say a word. The teachers were supportive. I hope the school turns things around because they do have great teachers there that could make it a great school if the administration worked out.
It breaks my heart that this school has deteriorated in such a short time. The passing of Dr. Deleon and the loss of her great administrators have left this school in disarray. I can't tell you the countless phone calls I have received from parents regarding where they can take their children. It is so sad to hear about the constant threat of expulsion that is delivered to so many students; simply because the new staff has no clue what to do with kids that need a little extra help. This is not a school, but has turned into a vulture's pit. They should remember the child always comes first!
Kids are not safe. No monitoring the play ground. Lots of name calling and bullying. Teachers are not respected. Kids do what they want 5-9 grades are the worst. You child with come home speaking street slang and curse words.
This is now an alternative school with juvenile delinquents. Even the elematry school has been affected. They were so desperate to grow fast they marketed and attracted a horrible incoming of delinquents. New students have created many safety issues. The old administration had a lot problems, they lacked structure and school was poorly run before. Now the front office at the high school and elematry school are run a million times better. But safety continues to be a problem this year. These problems never existed before. New students ruined the school not the new staff.
I was enrolling my child at the art school, with the belief that he was going to become educated in this unique environment. After speaking to many current and many past teachers, the new Superintendent is reverting back to the ole' school system.. Might as well look at the reputable charters now.... I thought my child would be going somewhere unique.....
Sent via email - so sad.....
The new school management currently cutting all the programs that it is so well known for. It was a wonderful art integrated, technology driven school with the latest technology and the best teachers. Most of the teachers have left or been fired by the new management and I understand that most of the programs are being cut from the curriculum. It is reverting to your basic 3 r's school. I would not enroll my child here.
This school has teachers that genuinely care about their students and provides decent education in arts and music to high schoolers. That being said, the special education department is SEVERELY out of compliance and needs to be audited immediately. If you have a child with special needs and think they will benefit from the small classes and close-knit community, think again. You would do much better to send your child to a different school.