Any "teacher" at NFCS who "cannot imagine working at any other school" or cites "administrative support" and "constructive feedback" is either privileged enough to be favored by administrators at this school (and this is often a fleeting status, as the pendulum often swings due to those in charge making professional decisions based on emotional reactions), or I have to seriously question the legitimacy of these statements. While there are some passionate and dedicated teachers and staff working here, unfortunately, they lack the necessary support and resources, which should be provided to them by knowledgeable supervisors. Unfortunately, the motto here, which is echoed quite frequently by administration, is that the staff here "wears many hats," setting their employees up for failure due to their thinly stretched capacities and lack of acquired resources and support for these arduous "hats," or rather expectation, which the staff face. While campus administration often stresses a student-centered philosophy, they fail to realize that key to their role as an efficient manager of staff, employees must feel supported and reinforced/acknowledged for their efforts as well.
I teach at New Frontiers and cannot imagine working at any other school. At NFCS we are a family that is dedicated to seeing every child on the campus reach his or her full potential. My colleagues and administrators support me daily by sharing resources and ideas, and helping me grow as a professional. The learning community within which I work helps me grow and improve as a teacher, and ultimately helps me help my children. The leadership on our campus is in our classrooms frequently, guiding and coaching the teachers, and often interacting with the kids. It is the teamwork you find at NFCS that makes the difference!
The teachers and staff at New Frontiers pride themselves on providing an individualized education for students from the community. Since 1998, New Frontiers embraces families from the surrounding area, and supports student development in a variety of capacities. Parents and community members are an integral part of the team and are encouraged to be involved in the education of the children.
San Antonio needs more schools like New Frontiers! I enrolled my child and then we moved. I had to take my student out of the school because they do not have buses at the school. After going to my sons new school I brought him back to New Frontiers eventhough it is far away. The teachers and principals and secretaries love my child and know that education is important.
I have worked at New Frontiers for many years. I love this place and consider it my home away from home. The students, parents and staff are a community that cares for one another, and it shows. Our students have an abundance of opportunities to grow both academically and as leaders. These opportunities include Athletics, Choir, Drama, Student Council, NJHS, Mariachi and the list goes on and on. We pride ourselves in teaching our youth the importance of giving back and engag them in those types of opportunities. The administration is amongst the best there is, for they provide their staff with unparralled support and constructive feedback to be the very best that we can be for our most precious commodity-our students of NFCS.
Run as fast as you can away from this place. The administration and staff are extremely unprofessional, many programs are never followed through with. Some of the administrators do some very ethically questionable things and you are evaluated subjectively. Evaluations do not happen until the last few weeks of school and sometimes not at all. I remember once last year admin coming in to my class for 10 minutes and they based my entire year evaluation off those ten minutes. Admin plays favorites and if you are lucky enough to be in their lunch group then you'll get the choice teaching assignments and comfort of knowing you will not be bullied by them. They only hire young teachers because older, more experienced teachers scare them, because more experienced teachers know that how they run things is so far from ethical and efficient it is scary. The turnover rate is astounding but yet no one in central office stops and asks why is everyone leaving? central office, is a joke and i could go on and on about how ineffective their senior leadership is.
This is my daughter's second year at New Frontiers and all I can say that this school has far exceeded my expectations. My child has shown such progress. The teachers are involved in every aspect of the child's scholarly journey, also they teach the kids that a road of education does not end just at high school but to lift their expectations and get them on the road to college. The school itself is small and everyone knows everyone. At times it does not even feel like a school, it feels more like a family community. I cannot recommend this school enough!!
This school truly cares about the students. They go above and beyond to make parents and kids feel welcome. The new administration has done a great job improving the school. I would recommend this school to anyone who wants a school who looks at their students as more than a number.
The leadership of the school puts more emphasis on money than they do on the children. The principal does not care about the children. The district is top heavy, spends too money on a district office and none on the school. The school does have some great teachers, but the Principal and Assistant Principal do not take their jobs seriously. Both are unprofessional and will retalliate against a child to get back at a parent for speaking up. Many parents fear speaking out about issues at the school in fear of what they will do to their children.
My 4 kids are attending NFCS for the first year. It is truly a good school 1 of of my sons has progressed greatly since switching from public to charter. The teachers are very good. They let you know how your children are doing whether it's good or bad. They will continue to go there.
The Special Education Staff is awesome. My son has done a complete turn around. His teacher Ms. Guerra has lots of patience. I don't have to worry anymore, he has stability at school.
I am amazed at the creativity of the teaching staff. They are constantly trying new things to interest their students and improve their learning. Reading and math nights are offered to bring parents into the loop about the TAKS and what our children are facing. Principal's coffee and PTO meetings are available for parents to air out issues. Parents are also welcomed and encouraged to attend board meetings. The school has come very far and is continuing to improve.
NFCS has done wonders in the short period it has been operating. Those of us who watched it change management, curriculum, staff and student population can attest to grand gains. Within the last four years with the input of the leadership team, students have made academic progress, found outlets for their talents beyond the classroom and done it all in a safe and nurturing environment. The heart of this school is the people -- a lot of hard working people.
New Frontiers has continually made efforts to better the all around situations at the school. Test scores show that. All I can say is 'you can't please all of the people all of the time.' And that goes for any school. And to the the person who posted in Aug 2005 and said that they are forced to adhere to public school regulations with private school funding...you're wrong. There is no private school funding at NFCS, did you pay for your child(ren) to go to school here? In my experienct the teachers are professional and always helpful. I feel that the school has come a long way in the 6 years we've been there.
This is going to be great one day, but at this time all I can say is teachers are great. It is that they do not have the computers or enough teachers for the childern. I hope in the future they do well. Thank to the teachers. Happy Mom.
New Frontiers is making great progress and challenging area public schools with comparable, if not better, tests results with creative teaching strategies. The fact is that the gains in test scores that this school has experienced is a tribute to the teachers that have been successful and the guidance they have received from both peers and school leadership. New Frontiers continues to strive to address the needs of it's students first and endeavours to recruit the very best teachers that San Antonio has to offer. New Frontiers has made great strides in spite of a few weak links and will continue to provide a wonderful educational experience.....Scoreboard!
The schools superintendant(s) seem to be there for the paycheck and not the children (as they profess to be). They also have alienated themselves from the campus as they are rarely seen on campus. The children have no place to play except on a hard top. Classes have about 2 computers per room. Technology is lacking, moral of teachers is low, and they dont seem to care about that either. Parents complain to Principal and nothing gets done. They have to complain to the Vice Principal to get the job done.
New Frontiers has endured it's ups and downs like most charter schools. However, the school is poised to make great strides in its endeavours to provide an outstanding education in a safe, nuturing, private school based setting.
I know that the teachers are very caring and work very hard at providing a quality education at New Frontiers.
I tend to feel that this school is lacking in the most important aspects. While it advertises the 'private school' education at the 'public school' price, it is quite misleading. This statement simple means that they are forced to adhere to the public school regulations with the funding of a private school. Parents, do your homework... and stick to your district.
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