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K-5
Public charter
Tyler, TX
Students enrolled: 495

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1340 Shiloh Road
Tyler, TX 75703

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(903) 581-2890
(903) 581-1476
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December 14, 2014
As with the previous review (which, I am sure, is about the middle school), I feel the principal is unprofessional and lacks experience. It is too bad that the leadership from the year before did not remain. The new principal is trying to enforce things like silent hallways between classes and silent lunches. When asked why it is important, his response is - would you rather your child talk in the hallway or get a great education? I am not sure what one has to do with the other? Cumberland is very much moving in the 'military school' environment direction. Parent and teacher opinions are not valued or respected. Maybe with the 'wait list' dwindling, he will start to take notice of other viewpoints. Last year, the wait list was pretty solid. I have gotten several emails this year practically begging parents to encourage friends to enroll due to empty slots. If we finish the year there, we will be moving to Tyler ISD next year. With so many teachers/principals leaving and being fired every year, I am just not sure that the high school will be stable enough for quite some time.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2014
Lack of professionalism by the principal and some staff I felt forced to withdrawal my student from Cumberland. Made several attempts to talk with the principal about concerns. When the opportunity came up, there was nothing but his constant interruptions and insults and would not let the others come in that the matter was about. HIS solution was withdrawal....that is with the forced comes in. Do not recommend Cumberland unless what you are looking for is a "Military School"

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2014
We have a middle schooler and a 3rd grader and we have had a very positive experience at Cumberland. No where is perfect, but at Cumberland they are constantly trying to get better! No where else we'd rather be!

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2014
This is a fantastic middle school. My son started 6th grade this year and the teachers are amazing. They are very hands on. Any problems are addressed immediately. Awesome front desk staff! I hear from my sons teachers atleast once a week sometimes more. They keep u very informed on assignments for the week or big tests coming up. He has had nothing but A's and B's! Small classes and hands on teachers!

- submitted by a parent
December 26, 2013
Cumberland Elementary is a great alternative to the below standard TISD. Cumberland stands out for choices such as dance and violin available to students of all grades. Parents are strongly encouraged to be active in their child's schooling and to volunteer. I do wish there was a little more consistency in how the "specials" are arranged and more communication int he start of the year about what specials your child will be in. My son is in his third year there and each year the specials have changed dramatically. ( Kindergarten kids do not get violin now but third graders get much more instruction so my K age student gets no instruction whereas my third grader has had violin since grade 1. All changed made with zero notice or explanation to parents. Small gripe really when I still believe the program is exceptional. ) Otherwise the school can be a fantastic experience for your child. This year Mr Markle is the new principal and I have a great impression of him. He is active and ever present at school activities and really speaks with enthusiasm about how great the school is!

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2013
Cumberland is a blessing. The teachers are very dedicated and supportive of students as well as the parents. The office staff and principals know everyone by name and work hard to provide the best for everyone. Our children look forward to going to school. They are at ease and feel safe there. They have had trouble with bullying in other schools and this is something that is not tolerated at Cumberland. We are excited about the expansion of the school and plan to continue our children's education here. Thank you Cumberland Academy!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2013
I would not recommend this school to any parent. They lack in parent teacher communication!

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2013
This school lacks in the academics department. My child is not challenged. There are too many extracurricular activities every day and not enough time spent on basics. So many children in our class have terrible handwriting and nobody cares. Teachers are nice but don't have enough time since they only have the kids in homeroom for 3 hours a day. We end up doing a lot of extra work at home, might as well homeschool. Extracurricular classes are not very beneficial when you go to so many once a week. Needs more focus on academics. The administration is not really concerned with parents' opinions because of such a long waiting list. We will probably be switching schools next year.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2012
Very unsatisfactory. There are not any good systems in place for keeping other children from logging on as your child and taking bogus tests for them (bringing their AR reading score down so they can't check out higher level books they are interested in) as well as kids going through the lunch line claiming they are another kid and parent getting stuck with the bill...then when you go talk to people in charge or try to communicate with people that should be concerned, it gets swept under the rug. Very apparent lack of concern for satisfaction since they know there is a long line wanting to get in and there is no accountability. It is very disappointing as a parent not to have their concerns addressed by "leadership."

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2012
My grandchildren attend Cumberland Academy and love the school. They actually enjoy school now. The staff is fantastic and I would recommend this school to any parent that are looking for a school for their child to attend.

- submitted by a community member
June 04, 2010
When we arrived from California to Tyler, TX; we enrolled our son with PDD-Nos; in a public system school; there, our son was confined in a group with very handicap kids. My son did not belong to this group and he got depressed, I could see it. Then we found Cumberland Academy, and he blossom like a cherry tree, he was himself again. Also since then he has been in a A-B honor roll.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2010
My children have been going there for 6 years and we love it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 11, 2009
As the parent of an austistic child, options here in the south are limited. We have a high-functioning child with developmental delays and sensory issues. The public school system had him in a class with students who could not speak or walk some were manic while some were Down s Syndrome children - students who required much more of the teacher s time and attention. We found ourselves at a loss because we knew he needed extra help but didn t belong in the public school s idea of a special needs class. We were thrilled to find Cumberland. We didn't want to see him in a class of 25 regular children. He is quite shy, we knew he would get lost in the crowd. At Cumberland, he has eleven children in his class. He gets plenty of attention and encouragement. After three months, we have noticed some great changes in his progress.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2008
We have been at Cumberland for two years now and I have never been so pleased. I know in the past Cumberland was not performing at its best- but I can tell you now it is!! I love the teacher/student ratio, parent involvment, administration and overall feel of the school. The thing that I love is that not only are my children excelling academically but socially and spiritually as well. I would recommend Cumberland Academy for those who truly want the very best for their child.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2007
My daughter is in Kindergarden this year, and as a very picky parent, i am completely satisfied. The reading and math programs are awesome. She has learned so much and i couldnt be more proud of the way this school has handled the disciplinary action and how nice the teachers and front office are! The Principal is great!

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2007
Cumberland Academy has a strong discipline policy. The principal is very nice, but he can be very serious when the need arises and the students do respect him. Lunch time is the only time the students are able to socialize without their teacher being with them. Allowing students to talk in the lunchroom is not indicative of a lack of discipline on the school's part. It is too bad that some parents post negative comments without bringing it to the school's attention first.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2007
This school has a serious lack of discipline for its students. The principal is very nice. So nice that the kids don't respect him or show any fear of punishment from him. At lunch time, it's complete chaos. Never in my life have I seen so many disruptive children in one place.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2006
The discipline is strict for one thing, the kids are well behaved for the most part, and the teachers and staff are loving, warm, and always try to do their best in doing what's best for the children.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2006
Great concept, not enough funds, great teachers, behind on curriculum = bad results. We loved the teachers. Great concept, horrible school.

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July 10, 2006
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January 11, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
My child likes going to this school. I love that the campus is small and the principal is very nice. I wish however that there was a separate P.E. room but other than that it is great. I also like that the classes rooms are not full. My childs class has about 15 in her classroom.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2005
This is the best school in Tyler!

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2005
Great school with a personal feel. Classes are fairly small. It appears that many low income children come to cumberland academy making it less desirable to some. Discipline and teacher attention are not up to my standards. The lesser of two evils in my opinion... public school vs. charter school.

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July 21, 2005
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June 09, 2005
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June 01, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
April 05, 2005
My oldest son does not attend school at Cumberland and when he visited his brother at the school he said, 'Wow, all the kids seem happy coming to school' which is quite an accomplishment in my opinion! My youngest has Mrs. Schultz as his first grade teacher and she is wonderful. My son is quite intelligent and Mrs. Schultz currently has him learning synonyms and antonyms for his personalized spelling list which has words like verify and beige. Cumberland has tons of computers for the kids, art and music. They have a very nice playground, a gym/cafeteria combo for indoor PE like many other ELEMENTARY schools and afterschool care. My son has really enjoyed his experience at Cumberland and it certainly beats the public school that wanted him to read the same books he read when he was 3, because that's what all the others were reading! We love it.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2005
The principal and other administrative officers at this charter school too often allow parents to dictate how the school is run. Furthermore, issues of continued disruptive behavior by students is swept under the rug (probably because they are too afraid of losing a student, thereby losing funds). Inconsistent policies; not enough pay/incentives to keep quality teachers with more experience; limited space/poor quality for outdoor P.E. In its favor, though, it has a great art/music teacher and a nice computer lab with bright/ well-kept facilities, and I think the teachers are, for the most part, doing a good job.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2004
We have been more than pleased with Cumberland. We pulled our son out of Griffin Elementary while in first grade. Mostly because the treatment of children is so much better at Cumberland. Here's the biggest advantages I see at Cumberland: Great Parent involvement, the children who are at this school belong to parents who care, the energy level of the Teachers is great (don't know why some parents would rather have an old teacher who is burnt out), the Teachers really care here (our son really loves his Teacher and we can tell she loves him). This school has saved our son. He will start 2nd grade next year and we are glad to say that our daughter will be starting kindergarten here next year. We drive 40 minutes each direction to take our son to this school. It is worth every minute. - Damon Dickson (Proud Parent)

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2004
I have two daugthers that go to Cumberland Academy. I have read the comments and I was amazed. As a member of the PTO and attend all board meetings, I never seen any parents there to complain.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2004
As Vice-President of the School Board at Cumberland Academy, I can honestly say I am quite surprised by the negative parent statements I have read. Not any parents have attended Board meetings (this school year or last) to voice concerns or complaints. We cannot make any changes if parents are not involved enough to let us know what they think is wrong. It is hard to believe that parents would leave their child in a school all year when they feel so negatively about it. Currently, more than 85% of the students attending Cumberland this year have committed to return next year. Also, 15 siblings of current students will be attending for the first time next year. Our teachers are State certified and follow the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills guidelines for teaching lessons across the curriculum as required by the Texs Education Agency and as all other public schools do.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2004
The educational opportunities at this school are minimal at best. Most children are instructed below-grade level and teachers are not provided with necessary teaching tools. Discipline and structure are lax. Although there are some good teachers here, the over-all quality of instruction is poor. Children who leave to attend public education find themselves well below level and many are retained or put in remedial courses. Teacher morale is low because of really low pay and lack of any positive feedback from the administration. Priorities are not uniform and too much time is spent off task in some classrooms. For the at-risk child that needs nuturing, there are caretakers on this campus but the real need of smaller classrooms is not provided. Teachers cannot meet the real needs of the children because of this. This is not a school for any child seeking to advance his academics.

- submitted by a teacher
March 31, 2004
My daughter and grandson have attended Cumberland. One is excelling and the other who has learning disabilities is being ignored. Testing has been asked for since the beginning of school. There's always an excuse for it not being done. Lack of academics, structured days, and student's safety don't seem to be the main focus. There's an open investigation through Child Protective. There are some excellent teachers, but the focus seems to be more on office politics then the welfare of the students.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2004
My son has done great at this school as far as grades since he came to the school in 3rd grade. However, sometimes the discipline lacks a little. They send home on suspension when they need 'iss'. They are (staff) letting some teachers get away with what they want. There is no structure in my child's class. They are made to take naps after lunch and these children are 10 and 11 years old. They do not need naps. I don't know if I want my child to attend this school next year. The school has applied for 6th grade. I'm not sure if I want my child at this school unless they can get some better teachers who are more experienced and know about structure for the children since that is what my child needs a lot of.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2004
My child is reaching the grade to not go to this school any longer and I do fear the time that she attends another school and she may be pretty far behind. My child has attended this school about 3 years and loves this school. I love the parent, teacher, student involvment. But the reason we came to this school was because of the student, teacher ratio and that thus far has changed a whole lot, of course because they are growing, but this was the reason in attending this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2004
This school is really lacking when it comes to children that are on grade level or above grade level. I know for a fact that first graders in public schools are being taught to read. I have a first grader that has not even begun to learn to read at Cumberland. I have since taken my child out of this school and started homeschooling just to get her on level. I agree with the other parent that said the teachers are young and lack the ability to teach active children!! This school has proven to be a low performance school and is likely to be shut down if something isn't done about the quality of teaching. The one thing this school is good for, children with severe learning disabilities!!! Since they teach below level material, children with disabilities in learning will do good here.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2004
My children are former students of Cumberland Academy. The school is good for some people, but my children are better off in public school. Some teachers are great while others aren't. One child excelled and the other regressed. I feel that the school has some young teachers that lack the experience needed to teach more 'active' children. I have had to retain one of my children when this school promoted her. She simply did not learn her basic skills to go to the next grade. When I recognized the failure, I put her back a grade to keep her from failing when Cumberland felt she needed to 'just try harder'. I have learned from my mistake at changing schools for my kids!!

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
I live a block from my public school and drive 30 min. to get to Cumberland. There are four families in my community that I am aware of that do the same. I have been in excellent school districts and poor ones. I know the difference. This is not the result of some standardized test. The staff and parents work together and teach the children to be good students and people not test takers. Smaller class sizes, parent volunteerism required, uniforms and school work that is done at school not homework make Cumberland the only school for my family. Also, I don't have to take an extra job and time away from my family to pay for all this. Cumberland is free.

- submitted by a parent
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Cumberland Academy
1340 Shiloh Road, Tyler, TX  75703
(903) 581-2890
Last modified Cumberland Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Cumberland Academy Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 40 reviews. Top