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!
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!
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!
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!!!
I would not recommend this school to any parent. They lack in parent teacher communication!
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Great concept, not enough funds, great teachers, behind on curriculum = bad results. We loved the teachers. Great concept, horrible school.
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.
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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