Cumberland academy is a great school. The staff is helpful and friendly and always knows who my child is when I come to the school. They take the time to do more one on one with the students.I love the fact they have policies for no nonsense for the students and parents. there isn't a better school I would send my three boys to.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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