About This School
Charter schools are public schools, but differ from traditional public schools in that they are independent and are operated by educators, parents, community leaders, educational entrepreneurs, or others. Funding for charter schools is based on designated local or state educational organizations. Those organizations are responsible for monitoring and assessing the quality and effectiveness of education, but permit the schools to operate outside of the traditional public school education system. See Norton Space and Aeronautics Academy's test results to learn more about school performance.
In 2010, Norton Space and Aeronautics Academy had 23 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The California average is 24 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Norton Space and Aeronautics Academy Reviews
I was so hesitant when my son started Kindergarten at Norton. We ARE hispanic, however, we do not speak Spanish in our home. Consequently, my son did not know a word of Spanish. Growing up bilingual, myself, I felt like he was a guinea pig for this dual immersion experiment! The first year went by quickly and I was worried that he would not grasp enough English and I did MY job as a parent to challenge him to do more at home. I took him to libraries, purchased used books for PENNIES and did crafts at home with him. I am a working mother and he is not my only child. My son is doing well at Norton and reads Spanish and ENGLISH!! He became confident in his ENGLISH reading skills because he found Spanish to be so much easier. I am happy and proud. The schools program works, but as with any school, parents need to do their part at home.
Norton Academy has nothing to do with either space or aeronautics and instead is a school teaching Spanish. My grandson transferred from a public school and was suddenly thrust into Spanish with little focus on math and science. His reading level in third grade is closer to what he was doing in first previously. It is a total waste of these kids' brainpower.
This is my second year at Norton and I love the school! My is excelling and doing a great job. He is learning the Spanish language and he is challenged by the work that he completes everyday. For hte parent that wants to sit in the classroom everyday, I agree with the teacher. I think that is a little excessive. They are always looking for parents volunteers but they don't need several parents sitting in the classroom. I have seen how that can be a distraction for a teacher and the students. If you want to spend that much time with your child, maybe you should consider homeschooling. It is unfortunate that you weren't aware of the background investigation but be happy that they even have the rule in place. At least you know that your child won't be in the midst of a bunch of predators. Norton is a great school!
I noticed my son left his homework folder. So I decided to dropped it off. It was a good thing. A child was out roaming the school near the front office and near the K2 classroom. (Child's room was K4 on the other side of fence.) No one realized he was missing. His classroom was in a line supposedly counted for. When they saw me they realized just then who was missing. He very easily could have walked into the street. That could have been my child. They knew the enrollment was higher this year -- they should provided more staff.
Today was the first day of school and I've never had such a horrible discouraging day. My son was not on any class list, even though I enrolled him on time and I had every intention of staying the 1st hour to help and listen to teachers' rules and expectations. I was never informed that I need a background check done in order to be inside classrooms and the worst part was that the lady actually discouraged me and told me that I could not help every day, that that's too much and my son needs to be independent. Since when does volunteering your time do harm to a child. I went back to classroom but could not get in because it was locked. I'm very disappointed. I hope that my son is successful because it's not looking so good.
My child went to Norton. I'm sorry to say it's not what they said it would be. Some great teaching staff. But I feel bad for the children. They will be behind in English, and I'm a Spanish speaking parent. My child learned so much Spanish but no English.