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.
Family Foundations Academy made AYP in 2009. Under No Child Left Behind, a school makes Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) if it achieves the minimum levels of improvement determined by the state of Delaware in terms of student performance and other accountability measures. See Family Foundations Academy's test results to learn more about school performance.
In 2011, Family Foundations Academy had 18 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Delaware average is 14 students per full-time equivalent teacher. Learn more about Family Foundations Academy's students and teachers. more
|School Name distance||TestRating||Community Rating|
|New Castle Christian Academy 2 miles||n/a|
|Carrie Downie Elementary School 2 miles|
|St Peter Catholic School 2.1 miles||n/a|
|George Read Middle School 2.7 miles|
|Our Lady Of Fatima School 2.9 miles||n/a|
GREAT SERVICE AND ALL THE GOOD QUALITIES A SCHOOL COULD POSSIBLY HAVE. BUT SOMETIMES THEY MAY BE UNORGANIZED BECAUSE OF "ALL THE KIDS THAT GO THERE". SO WHOEVER SAYS THEY DISAPPOINTED IS JUST MAD BECAUSE THEIR CHILD PROBABLY IS "FAILING" AND IS BAD IN SCHOOOL". THEY NEED TO STOP LISTENING TO WHAT THEIR KIDS SAY. AT THIS SCHOOL WE ARE ALL LIKE FAMILY WE HOLD TOGETHER!
The curriculum is on par with public schools and may be even slightly better; however, the school lacks the basic resources needed to fully implement the curriculum. I often wonder where the teachers received their degrees; if the possess them at all. They say over and over to “check the website” but when you do, the information listed is outdated, confusing or nonexistent. It is very difficult to help children with homework when no instructions are given or you don’t have complete information. Also, I personally feel that too much emphasis is placed on handwriting. Yes handwriting is a lost art; yes it’s important to have neat and legible penmanship. But honestly, should it be its own class? Or should it be an extension of English? I work in a professional setting… I couldn’t tell you the last time I wrote anything is cursive. This is not realistic in today’s society.
There seems to be a high turnover rate with the staffing at FFA. This leaves the children with a feeling of instability, which is extremely important at this stage in their lives. Two of my children are now on their 3rd math teacher this year. That is awful. How can a child learn properly or retain information when they are constantly getting familiar with different teaching styles? Additionally I find most of the teachers and staff to lack professionalism and compassion for their students. Children are denied bathroom breaks, are told to shut up and request to go to the nurse go unnoticed. One teacher told the students that “they don’t have any rights”. Three weeks ago, my son was grabbed by his shirt collar by a teachers assistant; I have yet to hear back from Dr. Brewington regarding this, even though I have placed four phone calls and spoken to the receptionist. It seems that the way to get a response from this school is to stoop to their level and act just as rudely as they do. This is not the environment I want my children to learn in.
This “No Bully Zone” policy is the biggest joke of all. Students are constantly bullied and nothing is done about it. Children are allowed to run amuck in this school, meanwhile very minor offenses (such as making a noise in class) get you sent to the dean’s office and the parent gets a disruptive and unnecessary phone call at work. When students are not being bullied by other students, they have the teachers to worry about; the biggest bullies in the school. Children are treated with disrespect and talked down to. When you complain to Dr. Brewington, you get a generic response “We don’t condone this behavior but we can’t control blah blah blah.” Again this is not the environment I want my children to learn in.
I tried to no avail, to remove my children from FFA. I was told by the DOE that after a certain date, no school will except transfers from FFA because FFA will not release the funding. If I had it my way, my children would have been taken out of Family Foundations Academy. They will not be returning next year. If you are considering this school for your children, carefully way all of your options and do your research. Talk to other parents and talk to students you know that attend FFA. All that glitters is not gold!
Demerits are handed out for something's that are deemed necessary but for serious in incidents a lot are overlooked or ignored.
I wouldn't refer anyone to the middle school and I'm removing my kids. I'm very disappointed because initially it seemed they had so much to offer.
To add to the comment of the first parent, one of the reasons the art supplies cost so much is because the art teacher was not given any supplies in which to teach art!
Depending on which teacher you get you will either receive all the information you need and quick responses to all your emails. Or no response at all to your emails and choppy information regarding anything happening at the school and with your child.
I asked them not to put my child on the bus that I was picking her up, they put her on the bus anyway. The first day of school they put my nephew on the wrong bus and sent him on bus no. 6 when it clearly said all over his book bag and we advised the teacher that he was supposed to be on bus no. 2.
Then my nephew was supposed to be seeing a speech therapist and the school has done nothing to communicate to his parents that he has not seen a speech therapist since school started a month and a half ago...
Enrollment (2011)Total: 622
Student Economic Level (2011)In 2011, Family Foundations Academy had 28% of students eligible for free or reduced price lunch programs. Delaware had 48% of eligible students for free or reduced price lunch programs. Eligibility for the National School Lunch Program is based on family income levels.
Student Ethnicity (2011)
Charter-80 District Spending
In 2011, Family Foundations Academy had 18 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Delaware average is 14 students per full-time equivalent teacher.Compare to other schools in Charter-80 School District
About the DSTP
What is it?
The Delaware Student Testing Program (DSTP) are annual tests used to measure a student's mastery of the state's grade-level academic standards.
Which Grades and Subjects?
Students are assessed in reading and math grades 2 through 10, in grades 3 through 10 in writing, and in grades 4, 6, 8, and 11 in science and social studies.
How is it Scored?
Students in grades 3-11 are scored at five levels: distinguished, exceeds the standard, meets the standard, below the standard and well below the standard. The goal is for students to score at or above meet or exceed the standard level.