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 Neighborhood Charter School's test results to learn more about school performance.
In 2011, Neighborhood Charter School had 11 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Georgia average is 15 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Grade 1 Reading Performance
Neighborhood Charter School Reviews
Wow! The negative comment above is in my opinion totally unfounded, but there again it was written in 2008. Its now may 2011 and my son has had an amazing K year! Expect to see full parental involvement (isn't that what good schools are all about anyway?) but more importantly, the teachers are passionate and focused on our kids, it's evident to see! Without a doubt, it's a small school feel but in the City (best of both worlds).
I completely object to the previous negative review written by a "very concerned parent". I think I might just be that parent who did not have a good relationship with the parents. I have been observing NCS for about a year. Almost every week I am there to see how the school is going and how the teachers teach and I have to say they are amazing! The teachers tend to the needs of the students and do a wonderful job on seeing their weaknesses and strengths. I can tell that the school, as a whole, has a very good and friendly communication between the teachers, parents, and students. I highly recommend any parents who live nearby to go to NCS if they can because it is a great school!
The Neighborhood Charter School of 688 Grant Street, SE Atlanta, GA is as a whole a very good school, but the weakness of this school is that it is public school acting like a private school. The reason why I say this is that the school is controlled too much by internal politics from parent groups that base their decisions for the school and its students on their own collective philosophy and friends which boarder on cronyism. I agree that parents should be involved in the decisions of a school and be involved in general, but the amount of decision making of parents is beyond that of the charter and comprises the overall mandate of a public school.
The other concern is that teachers treat parents as outsiders and don’t treat them as a part of the overall teaching philosophy of the school. This might have to do with the issue of my first point, but the teachers, not all, but most don’t see the parents as an important part of a student’s education and do see them as being an obstacle to a student’s education that must be overcome and neutralized. As stated, not all teachers at the school have this view or philosophy, but many do see parents as being a negative impact to the student’s education and try to leave them out as much as possible.
Very concerned parent