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 Fci Academy's test results to learn more about school performance.
In 2011, Fci Academy had 16 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Ohio average is 16 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Fci Academy Reviews
During the time that I was at the school, there were numerous issues with management, building code violations, and curriculum. The superintendent went to the 4th and 5th grade teachers and demanded that the students be placed into a rigorous OAA preparation schedule every morning up until lunch. This lasted up until the Christmas break. During these sessions, the classes were broken up into Reading and Math groups, with one, entire grade being in one class before switching to the next group. The superintendent ran the Reading group which focused on reciting and regurgitating important words and definitions over and over along with taking practice OAA after practice OAA. The teachers were very upset, even commenting that the recitation of words and definitions wouldn't do anything to help the students when most of them had no idea how to apply the concepts in the first place. What he needed to teach them were the skills needed to solve the problems or answer the questions on their own. When told that the students were burnt out, the superintendent stated, "There is no such thing as burn-out in schools."
As for the building code violations, our building was under a fire watch for well over two months due to violations. The fire watch meant that the entire building had to be cleared out by 4pm. There were no tutoring sessions or other after school activities allowed during this time either. Our kitchen was even forced to stop cooking hot lunches for a short time due to violations.
When one of the third grade teachers left to accept another position, the other 3rd grade teacher was left with a classroom of 40+ students for the remainder of the school year. Whenever a teacher was sick, other teachers had to take those students into their classrooms as there were no substitute teachers and no one that could really fill in for the teacher. The resident educator program was a huge joke to them as well. We were told to let the supervisor handle it, but we were never told to do anything other than attend weekly meetings (which stopped after a couple of months).
Everything about out of control, scandalous, and unprofessional is absolutely correct. This school has had many complaints filled with ODE by parents and teachers. This is not a school where children can thrive.
My daughter has attended this school for 7th 8th now part of 10th and this year the 11th. The teachers have to deal with children who are very different, Maybe the school should hire more veteran teachers, the kids are out of control and do not understand the spirit,it takes to learn and be a positive image in the community. If the school could get more professional to come in and mentor the kids this would be a blessing. there are too many kids in the classroom for these new teachers who could really brush up on class room management skills, Instead of sending kids home for misbehaving give them projects and meaninful assignments. otherwords be about your game, Stop stylin' and tryin' to profilin' Demand that these kids listen, be productive with the materials that are given to them. Do not make this school a failure, Make these kids be responsive and inforce harder learner techniques to help teach them discpline instead of punishment. A Paryerful Parent!
My son attended FCI from fourth grade to fith grade. I moved to Westerville to change my son's school. Upon begining the sixth grade he was tested because of his IEP to determin his achadenic level. His scores reflected that he was still at the third grade level. I unfortunatly was not socked. While my son was in attendence at FCI I took time off of work to spend days at the school to see what was going on in the class room and the school. His third grade class was at a 40 student to one teacher ratio the entire year. The children were consistently out of control and caused many disruptions durring the day, the teacher could only get through one subject a day with the students. In the firht grade thigs were not any different. To shorten the class the administration skiped ten students to the sixth grade based on how they were doing thus far in the fifth grage class. No parental concent needed. The rest of the class were the students that continued to act out and still very little progress was made in the school day.
OMG Parents BEWARE! Those parents that think because their child is coming home with wonderful grades will have a rude awakening when they send them off to college after they have attended FCI Academy. I know for a fact that these people are scandolus. See ODE complaints and from what I hear the charges against the school are serious. Did they tell you that they are under investigation? Did they tell you that ODE is in the school. If they are so great why is it that ODE has major problems with this school! Take your child and RUN!
I am a parent of a very busy Kindergarten student. I am very proud to have my child at the FCI Kindergarten Village building. I love Mrs. Porter. She works so hard in making it the best school possible. She works long hours and calls and even comes by my house to visit me and goes to other houses to visit parents and students too.
The building is always clean and inviting. She greets everyone daily with a big smile. She comes to you car and puts children on the bus. She talks to parents every chance she gets in helping every kid. The best customer service is given to everyone in this building. You like going there because there is lots of love. My child wants to get up and go to school. My daugher eats a good home-cooked meal daily at lunch with Mrs. Towns. I never need to pack her lunch.
I have watched the morning drills that my child along with her class does daily and it is excellent. My family loves going to meetings and programs that are done monthly.
I highly recommend that your child start Kindergarten at FCI Kindergarten Village with Mrs. Porter. The foundation is laid very strongly for my daughter to do well in school.
I feel that this schools advertisement on the radio is nothing like it says, I would never put a child that I know back in this school and would not recommend for anyone else to either, The class rooms are out of control. The kids talk and yell across the rooms all day. There is no time for the teachers to teach because she is telling a kid to sit down or be quiet while the class is taking a test. Another teacher I talked to tells me that a child that was going there was sleep all day in his class instead of calling home. Yet they pass the kids anyways, They have a grading scale that does nothing more but lie to these kids about their knowledge. I thought this school was for the community but it seems to me the only thing they are worried about is pasing the kids so that they can continue to get this govt money and stay open. I asked one teacher to have all the kids to bring their book to class so we could find a missing book so another parent would not have to be paying for a book unexpectedly at the end of the year by surprise and yet this still has not happened the response was they will hand them in at the end of the year, I feel that schools should not be using a church to try to make the school look good when it seems as tho these staff at this school care for our kids just as much as the ones at columbus public, I will say that Worthing schools are good and do communicate much better than these teacher at fci. I called over a week ago for a principal to call me and never received a call, I finally received a call after I told someone that I would be at the school in the morning and if hes not available to call me back then I would like to speak with the superintedent. I am soooo upset with how this school is ran, No one checks to see who is coming in asking for kids. And to think of the money that goes out to these uniforms. It makes me wonder if these teachers are even certified, This school to me looked like a loud zoo when I sat and observed. I just dont like it when the school acts like they are for our kids or community. The kids run this school and the teachers. If I could give this school a rating I would probably just say its a daycare center
The FCI Acadamy is an exellent school with a cherishable staff.I pesonally feel that this school brings out the brilliance in kids and also brings up their confidence level.the staff heavily concentrates on each student and makes everyone in their class work as hard as they can without pressure.I feel that the kids that I have met that have recently attended the FCI Academy are on a very high level of advancement and are extreemly well spoken.I have to say that this school can tremendously change the life of any child. Every student that comes and goes is left with wonderful memories.I want to be the one to say that the FCI Academy is accelerated and has uber ciriculum.Thank you FCI for doing your job right!
Well-meaning administration delves into the minutia of classroom management, showing little regard for the professionals hired to educate disadvantaged urban student.
Too much focus on promoting Afri-centric culture with little regard of preparing students for living in broader society with exposure to basic American values needed post-school.
Security an ongoing issue.
Poorly maintained property with ongoing building code issues.