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Old 03-17-2010, 11:43 PM
 
Location: California
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My child just got accepted to this school for Kindergarten, University Prep Channel Islands CSU in Camarillo California. Parent reviews from another website seem really promising, but I am also concerned because the test scores compared to other schools are very low.

Can anyone answer why the scores are so low?

Also why is it that a huge majority of the students qualify for free or reduced lunch. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but it makes me wonder....



Can anyone tell me more about the education they will get compared to a public school. How does your child that does not know any spanish do in the dual language program which is tought only in spanish from the very beginning? Is that why they have low test scores???

Please give opinions on this Charter school, very much appreciated.
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Old 03-18-2010, 12:37 AM
 
Location: RSM
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I don't know anything about this particular school, but one thing to be aware of is that public school funding is tied to test score performance and not college prep, so the value of test scores can be difficult to apply to the value of the school in preparing for college(or laying a proper foundation, which test-score friendly elementary school curricula like Everyday Math fail to do).

That said, it's an elementary school, so who knows. If it was a high school or had been around long to have kids graduating to college(and CSUCI hasn't been around long enough I don't think for that to happen) you could check graduation and acceptance rates, but that isn't the case. I'd say your best bet would be to talk to parents of kids that have graduated out of the school in to the local middle schools and ask how they measured up against the kids that didn't attend that specific school
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Old 03-18-2010, 01:07 AM
 
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I work in education so I will try to answer your questions. Many of the kids on the free lunch program are English Language Learners. Ventura County (in particular Oxnard and Camarillo) attracts many transient families coming in and out for work due to the seasonal agriculture jobs. This doesn't give students time to really learn English and keep up with the education standards that CA has for EVERY student (regardless of language or situation which is stupid but that's another story). Hence low test scores. The whole thing with testing in CA is ridiculous. Of course the schools with more monolingual speakers or students who can read and write fluently in English test better. They can read the damn test! Oy. Sorry had to vent! Our state is a mess right now.
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Old 03-18-2010, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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The school offers an amazing Spanish Language Immersion program. The problem with the test scores in California is that they test for English Comprehension, not a focus of this school. People send their kids there to be a part of this amazing program. Everyone that I know that sends their kids there wanted the school for the immersion program. By the time the kids hit 6th grade everything adjusts and they are not only on track with their English only counterparts, but they know and speak Spanish as well.
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Old 03-20-2010, 06:55 PM
 
Location: California
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Thanks everyone! Any parents out there that has kids that went through this school and already graduated. Just curious of how they did and went on to college. I know every kid is different and their situation. Would like to know of any bad or good experiences and any body else's opions please.
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