Santa Rosa Charter School for the Arts opened in 2007 for students in kindergarten through 8th grades with a standards based curriculum with a focus on visual and the performing arts. The school works with students on an individual basis to ensure that each student is encouraged and recognized for their accomplishments.
At this time, the school does not offer any sports or other activities for students to join. This is a huge let down for many students that love the arts but also want to enjoy being a team player on various sports.
The opinions of parents are very mixed. Most love the curriculum and the way in which the arts are blended into the curriculum. However, many expressed that the new principal sugar coats the issues that the school is having in the upper grades especially bullying which is becoming a problem. Other parents stated they do not like the idea of suspension for small infractions by younger students that do not understand the concept of being suspended, but ignore the major issues such as bullying. Students in the lower grades generally like their teachers and the school. Upper students stated that some teachers are not as nice and that bullying is a problem.
The Academic Performance Index showed an increase of 10 points from the previous year to a score of 849. The statewide goal is 800. Parents are happy with the score but would still like the school to address other issues.
The California Standards Tests is used to learn if students are mastering core subjects. The various tests are given to 2nd through 11th grades in English, grades 2nd through 7th are given tests in math, and science tests are administered to students in grades 5th, 8th, and 10th, while history tests are given to students in 8th and 11th grades.
The percentage of students passing the exams was mixed. The lower grades were above average across the board, however, when you check the scores of 6th and upward a few percentages were below average such as 50% of 7th graders passed the math exam with the state at 52% and 44% of 8th graders passed the English exam with the state at 59%.
The school is doing a pretty fair job of providing a unique educational opportunity for students. It would be a good idea to visit the school to help with any of your concerns before enrolling your child.
Have you studied at Santa Rosa Charter School for the Arts?
Please provide a brief review of your experience at Santa Rosa Charter School for the Arts in the comment section to help other readers!
Santa Rosa Charter School for the Arts
756 Humboldt St.
Santa Rosa, CA 95404