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CANYON CREEK PRESCHOOL INC
April 19, 2012

My wife and son showed up for the supposed tour @ 10am as specified on the school's website. They waited. Several (white) teachers were inside chatting happily. One of them did see my wife and son but continued chatting away, blatantly ignoring them. What happened to the tour?? The website did not say it was canceled. Was it because we weren't the right kind of people (being non-whites)? While waiting for some kind of welcome, my wife noticed that all of the kids, their parents, and all of the adults that were around were all white. As were the teachers in the office chatting away, willfully ignoring her and our son. The website claimed the next tour to be on May 3. Could very well turn out the same way it did today. Unless you're the right color.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

None

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

No

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Badly

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

MY ROLE:
Client Served

Review from Guidestar
SCHERTZ CHRISTIAN ACADEMY INC
August 10, 2011

Our son's Ladybug class had a teaching assistant that looks like Barbie, but isn't qualified to teach or work with children. According to feedback, she made little effort to connect with children, didn't seemed enthusiastic about it, and frequently stood around like a mannequin or sat at her corner doing her own things while the other teacher took up all the slack. Being pregnant never stopped other women from doing what they do, but it was a convenient excuse for Barbie to do very little. Is Barbie even certified to be there? My son didn't settle in well. Within weeks, he was crying to want to leave the moment he was brought in. That never happened in his previous school, where he was happy to being there every time. Schertz Christian Academy had given us a laundry list of stationery and materials supposedly for class projects/assignments, but we saw no more than two over five months. When we took him out after only six months, we never got those stationery and materials back. The school kept them! For school photos, the school hired a woefully incompetent photographer that wanted payment before shooting - the first time I've seen in any photography service doing that. The school claimed that other photographers didn't work out, but I suspect this one was picked because she's Christian. When I saw the photographs, they were atrocious! Subject's hands and feet partially cut off, subject's headshots that occupied less than 10% of the frame. According to reports, the photographer had trouble prepping the children for shoots. Clearly inexperienced. The photographer in our son's previous school had no such problems, took better pictures, and asked for payment after shooting. But this one claimed to see "Through His Eyes", thus the name of her photography business. Based on the photo sets, she does not have a talent for photography. Whatever eyes she thinks she has, it ain't His! She also endangered the well-being of the children by putting the photos on her website without access protection. Not only that, she also has photos of high school girls in various provocative attire. All are accessible by simply googling her business! At the Christmas pageant, the school went out of the way to embarrass my son with his complete unawareness. They specifically told us he must wear a sash around his waist. We saw to that, and even took two photos of him with the sash around his waist. The sash was still around his waist when he was dropped off. When he came on stage, the sash disappeared! What happened?! We later found it in his backpack. What was it doing in there? If he had a diaper change, shouldn't the teacher responsible made sure the sash was placed back around his waist. I couldn't help but wonder if it was malicious intent on the part of the school. None of the schoolteachers tried to point it out. He was the only child in his class without the sash, and that stood out like a sore thumb. Was it because my son looks foreign? Or maybe the teachers were so insecure that he was the smartest-looking child with the sash on that he could upstage their own kids and they couldn't handle it? So they took his sash off and made him look stupid. I hold Barbie and the other teacher responsible for this, though the entire school is also at fault for condoning it. When my son gets older, I will tell him about it. After we gave 30-day notice to take our son out of the school for good, we found his name removed in every location of the classroom the following day. Couldn't the school have waited 30 days and then do this? They are so petty. Our son deserves a better school, with teachers that will treat him with respect. Schertz Christian Academy isn't worth the money. If you read this and your children are enrolled here, take them out immediately. They are many schools that offer better preschooling at more affordable rates.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

taking our child to and from the school.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Sacked Ms. Nikki, director and all the upper-level staff, and bring in competent teachers.

MY ROLE:
Client Served & Enrolled our child.

Review from Guidestar