Inspire Charter Schools Reviews
Rating 4 out of 5 14 reviews
I have been enrolled at Inspire since the seventh grade, and ever since then I have been so blessed with the opportunities it has created for me. It has also been extravagant being able to learn at my own pace. During i have had some terrible interactions with the faculty and i do hope they improve in being more responsible. Also add more in person activities for highschoolers.
Inspire Charter Schools is a great option for those seeking an education from home. The teachers are kind and helpful, and the students are friendly. Classes are held over Zoom, meaning that instructors and students can communicate and see each others faces even though they are in separate locations. Highly recommend!
I loved how open and flexible Inspire was with opportunities. I enjoyed all the elective classes as well as the exciting and interesting classes they offered. They have great resources for seniors regarding scholarships and college apps. They allow dual enrollment for high school students to attend college as well. Some things that made me give an average start rating would be, poor quality teachers. Also, this year did not have many choices for classes. Sadly the teachers they chose were terrible very uneducated and did not care about their students well being. I really loved the independent study as I am a homeschool student I enjoyed this year as well as last year to have live online classes. I hope that Cotton Wood (Inspire) in the future can bring back their great classes and options for students like me. I felt that the high school counselor was lazy and did not help her students. Rating my over-all experience I enjoyed my classes and the experience was great.
I have really enjoyed my time with Inspire Charter Schools. My homeschool teacher is supportive and encouraging. Throughout my high school experience, my HQTs (Highly Qualified Teachers) have been eager to help me with any questions I have or refer me to other educational resources. Last year, I was able to record a video to assist my fellow scholars in attending teachers' office hours via. Zoom. Quite conveniently, many of the teachers from Inspire Charter Schools, including my homeschool teacher, had previously worked at the school I attended prior to joining their charter school. This made transitioning from private school to homeschool easier and more comfortable. Although I am currently homeschooled, Inspire Charter School has allowed me to take extracurricular classes, like music and art, elsewhere. Additionally, I have been on field trips with students to places like the KPBS radio station in San Diego, the San Diego Humane Society, and the Cabrillo National Monument.
This school is very similar to Valiant that closed down in spring 2019 due to fraudulent mismanagement of funds. The Coaches or Teachers are more like customer service representatives and collection agents. They try to sell you on how great everything is and they don't teach anything at all. It's more of a admin job of taking notes or copying the notes that are sent to them when you do a monthly report and hand in homework. We had high hopes that the school would be more honest, but apparently the charter name changed between fall and spring and now we have no idea which school we are with. Our coach/teacher was emailing and texting constantly, even calling to make my daughter take a state assessment test that is voluntary. Apparently, they need a high percentage to take the test or they get in trouble with the state. My daughter started having anxiety about the test and I was getting very annoyed at the constant hounding to take the test.
Loved every bit of it, it gave me flexibility and time do work on school plus my other passions. I was able to write and publish a novel, do classes I love like a finance course and a youtube (media course) all the while living life and growing as a person.
Inspire has broadened my view on education, while showing me where I belong. One thing I would change is their need to micromanage students and teachers. All people have their own learning type and cannot be forced to learn otherwise.
The school offers many opportunities for kids of all grades, K-12. All the staff are wonderful and very helpful.
I liked that it was very free moving and flexible. You got to pick the classes you wanted to take, and they would pay for school supplies and most materials for the classes you selected.
So far I have enjoyed my senior year at this charter school. I only became a student here because I wanted to take classes at Bakersfield college for my dual enrollment I have been doing since 2014. This entire year I feel like has been giving me a chance to experience what it means to take responsibility in college more and to be more independent as I traveled and managed all my classes and work for the first time. My overall experience with this school would be a four out of five stars because I believe that there should be more student teacher involvement not only through email but with more voice call.
This is a great charter school for independent teens who have work or social issues. Positive culture, administration cares about staff & families, well organized, realistic Special Education caseloads, better pay than comparable online charter schools. So far, I'm very happy with Inspire after working at other online charter schools. Most of the other staff I talk to are happy as well.
I really enjoy going to Inspire. I don't actually attend the on-campus classes but I love the opportunities I have and how they make it easy for me to get the best education, for me. They are good at communication and I love the HST's. Such a good school! 10/10 recommend!