Former employee says private school fails to live up to promise - CBS46 News

Former employee says private school fails to live up to promise

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LITHONIA, GA (CBS46) -

A former administrator told CBS Atlanta parents got so fed up with the lack of organization at Camp Jewell House, a private school in DeKalb County, they pulled their kids out by the dozens and teachers resigned in droves.

CBS Atlanta first reported parents and former employees complained that textbooks were outdated, students from different grade levels are tossed into the same classroom and parents have a tough time getting a hold of their children's transcripts.

"Some parents have contacted me and said it took months. Others said they never received textbooks or transcripts," said Alesha Coleman, a former administrative assistant at Camp Jewell House.

Coleman said the private school fails to live up to its motto of helping scholars one at a time.

But she said, so far, the school has failing to meet that promise.

"Camp Jewell House has the potential to be a phenomenal school. It has some things that definitely need work," Coleman said.

Coleman, the former right hand to Executive Director Jewell Hunter, said parents complained the school supplies students with outdated textbooks they can't even take home and kids from different grades are placed in the same classroom.

Coleman said most teachers got fed up and quit.

"About 10 or 11 throughout the whole school year," Coleman said. "A lot of them didn't agree with the way the school was being run."

CBS Atlanta asked Hunter to answer the accusations.

"It's not true teachers quit. We dismiss teachers," Hunter responded, adding, "I didn't even have 15 teachers."

Coleman also told CBS Atlanta Camp Jewell House began the school year with 100 students but that number dwindled because many parents grew so frustrated, they pulled out their kids.

"Toward the end of the school year, we were left with 20-something kids," Coleman said.

Hunter insisted the school provides a quality education.

She said the school does place students of different grades in the same class according to their abilities and that she tells parents about that policy before their children enroll.

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