Independence is a great school but not for everyone. There are many opportunities for your child to succeed. The principal and the staff will work with you to assist your family if there is a problem. Seventy-five percent of the parents in my child s classroom participate in the classroom. Be warned that this is a very Type A school. There is a strict curriculum and not a lot of play time. Homework for my excelling kindergartener is over an hour a night (not including breaks). Though doing well academically she has no love for learning. The pressure she feels in kindergarten to perform has in part doused the flame. So, if your child excels in this kind of environment, then I could not recommend a better school with more caring faculty. However, if your child needs more variety and play time then I would check out other schools.
Well from the last post, you may not visit the school very often. Or haven't notice the staff slowly diminishing. Or heard of parents complaining of the 'new principal'. It is a Traditional School of sourse it is going to be strict. It is going in the right direction not because of the principal, but because of the teachers and their knowledge of teaching. You might want to spend more time at school with your child.
I have to completely disagree with the last post...the new principal has shown great leadership and brings a new, fresh perspective on the 'back to basics' model of teaching and running a school. She obviously has a heart for the students and it shows in her interactions with them. Some may say the rules are too strict, but our children need discipline and boundaries (let's face it, a lot of kids aren't getting it at home). I am impressed with the direction the school is headed and plan to keep my kids there.
The teachers have been wonderful, but I'm very unimpressed with the new principal. Her focus seems to be on controlling the students as much as possible, rather than focusing on the children. At lunch, social interaction is discouraged and children are not even allowed to turn around. When the bell rings she requires all students to leave the school and will not let them remain or re-enter to talk with a teacher or pick-up an intstrument. Apparently, this is to teach the student's responsibility. Perhaps the same rule should apply to teacher's and administrators and then the next time someone leaves their keys on their desk they'll rethink whether or not that policy is reasonable. The past principal was remarkable and each student really felt cared for. It's too bad a poor principal has such an impact on the school experience.
We have just completed our third year at CTA. We've been with the school since the year it opened. I can tell you that I would drive from far and wide to make sure my child could still attend school here. Cant believe how much he has learned! And nice to know this 'Back to Basics' style of teaching still teaches phonics and the Saxon math program...things you WONT find in Chandler schools outside of the CTA's. Im always entertained when I hear tales of hideous amounts of homework given to CTA children!! My son completes each night in 20 minutes or less (outside of the req'd reading). This school also offers excellent activites--Running Club, Variety Show, Spring Fling, Chess Club, etc. And the best part? My child loves going to school and misses it when were on school breaks. We're so thankful for CTA schools!
There is no doubt that the traditional philosophy at CTA provides an exceptional foundation for future learning for our children. What seems to be overlooked is the myriad of extracurricular activities (most of which are volunteers from the staff) that are also offered that support their philosophy of a well rounded child. Yes, there are uniforms (saves you money), yes, there is a discipline policy that is uniformly enforced. Sure, private school student teacher ratios may be a little bit lower, but, I want my child to be prepared for the real world, where ratios are higher and the child has to be responsible, not assuming the world revolves around them or in their bubble.
I just submitted a comment giving CTA a pretty good review but I forgot to mention some things. Although CTA is a great school the teachers are forced to follow very strict teaching methods and give out alot of homework. They encourage parent involvment and are required to help out I think 4-8 hours during the school year. When parents and teachers visit a classroom, normally the person teaching is a lot more strict than they usually are when they teach due to the strict guidlines. This is still a very good school.
This is a great school! The curriculum is very well structured and the teachers are very involved. This is a great place to start for any child who has a love of learning and wants to excell academically. We give far less credit that what children are worth it and I truly found in my son's case here at the academy. You will be amazed by the kids performance and ability.
Feedback in the community is either parents are for it or against it (not much in between). CTA thrives on its reputation for teaching above grade level & parents love to tout its academy image (my child is better than your child syndrome). For those considering, visit several times & sit in on a classroom. It is a very rigid environment & office staff is short of genuine friendliness. For many this is not a concern. But I consider how they treat the parents. If they are cold to you, think how they are to your children (discipline & respect should be taught at home). The coursework is not too hard, just requires commitment of time. Students/teachers are under pressure. We switched and now our kids love school, are still testing above grade level, and have better self esteems.
We love the caring teachers, accelerated curriculum and involved parents at CTA Independence. I'm amazed at how much my children are learning at this school!
We have attended CTA for two years and our kids love their school. We couldn't be happier with the education, the teachers, staff and principal, our kids are also becoming very disciplined with themselves, learning responsibility, learning to respect others, gaining self confidence. These are all very important tools to have for later in life. My kids are very creative and love Art Masterpiece, Music, and Reading programs, over all our kids are getting a well rounded education and they are giving it 100% because they like it.
My child has been at CTA Independence for two years. While I am happy with where my child is at academically, there are many things I don't like about this school. There is a very strict and rigid atmosphere. My child does not like to go to school. They spend an inordinate amount of time at their desks doing worksheets, even in the lower grades. There is very little creativity, and very few fun activities. There is a ridiculous amount of homework, even in the lower grades, which makes it difficult to pursue extracurricular activities. On the positive side, there are high expectations. All classes within a grade level teach the exact same thing. We had a very bad experience with our teacher this year, but I know there are some great teachers. We are currently looking for a school that provides a more well-rounded education.
Our kids switch from a standard Chandler public school last year and have just completed their second your what a difference. CTA is actually teaching our children not just baby sitting them. The staff is great.
My son and we love this school very very much! This school expects highly of the kids and they get them because of the positive reinforcement that they receive from their teachers and the confidence that they grow as they learn. We personally do not see anything wrong with expecting our children to do well and having their minds stretched. For the two years we've been here, I haven't personally seen any sad kids in this school. I'm sure there are a few, but I'm also sure it's in the minority. Most of the kids I see everyday are just happy, confident children who are being trained to meet their potentials and grow their characters.
my son learned more here in three months than he learned in a year in the CA schools!! The staff is helpful and caring to all the needs of the children!!
True this school is highly academic and structured. Good for the advanced child but not so sure for an average child. Good teacher to student ratio. Academics are important but school lacks focus on the whole child (emotional and physical development). Would be A+ if they weren't so intense and let the kids be kids.
This school is a wonderful school. I highly suggest young students come. They will learn alot in a matter of fun time. I go there and I absolutely love it because my grades are better and it is much more challenging. CTA -Independence will absolutely be loved. Try it before you judge it. Please.
As each day passes, I am even more grateful to the wonderful staff, teachers and parents of this school. My son grows in not only the educational arena but his confidence level is continuously raised because of the positive and disciplined teaching methods that this is based on. The environment is safe, the culture is enriching and his kindergarten teacher and principal are all there to support a child's growth. I feel very lucky to be able to send my child to CTA Independence.
Excellent school in all areas. My son completed kindergarten here and is now in first grade learning at a second grade level. Could not be happier with the education he has received so early on. Teachers, principal and rest of staff are wonderful with these kids. I am so glad I chose this school for my child.
Outstanding school and principal! My son learned and advanced more in third grade at CTA-Indepedence than he did in first and second grade combined at Basha. He loves his school!
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