We absolutely love this school... Homework is a bit much but I believe all the hard work will pay off in the long run...
I never thought I'd be sending my daughter to a traditional school where she'd wear uniforms and follow a more back to basics curriculum. I was worried that the accelerated learning pace and homework would be more than she could handle. I couldn't have been more wrong... The discipline, rigor, and loving attention she's received from both teachers and staff truly show why this is a FIVE STAR school that rated a 10 on Greatschools. There isn't a school on the planet that doesn't have some area to improve, but CTA Independence has all right ingredients: loyal staff that supports a strong and caring administrator, teachers that cry when they see their class leave at the end of the year for the next gradef, and front desk staff that make you feel welcomed in person or over the phone. My daughter LOVES this school and I'm confident she's receiving a top notch learning experience.
Our experience with CTA Independence has been wonderful! We bought a house in the CTA boundary 5 years ago when our son was just 2 so he could attend there. Now that he's been through kinder, 1st, and is now in 2nd, we know we made the right decision. High standards, wonderful teachers, and structure, are paramount at CTA Independence. Rated in the top 10 for elementary schools in the state last school year and it's no surprise.
This is an A+ school with advanced curriculum, high standards and structured learning. The children are not only taught at an accelerated level, they are also taught respect and discipline. Awesome teachers, staff, great principal, volunteers make CTA-Independence the greatest learning environment. CTA is challenging, active parent participation is necessary, but your child will definitely find a place for highest quality education. Highly recommend this school for true education.
Mrs. Lombardi has won my kinder's heart! She'll be so sad to leave her classroom...but she's equally excited to become a first grader. Thanks for a fabulous year Suzy!
Fantastic curriculum, strict discipline and a very solid program that starts in kindergarten. The program strongly encourages parent involvement in various aspects and homework starts the very first day of kindergarten.
Love this school! My daughter attends kindergarten at CTA. Her teacher, Mrs. McCleary is fantastic. Parent involvement is a must and students, even Kinders, have quite a bit of homework but my daughter still enjoys school, loves her teacher, and is learning a ton! Some other posters have mentioned a principal that was an issue. Although I did not have any experience with that principal, the current principal is amazing. She is friendly, warm, and seems to genuinely enjoy being around children.
CTA Independence is a great school. Our daughter attends kindergarten and she absolutely loves it here. Her teacher Miss Werden is wonderful. She goes out of her way to make sure the students are learning even during their breaks. Thank you CTA for teaching our kids the way they should be taught!!!
We moved to this neighborhood specifically for this school. We can honestly say that we are not disappointed! Our child is in Mrs Hernandez's class. She is very nice and an exceptional teacher! Although this school teaches at a higher level, our son loves to learn at this school.
A great school! The teachers are professional. The students are well-behaved and eager to do their best in the classroom. I highly recommend this school to anyone that wants their child challenged academically.
I would love to know which parent wrote about the school getting better now that the principal has quit. That parent was likely on the posse of a small group that made life miserable for the office staff and the principal last year. The principal chose to return to another district in town. She was a fabulous principal and most everyone liked her, except for a group of nasty moms. The school is excellent. If you want an excellerated ciruculum, discipline, uniforms, high expectations and heavy parent involvement, CTA Independence is the school for you. If you want play time and your kids getting a master's degree in seek and find worksheets, sent them to the other neighborhood public schools. A public sorry to Mrs. Branch - not all parents are jerks. Best wishes to your new school.
Our children thrive at CTA, three years now. We are active in their lives, finding a balance between academics, music, sports and homework. High AIMS scores don't tell all, but I see CTA developing confidence and a productive approach to learning. Thanks to Ms. Branch for her work this year. Thanks to the excellent staff and talented teachers! Thanks to the District for growing CTAs and the CTJH!
It's great now that the prinicpal of just one year is leaving, now we can get back to teaching and no speedly changes and being on a power trip.
This school's music teacher is fantasic. She has a solid background with Phoenix Children's Chorus and is what every school should have a real asset to the schools professional atmosphere!! Thank You Mrs. L
Curriculum top notch! Your child is taught a grade ahead, of course in a strict environment. There is nothing wrong with a little bit of discipline. But...the 'New' administration we could definately could do with out. I hear petitions work well????
CTA is a Chandler Public School for parents who want to feel like they are giving their children a private education but do not want to pay for it. The school has the same standards as other Chandler District Schools. The AIMS results do not show that their curriculum has resulted in better scores than other Chandler Elem. Schools. In some areas they might be a couple points higher - then in others they are lower. If the school is promoting itself as having a more challenging curriculum then the test results should reflect this and one would expect much higher scores.
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.
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