Posted April 12, 2011
The vision of Cambridge Academy East is an excelling, achievement-oriented environment where children in grades K-8 learn, master, and eventually apply foundational skills in a sequence that logically builds from the most basic elementary content to increasingly higher order conceptual thinking. We are a school committed to the family, embracing the notion that the school is an extension of the home, and therefore we must work together to achieve success. It is our belief that all children have the ability to achieve greatness and become the person they dream of being. At Cambridge Academy East, we provide a rigorous and Arizona State Standards aligned curriculum, disciplined environment where our students are academically and socially prepared to excel in demanding college preparatory schools.
I think that there must be a difference between the Mesa campus and the Queen Creek campus because our experience wasn t great. Parents didn't get involved in the school at QC and the teachers didn't want to help the PTO because they felt they already spent too much time helping students and that is a shame since it raised money for their projects, field trips, and equipment. Parents sacrifice a lot to send their children to a school that is smaller and boasts their focus on the individual yet children get bladder infections because they aren't allowed to go to the bathroom. The days are shorter than regular school, they don't have a library, no sports programs, and they don't have a cafeteria unless you pre-buy meals. The only person with a food handlers card is the one food handler and no one has a managers food card. They have no cleaners for the building so it is absolutely disgusting unless they clean it for an event and the teachers have to clean their own rooms. International night spends months on countries with little significance and is a waste of time and money! Not worth the sacrifice to attend this school.
I read the school's point of view and if they can't handle parents voices there concerns perhaps thye should not have signed up for this sight or maybe they should make changes to the friendliness of the staff.
We have been at Cambridge for three years now and have been very impressed. When our children have struggled they have received the attention that they needed to remediate and gain success. Their test scores have steadily increased every year that our kids have been enrolled. The teachers are engaging and are sincerely happy to be at school every single day as evidenced by my kids sadness when summer starts and excitement as school begins again. I don't regret one minute of my kids education here. Thanks for a great experience from a proud parent and supporter of your efforts.
Cambridge is a school with empty promises. Parents do your homework. The school is run by family and they only have their interests at heart. This would have been our third year there, but due to the lack of administration being available to address certain issues and staff that was rude every time you called or asked a question, we have decided to seek our educational needs elsewhere. There is no strong principal leadership or friendly staff. What happened to tutoring children that were struggling. What happened to all the promises!
Let me start by saying I am on of a dozen families that have left JUST THIS YEAR! We attended Cambridge for 2 yrs. and truly found it to be lacking in many areas. I thought going to a charter would be better but there certainly are many drawbacks here.They say they offer art,PE,music & spanish-its truly a joke. PE consists of playing dodgeball with a family member of the school as the coach-the spanish is also taught by a family member who would rather tell stories than teach-just to give a couple of examples. Also,if you have any issues beware of bringing it up to staff-it will come back to haunt you & the problem will still be there. BTW, many of the posts here are by the very family members who run the school-Lacks moral ethics here-please do your research parents.
3rd yr at Cambridge coming from CA and then a local "highly desirable" school. 17 kids in his class vs. 30+ in the public school. There are two 4th grades vs. 4 or 5. There is a staggered dismissal time so all 280 students are not released in mass exodus like the 1500 population public school we attended for 6 months. My son receives more individual attention to his studies....there is music, arts and PE. We also join afterschool programs. There are many opportunties..you just have to get INVOLVED in the school, PTO and extracurricular activiites. Noone has time or money right now, but they are kids, trusted to us for a very short time. We all want the best for our kids. Cambridge might not be right in every situation, but it is a small community where your voice can be heard and your efforts will make a HUGE difference.
This school has so much to offer. A previous review stated that there are no sports programs. No elememtary schools have them. You have to join leagues (there are many to choose from) There is PE, spanish, music, and art. They have a full time music teacher who also teaches choir. Two weeks of test prep is a small amount. Some schools have daily test prep all year long!
School is great as long as your child is acceptable to them, if your child isnt exactly the child they find ok, they will not accept them. They will do everything to push your child out of their school! Their rules change according to their desire.
Very pleased with this school. We just received our welcome packet for next year and are looking forward to this next school year! Cambridge has been a great choice for our family!
The teachers at the Queen Creek location are amazing! My daughter loves going to school and learning. Her first grade teacher was great except she could be demeaning to the children as well as the parents. I was a little taken back by her approach. The campus was their temporary campus but it was always dirty and the bathrooms were a nightmare. I don't know if they use a janitorial service, but they should fire them. The education my child received was the best and I am grateful for that.
After attending this school for the past 4 yrs. it seems the administration is really lacking. My son really loves his teacher but there has been alot of turnover of teachers in the past.Seems if you question the administration as a parent or teacher, its as if you are on the black list,they can make it very difficult for you if you have concerns or dont agree with them on issues that affect the children. Needless to say, we will not be returning next year. Being a charter school, you really have to know what to watch out for-as far as the 'board'--its run by their own family members! That should say volumes. Very disappointed.
Although the education has been great, I have noticed that the administration at the Queen Creek Campus is lacking. On several occasions I have wanted to speak to an administrator yet there is never one there. I have overheard conversations in the parking lot in which the administrators have been yelling back and forth from car to building about issues that are best kept private. Hopefully they will realize that they are causing themselves great harm. Upon looking into this campus further I found that the administrators also lack the education to successfully manage a school. The teachers have been amazing, it saddens me to see that the administration does not appear to be as great as was expected.
Cambridge Academy East has been a fabulous choice for our family. We've had both our kids here since Kindergarten. Our kids have received a great education and our oldest who now goes to a prep school in the area is doing fabulous. I give props to the teachers and staff for preparing my kids for a rigorous program in jr. high!
Seriously, you give a school 1 star because you can't find their website?! http://cambridgeacademyaz.com/ then select the location you want. My kids don't go to this school yet, but we are starting in the fall, and already we are being welcomed with open arms. Really looking forward to starting.
Cambridge QC has a Facebook page and there is a link on the main Cambridge East website. The 2 schools are on one site. sorry the last post was having issues finding QC They are a great school and I am so glad we found them last year. My son is in Kinder and is so excited to go on to first grade.
I can't find the Cambridge Academy Queen Creek campus page, so, this comment is directed at the QC Campus: Awful. No thanks. We will pass on this one.
Cambridge Academy is excelled in Academics. Small classroom size for more one on one interaction with students. My youngest son was not doing very good academically in public schools and now he is doing excellent at Cambridge.
Cambridge Academy East is one of the best schools that we have ever seen. The small classroom sizes (20 - 24 students) gives the teachers the chance for one on one teaching. The staff knows your name as soon as you walk in the door, this from having only 250 students in the school. Our son loves going to school, and we love that he is learning from the best.
First impressions are everything! The best way to select a school for your child is to visit the school...sounds simple enough but other schools asked me to set up an appt. or attend a group meeting held once a month. Cambridge Academy front office staff, set down what she was doing and walked me around the campus right then. Not only that, I was allowed to go into the classroom my son would be in and speak to the STUDENTS. I asked them who was new that year and were the teachers smart and nice. Kids are brutally honest so speak to the kids at whatever school you go to...not all schools are for every child...but Cambridge Academy seems to be right for parents seeking personalized attention in a small classroom atmosphere. We haven't sacrificed programs that the large schools offer but enjoy enriched learning experience and parent involvement. Just stop by and see for yourself.
Both my children and I love this school. Smaller class sizes help to give more personal time to each child. The teachers and staff are all really caring!
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