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.
Good luck on keeping your comment on here. They DO erase ALL of the negative comments.
By not putting 1 star i have to say I hate this school, At this school they play favorites, and don't care about kids feelings. The teachers may be educated in math, spelling and reading, but they will never be educated in emotional thoughts which is also important. This school can not get any worse and if you erase this i will know that you are controlling what stays on and goes off I have you figured out, i was a STUDENT or as they might call me a MINION but i got out of there at the end of fourth grade. i had been there since kindergarten and i never imagined that it could get so bad. I think you know who this is from...
This is our family's fourth year at Cambridge Academy, and we couldn't be more impressed. I have a third grader, a first grader, and a kindergartener there; as with all families, my children are each unique and have very different strengths, challenges, and interests. The teachers at Cambridge have been able to acknowledge and celebrate these traits, rather than attempt to fit my children into a mold. The curriculum is challenging while remaining fun and engaging, the numerous extra-curricular activities are enriching and well planned, and the campus is clean and inviting. The thing about Cambridge that I value above all else is the genuine interest in, concern, and love for each student (and family). The teachers, office staff, and administrators take the time to get to really get to know each child and his or her family. I feel safe and confident dropping my kiddos off every morning.
Cambridge Academy is a public charter school. All teachers here in subject areas and music are not only degreed but highly qualified as mandated by the AZ Deptartment of Education. The only positions that are not mandated to be degreed are PE and Art. The PE teacher you are talking about only teaches the boys in 5th and 6th grade. He is a highly motivated and certified in fitness. The boys are thrilled to have him and excited to learn from him. He is following the Common Core curriculum also mandated by the Department of Education.
I know on the surface it may seem odd to have such a young PE instructor, but honestly my son loves it. No longer are PE teachers standing on the sidelines watching the action, they are involved in leading the students in active healthy activities. Bravo Cambridge for being bold enough to try something new.
I have to disagree with the person who stated that the 4th grade teacher is not at par with the rest of the Cambridge teachers. Look at the 2012 test scores and across the board- our kiddos rocked!!!!! She is an awesome teacher! Good job Ms. Lonis!
Teachers can greatly range in quality at Cambridge. Currently my son is in 4th grade and I can say the teacher is not par with what has been our experience over the past 3 years. The size of the school can also be a negative as all the kids are bunched together on such a small property. I would have no problem sending my 5 year old here as they are very academically focused. For ages older then 7 or so, more complete options in the area are available.
My son started Kindergarten at CambridgeQC the first year they opened. He is in 3rd grade this year. We have had some growing pains but we have stayed because of the teachers! They are ll wonderful. I have found that talking to the administration directly is the best way to get your conserns answered. I love the small classes and my son is comfortable here. He would be devistated if we had to move him. Even though we have seen friends move on my son wants to stay and we are happy to keep him at CAQC. I'm sad to hear that others have had problems and I hope the school they move on to is a better fit.
Wow! It never ceases to amaze me how some people can post reviews on this site without checking their facts. The previous post is a complete fabrication. The owners/founders (Both teachers w/ 40+ years experience between them) built 2 excelling schools with the help of their 2 daughters and daughter-in-law. All of whom have multiple degrees in education, 15+ years teaching experience, and are more than qualified for their positions. There are no teachers that are related to the owners. Cambridge is a public charter school overseen and funded by the AZ dept. of Education. So, there is definitely a system for checks and balances! Cambridge also has many special needs students that thrive everyday with the excellent services they provide. The school was founded in 1999 and has prepared many students for high school and college. The many families that have attended and currently attend Cambridge and recommend their schools to their family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and strangers are more than thrilled with the curriculum, highly qualified and effective teachers, dedicated administration and caring environment that Cambridge offers!
Cambridge Academy East is better than ever this year! Academics and curriculum are challenging, but top notch . Communication has improved 100% due to their new web site, daily Facebook updates and email. They are even adding a strings program after Fall Break!! After school programs are great: Football, dance, chorus, piano, art .the list goes on. And, they purchased land to expand the campus for the Middle School program, which I m thrilled about. But most important, my kids love going to school.
I've enrolled my child at Cambridge Academy East Mesa, this is her first year. It is always scary to start a new school, meet new friends, etc. From day one my daughter felt welcomed, cared about and treated with respect! I have been so impressed with the quality of the administrative staff, the teachers and the inclusive atmosphere. I am so glad we found Cambridge
I have previously gone to this school for the years of 2007-2010. I was bullied everyday. My parents had notified the teacher, but nothing was done. I was still being teased. I had awful grades from the time I attended this school to the time I left. I moved to a school with a much lower rating and got much higher grades.
I was reading the latest post and I just want to reassure the parent, that this school is great. The pricipal is great. The teachers are amazing and I always get the feeling they love this school and they love our kids. In public school (which I suffered through until 6th grade), I always got the feeling the teachers were exhausted, over-worked, and way too tired to care about my kid. My son is actually very excited that school is starting up again. He is in 8th grade and excited to go to school. As a bonus, he actually learns so much more than he ever did in public school. Hang in there, I think you will find that it is worth it.
My first son is entering kindergarten this year and I am very nervous about him going to school. I chose Cambridge because I thought that there would be smaller class sizes and a shorter day. After we registered I found out that there are 21 students in his class(average for public is 22-25) and I thought there would be around 15. I was disappointed. I also found out that the time changed and dismissal was pushed back 45 minutes. My son still naps and I was counting on the early dismissal for him to still have time to nap. Although we have not even started yet I am disappointed. A plus is that I met the principal on several occasions and she was great. I did not even know she was the principal until after out second talk. She was very personable and easy to talk to about my concerns for my son. I am hopeful that the year proves to a great one or else we will move to a public school/
My child has been a student at the Queen Creek campus for 2yrs now and I would never imagine him anywhere else. The teachers they bring in are the best and if the teachers are not willing to accept the new curriculum that are coming down then they will find teachers that are. The main focus of the school are the children and that is how it should be. As for the front office, there is one very sweet, caring and over worked lady that sits behind the big desk and what people forget is, is that she is there to help our children. When one is sick they come to see her or when one gets hurt it is her that helps clean them up, so if she comes across a little rude remember she is being that mother figure for our kids when we can't be there to clean them up. Lastly for those people that want to find the negative in everything, where are you when the school needs volunteers? For Cambridge to continue to Excell more parents need to get involved. I have a fulltime job just like many but I will bend over backwards to make sure my child has the best education he can get even with my work schedule. The children should always come First and at Cambridge they do.
I have entrusted my two children (four years) with Cambridge's Mesa Campus. I feel for those parents giving less than five stars, unfortunately perception is reality to folks. I can say while I wish there more extracurricular activities I wouldn't trade their amazing teachers, class size, challenging curriculum and the parent involvement for them. My kids feel like they are part of family, no bulling, no cliques, no out cast. Thank you to Cambridge for providing my family with a great educational foundation.
I find it so disheartening to read some of the reviews that people post about this school. You will never find a school that is totally perfect, but I feel that Cambridge is the closest you will get. I help but notice all the effort that the staff and teachers put into making that school the best. Drive by on the weekends or evenings and you will see they are working. I have always been able to speak to the principals or teachers anytime I have asked.They have been more then willing to accomodate my needs and my child's.The staff has never been rude to me even when it has been hectic up front. I see them calling home for homework, lunches, taking care of injured and sick children and helping parents. Remember they are caring for 300 + children not just 1or 2. I agree with the last post! Look at yourself and your parenting skills before you criticize! Do you do your part as a parent to make their day run smoother?Do you make sure that they have what is needed for the school day? Maybe if parents did,teachers, staff and administration could focus on the educational aspect!They should make a site where teachers and administration of schools could post their reviews of parents!
I have a daughter enrolled in Kindergarten at the Queen Creek location and another for the next year. I volunteer in the classroom every week. Those teachers work very hard and go above and beyond their job requirements for each and every child. As for the comment about the kindergarten classes, you should be thrilled they are willing to change the curriculum if the current one is not meeting your child's needs. Behavior of the children in the classroom is a clear reflection of what they are allowed to get away with at home. You should look at your parenting skills and see how you can improve in order to help your child. Many parents believe that it is the teachers' responsibility to fix their children.Teachers and staff give money, lunches, clothing and supplies to children that may be without. Is that part of their job or is that something you overlooked as part of your job. Get your children to school on time, homework completed, lunch packed and fully rested for school. I have nothing but praise for the front office staff and teachers!!! Their jobs are not easy, especially dealing with some of the disrespectful parents and visitors that they encounter on a daily basis!
I can't believe how terrible our experience was here! We had looked forward to all the wonderful promises of the curriculum and staff, but was shocked at the reality. The entire kindergarten staff was changed 2011/2012, and the new teachers still have no idea what is going on. Our child's teacher admitted that the curriculum was new and there was no training. The behavior of the classroom was out of control, with children crying and/or wandering EVERY time we stopped in to check on her. I witnessed children being sat in a corner, and teachers using very negative behavior. We waited months for things to get better, but it didn't. At least eight other families have left from our classroom, and it isn't hard to see why the turnover is so high. What a disappointment this school is! My wife and I tried to speak to the admin, but they seemed to be more interested in the new junior high being built than in what is going on in kindergarten.
My daughter was enrolled at the Queen Creek location for the first half of kindergarten. I moved near the East location mid-year and it was imperative to me that she continued her education at Cambridge. I can t give the teachers at both locations enough praise. Unfortunately, we were told about of the way through the school year, that due to a clerical error, my daughter was not old enough to be attending, and we were given the choice of immediately paying for full tuition, or removing her from classes. The administration had absolutely no concern for my daughters educational career, gave no alternatives, and no suggestions as to what my options would be in order to keep my daughter in school. The administration had absolutely no sympathy to the fact that the error was theirs. I was vocal about the fact that my daughter was several months younger that usual for starting kindergarten, and that I wanted her to be tested for admission to see if she was ready. She passed the admission tests with flying colors and was socially and academically very successful.The teachers were amazing, but the administration has absolutely zero compassion or accountability. Something to consider.
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