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Clear Spring School

Private | PK-12 | 54 students


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Posted August 7, 2013

My children were students at CSS for several years. This review is based on that experience, plus those of other CSS parents and 2 educators I know in the public schools. The Pre-K and K teacher, and her program at CSS are of such high quality that you could not get better at any price. At older grades, the teachers tend to continue to be kind and respectful to the children (depending who's teaching that year), fostering a healthy environment overall, but the academics are very weak as a whole. If you want your child to compete academically later on (eg, college entrance exams) or possibly jump into another school someday, monitor what they know and remember compared to common core standards. Supplement if needed. Just because students get glowing reviews and you see work in their notebooks doesn't mean they're anywhere near "grade level." If my child was having a problem with the public school, I'd consider CSS, but it would not have been our family's first choice if I knew then what I know now. I am a big fan of progressive education, but the academics at CSS do not do it justice. Also, beware of claims re: accomplished alumni b/c many did not go all the way through CSS.
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Posted October 10, 2010

small classes, hands on learning, progressive, creative learning. Clear Springs centers on the varied individual needs of the student.
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Posted July 1, 2008

Clear Spring School is such a blessing to our family. Not only are different learning styles accepted, they are nurtured. My children are learning not only the three r's but also a handful of life skills from the conflict resolution policy to the 2 annual camping trips. I would recommend this school to anyone who is interested in their children's education.
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Posted July 1, 2008

Our son loves to learn thanks to Clear Spring School where he attended for 11 years. The camping trips and travel were fantastic educational experiences. The dedication of the teachers is remarkable. CSS is one of three schools in Arkansas accredited by the National Association of Independent Schools. Our son had a full scholarship to college and a great package for law school at the University of Virginia, one of the top 10 law schools. Clear Spring is not a school for those who NEED discipline but for those who want to learn. The focus is on behavior not discipline. Our son will always love to learn because of CSS and that is priceless to us as parents.
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Posted July 1, 2008

I experienced Clear Springs School first in 1975, when my oldest daughter was able to attend. Years later, my second batch of kids were able to attend for several years. Now, my grandkids attend there. It's a family tradition. CSS is truly dedicated to development of the whole child into a whole adult. Not just the academics are stressed here, but life skills that are never taught in public schools. So much of their learning experiences are hands on. The camping trips are never forgotten. They learn to work with all ages of people. They learn skills for getting through the rough spots of adult hood. Most of the kids that attend Clear Springs School become travelers, college graduates, community volunteers, all round good citizens. Citizens that are intelligent, forward thinking and willing to work.
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Posted August 16, 2007

Probably the worst school in Carroll County. Academic standards are low, causing kids transferring out to be behind when going to the public school. There is very little discipline or organization. The philosophy is to not stifle the children, but rather focus on free expression. The result is no discipline and lack of respect. We're moving our daughter out this year and transferring to Academy of Excellence.
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Posted June 29, 2007

Teachers are great but expensive for the education. A little unorganized and poor communication with parents. Preschool is considerably more expensive than comparable preschool programs in the area very expensive compared to daycare. I do love the approach to teaching behavior rather than discipline. No curriculum in the summer yet school charges same rate for summer preschool program.
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Ethnicity This school State average
White 92% 64%
American Indian/Alaska Native 4% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 4% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Black 0% 21%
Hispanic 0% 10%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Po Box 511
Eureka Springs, AR 72632
Phone: (479) 253-7888


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