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Eureka Springs, AR
Students enrolled: 54

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Po Box 511
Eureka Springs, AR 72632

(479) 253-7888
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July 10, 2015
This school has been providing families with an alternative, quality education option for over FORTY YEARS for a reason! My daughter completed the Pre-primary Program at CSS and is now a lower elementary student there. Her experience with Charla Destry and the education she received in those early essential years helped her to break out of her shy toddler shell and blossom into an articulate, confident, expressive adolescent. We did not want a school that pushed 'academics' on our three year old. Instead our child thrived in this hands-on, hearts-engaged learning environment. Instillation of a love for learning, promoting problem solving, life skills, and active outdoor play, interaction between all ages of students, dedicated caring staff, close knit family community, and a safe accepting environment for your child to grow and prosper; all with a twist of good ole Southern hospitality! The cost seems minimal for what you receive... Our second child will certainly attend preschool at Clear Spring School.

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March 17, 2015
My Kids love Clear Spring School, in Eureka Springs. CSS has great small class sizes! The different levels of students all interact together on campus. The great thing about the independent school is that the grades run from pre-primary all the way through High School. Some of the greatest experiences for us as a family are with the outdoor experience learning of going on school camping adventures and CSS travel program trips. The children experience hands on learning with a master craftsman as one of their teachers. The woodworking class has lead my younger on his own ventures of crafting wooden swords and making custom longboard skateboards!

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March 04, 2015
After recently visiting Clear Spring School, I found it to be the most joyful campus I have ever visited. The classes are small, anywhere between 6 and 12 students per teacher, which allows for more individual time between students and teachers. Students were actively engaged in learning in all of the classes I visited and clearly excited about learning. If you are looking for a small school that will look for your child's gifts, look no further than Clear Spring School.

- submitted by a community member

October 04, 2014
Clear Spring used to be a great school 3 or 4 years ago. It's not anymore. The beautiful traditions that made the school special are falling away and the heart and focus of the school has been lost. It's been sad to watch this jewel in our community get tarnished.

- submitted by a community member

August 07, 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.

- submitted by a parent

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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July 01, 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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July 01, 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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July 01, 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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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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Clear Spring School
Po Box 511, Eureka Springs, AR  72632
(479) 253-7888
Last modified Clear Spring School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Clear Spring School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 13 reviews. Top