Community Roots Academy is a much needed blessing in the South Orange County area. The school administration & staff are professional, the PBL curriculum is proficient, & the environment offers a sense of true, grounded balance. My son is eager to go & is better for having been there. He told me recently he was happier now, & when I asked why he simply said, "School." What more could I ask for?
Excellent! I couldn't be happier. Charter schools are the best, and project based learning is the best. Why not teach kids to love learning, remember what they learn, and not just be at school for hours.
Fantastic school! Teachers, administrators, staff are all very friendly and professional. The community of parents and students are very welcoming! Parking for drop off and pick up and a little challenging but they are constantly working on making it flow better.
This is my granddaughters school. I joined her and her mother on her first day of kindergarten and was very pleased with the organization of the school and classroom, and the welcome I received as a visitor on this busy, hectic day. I also attended some parent organization meetings and was so very impressed by the enthusiasm and inclusiveness of these groups. I am a retired elementary teacher, so I had some idea what to look for, and I look forward to my granddaughters first year of school.
Fastastic school! The administration and staff is dedicated, caring and every single one of them believes in the school's mission. Parents are thrilled to be here, students are learning, having fun and gaining important lifelong skills. This is a place where creativity, leadership, passion for learning and teamwork are a part of the school's culture. My favorite things about CRA: - narrative report cards (in addition to the standard numerical grades) that describe the child's strengths and weaknesses, and truly evaluate their overall performance - oral presentations, group projects, and other classroom activities that teach important life skills in addition to core subject matter - art, music, drama, spanish, an excellent after school enrichment program, field trips and special projects - lower class size, associate teachers in each classroom - everyone is here because they want to be! You don't get the feeling that this is "just a job" from any of the educators working with your child - the culture extends beyond the classroom ... students and parents act as if they are on a shared mission with the school A truly great schoool and a great place to be a student!
We completed our first at CRA last year. The best assest of the school was our particular teacher. We also enjoyed the project based learning. However, the school has a few key areas they need to improve upon - communication with parents, organization across the board and improving their school facility (it is outdated). If you have a child with special needs, I also highly recommend that you keep your own set records and check in often with the administration to make sure your child how is progressing on their goals. Stay involved.
Just finished our first year at CRA and we couldn't be happier. Our daughter's love for learning has returned and she know is excited to go to school. Presentations and group work have helped her to grown tremendously in her self-confidence and leadership. Skills that she has struggled with in the past are not clicking because they are being presented in more meaningful and interesting ways. Having minimal homework has bettered our home life and given us back the balance in our life. Staff and parents are amazing. Feels like a private school and we feel blessed to be able to attend CRA.
This is our second year at Community Roots Academy. From the Project Based Learning curriculum to Active Citizenship projects in the community ... all with an active faculty, staff and PTO team who are talented, dedicated and loving ... we couldn't be happier.
We are so lucky to have our child at this school. I wish other public schools were able to give teachers opportunities to explore and exercise creative hands-on learning as happens at CRA. My child loves school and has developed an immense curiosity and awareness of her world - cultures, art, science, partnership, cooperation, and on and on. Lessons are rooted in the real world and the kids are making connections between the inside and outside of their classrooms.
This is a Project Based Learning School (PBL). We made the big jump to Community Roots from a great private school (that we loved; we just believed in the PBL method). I have to say, this school is really great. My child's class is so close. That maybe the phenomenal student/teacher ratio, but I think it is the teaching style. They work in small groups and are constantly rotated into new groups so as an entire class, they are very tight. Every one of the children there is completely excited to go to school. It is kind of crazy how excited they are. One of the reasons I love PBL is the oral presentation that each student has to do. I have watched timid children become completely comfortable with public speaking. My child has had some pretty great experiences and she is only in Kindy. Meeting an Olympian and touching a gold medal during Heroes Week. Riding around in a Lifeguard beach vehicle doing an "emergency". She is thrilled for school, her field trips, and the abundance of after school playdates with her class.
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