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Posted January 20, 2015
- a parent
Coastal Academy is a WONDERFUL school. We feel so blessed to be part of it. I have so much respect for a school that cares about your personal views while also giving you a huge amount of support. We started out on C track which is all homeschool and then moved to a 2 day a week track. It is the perfect balance for my family. They learn so much in a typical week, it blows my mind. Music and science are brought to the students weekly. The teachers and parents work hand in hand. The staff truly has your child's best interest at heart. The charter school is well established so they run very efficiently and effectively. The classrooms are beautiful and campus is brand new. I love the small class sizes. 20 students is perfectly manageable. The teachers are amazing, energetic, and passionate about education. It's so refreshing. We have tried the local public school and a different charter, and this is where we are staying. I can't say enough great things about Coastal.
I have never seen a school like this! The high calibur of teachers and staff helps make my job as a parent educator an enjoyable and (almost!) stress-free one. We have had support for every question we have struggled with, and the huge choice of c'lectives and school events makes my kids feel part of a vibrant community. My children left traditional school in 5th grade, and coming here has been the best possible decision for our family. As a bonus, the new Coastal campus is gorgeous and light and bright.
If your child doesn't "fit in the box" at your local public school, this school is a great choice. Teachers care and work with parents to find the right learning options for each student. Highly recommend this to any parent looking for a quality education for their children.
Our sons started school at our neighborhood school and we spent two and a half years there. My older son had learning difficulties and was beginning to describe himself as dumb. I was very worried, as my son - a 2nd Grader - had begun to walk with his head down and lose interest in learning. My decision to switch my children to Coastal Academy was made in desperation. I felt that I just had to try an alternative to traditional schooling. My sons have now been at Coastal for two years and they're both thriving. They're energized and empowered and excited to learn about everything. Not only are my boys happier, my husband and I are happier too! As a family, we all learn and experience so much together. We could never go back to a traditional educational environment. Coastal Academy is the place for us!
Our school is wonderful! They have done such a great job in giving the parents the freedom to teach their children but ensuring that children meet the state's standards (we as parent educators don't have to worry about that). It's hard to pair educational freedom with meeting standards - especially when "standards" are not always important to parents who homeschool their children. We are bound by them, yet feel that we have to meet the Common Core Standards. There is so much more to learn - such a vast and rich amount of knowledge for our children to acquire and yet they are educationally oppressed by busy work in traditional schools. This school operates "out of the box" and has done an outstanding job in partnering with parents to teach our children. Children really do LEARN something! This is an "untraditional" and exceptional school for families who want something different for their kids.
This is our second year attending Coastal Academy and we're loving it! Such a great community of kids, teachers and parents. There are so many enrichment opportunities made available at Coastal Academy that just aren't possible at traditional public schools. We are thrilled our children are receiving such a well rounded education.
This is my second year sending my children to Coastal Academy and the more time I am at the school the more I fall in love with it. The teacher/parent partnership is invaluable. The school combines homeschooling with in-classroom schooling and I really do feel like my children are getting the best of both worlds. The staff is so dedicated to the kids and parents and there is always a great energy about the campus. I feel very fortunate to be able to send my kids to this charter school! Highly recommend.
My daughter is in 8th grade and loves this school!! That alone says a lot. She hated our public middle school for a long list of reasons. Coastal is a charter school that is extremely well-run. They don't use the online K-12 system that's advertised on TV; we tried that 2 years ago and it has way too many flaws. The curriculum at Coastal is far superior - they use a variety of sources and the curriculum is well-crafted, well thought out, and coordinated. For example, assignments in Writing are intertwined sometimes with work in Science, and sometimes with work in History The teacher-student ratio at Coastal is excellent, communication between the school/teachers and parents is easy and welcome, and one of my daughter's favorite things is that the kids rarely use swear words - probably because there are always adults nearby. Coastal also offers more options for things like music, art, and drama. There are several different "tracks." "C-track" is home-schooling, and "M-track" is for 7th and 8th grades and helps transition the kids from home-schooling into high school: they work at home on Monday & Friday and attend school T, W and Th, and it works really well.
Our school is amazing and completely outside of the box!!!! An environment where everyone is amazing teachers, staff, students And parents working together for the advancement in education for each individual student!!! Harmony and excellence!!!