My Son can read and write mandarin at the 8th grade level. He completed pre algebra in the 5th grade,His science Class was with and th grade textbook they all did amazing science projects.
A lot of the kids helped make Awesome sets for Beauty and the Beast.
The entire faculty and students produced and performed Beauty and the Beastevery kid had a part on stage or doing sound backstage.
All the kids performed amazing in a Latin concert
What other school comes close?Maybe the Latin school in Boston but we are in orange county
Our children attended Camelot Academy for three years, which ended up being one year too long. The first two years, they were provided with a solid education and the school showed real potential. However, there was a rapid decline in the academics within the third year.
There were a few things that contributed to this downturn with Camelot Academy. For example, the administration decided to replace some of their best, most experienced faculty with people who appeared to be newly graduated from college with no teaching or child experience. The level of academics and students' performances dropped dramatically. One of the most shocking problems with this was that some classes received absolutely no writing instruction throughout the school year despite parent complaints.
Additionally, the administrators chose to focus their time and energy on developing a dual immersion (English/Chinese) program, without regard for or communication with the existing families. Although this had been discussed as a long term plan, it was implemented in a hasty manner with little preparation. One of the casualties of this was the individualized learning opportunities. In the past, each student needing advancement or remediation for single subjects had been provided with individualized learning to meet their needs. This was completely dropped. In fact, with the loss of more faculty during this past year, classes needed to be combined without proper preparation. When this occurred, there was, again, a noticeable change in the level of academics.
It is unfortunate to see Camelot Academy take such a turn. We had been very hopeful about their plans and development for the future.
If you are comparing this school with a public school, then yes, this a good school to send your kid. If you are comparing it to other private schools, then you can definitely get more for your money at another school. Not all students are taught an instrument only children 3rd grade an up. Spanish is an after school activity that you pay for your child to attend. Their primary focus is Manderin which in Southern California may not be the best option.
Biggest concern I have is the extremely poor communication. They make significant changes to the structure of the school and don't let you know until after the fact. The apparent "deal with it" attitude is not appreciated. Like the other person posted before this year was extremely frustrating and disappointing.
Every Monday they go over honesty, integrity and fairness with the children. The children are being taught and how it applies to everyday life. The staff applies this everyday so, yes they are developing honesty, integrity and fairness to its students.
Giving a school 1 star because "Competition day events" were not going smoothly and did not make a pleasurable experience for one parent or that the lunch was not great makes not for a bad school. Chances are this parent did not volunteer to cook lunch and did nothing to help - complaining is not help, get involved next time. My son was in public school but was not being challenged. The SAT's is based on English and Math and the English and Math curriculum at Camelot is more challenging than public schools. Latin is taught at Camelot. Latin is the basis of many foreign languages not only will it help in learning other foreign languages but it also helps in Science and Law. All the children learn the violin and another instrument - something not taught in public schools. They teach Spanish which living in the southwest is important. They teach Chinese which has been rated as one of the top 3 languages that one should learn. The focus should be on what the kids are learning not how we were taught.
End of year ceremony today was a joke. Lack of organization, content and execution not impressive, even bad food. Total waste of time for SIX hours! A frustrating end to a frustrating year. We're done. If my kid had not learned some Chinese this year, this rating would be a one star.