June 10, 2015
As two graduates of CAIS, our opinion is that the school is decent, but the academics could be improved, and the quality of education is declining with the loss of good teachers.
Technology: Our grade did not have iPads, but we observed many younger students playing games. We feel that the addition of iPads to the school curriculum has had a negative effect on students’ concentration and learning.
Middle School Curriculum:
ELA: Mr. Gray was insightful, but his class did not adequately prepare for high school in terms of essay composition. At challenging high schools, CAIS kids struggle with deep analysis and essay structure. The classes were also disorderly, making it difficult for students to pay attention. Mr. Sproull’s 6th grade vocabulary and spelling tests helped with standardized tests and the final magazine project taught us how to use our time wisely with a major project.
ESS: Though the material was based off a textbook, the teachers, Ms. Reimer (no longer teaching at CAIS) and Mr. Sproull, were able to engage students through discussions and projects. They were also able to enhance our worldly understanding through the current event essays and presentations.
Math: During our time at CAIS, we were taught by the LEGENDARY Ms. Soukhova, who is now retired. As each grade had to take the same level of math, we did not learn anything in the actual class. Instead, we turned to the afterschool MathCounts program to learn more challenging concepts. In 6th grade, we were taught by Mr. Churchill, learning basic math skills, such as solving for a variable in a linear system.
Science: In 7th and 8th grade, we were taught by Ms. Sherman. Over these two years, we participated in the science fair and covered topics from biology to physics, from birdwatching to earthquake science. In her class, we could count on being challenged by new material everyday. In 6th grade science, we experimented with hands on activities, such as being dunked in water to learn about density.
Chinese: CAIS’ Chinese curriculum was excellent in all aspects. Though the teachers gave us mostly written assignments, we were able to improve our oral skills through class discussions. We were also able to broaden our understanding of Chinese language and culture by learning about China’s history in depth so that we could truly grasp China’s traditions.
(We would have written more.)
- submitted by a student