If I could give none stars, I would. This school is a joke. My son went here for 3rd grade, and I pulled him out. Also few other kids got pulled out by their parents. He is so incredibly behind academically and guess what, I have NO art that he worked on at this school. I really felt like I wasted a year of my child's life, brain and education. He learned to do half work, that teachers don't read what he turned in and that he hates reading. He was bullied, with little to no intervention by the administration. I can't even explain how much of a disappointment this school is. Go somewhere else. We are in the Oakland Public School district now and its a VAST improvement.
Creative Arts is a wonderful school that achieves the delicate balance between a child-centered, developmentally appropriate approach to education and academic excellence. The arts are integrated into the school's approach to education, and students spend 3 hours a week in specific arts classes. In elementary school, students have dance, music, and visual arts every week, and in middle school students select from electives that could include art, guitar, piano, creative writing, dance, video, and others. The school also places a strong emphasis on promoting the social and emotional development of its students and creating a strong community and safe learning environment. We came to CACS 3 years ago in part because of our frustration with the heavy emphasis on worksheet-based learning that dominated our older son's experience in his SFUSD school. Our children are now in 3rd and 6th grades, and we couldn't have made a better choice. They get a good mix of project-based learning and fundamentals, and a level of individual attention that is inspiring. Next year CACS is expanding to include 2 kindergarten and 2 6th grade classes, so now is a good time to look at the school.
What a wonderfully unique, developmentally appropriate school. We couldn't be happier with the high academic rigor, safe environment, constructivist learning approach, social skill development and a very gifted team of teachers and administrators. What a gem!
My son just graduated last week and I am grateful for the wonderful education he received at CACS! He has grown in so many ways and our love of our CACS family will forever be in our hearts! Thanks to Maria J. "the most awesome teacher in the universe" and our new director Fernando for making our last year here so memorable!CACS rocks!!!!
the project based learned, the individualized attention, the size of the school, the wonderful community, the arts incorporated into the daily curriculum, the encouragement of original ideas, I could go on & on....
I love Creative Arts because I'm seeing my child thrive and grow through this fluid and dynamic curriculum.
We've been there for years and my kids continue to thrive, both scholastically and emotionally. Great teachers, staff and community. And the school just keeps getting better!
My son's attended art schools, I think it's extremely important to have creativity in school and I'm happy to see that my friends send their children to an Art School
I can't imagine my children anywhere else. They're learning more than facts, they're learning how to learn.
Wonderful project-based learning in San Francisco -- for free! I love that there is no homework until about 2nd grade and the kids stay with the same teacher through both Kindergarten and 1st grade.
It's a school where parents really get involved and make a difference in their children's education. It's filled with great teachers and parents who really care and want a special experience for their children. I've been at Creative Arts 11 years now and have no regrets. Creative Arts rocks!
One of my favorite kids in the whole world goes to school there and I can see first hand that he is getting not only a great education but a great experience as well. He loves it there and it shows!
Two of my favorite children go there, and both love it. They are very different in personality and interests, but the school suits each of them. An exciting place that nurtures intellectual curiosity, creativity and confidence.
I love the project-based learning at the school which incorporates art and music.
It has provided a creative, joyous place to learn for one of my favorite young people!
My little great nephew goes to the school and he has shown great progress in all areas. He loves school so that means a great deal to his parents.
This school is a mess,no guidence, bad education,leadership is a mess.Unsafe unnurturing environement
Creative Arts Charter School is a great school with a top notch staff and great community! My son has been happier here then at any other school he has attended, and his academics have improved 100%!!
It is a great place for students to learn in many different ways and to be able to express themselves traditionally or differently. I love teaching here and my own children got a fantastic education (not just academic, but socially capable of dealing with many situations). My son is in college now and is doing very well and my daughter is in high school. Both are achieving well academically and have taken the critical thinking skills they learned at CACS and put them to work.
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