CACS takes into account the whole child, including learning needs, developmental stage and individual strengths. I feel like my child is really seen, nurtured and valued. There is a strong community of active parents, and continuous conversation about how to keep making this a great learning environment. Also, character education and classroom and schoolwide community is valued through the Responsive Classroom program. My child is thriving at this school!
The involvement in the arts is significant, art, dance and music every week with professionals in each. Teachers developing their own curriculum in progressive educational approach-we're very lucky.
Great Teachers! Emphasis on the Arts, and Arts integration into Learning! An inclusive, accepting, creative environment and approach to learning.
I had fun at the Fall Fest and my friend and her daughter love it. And they help with life issues.
I love the teachers, staff, community and the diversity. I also love the integrated arts and project based learning. Every year i am impressed with the growth. It is the dedicated staff and amazing community of parents who work hard, striving to always take it to the next level. In fact, this has been a particularly good year, despite the challenges faced with deep budget cuts. My son's experience has been a thoughtful journey with amazing teachers who have given him a solid foundation for his now and future learning.
Creative Arts is the embodiment of community. Parents and children pull together to help make the school a better place. Older kids watch out for younger kids and teachers and parents keep lines of communication wide open. Add to that the fantastic curriculum and innovative ideas for teaching and integrating music, art and dance into everyday, and you have an amazing, fantastic school!
CACS is a school that truly centers everything around the experience of the children. It treats them with respect, gives them personal responsibility and engenders a love of learning that I have no doubt will last their lifetime.
This is an amazing public school. The leadership has recruited a great staff and is committed to continuous improvement through staff development. Everyone is pulling in the same direction: project based learning in a caring environment with a focus on participatory music, art and dance in small settings. My 2 kids love it and are thriving.
Great arts based curriculum. Project learning diverse school PUBLIC education!
because the teachers are the best I've ever seen and my children can;t wait to get to school every day
To the previous reviewer, if your son is excelling in high school then he must have received an excellent foundation to build on. I find Creative Arts to be amazing in that it provides a private school caliber education in a public school setting while working with a public schools limited resources and social equity highs and challenges. The director Liz Jaroslow is amazing and the current new 2009/10 faculty a dream team of primarily veteran educators who all wanted to teach here. I write as the parent of current and former CACS students and as a veteran education expert. This school educates the whole child, not just the head, but the hands and the heart. Hooray!
My experiences with the CACS is that when my son changed schools. He was terribly behind Academically. I find that the academic standard at this school is very low. My son is very visually oriented in regards to art and is very talented in his own right. He was never challenged artistically or taught to expand his artistic horizons and think outside the box. The music program..well its not much of one. I suppose if you call strumming ukeleles and beating on a Cajon a music program then this might be the school for you. No Music or sonic arts to speak of. My son is now in high school and excelling in Art music and athletics.
Creative Arts is an excellent school. My son is really thriving in this environment, where children find a caring but still challenging environment.
We have never been happier with CACS. The staff is highly professional, ingenious, creative and very intelligent. They find creative approaches to teach the curriculum that truly engage children and foster a life long love of learning, thinking and problem solving. It's refreshing to be at a school that doesn't teach to the test through rote memorization, but instead use refreshing approaches (ie, project, multiple modalities, social etc.) to nurture and inspire the whole child. The school is very safe with older kids looking out for younger one's and they have added various middle school dimensions that support children's learning and teach them to be socially responsible. They all seem to very wise and focused on each and every child, believing that all children deserve equal access to quality education. They really practice and adhere to the responsive classroom principles which as a parent, I appreciate the non-punitive approach to discipline.
I would not recommend this school. My children attended for six years and four years respectively. They loved the community. However, they did not learn. I removed them last year and my youngest child's test scores rose by over 100 in both math and language. She is now qualified for GATE and is getting a great education at a SFUSD (non-charter) school. Tests are not everything. However, she is being challenged acadmically, and most importantly more enthusiastic about school than she was at CACS.
The first day of school this year was the most beautiful first day I have ever witnessed. The kids were welcomed on to the yard by the director and greeted by their friends and families with big hugs and smiles. Once they entered the school the teachers were all standing in the hallways welcoming all of the children as they entered their classrooms. It was the most warm, welcoming and comfortable first day I could have hoped for. I am looking forward to my childs continued joy and eagerness to learn at this wonderful school.
It may be fun and games for the younger students of creative arts but middle school was an extremely diassapointing experience for us ththere was a lack of support from the principal in behaviorial issues. Teachers coming and going constantly in middle school. Out of control kids and the uninvolved parents.My child learned very little at that school during middle school and had to transfer in order to get a better education.It entailed a lot of catching up in order to get to the correct grade level. I would not recommend this school.
As a CACS parent I take issue with the previous review. Parents are asked to be goodwill ambassadors for the school. It's called peer community outreach and traditionally it's one way all schools get the word out and increase diversity. Second, there are major funding issues at all California public schools these days. Third, the board at CACS is made up of hard working parents, faculty and community members who commit to giving freely of their time and talent in an efforts to make CACS the best possible school for all it's families. School behavior issues are quite frankly no more or less out of the norm for children these ages at any similar school. The way in which teachers and staff handle them is exceptional. Check Great Schools, CACS is 45% white/ 55% non white about the same as Miraloma and many other S.F. schools. Big clique
To point out what other parents stated here, anywhere you go, there's always going to be kids bullying other kids. My son just started at CACS this year and he had his own complaints on some bullying but I make sure that I speak to him and tell him how to deal with it and how important it is to be the better person... everything is going well so far.. kids will be kids. As adults, we must always be there to reason with them and guide them.. My son is a very smart kid but is so much younger than other kids in his class. But I was amazed to hear when he told me that CACS makes Math and Reading fun.... hearing from these from my son makes me believe that me and my husband made the right decision to be a part of this school
Both of my children started at CACS this September and it has gone beyond our expectations. The project-based learnign is such a blessing for my 1st and third grader who, previously, spent so much time on standardized thest they had lost the excitement and the creative spark that should come with education. The teachers, families and staff have all chosen this school and share its philosophy, which creates a porsitive atmosphere. The responsive classroom means that kids are learning to communicate with each other as well as being academically challenged. We feel very lucky.
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