My daughter has been at CACS from K-3rd grade. I believe that the most important element in a school is the skill and dedication of the teaching staff, and Creative Arts Charter School is lucky to have extrememely dedicated teachers. There is a sense that each teacher is completely dedicated to their job and cares about the children - both their academic success and their well being as a person. Time after time, I've seen teachers go the extra mile at this school. Because the school is small and there isn't much turnover in teaching staff, children have longlasting and meaningful relationships with adults beyond the teacher in their own classroom. I speak to parents frequently about other schools, both public and private, and I've rarely heard about as much personal attention as my daughter has received at CACS.
As an veteran Creative Arts family, we look back on our 9 years at this school with fondness. Although there were some growing pains in the early years, the talent and dedication of staff and parents kept it all growing and improving. Now in year 12 this school is one of the best kept secrets in San Francisco. Art, music and dance is part of the daily life where full-time arts specialist collaberate (in weekly collaberation meetings) to bring meaningful content to students. Twice yearly performances showcase all that the students have learned.
As father of two CACS students, I was initially happy to find a public school in SF that I can support and send my sons to. That said, I can't help but feel sorry for everyone in this effort -- parents, teachers, kids, all of whom seem frenzied by the constant imperiling of funding, discipline, reliability, and the resulting insecurity EVERYWHERE in this ever-moving campus. The 'creative arts' label is misleading - as the school can barely afford the minimum. I am concerned my sons' behaviour has declined greatly with the generally anxious mood and lack of behavioural standards/models . My youngest son's teacher keeps forgetting who he is, (gr.3)which is disturbing, at the least. I'm concerned about dropping off the boys each day but don't know alternatives. This place is too disorganised to recommend. No solid extra-currics, no clear mission, no music, sports, counselling, etc.
This is a wonderful little gem of a school. My child is just beginning his 2nd year at the school and both he and his parents couldn't have chosen a better place for him. Outside of his regular class he gets a full hour each of music, dance and art each week. If you are looking for a great, creative environment for your child look no further.
This school has builded my childs love of reading. Parents are involved dailey. Music, arts and extra activities are always available. Due to the school moving locations, I don't know how well the school will continue
San Francisco's first and oldest charter. Both of my children attended Creative Arts, and both had a good experience. Small schools are the best places for kids -- especially for K-8. A lot of attention from adults and teachers, and a place where kids can feel comfortable with their parents. The curiculum has improved every year that we've attended, as has the school organization and staff retention. The biggest challenge has been the physical facilities provided by SF Unified -- but there is a sense of owenrship and participation by the comunity that really benefits the kids. The graduates of CACS are attending many good high schools, not just SOTA. Creative Arts now has it's graduates attending at Lowell, Mercy, St.Josephs, Gateway and St. Ignatus.
This school has a great arts program and is close knit. Students stay with the same teacher for 2 years and learn to think in creative ways.
This school is a well-intended mess. It lacks cohesive, consistent pedagogy, and a frequently moving location. Though said to be a creative arts school, the offerings are slim. There is no music department, little in the way of sports, and their shows are slipshod and embarrasing. The teachers are nice, in particular, my daughter's 2 grade teacher, but the teachers are leaving in droves.
Both of my sons attend this school (K and 6th) and I am an involved parent. All of my experiences with this school have been wonderful. My children are nutured,educated and thrive in this school community.Project based learning has developed their curiosity and deisre to learn, deepened their involvement in their education and broadened their intrests on all levels. My older son has confidence and excitement in starting a project based on current curiculum and has developed skills in completion of his goals. All lessons are project based and while it is an art focused school this type of learning process was directly responsible for his winning a science fair. My younger son has learned to read and has basic math skills all learned in manner in which he was involved and delighted. This is a woderful school.
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