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K-8
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Colorado Springs, CO

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2577 North Chelton Rd
Colorado Springs, CO 80909

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(719) 636-2722
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November 03, 2014
This is an outstanding school for families who want to be involved. We have been here for 4 years and seen it grow and improve every year. You will not find it stagnant, as the staff are always implementing innovations, and I believe always trying (and usually) improving. As with other schools we have been at, this starts at the top. The Principal has been here three years and does a great job. Not afraid of change or making the tough calls. The teachers are professional and friendly, and really know their business. If you are looking for a cookie cutter school, move along, this is not for you.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2014
I used to go to this school. It was amazing! I went from kindergarten to 5th grade and I haven't regretted it. The students RARELY bully, everyone is so nice and helpful, and all the teachers and staff are nice and fun. The curriculum is great. I learned a lot. When I switched schools (because I moved) the teachers barely even taught me anything new! When I went to language arts, they started teaching me about proper and improper sentences, and what is a noun and a verb and adverb and adjective and etc, but i was like, " I already learned all this back in first grade!" And I always said things like that in every subject. This school also starts teaching other languages starting in first grade! I have really gotten far in this school,and I'm sure you/your children will do well, too! Amazing school. I would have rated it 10 stars if I could. GO TO CSCA!!!!!

- submitted by a community member
June 22, 2014
My kids are doing really well and we have had a really good experience with the staff. As with all schools, you will always find a bad teacher here and there.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2014
Great school with great teachers! I have two children here and they are both performing very well. There is a lot of homework and parent involvement required, but it is well worth it! My son was under performing in K in a different school, but excelled here in first grade. We have had a great experience with the staff. As with any school, Very pleased!

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2014
If I had a choice of negative stars, I would. This school is awful. They have had 3 different principles in the past 2 years and the teacher turn over is ridiculous! The principle allowed someone I did not approve, to pick up my child. My nephew was not allowed to go to the bathroom during class and, as a result, peed in his pants... On THREE different occasions! After the current principle was consulted, he spoke with the teacher and she blatantly lied. Every parent I have talked to at this school is pulling their child out. I would never recommend this school to anyone!

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
My school is Colorado Springs Charter Academy, My grandson started this year and I am amazed his report card has 10 a's and one B+ He loves school and comes home and shares what he has done that day, not just saying all was fine, but actually tells us things he's learned. The Musical was excellent and on time and the auditorium was packed. This does show parent participation. When he first started he was a little anxious after going to a private school however, it was not long and he felt very welcomes and met new friends. I really believe all his needs are met and he is getting an excellent education. I have always liked private schools as all 7 of my children attended. The price however, is not compatible to my daughters salary so this school was rated as one of the top that was not only convient but we did know some of the teachers. I felt this was an excellent choice that my daughter made. I do believe charter schools will be a thing of the future. They do also make for a great education. I do hope this charter school keeps in good standing and keeps it's education at the top of the line that is so important for our children today in order to succeed in the world today.

- submitted by a community member
October 26, 2013
This is my granddaughters first year at Colorado Springs Charter Academy. So far, it has been great. She had a wonderful review during parent/teacher conference and part of it is because she likes her teacher and she even enjoys wearing a uniform to school. Her teacher has done a great job in stressing the need to finish homework and to bring it back! Making the student responsible for their homework is a good starting point to learn how important their education is. The only improvement is the need for a great air conditioning unit installed for our hot summer days!

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2013
The problem with CSCA in my opinion is poor administration and an extremely high turn over rate for teachers. My kids went there for three years, but we could see the handwriting on the wall. Every time they found a teacher they (and we) liked, the teacher would end up leaving. Some of them in the middle of the year.. When speaking with a couple of teachers that were leaving, I seemed to get the same answer as to why: they were not treated with respect, asked to work long hours without being paid, and felt a general lack appreciation. It's too bad, because the school has some wonderful qualities including a great curriculum, and a super location. Until some changes are made at the top however, I couldn't recommend it to friends or family.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2013
CSCA is a place where kids can be kids and also get the education and character development they are going to need for their futures. This is our second year there and we couldn't be happier!

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2013
This is our first year and so far we love it. I am very impressed with how helpful the students are. There is always someone ready to hold open a door- they are great citizens. My daughter loves her teacher and I feel a genuine concern from the teachers and school leaders alike.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2012
My daughter just completed her first year here. We are both very happy with it! She has learned so much this year and she learned it in a way that was fun and rewarding for her. Her teacher was wonderful and caring, all of the administrative staff has been very nice and supportive. The overall school climate is friendly. We are looking forward to many more years here!

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2012
This was my child's first year here. While it is a decent school focused on academics, I don't feel like enough focus is put into the children on a personal level. I would like the staff as a whole, to be on a more intimate level with the kids. I feel like the main focus is grades, scores, and pushing your child above their limit, but I don't feel like they connect on an intimate level, which I think is necessary. I also feel like I'm not told what all goes on in the classroom - my child has to complain to me about being bullied/made fun of and I have to bring it up to the teacher myself to even be told about it more. I don't feel like the student(s) doing the bullying are really being held accountable for their actions, but rather getting away with it - esp. when it's something that goes on almost every day. I feel like this school is disorganized and not sure which direction it's headed towards, but hopefully it will take a step forward. I am going to allow my child to attend next year, but if I keep seeing the same issues and I'm still not 100% satisfied, I will probably place my child elsewhere. This school definitely needs improvement.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2011
Our daughter has attended CSCA since 1st grade. She's now in 4th grade. I'm very distressed at the turnover rate of the teachers here. In her four years here she's had six teachers. In addition, her grades have been going downhill. She was an A-B student and now she's a B-C student. We tutored her ourselves one summer after the grade drop and turned to professional tutors the summer after that. Our appeals to the school have gone unheeded throughout all of this. It is equivalent to pulling teeth to simply get the teacher to speak with us about what is going on with her in the classroom. We have no idea if she is paying attention or goofing off during class. We want to help but are blocked at every attempt. We are currently looking for a school that will be more parent-friendly next year.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2010
We have been very pleased with CSCA during our 3 years there! In fact we transfered our eldest son from a "high" ranking D-11 school in the middle of 1st grade due to a lack of learning, discipline & leadership in his classroom there. While at CSCA he has excelled to become an A student. We love that they have higher standards for our boys education than any other school in our area. I love that they hold my kids accountable for their actions/behavior, they are constantly challenging them in the classroom, and require parental involvment in a variety of ways. Both of my kids are excelling in school and even learning above their grade level in areas. I am eagerly awaiting sending my 3rd son there in 2011-2012.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2010
I had my children here for three years and unfortunately this school is going the wrong way. Students are treated like little robots, they do not let them express themselves, and the love and logic program puts all the weight ion the children, even errors made by teachers little children have to find out ways to fix them.... It is sad how staff preten to be one thing infornt of parents, but int he classrooms is something else...your children will not be children in this school, they are expected to be little adults...how sad

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
This is our first year here and we are so pleased! It is structured and focused, and the parental involvement (40 hours required yearly) makes a definite impact! Coming from another charter school that was extremely disorganized and chaotic, this school definitely sets the bar for what a charter (or any) school should be. I'm so thankful to be here, and I know my children are receiving a top-notch education here delivered by an extremely caring and professional staff.

- submitted by a parent
December 30, 2009
My wife and I believe that a quality education is one of the most important gifts you can give your children. We found that a CSCA. The quality of staff, teachers, curriculum, and the commitment to the students could not be higher. At CSCA they teach values and morals that mirror our lives. We love the fact that parents are encouraged to play an active role in the school through volunteering in the classroom, library, PTO, school board, committees, and more. It truly does take a community to raise a child and that s what you find at this school, community. I wish every child had the opportunity to attend a school of this caliber and receive the education needed to build a quality future. Foundations to success begin with education and I can t think of a better place to start then at this school.

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2009
I absolutely LOVE this school! They are patriotic, teach virtues of character, teach accountability and responsibility. They are 100% dedicated to invest in the children to become responsible, well educated, moral citizens of this great nation. They are balanced, teaching from core of knowledge! Love the principle!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 07, 2009
I am raising my three grandchildren & they all attend this great school. The curriculum is excellent. The 'Love & Logic' problem solving is the best. The children are expected to do their best & to be accountable for all they do, both good & not so good. I am so glad this school is here for these kids & I support the staff to the max!

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2009
We have been very disappointed recently. To sum it up, academic results are more important to the staff than anything else. It has crushed our childrens spirit.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2009
I love this school! My three boys began attending school at CSCA in 2008. I am a single mom, working, and going through nursing school. When we first became a part of this school last year, my family was just overcoming many devastating situations. My oldest son was having a difficult time coping. CSCA helped him in everyway they could. To make a long story short, CSCA took us in, as a family in crisis, and gave us the proper support. The people who make up this school are a major reason why today all three of my children are not only succeeding in school but are doing better over over all. They love going to school there and feel like an important part of the community. The teachers, counselor, principle, and the support staff have all taken the time to meet my boys' needs in very individualized ways.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2009
It's interesting for me to read reviews from parents who are dissatisfied with how CSCA is run, as the road map for the school is thoroughly defined in the school charter. Yes, the school is demanding--one of the core values says it's a 'no excuses' environment. No, teachers do not 'have a say' in important instruction decisions, as these decisions are set forth in the charter and administered by the Administrative staff. Once again, this is all delineated within the charter. CSCA is definitely not for everyone, but it's difficult for me to empathize with those who are shocked to find out the school is rigorous, challenging, and enforces accountability and results as these values are all clearly expressed in the core values and the school charter. Thus, all parents must do their own homework before choosing the best place of learning for their children.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2009
CSCA has had its ups (the curriculum is excellent) and downs, but I'm afraid to say that it is headed in what looks to be a frightening direction. There seems to be a climate of intimidation and fear among the staff and school as a whole. Teachers have no say in important instructional decisions and parents have lately had a lot of difficulty figuring out what's really going on behind the scenes. I don't trust some of the key leaders of the school, and seriously question sending my child back next fall.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2009
As you read through the reviews, you will begin to see a pattern emerging. There are the parents who's children are able to do the work without excuses, and think that CSCA is the best school in the city. And then there are the parents who's children have had some type of problem, be it behavioral, social or academic; they seem to dislike everthing about the school. I can only say that for my children the school represents an answer to my prayers. I don't know what i'd do if I had to send my children elsewhere. I believe the best way to judge for yourself is to come to CSCA and take a tour, and watch the kids in action. If your'e like me, you'll know it's something special the minute you get there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 08, 2009
With the choices in Dist. 11 this is by far the BEST choice of school to put your child in. Core knowledge is key. Teachers are always available to help both the child and the parent. I honestly believe our daughter has excelled in this charter school then she would've in any of the local district schools. Actually I know for a fact as she was a 'victim' of Dist. 11. Now I feel as thought she is getting an education worthy of preperations for high school and college. thanks csca.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2009
We had such high expectations for our kindergartener and it's interesting to see the trend in reviews. The curriculum has been great and we have enjoyed being involved parents where ever we can. It has been nice to see so much participation encouraged in a public school. However, we do not agree with retention for non-academic, non-disciplinary reasons and have felt pressured to retain our child since October in the school year, when it is far too early to judge how much a child will grow. This really makes me question the school's motives and wonder what the requirements really are for promotion. I certainly don't believe in social promotion or social retention. It's just sad. My child will thrive somewhere else next year.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2009
I wasn't going to post a review for CSCA but after reading some of the newer posts, I felt it was my responsibility as a parent of a kindergartner at this school. First of all, it is my feeling that CSCA is a school where you MUST be willing to be involved. It is not like many public schools where you can just leave everything up to the school(&/or teachers). They require you volunteer so that you have the opportunity to actually see what is going on in the classroom. So, if you are parent you just wants to send your child to school & NOT be involved, this is NOT the school for you. My husband & I, chose this school because that is exactly what we wanted. We are parents and our parenting doesn't end when our child gets out of the car in the morning.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2009
This school promises much, but utterly fails to deliver. I took time off from work a year ago to scout possible schools for my kindergartener-to-be and the promise was that academic standards would be vigorously pursued, that Parenting with Love and Logic would be the disciplinary system used, and communication between staff up to and including the 'head of school' and parents leaves so much to be desired as to require a novella to detail. I've only begun to voice my utter displeasure at the complete lack of professionalism and resorting to bullying rather than working with us on any given problem. We were promised communication but had a vicious game of gin-rummy played upon us in that little to no information flowed our way until the school was ready to mete out harsh suspensions and continually gave veiled threats.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 13, 2009
I agree completely with the last three reviews. If your child has the slighest difficulty in behavior or learning, no matter how minor it may seem to you, do not enroll in this school. They will not communicate with you or work with you. They are interested only in the overall academic rating of their school. Colorado Charter Academy School Board take note: The word is out about your intollerant attitude to the diversity of our children and about your false advertising concerning Love and Logic use in the classroom and about how you really gain those 'Excellent' ratings.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 25, 2009
After two years at this school we had to pull out for our youngest. She was having some problems with reading & just couldn't keep up. We tutored through summer & during school and although she excelled in everything else it was recommended to us to hold her back. We moved back to the original school we started out in & they were able to give her an ILP & now she's at grade level. I heard another parent say, that CSCA is geared to children who can excel but if the child needs extra help they're seen as a liability to the school. Have to say, I agree.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2008
This school is rigid, inflexible and narrow-minded for children with an Individualized Education Plan. They do not have the staff or dedication to meet the needs of children who are motivated and intelligent but who learn differently than the mainstream. Physical education, Art and Music are not offered to all students year-round.

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December 19, 2008
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December 02, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2008
CSCA is a fantastic school. but it's not for everyone. The academic standards are much higher than most k-7 schools that are pegged to a district. Uniforms are required. Yes, they do have a zero tolerance policy for late papers and papers without names on them. This is something that I like, however I understand why some parents wouldn't. Overall I am very pleased with the school.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2008
The administration is very rigid. They have adopted a zero policy pertaining to no-name papers and late papers for all. We took our children out. They brag about parent involvement but really don't want it.

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2007
My oldest two children have attended CSCA since the 2007 school year. We can't say anything negative about this school. They promote academics, strong leadership standards and dicipline. My children come from a homeschooling backround and are preforming several grades above average. Without compromising their social need to be with like aged children the school is able to keep them academically challenged within their small group structure.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2007
This is a charter school to model charter schools after! The staff is dedicated and my children have never been doing better or been happier to attend school!

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2007
My two oldest children have attended CSCA since it opened 2 years ago. It is an amazing school with high academic standards, great teachers, and wonderful, imaginative students. Both my daughter and son love CSCA and the friends that they have made there. I am thrilled that they are both performing well above grade level and are taught at this level but otherwise kept in a classroom of their age group. The music, art and Spanish classes are also very well done and exciting for the students. We love CSCA.

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June 02, 2007
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Colorado Springs Charter Academy
2577 North Chelton Rd, Colorado Springs, CO  80909
(719) 636-2722
Last modified Colorado Springs Charter Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Colorado Springs Charter Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 42 reviews. Top