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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.
The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.
To start a new list, click OK. Otherwise click Cancel.
Thank you! You will begin to receive newsletters from us shortly.
Thanks for verifying your updated email address.
Oops! That email verification link has expired. Please click the button below to receive a new one.
Create an account to submit your answers.
Sign in with an existing GreatSchools account or using Facebook:
Your review has been posted to GreatSchools.
Share with friends! Post your opinion of Colorado Springs Charter Academy on Facebook.
Welcome to GreatSchools!
Thanks! We just sent you an email – please click on the link in the email to post your answers.
Get timely updates for Colorado Springs Charter Academy, including performance data and recently posted user reviews.