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.
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!
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!
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.
We have attended CSCA for a while, and it continues to improve yearly. You could not ask for a better all around school. Teachers are excellent, the curriculum is solid, the Principal is a visionary and true leader, and the kids are well behaved. Like any school there are some things we would change, but we always know we can voice our concerns and usually come to resolution. I know many of the teachers personally, and most are very happy at the school. Because there is no union, ineffective teachers do not return at the rate you see in most other schools.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!!!
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!
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.
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.
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