Wonderful school! We've been at the school for 3 years now and had nothing but positive experiences. I absolutely love the volunteer requirements because it cultivates a great learning environment and community for the entire school. As a parent I want what's best for my child, and that includes me being involved in their school! There are so many ways I am able to do this and truly make a difference. The head of school is fantastic and my daughter has had a great experience with every one of her teachers. In addition to great community, the school has second to none academics. I'm quite often shocked and impressed by what the kids are learning. And if community and academics weren't enough, the school very strongly focuses on developing admirable character traits. Kids learn about respect, self-control, responsibility and so much more on a weekly basis! We did our homework before we chose a school for our kids - and it had certainly paid off here!
The school's guidelines for homework is 10 minutes per grade level (ex. 2nd grader 20 min, 3rd grader 30 min.) - as my daughter has been working her way up through grade levels the homework has increased, but still seems very much appropriate and within the guidelines!
There are good teachers and not so good teachers here. Unfortunately one of my kids has a horrible teacher that bullies and could care less about actually teaching. I've brought this up with the principal and so has several other parents. The principal has done nothing to my knowledge to fix anything. We've done like so many and left. The school has a great curriculum, but no leadership. The principal should be focusing on the kids and what is good for them, not on covering up horrible teachers and covering his but!
My youngest child is now in her last year at CSCA, having attended since kindergarten. In those nine years she has become a scholar, a performer, an ambassador, and a citizen-in-training. The school's attention to every student, demanding curriculum, and caring staff are why.
I see leadership truly committed to student excellence while still being compassionate. And I see a culture of appreciation for achievement, something we miss too often in traditional neighborhood schools--all in a stately and inspiring campus.
The future for Colorado Springs Charter Academy looks as bright as any, and it's a school I go out of my way to tell new parents about.
The staff at Colorado Springs Charter Academy have mastered the art of "Leading" as opposed to "commanding". The kids (as well as the parents) revere CSCA because they absolutely know that educators care for them on a deeper level than just the assigned responsibility dictated by their jobs. Those kids love CSCA because they feel the staff's love for THEM. I personally had my daughter in two schools, one year each, prior to CSCA. The last school before CSCA, I was the Vice President of the PTO. It wasn't until 3 yrs ago when she landed at CSCA that I finally felt secure that she would be in a healthy and progressive environment to receive a quality education. The Head of School, Mr. Murphy as well as the entire staff, lead by example. They are the first to run a traffic line or mop a mess in the hall. These people are the kind of educators that the children will remember and credit into their adulthood. They practice a model of accountability and respect and it is reflected in our children's attitudes. My two children are receiving a "first class" education that rivals most private schools. My family could not be happier.
Terrific school with high academic standards, caring teachers and involved families. We chose this school although it is not in our district due to the high academic expectations and could not be happier. Children are expected to behave and are held to high honors and respect for all. The staff is caring and very involved in the education and extra curricular activities of the children. One of the key tenants of the school is volunteering and parents are very actively involved which makes a tremendous difference. The extra courses in Art, Spanish, Music are a bonus! And to make it better uniforms make live so much easier. We highly recommend the school to everyone and are thrilled at the progress our children have made!