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The Classical Academy Charter

Charter | K-6

 
 

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4 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted December 15, 2007

We're a three-year TCA family. Outstanding teachers, guaranteed small classes, and a strong curriculum combine to make this a fabulous school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2007

I have to agree. The kids are very sheltered here. Life at the school certainly doesn't mirror the ethnic or religious diversity of the rest of the Springs, Colorado, or the U.S. Teachers are very average and they don't require state certification. We will be leaving after this year. Do not recommend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2007

We just moved out of state and were forced to leave our great situation at TCA. We have one in 8th, 3rd and Kindergarten . My kids felt safe, loved and now since moving we have realized they were a full year ahead of most public schools academically. If you have a chance to be a part of this school you are blessed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2007

'A Wise Teacher Makes Learning A Joy' to 'Excellence With Honor.' The lengths to which TCA's administration goes to ensure that excellence is impressive. They discourage dissent and encourage mediocrity instead of innovation amongst teachers. Billing themselves as a school who teaches character to its students is a mistake as the only thing that the students will really learn is how to grind people into the ground.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 15, 2006

When My kids started there, I thought the school was great. When I became a part time teacher there I saw that there are a lot of problems.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 8, 2006

The elementary is excellent and right on track.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2006

My daughter has spent her high school years at Classical Academy and in many ways has regretted the time there. She has a few very caring, quality teachers but for the most part, they are inexperienced, incompetent and narrow-minded. The school bills itself as a 'character education' school, but many of the kids daily show a lack of true character. My daughter thinks that part a joke. Please really look into this school before jumping in. It's not all its cracked up to be. a concerned mother
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2006

TCA is fantastic! This will be my tenth year as a student here. The academics vary greatly from music,art, Marching,Concert and Jazz Bands, French, Latin, and Spanish to Literature and Great Women Authors. I love all the teachers. They really are concerned about the future of every student and make learning fun by using various ways to teach us a concept. Character Education is also a part of the curriculum. We learn about and practice using Respect, Responsibility, Perseverence etc... The students here are all very nice and there is rarley ever bullying. TCA students wear uniforms. I find it great that you do not have to worry about if your clothes are 'in'. The teachers can get strict about how we wear uniforms and if we are in correct uniform though. The level of Parental involvment is high compared to some schools in this area. -MT
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 30, 2006

i do not like this school at all. the teachers are very poor and there are hardly any electives to choose from.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 30, 2006

The Classical Acacdemy is a very good school. The problem there is that there is bascally one group of people that can fit in there. White, well off, republican, conservative, christian familys. We also find that the school cares more about uniforms than academics. My child once had to sit in the office until school went out because she was wearing the wrong pants. She missed all of her classes. An also because of the empasis on character, both the students and the teachers can be very judgemental toward other students and their parents because of some poor choices they may have made. I also find their extracurricular activities to be lacking quite a bit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2006

This school has great arts programs which give it a great classical feel. The school lacks a little in some sports but still has a good amount. Alos, this school has a medium parent involvement and you can talk to the teachers about any concerns
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 20, 2006

Improving in availability of subjects as school grows in size...still limited
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2006

TCA provides an excellent academically challenging school. They use the core knowledge curriculum. TCA provides spanish, art, and PE beginning in kindergarten. Class sizes are small. They have many opportunities for parent involvement and they provide great communitcation to the parents through emails, etc. There is also an empasis on charachter development. I would highly reccomend TCA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2006

The school's stated mission begins with 'to assist parents...' and that is exactly what they do. We are getting ready to move out of state and leaving this school will be one of the most difficult things about the move.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2005

A great school. Test scores are some of the highest in the state. Good emphasis on character education and the arts and a good sports program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2005

We are very happy with the school: strong academics, small class size, strong values.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

Amazing school, with amazing teachers. They are extremely devoted and really making learning interesting and fun. The amount of material they cover each year is hard to believe. The character development program is key to having classrooms which function smoothly and allow a great amount of learning to take part each day. We've been with TCA since 2001 and are extremely pleased with the school and it's administration.
—Submitted by a parent


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.

About these ratings

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.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

239 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

239 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
89%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2013.

239 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
66%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

255 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

255 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
84%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

255 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
67%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

265 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

265 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

265 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
67%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 57% in 2013.

265 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
76%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

241 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

241 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
97%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 58% in 2013.

241 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
79%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students93%
Female90%
Male96%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)93%
Free lunch eligible89%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch94%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English93%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant93%

Reading

All Students90%
Female91%
Male89%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Free lunch eligible89%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English90%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant90%

Writing

All Students72%
Female73%
Male70%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic74%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)72%
Free lunch eligible67%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English71%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant72%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students89%
Female88%
Male89%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)90%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)29%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English90%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant89%

Reading

All Students86%
Female87%
Male85%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic91%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)24%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English86%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant86%

Writing

All Students70%
Female73%
Male67%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic86%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)69%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch71%
Students with disabilities (IEP)12%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English71%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant70%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students89%
Female89%
Male89%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English89%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant89%

Reading

All Students88%
Female92%
Male84%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic96%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)87%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English87%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant88%

Science

All Students66%
Female66%
Male66%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)66%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English66%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant66%

Writing

All Students75%
Female85%
Male66%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English74%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant75%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students86%
Female89%
Male84%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)87%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English87%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant86%

Reading

All Students93%
Female94%
Male92%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)94%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch94%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English93%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant93%

Writing

All Students81%
Female87%
Male74%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English81%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant81%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

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How schools in the state rate:

23%
of schools in the state are Below average
52%
of schools in the state are Average
24%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

Average


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 TCAP results from the state of Colorado.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math, English Language Arts, and Writing from the state of Colorado.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 82% 56%
Hispanic 9% 32%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Black 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 5%N/A41%
Male 50%N/A51%
Female 50%N/A49%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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975 Stout Rd
Colorado Springs, CO 80921
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