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K-8
Public charter
Colorado Springs, CO
Students enrolled: 1,000
 

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1710 Piros Dr
Colorado Springs, CO 80915

(719) 622-8000
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Map of Rocky Mountain Classical Academy address.

May 29, 2015
I'm happy I made the choice to enroll my child in RMCA. The staff and administration is phenomenal and the curriculum is outstanding! My child has learned so much which I'm grateful for. I would like to add though the behavior of some of the parents is completely embarrassing nit to mentice disgraceful. To actually speak down to or cuss at other parents/staff members is beyond ridiculous. I've witnessed numerous confrontations and it's extremely appalling. There are guidelines and rules which we all have to obey. Please display some class and have respect while in or around a school. It's sad to imagine the example those people are setting for their children with such rude behavior. I can understand why staff becomes frustrated with certain individuals. Thank you to all the wonderful staff, administration, and faculty at RMCA!!

- submitted by a parent
Develops empathy: Neutral
May 28, 2015
I think its a mixed bag depending on which student and which staff member are involved.

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Neutral
May 28, 2015
I think the school promotes it with the students, the administration however fails to demonstrate it themselves in a lot of cases. They are not great at accepting responsibility for their actions (or inaction). So it is a bit of a double standard. There also seems to be an "inner circle" type of mentality where certain parents have the ear and preference of the administration. This is unacceptable in my opinion.

- submitted by a parent

May 23, 2015
This school has been amazing for my son! We are very happy with RMCA. My son is a typical boy and when he had some trouble on the playground the teachers and admin were amazing. They do not allow bullying or kids to be mean and there are consequences, but they are fair and consistent. I had no complaints when my son got in trouble I thought it was right and fair and we backed it up at home. My son learned his lesson and hasn't gotten into trouble again. I know my son has great people here showing him how to have good character by how they act themselves. I am very thankful to them for how much they care about our kids and for how communicative they are and in wanting to work with parents for their kids. I've never paid attention to this site but got on after I heard a parent in the front office of the school threatening to get on to give a bad review. They were threatening and cussing out the people who were trying to help them. What this parent was calling them was very awful and I felt so bad for them. The parent was not going to be allowed to volunteer for our event if they were using language like that and the parent thought they had a right to volunteer no matter what language they were using. I was glad the administration stood firm on this even though they were being threatened with calling the district and a bad review. I'm glad they are looking out for our kids like this. I do not want people like this around my son and if I can't be at an event I want to know parents are not yelling at my child. I am glad to know RMCA is keeping my son safe. Also, there was an older man in the office yesterday who was very mad about having to show his ID to have a check done before he could come into the school. If you are going to a school you should expect a background check to make sure you are safe to be around kids. If you have a problem with that then the problem is you! Thank you RMCA for taking such good care of my son and for a really great year. All the activities, especially Colonial Day have been really fun for my son but for me too! I have really enjoyed getting to be a part of my son's education. We are military and have never been at such a great school like this. It upsets me to have people want to give bad reviews when it is such a great school and a great school for my son!

- submitted by a parent

April 23, 2015
Sad to say, I do not see "transparency" with the administration happening at RMCA. There are things that go on behind the scenes that are ALARMING. As a previous teacher at RMCA, I can say that when your supervisor (admin, principal) asks YOU to justify or tell them WHY a parent volunteer should NOT be consuming alcohol on a school sponsored trip...you become disillusioned. It is incredibly disappointing to see not much has changed with the new building.

- submitted by a community member

March 27, 2015
As a parent who has been on the fence about this school all year, I am curious to know what the "disturbing news" was mentioned by the previous poster. The ladies in the front office are wonderful and my child has an outstanding teacher, but I find that information about what is actually going on in the school very hard to come by. When the principal left suddenly earlier this year, the situation was never fully addressed. We had absolutely no idea what happened or if/when there would be a new principal appointed. Lunch time is absolute chaos. There is no fence or any kind enclosure around the playground! Barring an exceptional offense, I fail to see how firing a teacher mid-year benefits anyone. We absolutely need more transparency from the administration.

- submitted by a parent

March 16, 2015
This school year has consisted of nothing but instability and poor communication since the change in leadership earlier in the first semester. As a parent at RMCA for a number of years, I have weathered many changes. This year has been the most difficult for my children, and I don't believe it has anything to do with moving into the new building. I ask the Board to please evaluate your internal structures and provide some stability for your valued staff members, as they are the ones who maintain stability for our children! What good is a beautiful new building and more space, if your childs teacher is fired in the middle of the year, or the administration becomes so frustrated with one individual who holds all the power, that she chooses to leave a school that she loved tremendously. I am acting in the school and hear/see so many issues that concern me. Please, RMCA, get it together, I love this school and I can't fathom the thought of considering another school for my kids. The previous two years I felt encouraged and hopeful for the direction of RMCA, and after hearing some disturbing news today, I can't say that I feel the same.

- submitted by a parent

January 30, 2015
I cannot, in good conscience, recommend this school to anyone. They require parents to sign away their parental right to guide their child's education with a Parent Commitment form. My kids were special needs children, straight A students, never behavior problems but were asked to leave the school because we refused district and state testing in the best interest of their health. This school cherry picks students and doesn't care about the 'whole child'; scores are more valuable than students. They've had financial problems and lost their high school to mismanagement. Any parent of a special needs child knows how traumatic it is to relocate to a new school. I CANNOT Rocky Mountain Classical Academy or any charter school which violates a parent's right to do what is best for their children for scores.

- submitted by a parent

January 16, 2015
This is a great school! The teachers really care about my boys. I appreciate how well informed they keep me. The school seems to be well organized with good lines of communication. Their curriculum is tough but my boys are doing wonderful. I appreciate all the hard work the teachers and staff put into helping my boys succeed. Oh and their new school build is beautiful and has everything a parent could want. Although, I loved the school even in the old building.

- submitted by a parent

January 14, 2015
Don't be fooled by the new fancy building. The staff at this school does not care about what is best for your child. My son's teacher has been dismissive of my concerns throughout the year. They claim to have an advanced curriculum, their standardized test scores don't reflect that. My son's teacher is inexperienced and does not know how to teach the curriculum. My experience with this school has been beyond terrible and I believe detrimental to my son's education and emotional well being. Believe me when I say if you enroll your child here, you are taking a risk! The staff at this school has little intergrity!

- submitted by a parent

January 13, 2015
All I can say, is I hope the new building will help with organization and communication. I am a teacher who used to work for RMCA, and my reason for leaving this school was based on the lack of organization, communication, and security. I realized that charter schools are VERY different than traditional, public schools. I also realized that charter schools are not for me as an educator. I have since moved on to a public school district. I prefer to know expectations upfront from my admin, and it seems that expectations change frequently at RMCA (possibly just a charter school thing). The TEACHERS are very hard working and do their best with what they have - but they don't have much. I just hope they haven't bitten off more than they can chew with this new building.

- submitted by a community member

December 24, 2014
I wanted to respond to the post about students with special needs not getting help at RMCA. All D-49 charter schools want to help all students, but are limited by the resources that D-49 gives them. Charter schools pay a huge amount of money to the district and in turn the district is to supply the SPED employees at the school. RMCA gets one resource teacher for elementary and one for middle school----one teacher to meet all the IEP students' requirements. Why would a district employee want to work at RMCA when they could go to a district school and be one of a team hired to service IEP students at that school? I'd encourage parents to ask some questions of the district, such as how much money are you taking a year from the charter schools for SPED services and what kind of services are you giving in return. As a parent with a special needs kid, it is hard. Although a charter school may seem like a better choice in terms of class size and social environment, you need to make sure that charter school has the resources to meet your student's needs. If not, perhaps ask the district to provide services at the charter schools, rather than just blaming the charter school.

- submitted by a community member

December 22, 2014
We have had our kids at RMCA for the past 51/2 years. We liked the idea of core knowledge, uniforms, parental involvement and such, but it wasn't all it was cracked up to be. There was some great teachers and staff there, but if you have a student with special needs, don't expect to have their needs met effectively. Charter schools are not supposed to discriminate based on disability, but they do. The staff there changes every year and sometimes in the middle of the year. They had a great special ed teacher there who left end of the year 2013. The next special ed teacher lasted a year and now the current special ed teacher only there for a semester is leaving. Not a good sign I think. Classical academies may be good for some kids, but not for kids who are "average" students or have special needs. My boys feel deflated, when they should be encouraged. We have decided to move our kids to regular public schools for this reason. It sounds like my son's needs will be better met there and he will hopfully thrive. I hope in the future charter schools will inprove their educational aproach for all students.

- submitted by a parent

November 19, 2014
I really wish I could give this school a good rating but unfortunately I cannot. The staff turnover at this school is beyond frustrating. Every single year there are various staff members who leave in the middle of the year. As someone who values my child's relationships with their teachers', I cannot understand what could be going on in this school. My children have been directly and indirectly affected by these teachers leaving mid year. The elementary principal left earlier this school year after moving to various positions and now another teacher. This makes me worried about where I am sending my children. Is the environment so toxic that they cannot keep quality teachers?? Is staff morale even a consideration by the BOD or the administration?? I am actively pursuing other educational options for my children.

- submitted by a parent

October 19, 2014
I agree about the class size. We truly love this school and we feel our children are getting a good education, but sometimes I wonder if they are "lost in the mix". We did choose a charter school for smaller class sizes, but when they put 25-27 kids in a class that is no longer a smaller class size! Teachers can not give the students the attention they need/deserve when the classes are that large. I also like that I send my kids to a uniform school but the uniform policy does not seem to be enforced. My kids are in uniform every day yet I see children in crazy shoes, tights, unapproved colors, etc. If we're a uniform school, then enforce it. Otherwise, let all the kids where what they want and not just the students who parents don't respect the policies they knew were in place when they enrolled their kids. I also don't think people can lump the dress of all teachers together. I see many teachers up there who are professionally dressed. We are excited for the new building (yet we worry class sizes will get even larger) and we plan to continue at RMCA. Both kids have amazing teachers and are happy.

- submitted by a parent

September 28, 2014
RMCA is a great school and the teachers care tremendously about the students who attend. There is a high degree of parent involvement, and the use Core Knowledge curriculum, which is completely different than Common Core. The former Principal was NOT asked to step down, rather she moved into the Learning Services Director position full time, which she had been doing all along in addition to being the Principal. A hefty job load that she did very well. Soon there after she resigned to take a position offered to her with Falcon School District 49. The new school building looks and sounds nothing short of amazing and your child will have a fantastic educational experience at RMCA. My child has attend for the past three years and we wouldn't have it any other way.

- submitted by a parent

September 26, 2014
My daughter is flourishing at this school. She loves going to school and is learning so much. I'm not sure why all the parents recently have been focusing on teachers wearing flip flops and I have never seen a teacher wear yoga pants to school. Not sure about others but my feet swell in the hot sun or when standing- perhaps there are specific reasons as to why one would wear flip flops. Perhaps focus should be more on if a child likes the school as opposed to the footwear choices of the adults. As for my family- we couldn't be happier at RMCA

- submitted by a parent

August 29, 2014
I think this community of people are great! I'm not one of those parents that expects perfection, because we all know you'll never find that. And if you're looking for perfection, JUST MOVE ON, keep being miserable, don't leave negative comments with skewed or fabricated stories. What I see at RMCA is when we as parents have an issue its handled in a professional manner. They care for my kids! My kids have great self confidence, in part because the good people that are around them all day long, teachers and students! A couple of reviews below this one, a parent says RMCA called another school to dis-enroll your kids. COME ON you expect us to believe that? The other school would never allow that, you're just trying to hurt a good school. Lets all try to be adults here, be reasonable and don't lie!!

- submitted by a parent

August 28, 2014
We are in our fourth year with RMCA. We have been very pleased and we're excited for the new building. The negative reviews are upsetting as this is our kids' school and I don't see any of the negatives posted below with admin. The teachers are great and I have happy kids. It's a school of choice so no one has to stay. Some people are just impossible to please.

- submitted by a parent

August 22, 2014
Hello, I am the Headmaster of RMCA. We are building and opening a spectacular new school facility this year. Because of this we opened one class per grade level for this school year and had a huge response with new student enrollment over the summer. We have a close community and are a school of character and high academics, and have been growing. Some classes are full and some have some openings left but once they are filled we will not have the ability to open additional classes. I invite everyone to take a tour to see our program in action. I would like to apologize to the parent who had trouble with enrollment. We had a registrar resign mid summer exactly during the time we were transferring our system to the district's central enrollment. I am very sorry to learn of your trouble and assure you that our new registrar is responsive and very efficient. If there is any way that I can be of assistance, please contact me directly at (719)550- 5329. Best wishes to you and your family.

- submitted by a school leader

August 15, 2014
horrible administration - I tried to dis- enroll our son 3 months (!) before school starts - left messages, wrote a letter and e-mail - we still received a school e-mail 2 months later - again - e-mailed the school - they said they will take care of the dis -enrollment - classroom teacher calls the house on the first day of school for absence - again I insist that they dis- enroll us ( for the 5th time !) - on the first day of school in my son's current public school we found out that RMCA had told them to dis-enroll my child - can you imagine my sons panic when his name was on none of the class lists? What is going on? I have contacted RMCA MANY times - how hard is it to dis- enroll a child? I am thankful to our awesome public elementary who was able to work with us and fix the issue - thanks RMCA for scaring my son to death and making his meet the teacher in his school a nightmare! Glad we will not be attending RMCA !!! We had nothing but horrible experiences with their admins !

- submitted by a parent

August 11, 2014
I have two students that are enrolled in RMCA and they finished second and forth grade. My daughter came from another school where she had a tough time reading and did not get the help she needed. My wife and I looked at a number of schools and found RMCA. After enrolling her, her reading scores started to go up and she was able to get the help she needed to succeed in school. I have been very happy with RMCA and on my days off I have lunch with my daughter and son at the school. I have experience a very health school setting for both my son and daughter in academics and socially. The teachers at the school have really cared for my kids, which has made me feel better and in return our home life is better.

- submitted by a parent

August 09, 2014
this school has the most dis-organized administration! Very hard to speak with anyone in person. We were very disappointed in this school - we had high hopes last year when we enrolled both of our children. What we experienced was a sub par school - worse than the public schools in the district. Read the test scores and compare them with others in the district - their middle school scores are horrendous. They claim to emphasize core values but reading is average at best, math below average in many grades - so where are those core values? Instead there is focus on the correct uniforms, dress codes and such while teachers and secretaries play pranks on each other at the end of the year and walk around in tank tops and flip flops ( now what kind od example does that set for the kids). Both of my kids - who had loved public school hated RMCA and begged me to be able to go back to public school - they are both good students - with stellar report cards - they went from loving school to dreading school every day! There is also a lot of bullying and nobody seems to care. Not only did my children not enjoy their time at RMCA but they are now behind academically as well - stay away !

- submitted by a parent

July 31, 2014
We just finished our 4th year with RMCA and it is a great school! Both of our students are excelling at reading and math and they love to go to school. All of the staff and teachers are helpful, friendly and passionate about the students. The teachers email out weekly newsletters, which are very helpful. The principal also communicates often. Great school all around.

- submitted by a parent

July 24, 2014
We loved this school for our kindergartener! A great blend of play with education. Our son left reading and doing first grade math!!! Love his teacher, Mrs. Rolater; she was patient and efficient!

- submitted by a parent

April 07, 2014
Rocky Mountain Classical A is such a great place to work! I love coming to work each and everyday because I work with best students, teachers, and parents around! My Principal is topnotch and does whatever is needed to support her school! I love RMCA!!!

- submitted by a teacher

April 04, 2014
We are finishing up our 5th year here at RMCA and it was the best decision we could have made. I could not ask for a better community to teach my children. The staff is top notch.

- submitted by a parent

April 04, 2014
RMCA is academically challenging. The staff really cares about the students. I have no doubt this is the best school in town for my son.

- submitted by a parent

April 04, 2014
Great school. High standards in education. My kindergarten child was reading after a few months and is not at a 1st grade level. My first grader is enthusiastic about going to school and is excited to tell me what he learned that day.

- submitted by a parent

April 04, 2014
My children go to RMCA in August 2013. I learn that RMCA is a great school with many great teachers and staffs. They help students with learning and behavior difficulties. Some parents volunteer at school or donating goods for the school. School communications are really good with options through emails, facebook, websites and infinite campus.

- submitted by a parent

April 02, 2014
Rocky Mountain Classical Academy is a wonderful school! The teachers are very caring and very skilled. We love all the activities and the way they teach the my kiddos. This is more than a school, it is a family! So many of the families have such strong values and faith and it carries through and is re-enforced with the strong character education. The PTO is strong and the parents are very active here. I am proud to have my kids at this school and look forward to the years ahead! PS... the specials teachers (art, pe, music and library) are FANTASTIC and very gifted!

- submitted by a parent

February 06, 2014
I am a very happy parent of RMCA. My children thrive here. I can't thank the administration enough for taking a strong stance to not allow a few badly behaved students terrorize the others. All students are respected and cared for. The teachers lead with compassion and the director has hired an administration that go beyond for students. Before we came to RMCA we were so frustrated not getting the services we needed for our kids. The principal and assistant principal have done so much for us and their teachers are so great at making learning something my kids don't want to miss school for. I don't like seeing negative reviews here when we are so thankful for this school! THank you!!

- submitted by a parent

October 29, 2013
The staff seems very disorganized and unprofessional. They made excuses for not completing a request instead of taking responsibility. This makes me question the ability of staff to lead by example.

- submitted by a community member

September 09, 2013
I LOVE working here. The admin at the elementary campus is amazing. I feel appreciated by the staff, parents and students. I can't wait to get to work everyday. I have a love hate relationship with most charter schools but this one really does live up to their mission statement. After over 8 years if looking for my forever home as a teacher, I have finally found it at RMCA

- submitted by a teacher

August 14, 2013
I love how the school works with your child's learning ability. I've noticed such a huge improvement in the two years my child has attended RMCA. All of my child's tests reflects that. I plan on sending her through middle school. I'm not 100% sure if they have a high school campus. If they do I will be sending my child to RMCA until she completes high school. Also, I love their zero toleration towards bullying. I don't believe any school is perfect so to be fair I do have a few things that I feel need attention... I would like to see the teachers get more help and there be more parent involvement. I know most of this is because of their huge growth spurt and understand that. To me.. communication is key... Overall, I would highly recommend this school. I'm thankful for the parent that introduced me to RMCA. If I would have listened to some of the nasty reviews my child would have missed out on a great education!

- submitted by a parent

June 18, 2013
My son went to RMCA and all we got were empty promises and no follow through on things they said would be done for my child. Teachers and front office were cold and unfriendly. With no real oversight teachers could do whatever they wanted and when it was brought to the attention of the principal and the board nothing was done. BEWARE!!!

- submitted by a parent

April 26, 2013
We transferred to this school from a local public elementary school. We left because I was dissatisfied with the curriculum. RMCA gave us what we were looking for; a loving and challenging environment where our 3 children could learn and excel. We appreciate all the hat work the teachers put into teaching and leading our children. We have had children at the elementary, middle and homeschool campuses. Each campus had a loving and knowledgable staff and a safe and challenging environment.

- submitted by a parent

April 10, 2013
Unfortunately, the elementary school is on the decline. Against the advice of the previous interim principal, they hired a leadership team with very little classroom or leadership experience. The character development aspect of the school, once a real strength, has been undermined by an administrative staff that fails to model the very traits that the school teaches the children. Compared to several years ago, parental involvement has waned. The school board's focus has increasingly leaned toward the middle school. The teachers I talk to are discouraged by the lack of professionalism and the apparent lack of accountability for administrators who are sadly and obviously over their head. Hopefully the board and director will pay attention to all the warning signs that point to a future exodus of many beloved teachers and the families/students that will miss them. The handwriting is on the wall. Only time will tell if the RMCA elementary campus will live up to its potential or settle for mediocrity.

- submitted by a community member

March 07, 2013
This is a fantastic school. The administration is awesome and Mrs. Divitto, the elementary school principal is very loving, caring and extremely punctual when it comes to communicating with parents. I would give the school a 5 if the building was newer and from what I understand they are in the process of building a new one now.

- submitted by a parent

January 11, 2013
It should concern readers that many of the "rave" 5-star reviews on this site are from staff rather than parents. This school is lacking in so many ways that are not obvious at first glance. Unfortunately, it is the students that suffer when the academics are not as promised.

- submitted by a community member

December 14, 2012
Sadly RMCA is not what it advertises to be. We were very excited when Mr. Izzy took over as principle at the middle school. He is very attentive, appears to care about the students and has a good balance of nurturing and discipline. Unfortunately, a few families, in particular families of board members and their closest friends are given preferential treatment and show a lack of moral character. Their children run the school. Most of the teachers are good but there are a few that are really rude to students and parents.

- submitted by a parent

December 02, 2012
Our school is the BEST it has ever been!! We have some fantastic new teachers and staff morale is up. Our administration is far from cold(as stated in a previous review), it is the best administration I have ever worked for. This school is getting ready to build a new building and that will further the school in many ways. I was able to look past the current building and did not judge a book by it's cover and I could not be happier!! This school is a family that cares about each and every student and their family that attends. RMCA has my vote for 5 stars. I hope to be teaching here a long time from now. Sincerely, a staff member and a very happy parent

- submitted by a teacher

November 28, 2012
We were with RMCA for 4 yrs and it used to be a great place. I was involved ALL the time, so I know things. The majority of teachers, specifically those that have been there since the beginning are wonderful. But, I am sad to say that we decided to pull our child due to the change of leadership at the Elementary school. The current administration doesn't demonstrate the character qualities that the school promotes. I have seen a negative effect toward the parents and the teachers. I would say that this school has gone from a warm friendly atmosphere to a cold and non-friendly atmosphere. RMCA feels more like a corporation focused on numbers and succeeding, versus loving the kids and trying to help them be the best human beings they can be. RMCA has drifted away from their original vision and are on a road we do not want to be a part of anymore. Those of you who think it is great, GET INVOLVED and ask questions...see what is going on "behind the scenes", you will see for yourself what is really happening with the administration.

- submitted by a parent

September 25, 2012
I have been in love with this school for years. Please ignore the parent below - she left years ago, but still logs on to tell us her personal problems here. The staff go above and beyond what is required or even hoped for! The students are excited to learn and enthusiastic about activities done at school. The administrative team has been a breath of fresh air. They hired new staff that are energized and full of ideas! The PTO has a strong presence in the school and are extremely welcoming, always offering extras to the students. Honestly, if you walk in the front doors and meet the people who make up this family, you will never want to leave!!

- submitted by a parent

September 14, 2012
This school is awesome, it has great teachers,and an Awesome princibal. They try to help students if they are strugling. They also have great after school groups such as Cross Country,Football, Basketball, Volleyball,and many others. This is a great school, I rate it 6/5 stars.

- submitted by a community member

July 19, 2012
While RMCA had the right idea when it was established, it has since horribly strayed off that path. Parents are required to pay a $100 activity fee and provide several hours of volunteer time each year and, in return, what RMCA delivers is indifference and poor communication. The middle school principle is unable to maintain control of students without yelling during assemblies, and often punishes all students for the few who misbehave. She is often frazzled, conveys a negative attitude and is impossible to get in contact with. The board of directors are difficult to get a response from as well, and are quite an exclusive bunch. The worst part of RMCA is how ineffective they are in taking care of issues. My son was bullied, and while the students were pulled into the office and "spoken" to, at no time was any real discipline enforced, only hollow threats. The only time one of the boys was expelled was when he disrespected enough teachers to get noticed, and even then he was allowed back when he wrote apology letters. If you want a mediocre education with a lot of administrative headaches, RMCA is for you.

- submitted by a parent

July 07, 2012
This is a great school. The administrator at the middle school completely turned the school around. It was a completely different experience. My son had some catching up to do but now he is on track and eager to learn. I am sorry to see some of these reports knowing how much work the new administration and the teachers have done to make this a school I am proud to send my child.

- submitted by a parent

May 15, 2012
WORST SCHOOL EVER! I had my daughter enrolled in kindergarten 2011-2012 and had to move to Floriday in April of 2012. I found out that she was no where near where she had to be in order to progress to first grade and they were going to hold her back. This school only cares about raising money - more fundraisers came home every day instead of homework and readers! The teacher could not control her students and even told me one day that my daughter had rolled her eyes at her and wanted me to discipline her! The students should have been sent home with reading material from the very first day - but they don't start to teach reading until the fourth quarter of the year - entirely too late in nation standards. The school administration is very unorganized and unprofessional in their attire as well as their customer service, or lack there of. If the school requires the students to wear uniforms I would expect the teachers and admin shouldn't wear jeans and flip flops, which they did every day. I should have known this was a bad school when the meet the teacher night was with a teacher that was too scared and insecure to come talk to me and my daughter and make her feel welcome. Stay away

- submitted by a parent

February 03, 2012
Do not recommend putting your kids here. It seemed fine the first two years, but there are SERIOUS problems. Check out their test scores, I switched schools after two years and learned after testing that they were two years behind. Staff is not supportive or properly trained.

- submitted by a parent

February 03, 2012
Very poor leadership. The principal is under qualified and does not seem interested in interacting with the students or the parents. The staff seems unhappy and the academics are behind in most every grade as far as I could tell. Don't waste your time or your child's wellbeing. Thankfully there are much better choices out there.

- submitted by a parent

February 02, 2012
Absolutely love this school! As a former teacher, I can say that if I didn't find the perfect fit for our childrens' education, we were going to consider home school as our only other option. We have high expectations for academics and we consider ourselves to be pretty conservative as well. I can't say enough, how thrilled I am that a friend of ours recommended this school. My daughter has been at RMCA for two years now and my son will begin attending kindergarten in the fall of 2012. RMCA's elementary campus is not pretty (by any means), but what goes on inside is wonderful. RMCA hosts a caring staff, kids who enjoy learning, character building is a priority, and PARENTAL involvement is high on the list as well. We are a military family, and my only dread to leaving Colorado would be leaving this school. I don't think there are many out there like it!

- submitted by a parent

August 21, 2011
This school is one of the worst schools in the area. Teachers are unqualified and cant seem to handle students. Middle school staff are uncaring and worthless. Principal is in her own little world and does not care about anything but making herself look good. Teachers have no clue what state standards are and have no idea how to meet them.l

- submitted by a parent

July 14, 2011
We pulled our daughter from RMCA after she completed kindergarten. I found the school administration to be very unorganized. I saw first hand how the kids did not follow the dress code, the school is a mess and falling apart, the classes were cluttered and over crowded. The teachers may have great and caring attitudes however they dress very unprofessionally. If the children are expected to have a dress code than capri's and flip flops and tattoos are unacceptable. The education was great and solid, however there is so much more to school than reading and math. The kids at this school are not well rounded. The discipline is a joke, as well as the core values. This particular charter school has cut many of the educational programs including languages, and the entire high school program. Unfortunately this school dose not live up to the hype they claim on thie rwebsite. They are an unorganized mess.

- submitted by a parent

June 08, 2011
I don't know which school faculty member is giving this school favorable reviews, but they need to stop. The classes are overcrowded, my sons first grade class had thirty kids in it. Bullying is a serious problem as a result.

- submitted by a parent

May 16, 2011
Would Not consider this school. We have experienced the school on the elementary and middle and high school level. The Elementary program is a fine program with caring staff, teachers, and Administrator. Love the smaller class size and parent involvement. Great place for elementary. Middle school High school is another story. The teachers aren't qualified and the Principal is very difficult. The front office staff is extremely rude. Even the Office Manager acts like the Vice Principal. She is always in the business of others. Worst staff ever. They should get rid of the entire lot there and start over. The Board of Directors turn a deaf ear to the voice of parents. This is not a good place for kids. They have a serious bullying problem with no discipline. This place has turned out to be a place people put their kids as a last ditch effort. They had to shut the high school down because they could not even graduate kids with real diploma's. Please reconsider if you are looking for a school for your kids. They are not at all what they say they are. District 49 will take over this school within a year.

- submitted by a parent

April 09, 2011
This school is GREAT!!! They have very small class sizes, the teachers and staff are so loving to all the kids and really care about the kids! I would recommend this school to everyone I know! I'm very proud of how far this school has come. It had some "drama" and some financial issues due to poor choices made by some of the founders. But this school is now on the up and up! You won't be disappointed in this school!!

- submitted by a parent

April 01, 2011
I love this school. I moved here from the East coast, but grew up in the Rockies. I have found that all of the staff has been very easy to communicate with. Both of my children have been diagnosed with ADHD. Their teachers have been wonderful in participating in their diagnosis and ongoing monitoring. The principal is fully involved as well. I am a single working mom and I am only able to participate just above the required minimum of volunteer hours. The school encourages parent involvement and welcomes it. If my kids were in a public school, I feel they would have been overlooked and lost in the system. Being able to email the teachers or administrators and get a reply promptly is wonderful. I have always recommended this school and will continue to.

- submitted by a parent

March 28, 2011
I found RMCA when we were moving out of district 11 and into 49...It truly was an answer to prayers. My son is now a 2nd grader we have been here since kindergarten and i just enrolled my daughter for the 2011-2012 school year. A private school education for a public school price. My son is challenged expected to behave with high moral standards. It is not RMCA's responsibility to raise our children I want his teachers to educate my him with my 100% support. Stop complaining and get involved....maybe your little angel is not such an angel in the classroom. I have referred 5 families to RMCA and will continue to do so.....

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March 08, 2011
We have been w/RMCA since the beginning. The original principal and staff were absolutely fantastic. There was a bunch of drama 2 yrs. or so ago where the original principal was thrown out as well as the entire staff that she had originally hired. The new principal seems to be more concerned about numbers than the children. My child's teacher was abusive to my son as well as other children. When I spoke to the principal about it, she did nothing. They have cut back many of the teachers due to budget - there is no longer Spanish or Latin. The Latin teacher told the elementary children (this school year) that she wanted to "save" RMCA, therefore she would not be teaching them anymore since District 49 was cutting the budget. My child told me that it was a big ordeal (my words) with crying, hugging, etc. This year a teacher showed the (elementary) children about how you can fold a (I forget the denomination) certain dollar bill and you can see the airplane going into the twin towers - before as well as after. I couldn't believe this story, I googled it and my child was right! Why would a elementary teacher show children this in class? I don't recommend this school at all.

- submitted by a parent

February 23, 2011
This school is horrible. They dont no how to finance there money. There has been many teacvhers laid off which obviously shows us that there not stable. They dont teach the children anything about the real world. They try to keep them in a bubble. They need to realize they cant just get handed things the real world isnt as friendly as they make it seem.tr5.

- submitted by a community member

January 12, 2011
This school is going downhill financially. They are always bugging the parents for paper, supplies, and volunteers to monitor the door because they can't afford a buzz in type system and the principal of the elementary school is very hard to communicate with. The children in the school are not taught anti-bullying behavior and at times seem out of control. A lot of the teachers have been laid off-- so there goes some of the "promised" curriculum. I do like a few of the teachers. Looking for a new school for next year, not satisfied with this one.

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November 09, 2010
They have fun things to do to make learning fun like dressup days , science days , math nights , literature nights , along with other afterschool activities like Boyscouts , Girlscouts, Karate to name a few . One of my children's teachers have been inovative in making book report writing possibly more interesting . Anothers teacher has set up a sofa for when she reads to the group or group reading .

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October 18, 2010
RMCA is a wonderful school! It has a classical education curriculm coupled with a strong morale base for the children to thrive in.

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September 29, 2010
Don't waste your time with the elementary school. The principal is a very unfair person and makes huge differences in how she treats some children over other children. My children are much happier and better adjusted in the public school we put them in after the horrible experience we had at this school.

- submitted by a parent

September 26, 2010
This school has 2 campuses and while the Middle school and High school campuses are ok, the elementary campus did not meet our expectations. The administrator of this school was wonderful when she wanted me to enroll my children, but once they were in, she totally changed. I was not impressed with this school.

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April 27, 2010
This school continues to improve!! It has great principals at both the elementary and MS/HS level, and the environment of the school is friendly. Parents are welcome, actually encouraged to participate in their child's learning by volunteering. The academics are rigorous, and the school provides extra instruction for those students who may be struggling, as well as a gifted an d talented focus for those who need extra. I can't say enough good things about the closeknit, caring staff and administration.

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April 03, 2010
My daughter is currently a first grader at RMCA, and she attended the school for Kindergarten as well. We love RMCA and her teacher! My daughter loves going to school here. She is learning things I never learned in first grade. The math and reading curriculums are the best I found for a public school and I looked at other public schools and charter schools in the area. Homework is challenging but has gotten easier as the year progressed. My daughter has also learned origami and been part of the Landsharks running club. We've been very impressed.

- submitted by a parent
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October 31, 2009
Friendliest teachers and staff in the world!

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May 01, 2009
I'll be added to the list of parents who've pulled their child from this school. I was not happy at all with the higher level staff members. There's no accountability for the administrator of the school. The teachers are treated poorly, there's tons of gossiping, and belittling going on behind the scenes. The founder of the school hides things from parents, especially vital information regarding the school. The middle schoolers are allowed to run-a-muck and no discipline and enforced for these students. There's also a big misuse of funds as well with this school. I've had a poor experience with them trying to push something on my child that wasn't needed. If it's recommended your child has an IEP get your child tested by a real professional. I'd advise parents to do their research before putting their child here. The only thing we loved about the school was our teacher.

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February 21, 2009
Being a military family, our children have attended many schools and RMCA is by far the best school we've been a part of. Even through the trials of being a new school, the teachers and staff have made this an incredible school! The Core Knowledge curriculum and all of the Encore classes are challenging my daughter in the best way possible. She has attended RMCA for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades and has notnever had an unreasonable amount of homework. The parent involvement and the staff's love for the school make this a great family environment. If you get the opportunity to send your child here, do not pass it up!

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December 08, 2008
This is our second year with R.M.C.A. and when school started this year my son actually said he couldn't wait to go back. He 'LOVES' it. We have seen improvements with both of my children both academically and socially. The staff is great too. Thank you R.M.C.A.

- submitted by a parent

October 07, 2008
My children just started at RMCA. We had been at the same school in district 20 for 4 years. I have a 2nd grader and 4th grader. I can not enough how impressed I am with this school. My daughter is extremely smart and it's always been hard finding a teacher who will challenge her and keep her from getting bored. She's coming home singing the latin alphabet and asking me questions in spanish. They both love going to school every day because it's so interesting and different then what they've gotten used to. My son was explaining to me the other day the story of 'Zeus--the leader of the Greek God's' I didn't know 2nd graders learned about Zeus. It is awesome. I've seen that the some have reported that the extracurricular activities are lacking, but I've not seen that so far.

- submitted by a parent

September 14, 2008
We love this school. Great character building and academia. They have done a wonderful job even through the adversity of moving and starting up.

- submitted by a parent

August 18, 2008
RMCA goes above and beyond in all areas of education. The administration, teachers, and support staff work together as a team to assist students in all areas of learning. Their goal is to be a great school, and as a parent there I think they have achieved it. My son never liked going to school until attending RMCA. He was actually excited to get to school this year (5th grade) and can't wait to start learning. I just can't say enough good about RMCA if you wish for your child/children to succeed in the future you need to send your kids to RMCA!

- submitted by a parent

June 23, 2008
My son just finished kindergarten at RMCA and we are thrilled with the curriculum at the school. By the end of the school year his class was doing 2nd grade work in reading and math - granted he was in the full day class. The teachers and staff are unbelievably caring and most have a vested interest since they have kids and grandkids enrolled in the school. Extracurricular activities are coming along, but still have some work to go.

- submitted by a parent

June 15, 2008
Add me to the list of impressed parents. My son (in 1st grade) started out with some heavy homework load (no more than 45 mins) but the time went down significantly as the year progressed. I chalk that up to him still adjusting to the school after attending an area public school that didn't challenge him very much. His teacher was very responsive to any and all of my concerns throughout the year, as was the administration. I think that parent involvement strengthens RMCA's cause and makes it a more friendly experience for parents and students. I definitely agree with what another parent said before... if you are looking for the average education for your child, then you may want to look elsewhere. RMCA is a exceptional school! The only reason I give them a 4 out of 5 rating is that I think that extracurricular activities are lacking.

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June 12, 2008
I too am Impressed with this school, I have two children, one in D-11 and one at RMCA. The education of the D-11 student is no where near that of the RMCA child. I would highly recommend this school to parents with exceptional children. If you are looking for an eaisier average education then look elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent

May 06, 2008
I'm very impressed with the curriculum and atmosphere of the school. My children average 10 minutes per grade level of homework a night (1st grade=10 minutes, 3rd=20-30 minutes) No homework on school breaks. The parental involvement makes the school very inviting. I feel very lucky that my children are able to experience the great benefits of this wonderful school!

- submitted by a parent

March 13, 2008
This is an overglorified charter school which does nothing different than make student wear uniforms. Boasts better teacher to student ratios but children who need extra care have nothing done for them.

- submitted by a parent
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March 12, 2008
We had some expectations about the school that just are not getting met & we are very disappointed. We're hoping our child gets in to Banning Lewis Ranch, another local charter-for the upcoming year. We have several friends whose children attend there & they just love it! At RMCA, too much homework is definitely not the answer to a student just starting out with school, they will have plenty more years of school for that, ahead of them! Parents are snooty at this school & really have no right to be. And, good C-Sap scores are not everything! A concerned parent.

- submitted by a parent

January 15, 2008
There is way to much homework. My child is in first grade and she will have about 2 hours of homework a night. I feel there is a lot of pressure on parents to hold their child back a grade level so that the school can get better scores.

- submitted by a parent

December 14, 2007
This is an opinion only. It appears the administrator of this school has NO accountability to the school or the district. Apparently, the board is on a need to know basis. This year will be our last year at this school. I have never dealt with more dishonest, gossiping and unprofessional people than I have while I have been at this school. Most teachers are great, but the homework is out of this world. Some 3rd graders have 3 hrs of homework every night. Parent complaints and concerns fall on deaf ears, so beware. Safety is a joke.

- submitted by a parent
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November 27, 2007
I love this school. This is my daughters Kindergarten year, she has learned so much, more then most 1st or 2 nd graders know by this time in the year. There is homework, every night but she is doing great and really amazing me every day. I love her teach, (Mrs. Jackson) she is amazing with the children. We are very lucky we found such a great school so fast. Thanks RMCA!

- submitted by a parent

October 10, 2007
Great program, discipline, teachers. Uniformed students helps maintain focus on academic environment, heavier than average homework load. Library materials extremely conservative in content. Administration is a bit heavy handed and inconsistent on items of non academic nature.

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September 08, 2007
My son just started Kidergarten here. We love the school and our sons teacher is wonderful! Everyday my son comes home from school we ask him how his day went, he says,'great!' We feel blessed to be a part of this school.

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September 06, 2007
Fantastic school and curriculum. Love the discipline and school schedule. My son loves attending here. Would love more extracurricular activities like school clubs but hopefully they will introduce those down the road.

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August 27, 2007
Amazing!!!!! Great education, wonderful teachers and staff and parental involvement is widespread. Our family loves this school and feel blessed that we got in. The best CSAP scores in D-49 last year, and we did not even have a building.

- submitted by a parent

August 05, 2007
we love the school! Our daughter is being challenged while guided with morals and structure.

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