"CMCA is best known for its rigorous academic program and character development."
Students enrolled 798
Hours 7:45 AM - 3:00 PM
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District Cheyenne Mountain School District No. 12 In The County Of E
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1832 South Wahsatch
Colorado Springs, CO 80906

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(719) 471-1999
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4 stars
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August 26, 2014
CMCA/Vanguard is the top-ranked school academically in the State of Colorado. It is not a school for everyone. If you believe in a classical education with an emphasis on character development, this is the school for you and your children. If not, there are plenty of other choices in, and around, Colorado Springs. The staff is excellent. Those teachers who understand the mission of the school stay on and happily educate our children. Those who do not, leave. The administration, and Board of Directors, are dedicated to the mission and are outstanding examples for our children. I would recommend this school highly, to those who seek academic excellence and moral values.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2014
My child use to go here, I use to substitute as well. I wouldn't post if I did not have a conviction but I do. The teachers are great but the integrity and character of the principle and assistant principle were not up to what I had expected behind the scene. I felt they were friendly on the outside but lack communication with the staff and handling student to student incidents. I was excited about this school but it proved itself to be inconsistent in many ways. Plus, there are always good teachers leaving and it's not due to the military. It is what it is but this school lacks in administration and my child won't be coming here.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2014
I've been to this school before, a few years back. Like maybe back in 2009. The students there weren't that rude, they were nice. The students, most of the time, kept quite and followed directions. I'm in 6th grade now, and I'm sad to say that I don't go to the Vanguard school attached to CMCA. My childhood memories are kept in Colorado and ever since I moved I wanted to go back. The teachers are SUPER nice and they care about student's feelings. You can really get educated and you can really get ahead! I reccomend this school, if you see the building, go and sign your child up!

- submitted by a community member
March 08, 2014
I couldn't be more thrilled that my son has gone to this school since kindergarten. The teachers are definitely there to support your children but also teach them about independence and accountability. It amazes me the difference in knowledge and behavior I see between my child and my friend's kids who go to a public school. They make the children learn how to write specifically in cursive which is not something you see in public schools anymore. It blows my mind hearing all the things my son has learned and knows since I don't recall ever being taught these things when I went to public school in Colorado Springs. They have a ton of events to help parents be involved in their children's learning with having knowledge bowls to show what the kids learned that quarter. The only thing I don't really care for is the location of the elementary school, but I do appreciate that they recently made changes to make it way more safe and secure. Overall, I couldn't have made a better choice for my son's education and I can't wait to see how much this school helps him grow into a well educated young man and human being! I HIGHLY recommend it!!

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2014
Wonderful School. Academics, discipline, rigorous program, best test results, and fun for kids: CMCA has it all! I have two daughters at CMCA, one in Kindergarten, and the other in third grade they both love their school. It needs more parent involvement. For example, it will be a good idea if parents are supposed to volunteer a couple of hours per year , that will strengthen the parents' involvement in the school. Also I would love to see more technology involved : math practice from websites like Khan Academy, computer science coding classes as optional or after school . CMCA we 're proud of you!

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2013
Love, love, love this school! My kids get lots of quality time with instruction. My oldest is in 8th grade and my youngest in kindergarten. They all get instruction with peers at their same learning level so they aren't forgotten about like when a teacher has to teach an entire class with mixed learning styles and levels. My oldest is in a math class with 5 other students down to my kindergartener who is in a group of 5 for reading. That are pushed just enough to be challenged but not overwhelmed.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2013
CMCA is the best elementary option in Colorado Springs for parents who want a structured, high academic environment.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2013
This is a fantastic school. Direct instruction is absolutely the best way to learn. HOWEVER... If you have a disabled child, watch out. The staff, including the principal are unwilling to learn new methods on how to deal with a disabled child. They will keep that child to the same standards as all the others, whether they have a learning disability, autism, ADD, a developmental delay, a speech impairment, you name it. I did not ask for any special treatment for my child but I was appalled that instead of working with me, and TRYING to learn a different way to work with a student, they wanted to expel her. Absolutely unwilling to work with her other therapists. UNBELIEVABLE. Now I know why their scores are so high. They expel students with disabilities.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2013
My daughter spent over 2 years on the waitlist to get her spot for Kindergarten and all I can say is; WORTH IT! We love CMCA! My daughter is excited to go to school everyday and I love the emphasis on character-building as well as the excellent academics.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2013
Great school, I've been here since third grade, and I believe that the teachers provide a very rigorous program, and I've enjoyed almost all of my teachers since I've been here.Now, the only reason I gave it 4 stars, and not 5, Is that the academic quality of the school has declined drastically in the past 2-3 years.I am currently in 7th grade, and overall, I am very pleased with my school.

- submitted by a community member
January 22, 2013
This is an excellent school! Not only are the academics top notch, but great emphasis on personal character is made. The entire staff makes a point to know the kids, not just by name, but their personalities too.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2012
When we moved to Colorado Springs we intentionally moved to district 12 for the "fantastic" public schools. I wasn't impressed, put our children at CMCA and it has blown us out of the water. This is the best school we have ever attended and I am so thrilled that my children are getting such a marvelous education. The children are continuously challenged, and love going to school everyday. The principal and staff are amazing, and they lead by example. Also, every week they have a different character trait they explore....AMAZING SCHOOL

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2012
Amazing school and a top notch great education! The staff and leadership are wonderful. The kids learn in a fun way, and are pushed to do their best. CMCA provides a wonderful foundation to learning, as well as an empasis on character and excellence. They also still provide recess, PE, art, and music, special programs are still a priority! We are in a wonderful district but choose to attend CMCA.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2012
It's worth the drive! We live 12 miles(one way) away and after many many hours of research and a few tours, we chose CMCA as the school for our family. Our oldest is in Kindergarten this year and we are very impressed by what he is learning and how fast he is learning it. His teachers are very responsive and open to parental involvement. The campus is always open to parents to come and observe their child/children. I never feel like an outsider in my child's education, but instead as an active partner in teaching him. There is excellent communication between teachers, staff and parents. Teachers and other staff are always available via email. You can access your child's grades/attendance records online. The school and each grade level sends out a weekly newsletter letting you know what your children are going to be learning the next week and any other things of importance. All that said though, this school isn't for everyone, so do your homework first. I think a majority of the disappointed parents had different expectations or ideas of what CMCA is. This is a school of choice, just make sure it's the right choice for you.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2011
This school is awesome to say the least. Don't let the neighborhood fool you, it's what goes on inside that really matters. We moved from out of state and my children had to attend summer school to catch up. They have since excelled and I'm amazed at what they're learning. My daughter was in the 3rd grade and was studying the same thing that I was in my colllege classes. The teachers really do care and they have awesome leadership and staff. I have three children now attending.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2011
This school is a good school. Yes like any other school it has had it's problems, but this last year the staff has been really trying to fix it. The new school nurse and principal take time to put both children and parents at ease. Both my children had some problems and complaints this year, but the principal does take the time to address the issue and finds possible solutions. One of my children has special needs and they have provided tools to help my child do their best. In the past year I have learned that some parents have problems with the standards of the school, yet they continue to keep their child enrolled in the school. Like any other school problems arise, but parents have to remember it's a school of choice.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2011
This school has been a blessing! My children love it here and they have been to other schools. They are challenged and have ALWAYS had wonderful and motivating teachers!

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2011
Just like any other school, this school too has problems. Some problems are minor, the teachers complain a lot about lack of pay, and some are major, inaproprate relationships between parents and teachers. K-4 has gotten a new principal who for now seems to see a need for change. If your child has special needs this is not the school for them. The school is driven by test results. This school is nothing but scripted learning. I have not seen a single lesson plan or daily learning objective EVER. When you ask a question the teachers get defensive and your question is never answered. If your child makes a mistake the teachers write about it all year on the report cards. The kids are not allowed to let it go. The mistake will always be in your face. This is a big problem at the second grade level. The love aspect a person who deals with kids for 8 hours of the day is not present in this school. There is no balance between great test scores and compassion. This school has a great lack of compassion for the students and the staff is allowed to get away with it. It is McDonalized so don't go looking for a "personal touch."

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2010
CMCA is a diamond in the rough. The buildings are spartan but the academic rigor here is unparalleled. I am so fortunate that my children attend CMCA.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 12, 2010
I love the dedication and respect the teachers and school staff show my kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 09, 2010
We love Cheyenne Mountain Charter Academy because they have the best academic and self discipline plan.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2010
I transferred my children from a public school to CMCA, and this has been the best move I could have ever made for my children's academic career. CMCA's curriculum is not for every student, it is rigorus, challenging and hands down the best! The students are taught a standard, and to expect nothing less. The are grouped according to their abilities, enabling students to work and learn together that are on the same level- instead of keeping the more advanced students at the level of the lowest child or expecting the lowest child to perform at the highest child's level. That being said, the expectation of "if the child hasn't learned then the teacher hasn't taught," is strictly adhered, and our rating of #1 from the Colorado Department of Education, several years running, attests. Yes, there can be an exceptional amount of homework, but no more than I experienced as a child growing up. The homework just further cements what the kids have learned in class. By far the best school I could have ever wanted for my children! Proud CMCA and Vanguard School Parent, Kristen Coderre

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2010
As a former teacher at CMCA and now a parent, I am thankful for how this school is constantly paying attention to each child's needs by constant consistent recordkeeping. I enjoy seeing my own child so encouraged to work hard and do her best.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2010
CMCA is a great school with an excellent core education base for the students. There will be a whole lot of smart kids coming out of this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2010
I love CMCA!!! The staff and education are amazing. I've never had to worry about my kids falling through the cracks. Excellents is the expectation and they deliver!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 22, 2010
I love CMCA because of the charater that it teaches and expects from every student, teacher and administrator. The staff models integrity evey day as it imparts knowledge to its students. It is a pleasure to walk through the halls of this school and see the learning and love that takes place in each and every classroom. Great job, CMCA!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2010
CMCA has been able to open my the eyes of my children in such positive ways. My kiddos have consistantly improved over the years. I am so thankful CMCA is such a positive place for my children to further their education.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2010
The systematic approach to everything these children do couldn't be more clear and thoughtful. There is nothing that slips through the cracks because the curriculum is so clear. We love this school!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 17, 2010
I have been amazed and pleased at how well my 5 year old is absorbing and learning so much in the CMCA academic environment. The teachers have been welcoming and are really talented in teaching for each child's learning level.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 17, 2010
The academic rigor, the structure, the positive reinforcement

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 11, 2010
I am very impressed with CMCA's curriculum. At Kindergarten, kids are taught to write in cursive, in History - they studied American heroes, Geography, Science. I couldn't believe that Kindergarten can be taught to solve Math problems under time pressured. Yes, they are taught to solve 40 questions on addition and multiplication for 3 minutes. These are just a few of the wonderful things my daughter acquired from CMCA's Kindergarten. Now, that she's in 1st Grade, the curriculum is more challenging. As far as teachers and Mgt are concerned, all of them are very friendly and supportive to kids. I could go on and on with all the positives about this school. If you want to hone your kids to excel, this is the school to be!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2010
CMCA is wonderful! Where else can a 2nd grader read books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, learn long division, study the U.S. Constitution, recite Longfellow, and examine the structure of cells under a microscope?

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2010
The school expects a lot of the kids. However they also give the kids the tools they need to exceed. I live in district 12 and could send my children to one of the excellent elementary schools. However I don't think it would compare.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2010
There is nothing comparable to CMCA. I could not imagine sending my daughter elsewhere. The positive energy within the school is electrifying. I particularly like the fact that the school is much more diverse than the other schools in District 12. And thanks to ability grouping in reading, math and spelling, my daughter is always challenged -- never bored or overwhelmed. But most important, CMCA doe not get fixated on CSAP tests as other schools do with their extra classes in reading and math leaving no time for anything else. CMCA, instead, espouses a very broad, rich curriculum that includes music, art, poetry, history and science.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 07, 2010
The mission of Cheyenne Mountain Charter Academy and The Vanguard School is to help guide students in the development of their character and academic potential through academically rigorous, content-rich educational programs. My daughter has attended the school since kindergarten, she is currently in 8th grade. She has developed into a very caring, compassionate, loving girl that will achieve all her life goals with the lessons she has learned while attending CMCA. My son is in first grade and he is a delight to everyone and smart as a whip! We went on vacation and we took some summer homework with us; family members were watching him do his homework and could not believe what he had already learned in Kindergarten. The school is tops in CSAP's and SAT's. CMCA uses the Direct Instruction technique and it works. The kids are always on task and always motivated to succeed. CMCA is a uniform school which helps cut down on distractions (bullying). If you want to see the perfect example of the statement "No child left behind", review the records of CMCA's achievements. Google it, You will be impressed!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2010
Our daughter loves being at CMCA . The quality of education is excellent. The teachers and principals listen and respond to our child's problems and needs. Couldn't ask for a better school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 02, 2010
We love this school because it provides our child with a great education. The teachers are great. There is a great open door policy so you have any questions the teachers and staff are always there to answer any questions. I like how my child is learning how to be a great person along with an outstanding education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 01, 2010
Our 1st Grader Loves CMCA. Her teachers are great and we feel blessed to have found them. Do your own research. No one school can be all things to all people, right! We visited Kindergarten last year & compared other district 12 and the private Colorado Springs School (CSS). CMCA will Prepare your children for success with a great foundation and instill passion for life long learning. I researched just the number of comments at all of district 12 elementary schools in March of 2010 and in total they were less than just CMCA alone. CMCA is great for us. Best Regards, Proud CMCA parents.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2010
I love CMCA because my child is receiving the education that he deserves. He is constantly being challenged and expected to excel in his learning. The teachers care about providing the best edcuation for our future leaders.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 25, 2010
This is the school for you if you want the very best for your child! The staff is excellent! This school puts all others to shame. All schools should learn from CMCA to better themselves.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2010
My daughter is in 6th grade and has attended CMCA since Kindergarten. She has gotten a excellent education so far and has dearly loved every teacher shes had. Best choice I ever made was enrolling her in CMCA, the instruction she has received there will last her a lifetime.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2010
Love, love, love this school!!! My children are challenged daily. The leadership is of the highest quality, exceptional integrity and love for the students. This is by far the BEST choice I have ever made..

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2010
Because not only do they teach academics, they teach character values as well.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2010
I love Cheyenne Mountain Charter Academy because my kindergartner can read and write in cursive after one month at the school. Direct instruction works! I wish all children had the opportunity to go to a school as wonderful as CMCA.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2010
This school has teachers who are committed to helping students succeed. The leadership is inspiring and continually focuses on excellence. Students are challenged across the K-12 with a rigorous curriculum and opportunities for leadership development.

- submitted by a teacher
August 16, 2010
My daughter has attended CMCA for 2 years. This year will be her 3rd year (4th grade). We were homeschooling her prior to CMCA and I was nervous about the transition. I have been most pleased with the parent interaction from the teachers. I have had to ask for homework modifications due to her slow writing skills and they were very accommodating. If your child is doing more homework at night than the prescribed number of minutes (i.e. 30 minutes for second grade, 40 minutes for 3rd grade), make sure you give the teachers feedback so they can scale back for the entire class or give your child modifications. Very pleased with CMCA. Best school in Colorado.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2010
In 2 years I watched CMCA go from an excellent school to a money begging organization. I spent so much money last year on things that public schools offer for free. If you are not rich and your child is not on a parent volunteer, teacher or principle favorite list, they are just shadows filling seats. The higher the grade the more favortism there is. If a child gets behind they offer no help. They just tell them it is their responsibllity. 6th = 8th grade you are expected to perform at college level. And I believe a child should not lose self esteem over any teacher or student making them feel stupid. My child will succeed without CMCA, because before this school exsisted doctors and lawyers were taught in public schools.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2010
I absolutely agree. My three kids have attended this school for several years-- and it took that long to figure out what happens behind the scenes. The leadership is all about the test scores-- and although they demand "integrity and character" from the kids, they do not always expect the same from their staff-- and this is the worst kept secret in the school.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2010
My son had been attending another charter school coming home in tears saying that his teacher was sarcastic and not helping. Mind you this little boy is very intelligent. Anyway after moving him to CMCA he has soared as I always new he would. Better then that his self confidence has gone through the roof. I love to see him happy! :) His first year with luck he will not only have made honor roll but principles list too. 3 schools later he has found his place.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2010
This schools academics is far beyond any other I have ever seen!

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2010
I have 2 students attending this school. If your child has any special needs (no matter how minor), do not send them here. This school does not accomodate any special needs students. They do not have online communication with teachers or for homework purposes. My 'typical' child is doing fine, but this was a bad choice for my '504' child. Please think this school through before you decide to send your child here. The District 12 elementary schools are all '5 star' and are willing to help the child who needs it.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2010
I have a daughter who goes to this school, and I love everything they have to offer her, some may say that this school is to strict, but I watch my daughter with her friends and they are very well-behaved, sweet, loving children. The school may be strict but I think the parents are too. . Another plus since it's such a small school, parents all know one another so we KNOW that are children will be safe when with their friends. I think ALL the staff care for the children, and I love that walking into the school the front staff can address you by name, it just makes me aware that they do keep track of who's walking into their school.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2009
This is my daughters 2nd year at CMCA. We love it! She came out of kindergarten writing beautiful cursive, at a 1st grade math level and 2nd grade reading level. CMCA also teaches important values, so children treat eachother with respect. This school instills a love of learning in children and that going to school is about learning, not about what you wear or how popular you are in school. The teachers are wonderful and parents at this school are very involved. The direct teaching works for every child, and children are taught in small groups at the level they need. So they are challenged but not beyond their capabilities. Check out this school, it is wonderful!

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2009
We absolutely love this school - we were new last year and all three of our children have been challenged and pushed out of their comfort zones. I recently asked them if they would like to switch schools and all three said they never want to leave CMCA - they are proud of their school and what is expected of them - absolutely recommend this school without reservation.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2009
Lets Just make this simple! Not recommended They do not live up too there own charter the filed when first operating! You better make sure that your student can pass the CSAP adn acheive and 84% in all classes. There charter states they will provide help for students that need help but they call it going above and beyond! It is Tood Bad

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2009
Before deciding on any school, do your research. CMCA isn't for everyone. If you do not want your child to learn in a structured environment, then CMCA is not for you. I can say that the high classroom structure has been exactly what my son has needed. There are minimal distractions and the focus is on learning not classroom management. Some of the reviews I have read stress the emphasis put on standardized testing. Check out the CMCA12.com website for an actual description of curriculum that the school uses. Unfortunately, schools are under tremendous pressure to perform well on standardized tests. CMCA does not teach to the test, but rather teaches the skills that are necessary to be successful on these tests. I cannot imagine sending my child to a different school. CMCA is providing him with a solid academic foundation.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2009
I have a kindergartner there now and she is learing things I didn't know until 3-4th grade. It is an amzaing school so far, we are at the end of the year. If my child can read, write cursive, do math problems without fail, I'd say we've had an incredible first year at this school. The fact that she comes home knowing all her states and capitals (in alphabetical order no less), all the continents and about our country it just makes me beam. This school is not for every child, but you don't know unless you try. Not once has my child said she doesn't want to go to school or that she was unhappy. She loves to learn and she has fun doing it. The teachers have also been great! Kuddos to CMCA! Thanks for giving my daughter a great start in the academic world.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 01, 2009
Way to rigid, intense, and strict - they are kids for Gods sake!

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2009
I had three children at this school this year. They learned one thing, how to test. They did not learn character, only that the staff didn't practice what they preached. They had no consistency. I heard lots of grumblings, but assumed it was only gossip, no more! Don't put your kids through this, mine have had a hard time since we switched schools since they were only taught to test at CMCA!

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2009
not a parent-friendly school. Teachers are not available via email, no on-line postings of grades or assignments, or text books, as many other schools are doing now. The homework/late work policy is punitive at best, and positive behavior support is NOT evident in teacher-student interactions.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2009
Terrible school! They seem to only be concerned with test scores. My kids have learned nothing this year, only testing material. There is no consistency with discipline, grading, or teaching. Avoid this school to avoid therapy later!

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2008
We just pulled our kids out of this school. I could not believe the lack of concern for details this school had. The grading, discipline, and even uniform enforcement is completely inconsistent. Our teachers seemed unhappy as well. Our children are loving the new school and learning much more consistently.

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2008
We moved 2,000 miles in large part because we wanted our kids to attend CMCA. What an incredible school! You will be hard-pressed to find a school anywhere that does a better job teaching the basics: math, reading, writing, history, and science. It's not the most beautiful campus, but who cares. It's what goes on in the classroom that matters.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2008
The Kindergarten program at CMCA is amazing. The teachers teach with energy and make learning fun. All the kids are reading and writing (in cursive) by the end of the year and they are so proud of themselves. My oldest is in 4th grade and the only complaint we have had so far is the Science curriculum. My daughter comes home knowing nothing in Science and I spend a lot of time teaching it to her. The information is very advance for her age and isn't presented in an interesting or easy to understand way. All other subjects are way awesome. My other two kids K and 2nd are doing really well and havn't had any issues. I love how much they learn and they don't bring home much homework at all. If your child is quick at getting their work done then homework is done in 30 to 45 min

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2008
This is our 3rd year at CMCA and it has been the greatest experience for my now 5th and 8th graders. My children both started out at the local elementary school and both were not learning the basics. My son is an average child and has to work hard to complete the homework given at CMCA. (He NEVER had homework at the local schoo!) My daughter is extremely bright and CMCA is the only place I have found that challenges her to try harder. The school has challenged each of my children where they are, instead of teaching to the medium or the low. CMCA isn't for everyone; however, if you want your child to get a top notch education, then CMCA is the place. The reason that they score so well isn't because they teach to the test, but because they build a solid foundation with each child!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 05, 2008
My kids went to elementry at CMCA and yes it is the best school. I ended up taking both kids out and putting them in James Irwin. My youngest daughter is in 7th grade and I put her back in CMCA and it has changed. I do agree some what, with the negative and positive comments. Send your kids to CMCA elementary to billed the foundation that they need, but so far I have experienced nothing good in jr. high. My oldest daughter went to CMCA for Jr high and the teachers then cared about the students. The school year just started and I have been in the school three times because teachers act like they don't care. I am not going to say all, there are still a few that care. As for public schools as long as the parent cares and is involved they will be successful.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2008
This school was a complete disappointment. Note how the higher star ratings are very personal and the 'real' ratings are just factual. Much of the work is complete repetition that just takes up addtl time. There was a large turnover of staff, which is very disruptive. My daughter felt she was only being groomed for CSAP testing and not learning much.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 26, 2008
I have to say 'ditto'. Horrible, horrible experience for such a highly regarded school. I am realizing I am not the only one that is completely disappointed. This school has communication and chain of command issues. Not recommended!

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2008
It is a great school, this is the kind of school I was in as a child, very academic and disciplined,and I would like nothing less for my children, thank you CMCA for upholding the standerds that is vastly vanishing from housholds, respect and discipline just to name two. People who bad mouth a school of this caliber, clearly lacks respect and discipline in themselves and their children. CMCA strives for nothing but the best education for you child.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2008
This is the BEST school in the state of Colorado! If you want your child(ren) to excell this is the place for them. They might have some homework compared to other schools but that's life. They educate our children and teach them life skills. Those kids who can't cope aren't ment to be at CMCA. This school is for those students are gifted and able to teach at a fast pace. If you aren't concerned with your kids getting a great education, send them to their local school. I'd really my kids have some extra homework and go to a great college then go to some local school and get an easy A. The teachers go far beyond their normal job as teachers. All five of my children will graduate for CMCA and be proud of it.

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2008
.Due to the middle schools' top state standardized testing scores, the teachers tend to be very arrogant, rigid and unconcerned about students' learning issues. As a result, students' concerns are often times not listened to. This issue is further aggravated by the fact that teachers are allowed to be members of the school board-- which is probably a bit unethical and makes it difficult to solve problems when a student or parent has issues with teachers.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2008
The school's strengths are that it offers a strong foundation in the lower grades. However, after fifth grade, the school no longer focuses on fostering learning in children, but rather 'teaches to test' as in taking the yearly CSAP tests. When this occured, it became obvious that the teachers were less concerned with the students' learning, and more concerned with students being able to fulfill the CSAP test requirements.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2008
CMCA is not for every family and neither is MIT. If you are looking for topnotch education then CMCA delivers; if not then regular public or private school is adequate. My daughter, Ashley, attended the first K class then 1,2nd grade then my job relocated to Virginia. After CMCA, we could not find a comparable school even for $18k/year so she basically homeschooled herself 4-12th. She is barely 18yo with 3 years of her MS-MBA completed. CMCA gave her a lifelong passion for learning and for changing the world. CMCS is not for everyone. But if it fits, there is no substitute. Miles Palmer

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2008
We attended CMCA for 2 years and found them no better than our overcrowded regular school. The teachers were mean and the homework load was outrageous. My second grader, who is now getting straight A's would come home tired and depressed. I won't subject my children to that any longer!

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2008
Horrible experience! They are so rigid in discipline, they actually tell the kids how to sit and where to place their hands when sitting. I had my kids tested after 3 years at this school and they are right on target, 4 hours a night of homework did not move them ahead any! The staff turnover is terrible and my kids were thrilled we were changing schools this year. Not recommended!

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May 10, 2008
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February 03, 2008
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no rating January 11, 2008
My children have been attending CMCA for the past three years and we couldn't be more pleased. The level of attention that they receive is unheard of at pubic elementaries.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2008
I don't even know where to start other than this school is amazing. My daughter was there from Kindergarten through part of 1st grade. unfortunately we moved to Denver because my life path changed for the better. We were so sad to leave. The school my daughter is at now is nothing in comparison. Cheyenne Mountain Charter Academy is structured beyond belief. They push the kids in a great way. They use the Love and Logic approach which children are held responsible for their actions. My child would come home knowing many, many new things. From math, to reading, to poems they used her head like a sponge in a good way. The fact that this school is on a great path for have K-12 is a plus. The uniforms are great. I wish a I miss this school very much and hope to find a school like this again.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2007
This is the best school in Colorado Springs. My children will attend until they graduate from high school. I consider it a private school education with a public school cost. All you have to do is look at the CSAP scores to see that the learning level is very high. If you want your child to excel, send them here. While there are an average of 24 students per class, there are a minimum of two bachelor's degree educated teachers (including aides) in each class.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2007
I attended CMCA from 1st through 8th grade. I am a Senior now and have attended James Irwin Charter High School and William J. Palmer High School. I can honestly say that I have learned more and worked harder in that school than in either of my high schools. The education that I received there is invaluable. I was writing full thesis papers in 7th and 8th grade. The level of discipline that the staff maintains is also helpful to the learning environment. I could not be more pleased with my experience at CMCA. Because of my attendance there, I am ahead of my other classmates academically. I owe my academic acheivement to this school. Overall if you're looking for a great school with high academic standards, this is the school for you.

- submitted by a student
July 13, 2007
I am a student in this school's extension and Jr. High the Vanguard School. In my opinion this school does the teaching, but it reviews more than the other schools I have attended thereby cutting short the chance to learn something new. The test scores, as I have heard from my parents, are one of the highest in the state. I have learned honestly more in my fifth grade school than any other. The teachers and staff are of high tutelage and quality, but a small handful of students ruin my chance at academics and they are punished, but their continuous disruptive behavior seems to be uneffected by the punishments. Though all in all, this school and its faculty are of high quality; I would recommend this school to most kids, but for the more advanced students, I would say to look harder.

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June 14, 2007
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May 17, 2007
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- submitted by a teacher
April 17, 2007
Excellent education. If you want your children to learn, this is the best school for them!

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2007
This school is truly amazing! Both my child and I are learning so much together. The teachers are exceptional and the discipline awesome. Eventhough the curriculum is very challenging my daughter has adapted well and loves the school.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2006
My daughter has attended CMCA K-1st and we have been overall pleased with the quality of education. CMCA uses direct instruction teaching ('Core Knowledge'). A lot of emphasis is placed on memorization. Although the class average is about 25 kids/room, there are always 2 teachers in each class; they are split into smaller groups for reading, spelling and math so that they can excel at their own pace. The homework is a pretty full load and can be overwhelming at times. A few aides left mid-year, so unfortunately my daughter had several changes of teachers in some of her small groups. I was told this isn't the norm, but with CMCA expanding over the next few years I anticipate more growing pains like this (aides coming, then discovering this style isn't for them). My daughter adapted well, but I could see this being a downfall for children who don't like change.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2005
This school is second to none! It is amazing to see these children learn years above their grade level and be so excited while doing it. The energy of the teachers is amazing and the parental involvement is definitely a welcome change from other schools.

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August 08, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2005
CMCA is an amazing school. I don't know what else to say. The teachers are great and really care about the kids. The academic programs are good! It's all good.

- submitted by a former student
August 24, 2004
Awesome! That is the one word to describe CMCA! The staff and faculty are there out of a labor of love and they genuinely want your child to succeed. My daughter enjoys school so very much and is reading at a 3rd grade level and she just finished kindergarten! I would recommend this school to anyone!

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2003
Incredible energy and excitement! My kids have really learned to write well and express themselves with confidence! CMCA has exceeded my greatest expectations!

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
Our child is receiving a super overall educational experience. The kids are learning an incredible amount and mastering the basics. In addition character development is also emphasized and seems to be effective.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2003
An incredible school, academically challenging, teaching core learning and really is a superior school.

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Cheyenne Mountain Charter Academy
1832 South Wahsatch, Colorado Springs, CO  80906
(719) 471-1999
Last modified Cheyenne Mountain Charter Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Cheyenne Mountain Charter Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 97 reviews.