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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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