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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
.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.
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.
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
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Excellent education. If you want your children to learn, this is the best school for them!
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.
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.
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