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.
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.
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!
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!!
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!
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.
CMCA is the best elementary option in Colorado Springs for parents who want a structured, high academic environment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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."
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.
I love the dedication and respect the teachers and school staff show my kids.
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