August 31, 2015
Our oldest son attended this school 10 years ago and just graduated Stanford University in June. The IB Honors system worked well for him and our daughter who attends North Middle at this time. We took time to teach our children to advocate for themselves, avoid problem students and to make good choices with the idea that they could be compromising their futures if they don't. Middle school in itself is stressful, full of bullying, and hormones. Just as any other school, there are troubled individuals (even in district 12!) who don't take school seriously, bully, and are disrespectful. After enrolling my other two children in several district 12 schools (Pinion Valley, Cheyenne Mountain Charter Academy and Vanguard) we have found that this school was the best fit for them, especially being Twice Exceptional (Gifted with a Learning Disability). We as parents made our presence known, tracked our children's homework and spoke to our children daily to make sure they were progressing successfully and not falling through the cracks. We would contact teachers and then administrators if they did not respond immediately. Our daughter who was BROKEN by Cheyenne Mountain Charter Academy is at the top of her class due to the school helping us address her disability. She once hated school, and it was a chore getting her up each morning for school at CMCA. She continually had "tummy" aches, would throw up and cry a lot. She now loves school and does her homework independent of us. She only asks when she needs help. No school is perfect and the grass is definitely not greener over on the district 12 side of town! She is currently in the IB Honors Program, almost fluent in French, and a Exceptional violinist while being invited to play with the Colorado Springs Youth Orchestra. Her self esteem is through the roof, she loves all of her current and past teachers/administrators, and all she talks about is school and her future. We as parents realize that their aren't any schools that will single handedly create successful kids without the continued support of the parents. I would love to think that we have genius kids that don't word hard to excel. An amalgam of parent, student, teacher/admin. that creates success. It also helps tremendously to have the support and extracurricular activities that North IB Honors program offers.
- submitted by a parent