My children have been at the school since it started in 2009. My kids were in elementry when they started and things were good. They enjoyed the extra arts that they got and were learning which was a plus. However as we moved into middle school (6-8) the atmosphere has changed. The school takes on a extra 100 or more students for 6th grade. Mostly neighborhood kids that I don't think really care that they are at an arts school. I don't feel the art opportuniates advance as the children advance in grades. My family & I are very UNhappy with how the middle & high school portion of this school is progressing. Last school year (2011-2012) the school recieved a new principal & I feel he is part of the problem. Any principal that is unwilling to work with a PTO and makes them disban doesn't have the children & schools best interest in mind. My children as well as some of their fellow student will be leaving the school after this year is done. I know they will recieve a better education at a non Denver Public School as well more art opportunities. If you have or do put your children in this school DO NOT go pass 5th grade!
Too much bullying goes on at this school. Also this school has a very poor special ed program This focuses too much on the arts and not enough academics,
Our daughter attends first grade at KCAA and there is so much to love. I love the differentiated instruction. Our daughter is advanced in all subjects and her teacher knows how to keep her challenged. I love that their philosophy of teaching and homework aligns with what our family believes. And I love that the communication is top notch both at the school level and the classroom level. Not only does our daughter have specials in either drama, PE, music, art every day of the week but she stays after school every day and takes an additional one hour art enrichment class (art choices range from shakespeare, to choir, glee club, salsa dancing, hip-hop, art, creative writing, chess club, set design, etc..) Every month the school hosts a first friday in the evening which showcases students performances (we've never missed one in the past year plus!). It's a fantastic school with students from a range of all levels of racial/ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds which I appreciate as a parent.
KCAA is a great school. It has nurtured my daughters artistic abilities while also encocouraging good habits in basic subjects like math, science, reading, and writing. The whole KCAA community is like a family and the teachers take the time to learn about their students so that they can improve their scores through observing what learning style works best for each child. As a result of this fun learning enviornment my daughter never has an issue with going to school everyday. Needless to say we love this school!
I am a teacher at KCAA and love everything about it-- from my curious students, friendly coworkers, and the ability/expectation to integrate the arts into my curriculum. I am incredibly happy and proud to call KCAA my professional home!
In a world of budget cuts it is amazing to see the amount of effort and love that go in to everyday. So lucky that my child goes here. An amazing staff and admin team!
We have been at KCAA since it opened in 2009 and we love it. The arts integrated program is a perfect fit for our students. The school gets stronger and better every year and I am looking forward to the 2011/12 school year!
My kindergartener thrived last year at Kunsmiller. His teacher valued his individualism and encouraged his personal creative process. He grew both academically and emotionally which he struggled with at his previous school. The principle is passionate and caring - she knows every student by name. The staff is joyous as you walk through the halls, and it's not unusual to hear music coming from the classrooms. As a parent I always feel welcome and appreciated for my involvement.
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