I just recently graduated from Cherry Creek Academy and both me and my parents couldn't be happier to get out of there. Before assuming that this post is just a student who had a few issues with their teacher, take into account that every single student, as well as most parents, also feel bitterly towards CCA after having an unpleasant middle school experience. When my brother went to Cherry Creek Academy for middle school, the teachers were great. After a faculty change, the quality of learning and fun at the school drastically changed. The middle school teachers behave as gossipy teenage girls, and ask us to respect them. Though teachers have the power in this situation, it's ridiculous to think students will respect you if you have no respect for them. They can be very rude and also need to learn to keep personal problems with students outside of the classroom. Both me as a student, and my parents wish I would've attended a different middle school. Going into high school this year I feel very unprepared both socially and academically. 1 good thing I have to say is the Spanish program is amazing. (Thanks, Sra Alaniz! You were my silver lining.)
I feel blessed that our child received a spot at. CCA. Our son is a very active boy so I was afraid it could be too regimented but be actually thrives here and the school does plenty to foster sports and free time so he has plenty of wiggle time. They have gym class throughout elementary and our son participates in the local soccer, flag football/baseball leagues. That is what children do until middle school - and then they have school organized after school sports. I LOVE the uniforms. Sure the initial investment each year can be tough but I know that the savings of only purchasing weekend clothes is immense. Uniforms equalize the children and keep the focus on them and their classes. It's a blessing that our son isn't worried about what brand jeans or expensive jerseys he wants to wear. We participate in the used clothing sale and make money selling our old uniforms and purchase others at a discount. As far as fundraising we experienced our neighbors public school fundraisers which seemed to be non stop - so public, private or charter it's required. The school does require parents to participate but that's why it works - it takes a village and CCA is truly our partner!
Im a parent of three children at Cherry Creek Academy & have been a teacher for 17 years grades 4th-8th. The teachers work hard to make sure that everyone succeeds. They offer after school help with math, writing, etc at no charge. It is a very diverse school, they are several different cultures represented at CCA. The classes are smaller but, this gives them more individual student teacher time. The students are in a middle school day starting in 5th grade, they change classes, have lockers, are responsible for keeping track of their grades online & assignments in a planner. They have a school wide reading program that requires students to reach an individual goal by reading both fiction and nonfiction books & taking comprehension test on the computer. My kids get so excited about reading more and reaching their individual goals. There are numerous after school activities, band, choir, computers, math club,etc. They have volleyball, basketball & soccer for 6th-8th grade girls and boys. They play other charter schools in the area. They have a great Spanish program for the kids. I'm impressed with how much Spanish my oldest knows. This is a great school in so many ways.
Uniforms that are way too expensive and if you want to buy used at the uniform sale it is all picked over by the organizers. Do you want to go to a public school but still have to pay inordinate amounts of money? This is the place for you. The principal sees parents and students as $$$. Train to the test? You bet, this is the place where you will learn how TCAPS are administered and how to take them (how has the state/federal not caught this yet?) This school COULD be a shining star in the CCSD BUT they chose to think "It is our way or you are an idiot!" Students learn in unique ways but the staff is trained to keep a chair warm. I would suggest staying away from this school. I made it through but at what cost? Last, after all of it there are volunteer hours, senate, after school activities but relatively little to no emphasis on sports. Sports is how some children shine, they become leaders, they compete to win. If you don't have that competition there is zero outlet for assertive or dominant behavior and the children are expected to "fall in line!" "zero tolerance for bullying!" (which has been shown to be detrimental) Google it and educate yourself with citaion!
The principal is very money hungry. There are fees for everything under the sun. I do not find him warm to the children. The school is run like the military. He even got the students to write a letter to the school board shaking them down for more funding.
CCA is a great school. The teachers honestly care about the children; there is a strong academic focus, and the school teaches strong values. It has a limited sports program, but a growing music program. Our daughter loves it there. We strongly recommend it.
I am going into 7th grade, but I've been here since kindergarden. A previous comment was that Cherry Creek Academy had serious bullying problems, which I totally agree to. I have been bullied here, and I don't look weird, have any mental problems, smell bad, etc. but I still get bullied, but not as severely. I'm not going to go into some huge sob story, but I have been punched in the neck, tackled, and plenty of name calling, too. The teachers are ok, they usually don't care about the way-too-strict uniform policy and never seem to notice any of the bullying happening here. Some teachers have told us how much they hate us and how terrible we are. Overall, this school is good academically except for the "math program", Saxon Math. I recommend not going there at all for the middle school, but elementary school is okay. Whether you're in elementary or middle school, though, go to the neighborhood schools instead of this uppity, dramatic, rich, terrible charter school.
Cherry Creek Academy was a good alternative to a mediocre neighborhood school. My kids were bright, but needed to be challenged and CCA does challenge every child to do the best of their ability. It is diverse and the focus is on academics, so it is perfect for average kids as they can thrive academically without as many social distractions. That being said, there is some low level (think annoying sibling type behavior) bullying and in the past, favoritism toward some children and families. Also, your kids can suffer socially as they may not have many friends in their neighborhood. Overall, if you want a focused academic environment for your child, it's a great choice.
I am currently in 7th grade, but I went to Cherry Creek Academy from 2nd grade to 6th grade. Cherry Creek Academy is a great school. It will keep your mind going all through out the day. I was a straight A student and I loved being there!
This school has serious bullying problems over the past years. A number of students ended up transferring out of the school mainly due to being bullied. With the increasing public awareness of the bullying consequences, it is disheartening that the school is still dealing with it ineffectively.
We have 2 boys at CCA, currently in 3rd and 1st grade. The kindergarten team is exceptional with special kudos to the half day teacher. Students come from all over CCSD and there is a surprising amount of diversity. Parental involvement is required by giving 40/20 hrs per school year in many different capacities. Teachers will provide tutoring during the school year and the summer for students who are struggling. Both my husband and I are teachers with a combined 20+ years of experience and we know our children are receiving an exceptional education at CCA. If you are looking for a private school setting with a public school price tag CCA is it.
We are very pleased with the education our second grader is receiving. Each one of her teachers have challenged her and have demonstrated their passion for teaching. Our daughter loves this school.
I am currently in the seventh grade at CCA and have been attending here since first grade. It's a very small school, but the curriculum is amazing and I love it! The enviroment is great and I have made many close friends. I know I won't have to worry about highschool at all because of how prepared everyone is by then! I played basketball and soccer and learned so much and had such a blast! Plus, I love my coaches! Overall, CCA is AWESOME!
I graduated from 8th grade this year after being there since first grade. CCA is academically a very good school,but I would reccomend leaving after you complete fifth grade there. It depends on what type of student you are. CCA gets you ahead for high school and makes sure you will start out in programs such as IB or AP/Honor,but the Middle School was treated as little kids. There is little independence such as forming lines to go to lunch and planner checks. Also, if you are looking for a school with a big social scene, CCA is not it. The classes are small and if you stay there starting in kindergarten or first grade you spend eight or nine years with the same people. There isn't that much diversity either and the babying doesn't prepare you for High School. Education wise, CCA is top of the line!
The teachers are very enthusiastic and energetic. The curriculum is up to date and outstanding.
Academically, CCA is a wonderful school. They care about their students and teach them to respect each other and the faculty.
Cherry Creek Academy is an outstanding school. I love the Core Knowledge curriculum providing my child with a top-notch K-8 education that will prepare her well for high school and beyond. I am proud that my child attends Cherry Creek Academy.
It was a great school for my kids who attended 1995-2004. Core knowledge curriculum and some of the finest teachers and administrators ever
Our family has attended CCA for the past 7 years now. We have 3 children who have attended this school and just love it. Our oldest is in High School and is thriving due to the great curriculm and discipline received at CCA. If you do what you are suppose to you will find your child a year or even two years ahead of thier peers. It's amazing to hear the numerous topics your children can speak intelligently about. The parent involvement is awesome. You feel as if you are a part of a real community. There are many great families working together for one purpose. Anyone who talks negatively about CCA jus missed the point, or obvoiusly it was just not a good fit! This school rocks! Just take a tour and see the diffference from the other CCSD schools.
CCA has been a wonderful alternative school for our family. Two of our three children have graduated from CCA - one average and one with special needs. CCA challenged and accomodated both of them beautifully. The teachers and staff are caring, supportive people, and so are the majority of families and students at CCA. Both of my graduated kids still socialize with CCA friends. At this school, the students are respectful, supervised, disciplined, and will not be exposed to offers of drugs, alcohol and sex that you get at the bigger district schools. Sure CCA is not perfect but we have cherished our experience at this school.
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