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Canton, GA

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2126 Sixes Rd
Canton, GA 30114

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September 11, 2014
Our family is proud to be a working part of the Cherokee Charter Academy. The teachers, staff and parents all work very hard to provide a wonderful school environment to the students. Great attitudes and constant support is offered to the students. Parents can easily communicate with teachers and teachers communicate in a timely manner. Very happy --in so many ways with the school. We give the school an A++++

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2014
I think it is unfair for people to rate CCA according the the first and second week regarding pick up of your child. Many new parents unfamiliar with how the process operates -takes time. This is no small task-organizing over 1000 students into their cars (no bus service is available and is known to all parents who chose to send their child to this school) safely. I give the school 100% for their continued effort. If you don't like having to wait- take your child out and let them attend a different school. Fabulous school- wonderful staff- Parent participation is required- but I think all the parents enjoy helping out and being a part of this wonderful school. I for one am very proud of CCA, and we are happy to be associated with it!!! CCA ROCKS!!

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2014
Yes the pickup system is a ridiculous nightmare. No notification, no order, complete lack of an efficient, intelligent system.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2014
We like this school except for the pickup/drop off system is a complete mess. It takes an hour of sitting idle inching along just to pick up my child. I seriously cannot fathom having to do this everyday. Either get a better system or offer a school bus system which parents will gladly pay for just avoid the headache mess at pickup.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2014
My wife and I both love this school! The teacher to student ratio is excellent. We have two kids attending, one class is 18-1 the other is 20-1. The public school we would be going to has ratios in the high 20's and even mid 30's. The teachers are fantastic. The parent involvement is high, and a requirement. No buses. If you are the type of parent that wants to just throw your kid on the bus and have nothing to do with your child's education then I would tell you to not even consider Cherokee Charter. You will be disappointed in the amount of effort you must put in from volunteering to carpool. We love it and love the culture the school creates. It also costs a little more due to the uniforms, again something we like.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2014
Same curriculum used in GA schools. The library is uninspiring. CCA will have so many students next school year even without the high school kids, there will be no more library, all the books will be divided between the classrooms. The cafeteria serves vending food. Have attended 3 yrs, I regret not putting my child in our zoned school for 9th grade. She loves her 9th grade teachers, but the control of student behavior in classrooms is unacceptable & interferes with those who are there to learn. Same students disrupt each class every day! Administrative staff won't help, teachers hands are tied. When told there will be no high school, after being lead on for over a year, I'm done with this school. They wanted to make sure they had the "head count" for $$. If you want to be part of the parents helping out, they want your help, but you won't be accepted into their click - which is most likely for the best. But, I have met some very nice people, talented folks, and so many jump in to help those in need. My daughter has made life long friends, even though they will be in different high schools next year. Sad that this school couldn't grow more and be top notch in education.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2014
My daughter has been at CCA since kindergarten and is currently almost finished with 1st grade. We have no prior elementary experience to compare with but we have loved CCA. My daughter has loved all of her teachers. I like that the kids start spanish in kindergarten. I like the differentiation- they help kids that are struggling catch up and challenge kids that are excelling. The cafeteria food is disappointing at times because they do not have a kitchen- the food is contracted out and delivered daily. However, my daughter likes buying lunch. There are alot of school activities throughout the year and the parent volunteer time gives opportunities to get to know the teachers and other students.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2014
We didn t expect much but CCA is not the school they say it is. We got sold during orientation and now we are going back. It is a typical warehouse school where they stick more students than they can actually handle and they know understand the principle of teaching and learning. I want the school to challenge my kids but instead, they prefer to hand out A s and B s by allowing students to retake the test! Your kids might bring home A s and B s but once they are out of CCA, they will have to everything all over again. I m taking my kids out of CCA. There are some good teachers though and without naming them, thank you for caring!

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2014
They don't even have a real kitchen, just a big microwave. The lunch is horrible and obviously not nutritious at all! My son was here opening year and liked it., he doesn't like it at all now (his third year) luckily he will no longer go there next year. The staff treats everyone like babies. They mostly do busy work. There is tons of drama between the teachers and parents. Not to mention they practically brainwash you with lies! Overall it is not good. Most of the kids wouldn't fit in at a normal school. That is a big problem with my son who doesn't like most of the people due to the fact that they are socially awkward or disruptive. I would definitely not recommend this school and strongly suggest that you don't send your children here. It seems all fine and dandy at first and most people even like it at first but once you actually look around and figure it all out it's not so great!

- submitted by a community member
January 30, 2014
Would love to know the private school your child came from. As far as the "standardized" test goes...their are other factors to decide from such as proof of what your child has already taken and how well they have performed. All private schools give national testing and report cards too. National testing, proof of text, subject material are much more than CRCT.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2014
I am very disappointed in this school. My child also came from a private school that was much more advanced than CCA and without the "standardized" tests it doesn't matter how your child has performed in the past. My child has wasted a whole year at this school. I find the principal this year to be subpar and do not believe he is there to help the children succeed. I believe he is a "crack the whip" type of principal and does not listen well or help resolve issues. The honors - or "Cambridge" students are obviously treated better and don't even always have to follow the same rules as the "regular" kids. Most of the classes for the "Cambridge" students are not much more advanced than the regular classes, (and not above the school we came from for all the kids) they are in my observation and experience just treated as better. This is a glorified public school and just because it is a Charter school it is certainely not better than most or any public schools. Cautionary: My child was dumbed down, there are huge double standards, and the circulum is not challenging for the general student body.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2013
My child attends Cherokee Charter Academy and we have been there since the beginning. We love our school and love that parents are involved in every aspect of the school. I have read a lot of these posts and yes we do have kids that have ADHD and other problems at our school , as do other schools, but to say that our children do not want to learn is just horribly wrong. They thrive, and love learning. I see my child happy every day to be in school and going to school. I see her vocabulary expanding as well as her knowledge in Match, Science and Social Studies. The teachers amaze me at CCA. They deal with a lot at our school because every parent is involved there with their child learning and willing to help in furthering their education in any way. You have to want to be there because we do not have buses and so must carpool. Its a commitment for the student and the parents. We love CCA!

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2013
CCA is a great school if you need choice!!! My child did great but we couldn't stay because we lived to far away from the school to carpool!

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2013
We had a good experience at CCA but realized as the year progressed that the school is mainly comprised of children that don't fit in to the public school. Many kids at CCA have ADHD, behavior issues, social issues, appearance insecurities and or learning difficulties. The smaller class sizes are great but don't matter much when the classes are comprised of mostly children who don't appear to really want to learn. Kids who would never be accepted into advanced classes in any traditional school are in the CCA advance classes because there are so few kids making competition to get in very easy. This makes the teaching of those classes dumbed down. (Including "Cambridge" classes) Kids do well on the CRCT because the classes are taught directly to the test. Class tests can be retaken so that the students grades are not true representation of what they have been taught and tested on. The teachers are sweet but not the inspiring educators with a passion we were hoping for. High turnover rate of teachers/ staff. If your child struggles socially this may be a good fit. Sadly the academics far below traditional schools. May be different lower grades our child middle school

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2013
I love my daughter's school. There is little doubt that CCA's opening is what spurred the rest of the county's school system to step up and take more on. As soon as it opened, Cherokee County School District created CCSD Charters. One thing that makes this school stand out is what is offered: we have Mandarin Chinese as an after-school class, Spanish as part of the curriculum, and flex time dedicated to helping students to work on their weaknesses integrated into the school day. The school is going into it's third year of existence so it's still new -- still an experiment, somewhat -- and yet, I'm already thrilled! One of the most exciting things is the Cambridge Program. If my child is accepted into the C P, she comes out of high school ready to go into her Junior year of college!

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2013
This school is everything the other schools are not. Detractors are those who don't even attend. This school has been so great for so many families with kids struggling in other schools. Here they are taught not handled. SPED kids get educated not drugged and babysat. Is it perfect? No, but it is far better than any alternative that is believable. Dont let the distraction fool you, many with negative feed back never came to the school, or no school can baby sit their child like they want.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2013
This school is not what they claim. They didn't help my child with special needs at all. When we returned to our county school we were welcomed even though my son had fallen even farther behind due to his time at CCA.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2012
We are so pleased with CCA. My daughter is challenged and happy. We could not ask for a better teacher. She LOVES LOVES teaching.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2012
This is our first year at CCA and I truly beleive it is a wonderful school. Teachers do really care about our children. They spend time researching new ways to make them love learning. Parents can be very involved in the school if they like to as CCA asks families to volunteer inside the school. My son who never liked school runs to his class every morning. My daughter enjoys so much school that she talks about it to everybody. Carpool is a little time consuming but it's because the funding doesn't provide buses. If I had a bigger car I would carpool with other families. I wish the school would have a highschool and a football team. But this is such a new establishment that it might not be ready for all that yet. Do not hesitate to send your children to CCA.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2012
This school is not for everybody. If your child has special needs they don't make you feel welcome. I can't recommend. Absolutely incompetent and ignorant staff.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2012
This is a wonderful school and naturally doesn't fit everyone's needs. Since the school is not locally funded to accommodate students with special needs, Cherokee Charter Academy ay not be the right fit for certain students.. The middle school has a wonderful Cambridge Academy Advanced Program that is challenging to students in the 6-8th grade. It is refreshing to know that teachers are paid for performance. This is an option that the other public schools in the area do not have. The reason that this school is great is because the parents and students want to be there. The fact that there are currently no buses has been challenging,but I have found that parents are willing to do what is necessary to transport their children to school.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2012
DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILDREN HERE. Lots of empty promises along with smoke and mirror routines of what the parents should expect academically. One of the many problems I have is the school's severe resources and the fact that teachers do not have autonomy or support in their classrooms or with the curriculum. The "challenging" curriculum is nothing extraordinary. In fact they can't even offer half of what a regular school can give you. There is also an immense amount of drama that is kept hush hush between the staff, faculty, and parents. In the end students suffer because everything is swept under the rug. I have watched this school pretend to be better than the others, but it s more of a publicity stunt and they are using your tax dollars. You also have to be very careful when you attend one of their meetings. They are excellent at selling their school concept to newcomers or those who don t know any better with their tour and it is almost like watching an exorcism of people being brainwashed. Contract renewal for teachers is based on performance, not on years of service and education level. IT IS NOT TRUE, and is part of the sell. Truths go through 3 stages and denial is the first.

- submitted by a community member
June 16, 2012
It seems that a parent just wants to spread an untruthful picture about the CRCT results from Cherokee Charter Academy. Yes there were some lower than expected scores from the CRCTs, but for the majority of the school they were very good. Keep in mind, also, that this was our first year as a school... our baseline started this year. My child has been with the school since day one, has absolutely improved his performance in school and is thriving in a way he did not at his county appointed school. No, this school is not for everyone (as no school is perfect for all children) but this school serves a purpose for so many, I'd recommend it to anyone looking for another school choice.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2012
Cherokee Charter is a public school of choice. It will be the right environment for some children and not right for others. Parental involvement is encouraged and helps to keep the per student cost down. Parents are part of a Co-Op and not forced to join a political action committee or PTA. Teachers are recruited nation wide the state and are reviewed throughout the year. Contract renewal for teachers is based on performance, not on years of service and education level. To find out more, all you have to do is ask for a tour and to meet the administration. The choice is clear and this school is THE future!

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2012
CCA rocks!!!!The teachers are amazing with the kids. Parent involvement is where it starts people....we have that too! This is a school for CHOICE!!!!

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2012
My third and youngest child is attending middle school at CCA. This has been by far the the best middle school experience of all of them. . I appreciate the personal learning plan they have for each child. They find your childs strengths and work from there. The teachers were outstanding. This school offers challenging academic programs like Cambridge. Every child has different needs and I am so thankful that we had the CHOICE to go to CCA. It has not only met my expectations but exceeded them. We did win the lottery when we were accepted to CCA.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2012
I now have three children at CCA. My older daughters both excelled last school year. The teachers are innovative and encourage "out of the box" thought. Every school has growing pains their first year and this school was no exception. However, my daughters thrived and my oldest is accepted into the Cambridge Advanced Studies Program next year and she will have so many new opportunities this year. This school is the best fit for my kids. School Choice is imperative and I am so thankful to have been able to choose this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2012
CCA has very high CRCT scores and they were back before the end of school.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2012
After 1 year at CCA we are thrilled to be a part of this school. My daughters did not have good experiences at their previous public school. My gifted daughter was-no joke- used as a babysitter in her 2nd grade classroom and was left unsupervised for 45 minutes while the teacher was on her laptop on facebook in the teacher's lounge. We witnessed it ourselves first hand. My daughter's time was being wasted in the public school. She was bored, and was waved away, and told to go read or draw when she completed work early. Now at CCA, her time is not being wasted, she is thriving, and she is not being taken advantage of. Her teachers CARE about her success, make the effort to challenge her, and we can definitely see the difference. She is always so excited to go to school in the morning. CCA has been a tremendous blessing to us!

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2012
My child went to kindergarten here and he loved it. The staff and administration were wonderful. I felt that he was challenged. We can't wait for first grade.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2012
Everyone is holding their breath- CRCT scores are coming soon! And the preliminary results didn't look too favorable.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2012
This school was started out of a desire for parents to have a choice regarding their child's education. Our child was also there when the school first opened, and we were very hopeful and excited at having differentiated instruction and more parental involvement. However, it became clear after the first month that they didn't really want parental involvement at that time, and there was no differentiation. Most of the classwork was worksheets, and not very challenging ones at that. I realize there was a lot of pressure to get CCA up and running in a VERY short amount of time, but I have to question why so many out of state teachers were hired? It's true that there were some "layoffs" and subsequent staff "reshuffling". I accepted that the first few months were going to be a huge adjustment. I just had no idea that the work would be so elementary and worksheet heavy. Also the one and only time I spoke with the Principal, she was already starting to focus on the spring's CRCTs. I thought that by touting creativity and differentiation it would make the school less focused on standardized testing. I hope they can turn it around as some of our good friends' kids are still there

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2012
This is extremely concerning. I am starting to doubt my decision and am wondering if I should have just enrolled her at Arnold mill. I do know what you mean about the defensive parents. I encountered a couple of parents like that whenever I raised questions about the school. I have heard great thing academically about this school and that was my primary reason for enrolling my child...

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2012
My school began middle school in Cherokee County public schools. What happened there astonished me. She had always had a great love and excitement for learning and is a gifted child. When she got to middle school she was enrolled in "advanced" classes in all subjects. There was NOTHING advanced about her classes and some of her teachers were not "highly qualified" to teach gifted students as they didn't even have degrees in the subject area (social studies). When my daughter finished her work and asked for enrichment, she was told to just go back to her seat and read. When she began to get in trouble for reading, she shut down completely. Tears were the norm every morning and she voiced her hate for school. CCA has been a blessing to our family. My daughter thrives in her "gifted" classes and has minted straight As in all subjects. She loves chorus and was a cheerleader. She competed with the technology team. Most of all, there are no more tears in the morning and her zeal for learning has returned! I am one happy parent!!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2012
I have a child at Charter and we are in love! Concerning the saftey of the school you are going to have issues like that at every school. Wish I didn't have to say it but it is true. My ex, who never ever went to the school and is a big man, went one morning at my request. He walked into the school, this was in morning before school, my 1st grade daugher who looks nothing like her dad, walked him to the class. He was standing in the middle of class when her teach walked in saw him and said hello and left! He was upset! She had never met him and didn't ask who he was and what he was doing there and with my daughter! CCA class doors are locked, no one in! You have to have badge to get in class! Students have bathrooms in class so no need to let them out to go unsupervised. When they leave class it is with teacher going somewhere o/w in class with locked door! My 2nd grade daugher is safe! One way in, front door, everything else is gated and locked during school hours. Very safe!

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2012
I can not say enough great things about this school. My first grader went to Knox elementary which was a very good school but pegged her at Kindergarten as a "B" student. She has excelled this year at CCA and has been accepted into the gifted program. CCA's focus is on education and that's it - no politics. And I LOVE the fact that with their STRIVE program the students are being educated in excellent moral character as well. So thankful that the Cherokee Co. School Board (Dr. P.) did NOT get their way and CCA opened!

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2012
My son is in kindergarten at CCA. I couldn't be happier with his education. The staff and administration have gone above and beyond to make every family feel welcome and part of the school. The parental involvement is key to this school success. What I really love about Charter Schools in general is that we (the parents) are the customers. If we are not happy, the school bends over backwards to rectify all issues. With the education, I am thrilled with the Personalized Lesson Plans each and every student receives.. This way every parent knows exactly where their child stands and can keep on top of any concerns they may have. This school is not just a building to educate children, but a community that is invested in the success of every student that walks through their doors.

- submitted by a parent
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2126 Sixes Rd, Canton, GA  30114
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