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Students enrolled 31
Hours 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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10 Mansell Court
Roswell, GA 30076

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(678) 942-1056
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4 stars
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June 25, 2014
CEA has been the best school for our 15 year old son yet. He has only been here for a year, but the staff are very caring and he gets more individual attention unlike how the public school just pushed him through the system. We tried other private schools, but he was not successful there since they didn't get him. CEA "gets" our son and that makes a huge difference. Now he just needs help making friends, so I hope there is a social club for Asperger teens in our area that will form soon.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2013
In elementary school, my daughter s learning style did not fit the model. Creativity is not an asset in the public system. She needed more. Throughout her childhood, I spoke with every one of her teachers about the creativity and challenge she needed to thrive. When she started at Chrysalis at the beginning of 6th grade, I sat down with one of her teachers to have that same talk as I had done in the past. I remember that day so vividly. For the very first time, this teacher actually understood who my daughter was, how intelligent she was and how to help her learn to achieve her potential. I was stunned.Then 2 years ago, my daughter contracted an illness that kept her bed ridden. The teachers at Chrysalis did everything they could to tailor assignments so she could keep up academically with her work. She had to work twice as hard as most kids her age, but with the support and love of the staff at Chrysalis, she came out on top with A s.The good news is that she is better now and moving on to college. At Chrysalis her talent surpassed anything ever imagined and it is because her strengths were nurtured and encouraged by teachers that took the time to make the investment in her.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2013
Chrysalis Experiential Academy Our child has attended CEA for the last three years. We have watched his interest in learning grow as well as his motivation to succeed! Chrysalis is a small school geared toward the individual, "out side of the box thinking" student. No child gets left behind here! Yes, it is an eclectic group of children the same as you will find at any school just on a smaller level. We are finding the preparation for College to be phenomenal! Chrysalis Experiential Academy has proven to be a stellar choose for academics (as evidenced in the annual standardized testing) as well as personal growth. Highly recommended!

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2013
Chrysalis has completely changed my son's view of school. In public schools he struggled. At CEA he feels loved and nurtured and encouraged, and gets individual attention if needed since teachers truly care. He uses his laptop every day. Not every teacher is certified -but I don't care, and I have a Masters in Ed. Each teacher is at CEA because they are passionate about their fields and passionate about teaching. I'll take that over a certified teacher any day. Chrysalis is not for everyone. If you want structured read-the-book-and-answer-the-questions-at-the-end-of-the-chapter learning, go somewhere else. Sure, it seems chaotic at times but look closely and you ll see it s because there are so many unique projects going on. If you want your child to learn by running a business, or cutting and lashing a bamboo scale model of the Kon Tiki, or snorkeling in a river to study fish, or going to China Town for dim sum while practicing Chinese, or selling artwork in an antique gallery, or volunteering to teach young kids to read - all while meeting the state education objectives and maintaining high nationally normed test scores - then Chrysalis is the place for you. My son loves it.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2013
An alternative school for kids w/issues. If you have no other option, I'm sure it's great. What I saw on the tour did not reflect what we experienced. About 40 kids in the 2012-2013 year; approx. 1 6th grader, 3 7th graders, and 8 or so 8th graders. Mostly boys. Pinning the school down on what curriculum is being taught is impossible. Teachers mostly not certified in what they teach. We didn't have a predictable schedule each day. When teachers were absent, they didn't get substitutes, they moved kids into other classes. A teacher might teach kids of varying grades at the same time; okay for some subjects, but makes math difficult. Electives are things like PInterest, Scrabble, etc. Supervision lacking, my child floated around a lot. I never saw homework, tests, or a completed agenda. Administration disorganized, noncommunicative, often absent and nonresponsive. They will meet with you and promise to change/fix things, implementation doesn't happen. No separation of young kids/older high school kids. You child may be unsupervised with the older kids, in electives w/kids 6-7 years older and of the opposite sex. Huge mistake for us.

- submitted by a community member
March 07, 2013
Little actual educational value. Advertised as 'for average to gifted', when most of the school is just students with moderate to severe social issues. It does provide a relaxed environment for the student to forget all their issues, but at the cost of an education. For the price, you are better off homeschooling your child, letting them learn all their lessons on tv & the internet, which is essentially what your paying a higher than college level tuition for at this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2012
The school has allowed my student to realize their potential. The curriculum is demanding; however, the students are encouraged and supported so that they can master the content. Is Chrysalis right for every student- No. It is right for the creative, experiential, thoughtful and college bound student.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2012
Chrysalis is WONDERFUL! It is like no other school in Atlanta and it has changed my son's life! If you are looking for a middle/high school that will meet your child where they are and provide the individual attention and instruction that your child needs and deserves - then Chrysalis is a school you should look at. Your child will be encouraged to push themselves to excel and achieve their full potential while receiving support and direction from a dedicated team of professional educators. Students are also taught to take personal responsibility for their education. This empowers the student and build their confidence and self esteem. Chrysalis develops the WHOLE child and will help your child develop their unique talents to their fullest potential. Chrysalis also instills a love of learning, which is the key to future academic success. You owe it to your child to see what Chrysalis has to offer because it truly is an amazing and unique school.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2011
We have had our 2 great sons going to Chrysalis for many years and they both really like it (well at least as much as they can really like school). The Principal is great and the environment is casual and relaxed with a strong focus on learning and nurturing children. I wish I could have gone to this school when I was younger. Most of the teachers are outsanding and they are all qualified. Both of our sons are very intelligent but neither liked the the overall experiences they had in public schools after grade 8. I would strongly recommend anyone looking for a private school to look into Chrysalis.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2011
Bottom line is that Chrysalis failed our son. For kids who can't make it in more traditional school settings, perhaps Chrysalis would work. But it falls short in several areas. School rules are indeed inconsistent and, worse, contradictory. Eg. school expects respect, yet teachers go by first name. In most subjects, our son was not prepared for HS math after his time at Chrysalis. They will value someone's ability to compose a song on guitar over whether a student knows his times tables. Yet it's one of the MOST EXPENSIVE schools in Atlanta. I don't think they have malicious intent, but honestly I think the headmaster is more concerned about helping a child feel good about himself, no matter what, rather than giving him or her a solid education.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2011
This school has potential for reaching the gifted child who doesn't fit the public-school mode. However, it falls far short because the entire school is disorganized and the same rules don't apply to everyone. The problem is top down. Rules change on whim. Discipline and respect are rare. What is defined as creative freedom is actually chaos and lack of planning and follow through. Many community service activities and outside projects are thought of but never accomplished, yet they're described as reality to potential families. Students are not prepared for any but the least competitive colleges. I am thankful we removed our child in time to get her into a good college.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2011
My son flourished as a person and developed confidence as a student in the nurturing environment of experiential learning at Chrysalis. I believe in this quote by Confucius describes it best for me "Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I will understand."

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2010
Over 1/2 of the faculty is NOT certified and the school has NO sense of structure. The school misrepresents themselves to be for "average to gifted" students when in reality most students are rejects of public high schools or just out of a rehab situation. Chrysalis needs to create a clear vision of whom they wanted to serve and have a staff that can support those students needs. Also, the director is so busy wearing the hats of principal, admission counselor, PR rep, and school counselor (which the school REALLY needs b/c the kids are mostly aspergers or EBD) that he cannot focus on the students and faculty needs. Bottom line: don't waste your money unless your kid has no other alternative for a diploma.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2009
It is like a big family - everyone looks out for everyone else. You're free to take risks and be who you are!

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2009
Chrysalis is the only school I know of that truly takes each individual child needs into condideration. My nephew is enrolled here and leaves school everyday with a huge smile on his face. I am considering sending one of my sons to transfer to this school.

- submitted by a community member
October 10, 2009
What growth I see in my children each and every day! The level of caring and compassion from the faculty reminds each of us of our extended family every time we walk through the doors!

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2009
Ths school is tops. I can't imagine a more positive environment. Children are recognized for their individual giftedness and if they work they'll be rewarded. The director is topnotch, and so are the staff and teachers.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2009
Chysalis allows kids to learn very hands on. My child has thrived at CEA.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
It has helped our son reach his full potential as a student.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
My son is successful at Chrysalis and he was not doign well in a traditinoal high school. The teachers really care about the students and their success.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
Chrysalis recognizes each student as and individual and strives to meet their needs.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
Chrysalis has helped my son the become self-confident, joyful, and well-rounded. He is onhis way to a butterfly!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
They are awesome and so caring. Takes care of all the kids needs and worries

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
Chrysalis is a wonderful environment for kids to reach their full potential. My son enjoys his experience at Chrysalis every day.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
My grandson attends this school and has never been happier in a school environment. I think it is the best thing that could have happened to him.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
The Chrysalis Experiential Academy offers innovative and truly student centered learning opportunites. This is not just lip service(like many schools. Chrysalis really collaborates between the student's learning style and the teacher to come up with ways to teach the student the material in an interesting/engaging exxperiential (experience driven)way. Chrysalis is a safe/nuturing caring environment that every student should have the opportunity to experience. I only wish our public schools and other private schools could operate in this manner. Even private 'prep school' environments are only a glorified version of public school education. Because of standardized lesson plans, the public schools cannot offer what Chrysalis does - an individual experience for each child. This school was a blessing for our family. Our son, who was enrolled in AP and Honors courses all through high school and scored a near perfect score on the SAT, could not take the inflexibility and mediorocracy of his Blue Ribbon/National High School of Excellence. He quit his junior year to start college. Thakfully we found Chrysalas - he was not socially mature enough to start college. His public school did a fine job with the average conforming student, but could not accomodate his level of thought. Chrysalis and it's director - Richard Becker has gone above and beyond to offer an engaging,student centered learning environment. Our son is thriving in a way we never thought possible. We attribute his love of learning and furure successes to the Chrysalis Experiential Academy.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
We love Chrysalis because of its experiential teaching - depth of knowledge in how to educate students in a variety of ways, which gives all of our children a window to life-long learning. Our son has blossomed at this school, and learns something every day that will enable his success in life.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2009
Chrysalis Experiential Academy allows students that think 'out side of the box' to have a perfect learning environment. Those students who would have, otherwise, not been able to perform at their highest level in another school setting. The Director, Richard Becker, is brilliant working with students so that they can perform at a high level in any setting. It is obvious it is his passion! He told my son when we first were interviewing the school, 'I will not let you fail'. And, he has kept his word. Teaching my son to excel in all his work!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
It is a very special family to belong to!!

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May 22, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
April 18, 2008
Ther is no perfect school. Chrysalis has been the best experience for our son. We have watched him learn and mature there. In public school he was bullied. Chrysalis does not tolerate this behavior. It is dealt with immediately. Our son is gifted, and was put down by the average to below average student in public school. Chrysalis is a family. When your child attends Chrysalis it becomes a family affair. We love it. The director and staff are devoted to helping your child succeed. I can't say enough good things about Chrysalis. Unfortunately, we are moving, and we will miss Chrysalis. Just wish they could move with us or offered on line classes.

- submitted by a parent
December 31, 2007
You will be setting your high school student to fail in college if they go here.. Nobody gets in to a good school from here dont be stupid

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2007
wish i could give school three and a half stars. pros: -caring directors with good intentions -Understanding teachers who don't expect you to fit a mold -some teachers motivated me to research further on my own. -I was intelligent enough to graduate in the first place; but would not have without the environment chrysalis provided. CONS -neither disrespect nor cruelty are reprimanded, most of the time. -some classes are a bit too lax.

- submitted by a student
November 13, 2007
It's really a school like no other. This school relies on learning experiences that center the student as the active inquirer. Hands-on learning has never been so impressive.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2007
My son s previous school was unable to meet his need for an advanced level of academics. Chrysalis students experience their education hands on. Not only is my son being academically challenged at an advanced level, he is enjoying the learning process and retaining what he has learned. The small class size provide the students more interaction with their teachers and peers such that friendships and respectful relationships are fostered. I have found the amount of homework to be appropriate and manageable for my student. The directors, teachers and staff are all interested in each student individually and serve to assist and teach each student to grow socially and academically. Students at Chrysalis are being well prepared for their future because not only are they taught to think, create, and serve, they are also taught to enjoy the learning process and to put their knowledge to use in their every day lives.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2007
My son has gone to CEA for 3 1/2 years. He was totally miserable at the public middle school which did little to support him. The faculty and administration at CEA have been very committed to helping him achieve academic success.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2007
My daughter has been a student at Chrysalis Experiential Academy for the past four years. At Chrysalis, she has had the opportunity to experience a school environment that provides a rigorous curriculum and a warm caring atmosphere that allows students to expand their ideas, support them with research, and put them into action. For example, when studying marine biology, my daughter's class traveled to Fla. to perform experiments with real Marine Biologists. The teachers at Chrysalis are creative and are able to take the curriculum and apply it to things the student knows or has experienced, Thus, the students are interested in gaining new knowledge and become passionate learners. By being involved in community service projects, they gain a better understanding of their community and the world at large, and see themselves as future leaders. - Parent of Chrysalis student

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2007
As a concerned parent, I have reviewed several schools in the area for my 9th grader to attend. Overall , I was extremely impressed with the genuine welcoming to the school that day. The teachers, the students all made us feel at home. The school prides itself to teach 'out of the box' so to speak which gives each child to reach his of hers potential. To be challenged and to exceed. I have enrolled my child here and would recommend this to any parent. Everyone involved with this school is concerned and interested in each child individually.

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2007
This school is an academic disaster! The directors advertise the school as geared for average to gifted children, when in reality, 90% of the student population is far below average with mild to severe learning disabilities and major behavior problems. Certified teachers are chastised for adhereing to the state's standards that all accredited schools must follow, and always unsupported when discipline for an out of line student is necessary. Several teachers are not certified, and have absolutely no background or degree in Education. Many students graduated without having actually taken or finished a class. CEA makes a mockery of the teaching profession, and they pump unrealistic expectations in desperate parents' head, all while laughing their way to the bank with approximately $16,000 in tuition per student. Donate to a charity if you feel like giving your money away!

- submitted by a community member
June 22, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2007
Chrysalis is quite the mix of good and bad. Classes are very small, and students receive lots of individual attention. Parents are also very involved. However, Chrysalis academics are, in general, awful. In most classes students just need to try a little bit to get A's. Talent and understanding is unneccessary. Though Chrysalis claims to be geared to 'average to gifted students', it is not, more like 'below average to average.' There is very little homework assigned. I'm in high school and usually have less than 15 minutes of assigned work. Disipline is also an issue here. For example, there was recently a disruption because one student didn't think it was fair that her cell phone was taken away, though she was using it in class. While Chrysalis is quite nurturing, it does little to prepare you for college and the world.

- submitted by a student
November 21, 2005
Awesome learning experience. Our daughter is thriving in her advanced studies. She is challenged daily by the demanding curriculum and other bright students. She is involved in exciting activities including cheerleading, sports, caving, drama and kick boxing. Her teachers are both demanding and nurturing. The school directors are hands on. They both teach and spend time in all of the classes. We struck gold with CEA.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2005
Ok, I am a student at chrysalis who was never really understood by teachers/students this school is actuallu based on a safe environment like where if you feel uneasy with something your learning you tell a teacher and they will repeat it or help you very well. Let me tell you all the truth, this school has seriously changed my life and my social interaction. The parents know what youre doing in class, you can create your own after school clubs, we have alot of field studies (or as some people might call them field trips) I really think its very worth it because I have learned so much being here. I love my teachers so much and they are all awesome! Any parents please come visit us! We would love to have your company!

- submitted by a student
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Chrysalis Experiential Academy
10 Mansell Court, Roswell, GA  30076
(770) 649-7077
Last modified Chrysalis Experiential Academy is a Private school that serves grades 6-12
Chrysalis Experiential Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 44 reviews. Top