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6-12
Public charter
Coeur d'Alene, ID
Students enrolled: 626
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After care: No

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4904 North Duncan Dr
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815

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(208) 676-1667
(208) 676-8667
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July 25, 2014
I had 2 children attend this school for 6th and 7th grade. They did fine academically but something is certainly lacking in the social growth of students especially in the junior high. The feeling is that they are trying to "weed" kids out in Junior High. There is more to school than academics. I was hoping for much more. I've heard the exact same thing from other parents. This school can be tough on girls in junior high. Sometimes I think putting all the "smart" kids in one school is not the best thing.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
All around excellence is what makes this school so unique. The school makes it possible for students who accept the challenge to thrive.

- submitted by a teacher
April 28, 2014
Our school is like sand in an oyster shell, rubbing, chaffing, grinding, growing, developing pearls. If learning was easy, it would be practicing, not learning. Our school provides the best learning environment, highly qualified teachers, great students willing to give us their all and wonderfully supportive parents. Only the educated are free. Go Charter!

- submitted by a teacher
April 28, 2014
Professionally drive. Academically top notch. Fantastic students. If you're looking for a no-nonsense education, Charter is the place. Yes, we have fun, too!

- submitted by a teacher
April 28, 2014
I have two children currently attending this school. One in the 6th grade and one in the 11th. Both boys started off in private christian schools that touted "college preparatory"... Unfortunately, as my oldest hit the 7th grade, it became apparent that the educational standards were definitely sub-par. We entered the Charter Academy with some hesitation, but have been very happy over the past two years. The curriculum is tough - but they both love it and they have said that they have learned more at Charter in the past two years than all other years combined!

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
My school is attempting to counter some of the educational trends that have been generated by a discredited teacher training university system.

- submitted by a teacher
April 28, 2014
As a teacher, Coeur d'Alene Charter Academy provides me a magical combination of intellectually curious students, supportive parents, freedom to teach a rigorous French curriculum, and fun in our community garden.

- submitted by a teacher
March 09, 2014
This is an amazing school! My kids are thoroughly challenged on a daily basis. Teachers are very professional and conscientious and caring. The administration is amazing. They deliver exactly what they promise, which can be tough with so many helicopter moms constantly demanding that the school compromise its programs for the sake of poorly-performing kids. I have never seen a principal who relates as well to kids and parents, and who just totally "gets it." Totally professional, amazingly approachable. Don't enroll a lazy student and expect them to lower the bar for you, but if your student is struggling and is wiling to work, the staff will work diligently to help them be successful.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2014
My child attends Charter and although we ve thoroughly enjoyed most of the staff and have appreciated the structure and discipline, I am not impressed with the Principal. Their focus is to prepare your child for college and nothing more. There is not an emphasis on athletics or arts. Parents were recently asked to complete a survey and the response from the principal was very defensive. Unfortunately, his response indicated he is not interested in what the parents truly feel would be beneficial additions to the school/curriculum. MANY parents volunteer and would be more than willing to come up with creative solutions to the strong feedback, but he had no interest in making any changes. Sad.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2013
truly the best school in the north-west It is very academic focused and friendly - if all schools were like it, America's educational system would be perfect

- submitted by a community member
May 19, 2012
My daughter has been attending Charter for the since 6th grade. Love this school! At first, she had to adjust her study habits and organization, this was not an easy task; however, I encouraged her, tolder her I believed in her and now she is thriving. A parent's attitude to the workload and the academic challenge will adversely affect the child's overall performance. This school holds kids accountable and creates and successfully creates an environment where children can focus on learning. What a concept! No school is perfect but Charter Academy is is the best Idaho has to offer. I am grateful that my daughter has an opportunity to be a part of such a great school.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2012
I'm a graduate of the Charter Academy, and while the school's curriculum is hard, I think that's how high school should be. I don't agree with the comment that they only focus on Ivy league-bound students. Those kids don't need help. Teachers like McCormick, Solsvik, MacPhee, and Bass all do their best to make sure the students have the best opportunity to succeed. That being said, this school is not for everybody. I graduated in 2008, and am about to graduate from Boise State University, and the Charter Academy prepared me well for a rigorous college career.

- submitted by a community member
January 19, 2012
I have had several children attend Charter over the past seven years. While I very much appreciate the focus on content and the protected environment, I have become increasingly aware of the administration's focus on promoting their top few students at the expense of the rest. All the kids who attend Charter are above average students and are typically amazing young people. Charter seems to have such a drive to produce Ivy-league students that they've lost focus of the fact that they are an Idaho public school, educating Idaho students who typically go on to Idaho secondary schools. I am concerned that the lower 3/4 of the class at Charter are being given the message that they aren't "good enough" because they don't meet Ivy-league standards. They are also missing out on scholarship opportunities because of their lower GPAs. Parents should be made aware that the students' dual credit courses (from NIC, for example) are NOT being included in their high school GPA. This was never explained to us, until we read the fine print on our student's transcript. Yes, it is a good school, but if you are considering sending your student here, make a fully informed decision.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2012
If you have a motivated, dedicated student - then this is your school. If you want a clean, wholesome environment for your child to be in, learn in, grown in - then this is your school. My child has attended since sixth grade and will soon graduate from Charter. Our experience has been positive throughout the years. Teachers and Administration are easily accessible and will/do work with you or your child's needs and or concerns. The only year my child had nightly homework was the year with 4 AP classes and 2 Honors classes - and that was self-selected. I believe that the rigor and content that this school has provided to my child has enabled them to rightfully earn a spot at a top-tier Ivy League school. I believe that if my child had attended either of the other two HS in town, a four-year full ride to this particular Ivy League school would not have been a remote possibility. Our children need to go above and beyond in this day and age, and Charter prepares them for their future in our competitive new world.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2011
This is a great school for kids willing to accept the challenge and work to learn. I've had three children graduate from here and I find a parent's bad attitude towards the work load negatively affects their child's attitude. When I had a child whine about homework, my view was this is a great "real world" experience in learning how to handle a situation you may not like. Life is not always fair. Character development was more important to me than grades. You do the best you can. All three went on to college. The one attending a private college said that as hard as Charter was, college is harder. As far a dealing with the staff--they are the best! Perhaps the person who said they had problems came across as defensive and looking for an argument and they apparently did not even have a child here.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2011
This school is great overall but the History teacher for the freshman is not the quality of a great school. She has 16 page tests and students cannot finish them during class time. The average grade on her tests is a D and these are A students. We left because we were warned, everyone knows about her. And then there is another Literature teacher who is even more horrible in the ninth grade. Your grade point average WILL drop and no one will care or do anything to make it fair. These teachers have been complained about for years now... no changes.

- submitted by a community member
June 20, 2011
After reading the reviews I was disappointed when I actually spoke to the administrative staff. They did NOT return phone calls and when I finally got through to a person they were rude. This was consistent behavior all the way up to the principal. Maybe I caught them on 3 bad days but it was sufficient that I won't be sending my child there.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2011
Great school - with true passion for its students! Offers multiple outstanding programs for our students and prepares them for life's challenges. Great ethics from all staff and a true desire to educate students to be open-minded and prepared for life as a world citizen. Challenging, yes - but not unrealistic, teaches students great work ethic and life returns what you work for. Great preparation as my child prepares to enter a very competitive world economic arena. Teachers are very involved and know most students by name. As with all programs - I do not agree with all teachers or policies, but this diversity also teaches my child to deal with the challenges of life and how to get through these challenges in a learning environment. Best school in town by far - teaches students to face challenge and fail or succeed - first school I have ever been challenged to be involved with as a parent. Be prepared to be challenged as a parent, this school expects a team effort and walks the talk.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2011
there are many things wrong with the november 8 2010 comment. i currently still go to charter. you do NOT get chastised for asking questions, the teachers greatly appreciate and encourage them. that teacher with the dumbbutt box is everybodies favorite teacher and voted to name the box. we ALL agreed on it AND got approval from some other teachers. the result was NOT retaliation to your child, i know as i was there. the teacher made an excellent point and i do not believe that you should have lashed out so harshly for something that you said. if you did not understand the meaning of the point that was made, then it is you that needs to go to charter. this school needs absolutely no improvement, it is the best school in the state of Idaho. anyone looking to challenge that can e-mail me. p.s. the school has an average of 10-30 minutes of homework every night if you do not procrastinate like most people do... not the bogus "loads" of homework that you foolishly claim there are. that is ridiculous...

- submitted by a community member
November 08, 2010
Our child attended Charter for over two years. We loved the type of child that Charter attracts: typically nice, sheltered, naive, and of good character. The academics were challenging in that the teachers assigned loads of homework. Unfortunately there was often a lack of accompanying instruction. Children were chastised for asking questions in class. What was a major concern, however, was the treatment of these great kids by many of the teachers. One of the teachers took great pride in displaying a box near her entrance with the label "DUMB B--- BOX"- which contained supplies for the unprepared students. We requested that the box be renamed and the result was retaliation to our child. The principal's comment? "The very message that you view as demeaning was intended as a show of respect to our students..." This school needs improvement.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2010
My daughter has attended Charter for four years. It is not a school for the faint of heart. But if you have a student with a strong work ethic and a positive attitude they can succeed at CCA. The teachers are wonderful and the environment is conducive to learning. Best school in the area!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
My granddaughter will be graduating from this school in May of this year. The school provides the tools to learn so much that is necessary for today's world. Students excel there. My granddaughter was going nowhere in public school. This school made all the difference in the world. It is not a school for slackers, the students have to work hard. It is an excellent school all the way around.

- submitted by a community member
December 10, 2009
My only complaint with charter is that the children attending are far from average, and yet charter insists on grading on a c is average scale, meaning that these exceptional students graduate with much lower GPAs than they would have if they attended another local high school. This hurts our students when it comes to getting accepted to colleges and for scholarships. Other than that, the school is darn near perfect. Thanks for all you do. Spencer Cozzens

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2009
My child is not the brightest kid, but he works hard and still has time to play basketball and enjoy extracurricular activities...and get good grades. So, if you want your kid to be surrounded with a positive, healthy environment with like-minded students, send them to the Charter! I especially like the way the principal finds ways to make positive contact with the students and all the teachers are remarkably approachable. Keep up the great work Charter!

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2009
I love this school. This is only my second year here, but I know it's the best school I've been to and will ever be in. It offers the academic challenges that I need, the teachers are all awesome and very helpful, and this school is has all the resources needed to succeed. Go Panthers!

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September 22, 2009
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May 27, 2009
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no rating April 02, 2009
Although the high school program is decent, the motto at the school is 'speed + quantity=quality.' Incoming sixth grade students especially get shortchanged as they are expected to jump into a fast paced program with zero supportive services and indifferent teachers whose attitude seems to say 'If you can't hack it, get out and good riddance.' Thus the high achieving students do well and stay, while those with weaker skills leave to go elsewhere. This is how they keep their scores so high!

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2009
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- submitted by a student
January 23, 2009
I joined just this year and it is the best school I have ever been to. The teachers push students very hard and have taught me so much more than the previous school that I was at. I love charter and it is an exceptional school with a great sports team and great teachers. No wonder that it is the #1 Charter school.

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July 08, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2008
This school does have high expectations but the kids who are willing to put in the work find that they have a huge advantage later in their educations. The teachers care that the students achieve and offer help after school, during lunch and some even share their home phone numbers for additional help. Of course, this is not the opportunity that works for every student, but for those with the drive and the thirst for knowledge, it's a great experience. When they graduate, every student can take a test and write a paper with the best of 'em.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 17, 2007
There are very high expectations which pushes everyone to their full potential. The teachers are always very willing to help and there is a great choir, basketball team, volleyball team, debate team, academic team, band, and the test scores are phenomenal! This school really focuses on the academics and all students must work hard and make sacrifices to succeed in the school.

- submitted by a student
July 01, 2007
This school is great for wanting to go to college you really get a feel for what college is about!

- submitted by a student
March 03, 2007
I think that the school, is too hard. It has a good education, but not the best sports. It also, pushes the students at a speed that they are not prepared to exceed, which is basically setting them up for failure. many kids are not as fast as others and this school pushes them all at the same speed, which makes stressed out all the time and they have no time to do anything else but homework.

- submitted by a former student
September 18, 2006
Great School!! Great Staff!!! My son just started 6th grade and really likes being there. He feels comfortable there and likes the smaller class size. The uniforms are a great idea and he does not mind wearing them. The school size is smaller than the middle school he would have gone to and I see that there is less stress in the school therefore my child is learning more than in a normal middle school. There is a band, art, and music program and my son is in band I likes the instructor who teaches and enjoys band very much. My daughter is in 3rd grade right now and she will attend the school in a few years. I will not put them back in a normal public school setting.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2006
This is an excellent school for those who are serious about education. Teachers do a good job of teaching kids to 'dig deep' in the various subjects instead of just surface information. Also, a significant number of classic books and original sources are used in the curriculum so a high level of integrity is maintained. Kids could be held more accountable for their actions, however, and community projects and service within the school could help improve this. The students are growing into adulthood not just surviving their teenage years and should be treated with respect. This is another area that could be improved. The teachers and staff do their best within a system that is flawed and I think this is one of the finest public schools to be found. Children without a good academic foundation to begin with may find it daunting.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 17, 2006
We are extremely happy with Charter. The homework is productive and appropriate. Children are challenged and stimulated, but not overwhelmed. We had 4 children go through the traditional public schools and now have 2 at Charter-what a difference! They are a great bunch of kids and teachers. Everyone is involved and the kids who are there are there because they want to at Charter. They are motivated and eager to learn. I appreciate a school that has high expectations and standards for their students. I would never go back to traditional public schools. They have a great track and cross country program, girls volleyball, boys basketball, tennis, band, choir and debate. Plenty of opportunity for any student.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2006
They push the students to fast with out teaching the basics. Then wonder why people are failing. They also give to much homework for the students to have a life outside of school. The principle is not very good, ask him a question and he rarely gives an answer. The sports department is not very good. Childern seem to get very stressed!

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2005
An extremely well put together school. Challenging, but not too difficult. The teachers are great. An excellent choir program, good art classes, and there is also a track and field team. When the season comes, volleyball and tennis are available.

- submitted by a student
March 03, 2005
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Coeur D'Alene Charter Academy
4904 North Duncan Dr, Coeur d'Alene, ID  83815
(208) 676-1667
Last modified Coeur D'Alene Charter Academy is a Charter school that serves grades 6-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Coeur D'Alene Charter Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 43 reviews. Top