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Coeur D'Alene Charter Academy5
Posted January 21, 2015
- a community member
For those who said the positive reviews are only from the staff, I am a student (alumni 2014) - named Jake Johnson - and believe this to be an exemplary school. Yes, it is more challenging than all the other schools in the district, but if you have the patience and dedication, you will learn more than the majority of people in the US. Getting a 4.0 is a lot more difficult at this school, but getting high SAT and ACT scores are extremely easy. I always struggled in maths (Bs and the occasional C) but that's because the school provides the most extensive and advance instruction. That being said, I only missed one math question on the SAT. I have to constantly thank Charter for helping me get accepted into some extremely competitive schools, as their instruction and reputation made me a strong applicant. The teachers and administration were always caring and encouraging, and tried to establish bonds with all students in order to find out what would help the excel. The student social environment is incredible, as it is small enough so that everybody knows each other, and safe enough so that no student tolerates bullying. I loved my time here.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.